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Blinded by Grace

(Cotillion Ball Saga #5)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  19 reviews
In 1858 New York City, Halwyn Fitzpatrick thinks he's off the hook for attendance at the annual Cotillion Ball. He has no sister to shepherd down the grand staircase this year and no real desire to go through the rituals of courtship and betrothal himself. Besides, he’ll know the right girl when he sees her, especially now that he has new spectacles. But his mother has oth ...more
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Published March 3rd 2014 by Crimson Romance
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
A heartwarming continuation of the Cotillion Series by Becky Lower. As Grace enters into her third season, she knows this has to be her year. Desperate to be married and free herself from the clutches of her evil stepfather, Grace must marry this year or lose her hefty inheritance from her father. But with her stepfather, Simon, determined to keep her a spinster, she’s not sure she’ll be able to find a suitor in time. When Grace spies Halwyn across the dance floor, she formulates a plan that may ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Becky Lower is an incredibly talented author. The books that she writes are poignantly beautiful and romantically poetic. Her characters are written with extraordinary depth and detail, and the backdrops she chooses for each story are creatively painted through the words she pens on the page. Every story she tells takes you on a journey through time and brings historical cities to life with their bustling streets and ambitious people. In Blinded by Grace, the city of choice is none other than th ...more
Joanna Lloyd
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful book in Becky Lower’s Cotillion Ball Series. The series follows the love adventures of the sons and daughters of the Fitzpatrick family. It is the 1858 debutante season in New York and Halwyn Fitzpatrick is relieved he has no more sisters, ready for the marriage market, to escort to the round of balls this season. However, his mother has determined it is time Halwyn married and settled down; she has a line-up of shy debutantes to parade before him, especially now he has his new ...more
A.E. Jones
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Blinded by Grace, Becky Lower’s fifth book in the Cotillion series tells us the story of Halwyn Fitzpatrick. Halwyn is a loveable hero. Serious and responsible (how can you not be as the eldest son in a family of nine children?), Halwyn is the caretaker of his large family. He would like to settle down into married life with a good woman, but does not see the necessity of amorous feelings. Marriage, after all, is an amicable business relationship. If there is one thing Hal is good at, its busine ...more
Amanda Shalaby
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Becky Lower's remarkable career as an author has been blossoming since 2012, and I am so honored to have been there from the beginning. Having followed her since Book One of her Cotillion Series, I can hardly believe we are on Book Five! You will be hard pressed to find an author who writes so consistently, so beautifully, so swiftly - there has been a new Cotillion Series novel about every six months - and she has yet to let me down. For a fact, a Becky Lower reader is a happy reader! Each new ...more
InD'tale Magazine

This sensuous romantic story is an entertaining tale of a smart, determined heiress who is looking for a husband, and a serious, responsible banker who is only looking for an assistant.

Read full review in the 2014 April issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Micah Persell
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This installment to the Cotillion Ball Series is right up there with the first book in my heart. The "marriage of convenience" trope is my all time favorite, and I was thrilled to discover that it was the focus of Grace and Halwyn's story. And the amazing twist in the middle hooked me even more. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and am starting in on it right away! ...more
Rachel T

5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

BECKY BECKY BECKY (claps hands together). You did it again. That was an awesome read! May I ask how you knew that I have a thing for guys with glasses? Your book dedication to men who wear glasses had me hooked right away! LOL I settled in knowing I was going to enjoy this journey!

Blinded by Grace is the 5th book in Becky Lower's Cotillion Series and it did not disappoint. First of all, let me
Historical Hearts
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Halwyn Fitzpatrick is being pressured by his loving parents to find himself a bride. Now having discovered that the world is a very different place when viewed through a pair of glasses he’s taking a serious interest in the New York debutantes of 1858’s season. Truth be told he thinks having someone else choose a bride for him would be a less time consuming task. All that love business is for others, he is a serious banker and marriage is a serious business.

Grace Wagner is an old family friend.
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Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Historical, Romance
Length: Novel
Heat Level: Spicy
Reviewer: ReadingPatti
Date: August 16, 2015

Grace Wagner meets Halwyn Fitzpartick once again at a ball. She remembers him from the first time they met when she was 13. That was when Grace fell in love with him. Hoping to help her, Halwyn dances twice with her that night, Later that night, Halwyn feels good for having helped Grace by making her happy.

Grace is troubled by her step father management of her trust. She must marry
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read, prp, reviewed
What happens when the best laid plans to give you what you want, ends up not really being exactly what you want after all? For Grace, that's a hard thing to figure out. Good thing she had some Fitzpatricks at her back to meddle... er... help things along.

I adored Grace, even though at times I so wanted to shake her out of her martyr-like thoughts. She was determined to protect those around her and was willing to risk her heart being trampled on to accomplish it. And her sweetness and humbleness
Ashley Nemer
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-reviewed
Happy endings in books are always to be expected when you have certain genre's. What I think I liked most about this book was that the happy ending wasn't straight up and in your face about it. The characters had to work and develop into a rhythem. It was a nice change from that traditional cookie cutter plot.

Ms. Lower's style of writing was easy to follow. It didn't drag on and give excessive detail. She provided just enough to keep you wanting more and reading.

When I sat down to read this book
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Lower took her latest foray into the Fitzpatrick world and the Cotillion Ball series to an entirely new level of greatness. Halwyn is the staid oldest sibling of the Fitzpatrick clan. A banker by trade that enjoys his routine life of work then home to the safety of his dwindling family. One by one the kids are bitten by the love bug and Halwyn’s time has run out. Literally his eyes are opened, due to the purchase of a pair of glasses that help him to take the view of his world at a distance ...more
Linda Smith
The latest historical romantic romp in Becky Lower's enjoyable series on the Fitzpatricks has arrived. This book focuses on the eldest son of the prominent New York banking family. Halwyn enjoys his prestigious position in the family bank and his comfortable position still living in the family home. But, at 27 years old, he is about to be pushed out of his comfort zone. His mother has decided that it is high time he took a bride and Halwyn finds himself in the awkward position of being mother's ...more
Peggy Bird
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Becky Lower's Cotillion Ball series from the beginning and have loved following the stories of the Fitzpatrick family. Lower not only has created a family of interesting people for readers to enjoy but has placed them into historically accurate settings at an important time in US history.

Book Five tells Halwyn's story--he's just gotten new spectacles and can finally clearly see the women being paraded in front of him by his mother, who wants him married and settled. But he's
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good installment in this great series.
Not so much of a historical link up in this book unlike some of the others. However, the plight of women in that age is highlighted - either being the property of their father - or in this case, stepfather - or husband. There being little option to be independ.
Halwyn's story, finally giving in the both his mother's and Grace's machinations. Despite being the quiet banker, he does stand up to Grace's nasty stepfather quite admirably.
Deborah Cordes
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful novel, filled with hope, love and... yes, grace. I enjoyed every moment of this fabulous read. Halwyn and Grace are pitch-perfect in looks and temperament as young lovers who must overcome conflict in order to find their happily ever after. With this book, Ms. Lower has certainly reached a new high in her Cotillion series. Bravo!
Sheryl Wolford
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book #5 book in the Cotillion Ball Halwyn
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Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it

3 1/2 Stars

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Amazon best-selling author Becky Lower has traveled the United States in search of great settings for her novels. She loves to write about two people finding each other and falling in love amid the backdrop of a great setting, be it in America on a covered wagon headed west or in Regency England. Her Cotillion Ball Series features the nine children from an upscale New York family prior to and duri ...more

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