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In the aftermath of The Great War, everything is changing.

But not for Marian Fielding.

Marian’s life is quiet and predictable in the solitude of the English countryside, where she plans to remain. But Marian’s world is turned upside down when she meets brash, confident Katherine Fuller.

Katherine arrives at the Fieldings’ family estate for the wedding of Marian’s sister and

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Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published January 27th 2019 by Carnation Books
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K.J. Charles
Mar 10, 2019 added it
Shelves: 1920s, f-f
I got very excited at a new 1920s f/f because honestly, what a fabulous period and how much potential. We definitely get a sense of the changing times, including the collapse of the landed aristocracy and the ravages of the War, but mostly it's a pretty inward-focused story concentrating on Lady Marian's slow journey of self discovery and then the growing sexual relationship. The two leads are passionate, flawed, and fit well together. I'd have liked more external plot / internal conflict myself ...more
Farah
So this book really surprised me. While it wasn’t the first historical romance book I’ve read, it was my first book from this author so I didn’t know what to expect from her in terms of writing style, character growth, etc..It’s safe to say on both of those accounts I was impressed. If anything, what made this book was the strong, well-crafted characters, their backgrounds, and their searing romantic connection that had me glued to the pages. Ms.Evan's writing was also a plus, nothing too flower ...more
Ashley
Another book where I've been putting off the review, but this time because I couldn't work up the energy to talk about it.

This was a rec from KJ Charles here on Goodreads (she's a good follow for more eclectic and/or self-pubbed books) and I'm glad I picked it up, but I'm not sure I'll read any more books by this author. It was solidly in 'I liked this but meh' territory. Historical f/f romance is so hard to find, and when I've found it, it hasn't often scratched that itch I like my romance nove
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Corrie
How to Talk to Nice English Girls: a lesbian historical novel is Gretchen Adams’ first published novel (after writing a lot of fan fic – although I don’t know for what fandom) and I think she shows a lot of promise. Historical fiction is not an easy route to travel, and even though there was not an enormous amount of historical detail she created a believable enough world.

I want to thank Farah for bringing this to my attention. It was an entertaining read. The mousy Marian Fielding and the bold
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Flor
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

The world needs more F/F Historicals as heartwarming as this one.
anna grace
oh gosh a sapphic historical romance,, they know what we want
Ceillie Simkiss
Delightfully Sapphic.
Full review to come!
Robin Mandell
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
So very charming.

I was really excited when I found out about this book because, while there is a lot of queer historical romance being published right now, there's A sad lack of lesbian historical romance coming out. So this book gets my thumbs up for that alone. It is a fast, sweet read with a few rough edges. Marian feels a little more one dimensional and feels real list stick, even coming from an old fashioned titled family. I would have liked a few more glimpses into her world, a few views o
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L ✨
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
rep: lesbian mc, lesbian li, f/f romance

It took me months to read but for a debut novel, especially a historical romance, this is a strong one. The clash of values, morals, etiquette and upbringings were well-developed and it was nice to see Marian and Katherine were raised differently but still had things in common. Katherine is American and she has more experience than Marian who is older, and a Lady. I also liked that Katherine was interested in business and trade, and how she tried to go ag
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AnnMaree Of Oz
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A short 2 and a half hour read, set in the 1920s England.

With an American protagonist Katherine 'Kitty' who is unconventional and vivacious, with the demure British Marian who is intrigued yet more stoic.

Sparks fly though and the hot and heavy ensues. Does it ever! 😰

The ending wraps up rather quickly and easily, which was my only disappointment. Currently on Kindle unlimited.
Jo
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, nice change of pace. It's my first book from this author, will definitely look for more.
S
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
So this was alright but I dunno. The MCs didn't really grab me. I didn't care one way or the other if they got together or not. It was a OMK read for me and some steam for those that care. 3 and change stars
Julie Totsch
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Lesbian Romance

Finally, a lesbian romance that is about as normal as normal can be. No screaming rants. No breaking up. Just two lovely women fAlli in love. I loved it.
Rae Storey
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me so happy. Marian, an introverted upper class Brit and Katherine, the care free daughter of an American businessman became my very good friends. I hated having to put the book down, for whatever reason, but especially needing sleep. I missed them and wondered what they were up to, I missed their banter and flirting. Throughout the story, they influenced and encouraged growth in each other.

Something I enjoyed so very much about this story is that through all of their challenges
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Lauren James
A lovely sweet romance between a naive English and bold American girl in the twenties. This is really lovely, with a great focus on their growing relationship without overlooking the social mores of the time.
Shawna
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I mainly just wished this had been a little longer, and we'd gotten more about the relationship development. It's a very sweet (and hot!) story about two girls finding each other.
Amelia
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A gentle but surprisingly steamy for f/f historical romance novella about an American flapper and English lady.
Gabriela
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The world needs to make more books like this one. Wonderful read.
herdys
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
LOVED IT! I will never get tired of saying that we need more f/f books, especially good ones.
HighladyofVelaris
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.75


“Because I refuse to stand idly by. Women like you and I must make our own futures, Marian. Our fathers won’t give it to us and we won’t marry into it.”


“You will have to fight for the life you want. Sometimes the fight will be obvious and sometimes more subtle, but you will need to control your own decisions. Don’t ever let someone do that for you.”


This book was a delight to read. I really enjoyed reading about Katherine. Her character was interesting. She was bold and witty and a total flir
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Holly
This was book #13 for Romanceopoly 2020.

Square: Lovers Lane (LGBT)
Challenge Pack: Moon
Challenge: Read a LGBT romanace which isn't a contemporary.

For my other square in this neighborhood on the Romanceopoly board I read a M-M romance and I was really happy I did. For this one, I wanted to read a F-F romance. I knew that I didn't want to jump right into the traditional historical romance, not yet at least, so I looked for one that was still historical, but a more recent time period; th
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moxieBK
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq
How to Talk to Nice English Girls[Kindle Unlimited] — Gretchen Evans (16 chapters + Epilogue) Dec. 5-6, 2019

This review is more about my feelings reading it than plot and development. Honestly, I didn’t feel like there was much of a plot…or else the string kept falling away….and I got bored. So here we go:

Lesbian romances and historical fiction are two of my favorite genres…this should be an awesome book, amirite? Well, I is wrong on this one. This story is set in England in the early 1920s. [A
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lauraღ
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
“I could love you. If you let me.”

Very sweet historical f/f romance, set in 1920s England. The kind of low-stakes, character-driven, first-time romance that I'm always inevitably drawn to. I honestly would have liked some more character interaction, and maybe some external conflict? The hurdles that they did have to clear with regards to their relationship seemed to disappear so quickly as to be a little unsatisfying. I definitely don't think there always needs to be huge conflicts in romance no
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Leigh Kramer
Lovely FF historical romance set in the 1920s between an English earl’s daughter and an American industrial heiress. The plot is very quiet and I was less invested about halfway through—to the point of setting it aside for a couple of weeks—because there wasn’t much of anything happening to drive things forward. It's more about Marian's internal dilemma than anything else. But I did love Marian and Katherine together, especially for the way Katherine opened Marian’s eyes to how much more life wa ...more
DR
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marian and Katherine's story was sweet and lingering. I enjoyed reading Mr. Fuller's love and acceptance of his daughter compared to the indifference of Lord Fielding. By British standards Katherine was uncouth and wild; however, she was a well-written breath of fresh air. The contrast of cultures was evident in Marian's questions and her beginning to understand there was a world outside of her own. A beautiful falling in love story.
Laura
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was very lovely. I liked the chemistry between the protagonists and the pining and passion between them were quite wonderful. Overall it was a rather low conflict story and while I enjoyed it a lot it did make me raise my brows a little how easy it all went for the protagonists. That being said, I did enjoy that it was just a rather happy and simple story. Maybe I'd even go for 4.5 stars if I had those half stars.
Paola Dolcemascolo
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
So I think this book is a solid 3 stars for the writing. The story is not incredibly deep, and the characters are not that well fleshed out. That being said, I’m giving this 4 stars for the ease with which the author deals with a topic that is still WOEFULLY underrepresented in literature....wrapped up in a delightful story that was enjoyable to read. WE NEED MORE OF THIS STEAMY GOODNESS.
Monica
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and sexy

F/F relationships are rare in histrom, so I dove into it eagerly. I wasn't disappointed! The relationship thar builds between Marian and Katherine is sweet and sexy. They bring out the best in each other. Definitely putting this on the read again list!
Donald Addu
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Original and fun

Set at the end of the English aristocracy, this fun and entertaining, original story is a great, easy read. It recounts the joy and pain of new love as Miriam discovers a world of independence, freedom and romance she never thought possible.
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