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Shunned No More

(A Lady Forsaken #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,656 ratings  ·  179 reviews
A Lady Shunned by All…

Lady Viola Oberbrook only wanted to forget the ill-fated early morning duel that took the lives of two young, wealthy, promising men of the ton and sent her fleeing for her father’s country estate. Eight years later, she has her life in order: a fulfilling business, a few trusted friends, and no plans to return to London society. What she doesn’t expe
Paperback, 344 pages
Published May 21st 2014 by La Loma Elite Publishing (first published May 20th 2014)
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
"Shunned No More" by Christina McKnight is book one in the "A Lady Forsaken" series. This is the story of Lady Viola Oberbrook and Brock Spencer, Earl of Haversham. This was a nice clean easy read!
Viola was a total different person about eight years ago when she was a young lady who attracted a lot of suitors. Two were twin brothers that had a dual over her...sadly they ended up killing each other. This of course put the town against Viola and she left the town. Viola started a horse business wi
Patricia Wissore
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I thought the plot line of the book was good, but the actual story needed additional planning. The idea that a young woman would put herself through 8 years of self exile to pay for her sins of letting 2 young men duel and die for her while supporting an orphanage for children maimed by fire arms was a good story. Where you lost me was the fact that in almost the entire book, the hero and heroine had actually met 3 times with 1 kiss involved, and yet didn't have any other interaction except thin ...more
Lauren Stewart
Is Christina a good friend/critique partner? Yes. So am I just being nice when I say how much I enjoyed this book? No way. I'm completely honest with Christina and I trust her to be honest with me. Brutally (but respectfully) honest. Normally, I'm a very critical reader, but that's nothing compared to what I'm like when I beta read something.

So when I say this book blew me away, I mean it. Just read the prologue and you'll know what I'm talking about. I read an early version of the book, and I
about as romantic as a kick in the ass
Tracy Emro
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Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Lady Viola Overbrook, age 17, is enjoying her first season in London. Unfortunately, she let her popularity with the gentlemen go to her head. Cody and Winston are the young, handsome twin sons of Lord Haversham. When they start to fight over Viola, she thinks it is simply a lark and a joke when the twins say they are going to fight a duel over her. However, it all turns to disaster when they actually do shoot and kill each other. Devastated and deeply ashamed, Viola flees to her family’s ho
Marline Sexton
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love that this story took me in the first sentence.I could not put the book down. glad I waited to start it on my days off. Although the story lines are always classical and lead to the same ending . I found that the characters took a different venue to get there, and that was refreshing. There were a couple typo's but nothing too distracting. If that was the only thing I could find fault with..then kuddo's o you Christina McKnight.. simply said I am starting the next book in line now..
Twinsie Talk Angie J
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I bought this book with my own hard earned cash because I met this author and didnt know she was a writer....LOL I knew she read for an author friend but didnt know she was until one day it "clicked" in my head. Then I was like DUH ANGIE!! So since I was going to be meeting her in Vegas, I bought a book to read.

Now I like Historical books but they are not for everyone. Now most historical that I have re
Gwendolyn Thaggard
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a really great book, I couldn't put it down.I was disappointed when I got to the end because that was it, no more pages. All that anguish that was heaped on Viola could have been avoided if she had not left London the way she did. I think it would have blown over quicker if she had stayed but to haul butt to the country the same day to potentially avoid scandal only created one that would not go away. She was only doing what had been drilled in her head, so who was to blame her or Socie ...more
Linda Rimer-Como
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A delightful historical romance filled with tragedy, guilt, deception and mystery. A well written story that flows nicely and has remarkably detailed characters that have great interactions. Viola and Brock both ran away, each for different reasons. They must both face their past fears before they can move forward to find peace and contentment. She is full of guilt, he is full of hatred and seeks revenge but they are attracted to one another! Can they deal with the past tragedy to find happiness ...more
Julie Eichelberger-Ford
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Christina McKnight has written a truly captivating book. This book has naivety, tragedy, remorse, revenge, mystery, redemption and a love story that will lift your heart. Lady Viola Oberbrook is partially responsible for the duel that caused the death of Brock Haversham's twin brothers. She goes into seclusion and builds a new life breeding horses and providing funds for an orphanage that takes care of injured children. Brock has sworn revenge but when he learns of the betrayal already surroundi ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Dnf after the prologue. (view spoiler)

d‘Milady *aka*Dawn
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Historical Romance and I am so surprised at how much I enjoyed it! Lady Viola and Brock, as well as the side characters are great! I can't wait for more! I will definitely be recommending this to people! Great job Christina!

Edited 5/26/16: Even better the second time!
Katie Chapman
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant and Fresh!

Christina McKnight leads readers in a fresh and lively story of the foolishness of youth transcended by atonement and love.
Oct 08, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When faced with a great fear, one either stays and fights or turns and flees. Author Christina McKnight found a beautiful way to tell the story of two who fled. Their reasons are those of which many of us can understand; Mistakes from being overly selfish and not considering those we affect. Equally disparaging, is being overlooked, out of mind and invisible to those we love we expect to love us in return.

Here's a brief summary of the two main characters and a peek as to what you're in for:

Liz F
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review copy courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.

I sure do love my historical romances and this was a pretty good one. Although, this is definitely not your normal, run-of-the-mill historical. The author was a master at manipulating my feelings for the main characters, darn her! LOL! I loved and hated EVERYONE in equal parts but in the end it boiled down to me having a good time reading this book, even if there were quite a few unanswered questions.

Lady Viola... phew, what a p
Isabelle MBTL
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars
historical romance, book one of a series
ARC provided by Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review


Lady Viola is filled with guilty and regrets. She runs away and hides from society because she doesn't want to face her actions as an immature teenage girl.
Lord Brock Spencer is filled with anger. He has run away in the past from the foolish life of the court, but now he has came back to fulfill his duties.
Viola must face her past, Brock must face his present. Will there be
Jun 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book hit too many wrong chords with me. Harold was the only likable character and even he came across as one-dimensional. Ruby is a bitch and an awful friend. Viola is an insufferable weeping woman-child whose business acumen is laughable at best. Viola's dad obviously doesn't love her and Brock is a misogynist.

I'm going to assume that the author DID NOT intend to have all of the women in this book come across as manipulative whores who lead men on and then ruin their lives like evil siren
Kitty Via
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good historical romance book. It has guilt, deception,tragedy and mystery. I feel this was very well written. I felt connected to the characters.
Lady Viola is young, stupid and very self centered. It was her first season to find a high ranking husband in the Ton. She was very excited to have Earl Havershams twins dueling for her affection. A terrible tragedy happened and being the self centered brat she is she dusted of her skirt and told her maid that she has to find a husband.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

(some spoilers ahead)

This sounded like it'd be an awesome novel. It was only "ok" instead. I wish the author had given us more insight as to what happened after the duel, how the ton reacted and why she decided to flee. I mean, we are only told that she fled because the ton shunned her. After the first chapter, we jump to the future 8 years and suddenly Viola is "changed" and "reformed." But her actions don't really give off that impression.

Then we meet Brock and he is hell bent on getting
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free with no strings attached. I am writing a review because I really enjoyed this book. This author does a good job of tying the characters and story together.

The characters and supporting characters are what make a story of guilt, tragedy,deception and mystery work. Viola and Brock each have to learn to start over. He because he left and his twin brothers were both killed in a duel over a woman. She, because she was the woman. He of course hates her and wants to make h
Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams
Shunned No More (A Lady Forsaken Book 1)

The love story of Lady Viola and Brock, the Earl of Haversham.Lady Viola has remove herself for all society and retired to the country after a duel of brothers. How eight years later she has been running a horse ranch but now it going bankrupt. Can she save it? That is just the beginning of her problem, Brock has return from the war and he want revenge. Will he get his revenge or will he find love? Great story.
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
This was my first book by Christina McKnight and, although I found certain aspects disappointing, overall I enjoyed this emotive story of tragedy, revenge, betrayal, love and redemption.

I liked Ms McKnight’s use of the Prologue to show the 17 year old Viola as a foolish, shallow, selfish young girl. Moving forward eight years, this forms a sharp contrast to the hard-working and caring woman she has become. Everything she does reveals just how much she has changed. She values simplicity over extr
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
I have to admit that my feelings on this book ping ponged back and forth. This is definitely not your typical HR read.

The heroine starts out as this selfish, pampered, thoughtless bitch and quite honestly with the way the book began I was positive there was no way in hell I was going to be able to like Lady Viola Oberbrook. And yet Ms. McKnight actually managed to make me change my mind. Her character becomes a strong, mature, fair-minded business woman who feels incredible remorse for what she
Amy Cohen
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Possibly some "spoiler" info below.

Yes, it is your usual "cheesy romance," but after reading the reviews here on Goodreads, I expected more. A few editing errors, which always trip up the flow when reading a book - something the copy editor really needs to work on. But perhaps the biggest problem for me is that there are a few plot points that seem to be left hanging. The author briefly introduces a cousin of the Duke, who wanders in and out of the story and at one point event appears to be star
Katie Low
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of Shunned No More for an honest review.
I would give this book a 4.5 star rating, but Goodreads doesn't do half stars. (may contain slight spoilers)

Lady Viola has been living in the country for several years trying to hide from her past, but the past is about to come back to bite her in the a--butt.

Lord Brock Haversham has been away at war, but now that he has returned to his family estate, he has a few priorities to get in order. He must get his estate back up and runni
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Shunned No More is the first book in the A Lady Forsaken Series by Christina McKnight. This was one of those books that really makes you feel emotional for its characters, even the supporting characters. Viola has spent the last few years since the death of the twins hiding from London society and at times using an alternate name. Brock has so many regrets plus thoughts of revenge towards Viola. Both of these characters go through such a complete transformatio
Michelle McKinney
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O.K. let me start out by saying I don't think I have read a Historical Romance before. Maybe I did when I was younger but I don't really think so. With that being said...I absolutely fell in love with this book!

So what did I love? I loved that is was like I was set in the 1800's along with the characters in the book. I feel like I am going to the ton parties right along with them. I loved that we got good back story on the main character, Viola, without feeling like it was too much. I loved tha
Melinda Dozier
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is exactly what I wanted out of a Regency. I loved Lady Viola and how she turned into an independent, strong heroine. Her "coming out" started with turmoil and trouble.When she left her high-society life to make a new turn, she turned her life around and made something of herself.
However, he secret of who she really was didn't stay secret forever. Her newest customer, Lord Haversham, turned her comfortable life upside down. First with their strong attraction, and later when the two realized
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USA Today Bestselling Author Christina McKnight writes emotional and intricate Regency Romance with strong women and maverick heroes.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books...don't forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

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