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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Six years after being jilted without a word of explanation, Julia Rotherham finds Lucius Wolversley standing before her once again--unexpected, unannounced, unwelcome. With her heart still hurting and, more importantly, her pride, Julia must chaperone her younger sister, fend off fortune hunters, orchestrate a fake engagement, and halt an elopement--all whilst keeping the ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 20th 2014 by Madison Street Publishing
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Caz
I've given this a D+ at AAR. That would be D for "dull"

Historicals are very much my poison of choice when it comes to romance reading, so rather than genre-hopping when I select review books, I tend to scout around for books by unknown or less familiar authors. Perhaps it’s overly optimistic of me, because I think that it happens more often than not that such a book is a dud, but I try to keep an open mind. That said, I sometimes wonder if I’m not following the definition of insanity in doing th
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English
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Three years ago, I didn’t read regencies- at all. Since then I’ve read a few- and learned that not all Christian Regencies are equal. The Unexpected Earl ranks among the better- with faint shades of the literary great. The Lady (and spinster bordering on the old at the other side of 20- by 19th century standards) who unexpectedly comes face to face with the former beau who jilted her is almost reminiscent of Persuasion, and hostility tension between the protagonists of Pride and Prejudice. A Reg ...more
Christina
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

Terrific read although pacing was sluggish and contrived for the first 55percent-- mostly because the author drags out the reason why the earl jilted Julia 6 years previous. Obviously, as I sifted through the layers, found much more to this unrequited love. "Then he had felt that burning desire to tell her the whole, to bring into the open the events which had torn them apart so many years ago, with no detail left unsaid. But, alas, she had been too hurt to listen." I liked all the characters ve
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Sheila Majczan
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars Basically, I loved it. Although I do have to say that the reason Lucius jilted “Jules” was not too hard to guess. Loved the character of Mr. Highsmith, especially….maybe the author will be writing about Annabelle’s and Peter’s romance next. This story did remind me, also, as the one reviewer stated, of P&P: Darcy & Elizabeth with their misunderstandings and a proposal that went amiss in a different way, Wickham/Sylvester and his foul plans, Caroline Bingley/Lily Merriweather an ...more
Melanie
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not an expert on Regency, but I do enjoy reading it and I thought this book was fabulous! I love stories about second chances at love and what brings each person back to the other one. Lucius Wolversley left Julia Rotherham six years ago without an explanation and he has done everything possible to make sure he never runs into her or her family again. As fate would have it, his best friend Courtenay brings him to a ball, which is in honor of her younger sister, Annabelle. Seeing him again th ...more
Anne
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Keyworth has written an entertaining tale with antics and absurdness reminiscent of typical Regencies.

If you are up for a romp around Regency England, you will be pleased to meet Julia Rotherham and her sisters. There are outbursts of temper, plenty of sharp wit, and a bit of ridiculousness.

Lucius Wolversly is your typical tall, dark, handsome and brooding Earl. Having girls thrust upon him for protection has him quite addled to begin with but he soon learns how to handle the situation.

For a
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Debbie
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Julia Rotherham thought she would never see Lucius Wolversley again after he jilted her years before. However their paths cross again at her sister's coming out ball. As much as she hates Lucius for the hurt he caused her, she also still loves him despite of everything in the past. In spite of her affection, she knows that she can't trust him. Besides she still doesn't know what made him run for the hills all those years ago.

Lucius Wolversley is an earl but he is quite reserved and not anything
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Amber
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it
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Review originally appeared on Bibliophilia, Please.

The Unexpected Earl felt a little bit like a Pride and Prejudice retelling. Julia and Wolversley were struck with both pride and prejudice. There was even a stubborn younger sister determined to ruin herself. It also felt that way because it was a really clean historical romance. There was possibly one kiss in the entire book, and definitely no steamy sex scenes. This worked for me, though, as I generally skip over sex scenes in books anywa
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LuAnn
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even though Julia Rotherham gets a male friend to pretend to be engaged to her in order to get back at Lucius Wolversley, who 'cried off' their engagement six years previously, and it apparently does hurt him, he gets off far easier than would most men in similar situations today. But that goes to the heart of the matter of why, in my opinion, many people love books set in Regency period England.

People knew what manners and honor meant. The extremes to which 'society' went seem stilted at times,
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Diana
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: hfvbt
I really enjoy historical romances and "The Unexpected Earl" by Philippa Jane Keyworth was no exception. Keyworth kept me interested in the storyline with the persistent question, why did Wolversley break off his engagement to Julia? The characters were fun and endearing. When Wolversley shows up at Julia's sister coming out ball both are surprised to see each other but even more surprised to discover that they both still have lingering feelings for each other. Julia for her part refuses to let ...more
Marcie
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Julia Rotherham thought she would never see Lucius Wolversley again after he jilted her years before. However their paths cross again at her sister's ball. As much as she hates Lucius for the hurt he caused her, she also still loves him despite of everything. In spite of her affection, she knows that she can't trust him. Besides she still doesn't know what made him run for the hills all those years ago.

Julia and Lucius reminded me of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. They both misunderstand each other s
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Englishrose
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a classical period-piece in my opinion. The story started off extremely slow, agonizing over an untold past of our main characters. The characters themselves were wonderful, as were the side characters who created a rich tapestry of plot and leaves you wondering if they each don't have their own story to tell. The romance was sweet, but a little stilted in its development. The second half of the story had a lot more action and fun than the first half, but it made up for it and then had ...more
Melissa
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm torn in half with this book. I loved it but I was maddened by a couple things. The heroines anger lasts way too long and makes the book drag. I found myself skipping over descriptions of lots of unnecessary stuff. I didn't need to know what the French tailor was wearing or how she meet her husband. The description of all the clothes got old. AND oh my gosh do I hate books that can be solved with one conversation. BUT I still really liked this story and loved all the characters including the ...more
Lisa  Montgomery
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Six years after being jilted without a word of explanation, Julia Rotherham finds Lucius Wolversley standing before her once again–unexpected, unannounced, unwelcome. With her heart still hurting and, more importantly, her pride, Julia must chaperone her younger sister, fend off fortune hunters, orchestrate a fake engagement, and halt an elopement–all whilst keeping the man who jilted her at arm’s length. But what Julia doesn’t know is that this time, the Earl has no intention of disappearing, a ...more
Wendy Wasiunec
Not as I expected....

I choose three stars and would of given three in a half. The title was totally wrong for this story. Nothing was unexpected about this Hero becoming an Earl. There was way too much peevishness with the Heroine sulking on the past. One reviewer compared this story with Pride and Prejudice... I have to say, there was just a slight comparison but it was a totally different story. The story dragged on for me and I found my self skimming through the Heroine's self pity, which was
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Mailee Pyper
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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Noora
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well the main character Julia just ruined this book for me. I can see the author tried to create Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy love-story again but come on... Two characters bad-mouthing each other and glaring each other with hate doesn't make them witty or funny couple. I'm sorry but this book didn't work me personally, but I'm sure people picking it up will like it.
InD'tale Magazine
There is a whirlwind of excitement in this delectable romance filled with deceit, comedy, and love gone wrong!

Read full review in the 2014 October issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Christina
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written! Gripped me from start. Only wish it had more to the end. Found the ending a bit abrupt and was left wanting to know more. But nonetheless it was a wonderful regency novel that I shall go back to again :)
Katie Patchell
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
My review for Austenprose.com:
http://austenprose.com/2014/09/22/the...
Shelia.james
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I liked this story, it reminded me of Georgette Heyers books that I used to read, a. real old fashioned time,
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Philippa Jane Keyworth, also known as P. J. Keyworth, and known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find.

Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History and graduating with First Class Honours. She now works in Digital Marketing and part-time as an author.

Philippa has
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