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An Inconvenient Ward

(Inconvenient Trilogy #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  987 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Although this book is part of a trilogy, each book is a stand-alone story in its own right.

Lord Michael Dunham is bored of Society, bored of fickle women, but above all that, he is afraid. His father suffered from madness and Michael is terrified that he will inherit the same affliction. He scrutinises his every mood swing, his every expression, to see if he can detect
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published May 14th 2014
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Julia Bell
Nov 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
I always feel sad when I give a story one star, especially since it started very well. But I found the relationship between Elizabeth and Michael very irritating. They were single people and, for me, there was no solid reason why they couldn't declare their feelings for one another. This 'will they-won't they' theme can become very tedious after a while and I wanted them to get on with it. In effect, except for this story line, nothing really happened in the story. I was very relieved that ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ahdieu
This is a review for the audio book.

This is a well-told and believable regency story. Elizabeth is a good female character who is engaging and authentic at the same time. Michael can be a little annoying at times but also pretty real. The plot has some twists and a fiendish antagonist but is fast paced and mostly light and funny. The fact that Elizabeth stands out from society (mainly by not wanting to conform to her designated role in society but by doing something she really likes and is good

Narration - Elizabeth Klett, Fabulous! This is a historical romance involving London Society so it is narrated with a British accent - aaaaaannnnddddd, anyone who knows me, I can listen to that all day (so long as it's not being butchered) and Elizebeth does NOT butcher. She just has a lovely voice and is a wonderful storyteller.

Such a joy to listen!

The story has a lot of the typical elements you would find in a typical romance - I want you but I can't have you, because...
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An absolute delight. I was really pulled into this most enjoyable sharing of two peoples lives and their quest for love.
Don't we all wish we could find our perfect partner? Sometimes he or she eludes us, sometimes we are just too blind or stubborn to believe that we have found him or her. But then, just occasionally, we acknowledge that spark and enjoy the experience.
This author is really talented and her story is interesting and most enjoyable.
I also loved the competent narration. Thank you for
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-ok
Barely 3 stars for this one as the H was arrogant and TSTL. The h deserved a better man, she was quite sweet, feisty without being at all mean and a hard worker. She didn't act out, wasn't looking for special treatment and she gets lumped with the ridiculously stoic H. Didn't much like this one, but the author is great so I'll try again.
Elizabeth "Liza"
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, clean
I liked the book, but Michael took forever to get to the point! I did love Elizabeth's spirited character.
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
THIS WAS AN AUDIOBOOK. Michael Dunham, nephew to his uncle of the exact same name, becomes Lord Dunham when his uncle dies young without an heir. The identical name creates a mishap regarding legalities resulting in the younger Lord Dunham becoming Guardian to Ms. Elizabeth Rufford. Ms. Rufford, having lost her father and as a consequence his estate to her cousin Herbert Rufford, the heir, was fortunate in that Herbert was not content to run his uncle's estate and therefore allowed Elizabeth to ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a well-told tale. It's very thorough but not too wordy in an annoying, boring way. Elizabeth's candour is refreshing. She always strives to be honest in her communication which is such a nice change from young women of that era. Lord Dunham was almost annoying as he, at first, refused to declare himself to his ward, Elizabeth, due to misplaced honour. Grrr! I felt like tearing my hair out at times due to his stubbornness but of course everything works out by novel's end. He did not want ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Didn't mind this book. The element of conflict (i.e. the reason that prevents the protagonists living happily-ever-after as soon as they meet) seemed a little thin at times, especially when it was repeated for the umpteenth time.

I loved the evil characters (no matter how unlikely they were); they made excellent villains.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this author on here (Goodreads) and I'm glad I did. I have devoured all five novels. I normally read a lot of murder mystery novels and need a good romance to counterbalance all the murder-death-kill! These stories are witty with some action and a strong female character. (Which I love)
Lilania Kershaw
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Nice regency romance. No smut thank goodness. Reasonably predictable but pleasant non-the-less.
Thom Swennes
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Michael Birchall never imagined that he would now be Lord Dunham. For the twenty-eight years of his life, he was both satisfied and happy at being known as just plain Mr. Birchall. A sudden death changed it all. He was now Lord Dunham and tied down with all the duties, responsibilities, and obligations that the title entails. One of these was to act as guardian and protector of Miss Elizabeth Rufford. This obligation was arranged many years ago between Michael’s uncle and Elizabeth’s father, ...more
cheryl giles
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent romance

Audrey Harrison gets it right. Clear, distinct characters, and a satisfying tale with just enough villainy at the right time to bring about the happy ending. If I were to set up an author's work as a model of the classic romance novel, this would be the one. She finds the perfect balance between drawing scenes out to tedious lengths, or notching the tension up to nail biting levels. She also seems to find the balance between pornographic scenarios and the near absence of sex.
Gerald Anagnostou
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A clean romance with a strong storyline reserves a high recommendation

I don't much care for romances that are strictly angst with no action, or that are filled with bedroom scenes that seem to be tossed in to add words without doing anything for the story. However, I really do appreciate an entertaining, clean romance that has enough action to keep me engaged in the story line. I also appreciate women with a bit of backbone and this heroine definitely does! I highly recommend this book!
Vera Saunders
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not a favourite

To me this book is more chicklit than regency romance. Chicklit is always from some alpha female's viewpoint. I particularly want to get away from where the main male character gets lost in the effort pander to the woman. I bought this by mistake as it was mixed in with the Georgette Heyer list. No modern writer can capture the time before women take centre stage in everything.
Diane Horne
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
An Inconvenient Ward By Aubrey Harrison

Three stars, took me forever to finish this book..The suppose illness of Michael which if he love Elizabeth would have put what kind of mental disease his father had...He kept putting Elizabeth off..Elizabeth was stupid also letting Michael constantly being rude and by waiting..Happy ever after ending.
C A Hobbs
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I loved the characters in this book (not Miranda, George or Herbert obviously). It was written without the usual Americanisms that I have found in other books by American authors, like the word gotten, which we don't use in England, and certainly not in regency times! Can't wait to read the other 2 books
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Family history

Haunting the next generation. Mental illness has long been a stigma but sometimes, especially in the Recency. Our hero was being gallant but ill informed. Those good intentions threatened the love of his life.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was a good book but could've been improved some with less back and forth and more honesty. I started getting quite frustrated with Michael by the ending. I did enjoy Elizabeth's character immensely though!
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty entertaining. Some spelling & editing errors, but overall much better than expected. Will read the other books in the trilogy, as I did enjoy the writing & style of this book.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
The subplot with Miranda et al was so contrived and irksome I had to skip entire chapters =\
Nov 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this very much and still read the sequel- because I'm weird?
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't take the hero in this novel. He was full of excuses, unfounded fear, and inaction. Honestly, I was not sure what the heroine saw in him at all. Surprisingly tedious read.
Magie DeSmith
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So Sweet

Very well written especially with the medical knowledge of the time this book was written in. Great plot and characters
Katie Kofemug
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Experience: Three New Books for my Keeper List
Each Book is a Stand Alone - but you'll want to read them all!

Ms. Harrison starts off with the feeling of a romp, despite the subtle mention of madness and a woman wearing breeches. But before the first chapter concludes you know she's teasing you. Elizabeth wants to return to the country, to have an estate of her own instead of managing her cousin's since he inherited her father's title, estate and married; the new wife does not like or want to
Saarah Niña
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young and old, alike.
Shelves: favourites
Another favourite!

I loved this book, it was perfect and I have acquired a good opinion of the author and also the narrator. I particularly liked the charming yet, realistically flawed characters. With the exception of the villains, that is, for obvious reasons. This audio book managed to have me laugh, scoff and all that in between. The dry humour, the witty sarcasm, and the eccentric, vivacious ward- Elizabeth- were a well crafted recipe for a good story.

This book had me amused for hours. I do
Sheila Majczan
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would really like to score this as a 3.5. I liked it but parts were very predictable. Our heroine is a very independent as well as intelligent woman who likes to manage the estate dressed comfortably, i.e., in breeches. And she only enters the London season and attempts to find a husband, as her guardian holds up the carrot of buying her an estate to own and manage without outside interference. Of course, she has to deal with the reactions of the ton/with the whispers of society gossips, but ...more
Jade Lauron
Dec 20, 2014 marked it as abandoned-must-start-over
Book #12 of my Romancing the Tome project, results not to be released until all data has been collected and processed.

Started out somewhat intriguing, the classic tale of rich, titled guardian and Original, spunky ward, but soon devolved into trite nothingness devoid of emotion, lacking in spice, and with a plot so tediously cookie-cutter that its only saving grace proved to be its brevity. The book will only take a couple of hours for a fast reader to plow through. Sure, we all want a variation
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice, easy ,enjoyable, entertaining regency romance.

Although this is a typical regency romance the story is very well written.

There is the titled gentleman Lord Michael Denham and his unexpected, unwanted and unconventional ward Miss Elizabeth Rufford. Of coarse there is an attraction between the two, but because of the propriety of the era they resist this temptation and continue to do as society expects of them. Of coarse they can only resist for so long. The romance develops slowly and
Bethany Swafford
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Lord Dunham has no desire for a ward, who will require the usual effort to launch into society. He would much rather have nothing to do with society in general. Things don't go quite as he expected.

What I did like were the characters and how well the author explains why Lord Dunham and Elizabeth personalities are the way they are. The storyline, though not original and ends as expected, is done well.

That being said, I did find it frustrating how drawn out these two danced around each other, and
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Audrey Harrison was born about two hundred years too late. She wants to belong to a time when men were men and women were dressed in gowns and could float, simper and sigh.

In the real world she has always longed to write, writing a full manuscript when she was fourteen years old. Work, marriage and children got in the way as they do and it was only when an event at work landed her in hospital that

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Inconvenient Trilogy (3 books)
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