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Once a Fallen Lady

(Fallen #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  44 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
Published 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
Another new to me author, who reminds me very much of Mimi Matthews in terms of her writing style and the characters she had chosen to write about - less glamorous, imperfect people .

3.75/5. This is a gentle love story between a village school teacher, Alfred Lowe, and the widowed mother of one his students, Lydia Taylor. Lydia is struggling to provide for herself and her young daughter financially. Their circumstances only worsen when Annie falls seriously ill. Alfred, the diligent teacher tha
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 r
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This part of the series started with ”Falling for a rake” book. It is a nice sweet story about Lydia (who was ‘raked’ by a ‘rake’ from first book) and a local school teacher Alfred.
I loved it but it was more of a novella and wasn’t as nuanced as the first book.
Still very sweet and hot too.
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 differe ...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 s
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once a Fallen Lady is a surprisingly well-developed and well-paced historical romance novella. I really enjoyed this and would seek out more by this author. If you are looking for something short and satisfying, this is a great pick.

Lydia Taylor is raising a 10-year-old daughter and living on the brink of poverty. Her secret is that she is a ruined woman and her daughter is a bastard child. But when the child falls seriously ill, she develops a sweet relationship with the local school teacher.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
@ romance authors please use literally any other word than 'his member' and 'her sex' i beg of you ...more
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 conce ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it

Once a Fallen Lady tells the story of a Lydia who's struggling to make ends meet while taking care of her daughter, Annie. She'll do anything for her little girl. Things got worse when Annie got sick with symptoms of polio. Mr. Alfred Lowe, Annie's teacher wants to know why she's absent. After knowing their situation, he helps them in any possible way. Not denying from Lydia that he's attracted to her. Will Lydia reciprocate Alfred's feelings towards her?

Eve Pendle creates her characters and une
Merry Jewelhound
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: victorian, romance, series
Loved the first one in this series. The characters were bigger than life. The characters of the second book are more your everyday person. Still full of life and kindness but a bit less dashing. I look forward to the 3rd and any other books from this author.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once a Fallen Lady
Eve Pendle
Release date 01/29/2020

Blurb :

He woos her with chocolate, flowers, and novels. 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 gorgeous school teacher Alfred Lowe. His scowl makes her feel like he can see through her façade of a respectable widow and j
Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
Historical romances centered on working or middle class characters are rare, and it's rarer still to find a story that is attentive to the responsibilities and realities of daily life: cooking, cleaning, looking after animals and caring for family. In this respect Once a Fallen Lady stands out from the crowd.

Lydia Taylor is living as a respectable widow with her young daughter Annie in an out-of-the-way village, scrimping and saving her small income to keep a roof over their heads. We first mee
Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff
*I got this book as a kindle ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *
This book is a charming and nice gem.
Here we have Lydia, Annie and Alfred. Lydia who don`t want any fuss, pity or charity even though it leaks through the roof and they barely have any money. Her pride stands in the way of that. This little gem is around 180 pages and have a very nice pacing of the story. Annie is a happy child who loves the school in the village, even though they often are late and the teacher`s
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.
Diana Lloyd
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dark, twisty & swoon-worthy. Heroine has a secret she dares not reveal and hero has a heart he's willing to lay at her feet. Of course, it's not as simple as that. Unpredictable plot and well-written characters make this a truly enjoyable book. ...more
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 on he
Janine Ballard
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Jayne and I have a joint review of this short book / long novella which can be found here:
Caitlyn Lynch
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: victorian
Once upon a time, Lydia Taylor was a respectable young woman who aspired to marry an earl. That was a long time ago, though, and the balls, parties and pretty gowns belonged to another life… one where she wasn’t a single mother desperate to conceal the fact that she’s not really a widow, for her daughter’s sake. Living in poverty and gouged by an unscrupulous rent collector, when Annie falls ill she’s at her wits’ end until Annie’s schoolteacher appears on her doorstep with an entirely unlooked- ...more
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
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a historical romance about a women who felt she didn’t deserve anyone of status because of her past. Then along comes Prince Charming who looked like an unlikely suitor.
There was lots of lust and some romance. It was a quick read, a novella that I felt should have been longer. But of course I always say that.

This was a Netgalley book and I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Joy Perry
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jamie Jack
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: p-2020, victorian
An Uncommonly Common Love

This is an unusual Victorian romance because the hero and heroine are such common people. He is a country schoolteacher, and she is the fallen lady of the title, having once been a member of high society but having to flee from all she knew after her ruination and subsequent birth of a daughter. His salary grants him genteel poverty, but her situation is far more dire, made even more so by an unscrupulous land agent who raises the rents on unprotected females. When her d
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once a Fallen Lady is the second book in author Eve Pendle’s Fallen Series. This story features two characters that we caught a glimpse of in the previous book in this series, Falling for a Rake. I really enjoyed the previous story and have been waiting for Lydia and Alfred’s story!

Lydia Taylor has secrets that weigh heavily on her. Everyone thinks she is a respectable widow, when in fact she’s a fallen woman raising her illegitimate child. Alfred Lowe is a school teacher at the school Lydia’s d
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Eve Pendle is a new-to-me author, but we have talked a bit on Twitter, and I was struck by the blurb of this book when I saw it, and how it stood out from a lot of what is being published in historical romance right now. While there are some familiar elements, they happen to be some of my favorite things: the cinnamon roll hero and the heroine “ruined” due to the double standards set by society, as well as
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars
Lydia Taylor's roof is leaking and she can’t afford the rent. When her daughter falls ill, the last person she wants knocking at her door is gorgeous school teacher Alfred Lowe. His scowl makes her feel like he can see through her façade of a respectable widow and judge all her secrets.
To achieve his dream of his own school, Alfred needs to marry a wealthy lady. But from the moment Lydia Taylor literally fell at his feet, he's been awkwardly attracted to her. What begins as duty to sup
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 t
Amy Alvis
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lydia would do anything for her daughter, so when the new school teacher offers to help, she doesn't turn him down. But with each visit, the end up spending more and more time with one another. She knows that she could never been good enough for him, but can't seem to stop spending time with the man. But what will he say when he learns that secret she has been hiding from him?

Alfred is taken with Lydia the first time they meet. He uses the excuse of her sick daughter, his pupil, to be able to sp
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A well written story with a very good storyline, by an Author I have not read before. Lydia Taylor has been keeping her daughter Annie's parentage a secret, Lydia says she is a widow. Lydia's family disowned her ten years ago. School teacher Alfred Lowe comes to the cottage Lydia lives in when Annie gets sick, and they get along well. The past is not through with Lydia though. I enjoyed reading this story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. ...more
Lisa H
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Prince Charming can come in unexpected forms.

Lydia is a fallen woman in 1875. She has a child to prove it.

Alfred is a truly good man with honest intentions. He’s a school teacher.

Lydia always believed she would marry an earl.

What I liked?
A good man like Alfred. He was sweet and decent and a total dream. Will Lydia allow herself to see his many wonderful qualities?

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Eve lives in England and writes angsty, snarky and passionate Victorian era romance. She has National Trust membership, a prince-charming husband, and a crazy dog. She loves wearing dresses and eating chocolate.

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