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The Earl's Betrothal

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  898 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Out of the war and into another, Captain Lord Anthony Hargreaves finds the politics of romance to be as uninviting a battle as the one that nearly cost him his life in Badajoz, Spain.

Wounded both mentally and physically from the Peninsular War in 1812, Anthony returns home to find that his older brother has died, placing Anthony next in line to inherit the estate. But he’s
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 2016 by Covenant Communications, Inc.
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I've enjoyed the contemporary books Ms. Tuft writes and was curious when I saw she was dipping her toes in the Regency genre. I think she's really found her niche, I really loved this book!

I liked Amelia, she's positive, kind and is able to stick up for herself. After loosing her parents she has to become a paid companion. She quickly becomes one of the family, as much as her station would allow anyway. Lord Anthony is presumed dead, but surprises everyone when he shows up alive and well.
Katie W
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I feel satisfied when reading stories where the characters have misunderstandings, assumptions gone awry, compromising romantic situations, and love that's not recognized. It's kind of weird because there's no way I'd want to actually have one of those situations happen to me, but I love reading about them. I can't help but to have a smile on my face.

Anthony was thought to be dead in the war, but is only a physical and emotional wreck. Since his older brother, the heir, died while he was gone,
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Ooh, I really loved this book. That's always a good way to start out a review, right?

The characters in this book felt real to me and I really liked them. They had so many good attributes that it was easy to settle in and enjoy them.

Amelia is kind. She is at the mercy of others for her welfare and she knows it, yet she conducts herself with dignity and decorum. She is smart and she knows how to stand up for herself without appearing arrogant or rude. I love the quiet strength she has.

I'm always on the prowl for a new to me historical romance book to grab me and this one did. Not because it was sensational or melodramatic, but because it had an authentic and understated quality to it that paired well with the smoldering attraction of the romantic pair in this story of class issues, post-war stress and guilt, grief, and a little mystery.

The story opens with the arrival home and 'back from the dead' of war torn Anthony Hargreaves, the new heir to his father after the tragic
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm so torn on this book! I thought there were a lot of cute parts, the story was a great idea, and the writing was fairly good, but there were also a lot of things that I wasn't a huge fan of. First I feel that Anthony just uses Amelia to calm his "demons" (basically PTSD) and basically as a kissing buddy. I wouldn't have had a problem with her helping him overcome his guilt and experience he had in the war if only he had been more willing to get to know her on that same level, (***spoiler ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This is a delightful regency book. I liked the characters from the moment they were introduced in the story. Amelia is a down to earth woman who is ahead of her time. She was raised by pastor father who taught her the importance of thought and education. She is articulate and loves the people around her.

From the moment Amelia meets Anthony, the son who unexpectedly returned from the War against Bonaparte, there is an undeniable attraction. The problem is that socially she is his inferior. The
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
A sweet, historical tale of romance combined with the effects of war on the human mind.

I enjoyed the plot twists and historical references, and I consider myself a great suspender of disbelief, but I found some of the plot to be implausible. However, the writing was very good and I did enjoy the love story.

Thank you, Netgalley, for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Hargreaves family has been in deep mourning. The heir to the Marquessate, the Earl of Halford, has been killed in a horseback riding accident. His father has had a heart attack over the news. And then the final blow came when the youngest son, Anthony, is declared to be a casualty of war. It seems the family will never truly recover from their misfortunes.

But then, there's a knock on the door, and Anthony is there, returned from the dead. He'd been shot and in the weeks it took to nurse him
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore regency romance novels and Karen Tuft’s The Earl’s Betrothal was a new and delightful read! Off fighting in the war Captain Lord Anthony Hargreaves returns home from battle to discover that his family all thought he was dead. His return is quite a shock, but brings about much excitement. Upon his arrival home though much has changed, his mother has a pretty, talented, and well-spoken companion, Amelia Clarke. His sickly father also wants him to marry and produce an heir ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I prefer a slower build to the romance, there was entirely too much kissing too early in the book. It could have been stronger without the despicable, evil villain, as there were already sufficient barriers to the romance. Also, I usually am not bothered by such details but after reading many, many romance novels with a regency setting the vitally important dinner scene, where the ire of the villain is first raised, should never have happened at least not without explaining why the ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
If you're in the mood for a Regency sweet romance with depth- in characters and in content, then The Earl's Betrothal is a book I recommend for you! Amelia is kind and compassionate, feeling grief not only for her own losses but the more recent losses of the family she now serves. I admired the strong foundation of faith that sustained her and helped her stand up in the face of society's disdain.

Anthony struggled with the darker aspects of war- the abuse of the citizens of Spain by his own
The Earl's Betrothal is going on my favorite's shelf with my other well-loved regencies. Not only is it well-written and compelling, but I fell in love with the characters immediately. Anthony and Amelia are the kind of characters that I thoroughly enjoy reading about. Anthony arrives home from the war in Spain to discover that his older brother, the heir to the Marquess of Ashworth, has been killed in an accident and he is now the Earl of Halford. But haunted by his experiences in Spain, he ...more
Anthony has returned from war wounded, both physically and emotionally. He saw and did things that continue to torture home. As soon as Anthony walks through the door, he notices Amelia. Amelia is an orphan and a paid companion to Anthony's mother. Amelia is quiet, yet strong. She provides Anthony with the room and strength to heal.

This book started out a little slow but soon picked up and got to the point where I had to keep reading so I could find out what happens! The romance is clean, but
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
A very enjoyable read. Review posting on my blog for its tour 5/9.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful! I’ve been seeing books by this author, and now I wish I would have discovered her sooner. This book was so much fun! I will definitely be reading more of her work!
I'm setting this one aside for now. It wasn't flowing easily. Not sure about this one...... the "romance" between the two seemed awkward (can't put my finger on it)
I’m really starting to like the Regency Romance books! They speak of a different time of kindness, chivalry, being respectful and trying to avoid scandal. They had their scandal’s too as one of the characters had a mistress. But overall, I love it!

The Earl’s Betrothal has 2 POV’s by both Amelia and Anthony. The story telling is well written. I was totally engaged throughout the book. The descriptions made it easy to see what was going on in my head. The characters were easy to understand and to
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
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May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great example of a regency romance! I loved the whole thing!

I loved Amelia, she's working as a companion to Lady Ashworth who has lost both of her sons in the last year and her husband appears to be on his deathbed as well. But fate changes things when Lady Ashworth's second son, Anthony, walks through their door and back into their lives. It seems he wasn't really dead after all. I loved the way Amelia felt an instant attraction to Anthony, but because of her low-born station, she
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
* Third time’s a charm! So I decided to skim this one before reading The Gentleman’s Deception, just as a refresher. But then once I started, I couldn’t stop! Definitely one of my favorites. *

** I read this for the first time in May, and then read it again 5 months later. It was just as good a second time! Loved it **

Could I have loved this book any more? I knew right away it would be so good, and it didn't disappoint. The writing was effortless, and the story was unpredictable. I loved that it
I really enjoyed this sweet clean regency. The writing was good and the characters were the base and flow of this book. I loved how much time and dialogue there was between the love interests. There was a lot of the side characters too that made me think there would be other stories. You get interested in the other lives and want to know what happened to them. This book had a small religious undertone, but the kisses were sweet and passionate. I look forward to more:}
The Earl’s Betrothal by Karen Tuft is a superb Regency novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. This is the type of story one reads because she wants to escape from reality, and in today’s world, boy, do I crave fictional worlds to escape into! I found so much to love about The Earl’s Betrothal. The characters are sweet and endearing. Amelia is all that is good and innocent, but she’s also strong, smart, and independent. I very much appreciate that she is not afraid to stand up for herself and for what ...more
Karen Thornell
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read Tuft's previous two regency romances before reading this one and loved them both, so when this book became available at my local used bookstore I had to run to get a copy and I'm grateful I did! If you've read my reviews before, I do not rate a book 4 or 5 unless I would be willing to reread the book at least once, or own a copy of it. This was a sweet, somewhat slow romance that I thoroughly enjoyed! I loved that Anthony was interested in Amelia for the majority of the book (even if he ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars.
They didn't quite behave like they should have.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Great book!

content: clean
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sweet & moving story, with two characters from opposite places in society, that break the rules and fall in love. Regency romances are my favourite, and I've read a lot of them. Sometimes you can get the feeling that you've read this plot before. In 'The Earl's Betrothal', in the beginning you could be forgiven for thinking that. However, as the story develops it really comes into its own. Anthony, second son of a Marquess, is home from war, and surprises the family as it was thought he had ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked that it was very realistic that he was suffering from basically PTSD from his war career. That made an interesting change to most regency stories, giving it extra depth than just a romance. However the romance part of it fell very short for me. There were so many things that just did not seem to fit the time period. For example, his behavior with Amelia didn't fit with the social mores of the times. At times he even muses about why he is not acting as a gentleman with her. Then Amelia ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
If you enjoy Regency romances then this is a book for you. Captain Lord Anthony Hargreaves arrives home from the war in Spain, and is instructed to marry by his father so that their inheritance will be passed on to their next generation.
But what of Amelia Clarke, his mother’s companion, and his attraction to her. Can there be a happy ending for everyone.
Really enjoyed this story, (though not really a fan of straight romances as I prefer a lot of mystery in my books), really liked the characters
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. I loved Anthony and Amelia's romance, from its unique beginning to the depth that saw them married. Karen presented a familiar Regency theme of a marriage drawn from a compromising situation, however she created twists and turns that made it her own. From well developed characters, including minor characters whose story I hope to read more of, and a proper development of the storyline and growth of characters, the story has become one of my favorites.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ok. This was so good! I bought this book without knowing anything about the author. It was recommended by my dear friend Lisa so thank you thank you!! It had some mystery, and evil duke looking for revenge, and most of all romance. I thought I had the plot figured out and bam!! It did not go that way. I will definitely check more out from this author! Clean and worth the read!!
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Karen Tuft was born with a healthy dose of curiosity about pretty much everything, so as a child she taught herself to read and play the piano. She studied composition at BYU and graduated from the University of Utah in music theory, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies.
In addition to being an author, Karen is a wife, mother, pianist, composer, and arranger.