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The Rise of Miss Notley

(Tanglewood #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,210 ratings  ·  327 reviews
When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow.

The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too
Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published February 16th 2017 by HEA Publishing (first published February 2017)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Kindle freebie Regency romance, above the normal cut for self-published books. Worth grabbing if you like clean historical romances.

Review to come.
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
Loved it!

While I love regencies that take place during the busy London season, I also adore the ones that take place away in the country. Gives us a whole new perspective of the time period and what their lives were like during that time. I also feel like the people become a bit more real, not so controlled by the rules of society and the upper ton.

Miss Coralynn Notley’s family has gained their riches through trade, something very much frowned upon by society. Her parents are eager to join the
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
This is second in the Tanglewood series and some characters in the first play an important role in this one with enough unstated background that you really should read in order for maximum impact.

This story delivered a one-two punch and then bored me out of continuing.

One: I have a hard time understanding Cora's motivations. It makes zero sense for an heiress who has lived her entire life in luxury to desire the "satisfaction of earning my own way". How does she even know such a thing exists? An
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
I adore Rachael's books! They always make me super happy. This one has great characters and a fun story line mixed with sweet clean romance. Another winner!!
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This was such a pleasure to read! I loved the Regency England setting, and the characters were fresh and really came to life. The plot was a bit predictable but that didn't detract from my enjoyment. I loved learning more about the role of a housekeeper along with Coralynn and the fascinating details- who knew that they had to grind their own sugar? Jonathan reminds me quite a bit of Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre (sans hidden wife) with his moodiness and cynicism. He admires the honesty of Coraly ...more
Julie Carpenter
What a fun twist for a regency novel. I really liked Miss Coralynn Notley's character. She was definitely a young lady who would not let her parents, or anyone else for that matter, tell her what to do. Being raised the daughter of a very wealthy merchant causes Cora to be in a bit of a tight spot. Too wealthy to interact with the lower class, but not really born to the elite to be considered a true member of the ton. That leaves her in a precarious position, yet for her it's ok, she's happy wit ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency, romance
Loved this even more than the first one, but I do suggest reading the series from start to finish!
Katie W
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Book 2 in the Tanglewood series, but it can stand alone and it's definitely worth reading, as it's a very happy book. I love the Regency period and often wonder what it would really be like to live back then. Of course, it would probably be better if I had a title than if I had to be a servant. Cora is caught between the two worlds. Her parents almost force their way into society and in an effort to secure their position, they decide to marry her off to a most detestable man. So she runs ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This book made me happy! I love Rachael Anderson's books- she is one of my favorite authors. Her delve into regency romance has been fantastic but I hope she won't give up her contemporary romances. I love those too. This is the second book in this Tanglewoood series and can stand alone but you will feel more connected to the secondary characters if you read the books in order.

Jonathan is a goner from the first moment he sees Coralynn. Her arrival in his home throws everything off course. Coraly
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
The rise of miss Notley is a quick and light hearted read. I loved the characters, especially Cora as she was a great person, who forgave people and looked further than just their mistakes as a housekeeper. Jonathan was an interesting and realistic character as well. Moreover I loved the setting in the countryside. With all the mistakes Cora made and the dynamics between the other characters, the book had me laughing out loud quite a few times :)

Although I really enjoyed the first book in the se
I'm sorry to give this such a low rating, but this story was just too silly. The H was bland and the h was an honest to goodness ninny. She made so many dumb choices. The author also didn't do a good job at making this a believable historical romance for this period. It seemed that all social conventions were thrown out the window because the MCs didn't agree with them. Plus the plot itself was boring. I appreciate a good, clean read, but the story wasn't strong enough for me. Neither the MCs no ...more
Kellyn Roth
This was a sweet but pretty simple read. Not too many twists and turns and semi-unbelievable considering the era & properness & all that ... just a light, fluffy story. I would recommend it to someone looking for a good book to read during a summer vacation or something like that. I did end up liking the characters a lot, and there were some parts that were pretty funny!
Book Chick (Tori)
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
There's a reason Rachael Anderson is one of my go-to authors. Usually an author has a genre they write in and when they try to switch it up you think, "Huh, they should have stuck with their genre..." Well, Anderson's contemporary romances are some of my favorites, but I have been pleasantly surprised with her regency romances, as well. The Fall of Lord Drayson was such a fun book, and The Rise of Miss Notley, the 2nd in the Tanglewood series, was a delight!
Miss Notley was so enchanting. She wa
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I love it when I get my hands on a book that makes me want to sit down and read, forget about the world around me, and forget that I have a house to clean and a family to feed.

This book is an unconventional regency romance. Miss Cora Notley is running from her family and a betrothal to a man she doesn't want to marry. Her parents want an introduction to society and are determined to get that by marrying their daughter to a man with a title. It doesn't matter that he is vile and old enough to be
Dec 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow.

The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a cer
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Rachael Anderson's first book in the Tanglewood series, so I was excited to see the second book, The Rise of Miss Notley, come out!

In this one we meet Miss Coralynn Notley, whose father is a tradesman anxious to access the upper echelons of society. In order to do that, he arranges a marriage between Cora and an awful man with only a title to recommend him. Cora, desperate not to marry him, runs away. She eventually finds a position as a housekeeper, but with her genteel upbring
Susan K
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Romance, clean, book 2 in a series
While this is part of a series, it is a standalone novel that can be read on it's own. This was a wonderfully fun, romantic read. Cora, Miss Notley, is determined to escape an arranged marriage and make her way to happiness. As she tries to fit into her new workplace, she and her employer come to odds. Cleverly told, the characterization of the staff, and the work in the house, along with her determined attempts to do her best, even in the face of making mistake
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the meanings behind this book. Honesty can be a tricky thing sometimes. People sometimes withhold information or don't give you the reason they did something you might not like. But whatever the reason Cora can find the good and make people happy around her. Cora is kind, strong willed, can make you smile and pull you out of your misery. Those things make me love this book so much. If only more people could really be like Cora in real life!

Then we have Jonathan Ludlow. He values honesty.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
This was the second book in the Tanglewood series, and I loved it as much as I loved the first one!

Cora is such a great heroine! She is beautiful, she is courageous, and she is kind! I love how she really listens to others and believes in giving them a second chance. With the help of her dear friend Harriett, she escapes from her home before she is sacrificed to the disgusting Sir Gowen. Her parents (who are wealthy tradesmen) have no problem sacrificing their beautiful daughter so they can be i
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This author's books seem to be squeaky-clean and super sweet, which means I'm likely to forget them easily, despite enjoying the story at the time. I listened to the first book in this series several months ago -- which could also be attributed to my forgetfulness when deciding whether to read the second book -- but didn't want to spend another credit on the subsequent novel. Lo and behold, they're available through the Audible Romance Package, so I thought, why not? However, I think these books ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to read this book, and it did not disappoint. I loved it. I enjoyed being reacquainted with characters from the first book in the series and getting to know new ones. The characters were complex with various motivations for their actions. I enjoyed the story with its various twists and turns. The book was so good, I didn't want to put it down and read it in one day. After reading this book, I want to go back and reread the first book. And I look forward to when the next book comes ...more
Sara Cardon
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
Cora runs from her scheming, social climbing parents and the awful man they think she'll marry. Cora interviews to become a house keeper (and doesn't realize how far out of her depth the position is really). Based on the integrity Mr Ludlow is looking for, and her brutal honesty and optimism, she gets the position.

Cora has to unravel her new duties and the other servants' idiosyncrasies. Mr Ludlow is patient and admires her. I like how appropriate for the time period they keep their working rela
M.A. Nichols
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was better than the first book in the series. Great amounts of witty banter and engaging characters with a dash of drama. It's a fun story with better pacing than the last one; the end didn't drag out as much. However, the author does skim over possible tension and drama towards the end. The first one dragged out the ending too much where this one dragged on the tension between the "will they, won't they" of the romance and then skims over other areas that could have provided a bunch of act ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love these sweet simple stories of Regency England. This was a cute story nothing to heavy or silly just a couple of people falling in love under interesting circumstances:} I enjoyed the main character and her strong convictions. This is a very clean regency read.
Sarah Monzon
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All the things I love in a Regency romance! ❤ ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is book two in the Tanglewood series, a wonderful follow up to The Fall of Lord Drayson. However, it does read as a stand alone. I highly recommend reading The Fall of Lord Drayson, but it is not necessary to appreciate this story. While Lord and Lady Drayson are characters in this book, this follows the story of the precocious Miss Notley.

Miss Notley has found herself about to be betrothed to the dreadful Sir Gowan — proving that she is, in fact, nothing more than a pawn in her parents' ga
Donna Weaver
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow.

The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cora Notley runs away from home to escape an arranged marriage to a much older, titled and unappealing man. Her parents desire an introduction and acceptance into society which they cannot get on their own since their money is from trade. Cora's friend sends her to Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd but Cora does not want to be a financial burden so she takes a position as housekeeper at Tanglewood which is owned by the young and handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow.

I enjoyed this historical romance. The characters
✨ Gramy ✨
I have been reading a lot of free books lately. Some I am unwilling to complete. However, this series was comparable to a breath of fresh air.

Miss Notley and Mr. Ludlow learned many valuable lessons, discovering along the way.

It is a sweet (clean), historical romance, with an H.E.A.

All of these attributes affect my rating.
Tenille Berezay
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A unique situation, likable characters, and believable romance. I'm excited for book three in this series.
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A USA Today bestselling author of clean romance, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Tanglewood (3 books)
  • The Fall of Lord Drayson (Tanglewood, #1)
  • The Pursuit of Lady Harriett (Tanglewood #3)
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