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The Makings of a Lady (The Chadcombe Marriages)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  31 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Be calm , she thought.

Be gracious. Be twenty-two.

Lady Olivia Fanton is eager to prove she’s no longer a child. However, just as she thinks she’s found a suitable match in suave Mr. Manning, charismatic Captain Jem Ford walks back into her life, bringing with him all the embarrassment of her infatuation four years before! She’s determined to appear mature, distant, friendl
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Published October 1st 2018 by Harlequin Historical
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Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Makings of a Lady by Catherine Tinley is a 2018 Harlequin Historical publication.

Four years ago, Lady Olivia was sure Jem Ford was about to propose, but instead he announces he is leaving to make something of himself. Now, the smooth talking, Mr. Manning has taken an interest in her, just when Jem returns home. But, it would seem Jem still only thinks of Olivia as his sister’s best friend, and nothing more. So, Olivia decides to keep her mind open and consider Mr. Manning as a possible love
Dash fan
4☆ A Beautifully written Regency Romance

When I was given the opportunity to read The Makings of a Lady, I jumped at the chance, I loved Catherine Tinley's other book and couldn't wait to delve into another regency romance and I wasn't disappointed. It was a delight to read, With a good dash of drama and action, a coming of age love story as two men fight for Olivia's heart.

Olivia has always loved Jem, right from a young age she was besotted.
It's quiet clear to see she has captured his heart too
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Historical, entertaining, and lighthearted!

The Makings of a Lady is predominantly set at the Chadcombe estate in Surrey during 1819 and features the elegant, confident Lady Olivia who may unexpectedly find herself in need of her very own real-life, dashing hero, along with the charming, successful Captain Jem who may finally decide it's time to stay home and settle down. 

The prose is amusing and authentic. The characters are engaging, fun, passionate, and in some cases devious. And the plot is a
Michelle Cunliffe
Well wasn't this a surprise, not only did we have two villains...but also a kidnap as well, I was not expecting this.

Do you remember when you was a teenager and having a crush on someone, yes I did as well and then finding that person didn't feel the same way. Well this is what happened to Lady Olivia Fenton who at eighteen had a crush on Jem Ford...but then he told her he was going to Australia and would be gone for four years, so you can imagine that Olivia was devastated, because you see she
Frankie Reviews
Well, this is charmingly different, but in anew entirely good way! This is book three in The Chadcombe Marriages series, and what a wonderfully, different story, Ms. Tinley has created. I think everyone who has been reading this series form the very start has been waiting for Lady Olivia’s story, I know that I have and I can say without a doubt that this is well worth the wait, Ms. Tinley has not disappointed. I was instantly intrigued by the premise of this, of there being two suitors vying for ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
As a Regency romance, this one has an air of a coming-of-age story about it. Lady Olivia reminds me a good deal of Jane Austen’s Emma; young, beautiful, wealthy and maybe more than a little bit spoiled, she’s never been denied anything in the whole of her life… until Jem Ford. A friend of her brother’s brought to their home to recuperate after taking a serious injury at Waterloo, eighteen-year-old Olivia fell in love for the first time in her life. And promptly had her heart broken when the newl ...more
Tone and stylistically this reads very Traditional Regency. So readers should expect Just Kisses and no Bedroom Gymnastics. Which, hey, is totally fine with me - but this story? Dull and boring. The heroine is like Jane Austen's Emma without the bungled matchmaking but just as naive and annoying. The conflict hinges entirely on the hero and heroine not being able to open their mouths and talk to each other. It's a wonder I got through the first 40% of the book. When the kidnapping occurs, the st ...more
Tracy Emro
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lady Olivia Fanton is eager to prove she is no longer a child and that she has gotten over her silly schoolgirl infatuation with Jem Ford. Jem and his sister Lizzie are due to visit and Olivia is determined to prove that she has moved on, but that would be so much easier if she had a suitor and as her family has retired to the country for her sister in law's confinement, suitors are few and far between.

But the morning Jem is due to arrive, it seems Olivia's prayers for a suitor will be realized,
K.S. Marsden
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Olivia has had four years to talk herself out of her silly crush of the handsome young soldier Jem. But when he returns, she realises her feelings have only gotten stronger.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I believe this is the third and final book in the Chadcombe marriages. Having read The Captain's Disgraced Lady, it helps give a deeper background of Jem, his connection with Olivia's brother, and their trials at Waterloo. That said, it's not entirely necessary, bec
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Makings of a Lady (The Chadcombe Marriages)by Catherine Tinley.

When Lady Olivia Fanton was 18 she was infatuated with Jem Ford. He was equally infatuated with her but tried to fight the attraction because he knew he wasn't good enough for her. He wanted her to have a man worthy of her status. When he was posted to Australia Olivia broke her heart. She really thought Jem cared for her, but he didn't even kiss her before he left.

It's four years later and Olivia is thrilled and shocked to hear
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the start, we meet Lady Olivia Fanton...all of eighteen years old, and simply falling all over herself with adoration for Jem Ford, a soldier convalescing in her family's care. The moment comes when she thinks his feelings may in fact be returned...but are dashed by the call of duty, and sense of honor Mr. Ford adheres to. Years pass, those feelings are now dormant, so meeting him once again should be simple, right? Even though he is now a Captain. Even though she has Mr. Manning to entertain ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviews
So, this is the first book I’m reading of Catherine’s, although it’s not the first one I have on my hands. I have the second book in this series and will be reading it as soon as I can. Anyway, from what I know of most historical romances from the lovely and awesome ladies of The Unlaced Historical Romance Group, I knew I would love this one and that it would be okay for me to read it without reading the other two before.

This books talks about a second chance love, in some ways. And that type of
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Lady Olivia Fenton was just 18 when dashing army officer Jem Ford and his sister Lizzie came to stay with them while Jem recovered from a wartime injury. Olivia fell madly in love with Jem, but since she was sure that he only saw her as a friend, she never told him. When he returned to service, he went to Australian without having confessed to Olivia that he was also in love with her. When he returns four years later, he mistakenly believes that Olivia has
The Makings of a Lady gave me two things I love: a historical romance and a somewhat “friends to more” romance.

Lady Olivia has always had feelings for Jem Ford. The book opens with her hoping for a marriage proposal from him, but she doesn’t get that. She gets the news that he is leaving for Australia. Her hopes are dashed. However, she doesn’t marry in the years that pass, and she feels unsettled. She is too old to be considered a girl, yet in those times, she was also not allowed to be a woma
Donna Maguire

This is a well written and entertaining historical fiction story.

It was an easy story to read and I found it to be enjoyable and light-hearted too, it was a lovely way to pass a few hours. I really enjoyed the main characters, they worked well together and well within the plot.

I enjoy books that are based on this period and this was a delight to read. The writing style was authentic and it worked well with the plotline too.

Four stars from me for this one –
Jo Barton
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is now the third book in The Chadcombe Marriage mini series and in The Makings of a Lady we follow the story of Lady Olivia Fanton, who, as an eighteen year old, said goodbye to the first man who made her heart flutter. Now aged twenty-two, Olivia still remembers, Jem Ford, the gallant young soldier who stole her heart but, older and a little wiser, Olivia is now looking to find love with an entirely different sort of man.

What then follows is a lovely Regency romance which, set against the
The Makings of a Lady is the third book in award winning author Catherine Tinley's The Chadcombe Marriages Trilogy and what a fabulous book it is. After reading the first two books in this series, I was very much looking forward to reading Lady Olivia's story. I was even more surprised and excited when I heard her hero was going to be Captain Jem Ford! I honestly didn't expect that and am delighted how it turned out!

Olivia Fanton is the younger and only sister of the two heroes from the previous
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Makings of a Lady
By Catherine Tinley
4 stars
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

The Makings of a Lady was a beautifully written historical romance story and one that I really enjoyed. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I was really taken with how well written the story was, the descriptive language mean that I was easily able to imagine what I was reading. From the setting down the clothes the characters worn I felt like Oi was right there almost watchi
Romantic Intentions Quarterly
Four years ago, the teenage Olivia was desperately in love with untitled Jem Ford, who, as a friend of her older brother, was recuperating at her family home after an injury sustained at Waterloo. However, wary of the difference in their stations, Jem takes a commission in Australia, leaving Olivia broken-hearted. Returning four years later as an unexpected heir to a tidy fortune, having never forgotten her, Jem returns to rekindle the flame, but has competition from a handsome stranger intent o ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. First one of Catherine. The story line was great.

Olivia loved Jem but at first turned him down. He comes back with friends. Olivia is awkward with him at first but the sparks they had a still there.

Olivia gets kidnapped twice. The two Mannings they thought as friends are not friends. THey need money.

But Jem is not having it. He finds Olivia and recuses her twice.

It is then that he delared is love and that he has always loved her and her along.

She too loves him. THey have
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tame. A bit frivolous. More suitable for younger readers. 2 1/2 rounded up.
Karen Griffith
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love love loves this book! Was awaiting Olivia’s story and t didn’t disappoint! Action packed and heartwarming 💕💕😍😍
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I feel like this was just... meh. Just okay. I was able to skim this one - it was rather repetitive in expressing the protagonists’ feelings. I’ve not read many Harlequin titles, so I don’t know if that’s typical of the publishers or not. Probably wouldn’t race to read another title by the author. 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3 here.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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Catherine Tinley writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings.

After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland wit