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The Merry Viscount

(Widow's Brew #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  60 reviews
The “fallen” ladies of Puddledon Manor’s Benevolent Home are determined to rise above scandal—and forge a sparkling new future operating their own brewery and alehouse...

With Christmas around the corner, Miss Caroline Anderson hoped to persuade a London tavern owner to carry the Home’s Widow’s Brew—only to discover the dastard was more interested in her ankles than her ale!
Mass Market Paperback, 313 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Zebra
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Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When two lonely souls whom have been childhood friends, rekindles after years apart, will they be able to let the ghosts of the past go?

I discovered Mrs Sally MacKenzie with her Naked Nobility series, I loved the humor she infused it her stories.
So when I saw this book pop up on my amazon suggestions list, I preordered it without a thought, it was back in February, plus it was second in a series of a book I loved the blurb but forgot the tittle, so now it shelved in my kindle.<

So what happens when it's nearing Christmas Eve, you've caught the last coach out of town and then, some drunken youthful peers take the reins? You get Trouble, with a capital T!
For Miss Caroline Anderson it was Double Trouble. Caro is "the brewster at the Benevolent Home for the Maintenance and Support of Spinsters, Widows, and Abandoned Women and their Unfortunate Children in Little Puddledon.” Quite a mouthful ! The coach has floundered outside the country residen
On her way home from a less than fruitful trip to London in the hope of securing another tavern to carry her ale, Miss Caroline Anderson finds herself stranded when the stagecoach to her home slides off the snowy road into a ditch. Caro and the other passengers seek shelter at a nearby estate, only to find that it is owned by her childhood friend Nick, now Viscount Oakland. He's clearly in the midst of some rather unsavory holiday entertaining, but his house is warm and Caro is out of options at ...more
Tracy Emro
Caroline “Caro” Anderson is the brewer of the Widow’s Ale at the Benevolent Home for the Maintenance and Support of Spinsters, Widows and Abandoned Women and their Unfortunate Children. She is returning from a disappointing trip to London when the mail coach she is riding in becomes disabled, stranding her and several other passengers, including a small boy and his infant sister in the snow. Knowing the children will not survive the cold, she takes the baby and goes for help at a nearby estate. ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Caroline Anderson the brewer for the Home’s Widow’s Brew has travelled to London trying to find new customers for the brew. On the return journey the stagecoach ends up in a snow-covered ditch. Amid a nasty storm, Caro seeks shelter for herself & two young children at a nearby estate, only to be greeted by Nick Viscount Oakland, her brother’s childhood friend and her schoolgirl crush. He’s holding an orgy but at least the house is warm. Nick wishes he hadn’t invited his friends for an o ...more
Debra Guyette
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the Christmas season coming, Miss Caroline Anderson travels to London to try and convince a bartender to sell the Home's Widow's Brew. Her trip was not a success when she finds the man more interested in her and not the product. Traveling back to the Home is proving difficult when a snow storm and some drunken louts cause the stage coach to wind up in a ditch. Seeking shelter at a nearby estate, Caroline is surprised to be greeted by Viscount Oakland, her brother's childhood friend, Nick. N ...more
Norah Gibbons
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Merry Viscount by Sally MacKenzie is the second book in her charming Widow’s Brew series.
It can be read as a standalone but I enjoyed the first book so recommend reading both. This book is a delightful Christmas story full of warmth and humour and all the joys of the season.
Caroline Anderson is returning home after a visit to London when the coach she is travelling in crashes just outside the estat
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Merry Viscount by Sally MacKenzie is book 2 in the Widow's Brew Series. This is the story of Caroline 'Caro' Anderson and Nicholas St. John, Viscount Oakland.
Nick is trying to make it through the holidays and being back in a house that he doesn't have great memories of. This leads him to have a party where its to be a orgy theme. Caro is a brewer of the Widow’s Ale at the Benevolent Home. This home helps supports Spinsters, Widowers, and Abandoned women and their children. Caro was coming b
Carole Burant
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that's what I call a very different Christmas story! I loved the humor throughout, as well as the Christmas traditions and oh yes, the steamy scenes:)

Caro and Nick knew each other slightly as children but hadn't seen each other since and now, many years later, she's in his home with an assortment of characters who had been in the broken down stagecoach with her....interrupting the Christmas "orgy" that Nick was hosting!!! Caro and Nick each have their own stories to reveal and my heart trul
Mary Hart
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Interesting book. The Heroine works as an Alemaster and met the Hero as a childhood friend of her brother. I'm not that fond of the childhood friend becomes lovers trope but this was a nice story. We learn more about each character as the romance continues. I would have liked the hero to have honeymooned in Venice and met up with his italian family but it wasn't to be. This book is the second in a series and I didn't have to have read the first one to enjoy this edition. I'm n
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t like the previous book in this series.
Because it was a while ago, I didn’t remember & all I saw was a new book by a writer I like on the shelf, so I got it.
This book was ok. Good characters & story. A quick skimread for me.
I liked the little boy character Edward (I’m a sucker for acute kid) so that’s really why I kept reading.

Overall, I like this writer but not this particular series.
I would recommend her “The Naked…..” books instead.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caro values her independence and thinks men are just a nuisance. Nick is living a life of debauchery. A stagecoach accident finds the two Alana with a houseful of others stranded together. It is a strange mix of people who gets to create a true Christmas miracle. The story is funny with an inner monologue carried out by the two main characters that will make you laugh. As the story unfolds each person find happiness in their situation and Caro and Nick find a lifetime together.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the love story of Nick and Caro and how it came about. They met due to a stagecoach accident during a snowstorm, after having known each other as children, they come to realize they might care more than they first though. The story is well written and entertaining. I would recommend it for someone who wants a sweet romance.
This was a fun and fast-paced story about two people haunted by their pasts. I loved how the healing process was wrapped in humor and romance. Caro is the brewmaster for the Benevolent Home where she lives. She took that post after an event that caused a rift with her family and has affected her life ever since. After an unsuccessful trip to London searching for new markets for her ale, Caro is stuck on a coach with some unpleasant passengers and increasingly bad weather. When the coach ends up ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Sally MacKenzie and I recommend her often to readers who want a sweet and funny story.

This story was not one of my favorites by Ms MacKenzie. I did not find the usual sense of charm and fun.

Caroline is in a stagecoach on the way back to her position at the Benevolent Home for the Maintenance and Support of Spinsters, Widows and Abandoned Women and their Unfortunate Children in Little Puddledon. She brews Widows Brew ale and was hoping to find a pub in London
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emotional circumstances and diverse characters make the second book in the Widow’s Brew series constantly engaging. Sally MacKenzie expertly entangles the lives of two individuals who are definitely not thinking about falling in love. Yet while the mindset of Caro and Nick may not be in favor of pursuing any romantic impulses, their hearts continuously bring up some disagreeing arguments. With the main couple being so spirited during the many unforeseen happenings that occur, I remained totally ...more
This was a pleasant read. Caro has been rejected by her family, after losing her job as a nanny because she was seduced by the master of the house. She lives in the a benevolent home for women and children, and is the brewmaster for the ale they brew to support the home. Disappointed and furious when her attempt to sell her ale in London is unsuccessful and her potential buyer propositioned her, she is travelling back to the home on the stage.

The coach is commandeered by a couple of young arist
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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THE MERRY VISCOUNT is the second story in the Widow’s Brew series, although I will always suggest starting at the beginning of a series – if you cannot this one can stand on its own very well. I somehow missed the beginning book in this series so I’ll be going back for that soon.

The Cover Description tells you what you really need to know before picking up Caro’s and Nick’s story, but what it can’t tell you is how quickly these characters (and several seco
Connie Fischer
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caroline (Caro) Anderson is traveling in the snow on a stagecoach heading back to the Benevolent Home for the Maintenance and Support of Spinsters, Widows, and Abandoned Women and their Unfortunate Children located in Little Puddleton. She had traveled to London hoping to encourage Mr. Harris, owner of the Drunken Sheep to purchase Widow’s Brew which she and the other residents of the Home produce. It has been well-received and if she can send more of it, they will not be under the threat of the ...more
Patricia Morgan
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I have been a fan of Sally Mckenzie through the Spinster house series and now the Widow's brew series.
This is book 2 in the widow brew series and can be read as a stand alone.

This is the story of Caro and Nick. Nick is the Viscount Oakland. He was born and raised in Italy to a second son and an Italian mother, who didn't expect to inherit.
When Nick's parents die, his Uncle brings him to England to be trained as the future this count. Nick's miserable having lost his parents and h
Caroline Anderson is on her way back from London after a failed attempt to sell the Home's Widow's Brew beer to a London tavern. In fact, she ended up having to ward off the gentleman from a rather amorous attempt. Now she's on the stagecoach from hell with a judgmental pastor, a husband and wife who are REALLY annoying, and now a young mother with a six-year-old boy and a baby. Then two inebriated gentleman join the trip. And they decide to take over the reins and immediately drive the stagecoa ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When his neighbor’s dog threw his dinner up (that’s putting it nicely) all over Nick, Viscount Oakland’s, townhouse, he moved his Christmas orgy to his country estate. When the party was abruptly interrupted by the passengers of a stagecoach run into a ditch, the event took a decided turn. It wasn’t long before the unusual assortment of guests began to put together a festive celebration of the holiday.

Among the passengers was Caroline Anderson, the sister of an old friend. Nick and C
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Miss Caroline Anderson has traveled all the way to London hoping to sell Widow's Brew, an ale her and other women make back home in Little Puddledon. Unfortunately, things go awry from the beginning. First, she is accosted by the owner of the inn, then on her way home, the carriage is wrecked. Luckily, an old friend, resides nearby who can offer shelter.

Nick set out to host a Christmas orgy, and now it looks like he'll be playing host to a big group of weary travelers instead. Nick c
Lenna  Wright-Berry
3.5 stars for me.
90% inter dialogue or their fighting inter dialogue. Also reading about his past bed partners even when he’s being with Caro and still comparing their moments with his paid ‘friends’ is disturbing, he’s thinking A. Lot. about those ‘friends’. He’ll even tell Caro he had one of his ‘friends’ in the same bed the night before she laid in his bed...
Another point is Nick’s constant complaining of wanting to bed a woman but don’t want a child, an heir to his cold hearted u
The Merry Viscount by Sally MacKenzie is a romance story set around Christmas. The author has brought back Miss Caroline Anderson a character from earlier books from Puddledon Manor’s Benevolent Home. Caroline is the brewer of Widow’s Brew a type of ale. It is their hope that selling the ale to more places will increase the monies available at Puddledon Manor’s Benevolent Home. After all, it will allow them to help save more women from being out on the street with babies. The problems with Carol ...more
Amary Chapman
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brewer Caroline Anderson made the trip to London to try to pick up another tavern for her Widow's Brew, the main support of the home for unfortunate women and children she helps run. It was not only a waste of her time, but she had to fight off the tavern owner as well. To top off the bad trip, her return stagecoach was overcrowded and the weather turned from bad to worse.
An accident brings her to the home of the 'Devil Lord', someone had to find shelter for the mama of two little ones, t
Debra Martin
Nick, Viscount Oakland, is living the life of a rake and ends up at his country seat for an orgy to celebrate Christmas in the pagan way. When Miss Caroline Anderson bangs at his door during a raging snowstorm, he has no choice but to take in all the passengers of the coach accident. Nick knew Caroline when they were children, but they aren't children anymore. Both are hiding secrets and together can they begin to heal old wounds and make a future together?

I did not read the first bo
Amy Alvis
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After an unsuccessful trip to London, Caroline is making her way back home on the stagecoach. Unfortunately to young bucks decide to take over for the driver and the coach ends up in the ditch. Luckily they are close to the estate of Viscount Oakland, who was her brother's childhood best friend. Unfortunately when she arrives to get help for the coach, she realizes that she has interrupted a wicked holiday party.

Nick is surprised to see his best friend's little sister at his door in
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Christmas around the corner, Miss Caroline Anderson hoped to persuade a London tavern owner to carry the Home’s Widow’s Brew—only to discover the dastard was more interested in her ankles than her ale! To her further annoyance, her stagecoach back to Little Puddledon is waylaid by louts and a snow-covered ditch. Amid a nasty storm, Caro seeks shelter at a nearby estate—only to be greeted by Viscount Oakland, aka Nick, her brother’s childhood friend—and her schoolgirl crush.
Ever the free sp
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can always count on a entertaining read when picking up a Sally MacKenzie book and this is no exception! Filled with wonderful characters, laugh out loud moments, unexpected twists and witty banter is book was a fun read. Caro has found a place as brewmaster in a charity home for women finding themselves in unfortunate circumstances, because a youthful indiscretion she's sees herself as unmarriable, a spinster if you will, focused on selling her brew to help with the home's expenses, so when ...more
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Well, not exactly.

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