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Under the Wishing Star (Whittaker Family #1)

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Widower Malcolm Chase wants to dismiss his daughter's cruel governess and hire kind Natalie Whittaker instead. Natalie fears it would be unseemly for a woman of her station to move into a bachelor's household. The obvious solution? Marriage. But Natalie desires a union of love, not convenience-a wish that just might come true when fate gives her feminine wiles a fighting c ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 2nd 2003 by Signet
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Read this last year, posting review today. Diana Farr is a favorite in Regency Romance. To me, her best book is The Fortune Hunter -- an outstanding 5-star read! Sexy, sad, and fun, all rolled into one.

This book, Under the Wishing Star, is also quite good, but the first 2/3rds are better than the last bit. The first in the Whittaker Family series, it's fairly lighthearted, with some angst. A little smexy, too. Interesting characters. Fairly believable plot line, even if it somewhat breaks from
I admit, I'm not a huge fan of children appearing in romances as I often find they're little more than a plot-point over which the H&H can bond, but I've made an exception in the case of this book because the rest of it is so enjoyable. I haven't read a story where the heroine's family are so deliciously horrible (almost!) for some time, so in an odd way, it was a refreshing change. I did think that the misunderstanding between Natalie and Malcolm as to what each thought the other wanted fro ...more
This is more like 3-1/2 stars. Everything is satisfyingly resolved by the end but I found it a bit frustrating at times. Lord Malcolm and Miss Whittaker seem to develop an honest, open friendship with good communication but after he inadvertently admits that he loves her something happens to their once open relationship. It seems implausible as does the entailment of the family property to a mere 19-yr-old. As another reviewer mentioned there would have been some sort of guardianship in place un ...more
Probably somewhere in the tricky 3 1/2 star region but Farr is so good I want to give her her due.
The story might have gotten at least a 3-star rating from me for the first 2/3 of the book. But after the hero, in all sincerity, tells the heroine he loves her, things just go downhill, mainly because the heroine turns into a complete ninny at that point ("no, he doesn't really love me, he's just saying that to get me to marry him") and the author dwells on her "ninnyness" at great, excruciating length. The resolution of the plot with the "bad" stepbrother and "good" brother is just bad. That a ...more
Kathy Mccoy
One of my random library grabs. Somehow I picked up 3 loved stories! I enjoyed this book as an easy summer read.
I'm going to re-read this one. I remember thinking it was rather average and after reading the review I had written at the time, I am not sure why I seemed almost angry. I remember liking the hero and the rather gothic feel of the story. I also remember not liking the heroine.

Anyway, I will re-read it--if I still have a copy. In fact, perhaps I will wait until I get my hands on Under a Lucky Star since they are connected.

Surprisingly good. Was recommended to me and I couldn't find it at the library, luckily it is inexpensive as an ebook. I enjoyed the authors style of writing and the characters were diverse and well thought out. Natalie is a country gentlewoman whose life is disrupted when her younger brother and his new pregnant wife take possession of the family's country home. At the same time Lord Malcohm and his daugther move in next door and bring much welcomed changes to her life. I loved the happy ending ...more
Louise Allen
I thoroughly enjoyed this, despite the somewhat improbable premise and the fact that the heroine's brother and sister in law are so one-dimensionally awful. The writing is fluent and witty, the hero and heroine are, as always with Farr's leading characters, engaging and likeable and the resolution of the novel was satisfying.
OMG this book was so C.U.T.E to read! I seriously devoured this book while relaxing on the beach. I enjoyed how this romance novel didn't have to get raunchy to make it's point across.
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