Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Under the Wishing Star (Whittaker Family, #1)” as Want to Read:
Under the Wishing Star (Whittaker Family, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Under the Wishing Star (Whittaker Family #1)

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  13 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
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Under the Wishing Star, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Under the Wishing Star

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
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
Apr 03, 2012 Caz rated it really liked it
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
Aug 22, 2010 Janet rated it really liked it
Probably somewhere in the tricky 3 1/2 star region but Farr is so good I want to give her her due.
Jamie Brown
Mar 02, 2017 Jamie Brown rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book...I enjoyed the twist of fate that becomes Natalie's ultimate gift. After living under the rough conditions of one brother and his wife it becomes a wonderful when wishes do come true. The love of one child, the caring of one man and magic of the stars can be the change in Natalie's life that she well deserves.
Aug 30, 2012 Ilze rated it it was ok
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
Jun 05, 2014 H2bourne rated it liked it
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
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.

Jul 13, 2012 M rated it really liked it
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
Dec 28, 2012 Louise Allen rated it really liked it
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.
Kathy Mccoy
Jun 11, 2014 Kathy Mccoy rated it really liked it
One of my random library grabs. Somehow I picked up 3 loved stories! I enjoyed this book as an easy summer read.
Jun 07, 2013 Cj rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
Sep 25, 2009 Sylvia rated it liked it
The Cat Bastet
The Cat Bastet rated it really liked it
Apr 09, 2012
Tammy McPherson
Tammy McPherson rated it really liked it
Jun 02, 2015
Laura rated it liked it
Aug 09, 2014
Brittney rated it really liked it
Aug 14, 2014
Chelsea rated it did not like it
Dec 01, 2013
Gemma rated it really liked it
Jan 12, 2011
Priscila rated it it was amazing
Feb 09, 2012
themis rated it did not like it
Dec 04, 2016
Karla rated it liked it
Oct 27, 2012
Zari rated it really liked it
Feb 03, 2017
Nancy Mirtle
Nancy Mirtle rated it liked it
Dec 28, 2012
Angela rated it it was amazing
Aug 14, 2012
Melissa rated it liked it
May 31, 2013
suzi rated it liked it
Aug 23, 2015
Miriam rated it really liked it
Jan 03, 2015
Theresa Depiano
Theresa Depiano rated it really liked it
Nov 05, 2011
Glam_Gramma rated it really liked it
Dec 25, 2011
Joelle rated it really liked it
Aug 08, 2010
« previous 1 3 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jan 10, 2016 06:04PM  

Other Books in the Series

Whittaker Family (2 books)
  • Under a Lucky Star (Whittaker Family, #2)

Share This Book