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Ruined

(Regency Retold #1)

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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  75 reviews
The duke of Ashton sits at the Opera at Vauxhall Gardens, bored out of his mind, and plans murder.
He curses the day that brought the little governess, destitute and sad, at his door eight months ago, to upset his careless if a bit meaningless existence.
How could he have guessed the terrible, evil secrets she was hiding? And now that he knows all, the truth appears wilder,
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Published (first published July 1st 2015)
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Mela
What a romance! There were moments when I couldn't take my eyes off pages. I am pretty sure that once or twice even my breath quickened. Say what you want but I swoon when I think of Ashton ;-) I had a great time reading it. Passion, a little drama, pain from the past, love which shouldn't happen. Really, I can tell, M.C. Frank has a potential.

Ok, I admit the book has flaws. The Regency world isn't bad but it could be better. Beatrice fainted and cried a little too often (view spoiler)
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Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
"It takes true courage, integrity and selflessness to turn yourself into a person that the world would be the wealthier for possessing."

Ruined is a perfect book for all the lovers of Regency or historical romance!

After his cousin's death, Dominic Halifax not only inherites the title of the duke of Ashton but is also obliged to take care of his young ward, Adelina. He's looking for a governess for her, however the spoiled girl scares off all candidates. Until Dominic decides to hire Beatrice
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Tea kalmakhelidze
So, I'm a big fan of retellings, but I've only read about Cinderella and Ariel and other disney princesses.
I was beyond excited when I first heard about M.C. Frank having written a retelling of Jane Eyre.
Fast forward a few months and here I am reading it. I read it in two sittings and my God! Was it amazing! I can't even begin to explain how much I love Jane Eyre, but this book was not as much like the classic as I expected. The author kept all the good stuff in and made the book equal parts h
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Alina
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A must-read for all the Jane Eyre fans!

"Ruined" tells a story of miss Beatrice Devon, who, despite of her young age, starts working as a governess of the Duke of Ashton's young ward. The Duke's bad reputation is widely known, but is it possible that sweet, kind Beatrice hides her own dark secret? And is it true that love can conquer all?

I love how the classic characters came to life in this story. They're really well-written, and thanks to the change of perspective, we can see inside both Beatri
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S.E. Anderson
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again, I have dove into a genre I rarely read because of a book written by an author I admire, and once again I'm thoroughly impressed and glad I gave it a chance.  Ruined is a perfect book for all the lovers of Regency era, or historical romance, or romance in general - not usually my cup of tea but thanks to M.C. Frank, I think they're growing on me. 

After his cousin's death, Dominic Halifax suddenly inherits the title of the Duke of Ashton, and by a shocking move in the former's will, is
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T
Gothic inspirational historical romance with a bad but swoon worthy Duke and a good but damaged and very, very, very emotional governess.

The story and unusual old-style writing captivated me at first - there’s a scene where the hero saves the heroine from drowning that was beautifully described - but i struggled after a while, it was somewhat difficult to comprehend at times, the jumping in time was a bit confusing, the characters were not so well developed and we don’t get to really see if the
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J
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I cannot express my gratitude for being among one of the lucky candidate who received an ARC from the renowned , generous author Ms Frank herself.
Madam I'm quite indebted to you for this endowed pleasure and I hope my words in praise of your impeccable work will make up for it.
Ruined as the name suggests ,has completely ruined my heart and mind. The story is a regency retelling of our classic Jane Eyre, mind you reader it may well have incorporated the basic idea from the age old classic but yin
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Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
Such a darkly beautiful retelling! While Miss Devon was a bit to emotional for the time period, I loved her character, and her relationship with both Ashton and Adelina. The writing style is fast paced, and works well with this story.

I loved the tension and suspense every time Beatrice spoke with Ashton. And all the drama! So much happened before, and after they meet! I loved all the emotions going on in this story!

*I received an ecopy from the author for review. This has no affect on my revie
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Tosha
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was beautifully written; every last gut wrenching, anxiety inducing, butterfly creating part of it. My only issue is that I need more now, so much more. I full heartedly recommend this book to both my Jane Eyre lovers and anyone who loved historical fiction romance. *Please note that there are triggers of of sexual abuse. It was handled in a sensitive way and was necessary for the story.
 Ananya thefoodandbooklife
I received a free ARC PDF copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Ruined is a tale set in the period of Regency and is a retelling of Jane Eyre. The story revolves around Beatrice Devon, a down on her luck young lady of nineteen who sets out to seek employment in London. Lady luck smiles down on her and she is employed by His Grace, Dominic Edward Halifax, the 9th Duke of Ashton to be the Governess of his ward, the spoilt Adelina Halifax. How Beatrice deals with the di ...more
Kim
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is exquisite! If you are a fan of Jane Eyre, Jane Austen or historical fiction in general, I highly recommend this book.
Jessica
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Oh my lanta! This was a superb Regency romance story and I could not put it down once I picked it up. The story follows a duke, left to raise a young, spoiled girl after his cousin passes away, who finds a governess willing to help straighten out the girl’s manners and disposition into one of a lady in high-society. The duke finds that this young governess is different from the other women he has hired, or has ever met and slowly learns to understand why she is this way. The two have d
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Hope
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
"A slip of a girl, ruined, but not broken, who brought light and love into the life of a dark and troubled duke".

- I have deliberately not included a synopsis as I want to include as few spoilers as possible, however, there may be some below, so fair warning! -

M.C. Frank has created a wonderful homage to the classic Jane Eyre, in her 'Regency retelling', Ruined.

It's clear she is an avid fan, as she has chosen some beautiful aspects of the original story to incorporate; my favourite being the ma
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Andreea Daniela
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have stumbled across this book by pure accident. I haven’t read Jane Eyre, so I didn’t really know what to expect from it, but I had high hopes.
The book tells the story of Beatrice and Dominic, both of them complex characters, fighting with their demons. After his cousin’s death, Dominic inherits the title of Duke of Ashton, but it is also obliged to take care of Adelina. With Ashton looking for a governess for Adelina and Beatrice looking for a place to hide, she accepts the job and carries o
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Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
That last retelling of Jane Eyre I tried to read, was terrible. I could not find one redeeming quality about it, other than the cover was gorgeous.

This book however does not suffer from that same fate. There are some strong triggers in this book about sexual abuse. It's told through flashbacks, and not overly graphic. But worthy of a mention. This was my first M.C. Frank book, I came across her on Instagram and luckily she was searching for book bloggers to read and review her book.

It's beautif
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Sarah
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
A re-imagining of Jane Eyre, set in the Regency and with roles reversed (i.e. the Jane character has the secret past, not the Rochester). I found Beatrice's motivations difficult to follow - sometimes it was clear that her past and everything she had been told during it was breaking her down; other times it seems as though you were supposed to assume that her strength of character always let her rise above it. The jumps in time in the plot were also confusing to follow; I genuinely thought I had ...more
Pao
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, loved it, loved it!
First M.C. Frank book I've read and it was a wonderful experience.
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OneMamaReads
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book ruined me, in the best way.

Ruined is a regency retelling of Jane Eyre. Jane is now known as Beatrice and Rochester is now Lord Ashton (Dominic). Dominic is a scoundrel, a rascal, the talk of the ton, who has inherited his cousin's daughter. So, he places an add for a Governess to care for the spoiled, uncultured, teenage girl. Beatrice is in hiding from a terrible past and eagerly jumps at the position.

The two are headstrong, passionate, and prone to hiding from their feelings. From st
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Janella
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So let me tell this first. I haven't even read Jane Erye...yet. But what piqued my interest was this is a Historical Romance book.

I am fond of anything in the New Adult or Adult Fiction category  (as long as it's under the Romance Genre ). I have read M.C. Franks YA series titled No Ordinary Star series. I fell in love with it and her style of writing which has the right amount of fluff. So I took the opportunity to apply to read and review this book.

So this book is a retelling of Jane Erye thou
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Ioana Maria
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy from the author for an honest review and I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart, because it was the most beautiful book I’ve read. The most beautiful retelling of Jane Eyre.
The writing was lovely and very accurate and it really felt like reading something that was written a very long time ago. I was engrossed in the story from the very beginning. It was really accurate in descriptions and the vocabulary used and I loved that the blossoming romance between the protagoni
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Divya Agrawal
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed
Ruined is a retelling of Jane Eyre as mentioned but let me tell you all and don't exaggerate, I haven't read that book. Ever. So I'm not going to compare it to the original book. Ans well, I don't think there is a need for that too.

This book is again a masterpiece from the author. I've read most of her books and I'm seriously a fan of her writing. Her writing is so humble and polished.
I will be lying if I say I liked the plot all together. The plot-line was a little predictable and well, known
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Linda Lou
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 12 year old and up
Rating 4
I was drawn to Ruined because I expected a story in the same vein as Jane Erye by Jane Austen and I was not disappointed. Retellings can be a double-edged sword...most times they do not live up to expectations. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Ruined as it took me back to a time when I first discovered the likes of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. I time when I closed my Nancy Drew books and opened the classics and stepped into a whole new world. Reading Ruined brought that world alive f
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Jadyen (jayjaysbooknook)
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
So for those who know me, know I'm not a huge Regency fan or of reading fiction history books (which is weird because I love history right?) But I love M.C. Frank's other books (seriously check them out!) and thought I would give this one a chance too.

Now taking away a setting that I am not a fan of I loved the story and Frank's writing style always has me hooked. This story is a retelling of Jane Eyre and although I have never read the book I do like what Frank has done with the story as it's
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JANET SMITH
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting Read.

At times I found this book a little difficult to read because of the content, and the abuse that the Heroine had endured. I also found the analogy that this was a retelling of Jane Eyre also quite difficult to comprehend.
The heroine, Miss Devon, bravely escaped the clutches of her abuser, to become a companion to a Duke's niece who was one of the most spoilt and spiteful young females she could hope to meet, who also at times physically abused her. Miss Devon had became one of
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Jenny
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
***I am leaving this review in good faith after being provided with a PDF copy of the story for this purpose.***

This regency retelling by author M.C. Frank was absolutely riveting. I love the regency era, like so many of the bookish ilk I have spent many hours reading, listening to, and watching these stories as they come to life. This particular tale takes on the story of Jane Eyre with full force.

We are settled with our protagonist, Beatrice, as she joins the house of the Duke of Ashton. Her
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Brittani Avery
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great romance story about two souls struggling with internal demons

I picked this book up as part of Indiecember to cross off the retelling box. I actually have never read Jane Eyre, so I had no real expectations or foreknowledge of the story. I really loved the dynamic between Dominic and Beatrice and how they both were struggled with trust and attempted to hide their issues with various techniques and redirections. Though, sometimes I grew frustrated with Beatrice's stubborn refusal to seek hel
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Kim Power
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emotionally searing

Frank has written a novel of transcendence and redemption. SPOILER ALERT the heroine is a survivor of a paedophile, a friend of her fathers who began raping her with violence and emotional abuse. When she was seven. In flashbacks, this is described very explicitly. Her terror is palpable. The hero the redeemed rake, who reluctantly falls in love with her. The plot is intricate and it takes quite a while to get to our HEA. Sharing note for me, was that even the hero refers to t
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Michelle
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book for the most part. The writing was excellent. However, there were a few things that brought down the rating for me (bear in mind, just my own personal prejudices and opinions!). Beatrice, when she wasn't crying, she was running away. This girl cried more than any one person I've ever read! Second, this is one of my pet peeves - there are 26 letters in the alphabet, yet we have Ashton and Adelina and a good guy's name starting with B and a bad guy's name starting with B. It go ...more
Aimee
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent. I enjoy historical fiction and particularly historical romance. I liked both Dominic and Beatrice. I enjoyed how the author gave us glimpses into their pasts and showed us slowly how their personalities developed. At times, Dominic gave me a more rakish Mr. Darcy feel and I quite liked that. Beatrice was more of an enigma and reading about her backstory gave a lot of insight into who she is. I think that she is a character many abused children could see themselves in.

Th
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Sarah (Viola Culture)
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars. I really liked this. It definitely read like a Georgette Heyer book, and I used to be obsessed with her books. So it was lovely to revisit a similar writing style and type of story ☺ The main character liked to cry and run away from people a bit too much for my liking, but the dramatic dialogue and characterisations were a joy. The connections to Jane Eyre were nicely done - there were obvious similarities (e.g. governess falling for the master), but the 'dark past' aspect was twisted i ...more
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