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The School for Heiresses

(School For Heiresses #2.5)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,546 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Inspired by New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries' School for Heiresses series, this delightful anthology features four young women who learn that there's nothing textbook about love. . . .
At the School for Heiresses, the lessons go far beyond etiquette and needlepoint. In addition to teaching her students how to avoid fortune hunters, headmistress and founder
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Pocket Star
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Overall for the whole book my ratings average out at (I guess) 2 stars. The best story was the Liz Carlyle one. The worst were the Sabrina Jeffries and the Julia London ones. Here are are my comments on each of the four stories:

Ten Reasons To Stay by Sabrina Jeffries. 1 star. Very lame, ridiculous story. I know the action in novellas can be ‘telescoped’ due to their brevity, but this one overdid that to the point of non-belief. I’ve already forgotten the MCs’ names. No, wait, I think the H had
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Ten Reasons to Stay, Sabrina Jeffries
The new Earl of Monteith, Colin Hunt, discovers Eliza Crenshawe trying to steal a horse. Her trousers reveal she's got LADY PARTS so he gets MAN BONERS that resolve into EMOTIONS in 24 HOURS. YIKES.

This was SO FAST. Also kind of gross: Eliza is adamant that she does not want to be returned to her guardian (who is marrying her off to a friend of his and has slapped her) but Colin doesn't want to get involved??? Other than, y'know, sexually??? Eventually he
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Jan 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology
This is an anthology about 4 heiresses that were all at Mrs Harris School for some time.

In Sabrina Jeffries Ten Reasons to Stay I think the main characters fell in lust rather than in love. The hero is very vocal about not wanting to marry and changes his mind not because of the heroine but because of her evil uncle. Then the 10 reasons he gives her are supposed to be romantic but the whole sex scene backgroung just didn't work for me. When she makes the usual sacrifice and leaves him for his
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
S.J. - 10 reasons to stay - 4.5 stars. I really liked the story. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars was because it was ONLY ONE DAY!!! That is way too fast for me.

L.C. - after midnight - 3 stars. The story was OK. But I really don't care for her writing. Its not my style. Not to mention there were unresolved issues in the end.

J.L. - The Merchant's Gift - 6 stars!!! Finally, a short story that doesn't evolve in 24-48 hours!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this author's take on the school for heiresses.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
My two favorites were the Sabrina Jeffries story and the Liz Carlyle story. The Sabrina Jeffries story was sizzling with Colin, who is half-Indian and who recently inherited the Barony although his English family wanted to deny that his father was legally married to his Indian wife. He is Simon from Only A Duke Will Do's cousin. I really liked his chemistry with a plus-size hoyden in too tight pants who didn't give one whit that he was half-Indian. This was my favorite.

I also enjoyed the Liz
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, regency
The first book 'Ten Reasons to Stay' was pretty good. I liked the irony of the gothic novel and the events that happened. That was a pretty good humor. I also liked the self-assurance the main female character had, it's one of those things I wish I had. I would definitely read this book again and it was a great short read. 'After Midnight' was good too. I was understanding of the outsider feeling of the main character. Christine goes on my short list, grrrr. I liked the ending and would read ...more
Aug 25, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Romance fans
Shelves: romance
I used to love romance novels and I still enjoy a couple of really good authors who tell their stories with a great mix of romance, wit, humor, and fairy tale fantasy.

This book, however, didn't really do it for me. Completely formulated, the four short stories that make up the collection are pretty much the same thing you'd read everywhere. A young heiress who must make a good match of course falls for the handsome scoundrel who her family may or may not disapprove of. In a short time, they
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this anthology, which is rare for me because I usually don't enjoy them as much. There were 4 stories each by a different author but all involving a student of Mrs. Harris. I absolutely loved Sabrina Jeffries because I wanted to know what happened to Colin Hunt from his introduction in a previous story. I also highly enjoyed Liz Carlyle and Julia London's story. They kept to Sabrina Jeffries world very well and I hardly noticed that they were written by different authors. I did not ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Four short stories about four girls who went to the same finishing school.

Ten Reasons to stay by Sabrina Jeffries features an Anglo-Indian lord who discovers a horse thief isn't who he appears to be.

After Midnight by Liz Carlyle is the story of the daughter of a courtesan who discovers love.

The Merchant's Gift by Julia London is the story of a nouveau riche heiress who finds love where her father will never approve.

Mischief's Holiday by Renee Bernard is the story of a woman who seems to attract
A good introduction to the writing styles of romance authors as they tackle Jeffries's world. Pretty serviceable. I must say I was surprised at how natural these short stories were. Usually a hundred page romances feel forced and too quick. These did not seem too fast. I don't know whether that is a credit to the authors or a testament to me having read so many of the School of Heiresses books that the characters seem more fleshed out.
Read mostly for the Liz Carlyle novella because it is an offshoot of her Neville family series which I love and also becuase the heroine was biracial, so I curious to see how that aspect worked in the story. Very nice.
Dec 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
what a lovely anthology. i picked this one because it had 4 of my fave authors: sabrina j, julia london, renee bernard, and liz carlyle. the first two stories featured 2 steamy stories with titled men. the last two were sweet and romantic and featured Misters.
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
read this years ago, but the only story that still stands out to me from this anthology is julia london's 'the merchant's gift', which gets 5 stars from me. very sweet story.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a slow reader and don't read books 24/7. That being said, when I finally finished this book I was sad. I didn't want it to end!! It was so good!! It had a lot of funny moments and WOW moments and OH MY moments lol!! Love it!! I love all the authors writing styles too. Can't wait to read more by these authors!! :)
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed three out of four of the stories, but I think the last one is my favourite.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book started it all for me and I was hooked by the authors and the stories. Can’t get enough. A must read in my opinion.
Oct 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
With the grand exception of Renee Bernard, I have read (and enjoyed) books by the three 'known' authors. A quick search on google, amazon and fantastic fiction (a wonderful site I urge everyone to go to) showed that Miss Bernard hasn't had a new book published in quite a while (nor does there seem to be another mentioned...but she admits to being a bad blogger so maybe that's why there's no info?). The three she has out (part of the 'Mistress Trilogy') I've never heard of nor read, so this was ...more
☽ Rhiannon ✭ Mistwalker ☾
Ten Reasons To Stay by Sabrina Jeffries cemented my decision to pick up more of her work. I picked up the playaway for A Hellion in Her Bed mostly because it was one of the few non-contemporary romances available in that format from the library, and I remembered enjoying her story in Fantasy. This story had all my favorite bits of angst. Abused/neglected and insecure/curvy (read:chubby) heroine, troubled hero, adversarial banter between the couple, sweet and steamy sex. Her story in Snowy Night ...more
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An Odd1
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: x-rate
*** scorching hot "The School for Heiresses" is the 1800s explicit deflowering of four graduated aristocratic London Ladies by equally rich Lords, and their subsequent mutual agreement to formalize the arrangement. Sabrina Jeffries writes, Deborah Gonzales copyrights. Liz Carlyle writes for Susan Woodhouse. Julia London is Dinah Dinwiddie. R. Renee Bernard is herself, and the least embarrasing exposures. Each lovely bright strong-minded maiden is from a nouveau riche family who sent them to the ...more
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Oleta Blaylock
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books

As always these stories are too short. There never seems to be enough detail and they are often unsatisfying. There are authors that can pack a good deal of emotion and background into a novella to really make the reader feel like they have read a full length book. This story while well done is still short on something.

There is emotion in the story especially at the end but maybe it is that Grace Holcomb seems so mercenary. I understand in this time period marriages among the
Desiree M ~*~*~ LiveReadCollect
3 stars.

The first two short stories in the book were the ones I enjoyed the most. The last two weren't as good.

Ten Reasons to Stay by Sabrina Jeffries: 4 stars. My favorite of the four. I liked that we got to see Colin's story. There was one minor issue I had, the entire story takes place within a 24 hour period. Overall though it was entertaining and wanted it to continue.

After Midnight by Liz Carlyle: 3 stars. As with the other LC book I read there are some characters and information that
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Mixed feelings about the 4 stories. I loved Sabrina Jeffries' Ten Reasons to Stay. I liked the characters and their strengths.
I cannot say that for Liz Carlyle's After Midnight. I did not feel the relationship between Martinique and St Vrain. I wanted them to end it. I was not made to feel a part of their supposed fever. In fact I did not thing there was real fever. It seemed contrived by the author. I was more interested in Martinique's guardian and her "aunt". His is the story I wanted to
These are all stories about girls from Mrs. Harris' School for Heiresses, a school set up to help the daughters of the noveau riche learn tonnish manners and also to teach them how to stay away from fortune hunters. I think the first story, by Sabrina Jeffries, was my favorite. A new early finds someone stealing his horses and then discovers it's a girl running away from home. When she says she's running from her guardian who is trying to marry her off to one of his nasty friends, he thinks ...more
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had finished the Heiresses series, so I thought I'd give this one a go to round everything out. It was just okay. The Jeffries one was nice because we were able to see what happens with Colin who was mentioned in a previous book. Carlyle's After Midnight was a DNF--this one did nothing for me. I thought London's The Merchant's Gift was a really good read...right up to the end--which sort of fell flat for me. It was probably the most developed on any of the books. Bernard's (who I've never ...more
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeffries-sabrina
A truly delightful collection of 4 stories about 4 students at Mrs. Harris's School for Heiresses. I now wish I had written a quick review of each story because now I can't remember all the details of each one. But they were each equally good.

The last story is at the top of my mind so I can say that it was quite enjoyable. The student, Alyssa Martin, comes home at the Holidays. I loved her character. She was prone to accidents and ended up stuck in a carriage window after an accident when the
Carrie Hinkel-Gill
I started with After Midnight by Liz Carlyle was an average story, but just that - a story. I never really felt pulled into the story, nor did it emote much with its pages like other stories have.

The second story I read was The Merchant's Gift by Julia London. This was more than just a story. It not only did it thrust me into the lives of these two characters, it made me feel what they felt as they felt it. It's a true example of how a short story should be...I just wish there had been more. :-)
Oct 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
I only gave this book three stars because I only enjoyed two of the stories.
The four stories in this book were:

10 Reasons To Stay - Sabrina Jefferies
Really enjoyed this story, very funny, this story was my favorite of the four. Liked the addition that he was half Indian.

After Midnight - Liz Carlyle
Coudn't finish this one, it didn't interest me at all, and the dialog didn't seem real to me.

The merchant's Gift - Julia London
Really enjoyed this story, although I felt sorry for Barrett over the way
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Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 9 million ...more

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