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Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind

(Miss Delacourt #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  617 ratings  ·  145 reviews
When the dowager duchess of Marcross insists he accompany her niece, Ginny, into the country for the day to execute a special task, Sir Anthony is appalled, to say the least. Ginny, who thinks little of the fashionable Sir Anthony, is as eager to be done with the chore as he, but before they arrive at their destination they are stranded by highwaymen and launched into adve ...more
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Montlake Romance
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Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Heidi by: I did
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Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I am very glad I was put onto this book. It was a fun, light-hearted, funny, romantic (but clean) and a refreshing regency romance. Will the head-strong and out-spoken Miss Ginny Delacourt be able to discover the man behind the mask of the overly-polite, but dashing, Sir Anthony Crenshaw?

With great characters, interesting twists in the plot, lots of mishaps and misunderstanding, I leave you in suspense of duels, games of "hide the slipper" that turn into romantic confusion, wrong turns that end
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This was a lot of fun to read. Made me laugh. Great clean regency romance.

Content: Clean
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Oct 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was a most delightful read! It reminded me of a Regency-era version of the old Clark Gable Movie, It Happened One Night...a roadtrip story of two perfectly-matched, polar-opposite people thrown together on a journey, only to be subjected to a dizzying array of misadventures which ultimately force them together. The characters are clever and well-crafted, the scenarios are fun and unpredictable, the chemistry between the protagonists is evident early on, and the subtext is laced with sarcasm ...more
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind was reminiscent of the "classic" Regency romances that I grew up with. A delightful comedy of errors, filled with sparkle and wit. I read the bulk of this novel during a flight from Arizona to Utah, and literally fell into a giggling fit during one section of this book. Thankfully, the flight wasn't full and the seat next to me was empty, so I didn't have to explain my embarrassing outburst. A book that literally makes me laugh out loud is rare these days. Brava, M ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
It took me awhile to get through this one. Maybe it’s because my baby was fussy or maybe the story just didn’t grab me. Ginny and Anthony are stuck for a couple weeks with Lucinda and Avery and a few others. When a maid breaks out in chickenpox the entire household is put under quarantine. Lots and lots of misunderstandings happen, all of which could have been easily resolved if people could just speak their minds. A small pet-peeve of mine is when the POV changes randomly between main characte ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book had a few funny moments and a clean plot, otherwise it was completely ridiculous. The character motivation made absolutely no sense! Miss Delacourt walks around being extremely rude to Sir Anthony and no one else for no apparent reason. Sir Anthony in turn is equally rude and raging mad 80% of the time but somehow we are told he comes across as full of ennui. The other characters were ridiculous and there were so many romantic misunderstandings and miscommunications in this contrived p ...more
Katie W
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ah, a delightful little regency-ish romance. Miss Delacourt (aka Ginny) is being escorted to check on her Grandaunt's roses by Sir Anthony when they are overtaken by bandits. They seek shelter at the home of Lucinda, who is just recovering from the chicken pox. When her love interest shows up and Ginny's maid comes down with the pox, the whole household is quarantined and the adventures and misunderstandings commence. I loved all the misunderstandings--they totally added to the humor of the situ ...more
This comedy of manners story is very much in the line of the old Signet and Zebra Regencies. It's nice to see that drawing room comedies and clean romances are still being published. The writing quality isn't quite as good as some of the Heyer wannabes who wrote back in the 80s and 90s. It's not terrible though. At least the author refrains from attempting to sound like Jane Austen. The story is amusing; I even giggled at parts. It's cute, it's light and fluffy and the heat factor is close to no ...more
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Giving this two stars is probably generous. The characters are wooden and unlikable, the plot is non existent, and the hero and heroine don't really speak to each other. Sir Anthony makes cold cutting remarks while Miss Delacort goes and cries. She cries a lot, by the way. A character gets chicken pox, thereby causing a quarantine, yet no one seems concerned about catching it. So either a) they've already had it, so why do they need to be quarantined? or b) they haven't had it, so why aren't the ...more
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was fun and had me giggling on a snowy wintry day. What more can you ask?
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The author is a friend of mine and I was very excited to read it. It was such a clean, humorous romantic read which I tremendously enjoyed.
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Very enertaining!
~ my new year's treat to myself. Easily a book that can be re-read.
Rebecca Irvine
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A few weeks ago I mentioned I had been reading a great book by a new author. Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind, by Heidi Ashworth, was such an enjoyable read -- I blazed through it within a day -- that I thought I would share a little more about it.

I first stumbled on Heidi's blog last summer through reading some of the Segullah featured entries. Her writing was clever, but what caught my eye was that she was coming out with Miss Delacourt (her first book) this winter. Myself being a newbie to the
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this on #KindleUnlimited
Oct 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
For some time now, I have wanted to read Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind. Admittedly, I know the author rather well and so wanted to read her book. But I was always frantically reading other books for book clubs and things about Samantha's condition, that books-to-read from my own list never quite happened. Recently, I decided it was time to put everything else aside, sit down, and read this book from my books-to-read list, and I'm happy for it, as it really was delightful to read. Miss Delacourt ...more
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I've been a regency romance fan for a long time. I still remember the first I ever read: Regency Gold by Marion Chesney. It didn't take itself too seriously and was laugh out loud funny. A charming heroine, a gorgeous hero, and a bunch of mischief. I was 12 and I was hooked. Good clean fun.

Not too long after my introduction to the genre, I ran into the works of Jane Austen. "Hey," thought I, "these are just like regencies. Only not quite so funny." Still I happily devoured Austen's works and eve
Rosanne Lortz
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind is a delightful romantic farce in the glorious tradition of Georgette Heyer.

When Ginny Delacourt's great-aunt sends her on a mission to inspect some rosebushes and orders Sir Anthony Crenshaw to be Ginny's escort, some pesky highwaymen, a stolen carriage, and a two-week quarantine (for fear of chicken pox) at a nobleman's house all conspire to throw the young people together for a much longer period of time than was originally intended. Ginny, a young lady who is p
I really liked this cute story by Heidi Ashworth. The style seemed to me like a cross between Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde. I thought the humor and some of the outrageous personalities in this book were hilarious. There were times I found myself giggling and couldn't imagine what bizarre farcical situation would come up next. I loved the fact that this is a clean read and depends on the intelligence and humor of the writing rather than a lot of physical expression. It's a light, funny, classic re ...more
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind was an enjoyable, fast read, reminiscent of a Jane Austen story.

Miss Delacourt is a head-strong woman, who loathes that most people defer to impeccable manners instead of saying what they really feel. She would much rather tend her to grandaunt's rose garden than attend balls with other members of high society.

Sir Anthony Crenshaw (grandson to Ginny Delacourt's grandaunt) is told by his grandmother to escort Ginny from the city back home to tend to her rose garden.
Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
This is a light-hearted romance set in a Jane Austen climate. I really liked the characterization of the four main players, which is a feat for any author. I also felt that the author stayed true to the time period and stayed immersed in it with description and dialog. The only thing that took me out of the story, and I didn't know if it was the publisher's style or the writer's style, was the transitions (or lack of transitions) when a scene would change or a character's pov would change. Regar ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wouldn't it be nice to be transported to a safe place in a simpler time for a cup of tea and a chat? Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind, with its delightful but flawed characters, can transport you to that cozy world. Miss Delacourt and her dashing hero are waylaid by thugs and confined to their rescuers home due to an outbreak of pox. It takes a bit of imagination to maintain decorum and defy boredom. The traditional Regency is distilled to a small cast in a house-bound setting full of wit and char ...more
Wanda Luce
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind is a masterfully written Regency-era romance. Its prose and dialoge are strongly reminiscent of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. With great skill, Heidi Ashworth spins a delightful and satisfying romance filled with strong and consistent characterization, extraordianry wit, and a clever and unique storyline. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately had to read its sequel, Miss Delacourt Has Her Day, and equally engaging book. Check out my review for it as well!
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was such a cute book. I thought it was well-written and clever. It is of the regency romance genre. The characters in it are entertaining. I checked it out at the library--but it is one I'd like to own and read again and again. Did I mention it was super bad language? Extra bonus points for that little tidbit.{FYI: My cousin read it and did not have a great love for it is not for everyone. But, I for one liked this fun bit of reading.}
Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
A departure for me genre-wise but such fun! I devoured it in a day! I especially enjoyed the repartee and wit between her fun characters - not that I'm hoping to be quarantined with them anytime soon...

A big plus: I got to enjoy the "feel" of Austen without having to trudge through her more difficult writing!
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I needed something light and fluffy and this book hit the spot! I finished it in pretty much one sitting. It was everthing I hoped it would be: smart, funny and romantic. Absolutely delightful!

Thank you, Heidi, for sending it to me!
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3 1/2 stars. This is a romance written in the tradition of Georgette Heyer. It has lots of farcical elements and a hero and heroine that are quite pleasing to get to know and root for. The plot towards the end was a bit of a stretch, but the enjoyable characters carry it through.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a regency romance book. When I first started reading it I thought it was going to be a pretty boring, unsurprising book where you know immediately what the outcome will be. However, as I read mayham breaks loose and the situation becomes pretty ridiculously funny. It was a cute, fun read.
Allison Ririe
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Too contrived for me. The most enjoyable character was the ridiculous girl with the affected lisp. You know the main characters are going to end up together, but the ride wasn't nearly as fun as I would have liked (or written as well as it should have been).
May 05, 2009 rated it liked it
I think I loved this because I was able to read it in 3 days with no little people. By the pool
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Award-winning, best-selling author Heidi Ashworth lives with her husband and three children in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes sweet, traditional, Regency-era romance, romantic comedy, and mystery. She is the author of the Miss Delacourt series, published by Montlake Romance. The second book in The Lord Trevelin Mysteries comes out August 2018.

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