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How to Cross a Marquess

(The Way to a Lord's Heart #3)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  68 reviews
The Marquess of Chatton and his neighbor Fenella Fairclough have known each other all their lives. They refused to marry each other years ago when their parents demanded it, and they won't concede now―even if circumstances have brought these former enemies much closer than they ever could have anticipated...
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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I was pleasantly surprised by this read! I’d first like to mention that it is a sweet story, with only a few kisses described and everything else is fade to black or heavily glossed over. (Example: she opened to him and moved from maid to wife) I was NOT expecting that. The fact that I enjoyed this story despite that is a testament to how much I liked it 🤣 I definitely prefer mine on the steamy side.

Fanella and Roger knew each other years ago. In fact, they were almost betrothed, but
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Marquis of Chatton and his neighbour Fenella Fairclough have known each other all their lives. They refused to marry each other years ago when their parents demanded it, she ran away to stay with her grandmother in Scotland & he went south to London where he married Arabella. Now Roger is a widower & has returned to his estate in Northumberland & Arabella has returned home to tend to her ailing father.
This is the third book in the series but could easily be read on its own,
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I’m familiar with Jane Ashford’s works and they seldom disappoint, Fenella and Roger’s story proves that.

Fenella is a heroine whose belittle and undermined by her own sire until she’s taken under her grandmum’s wing to grow a backbone.

Roger is a hero who was a spoiled, careless and absolutely bratty heir until like dealt him some harsh reality checks!

Their fathers conspire to get them married and they try their very best to resist that. I someti
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
An Earl comes a calling ... surprises all around!

Arthur Shelton, Earl of Macklin, continues his advice to lost and grieving men, popping up like some demented leprechaun, in his quest. Once again he's brought together a group of men who have suffered personal tragedy to reflect on the subject of death and grief.
This time the target of his attention is Roger the Marquess of Chatton whose petulantly stubborn wife Arabella caught a chill and died after riding in the rain against a
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As it is my first read by Mrs Jane Ashford (I know, I say it every day), and the third in a series, the prologue introduced the hero but also the two from the previous installment so I do believe the prologue is adjusted depending the hero but is nearly the same and the Earl of Macklin acts as a soul healer and matchmaker.

Fenella has always admired Roger from afar as a child but when their father join together to marry them, she ran away to avoid their scheming plan and him.
Caitlyn Lynch
It’s a little bit hard for me to rate this book, because I’m really struggling with my feelings about the hero of it. Roger, Marquess of Chatton, is a decent enough sort of fellow for the most part, and it also seems plain that in today’s world, he’d be diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Subtlety is completely alien to him, he doesn’t see nuances or reasons behind the actions of other people, and words really aren’t his friends - he has a habit of blurting out things others would find inappropria ...more
Vikki Vaught
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
How to Cross a Marquess is the third book in Jane Ashford’s new series, The Way to a Lord’s Heart. This is a traditional Regency romance with a few delightfully delicious kisses. Since I read the first book in the series, I decided to accept the offer from the publisher, via Net-Galley. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

This book is a second chance romance. Fenella and Roger have known each other since childhood, and at one time, their fathers wa
Lori D
The heart often does not recognize what it wants. Especially when it involves two young people who are being pushed together by their parents to marry. Roger, the Marquess of Chatton had taken off to avoid that marriage but ended up with another wife, Arabelle, who was truly not a good match. After her death he comes back home, where his neighbor Fenella, who he did not marry comes home as well.
Fenella had grown up with a verbally abusive father and had run to her granfmother's in Scotland and
Carole Burant
I had a hard time getting into this story, the first few chapters just seemed to go on and on, repeating itself. The second half had a bit more action at least. I also prefer a bit more steam in the stories I read but then that's just me! I know some readers who prefer a very clean romance.

Fenella and Roger are both wonderful characters but I just felt no spark between them. It's understandable that they both needed to do some growing up before they decided to get together, their sto
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story involves a new love between Fenella and Roger, the death of her father and the meddling of her brothers-in-law. Also there is an unexpected marriage and someone who wants to destroy them, going as far as to try and kill Fenella. There is constantly something happening in the book that keeps your attention. I would highly recommend this book.
Martine Francois
How to Cross a Marquess is book three of the Way to a Lord’s Heart series and is by far the most emotionally engaged one. This time we meet the Marquess of Chatton who after the lost of his wife Arabella finds himself falling for his neighbor Fenella Fairclough whom he had previously refused to marry at the bequest of both their families. Roger who was never able to get close to his wife, who seemed not to have loved him also despite him trying to please her, regretted his choice upon being reun ...more
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Jane Ashford's How To Cross A Marquess is a sweet tale of childhood friendship turned "second chanc love".

The often times less than diplomatic Marquess of Chagrin may have a hard time controlling his thoughts when attempting to put them into words.
But when the tragic death of his outspoken new bride puts him in the path of his very beautiful, and very much matured childhood friend, and neighbor, Fenella Fairclough.
She proves to be a woman very hard to forget.

Though whether
3.5 stars

Will there be a second chance at love for Roger, the Marquess of Chatton, and his lovely neighbor, Fenella? Once they were betrothed to settle a land dispute, causing Fenella to flee to Scotland where she bloomed under her Grandmamma's hand. Meanwhile, the Marquess married another in an unhappy marriage that ended suddenly - and is newly a widower. Fenella and Roger needed to become different people to be well-matched, but a revenge plot and deeply-held prejudices stand in t
I’m not sure how I feel about this book. The good—I loved almost all of the characters. The hero and heroine were easy to root for, and the supporting cast, some of whom we met earlier in the series, was fun. I like that this series isn’t only about a hero and heroine but details the people around them. The bad: the packing was slow; the first half of the book dragged. The ugly: the melodrama that happens late in the book. I don’t want to spoil it, so I’ll just say I found the whole thing over t ...more
Roger Berwick, the Marquess of Chatton has known his lovely neighbor Fenella Fairclough his entire life. He even refused to marry her when their parents tried to force them five years ago. After that fiasco Fenella fled to her grandmother in Scotland and came back much changed and more confident. To fight his attraction to this new version of Fenella, Roger fled to London and found himself strong-armed into an unhappy marriage with a beautiful but miserable debutante. After her death, Roger blam ...more
Esme Brett
Firstly and super importantly: the male cover model has the best laughing eye crinkles ever. I'm a huge fan.

This novel is a slow burn to start, and I'm not opposed to that. But I need high drama to compensate for that. This book is medium drama. And low to medium heat (it's a fade to black - which is fine if you like that!)

There's a play within the novel. The rehearsal scenes are very funny and were my favourites in the book, although it was weird that the theme of the play seemed t
Norah Gibbons
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
How to Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford s the 3rd book in her the Way to a Lords’s Heart series. It can be read as a standalone. In order to settle an old land dispute the fathers of Fenella Fairclough and Roger Berwick, Marquess of Chatton decided to arrange a marriage between the two. When Roger announces he’d rather wed a sodding sheep Fenella flees to her grandmothers in Scotland and Roger stomps off
Pelusa Rivera
This wasn't the book for me, not that it was a bad book but just moved to slowly, not hot enough for me and drama was all over the place and some characters just really had no purpose. I liked Fenella she was the best part of the story for me, Roger bored me. The book doesn't deserve a two star but there would be no way I would give it more than a three and that was pushing it for me.

rcvd an ARc at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The hero surprised me by his very real struggles. The heroine has hers too (family, false accusations). This was a pleasant slow burn romance with strong ties to family and community and obligation.

Intimacy is talked around so no mention of body parts but the attraction is strong. The frustration the hero feels about not knowing how to woo is keenly felt.

I would read this again. And recommend to others without embarrassment.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Regency romance with two opposing characters that come together in a story full of family obligation and community support. The antagonist is subtle and infuriating until the end.
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Kiki Z
I keep reading Jane Ashford books even though I never really enjoy them and I don't know why I do it. Anyway, Roger and Fenella's romance is very flat. It comes out of nowhere and never really grows. The middle drags. The villain(s) are too much and too over the top. There's only a vague, aimless plot for half the book. I would have rather read about Macklin and Roger's mother.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic story Of Love. The Marquess is angry at the way things have gone in his life. He is not great at saying the right things when needed. Fenella believes she has finally found her voice. This story is lively and filled with wonderful and interesting characters. The conversations are witty and will find you laughing out loud many times. The antics they get up to are sweet and endearing. Despite all the obstacles these two find love in a most unique way.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

A more than willing couple, no real fight on either side. I have to say, Tom stole the book this time.
Debra Martin
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the series and as with the other 2 books, the prologue introduces us to a group of men who have faced a tragedy in their lives and who are brought together by the Earl of Macklin who tries to offer comfort to each of them. This book features Roger Berwick, Marquess of Chatton and his neighbor Fenella who have known each other all their lives. Their fathers tried to get the two together, but with disastrous results. Now years later, the two meet again and could sparks fl ...more
Deb Diem
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How To Cross A Marquess is a fabulous historical romance by Jane Ashford. Ms. Ashford has provided readers with a well-written book packed with an outstanding cast of characters. Roger, Marquess of Chatton, has lost his wife and blames the neighbor he grew up with. Fenella had a crush on Roger growing up, but when their parents tried to force marriage on them she escaped to Scotland to her grandmother and stayed for years. Roger and Fenella's story is loaded with drama, humor, spice, action and ...more
Anne Glover
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is second-chance romance adjacent, in that the H/H were once matched up by their fathers, only to reject the match, but later come to appreciate the changes life has made to each other. Circumstances throw them together and both are surprised to find a growing appreciation...and attraction. Perhaps one that has always been there? For readers looking for second chance, I think its a nice spin on how time can heal wounds and get people to the place where they are finally right for each other. ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Connie Fischer
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roger Berwick, the Marquess of Chatton, has recently been introduced to a number of aristocratic men who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

Roger’s home is Chatton Castle in Northumberland, which he shares with his widowed mother. Roger had been married to Arabella, but she died from a fever. Today, he is riding along the shore when he encounters a young woman on horseback. Her name is Fenella Fairclough. Theirs are neighboring estates and they have argued many times over the year
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
How to Cross a Marquess is the delightful third installment of Jane Ashford's The Way to a Lord's Heart series. If you haven't read the first two, no problem; this one stands alone just fine. You will want to go back and see what you've missed. I really enjoyed the prior book.

The fathers of Roger, The Marquess of Chatton and Fenella Fairclough wanted them to marry. Both objected; Fenella ran away to Scotland, and Roger went to London and entered into a contentious marriage. Now a widower, Roger returns
***ARC was provided to me by Net Galley and the Publisher for a fair and honest review***

Overall rating: 3/5 Old friends find that while they wouldn’t have made a good pair in the past, they think they will be a love match now.

Heroine (Fenella Fairclough): 3/5 She was a timid girl that went away to become a fierce and opinionated young woman. She runs her father’s household with a kind yet efficient hand.

Hero (Roger Berwick, Marquess of Chatton): 3/5 Roger has a habit of getting to
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Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was entranced by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has lived in New York, Boston and LA. Today, she is somewhat nomadic.

Jane has written historical and contemporary romances. Her books

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