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The Earl Takes a Fancy

(Sins for All Seasons #5)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,682 ratings  ·  224 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath pens another richly satisfying romance in her Sins for all Seasons series.

She’s looking for a nobleman to wed…

Though born out of wedlock, Fancy Trewlove is determined to fulfill her mother’s wish that she marry into nobility. Fancy’s keen intellect and finishing school manners make her the perfect wife for any gentleman—if h
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Published March 31st 2020 by Avon
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Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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***4 STARS***

Fancy Trewlove is the youngest of the Trewlove siblings. She was born out of wedlock but has been raised and taught that she should land a member of the aristocracy for a husband. So through the connections of her siblings she will have a coming out for the Season. Although she has been spoiled and pampered by her family as the youngest she still gives back to others. She runs her own bookstore and helps adults learn to read.

Matthew Sommersby was burned with his first marriage. Ther
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
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AUTHOR: Lorraine Heath
SERIES: Sins for All Seasons #5
RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2020
GENRE: Historical Romance


It's really the worst feeling when one of your top favorite authors doesn't work for you. Lorraine Heath writes wonderful historical romance but this one, I felt, wasn't up to par. Please note that there are some spoilers in my review - I had to add them in order to explain my issues.

First there is t
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
2.7 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

After widowed Matthew's, Earl of Rosemont, wife posthumously has a letter printed in the Times about what a great husband he was, ladies have been clamoring for his attention. He decides to rent rooms in a more middle class area of London to escape for awhile. There he walks into a bookshop and feels his world tilt when he meets the owner.
Fancy Trewlove
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I've given this a C+ at AAR, so 3.5 stars

The Earl Takes a Fancy is book five in Lorraine Heath’s Sins For All Seasons series, which features the six Trewlove siblings, all but one of them by-blows of members of the nobility who were handed over to baby farmer Ettie Trewlove who, instead of neglecting them (as was, sadly, the most common result of this practice), cared for them, loved them and brought them up as her own. The four preceding books have seen Mick, Gillie, Aiden and Finn fall in
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Gotta say I didn't fancy this book at all. I'm a former reader of Lorraine Heath's HRs and hadn't picked up one of her books in several years. When I saw this one at a bargain price, out of curiosity, I decided to try her again.

Well, I shouldn't have bothered. This wasn't worth my time and, to be honest, I didn't quite finish it, I was so bored. I checked out reviews here afterwards to see if I had missed something by not reading that last third or so of the book, but there was no indication in
ARC provided by Edelweiss and Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rating it 3.75

Review to come closer to publication.
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
4.5 stars rounded up.

Fancy Trewlove dreams of marrying for love, though she knows she must also fulfill her mother's dream that she marry a titled nobleman. Fancy has the manners and educational polish to be a perfect aristocratic wife, if she can find someone to overlook her illegitimacy and scandalous family. But when an intriguing stranger wanders into her bookshop, he and Fancy strike up an unlikely sort of friendship and soon it is he she can't stop thinking of.

Matthew Sommersby, the Earl o
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Earl Takes a Fancy
A Sins for All Seasons Series #5
Lorraine Heath
Release date 03/31/2020
Publisher Avon

Blurb :

She’s looking for a nobleman to wed…
Though born out of wedlock, Fancy Trewlove is determined to fulfill her mother’s wish that she marry into nobility. Fancy’s keen intellect and finishing school manners make her the perfect wife for any gentleman—if he’s willing to overlook her scandalous lineage. But Fancy’s plans are thrown into chaos when a
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
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2.5 stars.
I struggled with so many issues with this book.
I remember when I used to love Heath’s books. But the last 5 or 6 have been not at all my cup of tea. I am unwilling to let so many completely inane and unlikely things go now in pursuit of the overall plot, I guess. I need at least a modicum of verisimilitude.
Barbara Rogers
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: Sins for All Seasons #5
Publication Date: 3/31/20
Number of Pages: 400
*** 3.5 Stars Rounded Up To 4 ***

At the moment Fancy was born, her mother looked at her, loved her, and named her Fancy because someday she knew Fancy would marry a fancy gentleman and live in a fancy house. As her mother gazed at her with great, abiding love, her brothers, Mick, Aiden, Finn, and Beast along with her sister Gilly were smitten as well, and their mother’s goals for Fancy became their own. Fancy was protect

Title:The Earl Takes a Fancy
Series: Sins for All Seasons #5
Author: Lorraine Heath
Release date: March 31, 2020
Cliffhanger: no

The Earl Takes a Fancy is about the youngest sibling in the Trewlove family, Fancy. She was probably the one I was most looking forward to. I loved the fact that she's a book lover who runs a bookstore. Fancy is sweet, if a little naive. She's also a romantic, but looks at her upcoming season pragmatically. She could have easily have been spoiled, being given so many more
Angie Elle
OH. MY. GOD. That blurb!

Be honest, Lorraine Heath. You wrote this book just for me, didn't you?
Douglas Meeks
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Matthew and Fancy were a delightful couple in the dance they were doing, he was avoiding women who he thought were just husband hunting (which included about all females) and she was looking for a husband with a title to please her family. It was a bit of a Cinderella story which I am a sucker for and not sure why so many reviewers seemed to find this book lacking, I thought it was close to 5 Stars but gave it 4 for a few inane things.

Bottom Line: There is less sex than most historical romance
This was a reeaallly slow-burn romance. Too slow for me but I persevered. The ending/proposal was quite romantic.
Jen Davis
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I did not expect this installment to be my favorite book in the Sins for All Seasons series, and it wasn’t. But not for the reasons I expected. I wasn’t super excited for this book because it features the youngest of the Trewlove clan, Fancy, who is not particularly angsty the way all of her bastard brothers and sisters are. And on top of that she is not nearly as old as I would prefer my heroines to be. She’s only 19 and, I don’t know, stories about a girl’s first season or not usually my favor ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fancy is the youngest Trewlove and poised for her debut season when into her bookshop walks a handsome man. Matthew is an earl in hiding after a letter from his dead wife is published in the paper. This letter described a perfect love and a perfect husband and asked that the ladies of London win his hand and make him happy again. Unfortunately the marriage was anything but happy. So Matthew goes into hiding to escape the marriage minded misses and lets a terrace house behind Fancy’s book shop. T ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This was one of the cutest in the series! The slow bur romance, the joy for books and reading! So good!
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I requested this late because I wasn't super enthused about Fancy from her brief appearances in the four previous books. I’d thought she read young. Boy, was I wrong. After reading it, The Earl Takes a Fancy is now my favorite of the series (so far). I devoured this nonstop in 3 1/2 hours. I haven't cried this much from a Lorraine Heath book since The Duke and the Lady in Red.

Okay, how to explain why I’ve taken a fancy to Fancy? I thought she was a Mary Sue, at first. Little Miss Perfect with h
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars!

This was actually the sweetest of the series. Nothing too dark that leaves you broken like the 3rd book in the series.

Fancy was sweet and I love how the 3 brothers just looked out for her, supported her, and loved her. She was nice, giving, and strong.

Her family wanted something more for her and they expected her to marry an aristocrat. But she was falling in love with a commoner who visited her bookstore...or was he?

Super sweet story.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
I'm usually a big fan of Ms Heath and her redemption of scoundrels tropes. In The Earl Takes a Fancy it is the heroine who comes from "the wrong side of the tracks" and after her older siblings make good (See books 1-4 in the series) it is her mother's greatest wish that "she marries up." Matthew Sommersby the Earl of Rosemont has been scarred by the same desire in his late wife and thus vows he won't fall in love with Fancy Trewlove but of course all that falls by the wayside when he first lock ...more
WTF Are You Reading?
Of all the Trewlove tales. It must be said that Fancy's would be the one that readers might have the most difficult time warming to.
Especially if one has first become acquainted with the emotionally captivating and drama laced complexity that stands as an unchallenged hallmark of the previous four siblings' stories.
At least upon first perusal...
The reason?
Fancy has always been portrayed as the cossetted and sheltered youngest sister.
A china figurine wrapped in tissue paper. That no light or du
Juliana Philippa
4.5 stars
What a lovely and sweet romance (they made it onto my Favorite Couples list). I was a bit apprehensive going in, because I wasn't crazy about the premise that Fancy was so fixated on marrying a nobleman. It becomes quickly clear though that although yes, this is something that Fancy is focused on and will actively pursue after her debut in a couple weeks, the reason why she's doing it is because she feels she owes it to her siblings and her mother, who sacrificed so much for her and who
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
this was adorable. after finishing the duchess in his bed, i had wanted to know about fancy's story in the earl takes a fancy.

fancy's an independent, young woman. amongst the trewlove siblings, she's the only biological one to their mother. though they aren't blood-related siblings, her siblings treated her extremely well. everything they'd done for fancy was so that she could ascend in social status. the boys were so protective of her as well, especially when she's having her debut to the soci
Blodeuedd Finland
This was slowbuilding romance where they learned to know each other, become friends and then more. They talked a lot, and with these two I did believe that they knew each other, loved each other and could have a happy life together.

Fancy's mother took in bastards for money, and they all made splendid matches and made lots of money. Now they want Fancy to do the same, but she is happy in her bookshop. Still, she will have her season.

Matthew's wife tricked him into marriage. Then she died, and no
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve been loving all of the books in this series, so there was no way I was going to miss Fancy’s book.

I love love loved Fancy and Matthew. She’s a little sheltered and wants so much for herself. He’s titled and looking for a little freedom from marriage hunting mamas. Together they have loads of conversation and chemistry. I absolutely loved reading them learn about each other and especially enjoyed seeing the other couples.

Plot wise it was good. It was a slow burn all around. It didn’t feel
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath is book 5 in the A Sins for All Seasons series. This is the story of Matthew Sommersby, Earl of Rosemont and Fancy Trewlove. I have read the previous books, but I do fill you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Fancy although her birth isn't what society approves of, her mother has had big dreams for her. Fancy has been raised and taught just like any women of society to be a lady and to find a titled husband. Matthew is done with all th ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one just really worked for me! 😍
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like her adoptive siblings, Fancy Trewlove was born on the wrong side of the blanket, but she's Ettie Trewlove's only biological child. She's also the baby of the family and they're all much older than her so they all took good care of her. For that reason, Fancy always had the feeling that she owe them something. Now that's she's about to be introduced into society, she wants a titled man so it can elevate her in the ton and thus repay her family. Fancy is also helping other people less fortuna ...more
The Earl Takes a Fancy is a beautifully written book. I'm a huge fan of bookstore owning heroines and Fancy is a great one. She juggles her family's expectations with what she wants from live. It was a great ride to watch her an Matthew fall in love! ...more
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Also writes Young Adult under Rachel Hawthorne, Jade Parker, and with her son as J.A. London)

Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."​​​​​​​

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor

Other books in the series

Sins for All Seasons (6 books)
  • Beyond Scandal and Desire (Sins for All Seasons, #1)
  • When a Duke Loves a Woman (Sins for All Seasons, #2)
  • The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Seasons, #3)
  • The Duchess in His Bed (Sins for All Seasons, #4)
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