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A Lot Like A Lady (Lady #1)

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Ladies’ maid, Juliet Baines has gotten herself into a pickle by agreeing to go to London and taking the place of her mistress and best friend, Annabella Price, stepsister to the Duke of Wyndham. After all, what does a servant know about being a lady? But Juliet soon finds that pretending to be a lady isn’t nearly as hard as guarding her heart against the folly of wanting a ...more
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Published March 26th 2012 by Astraea Press (first published March 2012)
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Arlena
Author: Kay Springsteen and Kim Bowman
Published by: Astraea Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5

Review:

"A Lot Like A Lady" By Kay Springsteen and Kim Bowman was like a true story coming to life in this Regency, mystery, historical and romantic setting between Juliet and Grey along with characters that were so well developed and the humorous cast of secondary characters were simply off the chart good. We find this story is in the 19th century English w
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Leah Sanders
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Stayed up way too late and read the rest at work! Could not put it down... The main characters are so well written. The plot was smooth and tied everything together. There were only two loose ends and those are fodder for other novels (which I can't wait to read now, btw!).

Juliet takes her mistress's place in London at the duke's house, and is constantly worried she would be found out. She goes in to it thinking the duke is an arrogant, insensitive and callous fellow who cares nothing for anyone
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Sherry
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
e-book gifted by author in return for a fair an honest review.

Authors Kay Springsteen and Kim Bowman take a well worn plot and breathe fresh life, humour and a bunch of zany characters into their story and bring it to life with a vibrancy and immediacy that persuades readers to ‘let go and enjoy’.
Mz. Bowman and Springsteen are both well established authors in their own right and A Lot Like A Lady is their debut offering as writing partners. Let’s hope they create many more stories together.

So wh
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Cheri
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
Ladies maid Juliet Baines goes to London in place of Annabella. While in London Juliet fears she will be unable to act like a lady and will be found out. A very well written story, if your looking for a clean read, this one is a little racey. There is a sequel to come out later this summer!
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
A Lot Like a Lady is about Juliet, a lady's maid, who takes the place of her mistress in London (as she doesn't want to have a season herself.)

I'm not certain where to begin with this book. Yes, romance books are all kinds of cheesiness. That's part of the appeal so I didn't go into this book expecting more of anything, tbh. Still, I'd give this book 1.5 stars.

This book has an interest/original premise, okay characters, but the execution was horrible, thereby ruining the book.

There is no plot in
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
3.5

First, I just have to say thanks to my good friend Deb for gifting me this book. It not only came at the perfect time, but provided a much needed escape.

I actually ended up really liking this one, I wasn’t sure I would at first. I didn’t like Annabella and didn’t like her motivations or that Juliet so easily agreed. I did like that Grey caught on rather quickly though, him knowing made me like the story more. I did like Juliet though, she was a likable heroine. It was fun to see her excitem
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Atomic Staci
This book was hard to put down and flowed so well that as I came to the end of it, I was disappointed to see that it had almost gone by too quickly. It is charming, realistic, and a clean Cinderella love story. While romance and the character’s feelings do heat up in this book, it is not just lust that they are after and it adds a realistic shade of depth to the writing, as well as some modesty that makes it easy for anyone to read and makes it true to its time period. It is heartwarming, witty, ...more
Phoenix77
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was just the type of book I needed after two disappointing reads. I loved this story, but I’m the type of reader who will willingly suspend my disbelief to see an HEA for the characters. Juliet’s debut in London had me laughing so hard and the quirks of all the side characters kept the tone of the story very light. The romance between Grey and Juliet was very sweet (i.e. Clean). Juliet’s character was so open and joyful in her experiences that I found myself empathizing with her pain when a ...more
Tanisha M
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Kathy Heare Watts
Truly a delightful story with very likeable characters. Ladies maid, Juliet Baines, reluctantly agrees to Annabella Price's ridiculous ruse of acting as Annabella and going to London, accompanies by two spinster Aunts, Charity and Harmony. Staying with Annabella's stepbrother, Graeme "Grey" Roland Dominick Markwythe, Sixth Duke of Wyndham, who is to help her with a season in London among the ton.
I honestly was laughing out loud at some on the antics and found this story very entertaining. It had
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RIF
Sep 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Couldnt get past the fact that the hero suspects she's an imposter but weeks go by without him investigating where his real step sis is.
Lisa
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bur-2014
Juliet Cisily Baines is ladies maid to Annabella, who is spoiled, rude and in need of a firm hand. Juliet know her behavior is because she has been ill treated by her step-brother, the Duke of Wyndham. She feels bad for Annabella and agrees to take her place in London for a season.

Graeme “Grey” Roland Dominic Markwythe, sixth Duke of Wyndham is tired of being seen for his title and not the man that he is. He has lost track of his brother and has no immediate family.

When Juliet, as Annabella, ar
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Patricia
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
AN EXCELLENT, HUMOROUS ROMANCE
In true fairytale fashion, this book begins with the duke meeting a commoner. Unlike usual, in this case, the girl is merely six years old, and the duke is - well, much older. The girl's mother has come to this place with the Duke's new wife, and so the stage is set.
Years later. Our girl is a young woman - Juliet. Amazingly, her best friend is the step-daughter to the Duke. The Duke is dead, and his wife, now a widow, has come to the realization that in order for he
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Leah
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Juliet has always dreamed of her very own Duke since she was a young child even though, because of her station in life, she felt it would never happen. Through circumstance, she is thrown into a situation that brings her dream Duke within arms reach.

Grey has spent years dealing with the grief of losing his father and trying to track down his younger brother, all the while hiding behind a facade of the proper Duke of Wyndham. He has avoided at all costs having to deal with his step mother and ste
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Carrie
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Juliet dreamed of having her very own Duke since she was a little girl even though as a servant, she didn't believe it would ever happen. Then an unexpected twist of fate happened and she started to believe the impossible just may be possible.

Grey has spent years trying to handle the loss of his father. After horrible words, he has spent years trying to find his younger brother. Given all this grief to deal with, he must keep up the facade of being the proper Duke of Wyndham.

Grey has avoided b
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Jamie Kiefer
This book is cute. I wish it had focused a little more on the aunts and Uncle Lucien just because I love humor and I felt the author had the perfect opportunity to really liven it up through these characters. I'm not sure which book was written first. This one or "Something Like a Lady" but both books are about two young ladies who change positions in there station. One Lady Annabella and the other her ladies maid Juliet. Juliet ends up going to London for the season in Annabella's place. She is ...more
Patricia
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
A Exploration into the meaning of "Lady"
Desperate teenage girls have apparently always been the bane of their parents (or guardians) existence. In this particular adventure, an aristocratic girl convinces her maid to go to London in her place. The girls have the "rescue" of the maid planned out, but like many best laid plans, this one goes astray. (I suspect there is a book in that!) The story's movement from Grey's point-of-view to Juliet's is smooth, and draws the reader further into the story
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Krystal
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me begin by saying that overall, I really enjoyed this novel. The plot moved just fast enough that it didn't become stale, but not so fast that it became confusing. I enjoyed the main characters, watching them go from strangers to tentative friends, and finally more was an endearing journey that made the pair seem that much more realistic. Also, I absolutely adored Lord Percy, he added just the right amount of over-the-top comic relief to the story without it being too much, and his friendsh ...more
Suzie Hull
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A deliciously sweet romance between ladies maid Juliet Baines and the Duke of Wyndham, otherwise known as Grey. Juliet is masquerading as Grey's stepsister Anabelle. In exchange for getting Annabelle off the hook and avoiding Grey whom she declares is detestable and unkind, Juliet gets her week or two of fun in London with time to see the sights and enjoy all it offers. Only she doesn't expect to not only like Grey, but fall completely in love with him. Therin lies the problem, and the book is a ...more
Susie Carson
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The characters were engaging, and the writing was compelling. It was funny and romantic - just what you want a historical romance to be.

I did feel confused a few times, but it was resolved quickly. Also, there were a couple of mistakes that editing didn't catch. But for the most part, the novel was smoothly executed. My only real complaint is the loose ends left by Annabella and the duke's brother in America. Did Annabella run away with Jon? Is the brother comin
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Vicki Lake
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved A Lot Like A Lady! It was a wonderful book that swept me away into 1803 England. Ms. Bowman and Ms Springsteen wrote an amazing book full of humor, love and romance. Juliet and Grey will have you falling in love with them. I felt as if I was a part of them, laughing, crying and becoming annoyed at the same times they were. Juliet is a commoner, who doesn’t realize that Grey knows she is not who she says she is. Grey is unable to help falling head over heels for the beautiful imposter in ...more
Vicki Lake
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved A Lot Like A Lady! It was a wonderful book that swept me away into 1803 England. Ms. Bowman and Ms Springsteen wrote an amazing book full of humor, love and romance. Juliet and Grey will have you falling in love with them. I felt as if I was a part of them, laughing, crying and becoming annoyed at the same times they were. Juliet is a commoner, who doesn’t realize that Grey knows she is not who she says she is. Grey is unable to help falling head over heels for the beautiful imposter in ...more
Englishrose
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderfully sweet and fun romance, reminiscent of the books that got me reading romances in the first place. Juliet is classically sweet and innocent. Gray is smitten and effectively avoids the possible truths right in front of him. Their chemistry is great and there are some pretty awesome kissing scenes. The side characters of the aunts and Uncle Lucien were lots of fun throughout the story, giving fullness and completeness. Though there are several open options to make other books ...more
Brandi Streeval
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i got this e-book for review from the Author, i really enjoyed this book alot, i could hardly put down my nook to go to sleep at night i kept on thinking just one more page, i really liked the parts about the Masquerades alot, the main characters are very interesting at first Grey seems mean and rude but when you read more of the story he becomes nicer, i really hardly ever read romance books or historical books but i am really glad i read this 1 i enjoyed it alot, if you like romance books or h ...more
Elisha
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much enjoyed the story. The aunts kept me smiling throughout the novel with their antics and "looks". Apparently I read this couplet out of order so I already knew what happened on the other end with Annabella but it in no way diminished Juliet's story. In fact I think I enjoyed this one more than Something Like A Lady. I found Annabella hard to relate to while Juliet was more, well, me. And we all like to read a good romance novel that involves ourselves. ;)
Kathy Heare Watts
Truly a delightful story with very likeable characters. Ladies maid, Juliet Baines, reluctantly agrees to Annabella Price's ridiculous ruse of acting as Annabella and going to London, accompanies by two spinster Aunts, Charity and Harmony. Staying with Annabella's stepbrother, Graeme "Grey" Roland Dominick Markwythe, Sixth Duke of Wyndham, who is to help her with a season in London among the ton.

I honestly was laughing out loud at some on the antics and found this story very entertaining. It had
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Maria
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
3.5 stars.
I enjoyed this book as well as the second one, Something like a lady. However, it is not terribly well structured, and most importantly, there are historical details about the ways of the nobility and especially rules of succession, titles, and forms of address, that do not quite fit. For instance, several second sons somehow inherit a title at the same time as their older brother. I'm no expert on these things but I do prefer that books respect the reality of the times they are set in
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Marlene
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, kindle
I mistakenly read the sequel first, and I liked this book far better because the heroine Juliet was far more likeable than the spoiled Annabella. Grey was intrigued with Juliet and her deception and there was romantic tension from the start. I thought there should have been more communication with the Earl of Seabrook; and some hint of closure as to his whereabouts at the end. And what happened to the Dukes brother Will; who is also not mentioned in the sequel about Seabrook and Annabelle? the l ...more
Kathy Heare Watts
Truly a delightful story with very likeable characters. Ladies maid, Juliet Baines, reluctantly agrees to Annabella Price's ridiculous ruse of acting as Annabella and going to London, accompanies by two spinster Aunts, Charity and Harmony. Staying with Annabella's stepbrother, Graeme "Grey" Roland Dominick Markwythe, Sixth Duke of Wyndham, who is to help her with a season in London among the ton.
I honestly was laughing out loud at some on the antics and found this story very entertaining. It had
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Paula Bothwell
I am torn about this book. First, it's really humorous, which is a big plus. Second, it's got a strong female and romantic storyline, both pluses. BUT.
SPOILER:
There were parts toward the end of the book, the denouement, where there was TMI about the H/h and uh, how they showed affection for one another. So, it wasn't cringe-worthy, just skip-over-worthy. That's why I couldn't give it a 4 star or more rating.
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