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The Spinster Who Saved a Scoundrel

(The Brethren #5)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  33 reviews
In the next Brethren installment, a clever spinster is matched with a traitor to the Crown.

The death of her father leaves Miss Francesca Cornworthy .... alone, and with one last wish to fulfill—that she marry a safe, respectable gentleman. She sets herself on a course to honor that request. That is until she crosses paths with Mr. Lathan Holman—the very opposite type of
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Published February 11th 2020
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Maggie Whitworth
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it

To Lathan she is the infuriating, woman who is trespassing on his land and broke into his house.
She Francesca Cornworthy the talkative, annoying, unwanted visitor, who arrived cold , wet and uninvited in the night, and he’d like her to leave, now.

To her he’s the taciturn, injured, damaged house owner.
And she’s decided to stay , wether invited to or not.

These two are so different it’s wonderful to read their conversations, it’s almost as though she doesn’t see his actions or hear his comments
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Spinster Who Saved a Scoundrel
The Brethren Series #5
Christi Caldwell
Release date 02/11/2020

Blurb :

The death of her father leaves Miss Francesca Cornworthy .... alone, and with one last wish to fulfill—that she marry a safe, respectable gentleman. She sets herself on a course to honor that request. That is until she crosses paths with Mr. Lathan Holman—the very opposite type of gentleman her father wished her to wed.

After one mistake earned him the
Lori D
"Do Something you've never done before..." One of the many instructions her father had written for her to live life. Francesca had decided to make the journey to her godmother, the Duchess of Sutton's house party, after the Duchess had visited her and given her a letter her father had written before his mind had started to go. She missed him so much, but even after his death it seemed he was still looking out for her. Even picking out the man he thought would make her a good match. A man that ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There’s so much to like about this new book by Christi Caldwell!

Most books by this author are packed with many amazing characters, but this one is quite different in the simplicity of characters and setting. It has an ease and comfort about it that just soothes the reader, with stunning development of the hero and heroine. Two lonely people, not so very young, one searching for joy in her life and the other settling for his current situation and pretty much giving up on anything more. It’s pure
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The death of her father leaves Miss Francesca Cornworthy alone, and his last wish was for her to marry a safe, respectable gentleman. She sets out to her godmother’s house party but bad weather & a broken carriage axle see her stranded. Then she crosses paths with Mr. Lathan Holman the very opposite type of gentleman her father wished her to wed. After one mistake earned him the title of traitor, Lathan Holman has no interest in re-entering society. Then he meets a quick-witted, ...more
Lisa C
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable book about Lathan Holman, a man who was found not guilty of treason but is treated as guilty by his family and his former coworkers, and Miss Francesca Cornworthy, a spinster on her way to be married with the urging from her now deceased father. It's nearly criminal how such an amazing woman such as Francesca has had to live her life simply doing what was expected of her, and having no chance to fulfil any of her own dreams. She doesn't even realize she is still fulfilling her ...more
Tracy DeNeal
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Francesca Meets Her Match

Miss Francesca Cornworthy with her incessant chatter has always been a fan favorite of mine. Her pairing with Lathan Holman was inspired!

He needed her exuberant spirit to heal him of his self loathing brought on by an error in judgment and trusting nature. I loved everything about their story.

Christi Caldwell’s amazing wit is evident throughout this story. I found myself chuckling and laughing out loud. A perfect read for a lazy holiday weekend!

You won’t be disappointed
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a story!!! I could not put the book down. Page after page filled with human tragedy, death, final wishes, complacent acceptance of what would never be until a snowstorm brought two people shunned by society and the ton for different reasons. The h was thirty a spinster and had given up on marriage and family. She was considered odd by her contemporaries. She thought differently, she spoke differently, acted differently, dressed differently; basically, she was kind of eccentric and not ...more
Lana Birky
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a simple story that had profound results on the main characters, even though they never left the country cottage. On her way to her Godmother's estate, Miss Francesca Cornworthy's carriage experienced a broken axle & the driver took the horses & told her to wait inside while he went for help. Francesca waited in the carriage for a while but felt she needed to find shelter somewhere rather than succumbing to the weather sitting in the carriage. She finally finds her way to a ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Spinster Who Saved a Scoundrel is the fifth book in The Brethren series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. The Brethren are an elite group of men and women who work for the Home Office in England. This was another amazing book for the series and the author (as usual) does a wonderful job developing the characters and the plot. It was fast-paced and very engaging. I loved the characters and their witty banter. Their personalities and life experiences made them a perfect match.
Amanda Hopeless.Book.Romantic
“I’ve come to appreciate that mistakes are a mark of human nature. I’d not have you forget everything you did right for that one decision that was... wrong.”

The Spinster Who Saved a Scoundrel is book five in The Brethren series by Christi Caldwell. This is a redemption story; a story of second chances. Miss Francesca Cornworthy has lived her life always to others wants and desires and never her own. As such she finds herself a little lost and in a standstill after her father dies. On her way to
Lynne Wilson
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader of Christi Caldwell, I have waited a long time for our heroine Francesca Cornworthy to get her happy ever after and Christi definitely did not disappoint it was worth the wait. I must point out you do not have to have read previous books to enjoy this story though you will want to after finishing this one. The story begins 6 months after Francesca’s beloved fathers passing, her godmother arrives determined to have her attend her annual Christmas house party, she also delivers a ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bucket list to Love

Francesca and Lathan find each other by being snowed in together. Francesca finds after her father's death that he left a list that he wanted her to be happy in life.Lathan, having been accused of being a traitor even though he was aquitted, his reputation and his life was over and that he didn't deserve happiness.
In this wonderful book, that Chrsti continues the Brethren series and she doesn't disappoint in giving a much needed HEA for Lathan.
With Francesca realizing (with
Marianne Denning
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while, you read a story that just hits all the right emotions. This is Francesca and Lathan's story for me. Lathan made a mistake and it has cost him everything. Francesca didn't meet the demands of the ton in looks and thought, and it cost her to suddenly find herself alone and lost. This story is so much bigger than it appears. It take place primarily in a little old cottage with none of the trappings of society. Two strangers suddenly find themselves together, and everything ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful delight of a story from the genius pen of Christi Caldwell will bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart! Her characters always have such depth and distinct personalities that the reader becomes invested in their lives and feels like they have become friends. I loved Francesca, a 30 yr old orphaned spinster, still trying to fulfill her dead father’s wishes for her life, but spunky and outspoken, and a strong woman. She meets Lathan, when her carriage breaks an axle ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Spinster Who Saved a Scoundrel by Christi Caldwell is book 5 in The Brethren Series. This is the story of Lathan Holman and Francesca Cornworthy. I did feel this could be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Francesca's father has past and he had a dying wish that she marry a respectable man. Which leads her to travel to a house party to start to fulfill that wish. But while on the drive the carriage ends up breaking down and this leaves her looking for shelter with none other than ...more
Cara Ross
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
Latham Holman made a mistake and now he has been labeled a traitor, cast out of his family, except by his brother, he hides himself away in the country, with no servants, money or people around him, basically, in exile, that is until a young woman bursts into his home, brandishing a gun!

Francesca Cornworthy is all alone in this world, we except for her overbearing godmother, but labeled a spinster many years ago, Francesca father has passed 6 months ago and now with a letter in hand, she is
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Spinster Who Saved a Scoundrel by Christi Caldwell
The Brethren Series Book Five
Miss Francesca Cornworthy has spent most of her life being who her father needed her to be. Now that he's gone, she's happily living in the small townhouse he left her. Until her godmother delivers a missive her father had left for her. It seems he wanted the best for her and set plans in motion for after he was gone. Only...a snowstorm has those plans taking a new path.

Mr. Lathan Holman is living in a dilapidated
Noel E Burke
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
New beginnings

I love the Brethren series and was so excited to read Lathan and Francesca’s story. I love stories of redemption and new beginnings for Christi’s characters and this story engrossed me from beginning to end. I could not of dreamt a more perfect match for Lathan than Francesca. She endears you right from the beginning and I love how she breaks through Lathan’s reticence and self loathing over his past mistakes. I love how Lathan brings Francesca out of her shell and brings out her
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Two lost souls

The death of Francesca's father six months before has kept her frozen in time, until a visit from her godmother. Traveling to her godmother's country estate in a snowstorm, the coach becomes lodged in the snow. Left alone Francesca decides she must do something to save herself or die. In her search for shelter she comes across a cottage belonging to Lathan Holman whose one mistake labeled him a traitor to the Crown. In the short time they are together they form a strong bond. A
Lori Quick
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Spinster Who Saved a Scoundrel by Christi Caldwell is such a delight to read. It has all the feels and love. Our couple meet by chance do to a snowstorm. Miss Francesca Cornworthy's father passed away and has left her with items he wants her to complete. One of them is to marry someone that is safe and respectable. Mr. Lathan Holman is just the opposite, having been tried for treason.

This story has so much to offer besides being witty and fun. There is also self loathing, redemption,
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished, historical
Who can resist a book with a 30 year old spinster who is curvy and chatty. Francesca is a delight - she says whatever comes to mind and isn't afraid of standing up for herself or getting what she wants.
Lathan is an exonerated traitor who is living alone trying to redeem himself with the Home Office. The last thing he expected to find on his doorstep in the middle of a snowstorm was a wet and bedraggled woman.
The interaction between the two is delicious to read and you can't help but wait to see
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A light hearted read with lots of fun moments and warmth of finding love. Both characters were introduced in other stories, and we loved them then, but here that love comes to a full circle. A short story, but it has so much warmth to make one feel good and happy. And the way Christi describes the scenes, it is again like watching a movie play over. A nice read for a night!
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Traitor and the talker

He’s lost his reputation because of a mistake and is now known as a traitor. She has lost her father and thanks to her Godmother’s plan for a ball is now lost in a cold snowstorm. He’s taken up residence in a dilapidated cottage which she finds and enters. He doesn’t want company nor does he want to talk. She doesn’t want to leave and talks all the time. These two opposites make a story not to be missed.
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Surpasses her previous works

Christi Caldwell writes stories that draw you into the lives and hearts of her characters. Her books take on a life of their own, her heroes and heroines so intimately drawn as to feel like people you truly know. Francesca and Lathan are so REAL, so finely sketched, I wept and laughed along with them in their journey toward love. Their story is the finest example of romantic love I think I have ever read.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Redemption or not?

Francesca is talkative as opposed to Lathan now being taciturn. I loved how they first meet.
But he deserves redemption after being mislead and paying a heavy price.
And I loved it! But I do hope they show up in more books so we can see how they strive and thrive. Please!!!
Kari Maass
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved it

Lathan loved his country but one mistake cost him everything. Francesca lost her father and now wants to fulfill his last wishes for her future. A storm brings them together and they both learn the value of finding their person! Another excellent read by Christi Caldwell!
Diane Morrell
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want more of this story!! I loved these characters and the plot of this book. To find oneself is wonderful for them. I just want to know where their life has taken them. Looking forward to reading more from this author. She's got a wonderful ability in story telling. Hope it never ends.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great novel in The Brethren series. I love this series and I want to go back and re-read them all again. I loved Francesca and Lathan's thought processes about her. Hilarious! You don't have to read the other books in the series to enjoy this novel but they are all amazing books!
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Francesca and I absolutely adored Lathan. I loved their story. You can never go wrong with a Christi Caldwell book.
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