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Trusting Miss Trentham

(Baleful Godmother #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  723 ratings  ·  119 reviews
She's more than just an heiress...

Letitia Trentham is noteworthy for three reasons. One, she’s extremely wealthy. Two, she can distinguish truth from lies. Three, she’s refused every man who’s ever proposed to her.

Until Letty receives a proposal she can’t turn down.

Icarus Reid barely survived the Battle of Vimeiro. He lives for one thing—to find the man who betrayed hi
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Published January 9th 2017 by Emily Larkin (first published December 30th 2016)
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Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, read-2017
3.5 stars. Possible spoilers ahead.

Icarus Reid is on a mission: find the traitor responsible for the death of four of his fellow soldiers and his own torture and bring him to justice. Reid has a few suspects, but how to find out who is telling the truth and who is lying? He has heard of Miss Letitia ‘Letty’ Trentham’s ‘knack’ for discerning liars and approaches her to ask for her help. This ‘knack’ is a yet another gift given by the Fairy Godmother, Baletongue, to the female descendants of a wom
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.

Trusting Miss Trentham is the third book in Emily Larkin’s Baleful Godmother series of historical romances with a paranormal twist.  Owing to the good deed done by one of their ancestresses, each of the heroines is entitled to receive a gift from their Faerie Godmother – whom they call Baletongue – on their twenty-first or twenty-fifth birthday (depending on their line of descent).  These stories are primarily romances, however, so if you’re l
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Letitia Trentham is a wealthy heiress that has been turning down marriage proposals for years because she is gifted an ability from a faerie to be able to tell when someone is lying. Letty knows her suitors have only been after her money so she has no plans to marry. Icarus Reid has come to seek the help of Letitia when he hears of her ability to detect a lie although he doesn't know that it comes from faerie magic.

Icarus had barely survived battle and now only lives for one thing, to find the
Mimi Matthews
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Longer review to come... Meanwhile, I'll just say that this was the first Emily Larkin book I read, and it was so good, it prompted me to read every other book she's written. Her Baleful Godmother series is filled with romance, poignancy, humor, and magic. Yes, magic. I didn't know how much I needed magic in my historical romances until I read Larkin's fabulous books. ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I love this series and all the character here! :)

Letty is immensely rich and she already has been gifted by the Baleful Godmother with a gift of knowing when people lie. It is an extremly uselful gift for a woman in her situation where she's accosted, almost all the time, by fortune hunters.

I loved how she managed these situations! LOL

She's considered plain and cold by the Ton, but is actually a very interesting woman. She leads a proteced life and when, during a ball, a war veteran Icarus Reid
You can find this review in English below.

Esta ha sido una historia de contrastes. Por un lado tenemos unos personajes relativamente complejos, bien descritos, con mucho potencial y con buena química entre ellos. Y, desgraciadamente, por otro lado tenemos unas situaciones absurdas, tontas y triviales que le quitan realismo tanto a los personajes como a la historia en sí.

Icarus Reid es mi tipo de héroe. Es un veterano de guerra con un severo trastorno post-traumático debido a incidentes sufridos
I didn't mind this one until the h(view spoiler) She has no womanly wiles and claimed that she didn't know that this was different than a regular kiss. Um, what? I don't mean to be rude, but that is beyond stupid. The fact that the H had to point out to her that it wasn't ok just boggled my mind.

Up until that point, I found this story fai
I've given this an A for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.

Trusting Miss Trentham is the second full-length novel in Emily Larkin’s historical-with-a-touch-of-the-paranormal Baleful Godmother series, which features a group of young women who have been granted magical ‘gifts’ by their faerie godmother. (There is a novella – Resisting Miss Merryweather – between book one, Unmasking Miss Appleby, and this one, but it’s not necessary to have read or listened
Jacqueline J
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this. It used the fairy godmother gift from the beginning. I like that better than the last where she only got it at the end to save the hero. In this one the use of the gift is central to the action of the story. It was not as lighthearted as the first one which dropped my enjoyment just a bit. I liked both the hero and the heroine. The hero had PTSD and it was dealt with pretty well I thought. Continuing on with the series.
Your heroine, Letty, is an heiress/spinster who, in spite of being fairly plain, is besieged by dudes claiming to be desperately in love with her. The only problem is that she has the ability to hear if someone is lying (and they're all always lying).

Your hero, Icarus, is a military veteran who seeks her aid as a human lie detector in finding the man who betrayed him and his fellow soldiers into torture and death.

I think Emily Larkin is a solid and reliable writer. Her prose is very good, her d
Ok this one has the character depth that was missing in the last one.

I enjoyed Letty and Reid quite a bit. I loved the progression of their intimacy and romance. And I liked how Reid worked through his PTSD trauma in the end.

Also enjoyed the motley crew they picked up in their travels as they made a positive difference in the lives their companions along the way.

Not a hug fan of road romances, but this one is one of those exceptions that proves the rule for me.

Good book.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-regency
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Diana (DomesticGoddess)
Another fabulous novel in the series. The magic element enhances, but doesn't get in the way of the regency romance. ...more
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Emily Larkin is an author I’ve quickly come to admire. The men and women who populate her Baleful Godmother series are allowed to be plain in looks or sometimes broken in spirt but their stories are layered and compelling. In Trusting Miss Trentham the journey for the main characters to find love and redemption is difficult yet the payoff was considerable.

Miss Letitia Trentham knows when someone is lying. It’s an ability she chose on her twenty-first birthday from a fairy required to grant one w
A tormented hero!

Icarus Reid is all the tormented hero that one could want. A battle scarred, dedicated officer searching for truth and justice. If you remember Icarus flew too close to the sun, his wings melted and he fell. Icarus Reid was certainly burnt--not by the sun (although he was an important satellite of General Wellesley), but by betrayal at the Battle of Vimeiro. A betrayal that caused incredible trauma for him. All Icarus lives for is to find the traitor.
Enter Letitia Trentham, an h
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I received a free copy of Trusting Miss Trentham from the author in return for an honest review. Letitia Trentham caught and held my attention from the very first scene when she hears "Clang" for every lie being told. Letitia is very wealthy and many have wanted to marry her for her money. The ability to hear lies is why she is still single. The ability to hear lies is her gift from her Baleful Godmother. When Mr Reid approaches her for help she is intrigued. He does not want her for her money. ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
10 stars for an all time favourite book. The H has PTSD, and his suffering is acute. He also unconsciously helping people including the heroine. She's very rich and plain, and uses her gift to make sure she makes good decisions. Naively, she takes advantage of the H, hurts him badly. She's heart broken, he's distressed and neither of them see her greatest gift is her love for him. Loved, loved, loved this book. ...more
5.0 stars

I liked it even more than the first book. But it IS a very unique and unusual historical and I think a lot of readers might not like it. I loved the story and Emily Larkin is a fantastic writer, she writes sensual and romantic stories with a little sexiness. And although her stories have a modern feel to them the language feels more fitting to the time period than those of more famous writers.
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Lori D
Compelling and powerfully emotional, I was drawn in from the first chapter of this story and could not wait to see what happened. This is my favorite trope with the damaged hero or heroine who finds redemption in the end. Letitia Trentham has been on the marriage mart and received a copious amount of proposals. She is a heiress after all, but she also has a skill which is beyond the typical person. She is able to tell if someone is telling the truth or not which has revealed to her that all of h ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult Historical Romance
Recommended to Lynne by: Mimi Matthews
5 stars for 1st half
2 stars for 2nd half

Icarus is a haunted shell of a man after horrific experiences that happened to him in the war. Letty is a very rich spinster who is resigned to the fact that all of her suitors (and there have been A LOT in her 27 years) are only after her money.

I really liked these two characters. I thought their friendship/relationship was original, I thought Letty’s “gift” of being able to tell if someone was lying was original, liked that she was really bossy without
Interesting book. Letty was a nice character to read about, strong compassionate and practical. This is the 3rd of 4 heroines of this author that is plain looking. I’m not completely shallow I think it's good to have leads be normal women, but at the same time I read to escape a plain and boring reality and think this author overuses the plain heroine in her books. Of course, all the men are ridiculously attractive. I thought Letty’s power was an interesting and sad choice. I thought the author ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I recieved an arc of this book and am voluntarily reviewing.

I really like Larkin's work. She writes very well about the past and is able to make the reader feel as if they are there experiencing it. I appreciate the details she puts into her work and the storylines she fleshes out. Another excellent read from Larkin!
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 4/5
How much I enjoyed it: 3/5
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindlefire, regency
Loved it! This series is wonderful. 5☆
Back to "Great"

Once again, Larkin has created well defined characters who lived out a complicated story. Add in bits of history, and she's delivered a story almost as engaging as the first in the series.

Only two things stopped me giving this one five stars:

1. The progression of physical intimacies between Kerry and Icarus was formulaic; it seems that Larkin has a pattern she likes to stick to.
2. There was no good reason for them to actually have intercourse. The choice made sense in the two prev
Rose Blue
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Wealthy heiress Letitia (Letty) Trentham has turned down countless proposals over the last six years. It's not that she doesn't want to be married, it's just that she wants to find a man who genuinely desires her, not her fortune. Letty has a unique and magical gift, which she received on her twenty-first birthday - the ability to tell if words spoken are truth or lies. Letty's stepbrother investigates each suitor, usually finding that they ar
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
London - 1808

Miss Letitia (Letty) Trentham, age 27, is England’s most wealthy heiress and yet unwed even after countless proposals.

Laurence Darlington is at the Hammond Ball with Letty and when he suggests they visit the conservatory, Letty knows this is a ploy for yet another proposal. Letty knows all about him and he is shocked when she tells him she knows he is nearly bankrupt. Angry when she calls him out on the truth, he stalks away. Yet Letty can’t help but feel sad because all the proposa
Lindsey Gray
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I love a dash of something extra with my historical romance. In Trusting Miss Trentham, I was treated to a heaping dose of the paranormal. Miss Letitia “Letty” Trentham received an unusual gift on her twenty-first birthday, a choice of three wishes from her Faeire Godmother. Her choice was to be able to distinguish truth from lies. This particular gift has helpe
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Emily Larkin is the USA Today bestselling author of the Baleful Godmother historical romance series, a series that readers are calling “sexy, unusual and vastly entertaining,” and "ridiculously wonderful."

When not reading or writing, Emily can be found hiking—preferably somewhere off the beaten track. She loves to travel, and has lived in Sweden, backpacked in Europe and North America, and travele

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