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The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen

(The Lady Travelers Society #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,383 ratings  ·  316 reviews
Embark on the breathtaking romantic adventures of The Lady Travelers Society in the brand-new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander

Really, it's too much to expect any normal man to behave like a staid accountant in order to inherit the fortune he deserves to support the lifestyle of an earl. So when Derek Saunders's favourite elderly aunt and he
Mass Market Paperback, 538 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by HQN
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Christina ~ Brunette Reader

London, 1889
The newly established Lady Travelers Society, catering to the whims and dreams of women "longing to throw off the shackles of everyday existence and live an adventurous life of travel", may be a place where ladies are given the opportunity to expand their interests and learn their way at globetrotting, but if Miss India Prendergast is not mistaken, it may also be a cover for illegal activities swindling the unsuspecting and naive members out of their money. And her suspicions have gr
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
It took awhile for the plot to get there, but when it finally did, it was worth the wait!

More than the first half of the book drags, presumably because the main character, India Prendergast, is extremely unlikable. However, when the story began to (finally!) unfold, there were several sweet and laugh out loud scenes which were highly entertaining. I absolutely loved the characters of Val, who was hilarious, and Mother, who always knew best (of course).

I highly recommend this books prequel novell
Al George
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 02-library, 02-audio
This is a slow go and yet, still awesomely enjoyable

slow going

Series: Believe so.

Sexy times: Do not recall. I think there was a bit at the end. Tame city.

Plan on reading more by the author: Why not? I'll have to be in the mood though and as of late....

India's aunt goes missing after "planning a trip" with the Lady Travelers Club which is really just a scam to take elderly women's moola. India is just convinced Derek is the man behind the scheme after she sees him meeting with the three women
Joanna Loves Reading
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed, hr
I am wavering between 3 and 4 stars here. I enjoyed it, but there were a few plot points that I felt, as the listener, that I was expected to suspend judgement and trust it would all come right in the end. It did, but just. It was superbly narrated, though.

India is a very prickly heroine, and it took me at least an hour to even start to like her. She did come around, and by midway, I liked and felt for her quite a lot. Her prickliness was very understandable. Derek is a sweet, well-meaning hero.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up

The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen might well win an award for being the longest title in historical romance! The first book in Victoria Alexander’s new Lady Travelers Guide series, it’s a light-hearted romantic comedy, set mostly in Paris around the time of the Great Exposition, in which a starchy spinster comes up against a charming scoundrel and discovers perhaps her previously held, deeply entrenched opinion
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
I gave this a shot, but in the end, the writing style just wore me down. And it wasn't really anything terrible. It's just that Victoria Alexander takes her own sweet time with things. You can kind of tell that's the case when you first pick up the book, just from the heft. That many closely-written pages means that either a lot of stuff happens or you're going to have to get down and savor every moment because the author surely has.

I got as far as I did (about halfway) because I liked both Indi
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Victoria Alexander’s new story, The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentleman, is a pleasant romance adventure. India Prendergast is on a mission to find her missing cousin. She wants the Travel Society to help find her relative considering this group sent her out on a trip to the continent and apparently has lost her. Derek Saunders realizes this can’t be good when the person who is threatening his aunt arrives in person and demands resolution. His only choice is to go to Paris and
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I love romance novels for the fluff escapism: tame drama, happy-ever-after, armchair time travel, appealing sexytimes.

This first book in a new series did that for me, and if you like tame, slow-burn romances, this one is for you. Our heroine, spinster India Prendergast, is convinced the Lady Travelers Society is a scam. Her beloved aunt has disappeared, and the women running the society are unable to locate her. Worse, Derek Saunders, famed bad boy, is related to one of the women who run the soc
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This may be the first audio book I have given 5 stars. I read one other book by this author. I enjoyed it but not enough to seek out an entire series by her. I loved this one! The story is funny, and the narrator is great.

Unlike others, I did not dislike India. It was Lady Heloise who I did not like. To me, she was just as weak-willed at 50+ as she was at 17.

I definitely recommend giving this one a listen!
Addie H
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
takes forever (about chapter 18) for it to get anywhere - but worth it :)
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen started off a bit slowly, but I devoured the second half in one sitting. Funny, irreverent, and charming.

India Prendergast has lived a very correct, independent, and proper life. Though well-bred, she is not a member of high society, and she chooses to work so as not to be entirely dependent on the kindness of her aunt Heloise. The ever-organised and controlled India works as a secretary to a gentleman ten years her senior, essentially ser
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

This is my second book in a row where one of the main characters begins the story desperately requiring the surgical removal of a seemingly permanent stick shoved up their fundament. As in today’s story that’s the heroine rather than the hero, I’m being a bit more delicate in my language referring to the deformity.

India Prendergast is more than a bit of a prig. I’d say that she is a “stick in the mud” but as has been previously established, the stick has al
3.5 stars

This was a cute book. It's a cheesy premise - heroine's elderly cousin has gone missing on trip to Europe. Heroine blames hero because his great aunt runs the travel company that booked her now lost cousin so hero and heroine travel to Paris to find cousin and of course, romance and sheanegians ensure!

That said, I really liked it. I especially enjoyed the character of India and how she matures and grows over the course of the book. Her banter with Derek was great, I really enjoyed their
Joana V.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it

Review in Portuguese:

First time I ever read anything by Victoria Alexander. It may be a bit too big – if had 50-100 pages less, it might have been better.

It was a bit slow to start, but when the plot starts to develop, it gains some strength. This “guide” is about a girl/woman who was always very serious and never enjoyed the good things in life – and a trip to Paris is going to change that.

I liked Derek Saunders from the very beginning, and India Pe
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Slow to start but pretty par for the course once it got going. Maybe slightly floofier than the standard historical romance fare -- at least what I've read of it -- but also less sexy-times. It was cute, though, and an enjoyable way to pass this dreary Monday.
Jenny Q
Extremely slow-moving, and frankly, boring. A quarter of the way through and nothing has happened. Disappointing considering the title and blurb made it sound so delicious. I just don't have patience these days for books that don't grab me right off the bat. Moving on to the next.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one, provided by the publisher in return for a review, really crept up on me. The story started at a steady pace, which was continued evenly throughout, but the character development really accelerated, making it a wonderfully entertaining read. Really enjoyable.
Tracy Emro
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by the author and NetGalley*

I love Ms. Alexander's writing style - it is light without being fluffy, funny, emotional and poignant. This book had all those elements plus a bit of steam, a missing cousin, a road trip to Paris and wonderful secondary characters!

India Prendergast is a no nonsense, independent, sensible woman. She is trying to find her missing cousin, Lady Heloise and all her inquires have been ignored by the Lad
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up
I generally love Victoria Alexander's stories so when I was offered a chance to read an ARC for review I jumped on it. Now I feel like I have been given an unpleasant assignment. There is no chemistry between the main characters, the story is stiff, the characters are unpleasant.
India Pendergrast has no desire to travel but instigates and then joins a search for her presumably missing older relative. She joins forces with a man she does not trust and indeed, one of the first things he does is t
Erin Kelly
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
The Lady Traveler's Guide totally should have been my catnip. I love historical, and I love to travel, PLUS Paris on the cover? I was sold. But, unfortunately the book didn't quite live up to my expectations.

The Story-
Our heroine is concerned that her aunt hasn't recently corresponded with her while on a long trip through Europe and blames the Lady Traveler's Society for sending her off without better preparation or methods of contact. The hero's batty aunt is one of the founding society members
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I love Aunt Gwen and her friends from the novella, "How to Stop a Wedding in 7 Days or Less". I like Derek Saunders and his stepbrother Percival very much. Derek is a good man and trying to help his aunt with her somewhat fraudulent Lady Travelers Society and Assistance Agency. When India Prendergast threatens legal action for misleading her missing cousin Heloise, he decides to stall her by taking her to Paris to look for Heloise.

India is a hard heroine to like at first imp
I just couldn’t get into this book. It wasn’t that it was an awful book, it was me. I just didn’t enjoy it.

The story was too slow and meandering, with too many tiny little details. I found myself losing interest very quickly and very often. It took a week to finish and I had to force myself to finally finish it.

I have two more books in this series that I bought and have to get through. I’m so disappointed because I really wanted to love this series.
As a lover of witty Regency Romances, it's no surprise that I enjoyed this late-Victorian historical romance too. India Prendergast is concerned about her cousin, supposedly on a trip to the Continent, but she hasn't heard from her in weeks. The trip was arranged by the Lady Travelers Society, and after going to a meeting, India decides this is a scam and plans to sue. The 70-year-old women running the society turn to great-nephew of one--and he comes to the rescue, feeling obligated to keep the ...more
Unfortunately, this story just didn't work for me. The romance part of the story went VERY slowly. In fact, it really didn't even start to pick up until Derek's mother arrives on the scene about two-thirds through. And, I really didn't like the heroine, India. Not at all. She is a snooty, judgmental know-it-all (even though she doesn't know it all). In fact, pretty much every other character in the book, INCLUDING the hero Derek, discuss how annoying she is. Repeatedly. And there was my other pr ...more
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
So far this book is hilarious! India (cute name!) is looking for her dear aunt, who decided to see the world and joined a Ladies Travelers Society (I like the idea!), I thought she went to Australia from the way India was worried about her but she's just in Paris and hasn't written for a few weeks. So she goes investigating the society, convinced that the people running it are cheats and criminals targeting lonely women.

May 31, 2017 marked it as dnf
I really enjoyed the short story that started this series so I was greatly disappointed when I realize this book had jumped 30 years into the future and most of the characters we enjoyed, were either dead, or didn't show for more than a few scenes at the​ beginning. I could've dealt with that if it wasn't for the meh otp and our favourite ladies not being in the actual travelling adventure​. I felt cheated..

Even after that I tried to continue the book but it was too boring and I couldn't connec
Fun book. It opens with India, spinster and assistant to Sir Martin, on a mission to discover what has happened to her cousin Heloise. Said cousin departed on a Continental tour supposedly planned and facilitated by the Lady Travelers Society. But when India stops receiving letters from Heloise, and her increasingly frantic inquiries to the Society go unanswered, she begins an investigation. She quickly concludes that the Society is, in fact, a fraud, designed to bilk older ladies with a taste f ...more
Eskimo Princess Jenkins
The beginning was so very frustrating.
I liked the storyline, but until like 60% I hated every single character in the book!
It took awhile to read this book for many reasons. I wanted to give up, but I saw the potential in it.
This book turned out ok not a highly recommend must read right now!
April 3, 2017 –
43.0% "This is taking forever. The story is good, but the characters are awful.
The only character that I can stand is Mrs. Greer.
India is beyond annoying with her holy-than-thou attitude. Ye
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: b-arc
When I saw the covers for Ms. Alexander’s new series I was instantly curious, even more so when I read the stories are set at the end of the 19th century when rules of conduct for women were not as strict as during the regency. I love most of Ms. Alexander’s previous books, so I requested an ARC, but was denied one through Netgalley and then won one anyway during a Facebook giveaway, while I never win anything. So yes, I was looking forward to this book.

This is very much the story of the ‘loosen
Barbara Rogers
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
Series: The Lady Travelers Guide #1
Publication Date: June 1, 2017

Victoria Alexander’s first book in her new series is a delightfully entertaining, charming and witty tale featuring a straight-laced, uptight spinster and a trying-to-reform rogue. Then, when you add in the three old widows who cause all of the trouble, you just shake your head and smile! I was totally captivated and couldn’t put it down.

I have to admit that I never did really come to like India Prendergast, but I did admire her gr
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

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