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The Unwanted Suitor

(Regency House Party: Somerstone #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  51 reviews
From Book 1: When Cornelia Greystock received a proposal from Sir James Hawkston, she couldn’t bear it. It had been inspired, she knew, from pity and remorse—not love. Unable to face him afterward, she leaped at an offer of employment from the Countess, Lady Du’Breven. Serving as her companion, Cornelia struggles to adjust to the change in her social status, but the hard w ...more
Kindle Edition, 132 pages
Published September 2nd 2018 (first published September 2018)
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Kathy Jo
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency-romance
Miss Cornelia Greystock has secretly been in love with her neighbor, Sir James Hawkston for a long time. She did not think that she would ever catch his eye, so she set her sights on his younger brother. But when Timothy professed himself to be in love with her, Sir James made arrangements for him to be betrothed to a wealthy heiress from Bath and ruined her hopes of marriage. So imagine Cornelia's shock when Sir James proposes to her out of pity. She turns him down and flees her home, unable to ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very fun regency novella. I read this in a couple hours and really enjoyed it. It is a first in a series. I have already read the second book and am already impressed with this collection. How did they orchestrate all these books to go together? So cool. This was a fun story of the classic idiot guy not thinking things threw and hurting the girl. The author did a great job of lengthening it out in a believable way. You get good bits of tension. Fun story.
Suzie Waltner
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

When Cornelia takes a place as a lady’s companion, she doesn’t plan to ever see Sir James Hawkston again but her new employer has other ideas.

This was a short, fun story about two people who love each other but maybe don’t currently like each other. Sir James knows he messed up when he proposed marriage to Cornelia and is determined to do it right this time.

I loved that Sir James pursued Cornelia with single-minded focus. Instead of getting angry at the pranks she pulls on him, he delig
Donna Campbell
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story

This was a fun story with wonderful characters. I loved the time period and setting for the story. This is a sweet, clean romance.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
This was a sweet story. I enjoyed how playful their relationship was
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this cute story! Sir James definitely bungled his first proposal, but now he has an unexpected second chance with Cornelia. I loved his determination to show her he loves her. There were many sweet, romantic moments, and some very fun pranks as well. I laughed, I sighed, and I enjoyed every minute. Lady Du'Breven knew what she was doing with these two!
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Unwanted Suitor
Regency House Party: Somerstone #1
By Michelle Pennington

Cornelia Greystock made a rash decision when she refused Sir James Hawkston's offer of marriage. She left her family behind and became a paid companion for the Countess Du'Breven. No longer able to take part in what Society had to offer she has severely limited her future prospects. And when the Countess determines to hold a house party at Somerstone Manor Cornelia is expected to help keep everything running smoothly.

To C
Heather Snyder
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read in the Regency House Party series, and it was wonderful. If you enjoy period pieces, then you will love reading about the characters in this story. What is most interesting about this tale though is that it is connected to four other works. Five authors in total collaborated to write these books, and each one is connected; however, each story can be read alone and understood.

Cornelia Greystock has lived a life of pleasure, but now finds herself working as a co
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
If there is anything i do not want to read when i choose historicals is a couple of those times behaving like contemporary teenagers. Even if the point of this was some sort of fiction where women were more empowered and outspoken, it just doesn't fit the times standars and to be honest is the opposite of what i was looking for. The heroine could have been "outspoken for that time" instead of outspoken for what this time considers an historical heroine should be. There is no way the way they tre ...more
Margaret Watkins
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lighthearted Regency romance, this story is well written with all the elements of a historical love story. Cornelia chooses to go into service rather than to live with her decision to reject Lord James' proposal of marriage. She has long held a candle for James, but his proposal in the wake of his brother's defection does not sit well with her. As the Countess Du'Breven's companion, she loses herself in helping to plan a house party, little realising that the old lady is playing a cunning game ...more
Richelle ⭐⭐
This was my first time reading this author, and I am happy to have found her. Definitely one I will continue reading!

This is NOT a love at first sight and then declaring your undying love the next minute kind of book, THANKFULLY. I personally am not a fan of those. No, this is a book about a second chance to get it right. The couple have a long history, and our heroine has been in love with Sir James for quite some time. When he first realizes he too is in love with her (not knowing she has secr
Christina Morley
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Unwanted Suitor is a fun whirlwind romance set in regency times. The characters are entertaining and the descriptions transport you back into that era. Sir James Hawkston and Miss Cornelia Greystock are neighbors and childhood friends. The story jumps right in where Cornelia is working as a companion to Lady Du'Breven after turning down an awful marriage proposal from James. She's loved him for years and is hurt by the words he chose when asking for her hand in marriage. We get glimpses of t ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a romantic, entertaining and sweet story. James is determined, bold and impulsive. Cornelia is stubborn, insecure and vulnerable. Cornelia thought she was going to marry James' brother, knowing James was out of her reach, but then James suddenly sent his brother away to marry someone else. So Cornelia left town to take a companion job. Next thing she knows there's a house party happening, and James will be there. While he's doing everything he can to get her to give him a chance, she's d ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun, cute regency. Cornelia Greystock's life was ruined when Sir James, her handsome neighbor, ends her romance with his younger brother Timothy by marrying him to a wealthy heiress - and then pity-proposes to her. She runs away to become a companion to the Countess Du'Breven. Countess Du'Breven has a house party and invites Sir James who realizes what a bad job he did proposing to Cornelia without a courtship and without letting her know how he really feels about her. So he uses the house party ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A regency house party! What a fun idea for a book series. The elderly, widowed Countess’ of Somerset has carefully planned and invited people to her estate in the hopes of playing matchmaker. She wants only for others to experience what she herself has had the pleasure of... love

The countess’ new companion, Cornelia Greystock has run away from heartbreak and a botched proposal from her lifetime neighbor, Sir James Hawkston. He is to come to the party unknowing that Cornelia has taken a paid pos
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this book. It was a light, uncomplicated read that kept me interested throughout the whole book. I did think that some of the things that Cornelia did were kind of silly, like sewing the sleeves of Sir James coats together and putting the fish heads under his bed. She was always fearful of being thought of as being less than a proper lady, so why take the risk of being found in his room? And just for a silly prank?
I also thought that the editing left something to be desired. That was m
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book!

While there were a few grammatical errors and a sentence every now and then I was confused by it didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying this book. I even wish it had been longer. The story was cute and fun and kept me engaged. I loved Cornelia and was entertained by Sir James and his pursuit of Cornelia. A very fun start to this series I think. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Thanks to this author Michelle Pennington for writing this book. Thanks t
Maria Thomas
This is a quick, sweet, clean read. Apparently I started reading this series out of order but I thought this one was cute. It had some humor in it and not too much angst. I liked both of the main characters. Their banter was fun and I enjoyed him trying to prove himself to her. I kept waiting for him to tell her straight out that he proposed not out of pity but out of love, even if he did it stupidly. I don't think he ever said it straight out though.

Biggest negative was some sloppy editing tow
Emily Yager
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had not heard of Michelle Pennington before this book series. I love all things Jane Austin and Regency romance, so it didn't take much to convince me to give her writing a try. Oh am I glad that I did.

This is a quick and short novella that I wish was longer. The sweet, regency romance about second chances is such a fun read. I loved Cornelia and Sir James. I was even entertained by the matchmaking Countess and her adorable pug, Wellington.

A fun and cute start to this series, and I already h
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. Not awful and has a few good moments but overall a weak story that needs an editor for lots of small grammatical mistakes. I read a different one in the series by Mindy Burbidge Strunk that was much better. It was interesting to see how a different author used the same setting and how they portrayed the same characters.
Bernadette Cinkoske
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Unwanted Suitor is a light hearted, fun Regency romance. Michelle Pennington has created characters I was sorry to say goodbye to.There is a lot of humor. I especially enjoyed the basket of fish heads! I stopped everything so I would not have to put this book down. If you enjoy Regency romance, you should not miss this one!
Lupe Guzman
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quick but fun read

Enjoyed reading and getting to know Cornelia and Sir James characters immensely it was a short but cute Historical Romance, will gladly read more from Michelle Pennington
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet regency romance. Sir James and Cornelia were wonderful characters and I enjoyed the romance that grows throughout the story. There were parts that seemed a tad unbelievable for regency time era, but overall a wonderful story.
Melissa Medell Hayford
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun story! Cornelia and Sir James have such great chemistry. I loved they way they teased each other. It was obvious they were old friends and knew each other well and that just added to their fun relationship. I really enjoyed this story and the wonderful Countess and her scheming.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the chemistry between Sir James and Cornelia. They humor between them was fun. My favorite romances are those between couples who have history and therefore makes the romance more believeable and real.
Mrs Caroline Trevor
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it

I found this a good book. Cordelia is a lady's companion with a house party coming up. She meets her old flame there and remembers his fluffed proposal many months ago. He attempts to court her properly this time to win her hand.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I really needed something light after the last read I attempted. This fit the bill. Certainly it raises my 21st-century feminist hackles in a few places, but it was short enough and sweet enough that it gets a solid three stars.
Sarah Southerland
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED! Went online and bought all the rest of the books in the series. Clean and fun and perfect for any age.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok

Very quick resolution story. He offends her, she vows to thwart him, he woos, she caves.
A chapter showing their past would have added a lot.
Evonne Hutton
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A delightful sweet historical
Well written. Will look forward to reading more from this author
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