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In this Regency twist of My Fair Lady, Jack would rather be at sea than fixing the mistakes of his grandfather, the late Earl of Stansworth. Instead, he finds that inheriting his grandfather's wealth and title—and securing the welfare of his sister and mother—means joining the ranks of high society and living with the aristocracy. Luckily, Ivy Carlisle, the granddaughter o ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Shadow Mountain
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation


This has been nominated for a 2016 Swoony Award. Share the love and vote for it here.

When I found out one of my favorite authors was writing a new book in my favorite genre I may have done a little happy dance! I have really been looking forward to this one, and it did not disappoint.

Lady Ivy Carlisle is everything that is proper, she lives her life conforming to societies strict rules and pretends to be happy about it. Every since her sister shamed the family, she feels its her duty to be the
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Katie W
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love a good Regency novel and when a twist on a classic favorite is added, I'm in heaven! Jack is a sailor who has no interest in becoming a part of the ton, but finds it more important to take care of his mother and sister, so he does just that. Lady Ivy's job is to teach him how to properly behave in society--which is not an easy task. Add a dash of mystery and some swoony moments and this story is the perfect recipe for a satisfying read. I also love how each chapter is headed with a bit of ...more
QNPoohBear
Jack Elliot is soon to take command of his own ship when a messenger from his estranged grandfather, the Earl of Stansworth arrives with the news the old man is on his death bed and demands Jack's presence. Jack's first thought is to not go but he decides to go and thumb his nose in his grandfather's face. The old Earl names Jack as his heir and while Jack would love to refuse, the old Earl knows Jack's sister and mother are on the brink of ruin. Jack can hardly refuse what will make his mother ...more
Julie
May 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Wow. There is a lot of love on goodreads for this book that sounded so fun (regency twist on My Fair Lady!!), but I struggled to finish it. I couldn't get past the whole premise. How anyone would send a young, unchaperoned girl who hadn't been presented at court to teach manners to a sailor-turned-earl and introduce him to society, when she wasn't out yet, but had apparently attended balls and danced with every other man in the book...??? The tension was off throughout the book too, so the secon ...more
Kathy
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With a nod to My Fair Lady Nancy Allen has created a fun tale of a sailor transformed into a gentleman. This book was very well done with great characters. It's a quick read that left me smiling.

Reread June 2018 - Enjoyed it as much as the first time
Content: Clean

Source: Review copy
Anne Osterlund
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jack Elliot is a sailor. He has too much pride to bemoan the inheritance he should have had. And he wants nothing to do with the man who disinherited his family. But upon his deathbed, the old Earl pronounces Jack his heir, and Jack has little choice—with his mother & sister’s livelihoods held hostage—but to accept.

Enter Ivy Carlisle. Ivy’s job is to help ease the new Earl into society. It shouldn’t be a difficult calling. After all, Ivy even writes her own clandestine advice column on prope
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Mela
Nice reading, nice time.

First part (it deserved four stars) was better than the second. I am not sure why it worsened.

I liked Ivy and Jack. Their conversations were very charming and witty. I liked also Pug, Sophia, Blake and Nana of course.

But then there were the plot lines (that occurred in the second part) which were interesting but not fully thought through, not used like it could have been used: a school for former prostitutes, attempts to kill Jack, the character of Lord Anthony Blake, his
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Melanie
Jack Elliot is a seaman months away from captaining his own merchant vessel. His grandfather, the Earl of Stansworth, is on his deathbed and has requested to meet with Jack. When Jack's father married his mother, his grandfather disinherited him. Jack's family was left penniless with mounds of debt when his father passed away. His grandfather wants Jack to become his heir rather than have his nephew inherit everything. Jack isn't interested until it's brought to his attention that this will help ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
**4.5 stars**

This book is part of "A Proper Romance" line of books from Shadow Mountain Publishing. The writing and stories are excellent. This is a line of books that I will not pass on reading. I have loved all of them.

This book is a take of "My Fair Lady". The difference is that the gender is reversed. Ivy Carlisle helps a sailor, who came into a recent inheritance, become a gentleman. It is pretty obvious from the start that Ivy and Jack will fall in love, it is the journey to the end that i
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Angie
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars...

I was lucky enough to spot this on the new shelf at the library last week, and I'm so glad! It is a regency romance (clean) written as a spin on My Fair Lady. I was drawn in almost as soon as I started reading and really liked the main characters of Jack (the Duke) and Lady Ivy. She attempts to school him out of his Sailor mind-set and into the ways of a Gentleman of the ton. In my opinion, this book is as much about friendship as it is about romance. Both deepen during the book, and
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Tandie
3.5 stars. A fun, regency retelling of My Fair Lady. Miss Manners is roped into helping a sailor, suddenly become an earl, make a smooth transition into society. Our fair gentleman isn't happy about becoming a proper Earl, but submits for the sake of his family. His mother and sister have been elevated from poverty and he wants them accepted by polite society. Nana was my favorite character, I'd love to be just like her!
Tiffany
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a clever book! I love my Fair Lady and I loved the concept of flipping it. It was well-written, engaging, the characters were fantastic. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a clean regency romance.
Mindy
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. It was a joy from start to finish. I loved all of it. Nancy did an incredible job with writing her characters. All them stood out to me and I longed for each of them to be in the story more. I especially enjoyed how the story started and ended with the same character. (He was a very pleasant surprise.) It took me a chapter or two to appreciate Jack's character and how rough around the edges he was, but he was great to get to know. Jack's love for his mother and sis ...more
Julie Carpenter
Fun regency romance and a great spin off of My Fair Lady. I enjoyed the characters a lot and the growth that they went through. I found myself smiling and cheering on the MCs throughout the book.

Content: clean

My own personal copy.

Happy Reading!!!
Laura
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great characters and an enjoyable story.
Melissa
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy I finally got the time to listen to My Fair Gentleman by Nancy Campbell Allen. I’ve had it on my To Read list for what seems like forever so I finally decided to try and listen to it on Audio. Audio is dicey for me because if I don’t like the narrator, it’s over. I liked this narrator and was able to just get lost in the story. Sweet bliss! I have recently found that I can do work around the house while listening to books. (Which soothes the pain of doing chores a tad.)
While liste
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Jennifer
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't know why I keep doing this to myself. I browse the online library audiobooks and find one of these cheesy Proper Romance books and think, "This one might be good?....." No. They are mediocre at best, but if you need something to listen to while you do housework or run errands and it doesn't matter if you space out for a few chapters, then these are the books for you. Always far too contrived and extremely predictable, these books try to give me a taste of Jane Austen, but it never works. ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I'm so, so happy to be a part of reading and reviewing the Proper Romance line from Shadow Mountain this year! There are some fantastic books coming and well, it just makes me happy. Nancy Campbell Allen starts this year off perfectly with her regency twist on My Fair Lady.

In this story, the roles are reversed and Lady Ivy has embarked on a daring quest to help the new Earl of Stansworth adjust to his title and responsibilities. It is a daunting task because the new Earl (Jack) doesn't want any
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Alisa
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I loved this one! Jack Elliot is the first mate on a merchant ship dreaming of the day when he will own his own ship so he can take better care of his mother and sister. He receives word that his grandfather (who disinherited his father and ruined his family) has chosen him to be his heir. Jack doesn't want to inherit anything from the grandfather he hates, but his grandfather intends to ruin Jack's mother and sister if he doesn't accept.

Ivy Carlisle is a duke's daughter; she is friendless and s
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Tori
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest. I accidentally ordered this book. I had it in my cart on Amazon so I could decide if I wanted it or not. Then when my daughter's birthday gift arrived in the mail, ,much to my surprise, so did this book. I'm SO glad I bought it accidentally!!
Such a fun, sweet story. I loved the witty banter between Ivy and Jack. I loved how Ivy tried so hard to be proper, while Jack dared her to abandon what society expected. And I have a feeling there will be another book coming with characters
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Janeal
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh, regency, 2016
It was what I expected. I went into it wanting an easy, predictable read, and that's what I got. Nothing groundbreaking or original here.

I gave it two stars instead of three (the rating I give books that meet my expectations) because:

1) the ending was extremely anti-climactic. "Oh btw, this is who's been trying to kill you." "Lol k." I mean, we all knew who it was, but I'd like a little more than that.

2) the run-on sentences! Dear god, the run on sentences.

It's one of those books I'll look back
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Kara
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've only read 2 books from Nancy Allen, but I really love her. I especially love her use of dialogue. The interaction between the characters was the perfect mixture of sappy lovey-dovey and teasing quirkiness true to the character's personalities. I LOVE romance, especially when it's clean, but when things get too cheesy it takes away from it for me. This was a great balance and I loved the twist on the classic My Fair Lady story.
Lynette
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. Hopefully, we get more. A romance for Sophia perhaps?
Chrissy
I loved it! Highly recommend.
Lisa Brown
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jack is a sailor who went to see as a young boy to help provide for his mother and sister, after their father's death. But Jack's world is turned upside down when his estranged grandfather, an Earl who disinherited Jack's father for marrying below his station, decided to name Jack as his heir. Not wanting to give in to the demands of a man who destroyed his family's life, he agrees to become the heir only to save his mother and sister from their extreme poverty. But how is this rough sailor goin ...more
Isabella
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really really liked My Fair Gentleman, and while I really don't think this is a five star book, it was cute and sweet and a little silly so five stars from me!

Um I didn't pick a song because I'm a freak who listened to the My Fair Lady soundtrack on Spotify while I was reading but I think this is fitting for Jack.

I'm An Ordinary Man by Nat King Cole

I'm an ordinary man,
Who desires nothing more than just an ordinary chance,
To live exactly as he likes, and do precisely what he wants
An average
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Trinna
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance
Funny, that a single, young lady is allowed to teach manners/propriety to an eligible bachelor- Earl. All kinds of rules were broken while she teaches him how to be proper. Where was her mother the whole time?
Kind of hard to overlook that.
But if you can put that aside, it is clean love story. Predictable, and not believable, but sweet.
Leslie
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was so fun.
Melanie Stanford
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Really loved it, only the mystery reveal felt rushed. Otherwise an excellent regency romance.
Jessica
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
A Cute book. Better than many of the proper romances.
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