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An Earl for the Archeress

(Ladies of Scotland #1)

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Desperate for coin, Lady Mariel Crawford enters an archery contest as a boy but despite her unmatched skill she loses in a tie to the intriguing, frustrating, and very handsome Earl of Huntington. Robert of Huntington seems like any other young philanderer and Mariel, fleeing a cruel father, trusts no man. Yet Robert proves to have a softer side that threatens her resolve ...more
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Published July 24th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, Select Historical
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Book Review For: An Earl for the Archeress by E. Elizabeth Watson 'An Earl for the Archeress' by E. Elizabeth Watson is the First Book in the New Series called, "The Ladies of Scotland". This is the story of Mariel Crawford and Robert, the Earl of Huntington. Mariel is on the run from her abuse father, Laird, and Sheriff of Ayr in Scotland. As the oldest daughter and child he has been grooming her and trying to beat her strong. Now, Mariel has left her younger sister who doesn't get the raft ...more
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Well, I completely missed the reference to the Sheriff of Nottingham in the blurb when I picked this one up, probably because I was already too excited about the fact the heroine was an archeress because I freaking LOVE tomboys in historicals! So it came as a very pleasant surprise when I started reading and discovered it was a Robin Hood retelling!

ZOMG!

Did anyone else absolutely love the Kevin Costner movie as a kid? With the Bryan Adams theme song that was number one in the UK for about a
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Maria11
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Snore fest.

A retelling of Robin Hood...that is boring as hell.

If I had to read about Robert's oh so huge codpiece I think I might barf. Oh yeah he used it as a purse too.

Boring beyond boring.

Received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
Fizza
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's one of those books which grab your interest right from the beginning, and you can't help but give it your full attention. The story is very engaging, and it kept me engrossed until the very end. Mariel and Robert are a perfect couple, both living outside of society's rules. Mariel doesn't want to be controlled by men and Robert has no intention of controlling a woman.
Mariel ran away from home to avoid marriage to an English brute. Also she is tired of her father's abusive behavior. Now she
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Laure Estep
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: robin-hood
It started off fairly typically with a stereotypically anachronistically spunky heroine who wears trousers and can beat the men in archery. The kind you've seen a repeatedly in young adult or old romances. But as we get further into the story, Mariel becomes a more complex, engaging character and this retelling of the Robin Hood legend sparks to life when Mariel crosses paths with Robert, Earl of Huntington.

The Earl is a delicious blend of hero and rogue, fighting injustice in the form of the
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Kristen
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
GENRE: Historical
THEME: Romance, Retelling
RECEIVED: Tour
REVIEW:

I was super excited to start this Robin Hood retelling, especially with a female lead being the robin hood. Right from the start I was immediately pulled into Mariel Crawford’s life, she has run away from her horribly cruel father, who was going to marry her off to another horrible person. She is a strong and very independent woman and is determined to get as far away as she can. She enters an archery contest to help win her food
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Debra Martin
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this retelling of the Robin Hood story. Mariel Crawford runs away from her cruel father when he promises her hand to an old Earl, who like her father, thinks there's nothing wrong with using his fists to keep a woman in line. Problem is when she ran, she has no coin, so she uses her archery skill in a tournament, hoping to win the purse. Her main adversary is Robert, Earl of Huntington. He's intrigued with the "lad" matching him arrow for arrow. When the competition is given to Robert ...more
Sally Bossert
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I find myself not wanting to put this book down. The development of the characters and their stories are very intriguing. I have just recently started reading historical novels and this one is so detailed I feel as though I'm right in the story with them. Each chapter makes you want to learn more about all the characters and their stories.
I recently met the author at our local Chocolate Fest and Book Fair, she is so kind and lovely to talk to. I look forward to many more books from her..
Tamara
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. This was an easy one sitting read for me. I enjoyed the writing style and I felt the story flowed well. I like the character development and both the strong female and male aspect was refreshing. I highly suggest for anyone who like to read historical fictional romance to read this book.
Tracy
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fabulous retelling of Robin Hood, An Earl for an Archeress for a fabulous romance.

Mariel is a fabulous heroine. She's on the run from her father. She's independent, she can persevere. Understandably, she's a bit suspicious of men. Robert balances her well, and the two have a beautiful story of love and learning to trust. He's so witty and charming, Mariel can't help but fall a little bit.

This book was so much fun to read. The story is engaging and didn't drag a bit. I didn't want to put it
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Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2017
Mariel ran away from her father to escape a marriage proposal. She enters an archery competition disguised as a boy. Robert, Lord Huntington, is also an excellent archer. After she loses in a tie, she runs. Robert, intrigued, looks for her. After learning her identity, he vows to protect her.
I really liked this. It's a retelling of Robin Hood. Both Robert and Mariel are well flushed out characters, strong, smart, and kind. Robert recognizes Mariel's education and archery ability and doesn't
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Tam
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great story about strength under pressure. I loved that Mariel was a woman who took matters into her own hands and got out of an abusive situation. I loved Robert's protective nature over Mariel. Between her sass and his wit, there is some very enjoyable and humorous banter between the two of them. This was a great reimagining of a Robin Hood-esque type of romance with interesting characters and a plot line that was engaging and moved along at just the right pace.

*I received a
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Linda
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a brilliant take of a Robin Hood story. Better! Loved it! Superb writing, wonderful characters I fell in love with from the start, both are just the type I characters I like best.

Robert is honourable, intelligent and protective (love how he got really protective AND possessive of Mariel) with a sense of humour not to mention loads of charm. Mariel is a heck of a sassy heroine. She matches him in every aspect, and is just as skilled as archer. The best part being that Robert realizes
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books are love
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

You will feel for Mariel when you learn about her father and how horrible he is. She is a great character though. Strong, stubborn and independent. Not something that is common in her era. That is what makes her awesome. She is not the norm. She is capable and has her own mind. she can take care of herself. But she doesn’t trust easily and does jump to conclusions and acts before knowing everything. She does this especially with Robert.

Robert who is kind
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Janet
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An Earl for the Archeress is story-telling at it's highest! Huge High 5 Stars! I love a good Robin Hood and any fairy tale retelling, but this one is truly one of the best! Lady Mariel Crawford is on the run from her horrible, abusive, and overbearing father. She's destitute and nearly out of coin, so she enter's herself (disguised as her make believe brother) in a tourney for archery. She's a very skilled archeress but winning this competition isn't just about winning, her livelihood is on the ...more
Cathy Geha
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Romance set in 1190 with a twist on the Robin Hood theme sees Mariel and Robert tiptoeing around the best way to keep her safe from her abusive father who is not only set on taming her but also desirous of marrying her off to someone that will further his political aspirations. Robert and Mariel seem well matched in more ways than one BUT there are many things against them and the possibility of them spending time together in the future – whether or not they will conquer all is what this story ...more
Janet
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
Lady Mariel Crawford enters an archery contest as her brother Elmer but despite her unmatched skill she loses in a tie to the intriguing, frustrating, and very handsome Earl of Huntington. Robert of Huntington seems like any other young philanderer and Mariel, fleeing her cruel father ‘The Beast of Ayr’, trusts no man. Yet Robert proves to have a softer side that threatens her resolve to remain alone and unattached. When Robert bests a young woman at a tourney, his curiosity deepens
...more
Brenda
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Publisher's Description:
Desperate for coin, Lady Mariel Crawford enters an archery contest as a boy but despite her unmatched skill she loses in a tie to the intriguing, frustrating, and very handsome Earl of Huntington. Robert of Huntington seems like any other young philanderer and Mariel, fleeing a cruel father, trusts no man. Yet Robert proves to have a softer side that threatens her resolve to remain alone and unattached.

When Robert bests a young woman at a tourney, his curiosity deepens
...more
Arec Rain
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review

What a lovely read. I like strong female characters, but I love strong female leads with visible flaws. Mariel is clever, resourceful, a great archeress…and absolutely terrified of her father which she is very open about to Robert. It was refreshing to read and made Mariel all that more endearing despite her also trying to prove repeatedly that she can “take care of herself.” Yes, that age old trope.

That being said, there are few men
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Wendy
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: feel-good
Full review also on my blog: https://nextbookaroundthecorner.wordp...

Since I'm a sucker for Disney, I was intrigued by the blurb of An Earl for the Archeress. Could this be a great re-telling of Robin Hood, where the Hood gets the lady? But this time with a very strong and independent lady, who can shoot arrows better than any man?
Well, in the first part of the story, this is definitely the case. The story starts with Lady Mariel, who tries to enter an archery match. Since women are not allowed
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Brittany (The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf)
This is an excellent retelling of Robin Hood. Mariel is trying to escape her abusive father who promises her to an old Earl who acts the same as he does. She runs away with no money and decides to enter an archery contest as a boy to try to win some. She goes arrow for arrow with Robert, the Earl of Huntington, and the contest is unfairly given to him. Robert is intrigued and becomes even more so when he discovers she isn't a boy. As their relationship develops, he realizes he will do whatever ...more
Anna Swedenmom
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A definite buy buy buy book. However, I had to go three stars for it was a little light at times and a little heavy on the fairy tale at others.
BUT"!
I think the story was good, it had wonderful characters and written in a way that was totally different aspect on Robin Hood. I loved the romance as well as the humor. The author does a good job of catching your attention and keeping it for this one. While the plot line was a twist on the fairy tale, the romance was wonderful. It made it well worth
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Barbara
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free book and voluntarily chose to review it. LOVED it! Mariel is my strong woman in this story and is probably the strongest since I started looking for them. The time is AD 1190 and almost everything is against women. The only safe place is a nunnery and that is not always safe either. About a third of the way in the book I said to myself “Nottingham? Robert? Little John?” If this is not familiar to you, look it up. There should be numerous references. I don’t want to spoil it for ...more
Debbie
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing Robinhoodish story, but so much more captivating by the character's interactions and the excellent story-telling by this author. Totally loved it! Hooked into the circa 1100's feminist main female character and the strong, protective and possessive Earl at the onset and was not able to stop reading until I finished it at 2am this morning.....in one sitting. Will be highly recommending this one to all my friends!!
Petula
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mariel Crawford is on the run from her father. He is a powerful and abusive Laird, and Sheriff of Ayr in Scotland. When he said he was betrothing her to a man very much like himself, she ran. She going to win the money to travel to the continent in an archery contest.
Robert, the Earl of Huntington is himself an expert archer and can hardly believe that young "Elmer" is so good. He needs someone like him to add to his men that carry out special tasks. He is determined to help the poor who are
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Candy Briggs
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mariel Crawford is an exceptional archer, but she is a woman and not allowed to participate in tourneys, so she becomes her brother, Elmer. The earl is a little unconventional and knows she is a woman but says nothing. The surroundings are so well described. The characters make you laugh, cry and feel sad, They are so realistic. The story is set in King Arthur's time, he is away on the 13th crusade, but is expected back soon.. The plot is complex, so much is happening in this story. The author ...more
Amanda Jane  Williams
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stealing from the rich to give to the poor, Little John, Merry Men. Sound familiar? It should everyone over the age of ten knows the tale.
The tale you know is for children though. The Earl and the Archeress is not for children. While some of the characters may be the same and some of the story may be similar it tells a more in-depth version.
If you enjoy historical romance then I would recommend this book.
Coral
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 3.5/5
Prose: 3/5
How much I enjoyed it: 3/5

It took me awhile to finish this book. The retelling of Robin Hood was interesting but I find the dry prose makes the characters boring which was a pity because its a well-written one.
Susan Thomas
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lots of action in this one, but it also had a wonderful romance between two wonderfully developed characters. Loved how well written it was and couldn't stop reading.
I received an ARC copy of this book from netgalley.
Talking Books
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read that put a new spin on the Robin Hood/Sheriff Of Nottingham tale. A cast of characters that seize one's attention in a rapturous story with its own twists. A story with strong, likeable characters of Mariel and Robert who were a highlight in the read. A good series starter.
Review copy received from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley
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