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An Affair to Remember

(Talisman Ring #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,782 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Saddled with five unruly orphans, the Earl of Greyley, Anthony Elliot, is at his wits' end. Unfortunately, the only person willing to deal with the adorable little terrors is Anna Thraxton, governess "extraordinaire" --- and the one woman Anthony can't abide. She's too outspoken, too opinionated, and far too beautiful for his peace of mind. A woman should be meek and mild ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published July 30th 2002 by Avon Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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An Affair To Remember is one of my favorite reads and I read it years ago and I thought it was time to get a book review done for it. This is one of the best books from Karen Hawkins. I adore this author and even though I ADORE her latest releases, there is something so heart felt and gives you the warm fuzzies when reading this one. An Affair To Remember has a mix of governess heroine, and seeing the growth and change that we see in the he
Penny Watson
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
An Affair To Remember by Karen Hawkins

This is part of the St. Johns' brothers series. My two favorites of this series are An Affair To Remember (Anthony's story), and Lady In Red (Marcus' story). Usually, families of naughty children can become rather irritating in a romance novel. The scene of this book in which Anna, a governess, meets the five unruly children Anthony has recently "inherited" makes you wonder how the hell she is going to win them over. Well, Hawkins does an extraordinarily goo
Review perhaps later when life heads back in the right direction.
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read, where a stuffy-almost-set-in-his-ways man inherits 5 children, who are evidently the devil's spawn. So he needs a governess that is going to take the hellions in hand STAT!! Of course the lion tamer he hires is a bossy bit of baggage that has fallen on hard times and had to take governess positions to help support her and her grand-pa. BTW, Grand-pa almost took over the story, he was such a fun character and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Juliana Philippa
Started off really strong, with great sparks between the H&H, wonderful supporting characters, and some highly enjoyable laugh-out-loud moments ... I hate it when authors feel like they have to add in secondary potential love interests and just try to complicate matters as much as possible, including misunderstandings, things unspoken, false assumptions, etc. This was NOT one of those *BIG MISUNDERSTANDING* book, but the second half / last third of the book kind of had me gritting my teeth a ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Anthony Elliot, Earl of Greyley, inherits his ramshackle cousin's five wild children who proceed to terrorize him and his household until he is Out of Options—except, of course, the alluring red-headed, child-whispering governess Anna Thraxton. Anthony doesn't like Anna because she has Opinions and also Good Boobs. Anna doesn't like Anthony because he's Autocratic and also Too Tall. Their squabbling results in kissing, groping, sex, feelings, etc.

1. I mean, I finished it.

2. Anthony is """engag
Lynn Spencer
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*happy sigh* It's been a long time since I've read Karen Hawkins, and I don't know how I ever missed reading this book. What a delightful read!

Usually the "I love you, no I hate you" romances drive me up a wall, but the dialogue and timing are so pitch perfect in this one that I found myself loving it. Anthony Elliot, Earl of Greyley, is pretty much at the end of his tether as this book opens. He has taken on the 5 orphaned children of a deceased cousin and they are wreaking havoc on his home. I
Barbara Rogers
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. However, it is another of those where the bad guy doesn't really get their comeuppance! Granted, the villain in this one isn't really horrid -- just plotting and greedy. Still, I'd like to see some punishment other than them just not getting what they were scheming for.

I would also have liked to see a 'finish' for Rupert and Charlotte. Maybe something in the Epilogue or something.

Since this is the first book in the series, it will be interesting to see if the Talisman Ring h
Connie Fischer
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love Karen Hawkins books. She is a great author and her books are always an enjoyable read. "An Affair to Remember" was just one of those books. Our heroine, Anna, is a very special governess in high demand. She is able to work with difficult children with great results. Lord Greyley, a bachelor, has just become guardian to five children all of whom are considered to be holy-terrors. They have run off many governesses due to their horrid behavior. Enter Anna! She quickly wins the children's he ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
An Affair to Remember, Karen Hawkins - I found this book to be nicely written and quite funny in places. Children are at the center of the story, as a governess and a titled nobleman, recently bequeathed five unruly ones, battle over how to raise them. I found the story to be at its best when the dilemma over how to raise the children dominated the plot. The children are wily and it's great fun to be a spectator to their antics and the ways in which they outsmart the adults in the household.

Apr 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
The Elliot family has always had a bad reputation, that is until 17 year old Anthony Elliot, who was raised by the St. John family took over the family in his position as the Earl of Greyley. In his cousins will, Anthony becomes guardian of 5 very spoiled and unruly children who could put previous generations to shame. Anthony is determined to give them a different life. After going through several governesses, he finally takes his sister's advice and goes to the best governess London has to off ...more
Oct 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Sometimes in romance, a book with many characters can get lost and a bit overwhelming. However, I really enjoyed such a large "cast" in this book. There are 5 quirky kids, an evil grandma and a meddling jolly grandpa. The plot, the earl falling for the governess, has been used many times, however, the details make this work for me. Frist, the governess had equal footing, as someone who once moved in the earl's social circle then became impoverished and had to go to work. She still had her grandf ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the "Tailsman Ring" series. I loved the premise of "whoever has the ring falls in love" plot. It's great! I am a fan of Hawkins already, and have mostly read her newer stuff.. so I am now making my way through her backlist. This book was fun. Great humour, chemistry, and some wonderfully stubborn lead characters which made for fiery confrontations. As I haven't read this series before.. I am already hoping she has written or plans to write, a story for the eldest child Desford. ...more
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
i really enjoyed this book. if i didn't have to sleep, i would have finished it in one sitting. anyway, the hero was an earl who always got his way and he got taken down a peg by a sassy, outspoken (aka bigmouthed) governess. i stay away from stories with tots and orphans and children, but i really liked how the author included the kids into the story.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Very enjoyable. The lead couple were fantastic and despite some great cameos by the side characters the focus remain on the couple which was great. I love Anna especially who was spirited but not in the way that comes across as rude. Ms Hawkins has a command of the genre and plot which is great. Made me smile.

Ps - I know it’s a cliche but cuddly babies with a lisp are so cute. Selena lisping that she “hurted” herself made this great.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5. I really want to love this series but I am having a hard time staying engaged. There are elements of these books I love but sometimes I get lost in the side plots. I am not a huge fan of governess plot lines but loved this one. The heroine held her own and I loved her strong personality and how she challenged the hero. I could have cared less about the 5 children, I mostly skimmed those partsl;
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Probably one of the best that I've read from Karen Hawkins. I loved the heated and argumentative relationship between Greyley and Anna as well as the antics of 5 sweet, yet hell bringing, children. I didn't much care for the little antidotes before each chapter. They seemed out of place to me and unnecessary.
Widya Rahardja
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Out of the whole series, I think I love Anthony's story the most. It's simple, very engaging, there's little drama, and more time to bond between the family. The love that Anthony and Anna have also felt more genuine. It's easy to digest and their love story is built not only on the foundation of lust but also respect

Gave it 4 stars for enganging characters and awesome heroine
Tatjana C
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
such a cute, funny story.
Swati Pant
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars
Sandra R
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable romance. Well written and an interesting story - one of my auto buy authors!
Iza Soares
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rating 6 of 7

I notice all the sexual tension between Anna and Anthony in Sara's book so I'm dead glad I get to see both happy in the end
An god I laughed a lot with this one
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy a Karen Hawkins book. This one did not disappoint.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
Three and half stars...
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have a weakness for governess heroines. I love seeing children in stories, and watching as the governess transforms both the children and their guardian/parent. In historical romance, there seem to be literally thousands of such heroines. Luckily for me, I chose to start with this one. And man, am I ever glad I did!!!

The reason I liked this book so much was Anna. She was a strong, opinionated, intelligent woman in a time when it wasn't really acceptable to be those things. I seriously loved he
Holly Minch
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hrm
I could not get into the last book The Seduction of Sara I tried and gave up, however, this book was worth the read, I read this book many years ago and decided that a reread would be worth it, I am re-reading the ring series off and on I have forgotten if I liked them or not it has been so long. The male lead made me want to hit him over the head a few times he was so obsessed with how he was not really a St.John but felt he needed to prove he was, I thought this was too bad I understand from t ...more
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is the first book in the Talisman series and I love it.
Anna is a strong heroine with a kind heart. Her family has had hard times financially for the past year. She doesn't whine about those circumstamces, instead she looks for a solution and finds one: she becomes a governess. And a good one at that.
I love how she doesn't back down from an argument, even though Anthony is used to getting his way. It's great to see how she handles him so that sometimes he only realises afterwards what
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Historical English governess marries the lord of the estate romance with some second chances themes.
The Earl of Greyley, Anthony Elliot is suddenly the new parent to five children so he quickly hires a great governess to foist the children off on her. The redheaded Miss Anna Thraxton is a good governess because she is stubborn, outspoken, and has lots of opinions about childcare and how to live a good life in general.
I really liked this story. It makes sense how Anna ended up having to work for
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Karen Hawkins is known for her wonderfully humorous and emotion-tugging historical and contemporary romances. The author of over 30 novels, Karen writes for a living between shopping for shoes, playing around on Facebook and Pinterest, looking for fun items for Hawkins Manor, and napping, although usually not at the same time. Sometimes, for fun, sh ...more

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