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Nearly a Lady (Haverston Family #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  540 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Lord Gideon Haverston wanted to right his family's wrongs. So when he promises young Winnefred Blythe the money that his stepmother had cheated her out of over the years, he expects to be greeted as a hero. But the situation is much more complicated than Gideon had expected-and the task of taming the untrusting Winnefred much more alluring.

Mass Market Paperback, 316 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Berkley
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There's always going to come a book that just surprise and delights you into remembering why you love to read the certain genre. Nearly a Lady reminded me so much of my love for the old Trad books, with it's deep characters and the beautiful blossoming relationship between the H/H that I don't see as much anymore without it having to deal with inst-o-lust something or another. You have two wonderful characters that slowly grow and reveal their innermost thoughts. Both were far from perfect as...more
This book was perfect for me. Seriously, perfect. I loved everything about it from the charming writing to the delightful characters. It was dead on for my mood and was much appreciated after my predominantly mediocre book luck in May.

The hero, Gideon, was such a doll. He had some issues from the past, but he didn’t let that ruin his whole personality. He’s cheerful and funny and gets enjoyment from making other people laugh. He’s drawn to Winnefred, but he isn’t the kind of guy to take somethin...more
Jul 10, 2011 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Kleypas's "Love in the Afternoon", quirky heroines & tortured heroes
Recommended to Shawna by: It started with Rane and then Diana sealed it. :)
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5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

Books like this lovely, heartwarming gem make me grateful for Goodreads, which has enabled me to make such great friends who share my passion for romance and happily ever afters and to discover so many wonderful new-to-me authors.

Nearly a Lady is such a delightful, beautiful, emotional, sweet story that’s all the more powerful because of its quiet, honest simplicity and endearing characters who steal your heart. The genuine friendship and tender, gradual roma...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Nearly a Lady is beautiful in its simplicity as a historical romance. It's about two people getting to know each other and falling in love. There is no need for madcap adventures, a cruel villain, an extraneous mystery plot, chandelier-swinging sex scenes, or convoluted excuses for the couple to spend time together. Instead, this story is organic in its development. And I appreciated that. The characters are those who you might have seen before in Regency romance, but they seem more authentic he...more

4.5 stars

For twelve long years Winnefred (Freddie) Blythe and her friend and governess Lilly Ilestone have languished in poverty at Murdoch House in Scotland. They were sent there when Freddie was thirteen as the unwanted legal ward of the Marquess of Engsly and his unfeeling wife. After his death, his son, Lucien discovering he now has charge of a ward dispatches his brother, Gideon to Scotland to deal with the situation. The Englsy estate under the greedy and dishonest hand of Lady Engsly - Lu...more
Jun 30, 2011 Diana~ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Diana~ by: It all started because of Rane ;)
I had so many emotions while reading this Nearly a Lady by Alissa Johnson. First, it started out as sweetness because I adore the friendship between Winnefred and Gideon. It was so cute and they were meant to be together from the very start. Then, there was heartbreak because while these two are friends, they're also unconsciously falling in love with each other... and Gideon refuses to let that happen. And finally, peacefulness because the ending was worth all of the rollercoaster of emotions t...more
5 stars.

Historical romance at it's finest and one that stroked favourably on everything that I love about HR.

Winnefred was a darling heroine; having grown up in less that auspicious circumstances, I found her remarkably courageous, bright, witty and entertaining. She wasn't prone to fits of sullenness or bitchiness at all, her sunny disposition was a constant throughout the entire book. And though she was an innocent who grew up on what could be referred to as a farm, she knew exactly what she w...more
3.5/4 stars
For some reason, I could not get into this book. I really enjoyed An Unexpected Gentleman but this one didn't set the world on fire. I'm not a fan of the tortured hero and Gideon would fit that description. He's probably suffering from PTSD and has both emotional and physical scars. I also don't like heroes that play the I can't get married/I can't have children/I can't forgive myself card. There are two love stories here and the other couple was a better match, imo. There was some pr...more
A very strong 3, almost a 3.5/4. This story was a pleasant Regency read that flowed well and stayed true to the voice and strong characterization of traditional Regency novels of yesteryear. I particularly liked the kind and independent heroine, Winnifred, whose lack of artifice was truly refreshing. I thought the circumstances of the physical consummation of their relationship were a little out of place in light of the traditional Regency tone and the restraint the H had shown up until that poi...more
I love this so much!
The chemistry and friendship between H/h is wonderful. The dialogs , the progress and the storyline...

I haven't felt emotions for so long time in historical romance. I've just remembered again, why I love this genre very much :)

I can't believe myself, why I waited so much for reading Ms Johnson's books. I'll read other books of the author's as soon.
Alissa Johnson is quickly climbing to the top of my most loved historical romance writers. She has a way of creating wonderful characters and delightful and witty banter that keeps you glued to the pages. This one was very close to a 5 star for me. I did feel it trying to lag on me but it picked back up and carried me to the end.
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jul 22, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: historical romance fans
This is a sweet historical romance about two good people who fall in love. The heroine is strong, intelligent, kind, and senstive. The hero reminded me of Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale from Elizabeth Hoyt's To Seduce a Sinner. He is charming, without being rakish, and his humor is, at times, nonsensical. He is also scarred from war and nightmares wake him.

In this story, Gideon is sent to rectify a financial wrong done to Winnefred. His step-mother has ran off after stealing a significant amount...more
CJ - Drop Dead Cute

It has been a severely long time in which I have read a historical romance and felt like I could relate to the characters, like I was totally absorbed in the storyline and invested in the outcome.

This was that book.

I'm not going to give you a review here. Nay, I will instead point you to a review that is better than anything I could write about this book.

Isn't that Lazy CJ?

Yes. Yes it is.

But it's also right.

Catherine's Review

My only qualm is that the ending felt a tad rushed and I wish that...more
Nearly a Lady is a very enjoyable Regency romance. Most readers will quickly come to care for the unusual heroine and the kind, if conflicted, hero. The writing was fluid and interesting, giving enough detail without bogging the story down. The secondary romance seemed a little rushed, or somewhat of an afterthought, but the main characters were well drawn. This isn't a complex book, but it's better than average and a worthwhile read. From the except in the back of the book, it seems Ms. Johnson...more
Jennifer Ashley
Nearly a Lady is a delightfully witty gem of a book! Johnson’s charming romp features a courageous, hilarious heroine, laugh-out-loud humor, plus a true hero who will steal your heart.
The UHQ Nasanta
3.5-4 stars

I wasn't exactly wild about this book. Part of this was because it started off somewhat slow, and continued to be rather...quiet. There were bits of humor interspersed which lightened the tone of the book but overall, it was...quiet.

But I continued on and tried to look for positives. I found it in the writing, in how the author detailed the process of two young people falling in love:
She caught the familiar twinkle in his dark eyes as he began a description of the Prince Regent's dru
Jan 21, 2012 Cecilia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people who like a nice substantial historical without any spy silliness
The first thing I will say about this book is that it's not unintelligent. Which sounds like damning it with faint praise, but that's not my intention. It's just that the book's source of conflict - the hero's reason for resisting falling in love - skates close to the line, and is a bit simplistic in how the hero learned from one disaster in his past that he can never be responsible for a wife and children, and a bit simplistic in how he wakes up one day and gets over it. But while this kind of...more
This book epitomizes why I love to read romance! Purely character-driven, with 2 wonderful characters for the story - Gideon, the PTSD-affected ex-naval captain, and Winnefred, the brave, honest, resourceful, beautiful and funny heroine he discovers in a gardener's cottage in Scotland.

Excellent 5-star reviews by Rane, Catherine and a few others reflect my feelings about this book exactly. Loved it!
Cecilia Grant
Good-natured, generous hero with a wry sense of humor; awkward, occasionally belligerent but good-hearted heroine. Loved the "why a ton of bricks?" and "does it really add anything to eat my heart raw?" exchanges in particular. Also appreciated the heroine's fierce loyalty to her companion/friend Lilly. Johnson excels at writing female friendships.
Jan 11, 2012 Rose rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Romance Lovers
Recommended to Rose by: Disney Princess Reading Challenge
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Winnefred Blythe is a woman who has been abandoned almost her whole life and forced to make do with whatever she scrapes together. She's done exceptionally well for herself under the circumstances, but when Lord Gideon Haverston shows up to repay his family's debt it stirs up both of their lives. I related strongly to Winnefred's independent personality and her need to do things on her own, and I really enjoyed her confidence when voicing her opinion during a time when women were seen as merely...more
Sandy M
Alissa Johnson has it all as an author. Her writing is perfect for the Regency period; word choice, tone, inflection are flawless the way she strings her sentences together. Humor is something a lot of authors have difficulty with, but Ms. Johnson peppers her stories with just the right amount to make her characters fun and charming. The range of emotion those characters go through is wide and varied, and the heroine in this book, Winnefred, is pushed to her limit by Gideon. As much I love that...more
Erica Anderson
This little gem is easy to miss with its generic cover, but it's certainly not the usual Regency-set historical. Johnson's book should appeal to both fans of traditional Regencies, as well as historical romance readers more generally, though her heroine won't be to everyone's taste.

The first half of the book takes place in Scotland, where the impoverished heroine, Winnefred, and her friend have tried to make a living despite the fact that they've been cheated out of their income for a decade. T...more
I absolutely LOVED this book. It's warm and funny and sexy, the characters are engaging and well-rounded and I'm always a sucker for a romance in which the romantic feelings evolve from friendship.

Winnefred (odd spelling!) has been passed from pillar to post all her life, and is thus no stranger to rejection. Gideon is sent to find her by his brother in order to make financial restitution for money that was due to her as his father's ward, and their relationship doesn't get off to a great start,...more
Miss Adeo
3.5 stars.

I liked the characters a lot. Especially Lilly. but feel like we weren't given enough insight into who they really were. The ending was extremely rushed and I feel like we missed a few conversations between the H and h. Like him opening up to her about his nightmares and the real reason he was so cold to her about the idea of marriage. Like reeally opening up about the war and how it effected him We skipped all that and next thing you know we're racing across the countryside saying 'I...more
this book was a very nice, lovely and funny read. I was delighted with the characters - both strong persons with faults and strength. both had their difficulties in the past and you could see and feel how they were affected from that. but they were never pitiful!

the relationship grew slowly and it was so nice to feel the developments. I really enjoyed the conversations they had with each other and had to smile or laugh very often. It was so beautifully written how they dealt with their attractio...more
Frisky and fun! Lord Gideon Haverston doesn't expect to fall in love with one of his misplaced ward let alone discover the other is his long lost brother's love. Fall in love he does. Independent Winnefred Blythe wishes only to run her small farm herself although she could certainly use the full eighty pounds annum she is supposed instead of just five pounds from stingy Lady Engsly. Along comes Lord Gideon. Can he be trusted? Why is her friend and mentor. Lily so anxious for a season in London?
There was nothing bad per say about this romance. I just could not find myself emotionally attached to the characters or story at all.
May 22, 2012 steph rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who likes simple love stories
This book was adorable. Absolutely adorable. Nothing happening, there were no poor, dead fathers or penniless lords, there were no gunshot wounds or deathbed confessions, no duels, no children that were born and hidden away in the country, no fortune hunters, nothing. Instead, there was this couple, these two people that met due to the mistreatment of one lady who became friends and then wondered, "is there more to us, can there be more to us?" and ugh, IT WAS ADORABLE. UTTERLY ADORABLE. Sometim...more
Karen Wilson
A very straight-forward story where a brother of a marquess was sent to check on 2 wards (1 ward + 1 governess). The wards have been on their own for years, neglected and impoverished. Gideon was a captain suffering from bouts of PTSD.

The funny banter and curiosity displayed by Gideon was refreshing. I especially liked the raw heart bit. However, Gideon's actions were not convincing; especially towards the end. Everything fit too nicely and I find this book easily forgettable.

Fredi's behavior...more
Mar 03, 2014 Renee rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mobi
Very good book, loved Freddie (h) she was a spirited woman who knew what she wanted, just wasn't sure how to get it. She would do anything for someone she cared about. She also spoke her mind 9 times out of 10 what she thought she said, it was great! Also I loved the fact that she really didn't like the London scene (that would so be me). I liked Gideon (H) he was a tortured hero. Was understandable why he felt he could not be responsible for someone ever again and that's why he couldn't marry F...more
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