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A Mother For His Family

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Faced with a potential scandal, Lady Helena Stanhope must marry, and with John Gordon in need of a mother for his children — and not looking for love — he’s the perfect match. But their marriage in name only just might force them to risk their hearts.
ebook, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2018 by Mills Boon Love Inspired Historical
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"A Mother for His Family" by Susanne Dietze is a sweet and charming read, packed with faith content! This book came at the perfect time for me. After reading some emotionally heavy books on and around Christmas, it was so good to pick up a more lighthearted book.

I love Ms. Dietze's writing style! "A Mother for His Family" is written with engaging prose and gives the reader a fast paced story. Being a lover of all things Scottish, I was delighted that this story mostly takes place in
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not a historical fiction reader so when I was given the chance to read this, I hesitated. Little did I know I would fall completely in love with this book and how profoundly it would bless me, this book is worth more than five stars :)

Loved the setting in Scotland and how the author emphasized the Scottish accent in the language, so well written!

Loved Helena's heart and her determination to be there for John's 4 children. This isn't her family but she believes it's th
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I thought You forgive, Lord. Was I wrong?"

Lady Helena Stanhope has been sent to Scotland to marry John Gordon, Lord Ardoch. Helena was ruined back in London and her family does not want their reputation ruined as well by keeping her with them. As it happens, Lord Ardoch, widower with 4 children, needs a mother for said children. He sits in Parliament and cannot be with them much of the year. He doesn't mind Helena's reputation if she will just mind his children and provide a good ho
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five star Regency-Swoon alert! This book is absolutely delectable if you are a Regency fan -- and even if you aren't! Can't really go wrong with a marriage of convenience involving 4 rambunctious children and...drum roll please (or maybe that should be a bagpipe trill)...a formidable Scottish hero! "He said down like doon and his yous were clipped and soft." (p 10).

That jackhammering beat you hear is my heart palpitations having heart palpitations! Cue the fainting couch swoon. Becau
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" . . . . before this congregation promise and covenant to be a loving and faithful wife unto thee, until God shall separate us by death."

If their marriage seemed hasty, it was, but not for the reasons that most might assume. Lady Helena Stanhope was entering into an arranged union for one reason, and one reason only, to put the probability of a ruined reputation as far behind her as possible. Becoming united with John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and his four children, leaving London and its gossip be
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
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This delightful story captured my attention and imagination right from the start and kept me greedily turning pages late into the night. With charismatic characters and an engaging plot line, this story is one that you will want to make sure to read. The mystery behind the letters kept me guessing right until the end.

If you enjoy sweet stories full of substance and emotion, then you won’t want to miss out on reading this book. I look forward to reading more s
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Mother For His Family by Susanne Dietze starts out with Lady Helena Stanhope arriving in Scotland about to enter into a marriage of convenience with Lord Ardoch aka John Gordon. He is a man beneath her station, but she is in desperate need to keep her reputation intact after a somewhat sticky situation that happened in London. John needs a mum to his 4 children after he was widowed years ago. This is the start of two people who don't know each other and soon learn it's love they have even thou ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Mother for His Family is full of charm! Susanne Dietze is a gifted storyteller, painting vivid pictures with her details and descriptions. My heart went out to Lady Helena for all she endured, and I delighted in her relationship with Lord Ardoch. In addition to their story, I was also pleased to revisit Gemma and Tavin from Dietze’s earlier Regency, The Reluctant Guardian. An engaging blend of mystery and romance, I thoroughly enjoyed this marriage of convenience tale!

I received a complimenta
Paula Shreckhise
Susie Dietze continues her top notch writing in the companion book to The Reluctant Guardian. I was pleased to see some of the characters make their re -appearance. This novel is about neighbors of Gemma and Tavin. It is about Helena and John their family dynamics, and their spiritual journey towards maturity.
Susie writes a well researched book with the picturesque setting of a Regency Country Manor.
The characters of John and Helena and the children come alive and we see their struggles and th
ASC Book Reviews
WOW! What a good read! It has humor, mystery, a touch of suspense! I also love how Susanne always adds animals! The pace of the story is lovely! It unfolds steadily and beautifully. I loved the kids even when they're quite ornery! ;) I haven't had the pleasure of reading the book before this one [YET! ;) ], but I REALLY want to after meeting those characters in this book! From the very beginning Susanne GRABS you and draws you into Helena's story! My heart ached for her as we learn about what ha ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful and enchanting book by Susanne Dietze!

Hannah is forced to marry. John vowed to his dying wife never to love anyone else. John's four children hasn't known a woman's love and touch. Can Hannah reach info their hearts? Can Hannah and John bridge the divide and find love for themselves?

This story has so many layers that it will leave you spellbound! The boys and their typical antics will leave you laughing and shaking your head; and little Louisa is precious, she'll put a
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I’ve previously enjoyed Susanne Dietze’s novellas in collections but this is the first novel that I have read by the author and now I’m on a mission to read more of her books! This Love Inspired Historical is easy to read with a nicely paced plot and intriguing characters. I love the Regency era and the author does a great job of recreating a lovely and believable backdrop to the story. This book is loosely related to The Reluctant Guardian, which is the author’s first Love Inspired Historical t ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susanne Dietze has written a wonderful Regency, family drama. I loved the story of Helena and John. It may have been a marriage of convenience but the friendship and trust that developed were so heartwarming. I really felt for Helena's situation, her mother is horrible, her father slightly less than awful. Despite the lack of caring parents, Helena is a very good mother to John's children and niece. She loves them as if they were her own and wants the best for them, even if it means heated discu ...more
Fiction Aficionado
This was a sweet historical romance set in one of my favourite historical periods—the Regency—with a little bit of mystery thrown in as an added bonus. In order to keep Lady Helena’s disgrace from becoming public, her parents arrange for a hasty marriage to a widowed Scotsman, Lord Ardoch. He needs a mother for his children, the youngest of whom (aged 5) became blind following an illness in infancy. A very remorseful and guilt-ridden Lady Helena is more than happy to agree to a marriage of conve ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my, if I had an actual swooning couch I would have been utilizing this on more than one occasion throughout this book! I definitely was fanning myself till I cooled the pink off my cheek. Why? One name conjures up the need for smelling salts, John Gordon—Lord Ardoch—gentleman extraordinaire. What makes him even more swoon-worthy is his Scottish descent, as evidenced in how he says doon instead of down and his softly accented words of affection to Helena…oh but I’m getting ahead of myself now! ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Helena Stanhope is victim of a horrific crime and receives not a stitch of emotional support from her family. In fact, they have convinced her she is at fault. In order to avoid any hint of scandal amid the ton, her parents arrange for a hurried marriage to the imposing John Gordon, aka Lord Ardoch, a Scottish widower with four rascally children, ages 13 to 5.

For such a small book it sure packs a punch. Dietze has cultivated an enchanting tale of love between Helena and John and the
Kerry Johnson
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Susanne Dietze writes another heartwarming, faith-filled historical in A Mother for His Family.

The story is the perfect blend of romantic moments, interesting historical tidbits (most of it takes place in Scotland), a touch of danger & intrigue, and humor. Add to that a fast-paced plot, four rambunctious children and a friendly dog, and you have a lovely, engaging read I highly recommend (as well as her other books).

I look forward to reading more of this author's books!

May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! I didn’t want it to end! I was so attached to the characters that I wanted to know more! Susanne Dietze did a great job writing characters that were easy to connect with. I really recommend this book!

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.
Nov 10, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This intriguing story captured my interest and kept me reading and guessing to the end. The setting in Scotland was perfect, and the characters were vividly drawn and engaging. The author layered the story with some suspense, conflict, and, of course, romance, but also seamlessly wove threads of forgiveness, hope, and faith throughout. I enjoyed seeing the growth in the main characters and in their relationship with each other. The author’s attention to historical detail added authenticity to it ...more
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A Mother for His Family (2018) is a fantastic Regency-era novel by Susanne Dietze. This novel is set to be released on January 2, 2018 through Harlequin Books. This novel will come in all forms including eBook, and is roughly 250 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy five-year old, this novel took me two days to devour! I received a free copy of this book from Susanne Dietze. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s July 1819, and Lady Helena Stanhope has a dilemma. Due to an interesting set of circumstances, her reputation is questionable at best. Her parents wish to remove her from society to avoid further scandal, so they arrange a marriage between her and a Scottish Lord of Parliament. John Gordon is a widower in need of a mother for his four children. With his busy schedule, he’s looking forward to having a responsible young woman assume the duties of caring for his family.

Helena and John marry a
Just Commonly
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"He was John Gordon, the Lord Ardoch. The stranger she had come here to marry."(12)

So, full disclosure here. I love stories with kids, especially when kids need a little love and our characters are able to provide that. The journey to mutual respect and understanding just tickles, and then warms my heart. Well, Susanne Dietze's A Mother for His Family gave this reader much love.

"I am ice. I am ice. If I am not careful, I will crack."(42)

John and Helena are suc
Connie Saunders
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Helena Stanhope has never felt loved by her family and this feeling is increased by their decision to send her from their home in London to Scotland. She has been deemed unworthy and they don't want her to ruin the family's reputation so they arrange for her to marry a man needing a mother for his four children. John Gordon, Lord Ardech, isn't concerned with Helena's reputation and she doesn't mind taking over the care of four energetic children so this seems to be a perfect match with no e ...more
Beckie Burnham
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A marriage of convenience starts off the Regency romance, A Mother for His Family. While there are many obstacles for the two main characters Lady Helena and Lord John — blackmail, defiant children, past abuse, and prior promises — true love wins out. Most importantly, the love God shows His children. Lady Helena has never known love before her entrance into her new family. She especially did not know that the love God showers down is something no one can ever earn, but is a gracious gift. Besid ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Mother for His Family is a little story with a powerful punch. It also hit all my sweet points: Scottish protective hero, marriage of convenience, a villain needing justice, children who need parents, and true love. I really liked the relationship building between Lady Helena and her new husband John, Lord Ardoch. She wants a safe place where someone may love her and he wants his children to be cared for while he is away at Parliament trying for the betterment of all people. What they discover ...more
Diane K. Peterson
A very nicely written historical inspirational story. Lady Helena Stanhope is the daughter of a duke, but is quickly married off to a lesser Scottish lord after she is ruined (raped?) by Frederick Coles. Her marriage to John Gordon, Lord Ardoch is planned to be a chaste marriage of convenience. A widower, he is already raising his niece, twin sons, and young daughter who is blind. Helena struggles to find her place in this established family.

This is a well-worn marriage trope, but Dietze handle
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Does our past always dictate our future? Are we ever totally forgiven and accepted?

These are just two questions Ms. Dietze answers through her characters in her new book. This is just the second book of hers that I have read and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Her characters are both believable and endearing. I adore books with kids in them and she nails the children and their antics perfectly. John, is a swoony hero. He is kind, handsome, and honest, a swoony trifecta. Helena is a mess
Hazel Robinson
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story of healing

I could relate to Helena. Being assaulted in my early twenties. With the help of God and my family I got through it. This is a wonderful story of a very strong woman dealing with her family turning her back on her, the man that assaulted her walking free, being forced to marry someone she didn't know. John was excellent, he needed a wife to help care for his children. He had promised him late wife he would never replace her in his heart. But God has away of changing t
Rachel Dodson
I enjoyed this book. It was written well and ienjoyed the characters. I always like reading the love inspired books because they are quick reads. This one is a quick read but also tells a great story. This is my first time reading this author but I think I will be reading more by her. I received this book from the author for free. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.
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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning, RITA®-nominated author of several romances who's seen her work on the Publisher's Weekly, ECPA, and Amazon Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, ...more