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Lady in Waiting

(Reluctant Brides #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  652 ratings  ·  107 reviews
She wants to escape her present...

When Clara Mayfield helps her sister elope, she’s prepared for the scandal to seal her fate as a spinster. What she doesn't expect is to find herself engaged to the vile Baron Rutherford as a means of salvaging her family's reputation. Determined not to be chained to a man she loathes, Clara slips out of Essex and sheds her identity: she b
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Published March 13th 2018 by Avon Impulse
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Ivy H
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After her sister elopes with a man deemed inappropriate by society and their parents, Clara Mayfield finds herself somewhat shunned by Polite society, in order to save their social standing her father has very little choice (I say this without pity for him – because he had choices just hard ones) but to agree to her engagement to the deplorable - a worm of a man, who is horrid and cringe worthy from the very first encounter. Unable to bear being tied to the man, Clara with the aid of a maid runa ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When she helped her sister eloped, Clara Mayfield sealed her fate. Living as a spinster is not the kind of future she would have chose for herself, but it would be paradize compared to what's obviously waiting for her with the old and vile man her father insist she marry to restore the family's reputation. That's why Clara run away and flee to the Earl of Ashworth's estate, posing as a maid.

Lord Ashworth has been absent from society for the last 18 months, mourning almost all members of his fam
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Lady in Waiting by Marie Tremayne is the First book in the "Reluctant Bride" series. The is the story of Clara Mayfield and William, Lord Ashworth.
Clara is on the run to keep from marrying terrible man. Clara is pretending to be Helen the maid in William's home.
William never thought to inherit the title but after the devastation of most of his family he is left with that Title. Now trying to move forward and secure a possible wife and start a new family is what he needs to do...but he is find
Jessica Grogan
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s hard for me to believe this was an author’s debut, it was just that good! I already can’t wait for the next title!

I’m not always a fan of the hero/heroine pretending to be someone else. Sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn’t. It definitely worked this time. I found Clara’s ruse to be believable and found myself on the edge of my seat every time she was nearly caught.

I really liked both Clara and William. Neither did anything that made me feel like they were TSTL and they were genu
Dorinda Dorn Kopp
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Debut author Marie Tremayne left me delightfully awestruck as I read and finished Lady in Waiting. Hero & heroine (William & Clara) are strong characters that interacted in multiple ways that had me breathlessly turning the pages right to the end. Secondary characters were well woven into the story too. The upstairs/downstairs "Downton Abbey" style was excellently written. This story has tragedy, suspense, humor, and oh my goodness the ROMANCE! I highly recommend this book to all. I can't wait f ...more
Elley Murray
There are some really great aspects to this book, but in a way I can tell it's the author's debut novel. There are just enough rough spots and abrupt shifts in mood and attitudes that I went and checked her author page to see if it was, and went "Ahh, that makes sense." It's not BAD in any sense, there are just some rough gear changes (as I think of it) that all together make this a 4 star read instead of a 5 star one. Things like the chapters that follow the earl switching between referring to ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avon-addict
I had an interesting experience reading Lady in Waiting. First of all, I'm not typically a historical romance reader. There have been books in the past that have caught my attention, but they don't usually lure me to read it. Since I am an Avon Addict again, I'm starting to pay a bit more attention to the genre. One of the books that caught my attention right off the bat was Lady In Waiting. This is going to sound so bad, but here we go... I actually kept falling asleep shortly after I'd start r ...more
It is one of those books that you just have to finish once you started even if it means staying up all night to do so. It is that good. And for a debut author, this is a major coup! I shall be anticipating the next installment for this series.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review was copied from my romance novel review blog:

I often go through phases with my romance novels. For about a month I’ll read nothing but romantic suspense. Then I’ll switch to regency romance. Then I’ll switch to weird romance novels from the 90s where consent was entirely a grey area. Then I’ll take a break with some contemporary for a while.

I have been on such a wonderful regency roll for the last week or so and I’m enjoying it immensely. Lady
May 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF @45%. Story took place in the English countryside

Story featured hero William, an earl, & Clara, heiress to a
banking fortune. Clara's parents pressed her engagement
to a horrid baron, who tried to choke her. Clara didn't share
that last detail w/ her parents.

Clara's maid and friend Abby helped her run away and pose
as a housemaid in the hero's country home. Abby's sister
Amelia already worked there. Clara had no references, was
interviewed by the earl & housekeeper & hired in a pro-
Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Old, hackneyed story, which has been done previously by others; the author displays a complete lack of knowledge of the social mores and behavior of the 19th century; completely improbable relationship between an Earl and a supposed housemaid who is allowed to give him advice about drainage, comfort him about the loss of his family and to step right outside the bounds of her class at the time. There is absolutely no way a pampered aristocratic female could begin to fit in "below stairs" no matte ...more
Tabetha Waite
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t give a book five stars very often, and usually not for a debut, but this book gave me ALL the feels! From a woman running from a marriage to a despicable man, to her secret life as a servant, I loved everything about this book! There’s not too many romances that send us on a journey of what happens belowstairs, but Marie does it perfectly! I felt at times I was watching an episode of Downton Abbey. And the hero! A wonderful representation of a man suffering from PTSD that didn’t have to ...more
Shannon Sullivan
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am not one for romances. I am not one for historical fiction. But, new year new me, so why not? Lady in Waiting started out with a bang and compelled me along to chapter after chapter. It was a great mix of historically accurate, entertaining, and educational ("rake" is my new favorite word). A good story, well written, and just plain fun.
nick (the infinite limits of love)


A lovely debut with a fierce heroine and a sweet romance. I'll be looking forward to more from Marie Tremayne.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Great story of a runaway bride. Would make a great movie :-)
3.5 Stars

Decent debut. I enjoyed the characters and found the plot to be interesting. I did think the ending was very rushed and wanted a little more resolution to certain plot points.

I received an eARC of this book from Avon/Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.
Jenny Q
The writing is good, and I like to give new authors a shot, but this is just one tired, cliched plot point after another, including the arranged engagement to a fat, lecherous nobleman and the heroine having to be rescued by the hero from a carriage barreling down on her because she can't move her butt out of the road. I rarely pick up a Regency/Victorian these days unless it seems to have something original going on, and I'm sorry to say that this one does not. DNFed at the 20-percent mark afte ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Clara was just the right balance of sass, wit, and respectability. With her natural kindness and charm, she was also really easy to like! And even though she hid her real identity, her personal integrity showed time and time again through a multitude of empathetic decisions. Frankly, I was proud of her and her choices.

He may have become an earl through tragedy, yet William was very affable and down to earth. However, it was his unusual open-mindedness with his staff that I really adored! He tre
Jennifer Pennell
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A nice historical romance. The characters are well developed. The plotting and writing are well polished. I like that there was a lot going on with the side characters. A very impressive debut from Tremayne.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of Lady in Waiting (Reluctant Brides)

This is a while written book. I loved reading this book. I can’t wait to read more books by this author. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. I won this book through a giveaway on Goodreads website.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-faves
What a great debut.....

Thoroughly enjoyed this unique love story of a runaway bride in disguise. It is a clever, slow-burning romance that will absolutely delight you.
I picked it up because Avon gave away a free ebook at RWA and because it won a RITA. I was bored. DNF at 34%.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How is it possible this is Marie Tremayne's first novel? Is she, like the clever, beautiful heiress and heroine Clara Mayfield, attempting to conceal a more experienced penname to protect her from some sordid family secret? The writing in this book is enchanting! Tremayne wastes no time entrancing the reader with Miss Mayfield's precarious position. Character development flows seamlessly, and in the most enjoyable ways as Tremayne’s enchantress finds herself winning over hearts within her peerag ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Lady in Waiting is the first installment in Marie Tremayne’s debut series “Reluctant Brides”. It was a delightful and sweet read with well-developed characters that make the book.

William, Lord Ashworth, has suffered a terrible loss that has changed the course of his life. Traumatized and injured, he has shut himself away in his country estate, Lawton Park.

Clara Mayfield is heiress to a banking fortune, but her family is snubbed by the ton and her parents intend to force her into a loveles
Suze Lavender
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clara wants her sister to be happy and helps her to elope. The scandal that follows has a devastating effect on her own future though. Clara never expected her parents to say yes to a marriage request of a dangerous abusive man. Baron Rutherford has made it clear that he will own her and wouldn't hesitate to use violence to make her follow his orders. Clara wants to escape this terrible fate and runs away. To make sure nobody will find her, she pretends she's a maid named Helen and ends up being ...more
Diane Peterson
I liked a lot of things about this debut romance novel from Marie Tremayne. She shows great potential as an author. The writing was solid, with clever touches. The main problem I had was that the H and h behaved in ways that just didn't seem quite realistic to the time. This is a runaway bride disguised as a housemaid story. I think we are to believe that the earl could somehow feel that she was special. Otherwise, I doubt that he would have paid attention to even a strikingly beautiful housemai ...more
After running into some mediocre books lately, it's exciting when I find one that I really love. I read through this one fairly quickly, since the story was so enjoyable. The writing was smooth, and both the hero and heroine had appealing personalities. I thought it was interesting seeing things from the perspective of belowstairs. The author knows how to write child characters really well. They can be annoying if not done correctly, but the little girl, Rosa, was cute and funny, which I appreci ...more
Maria Dariotis
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clara Mayfield has decided to help her sister elope, even though the repercussions will be appalling to her, she’s forced to accept a betrothal to a man she finds horrifying.
Sneaking away with her maids help “Helen” the maid is born.
Accepting a position in the home of William the Earl of Ashworth who’s become a recluse since the death of his family, her position is precarious when she starts falling for William and his family. Can their be a happy ending for Clara and William?
As a debut novel I
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Clara and William both were in a spot. They both wanted something different. Clara/Helen to escape and William to forget the pain, the responsibility. Together they find something in the other to make things feel better. But with Clara/Helen hiding something very important that may just change everything they have been building.

I very much enjoyed getting know Clara/Helen and William. They had a good cast of secondary characters around them. The development of the story as it progress grab my at
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Marie Tremayne graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. While there, a copy of Pride and Prejudice ended up changing her life, and she decided to study the great books of the Regency and Victorian eras. Now she enjoys writing her own tales set in the historical period she loves.

Marie lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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