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As Luck Would Have It (Providence #1)

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After years of wild adventures overseas, Miss Sophie Everton is in no hurry to return home to the boring strictures of the ton. But she's determined to reclaim her family's fortune--even if she has to become a spy for the Prince Regent to do it.

Before she can get her first assignment, she lands right in the lap of the dark an
Mass Market Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Leisure Books (first published 2008)
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Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dina by: Rane Aria
I just found a new author to glom. :D

Sophie Everton is returning to London after 12 years away traveling the world with her father. On her journey home, she's approached by a Mr. Smith who tells her that her father's estate is in financial trouble and her father is basically broke (thanks to her idiot cousin, Lord Loudor, who was left in charge of running the estate 12 years ago). Mr. Smith, who's a government agent, is willing to pay her a hefty sum of money, that will save her father's estate,
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Catherine by: Dina
I closed this book with a happy sigh. I had so much fun reading this! I have to admit something... I am a total sucker for snappy dialogue. I love banter, and if I end up constantly giggling over the snappy exchanges, chances are it's going to be a winner for me. That's exactly the case here.

Sophie is an extremely lucky person. Unfortunately for her, that luck can be either good or bad. Sophie lives a life of checks and balances. For every good thing that happens to her, a bad thing is waiting i
3 1/2 rounding up.

Sophie has spent the last 12 years travelling abroad and has returned to learn that her family’s fortune and their beloved estate are now in jeopardy. For some reason that doesn’t require thinking too hard about, it was left in the hands of an unscrupulous cousin. Sophie is approached by a weird little man who updates her on the situation and asks her to spy on her shady cousin and his associates in exchange for the money she now so desperately needs.

Why not, she thinks. She’s
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it

You know there isn't anything new to say when it comes to historical romances. All I can do is explain why I liked it (or disliked it).

There are a couple of reasons I liked As Luck Would Have It.
The first is simple enough. It's a great story. Yes, it is a bit farfetched, but if you aren't able to suspend your disbelief, what are you doing reading historical romances? These types of stories can always be nitpicked for one thing or another, but again, what are you doing reading them then?

Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
Well that settles it, Alissa Johnson's books go on my 'auto buy' list. After my first read by her, I went out and got her other book and it's every bit as humorous and funny and well written as the first one I read. And even though I read them out of order, it didn't affect my enjoyment one little bit...they're both going on my keeper shelf!

Sophie's got luck--both sides of it. It seems like for everything good that happens to her something bad happens--and vice versa. After years of traveling th
Nov 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical, no-books
It could be that this is not a perfect moment to read HR, it could be that I'm not in right frame of mind, but I was bored to tears with this book... I kept rolling my eyes at the sheer stupidity of the heroine and hero both!!!

OK, so Sophie was young and I can forgive her, but Alex??? WTF???? He should have been nearing 30 but his brain lapsed to 12!!!

And don't let me start with the story!!! It was.... was... was...

I don't have enough words... Beyond stupid... beyond incredible... beyond contrie
Beanbag Love
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the first in the "Providence" series which focuses on the HEAs of a group of people who grew up together (as a result of being orphaned or related). I've read two of them and so far I've been consistently impressed.

I read the second book, "Tempting Fate", before this one and I kind of wish I hadn't. There are a few things that make more sense if you read in order. Especially because there is a "spy" through line. It doesn't ruin the experience, I just think it's probably better going in
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this, and some parts of the dialogue did sparkle, especially at the beginning, but overall I found it forgettable/irritating. There were a few errors in editing, mistaking "epitaph" for "epithet", for example, and using "fall" instead of "autumn" (this is set in England, for heaven's sake), but mainly I just couldn't really get interested in any of the characters beyond the hero and his best buddy. It's a real shame, because the basic premise, and also the twists and turn ...more
Jane Stewart
Sep 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: regency-romance
Sorry, but I just didn’t like it.

Sophie and her father have been traveling the world for 12 years. Sophie returns to England for a short stay. She has certain skills like knife throwing and lock picking. A government agent tells her that her family’s estate is in financial trouble, and he will pay her a large sum of money if she will spy on a specific group of men in London. She agrees. Alex is single and plans not to marry until age 40. A government agent asks him to spy on some peo
Rachel (BAVR)
I've been sitting here for five minutes clicking back-and-forth from the second to third star. Because it's Friday, though, BAVR is being nice. (And honestly, 3 stars is my go-to default when I can't make up my mind about something.)
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 12, 2015 11:33AM  
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Alissa Johnson lives in the rolling hills of the Ozarks, where she is hard at work on her next romance.

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“Let me enlighten you. We are a pack of liars, thieves, and wastrels, the lot of
us...There is not an honestly gained parcel of land in the whole earldom. Every acre, every village was stolen through one reprehensible manner or another. Deceit, blackmail, extortion, all of
it. It’s disgusting.”

Alex waited a moment to make sure Whit was quite through before asking, “How long ago?”

“Did we steal the land, do you mean?”
Alex nodded.

“Up until about a hundred years ago, then the wastrels took over.”
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