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A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  3,129 ratings  ·  163 reviews
A Lady of High Regard features Mia Stanley, a winsome socialite with a knack for matchmaking. But despite her wealthy upbringing, Miss Stanley works for Godey's Lady's Book magazine, much to the disdain of her family. When Mia insists on researching the downtrodden seamen's wives on the docks of Philadelphia, she uncovers a scheme that puts her own life in danger. But her ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 446 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Dani
At the time that I listened to this audio book, the only other Christian romance author I knew was Lori Wick. Even though this book was based in the same time period, there was definitely a different tone as Peterson's characters are based in a city and high society rather than on the prairie. This meant that the characters had more to do than just eat and go to church :-). If you don't like the in-your-face devotional nature of a Wick book, then you may want to try Peterson. The characters in t ...more
Carrie
A lady of High Regard takes place in 1852 Philadelphia, it deals with areas that a lady of higher standing shouldn't be sticking her nose into. Because after all it isn't proper for women to get involved in such matters of oppression and poverty. She is to be home having tea parties with her friends and gossiping about the latest fashions from Paris.

Mai lives a comfortable life, and hadn't realized that in her own town just a few blocks from her home down on the docks, people are living in pove
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Rachel
My first thought when it was done was "thank goodness." This was just boring, cardboard.

Stereotypical headstrong young woman who fights against the constraints of society. But then, she's not even relateable because I got so sick and tired of her reckless, stupid decisions. There's fighting against society and then there's just being impetuous and foolish. Despite the fact that Mia is told that other people are helping her and that it is unsafe to hand things herself (what does she intend to do
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Jtreed06
I loved how clean this book was. Its always a risk to check a book out from the library without a recommendation from someone you trust. This one caught my attention so I gave it a try. I really enjoyed it. The author is obviously religious and talks about the importance of prayer. There were no language issues or questionable scenes. It was set in Philadelphia during the 1800's. The story reminded me of a Jane Austen plot but was not near the caliber as Jane Austen novels. Still I enjoyed it an ...more
Samanta Bićanić
Oh Mia, Mia...such a big heart you have that it often defies common sense, but I can relate so I can't judge. :)

Mia Stanley is a memeber of Philadelphia's high society of 1850's. She is also an avid social activist who often discards her own safety in order to help those in need. Thank God (who is, by the way, mentioned alot throughout the book) she has her long-time best friend (or maybe even something more) Garrett to think of her safety for her.

Mia and Garrett reminded me alot of Emma and Mr
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Cara
I get that it's historical/period piece, but the dialog was just so... unnatural and overly formal (like awkward, not necessarily the proper-formal required for a historical piece) - and I found myself getting frustrated with the characters. ugh. Yet I had to finish it. Some of it felt like God was randomly thrown in there, or the faith questions & prayers not really genuine -- though there was one particular scene that was well done, faith-wise, I felt. But just one.
Tania
I debated between giving this book one and two stars. Heck, I'm still debating. I admit that I nearly put A Lady of High Regard down when I found out it is designated as Christian romance, because I often find the characters In Christian fiction boringly perfect and annoyingly self righteous. I continued, however, because the heroine at least seemed to have some spunk. Sadly, as I fought my way through the chapters, it proved that while Mia had spirit, the author only let her use it to get hers ...more
Natalie
I liked it ok. The romance was very Emma/Mr. Knightly-esque: girl and guy have known each other forever, he's 8 years older and friends with her father, he's super successful and acts as her moral soundboard, he's very handsome and is finally looking to take a wife, she's young and beautiful, adored by her family, loves playing matchmaker amongst her friends - I mean seriously, is any of this sounding familiar? Set in Philadelphia during the 1850s, it really was a nice setting for a novel. My on ...more
Mandy Spigle
Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite authors and this series doesn't disappoint - especially since my mom was able to snag the author's signature on each one! Aside from the autograph, Tracie depicts a whole time-line of characters through the books to teach lessons from life. Her sense of what a woman needs to hear about trusting God and being a virtuous lady is uncanny and she delivers in a completely unpretentious way. I highly recommend.
Tara
Wonderful read. Fun story line that is very similar to Jane Austen's book Emma. If you enjoy romance based on a solid friendship this is a great read for you. Loved the determination of the main character. It was easy to relate to her.
Stephanie
I thought A Lady of High Regard by Tracie Peterson was an enjoyable read. Mia Stanley is unlike other girls her age as she has little desire to marry and does what she can to play matchmaker to her friends and fellow socialites. Against her family's desires she works for Godey's Lady's Book magazine. While there, she finds herself involved in the plight of seamen's wives who are mistreated when their husbands are away at sea.

Mia seems to always get herself in a sticky situation and, by doing so,
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Tamara
A LADY OF HIGH REGARD follows Mia Stanley, the daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia family. Set in a time when social classes did not cross lines, Mia finds herself on a mission to help woman that are less fortunate than her, many who are seaman’s wives being abused in their husband’s absence . When she finds out these women are being forced to pay higher rents and bogus debits, she does some investigating. When Garrett, the boy next door and her lifelong friend sees her sneaking out of the house ...more
Amy
If Jane Austen's Emma had taken place just before the Civil War, it might have looked something like this. In fact, most of the plot is straight-out-Emma, from the "older" love interest to the match making heroine to the "romantic conflict" of misunderstandings and mistaken engagments.
Mia Stanley, our heroine extraordinaire, was actually not that bad. Annoying, yes. Perfect? No, she is to obnoxious. And by that I mean this young lady, who is SO beautiful and unconscioiusly attractive and appeal
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Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
This novel gives an interesting glimpse into the different opinions held by 19th century society for working women, at a time when most people weren't sure if they should applaud or shun the idea.

I do have to admit that it took a few chapters for me to get used to the style of dialogue that is used. I don't know if this is actually how people in the 19th century talked or not, but it's quite formal compared to what our modern conversations generally are. However, after a few chapters I found I h
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Betsy VanSweden
Tracie Peterson tells a story that we have all previously been introduced to via Jane Austen's Emma. In A Lady of High Regard we meet Mia, the daughter of a very wealthy father with a family that loves her and great friends to be around, she is a writer, to the dismay of her family, and covets this fact beyond all other things, even her handsome wealthy neighbor who is obviously very fond of her, (Mr. Knightly anyone?). The only redeeming quality of this story was, in my opinion, the conviction ...more
Amanda
Formulaic and dull. While I wasn't exactly expecting to be blown away when I picked up this book, I thought it might at least be a fun, entertaining love story. Instead, the sheer metric ton of contrived misunderstandings between the two protagonists when it came time to declare their love made this virtually unreadable. And when the book wasn't focused on the two main characters twisting themselves in knots over whether or not the other one loved them, it read more like a Bible study than anyth ...more
Terri
I found this novel to be ok reading for a day when my allergies were giving me fits and there was nothing on television. However, I found the plot to be superficial and predictable--of course, many romances fall into that category. I suppose what bothered me most in this example of "Christian" fiction was the moral character of the protagonist. I really wanted to like and admire her--her concern for those less fortunate and her kindness to the young women of her own social class who were being b ...more
Margaret
Jul 15, 2010 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone wanting romance with some suspense as well as woman's rights thrown in
Recommended to Margaret by: Amy Kittel
Mia Stanley is a lady of high regard living in late nineteenth century Pennsylvania fighting for the rights of women and children beyond what her social status believes is appropriate. Tracie Peterson has done it again in my opinion. I must admit that I was not crazy for this book and it's characters as I have been for some of Tracie's stories, but I did enjoy it and will recommend it and perhaps read it again. Mia has a very Emma-like quality about her. She wants to put everyone into a matchmad ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
A fun little historical read mixed with some romance and suspense. Mia Stanley is a wealthy young socialite in 19th century Philadelphia. She works for Godey's Lady's Book magazine, much to the chagrin of her proper parents. Mia's talent for matchmaking has brought her friends husbands, but none for herself.

Unsatisfied with simply writing about fashion, Mia's interests draw her into the world of the poor, downtrodden seamen's wives on the Philadelphia docks. Women who are terrorized and abused
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Audrey Grant
I would say the main character in an odd mixed up way is an early version of a Christian Feminist, if there can be such a thing! LOL
She is a very independent young woman, but she has the mistaken idea that she is the only one who can understand and fix the problems that she sees around her. She doesn't trust any of the men that she loves (her Dad and life long best friend) to help her and do the honorable and right things.
She is so worried that they will take away her freedom that she continuall
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Gayle
I didn't like this book quite as well as others by this author. The heroine kind of annoyed me with how stubborn/blind she was about the danger she was putting herself in. I also thought there were too many "almost" conversations between the two main characters. But I liked the time period and learning more about the historical issues that the book dealt with.
Monkeyface
Listened to A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty #1)by Tracie Peterson. Born into affluence, Mia Stanley is a winsome socialite with a knack for matchmaking. She's also a writer for Godey's Lady's Book magazine, much to the disdain of her family and their society friends. A proper young lady of her social standing isn't meant to labor in such a way, but Mia has always had a way with words... When her writing draws her into the world of downtrodden seamen's wives on Philadelphia's docks, Mia ...more
Melissa Kling
I like Tracie Peterson and I like historical fiction and I like Christian novels. Don't really know what was wrong with this one.

I think the characters read a bit flat and the main character grated on my nerves terribly. Didn't like this book at all. Gave it two stars only because I like the author.
Jennifer
I really enjoyed this book the story was strong until the end. and as I got closer to the end I was wondering if Ms. Peterson was not going to give a good ending or rush a super disappointing one but neither was true, the ending was very satisfying. Tracie Peterson is quickly becoming one of my favorite christian authors.
Angie
Nicely written book. Mia is a very strong character, with such a passion for the things she deems important, even if it is against the standards for a woman of her social standing. Garrett is a wonderfully written balance to the willful Mia, even if he nor she realize it til much later.

I liked how this book took up a stance on issues that aren't frivolous. I loved Mia's compassion for the seafare's women. Even when it went against what everyone she loved thought, she stood by her need to help. I
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Marie
Very predictable. The most interesting story line followed the poor sea men's wives, but unfortunately the book focused on Miss Prim and Proper Mia Stanley. Very boring. Too much time was spent detailing her lavish life of society. It would have been much more interesting had it focused on those actually suffering. The life of a woman trying to survive a low-paying dangerous factory job while caring for her many children and having to deal with horrifying corruption sounds far more intriguing th ...more
Fides
I've read a lot of Peterson's novels, and this one was a bit of a low for me. I found Jane Austen's "Emma" a much more enjoyable experience for a similar storyline.
Abigail
I really love Tracie Peterson. But I do not think this is one of her better novels. The story was blah, and for lack of better words, completely time wasting when I read it. Mia seemed like a stupid character actually. She was always running towards trouble and not listening to anyone's advise. She was cute and spunky at some times, but that wasn't very often.

Over all, I love Tracie Peterson, but I would not recommend this book. I mean she has so many other wonderful books. I was very disappoin
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Annette
Lady of High Regard is about a young lady with a compassionate heart for others, but can be reckless in her pursuits to serve the Lord. She has a heart for the seaman's wives who are facing severe oppression at the docks. This storyline is set a midst her efforts to understand her heart in regard to a special someone.

I gave this book 4 stars (in truth I would probably rate this 3.5), but rounded up because I like this genre and may like more in the series. But I did struggle staying into this b
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Christine
Yet another cliched version of the 'forward-thing' woman of the American pre-Civil War era, humbly going about to do good, to the detriment of her families' social standing. Still, the characters are engaging and the books topics feel well-researched. I do not know how Philadelphia women who had husbands at sea were treated, but the book makes you interested in their plight. (Using this as the plight and not race relations is both good and bad--you expect it to be present, and except for the her ...more
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Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison
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