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The Earl Next Door

(First Comes Love #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  562 ratings  ·  309 reviews
What does a Wickedly Wonderful Widow really want? One noble suitor is about to find out. . .

Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, is all on her own after her husband’s sudden death. The good news? Losing him allowed her to find herself. Finally, Adeline is free to do, go, and be as she pleases. She cherishes her newfound independence and is not looking for another man to wed.
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Sandra Turban Amelia Grey’s entertaining series,First Comes Love,begins with her premier book,The Earl Next Door.It is a spirited novel about Adeline, Dowager Count…moreAmelia Grey’s entertaining series,First Comes Love,begins with her premier book,The Earl Next Door.It is a spirited novel about Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake and her roguish neighbor, Lord Lyonwood,her neighbor.
Mischievous school girls at a new school sponsored by Adeline and her friends, add spice and trouble in their quiet life. The Countess’ views on never marring again sent the aggressive Lyon in many tail spins. This enjoyable Regency novel is a fun read!(less)

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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Sweet story.
The first thing that struck me about this story was the difference in the female lead from traditional females in these type of stories. I love the fact that Adeline was a widow, and a young one at that, who knew what she wanted and was not on the hunt for a man.

She is feisty and speaks her mind, is not afraid of not looking perfect, and has a perfect plan for her life.

But I also love Lyon and his resolve to make sure she becomes his. I love that the author di
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This was ok. I didn’t love this book even though I loved the premise. There was something missing in the execution. It felt rushed to me and there were sentences that didn’t make any sense. I didn’t feel the love between them.
Maggie Whitworth
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read
A good story , likeable characters, but for some reason I found it hard to stay focused on the story .
It felt a little jumpy and didn’t flow as easily as I hoped , please allow for the fact this is a personal thing and may be great for you .
I didn’t stop me from enjoying the general storyline or the plot of the book , so please bare this in mind .
I’ve read the author before and her books have been wonderful .
I look forward to reading more from her .
I received an Arc cop
Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, is a very young widow who lost her husband at sea. She has two friends who are also widows, who have decided to open of a school for young girls who have lost loved ones in shipwrecks. Unfortunately, her next door neighbor, the handsome Lord Lyon, Earl of Marksworth barges into her home thinking that she is running a house of ill-repute. Thus starts the sweetest attraction between the two who have no attention of either marrying unless it is a love match or rem ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I loved this synopsis and was quite eager to jump into this story. Sadly, I struggled right from the start.

Adeline and Lyon are okay. They’re both decent and loyal people...they’re just boring as hell. It seemed like they just butted heads every time they met and nothing was ever accomplished. I couldn’t see the jump from irritation to lust to love. The other widows do have promise, but I’m not sure their stories will be for me

Plot wise, it was fairly lackluster. The writing was filled with pa
Adeline, Lady Wake, is the main character of this story. A young widow from a loveless marriage and determined to stand on her own two feet. She is a strong woman; but, also sensitive and almost beaten down by her husband when she is unable to produce an heir for him and his title. She is about 21 years old, so pretty young. Her late husband made her stay at his country estate, so she hadn't been in London in quite a few years.

When she leaves the country and moves back to London; she makes the
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
I was really surprised how much I loved this story. We have Adeline, who is a young widow, she's not looking for another husband but wants to do something more with her life. So she opens up a school for young girls who lost their dad on the same voyage she lost her husband to. Her first husband was a horrible man and she doesn't want a repeat of that marriage. However, her next door neighbor has something to say about all the young girls running around the backyard. After a disastrous first mee ...more
Barbara Rogers
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Series: First Comes Love #1
Publication Date: 5/28/19
Number of Pages: 304

*** 3.5 Stars ***

This is the first book in the new First Comes Love series and it does a nice job of introducing the ladies and setting up the premise of the series. We learn just enough about each of the ladies who will be featured in the later books to be intrigued by them and to want to read their books. The writing was good, the storyline had great potential, but was just a tad on the blah side. Also, I don’t think we ev
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Earl Next Door is the first book in the First Comes Love series by Amelia Grey. The series revolves around three young widows who lost their husbands at sea when the ship they were on went down. They have come together to start a school for the girls who lost their fathers in that same shipwreck.

This is the first of the widow's stories. Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake was in a loveless marriage and the main thing she felt when she heard her husband was dead, was relief. She enjoys having h
Cyndi Becker
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2019
The Earl Next Door is the first in a new series by Amelia Grey, and the first book by her that I've read. This historical romance is created on a unique premise of Adeline Wake, a widowed countess who is newly moved to a home where she is also starting up a boarding school for young “unfortunate” girls when she meets neighbor Lyon Marksworth, Earl of Lyonwood, in a not so “meet-cute” exchange. What transpires between them in this initial meeting shows the young Earl that Lady Wake is a feisty an ...more
Great opening scene!

I found that the opening scenes involving Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, Lord Lyonwood the rather delicious future Marquis of Marksworth, a case of a mistaken use of a house and a fabulous crimson corset were hilarious.
The scene where Adeline is so annoyed by carriages blocking her doorstep, as it were, where she confronts Lord Lyonwood and his cronies adds further amusement.
Adeline in full flight is brilliant.
A definite five stars for these amusing interludes but to my
Jayasree B
Another series to look out for.
A widow finally finds her wings. Stowed away from the world following her marriage and being married to a disinterested and unkind man takes a toll on Adeline. When her husband dies and she is out of mourning, she finds her purpose in life.
She buys a house and starts a boarding school for underprivileged girls along with her two friends. Only, her neighbour is an interesting man and there is a growing attraction that neither can ignore.
A delightful story of roma
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH wow, what an amazing tale! Dynamite High 5 Stars for this tale! This is a new author to me and I must admit she has blown me away with her writing! Truly impeccable! Lady Adeline, a widow, with the help of her two widow friends start a boarding school for unfortunate girls to help teach them how to sew and other useful tasks in order to help them learn a trade to avoid a life of poverty. There is just one problem, her school sits next to the Marquis, Lord Lyonwood who at first mistakes her an ...more
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Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a quick read about a widow who keeps running into her neighbor in the most inappropriate ways. You can fly through the book fairly quickly and it will keep you entertained throughout. Nothing spectacular, but a fun and enjoyable read.
Tracy Emro
Adeline, the widowed Countess of Wake meets Lyon Marksworth, Earl of Lyonwood when he barges into her home and mistakes her for a madam of a bawdy house. She is outraged and sets him straight right away. She along with her friends Julia and Brina lost their husbands two years ago when the ship they were traveling on sunk. Now that their mourning period has ended, not only are they preparing to reenter society, but they decided to open a school for girls, specifically the girls related to the wor ...more
In a world where historical romances are sometimes redundant, Amelia Grey brings a breath of fresh air to the genre with The Earl Next Door, book one in her First Comes Love Series. The premise of the book focuses on three widows who have decided to start a boarding school to help daughters of men who were killed in the same shipwreck that killed their husbands. In doing so, they hope to fill a need by giving these girls the tools of a trade and thus the ability to care for themselves, and possi ...more
Susan Peterson
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun, passionate romance to heat up your summer! This book was charming, delightful and sizzling! Regency Romances have really evolved over the years, and I enjoy them more and more! Adeline is a spirited young widow, who lives next door the Lord Lyonwood. The first time they meet, he thinks that she is about to open up a house of ill repute in their London neighborhood, and it doesn't help that she greets him wearing a red corset. He is chagrined to find out that she is actually opening up a b ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not great. Not even good. Very mediocre. The writing style was the main problem. Some odd Americanisms and anachronistic phrasing, some weird places where I wasn't sure who was doing what to whom, and far too much time spent puttering around in Adeline's head, rehashing everything we've already been told before.

That was the second problem. So much telling and not enough showing. The third problem was how these two magically sensed how the other felt. Constantly. No one has that good a connection
This was excellent, the author's style is really coming into its own - the dialogue was witty, fun and original, the characters were sparking, but also deep and interesting and the story flowed smoothly. I wholeheartedly recommend!
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars
Oh my I loved this book and never wanted it to end, I can't wait for the next to books in the series

Adeline is the dowager countess of Wick she along with her two friends were widowed and are now going to start a girls school, only one problem her neighbor the Earl of Lyonswood lives next door and well a few misunderstanding put them at an awkward start.

Adeline is scared to ever marry again for a virety of reasons, Lyon promises himself he'll never marry without love, can these two com
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Since the death of her controlling husband Adeline, the Dowager Countess of Wake, is finally able to attain some freedom. She's focused on the girls' boarding school she's established with her two best friends and has no interest in marrying and being under a man's thumb again. However, that doesn't stop her fierce attraction to her neighbor, the Earl of Lyonwood.

To his father, the Marquis of Marksworth's chagrin, Lyon has eschewed taking a mistress and wants a wife he truly loves, rather than o
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a most entertaining read. The encounters between Adeline, Countess of Wake and Lyon Marksworth were very amusing. Even though they were attracted to each other Adeline’s experiences with her first marriage hindered her from entering into anything more meaningful. The addition of a school for needy girls provided an interesting extra. I enjoyed the meetings with her two friends, Julia and Brina. I’m sure their stories are to come and I look forward to reading them. I received a copy and ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2019; St. Martin's Paperbacks/St. Martin's Press

When Adeline becomes a widow, after being in a loveless marriage, she vows to remain one. Lyon is a bachelor looking for love before marriage. When the two end up living next door to one another sparks fly, but will wedding bells ring?

From page one, the opening scene when the hero and heroine meet, I was in for the romance ride. They have chemistry and banter - which is my yardstick for romances - and it climbs as the story continues
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
My heart is still glowing after reading The Earl Next Door. I absolutely fell in love with Lyon and Adeline. What a charming pair those two make. The secondary characters were just as delightful and humorous. This book is amazing from start to finish.

Arc kindly provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
Joana V.
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok

I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.

Maybe I wasn’t in the right state of mind to read this book. It just didn’t do it for me.

Right from the beginning, I felt everything was a bit forced, a bit too much. That “I want to jump in your pants right away, even if you don’t treat the best” (the hero does improve later on, just to be clear).

I didn’t connect with the characters. The only ones I liked were the girls from the school
Nicole Laverdure
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable and so captivating!

What an amazing introduction to Amelia Grey's new series, 'First Comes Love'! I totally enjoyed her 1st story, 'The Earl Next Door' and I'm looking forward to read the next book in this wonderful series. Nice blend of fun and romance with a dash of suspense! It had all the elements to please me! Without a doubt, it's a real page-turner! Forgot to mention that her characters, Adeline and Lyon were simply so charming together. Ms. Grey is a great author and you w
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adeline, the Dowager Countess of Wake, age 22, is having gowns made for her first Season now that she is coming out of two-years of mourning for her husband. Looking through the swatches of fabric from her modiste, she finds that someone put a red corset in with the fabric. Wickedly intrigued, she just has to try it on. Just then, a knock sounds on the door and in comes her housekeeper followed by an unknown man. Her housekeeper is apologizing that the man has followed her, but Adeline assures h ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
When Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, learns of her husband drowned when the Salty Dove sank off the coast of Portugal, she realizes she’s free. At last, she can do, go, and be as she pleases. Lyon Marksworth, Earl of Lyonwood wants to run his estates and watch them flourish and find a wife who brings love to his life. When he meets spirited and self-reliant Adeline in a case of near-scandalous mistaken identity, Lyon feels he’s met his match. But Adeline isn’t interested in a marriag
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Amelia Grey (aka Gloria Dale Skinner) grew up in a small town in the Florida Panhandle. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over twenty-five years. She has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire and now lives in Florida.

Amelia has won the coveted Romantic Times award for Love and Laughter, the prestigious Maggie award for best historical and Affaire de Coeur's bes

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