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Ex-Spinster by Christmas

(House of Haverstock #4)

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Ever pragmatic, Lady Caroline Ponsby has given up hope she’ll ever receive a proposal of marriage from Christopher Perry, the wealthy man she’s adored for almost two years. She is determined to be an ex-spinster by Christmas. To that end, she has invited a prospective suitor to spend Christmas with her family. She knows very well that Lord Brockton would love to get his ha ...more
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Published November 15th 2016 by Harper & Appleton
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
'Ex-Spinster by Christmas' by Cheryl Bolen is book four in the "House of Haverstock" series. This is the story of Caroline and Christopher. I do feel that this can be a standalone book but I did after reading this go and buy the previous book "Countess by Coincidence" because I loved this one so much and wanted to read the story of John and Margaret. This is a very nice Christmas Novella (about 80 pages) that is a easy read! Caroline has been in love with Christopher for a few years but he hasn' ...more
HR-ML
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Regency short-story.

Christopher was a wealthy man & great grandson of a
jeweler. Lady Carolyn, sister of a duke, loved Chris but
gave up hope when he neglected to propose inside of 2
years.

Chris joined Caro, her bro & other family for Christmas.
Caro acted shrill toward Chris, but pleasant toward Lord
B. who had a title but lacked scruples. Ultimately he could
not hide his nasty nature.

This felt average, with the exception of Chris showing
bravery toward the end. Some of the relationships were
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AnnMarie
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ex-Spinster by Christmas is the 4th book (a Novella) in the 'House of Haverstock' series by Cheryl Bolen.

Lady Caroline Ponsby (Caro) has been in love with the handsome Christopher Perry for 2 years. Despite the fact that he feels the same for her, and that he is wealthy man, he hasn't offered marriage to her. She's been holding on for a proposal not realising that he thinks that he isn't good enough for her. They might have shared some passionate kisses, but he still thinks Caro should marry a m
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Sandra
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it! Read all the Haverstock series books. Loved them all.
Kay Hudson
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, romance
Ex-Spinster By Christmas is a holiday gift for fans of Cheryl Bolen’s House of Haverstock Regency romance series, bringing siblings, in-laws, grandmothers, and babies from the Upton and Ponsby families together for Christmas at the country estate of the Duke of Aldridge.

But all is not holiday cheer for everyone. Lady Caroline Ponsby, the Duke’s sister, has had her fill of being a spinster. It’s not that she hasn’t had suitors—eleven men have offered for her since she came out into society—but th
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Julie Barrett
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ex-Spinster by Christmas (a House of Haverstock Christmas novella) by Cheryl Bolen
Margaret is happily married. Her sister Caro is looking for a husband with hopes of having children.
Caro has had many proposals but has declined all of them but she's in love with Christopher. She puts herself out there and she discusses marriage with Brockton.
Story also follows Christopher and how he wants to intervene so Caro won't become betrothed to another but he doesn't want her either, or does he? He'd have
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Charlene
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Spinster Not

Excellent end to the Haverstock series. I have become a fan of miss Bolen . Just love the romantic stories that have just enough angst to make the journey worth the HEA.

The last of the Dukes sisters finally finds love but it seems that he doesn't want to marry and she worries about being a spinster. 4 yrs since her come out and now she's desperate. So her plan is to be engaged by Christmas.

Wonderful romantic story, thoroughly enjoyed. Easy fast read.
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Dawn Pearson
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lady Caroline Ponsby is tired of waiting, tired of hoping. She's ready to marry and the man she loves doesn't seem to want marriage. So, she seeks another suitor. Unfortunately, the man she's chosen is disliked by her entire family. What is she not seeing in him that the others are?

Christopher Perry is shocked when he hears that his Caroline is moving on - without him. Yet, he feels he must intervene when he learns the identity of the man she's chosen to marry. Will he be able to convince her n
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Anne
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful conclusion to the House of Haverstock series even if I wish there were more books to enjoy. Caroline has hoped for a marriage and children but has not been successful with her choice of Christopher Perry so she looks and pushes for another option. She really wants children and is determined to obtain her wish no matter the sensibilities. In an era when woman had fewer choices for a future, her desire is believable; unfortunately, her choice leads to some unforeseen tragi ...more
Margaret
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If he would only ask.

Caro is in love with Christopher, but after a year and a half he still hasn't asked her to marry him. Caro decides she wants to marry someone else, only he's not acceptable to her family. When Christopher shows up for Christmas, he's determined to change her mind from marrying this man, even if he knows that he can never ask her to marry himself. But a terrifying incident will change his life. I love this series. I hope there might be one more for Kate.
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Patricia Schuette
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story of Lady Caroline

The youngest sister of the Duke of Haverstock has been in love with Me. Perry since she met him. But he has never offered for her so she invites another man to the Christmas gathering.
Sharon landry
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very good read
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Ex-Spinster by Christmas by Cheryl Bolen
Book #4: House of Haverstock
Source: ARC from author
My Rating: 5/5 stars
My Review:

The House of Haverstock is back and just in time for the holidays! I am a big fan of this series and so glad Lady Caroline has finally gotten her own book.

Lady Caroline is a force to be reckoned with and few are able to wiggle out of her schemes and machinations. To be sure, Lady Caroline only has the best of intentions and she never goes into a scheme with any intention oth
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Laura
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
There comes a time in a woman's life, when her siblings and cousins and best friends are all happily married and enjoying children and homes of their own, that that woman may consider becoming betrothed herself no matter what it takes to arrange a husband for herself.

This story takes place in an era where females had no official power and bowed to the wishes of fathers and older brothers. At first I felt Caro, Lady Caroline, was frivolous and silly as much as she desperately wants to be wed. Her
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Connie
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lady Caroline (Caro) Ponsby, daughter of the Duke of Aldridge, has loved Christopher Perry for a long time now but finally realizes that they are just not meant to be. Since Caro came out 4 years ago, 11 men have asked her to marry them, but she turned them down because they simply are not Christopher. Therefore, she has invited Lord Brockton to her home, Glemont Hall, for Christmas. The man would love to have her generous dowry and she realizes she would at least be a married woman and no longe ...more
Marissa
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kindle Copy for Review

Lady Caroline Ponsby has given up hope of marrying her love the wealthy Christopher Perry. She wants to settle down and have children of her own instead of being just a doting aunt to her nieces and nephews and a home to manage. Caroline finds herself willing to settle with Lord Brockton who she knows is after her sizable dowry.

Christopher does not like Lord Brockton as he feels he is a vile man. He will not offer marriage to Caroline feeling he does not deserve her, the da
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June Barrios Wiley
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good story

Read this one pretty fast. Couldn't put it down. Good characters and lovely romantic story
And a nice solid family with excellent values
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Sharon
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christopher Perry, and Lady Caroline Ponsby
An enjoyable read with fun and dramatic moments. Their story has a complete HEA
Keri
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent

I enjoyed this last book in the Haverstock series. I know I've read the other books in the series but it's been so long ago, I believe I will have to read them again!
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Since being named Notable New Author for 1997, Cheryl Bolen has published more than 35 books with Kensington/Zebra, Harlequin, Love Inspired Historical, Montlake, and independently. She has broken into the top 5 on the New York Times and hit the USA Today bestseller list. Her 2005 One Golden Ring won Best Historical, Holt Medallion, and her 2011 My Lord Wicked was awarded Best Historical in the In
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