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Once a Fallen Lady

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  12 reviews
He woos her with books, flowers, and chocolates. She can't say no to him, but can't say yes to love.

Lydia Taylor's roof is leaking, her chickens are out of control, and she can't afford the rent. When her daughter falls ill, the last person she wants knocking at her door is Alfred Lowe. The school teacher's stern scowl makes her feel like he can see through her façade of a
Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Expected publication: January 29th 2020
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Joanna Loves Reading
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, hr, novella
Sigh, I found this to be a satisfying read. I picked this up late last night and finished this morning. That is usually an indication that I really enjoyed the story telling. While this is a novella, it is a long novella at 16 chapters and 180 pages. This was a lovely story of a school teacher and single mom.

This story started with the mom Lydia, trying to get her daughter, Annie, to school on time but is running late. It’s been a rough morning and when she tries to rush, she trips and falls in
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january-2020
Now I'm not a fan of trigger/content warnings but I do understand why some people need them. That being said, if you're going to add these things, do it like this book!

Click here to see what I mean.

It gives just the right amount of info without spoiling anything and leaves away for any reader who wants more info to check and see if they book is a good fit for them. It's perfect!

I did receive a copy of this for free in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating 4.5 Stars

Now onto the actual
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How I loved this story! Alfred Lowe was the ultimate hero, he was handsome, caring and kindhearted. Importantly, he appreciated Annie for herself and accepted all she told him with understanding. Annie had been let down by the men in her life and she wondered whether she could trust Alfred. Annie was a loving mother and did her best, even though money was tight. Alfred was very gentle in his manner towards Annie, allowing her to gain her trust in a man again. However, they were from very ...more
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You know when you find a new favourite author and you immediately have to devour everything they’ve ever written? That was me last year, discovering Eve Pendle. As such, I’ve been waiting impatiently for this book ever since.

Once a Fallen Lady is about Lydia Taylor, a “widow”, who lives in a small village with her daughter Annie. When Annie falls ill, her teacher, Alfred Lowe, comes to help out, drawn to Lydia for reasons he doesn’t quite know. Alfred
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•Virgin Radical Hero
•Fallen woman
•friends to lovers
•Historical romance about the lower classes? I'm in!
•comfort read
•Low angst
•Lots of books, chocolates and love!

I'm tired of reading the same story over and over again and I thought that I had lost my love for historical romance because all the books that I tried to read last year ended up being a disappointment. I'm tired of Dukes/Rakes and white feminists.

Although both of the main characters of this novella are white, they are from the lower
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Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Excuse me while I squeal in utter delight but this book was so good.

I was instantly bewitched by Lydia and Alfred. Especially Alfred is a true cinnamon roll hero & sweet it's almost unbearable.

I loved the balance between the "tragic" parts and the moments where Lydia and Alfred simply enjoyed their company.
Both share lots of similar thoughts and I love how easily they are getting along - despite Lydia's hesitancy regarding Alfred's courting - which is more than understandable based
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of stuff to like in the latest from Eve Pendle: great consent, recognition that there weren't only white people in Victorian England, and a tightly written story with relatively low angst for the relationship (though high in other respects). What I would have like to have seen more of was Lydia's progression from deep shame to accepting her sexuality again--for someone who had clearly internalized her shame, the walk back needed to be a bit more gradual. Pendle has a fabulous histrom voice, ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As the crisis of Annie Taylor's illness deepens, Alfred woos Lydia, her mother with chocolate, savory pies, flowers, and novels. But the past creeps into the present, casting a long shadow. They must choose whether they can love, despite the risk to everything they've ever wanted.
I have read two other books by this author and although I found both to be OK reads I was unsure if I would want to read another.
If this had been the first book I read by this author I would have jumped at the chance
Elizabeth Keysian
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Delightfully different, wickedly funny in places, and reminded me a bit of Thomas Hardy. A great re-creation of the hypocrisy of Victorian society. There’s more than one villain in the piece, which gives the story edge. And chickens. Several chickens. And, of course, a HEA. Kudos to the author.
Jan 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Tracy Emro
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Falling and having to pull herself out of the mud made Lydia Taylor’s first introduction to Alfred Lowe humiliating, but it doesn’t matter, Lydia’s experience with men has not been the best and handsome men such as Alfred are bound to give her nothing but heartache. Bad choices and reckless behavior in her youth, left Lydia ruined and forced to live a lie. But enduring all the pain and heartbreak was worth it because it gave her daughter Annie. She will ignore the handsome teacher and just ...more
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