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Nearly a Lady (Haverston Family #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,495 Ratings  ·  123 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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Dec 27, 2010 Rane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Apr 21, 2011 Shawna rated it it was amazing
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

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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
May 18, 2016 Joanita rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, gr2016

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

4 stars

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.

Jun 07, 2011 Diana~ rated it it was amazing
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
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
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

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
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

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
Jan 31, 2013 Nefise rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 01, 2011 Audrey rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
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
The first book in Alissa Johnson's Haverston Family series. 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.
Rating: 4.5 Stars

LOVED this. So, so, so, so much. Exactly what I needed, actually. :)
Jan 18, 2012 Cecilia rated it really liked it  ·  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
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Loved this book. Just loved it. Winnefred is such a lovely, giving person even though she's felt unwanted most of her life, and the hero, Gideon is wonderful. They make such a lovely couple. The dialogue between them was fantastic and made me laugh often and there was enough angst to make it a well-rounded book. It was a touch slow to start, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down and read it in one day. I couldn't have been happier with it. This author has a very smooth style, and the un ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Carrie rated it really liked it
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
Nov 15, 2010 Jennifer Ashley rated it it was amazing
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
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jul 06, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 01, 2014 Jackie rated it it was ok
Nearly a Lady by Alissa Johnson is a Regency style novel that caters to modern sensitivities. Our heroine has been banished with her governess/companion to a small estate in Scotland with almost no money. She is fourteen at the time and her governess is at most 10 years her senior, yet somehow they manage to survive without servants or generous neighbors. Then the second son of Winnefred's original guardian arrives to set matters straight. Although he is a former naval officer or perhaps because ...more
Sep 06, 2016 Vashti rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Historical Fluff Romance
Not a bad book if you have to spend a few hours in a waiting room, and there is nothing worth watching on TV, but certainly not a book that will hold you so enraptured that you are up all night saying to yourself, "Just one more chapter". I really could not get into this book.

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
Oct 10, 2014 Luli rated it it was amazing
Me ha encantado.
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
Jan 03, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Not all that much happens plot-wise, but I thoroughly enjoyed the characters. I appreciated that they were both usually willing to talk their conflicts out, rather than one of of them leaving in a huff. I also liked that they genuinely got to know each other--it made it so that when they admitted that they loved each other, I actually believed that they knew what they were talking about. Also, the first chapter? Pretty much one of the most amusing first chapters I've read in a while.
Jul 19, 2011 Ilze rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alissa-johnson
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
Aug 17, 2011 Cecilia Grant rated it really liked it
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.
May 15, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommended to Michelle by: Angie
Horrific cover aside, this one was sweet love story. There were so many things to love about Gideon and Freddie. A hero with a sense of humor and a talent for non-sequitors and a heroine is happy just to be herself. Funny and charming as anything and thoroughly enjoyable.
Jan 09, 2017 F.e. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Absolutely loved this book. I'm so excited I can't even get my words out! From the writing to the characters it was all so well done!!
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“He'd become so accustomed to having her there, right there next to him, that he found he could no longer go the day without needing to see her. Even the space of a few hours made him feel restless and dissatisfied.” 8 likes
“How had things gone so terribly wrong? She wasn't supposed to be returning to Murdoch House in defeat, and she most certainly was not supposed to be returning alone.

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.”
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