Nearly a Lady (Haverston Family #1)
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
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
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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
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
Lord Gideon Haverston has been assigned the task of righting his stepmother’s wrong against his father’s ward, Miss Winnefred Blythe. He expected to be greeted as her hero when he promises her repayment of the money that was stolen from her over the years, instead he is assaulted when they don’t recognise him, and thinks him there to either hurt or steal from them. And then after that matter is cleared up, he has the difficult task of trying to win Winnefred’s trust. What he refuses to do, what...more
Wow, that was a nice HR for once.
The story begins with our hero, Gideon, the brother of a marquess, being sent to the lowlands of Scotland by said marquess brother to check up on a long forgotten ward. The ward, Winnefred, or Freddie, has lived on a rural farm for 12 years, along with her companion Lilly.
So Gideon finds himself knocked down by a feisty girl in pants, and afterwards has to explain why his family let girl in pants aka Freddie and Lilly live near starvation for so long.
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
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
Nearly a Lady has been quietly languishing on my TBR pile for months now. I'm afraid that cover had something to do with it (she says sheepishly after making and breaking her 110th resolution not to judge a book by its . . . well). Uninspiring cover aside (but seriously, I just don't like the look of them and really that's far too much lavender for my taste and . . . well), it lingered in the back of my mind all this time for no discernible reason except that ...more
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.
My only qualm is that the ending felt a tad rushed and I wish that ...more
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.
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...more
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
I liked Lord Gideon Haverston, he seemed like a decent enough guy, but the constant self blame gets old after a while. And this ridiculous notion of never getting married for absurd reasons has been hashed out one time to ...more
No sabía muy bien qué me iba a encontrar cuando decidí leer este libro y me alegro de haberlo hecho.
Es otra de estas historias en las que los protagonistas llevan el peso del guión. Donde aunque no se niega esa primera atracción, la relación no queda relegada a la lujuria y a la cama, donde aunque hay diálogo interno, éste no es ni repetitivo ni cansino, sino que te explica que sienten los personajes en cada momento, para que el lector se pueda identificar con ellos, para mí ha f ...more
Excellent 5-star reviews by Rane, Catherine and a few others reflect my feelings about this book exactly. Loved it!
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Lilly should be there. And Gideon. High-handed, muleheaded, wonderful Gideon. She'd never admitted it, not even to herself, but a part of her had expected him to come back to Murdoch House with her. Or perhaps it was more accurate to say that no part of her had been able to imagine going back without him.”