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The Little Nobody

3.03  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  16 reviews
She didn't know the facts of her own life

But somehow Ynis realized that she didn't quite belong in Gard's world. Gard St. Clair, embittered by the accident that had ended his career, was as mysterious and wild as his house on the stormy Cornish cliffs.

And Ynis was going to marry him — or so he told her. But what could such an experienced man want of Ynis, the convent-reare
Paperback, Harlequin Presents, #15, 189 pages
Published July 1973 by Halrequin (first published October 1972)
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I hadn’t realised until I picked up this book that I would find such perfection: a one armed hero and a convent raised heroine with amnesia.

Ynis is skinny and plain. She’s lived in a convent since she was five years old, and the nuns are sceptical of her abilities to cope with the outside world. She chalks this up to her plainness – if she’d had better man-catching features, they would have been more supportive.

Ynis is off to live with her dad. He’s not her real dad – her mother married him whe
Fiona Marsden
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: If you like old fashioned alphas
Recommended to Fiona by: Author preference
I really needed a good old fashioned read and there is nothing like a bitter, alpha male hero who's lost his arm tragically in a car accident which ended his career as a world famous conductor treating a young woman raised in a convent and suffering from amnesia with cold hard brutality to really brighten your day. This is a May December romance and Gard St Clair is the classic cold hearted Winspear hero who tricks Ynis into becoming his fiancee after she loses her memory when he turned her from ...more
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hqn
I happened to stumble on this one as I was looking at another good read review, and I thought I would give it a try. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. What a pleasant surprise. I actually rate this one 4.5 stars.

Our hero is one vicious dude who is bitter by the fact that he lost an arm in a tragic accident which ended his successful career as a concert maestro. Our heroine is young, virginal having been raised all her life in a convent when her mother abandoned her. Yet she is strong, fe
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Engagement of convenience story. Heroine is a nun with amnesia, hero is a disabled ex composer, there is a bitchy OW, a charming OM and some nice angst. I enjoyed it but I wish there was more interaction between the H/h!
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: print
I have always adored Violet Winspear's stories. While this one was published in 1973, I find it hold the test of time. Our heroine is of course quite young, as was common in the early Presents. The hero is bitter and trying to find his way in a brand new life as his life as a composer and symphony conductor was robbed from him in a brutal accident. And as in all the early Presents we don't see the heroes POV until the end of the book when he declares his love, but that doesn't keep this book fro ...more
Jacqueline J
Maybe 3-1/2 stars. This was a pretty fun old read. Very typical of the HPs of its time. The hero is older and bitter the heroine is just out of the convent. Nice involved story but the heroine actually spent more page time with the OM. My biggest complaint is that the end was MUCH too quick. Also many times you can see the hero falling in love even though there is no POV from him. This time I didn't really see it. I think probably because there was so little shown of the two of them actually int ...more
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
3.5 stars

Great plot, good execution, perfect setting to add an element of mystery but The ending was really rushed. It needed at the very least one more chapter.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Another I hate you - I'm scared of you 99% of book and then wham I love you on the last 1% (or last page!) The author seemed fond of dragging out the heroine's angst and the hero acts all macho and fatherly calling the heroine 'child!' ...gross! Though I kind of liked that the characters usually have unique names like Ynis for the heroine here. Gard is also unusual so it must be a trend thingy. 2* are given plot Gard came to lose his arm tragically and his hatred for petty thieves. Th ...more
أجمل زهرة
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
211 - رحلة الى المجهول
عبير الجديدة

مظلما, متوحشاً وغامضاً.
هذا هو سانت كلير.
فقد احس بالمرارة نتيجة الحادث الرهيب الذي افقده عمله.
نانسي ستتزوجه او هكذا قال لها بعدما تعافت من الحادث الذي افقدها ذاكرتها.
اضطرت لتصديقه , كما اضطرت للاعتماد عليه , حيث بدت انها لا تملك احدا غيره في هذه الدنيا . فبصريح العبارة لم يحبها, فماذا يمكن لرجل خبير باموال العالم مثل غارد من نكرة آتية من دير رهبان .
بينما امرأة مناسبة - حبه القديم الممثلة الجميلة ستيلا ماريك - هو ما يريد!
Jul 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
The hero is just as shocked as the rest of us that this has a happy ending! “You what?!” Honey heroine, da hell are you doing. Drop the amnesia, dumb doesn’t help the story if it was blackmail “your dad stole from me now pretend to be my fiancé” boom, the plot makes sense. Why did the hero do what he did? He says “to make other woman jealous” but the heroine had a concussion and memory loss! There was no point! He didn’t even feel guilty about doing it either! Bit of a psycho move. The two thiev ...more
Martha B.
The book had a big potential. It only made me more disappointed. The writing was good. But for the most part of the book I didn’t feel that the heroine was attracted to the H. It seemed all she felt was fear and she only thought how to get away. It didn’t help that the author introduced the OM who seemed to have more connection with her . I wanted the H to blow hot and cold but it wasn’t much of that. When the heroine suddenly discovered that she was in love with the H I didn’t feel it until the ...more
Chantal ❤️
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my second favourite book about a hero missing an arm (first being Beloved by Diana Palmer). Omg the drama of this book is crazy and I hope he gets her a new ring cause I would not be wearing someone else's. Stella was a bitch but I loved how it was written that they had a romantic relationship and not just a physical one. Romance is about romance. Gard was a romantic hero from the word go and he stayed that way. This makes sense! It's crazy how some writer want us to believe that a chara ...more
She didn't know the facts of her own life. But somehow Ynis Raiford realized that she didn't quite belong in Gard's world. Gard St. Clair, embittered by the accident that had ended his career, was as mysterious and wild as his house on the stormy Cornish cliffs. And Ynis was going to marry him -- or so he told her. But what could such an experienced man want of Ynis, the convent-reared girl who had lost her memory? Especially when his old love, the beautiful Stella Marrick, was his for the askin ...more
Shruti Buddhavarapu
Jan 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
As expected, this was a huge load of balls <3
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Violet Winspear was born on 28 April 1928 in London, England. She worked in a factory since 1942, when in 1961 she sold her first romance novels to Mills & Boon. In 1963, she became a full-time writer. She wrote from her home in the south-east England, that she never left, but she meticulously researched her far-flung settings at the local library. She never married, and had no children, but she i ...more

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