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Kit and Elizabeth

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Lady Elizabeth Spaulding’s world has fallen apart. Despite living her entire life to please her demanding parents, the Duke and Duchess of Marwood, she has little to show for it. After Elizabeth’s second failed betrothal, her father’s debts and appalling acts of retaliation force him to flee the country, consigning Elizabeth and her bitter mother to a life of poverty and ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published December 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications
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Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tuft has such a unique style of writing. I always worry I am not going to like a book when I start it but I always end up liking it. Poor Sweet Elizabeth took some time for me to understand and like. So did Kit for that matter. I love when a story and characters evolve and grow and become better people. Her story's also have a good supporting cast. I know her next book will involve these people. You can read this as a series or on it's own. I have enjoyed all 3 of these books and how different ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I loved this story. My heart felt for Elizabeth from the very first page when she's being berated by her father before attending a ball where they hope Anthony, the new Lord Halford, will announce his engagement to Elizabeth. Elizabeth is the daughter of the Duke of Marwood, but instead of being loved and adored, she's grown up having her parents blame her for everything that doesn't go the way they want even it's things Elizabeth has no control over--being born a female, not being able ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Elizabeth has had a hard life. Most wouldn't believe it. She is the daughter of a Duke and lives a life of luxury. Appearances are not what they seem. She is the victim of controlling parents who place their happiness and welfare at her feet. She is despised because she is not a son and pressured to make a match that her parents want. Her thoughts and feelings are never considered.

Kit is a gentleman in every way. He is loyal to his friends and their family. Namely to a great-aunt who he is
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
First, before my review, is something I loved about this book. It's the chapter heading pages. I absolutely love when there are pretties to go along with my books! This one made me want to pull out my pens and color. That's one perk of physical books VS e-books. E-books don't usually give you pretties!

I really found myself caught up in the story of Kit and Elizabeth. I loved them both from the beginning for different reasons. Kit is light and joyful for the most part. He has a good energy about
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
“You need to dance, and I need you to trust me”

There’s a common thread that flows throughout this story. Lady Elizabeth has suffered somewhat at the hands of her parents her entire life. The only daughter of a Duke, no male heir, and the tragic events that precede the book leaving her without a marriage agreement. It’s no surprise then that, despite her years of training, she at heart, is lacking in any kind of self confidence or self care. It’s inevitable that she will be tossed around at the
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I loved the full arc of character growth in this book! We see Elizabeth in many forms- subservient yet courageous, reclusive and depressed, fragile but sassy. It was important that the author show us her behavior and struggles living under the thumb of her parents, because I loved it so much more to see her come out of her shell and with Kit's encouragement, discover and explore her true self. The list she makes of what she likes is a great touch that brought her humanity to life and shows how ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite things about Kit and Elizabeth is that it is a part of a standalone series, meaning you can read any book from the series in any order AND enjoy recurring characters! While this book does not necessarily build upon the previous two, there are characters and plot threads that connect all the books. I love getting to read about familiar characters and it makes me so happy that each person will eventually get their own happily ever after.

I love the way in which Tuft has written
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read

Kit and Elizabeth is the sequel to The Earl’s Betrothal. There are pros and cons to having read the previous book first. There are some scenes from The Earl’s Betrothal that are skimmed over in this book, like the scene about Amelia’s parentage at the ball. If you have read the first book it makes a lot more sense, and I feel that you will better be able to appreciate the characters. On the other hand, having read the previous book, some of the recap tends to drag a little.

This book took me a
Susan K
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Romance, clean; period; series, but stand alone read
Kit's story and Elizabeth's was such a sweet, gentle, heartfelt read. Kit's gradual realization of his feelings, Elizabeth's awkward, hurting heart, that gradually opens and becomes HER was a hard, sweet, honest and lovely read. Anyone who loves gentle period romance will love Kit's heart, and how they fall and gradually get to know each other. Lovely fall.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I once attended a writing class where the lecturer told us, “You must keep your promises to your readers.” And while that can mean something different for every reader, the promises made when writing regency romance are often pretty straightforward. In Kit and Elizabeth, Karen Tuft has most definitely kept her promises to us.

The promise of a good villain. I’ve read my share of abusive uncles, greedy cousins, and wicked aunts, each with their own selfish motives and hurtful ways. But few compare
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m always up for a great Regency romance. And it’s even better when characters from other books you’ve read get their own happily ever after. That’s the case with this one. Elizabeth was in Karen Tuft’s The Earl’s Betrothal. If you haven’t read that one yet, you should! And it’s on sale.

I really loved Elizabeth. I don’t know how she turned out as amazing, and kind as she did with the parents that she had. Wow, they were awful! Both of them. I was kind of glad to seem them both disappear from
Kristin Peterson
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Details in my review are known from reading the back cover or reading the previous book The Earl's Betrothal.

How would you feel if your whole life you were blamed for your parents failures and weaknesses? How would you feel if you were told your life was supposed to go in one direction, and that direction suddenly was changed? How would you feel if the people you are supposed to trust the most failed you?

Lady Elizabeth Spaulding has felt these feelings and more. "Kit and Elizabeth" is the
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kit and Elizabeth is one of the most enchanting novels I've read all year! From the first page, I was swept away in the story. Karen Tuft has a magical way of writing such endearing characters that you feel invested in their lives immediately. Lady Elizabeth Spaulding, or Lizzie as Kit liked to call her, has led a privileged but sad life. As the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Marwood, she has had to live her whole life a certain way to obtain the right kind of husband. I felt so much sorrow ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a refreshing take on the Regency romance genre, and I enjoyed the emotional depth of the story. The main characters were winning and the story was heartfelt.
Lady Elizabeth has always known that she is a disappointment to her parents. When she is unable to accomplish a marriage to either of the gentlemen they have picked out for her, her father's actions nearly ruin the entire family and Elizabeth is left with only her facade of being the perfect society lady.
Lady Walmsley, an elderly
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lady Elizabeth has suffered her whole life from emotional abuse and neglect from her parents. Despite constantly trying, she can never please them. Through choices she made because of her good heart, her father makes horrific choices and she is left to carry the consequences. Lady Walmsley decides to rescue her and enlists Kit to help her. Kit is the perfect person for this because of his positive attitude and fun personality. Lady Elizabeth learns how to love herself finally, and it is a joy to ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read
Author Karen Tuft has written and delightful, charming, and sweet regency romance that readers will adore. Although a standalone novel on its own, this book can be read as a series with reoccurring characters from Tuft’s other regency novels. Tuft does an excellent job of showing readers the background of her characters, bringing them to life from the pages. The main characters are brave, strong, and funny. And of course the romance and falling in love is an excellent part of the story. This is ...more
Stella Potts
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great Regency Romance. I don’t feel like I need to repeat the blurb on the back of the book so I will just say that the Author did a fantastic job of writing this book. The two main characters are so relatable and I liked both Kit and Elizabeth very much. Watching them fall in love and waiting to see if Lizzy would ever develop a backbone was very enthralling. I recommend this book to all lovers of Regency Romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting into the story. I don't know why, since I've read other books by this author and liked them. But I kept going and it got better (either the story or me, not quite sure which).

Elizabeth has a very controlled life (by her parents) and is expected to marry for advantage, and has been for years. She has a hard time asserting herself and her opinion. When the engagement doesn't happen, let alone the wedding, her parents are furious.

Instead of assuming responsibility, her
Julie Carpenter
Before reading this book I hadn't read the synopsis. I had seen several friends reading and enjoying it and decided to put it on my list. I wasn't sure what to expect other than a lovely regency read. What I found turned out to be so much more. Full of heartache and sorrow, hopes and dreams that were finally given light, friendship, family, healing, learning to live, trusting yourself, trusting others, inner strength, forgiveness, gumption, joy, laughter, and of course learning to love and be ...more
I very much enjoyed reading this book, just as I've enjoyed reading Tuft's other Regency's. This follow-up to The Earl's Betrothal focuses on the Earl of Cantwell and Lady Elizabeth Spaulding who were secondary characters in the earlier book. The beginning of this book does go back and retell some of the events from the first book so the reader has a context for the situation that poor Lady Elizabeth finds herself in. I found myself sympathizing with Elizabeth or Lizzie as the Earl likes to call ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
4.5 Stars

KIT AND ELIZABETH is a story of neglect, heartbreak, friendship, and love. The characters are delightful and the story is so heartfelt that readers won't be able to resist loving it. Highly recommended to sweet historical romance fans!

I love stories that are balanced between the difficulties of life and the sweetness of love. This one definitely is. There are some difficult people the characters face, as well as a society where there are expectations and gossip galore. The story also
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Lady Elizabeth is facing a quandary. She was been a dutiful, obedient daughter from the day she was born. She also knows that she has been a disappointment to her parents - one for being a girl, and secondly for failing to get betrothed even after an understanding with a family has been forged. That the young man died in battle is beside the point for her father. There is a younger brother and you just switch allegiances and feelings. It did not bode well for Elizabeth.

Lady Walmsley widowed
Carro Herdegen
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG
Still unwed at the age of twenty-one, Lady Elizabeth is practically a spinster according to society and a failure according to her father. Doing everything she can to be the ideal daughter of a duke and duchess, Elizabeth is surprised by the animosity of her parents in regard to her single status. The reason is finally revealed, shattering the life Elizabeth has known and putting her future into question.
I enjoyed reading Tuft’s book
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How much do I love this book? Let me count the ways! This is a sweet love story of two beloved characters from a previous book by the author (The Earl's Betrothal) who deserved their own happily ever after. Kit and Elizabeth find healing and happiness and hope together as Kit learns to let go of misplaced guilt for past events and as he helps Elizabeth discover who she really is and what is important to her. She was never allowed to have opinions or choices growing up as the daughter of a duke ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"There were events one experienced that ultimately changed the course of one's life..." Have you ever read a book whose main character just resonated with you? That's how I feel after having read Kit and Elizabeth. This book was wonderful! A quick plot summary, Lady Elizabeth Spaulding is a beautiful woman born the only child - the daughter- of a Duke. The only problem is just that, she's a girl. From birth she has never been able to please her parents and though she is the perfect example of ...more
Rachel DeVaughn
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This regency romance started off sad with jumping right into Lady Elizabeth's life and her horrible, abusive parents. They way they treated her, talked to her and their expectations (especially during that era) were awful! Sometime we got a glimpse of Lady Elizabeth's fun lighthearted behavior but it was rare.

Once Lady Walmsley rescues her and brings her into her home, we start to see Lady Elizabeth heal as she begins to realize her worth and value as a woman and person. I loved Kit from the
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. That's the best way to describe this book. Sometimes painful, sometimes joyful, but beautiful throughout.

Karen Tuft is a talented writer who knows how to bring characters and situations to life.

Kit is a wonderful friend and champion and it is lovely to see how Elizabeth blossoms as she begins to heal from the emotional abuse inflicted upon her by her parents.

Though their courtship was unusual for London society it was perfectly entertaining to read.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by Karen Tuft, it won't be the last!
My heart goes out to Lady Elizabeth. Her parents are two of the most detestable people I've ever met. I loved when Lady Walmsley said, "I don't understand the likes of the Duke and Duchess of Marwood managed to produce such an exceedingly kind and beautiful daughter." I loved Lady Walmsley, period. She is a great character.
I liked the respect that Kit showed Elizabeth in the beginning and "one year later." I liked
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A delightful book that will capture your heart more and more with each turn of the page. I loved it!
Jamie Ann Ann
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves clean romance
Recommended to Jamie by: Karen Tuft
From the first word to the last I was enraptured. I loved getting to see Kit and Elizabeth's story unfold after reading Karen's previous novels in which these two characters were mentioned often. I cheered Kit on as he resorted to Tough Love tactics to light the spark once again inside Elizabeth whose personality and self-esteem were crushed through the negative treatment of her parents. I felt the emotional turmoil that Elizabeth faced on re-entry into London Society. It broke my heart when Kit ...more
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Karen Tuft was born with a healthy dose of curiosity about pretty much everything, so as a child she taught herself to read and play the piano. She studied composition at BYU and graduated from the University of Utah in music theory, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies.
In addition to being an author, Karen is a wife, mother, pianist, composer, and arranger.