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My Fair Lily

(Farthingale #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,196 ratings  ·  197 reviews
London is never the same after the boisterous Farthingales move into their townhouse on Chipping Way, one of the loveliest streets in fashionable Mayfair. With five beautiful daughters in residence, the street soon becomes known as a deathtrap for bachelors.

Ewan Cameron, estranged grandson of the Duke of Lotheil, is in London because of a deathbed promise made to his fathe
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published October 16th 2014 by Booktrope (first published October 13th 2014)
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Mayim de Vries
It is the first time that I have been introduced to Meara Platt work and, alas!, I cannot say 'Well met.' We will most definitely NOT be acquainted. I got the Farthingale series on sale and not only will I not be reading beyond the first book, I don't intend to keep them in my house. They take up too much precious space for what they are worth.

I consider myself a connoisseur of historical romance and Regency in particular. Not because I'm fussy, but because I read tons of them and as long as the
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
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Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
DNF at 53%. Man, I'm on a roll these days.

I thought the prospect of having a dog in this book would be charming. Instead, it was an undertrained and undisciplined dog whose only personality feature is a propensity towards destruction.

The humans weren't much better. Lots of pining and whining. No real personalities.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Update: Chapter one ,and already I am thinking of dnfing. A woman gets knocked to the ground by a dog. And she doesn’t seem at all injured. Then the dogs owner doesn’t seem to know here and then all of a sudden her tells her that her eyes are different to her twin sisters. It doesn’t make sense or else I am missing something.

2% - the owner of the dog says 'Lass, may I ask your name?' SO he doesn't know who she is

Three pages on I read this; 'Your eyes are a more vivid blue than your sister's, and
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Between this and To Tempt an Earl, I've had a fairly good reading week. This book is funny, engaging, has likable characters, a semi-interesting plot, and good romance. The only drawback is that it sometimes seems like it's trying too hard to be funny...and the ending is a bit too Disney perfect with everyone changing for the better and getting along. Schmaltzy. But since you're invested by that point, it can be overlooked.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the story and the characters. Some of the regency era details were a bit off, and far-fetched but still a very pleasant read.
Gwyn Plummer
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
I understood what the author was trying to do, but I don’t think the story fully accomplished it.

Lily Farthingale is a self-taught scholar who’s determined to become the first female member of The Royal Society. Her biggest, but not only obstacle, is Ewan Cameron’s stubborn grandfather, whom he promised his dying father he’d try to develop a better relationship with. Ewan, as well as his loyal overgrown slobbering canine, Jasper, are both immediately taken by the fiery young Londoner, however, h
Frances Law
A good story based on a false premise.

This book lost me when it started discussing who would inherit the Dukedom of Lothiel! Peerages go to the eldest son of the eldest son. A dukedom would go to the eldest son and then to his eldest son who I gathered was Ewan. The only thing that could be willed away was unentailed property. Lily was a nice character and the prejudice she experienced was only too common at that time.
Unfortunately I don't think that the nice story over ones the big blunder as i
Barbara Rogers
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really -- 3.5 Stars

Series: Farthingale #1
Publication Date: 6/2/16

My Fair Lily was the first book published for Meara Platt. I enjoyed the story, but you could definitely tell it was the first book. I believe Ms. Platt is an author to watch and I will definitely read more of her books. I’m not sure why Lily was the first book in the series because in Lily, we learn that Lily’s older sisters are married, etc. – but – the last three books in the series are about how those marriages came to be. It d
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While I was going to purchase it, I just realized I already had it. I was glad I forgot it, not because the book was bad but because while it was the first one published in this series, it is the 4th one in the reading order.
I saw the twins grew up in the three previous books, and now the last two books left to read are their stories.
I had some fear about Lily as she was shown in some of the stories as a little jaded, while here she is mostly stating facts.
But she was less cold even if still the
✨ Gramy ✨
This writer has a lot of potential and many will find this an interesting, if not factual read. I enjoyed the humor and engaging moments between the characters. The scenes involving the dog were too excessive for me, but some animal lovers might find that more endearing. However, some of the other scenes would have been against all societal rules of the ton at the time.

The story can stand on its own without any cliffhangers. I always appreciate that, along with an H.E.A.
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Farthingale's are a loving family but not all of them are strictly up to speed on what they should or should not be doing! Lily, who is an authentic bluestocking loves reading, learning, attending all or mostly male lectures about science. She has been helping a friend write a paper---definitely not your typical English lady of that century--much to her Mothers despair! Lily has a twin who helps her escape from those boring social parties she is supposed to attend--they are identical twins. ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindlefire, regency
Delightfully lovely. Deliciously funny. Loved the adventures. Fun story.
Will definitely be reading #2 (which some Amazon reviews like better than #1).
Romancing the Book
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance
Reviewed by Rachel
Book provided by author
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

I’m almost sad writing this review, mainly because it means my adventure with the Farthingale sisters is basically over with.

Before I begin, I’d like to suggest, anyone who LOVES a good historical romance, i.e. Sophie Jordan or Julia Quinn, pick up this series of books ASAP!

Okay on to the review. Lily is the smart twin, the one who plans everything to a T, who is almost so comically brilliant that you can’t help but
Joann Maggio
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Fair Lilly ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
(Farthingale #1) Written by Meara Platt

When the Farthingales moved to fashionable Mayfair in London things were never the same. This fun loving devoted family enjoyed life and love each other deeply and without reservation. The five sisters were devoted to each other and all the family branches as well. The two youngest unmarried sisters identical twins Lilly and Dillie respectively were the biggest handful.

The day Lilly fell and crashed into Ewan Cameron, grandson of the Duke
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lily a blue stocking scholarly 19 year old woman never thought she'd be attracted to a sculpted broad shoulders Scots man with a temper until she met Ewan. Ewan hates the English and returns to London for 3 months to attempt to restore his relationship with his grandfather out of a sense of duty to a promise to his dead father. Every interaction with his grandfather makes him long for his Scottish home and away from every Englishman. But he never thought he'd be attracted to a young blue stockin ...more
Melissa McHugh
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about this story after I finished it. I found myself rolling my eyes a few times during the story (possibly during the seventh or so time Jasper knocks Lily over to bring her into physical contact with Ewan) and I thought Ewan's protestations about marrying Lily rang false, but I understand the author needed a bit of an obstacle to keep them apart. I also thought the grandfather was a bit two-dimensional and that his redemption at the end didn't feel quite right ...more
Virginia Tican
Oct 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
It seems like I already started reading this book and maybe read it (and forgot) or at least the first chapters. Re~reading it (Chapter 1) has not encouraged me to continue. It is obviously American so timeline is already an issue as well as genre. Ms. Platt should be writing contemporary American Young Adults books and definitely NOT Regencies. The use of present day Americanisms in this genre and timeline is an insult to readers used to the style of Heyer, Balogh, Beverly, Laurens et al... The ...more
Nelle @ Nelle's Nightstand Blog
I've had this one on my TBR for a while. Someone from my BC posted a funny scene and it got me interested in reading it again.

This was an over the top, funny, slightly unbelievable story. There were many mistakes in the timeline, historical accuracy, etc. But the likeableness of the characters made up for all that.

It was an enjoyable book that kept me reading and laughing.
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I found the story for this book a bit lacking. It wasn't exactly dissatisfying, it was just all over the place. But the characters were enjoyable and I definitely plan on reading more by this author. 3 stars.
Dawn Brower
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ok is it crazy that my favorite character was the dog? lol Jasper was awesome. Look forward to reading the next book.
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

Cute, fast, fun read. Good H/H. The "jeopardy" really come out of left field, but meh.
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Highly improbable slightly over the top Regency romp. It did made me laugh couple of times - big, clumsy adorable dogs will do that.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet girl and stubborn Scotsman

Setting: London Regency (just after Waterloo)
Genre: Romance with mild erotic elements
Ewan Cameron, Laird Carnach, has come to London to patch things up with his grandfather, the Duke of Lotheil, per his father’s dying wish. On his first day in the city he meets Lily and, after some initial misunderstanding, a mutual interest grows. There is a plot afoot involving knife fights, brawls, etc. Ewan thinks maybe his cousin is plotting against him. At any rate, the mys
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Fair Lily is an adventurous first book in the Farthingale series by Meara Platt. It is pure escapism and I enjoyed it immensely during a long road trip.

The story revolves around the scholarly Lilly Farthingale who comes from a wonderfully open and loving family and who dreams of becoming the first female member of the Royal Society. Lilly meets the very rough-around-the-edges Scotsman, Ewan Cameron, when his dog plows into her and knocks her into the mud. From that day forward Lily vows to m
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Ewan Cameron is in London to fulfill a deathbed promise to his father to live with his grandfather Duke of Lotheil. He has no intention of getting involved with any of the gently bred ladies. He is going back to Scotland in three months time at the end of his agreed-upon stay. Lily Farthingale is focused on getting into the Royal Society intending to be the first female to do so. The Duke of Lotheil who is the head decides to use that to his advantage to socialize Ewan. Neither Ewan and Lily hav ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun adventure

In my experience, rarely is there a story that can make the reader laugh out loud. A good author can draw the reader into the story enough to live an experience. Ms. Platt has created a wonderful and funny love story. The character's were interesting, and developed in such a way that even the characters that were annoying or villainous became enjoyable. She built her characters in a fashion similar to social meetings. First impressions that lean unfavorably initially, but as you s
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This story is an historical romance and as such is alright. There are a few things that didn't jive for me because of what I know about historic London. But they can be easily overlooked for a decent story. This story is decent.

One of the things that I didn't enjoy was that Lily seemed, on occasion, to be overly obtuse. Her misconceptions could have easily been cleared up with a few simple questions. Ewan is also guilty of jumping to conclusions without all the facts. This does make th
Patricia King
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
A cute little story during the Regency era.

This was my first read by Ms. Platt and apparently her first story, as well. Overall, I liked the story, but found the beginning to be a bit slow in taking off. As the story line progresses, the book does pick up. It's a cute little story of Lily, a young English woman and Ewan, a Scottish Highlander. Lily is a bit of a nerd and displays very unusual ambitions for a Lady in the Regency era. She loves books and has a gift of well developed literary skill
Carlene Michalk
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and Romantic!

My Fair Lily was my First book by this author. I found out about it thanks to an ad on Facebook.And, I am very glad that I gave this book a chance. I found it to be quite a fun read with a likable main female character and a very charming male lead. I was laughing and some scenes and, just rooting out for the couple.
It’s a love story of a English woman who wants to be in a society that will not appreciate her because she is a woman and a hardheaded Scot. There was a lot of obst
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Meara Platt is happily married to her Russell Crowe look-alike husband, and they have two terrific children. She lives in one of the many great towns on Long Island, New York, and loves it, except for the traffic. She has traveled extensively, occasionally lectures and finds time to write. Her favorite place in all the world is England’s Lake District, which may not come as a surprise since many o ...more

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