A Lady Never Tells (Willowmere, #1)
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A Lady Never Tells (Willowmere #1)

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Meet three noble bachelors and a quartet of American girls of questionable manners! New York Times bestsellingauthor Candace Camp delights with an exciting new series featuring love, laughter, and intrigue.

When Mary Bascombe’s stepfather tries to sell her and her sisters to the highest bidder after their mother’s death, she resolves to take drastic action. Although their...more
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published (first published April 27th 2010)
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Leah
So, I got this book from Goodreads First Reads about--well, let's just say a long time ago since I can't remember when I got it. Suffice it to say, I've had it for quite a while and never got around to reading it. Honestly, I didn't think that I was going to like the book. However, I was wrong...

I really, really liked this book and I thought that it was hilarious a lot of the time. I loved all the characters: the 4 sisters--Mary, Rose, Camellia, and Lily, the 3 brothers--Royce, Oliver, and Fitz,...more
Juliana
Lacked any spark; definitely not a keeper

(1824, London and the Lake District)
This is my third Candace Camp book in recent memory and I am coming to realize that she will probably never be one of my favorite historical romance authors. To sum up my complaints of this book: it basically lacked spark. The main characters were inaccessible (hero), or even worse, annoying (heroine); the chemistry between them was nonexistent; the mystery subplot was contrived, hard to believe, and not well done. The...more
Amy
Historical Romance set in the early 1800's. A fabulous start to the Willowmere Sisters series!

Mary Bascombe and her sisters have just gotten off the boat in London when she is robbed of some very important papers ...

Enter "White Knight", Sir Royce Winslow who saves the day and gets the papers back!

From here, they cannot seem to stay away from each other. Royce helps them find lodging for the night, he introduces them to his step-brother, the Earl of Stewkesbury and he confronts evil villains who...more
Kelly
This was one of those books where I got to the end and I thought to myself "Hmm. That was nice. I liked those girls and their wacky shenanigans." That might sound like an insipid thing to say- "That was nice" - but it totally summed up my feelings. I felt good after reading it. There were a lot of little things I liked about the book. It didn't blow me away or anything but it left me smiling when I read that last page.

And that's what it's all about, guys.

Things I liked: The relationship between...more
Danielle
Don't get me wrong I am a huge fan of Candace Camp's work, especially Mesmerized. However, I found this novel to be just okay. The four Willowmere sisters are fresh and new, if somewhat unbelievable characters for the time period in which this novel was set. They were spitfires, who lacked social training and basic etiquette. Camp describes them as the stereotypical American girls, rough around the edges but beautiful in their independence. However, it was quite annoying that these four sisters...more
Jess
I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

I'm sort of picky when it comes to historical romances. Sometimes I just don't like them for whatever reason, but this book I really happened to enjoy. If you like Lisa Kleypas' historical romances, you will most definitely enjoy this one as well.

A brief summary: Mary Bascombe and her three sisters: Rose, Camellia and Lily are on their way to London (from America) to find their grandfather The Earl of Stewkesbury. Their mother has recently died, and he...more
Alea
Having read just a small stack of historical romances I think I am beginning to understand the common plot elements that most novels in the genre possess. I have also begun to see what is unique to each story and I think in A Lady Never Tells that would be the strong sense of family.

Right away we are introduced to the four Bascombe sisters, headed by eldest sister Mary. They are right off the boat from America and aren't afraid to use their mouths and weapons (seriously) to stop a thief from tak...more
Fernanda
:)

a minha estreia com a Candace Camp e foi uma estreia com muito gosto.
a historia é engraçada sendo que os personagens se envolvem muito bem o que torna bem apelativa a leitura.

nesta historia são nos apresentadas as 4 heroínas, irmãs que devido a algumas circunstancias familiares resolvem tomar uma atitude aventureira..

foi uma leitura muito agradável onde Mary Bascombe a irmã mais velha encontra a paixão e o amor para a vida....




Rebecca Rose
Mary Bascombe is a woman on a mission. With her father died her mother confessing, moments before dieing, she is granddaughter to the Earl of Stewkesbury. Now Mary must cross the dangerous waters of the Atlantic with her three sisters in hopes for a better life. They leave behind all they know, including a sinister step-father who wishes to sell the girls for profit. The four young woman are an independent and wildly bunch who stick together when danger arises and someone tries kidnapping their...more
Cherise
Somehow this book was buried on my To Be Read bookshelf and has been sitting, forgotten, for almost 2 years! When I discovered it again, I read the back book summary and happily dove into the tale.

Four sisters travel from America in search of their grandfather. Their mother has recently died and they no longer feel safe living above the tavern owned by their stepfather. They escape to find a new and a better life and a family connection. Mary, being the oldest, leads her three younger sisters, R...more
Georgiann Hennelly
An Historical romance set in the early 1800's Mary Bascombe and her sisters have just gotten off the boat in London. When she is robbed of some important papers.Enter her White Knight, Sir Royce Winslow who gets her papers back for her and saves the day.From her on they cannot stay away from each other. He helps them find lodging and introduces them to stepbrother the Earl of Stewkesbury and he confronts villians who are out to harm Mary and her sisters .Will it end well? Why are the bad guys af...more
Liz Clappin
Normally a big fan of Candace Camp, particularly because she pays such attention to historical details. This novel lacked any of that beautiful detail and just dragged. It was supposed to be a mystery and adventure, but it was a snore. I kept waiting for something really exciting to happen, and it never did. The chases and suspense were even flat. On top of that the couples had zero chemistry and were about as lifeless as the plot. I stuck it through to the end (an excruciating 400+ pages of it,...more
Donna
A really great first in a series. Mary and Royce were delightful and I loved their story. Great bit of suspense, also!
Amanda
I very much enjoyed reading Candace Camp’s A Lady Never Tells. It was a fun and witty story about four American sister’s journey to a completely different world than what they know and how they survive and cope through the Tons strict (and in their American raised opinions) ridiculous rules and regulations. Once in England they must search out their estranged relatives; hoping they will be welcome as they struggle along the road to learning to becoming Ladies. The sisters hope to be accepted an...more
Mey Buentipo
This is the first I read from this author.I am looking for different kind of story, well I am not certain if this story fits it. It started nicely, It is fast paced and very funny. I found myself laughing during reading the story. I thought the story is about the Bascombe's sisters from America. Well I got disappointed that it is not about, although they are a big part of the series. It is very hard for to put my feelings to this book. I liked that characters of story, especially one of the sist...more
Éowyn
I've really enjoyed some of Camp's previous books and I often think that in this genre books work best where they are in a series with some continuing characters, so I was looking forward to getting my teeth into the Willowmere series.

This is the first book in said series and although I didn't actively dislike it, I did find it a bit mediocre. A lot of plot elements seemed very reused and I always find the 'American girls coming over to England and catching eligible aristocratic batchelor' a bit...more
Lover of Romance
After Mary's mother dies and she and her three sisters are left with their stepfather who wants to sell them, she takes herself and her sisters to seek refuge from their grandfather who is a Earl in England. Upon arriving however things are not what they expect, finding out their grandfather has passed away and they need to seek refuge from a cousin who is the current Earl of Stewkesbury. At first Mary is reluctant to do all that is required, to accept everything that are given to them because o...more
Emily S.
I had such high hopes for this one. I was ready and willing to give it every chance, but it disappointed. I'm afraid that the romance genre is feeling rather washed out to me at the moment. Everything is so DONE! There was nothing really original about it. I firmly believe that most of the romance novels hearken back to Gone With the Wind...boy meets girl, boy desires girl and girl desires boy, both are too stubborn to admit it, they're finally thrown together and must make something of the situ...more
Darcia Cowart
Love historical Romance novels have read the reviews it is either a hit or a dud. But from those that have loved it, I seem to think similarly so I am excited to read it.

Just finished it and loved it! I had read the reviews before hand and there are those that gave it a bad review based on the opinion that too many characters were introduced and the relationship was strained or too slow to heat up till after the middle of a 400+ page book. Several mentioned no chemistry.

I really really enjoyed t...more
RomReader
American heroine & her 3 younger sisters arrive in London with only their luggage & papers to show their earl grandfather that they're the daughters of his recently-deceased estranged daughter. But their grandfather is deceased & an unknown cousin is now the earl. Fortunately for them, the new earl accepts them into his home & takes responsibility for readying them for London's aristocratic society. Hero, who is the earl's stepbrother, takes part in teaching them about London soc...more
Dana Nelson
This story started off so well! An excellent premise for hardy Americans, ignorant of English traditions, to attempt assimilation into the realm of peers. Unfortunately (and I'm not one to oppose a literary romp), the plot ended up relying on sex rather than wit and romance to carry it forward. By the end, the story had gotten rather repetetive, boring, and silly. This book could have been so much better.
I did otherwise enjoy the author's writing ability.
Rebecca
This romance has a few bumps, but I still enjoyed it. The novel begins with the arrival of the four American Bascombe sisters in London. All four are named after flowers (Marigold/Mary, Rose, Lily, and Camellia), and they are there to throw themselves on the mercy of their maternal grandfather, the Earl of Stewkesbury, who disinherited their mother when she eloped with their father. Unfortunately, the old Earl has died, and the girls’ cousin Oliver is the new Earl. Thanks to the intervention of...more
Anneke
This novel is quite entertaining as the female characters are very independent, being able to protect themselves with a knife, pistol, and gun. This certainly shocks their noble aunts, cousins, and Sir Royce.
Jody
I love Candace Camp books. This story finds four American girls (sisters) sitting on the docks trying to decide what to do now. They have made it to England and are finding it much bigger and dirtier than they anticipated. Well a thief comes up and steals their bag and they ...well do not reach the normal way (for Enlish Ladies) and end up meeting Sir Royce. Eventually they find the home of their grandfather and try to get to know their estranged family. Things are not how they expected to find...more
Mariah
This book was quite abit of fun. Candace Camp wove a story of mystery and adventure in ton society. Mary is a willful creature, as are her three sisters, independent and fresh in the face of English society. Royce is an honorable man himself and when he sets out to help four lost girls, he ends up on a whirlwind adventure and spirals right into love with Mary, although he has a tough time admitting it as their need to be together grows. Learning to be ladies is tough, but these four power throug...more
Kristy
This was a cute one. I loved the spunkiness of the Bascombe sisters and I like how they were welcomed into the family despite their lack of manors and decorum. I also like how their outlandish lifestyle in America was kind of humorous to their family in England instead of looked down upon. It kept my interest with the love story and the mystery. Also the girls seemed intimidated by The Earl, but he had a dry sense of humor that made me really like him. I'm also thinking that him and Lady Vivian...more
Minna
Okay, so far, not good: this book features not one, not two, not three, but four TSTL female characters. Are you freaking kidding me? It is going to be tough work getting through this book if the stupidity continues...

UPDATE: finished now. Meh. Definitely a dud from Ms. Camp. No chemistry between the hero and heroine whatsoever, and she continued to proudly wear the TSTL badge to the bitter end. I'll approach Ms. Camp's next with caution... A pity, as her novels are usually pretty good. This one...more
Erica
Four troublesome sisters who always make a mess of things is bound to make a funny read. Although they mean well, they always end up making a scene. Finally a book where the heroine(s) are tough and stand up for themselves. I cannot stand when a heroine is weak, it just makes her and the story so annoying.

But in this book you get four outspoken, and rather funny sisters. The hero is a good guy with that fun bad boy charm who is pulling out his hair trying to deal with them; actually, all the ma...more
Courtney
I love historical romance novels and I'm really glad I won this book free from the First Reads program on Goodreads. I enjoyed all four of the American sisters and felt bad for them as they struggled to fit into London's upper class society. This book had some great parts that really made me laugh; especially the dinner scene where the girls tried to shock their aunts with embellished stories about the wild American frontier! Sometimes I felt the story seemed to slow down a bit, but overall it w...more
Marianne
While slightly delightful, I found it cliché ridden, which was distracting.
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Candace Camp is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty books.

Her first novel, *Bonds of Love*, was published by Jove Publishing in 1978, under the pseudonym Lisa Gregory. Two pseudonyms (Kristin James and Sharon Stephens)and many books later, Candace writes under her own name Candace Camp and still loves creating stories.

Candace lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and is the mot...more
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