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Rags-to-Riches Wife

4.71  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Marrying for inheritance…

Or love?

Lady’s maid Jane Bailey’s life is turned upside down by the arrival of wealthy gentleman Robert Kendal. Traveling together to claim her long-lost aristocratic grandfather’s inheritance, they succumb to a mutual attraction. Yet Jane knows a maid should not hope to love a gentleman, even if she’s suddenly wearing silk dresses and dining with
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Harlequin (first published January 20th 2020)
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Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rags-to-Riches Wife is a standalone book by Catherine Tinley. It is quite a long read but saying that it didn't seem to drag, and it never got boring.

This was very much a story of the classes where despite love being forbidden it very much exists. Jane Bailey is a Lady's maid, circumstances could have been different had it not been for a major falling out between her father and her grandfather. The latter, a wealthy gentleman, didn't want his son marrying a common servant and disowned him when
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is not the first, neither it will be the last book I will read of Catherine Tinley. I have fell in love with Historical Romances thanks to the regency books I read, and Catherine Tinley was one of the authors I read since the beginning.

I love to sit back and relax with a good historical romance novel and I certainly was able to do that with this story. As we follow Jane and the turn of events that Robert's arrival led, and that made her life turn upside down, I found myself feeling empathy
Caitlyn Lynch
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A thoroughly enjoyable Regency romance which does a really deep dive into the gulf between the gentry and the servant class in the era. Lady’s maid Jane Bailey knows her father was disowned by his family when he married her mother, but when a mysterious stranger comes to visit her employer and requests Jane accompany him to Yorkshire to meet the grandfather she’s never met, her curiosity makes it inevitable that she go.

The setup between Jane and Robert is obvious from the beginning… to everyone
Pauline Ross
It’s always a pleasure to discover a new-to-me author with a sure grasp of the Regency era, with language to match, and an engrossing, slowly-developing romance between two interesting characters. It’s even more fun if there’s a bucket-load of class differences to be worked out, with all the unexpected conflicts and confusions along the way.

Here’s the premise: Jane Bailey is comfortable in her position as a lady’s maid to a countess, when a stranger arrives to invite her to meet her long-lost
Rags-to-Riches Wife is author Catherine Tinley’s latest book for Harlequin/Mills & Boon Historical. Ms. Tinley is a writer who puts her heart and soul into her books and this one was no exception. Beautifully written with Ms. Tinley’s special touch makes this a must-read for Regency fans! Although this is a standalone book, our heroine Jane does appear in Ms. Tinley’s previous book, The Earl’s Runaway Governess. If you get a chance, I highly recommend reading both books!

Jane Bailey is the
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story brings me back to my younger days when I enjoyed reading Regency romances with no explicit sex and more of a slow build-up to the storyline and the characters' personalities.

Miss Jane Bailey has worked hard to become a lady's maid to the kind and generous Marianne Ashington, Lady Kingswood, who was once a governess herself. When Jane and her mother were left destitute after her father's death, the first year was harrowing as they sought work where they could eventually securing a
Catherine Tinley
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I loved writing this one! Exploring the reality of a true Cinderella journey - changing one's status can be more complex than the fairytales suggest!
Jane Hunt
A charmingly, gentle Regency-style romance.

Ned defied his father to follow his heart and marry a servant, and he died before any chance of reconciliation. Jane, his daughter, although gently born, has to work below stairs when her father dies.
Against a background of the social class divide, the vulnerability of servants to abuse, and Regency society's strict rules. Jane and Robert meet on a journey back to her roots and fall in love, despite the supposed disparity in their social situations. The
Inishowen Cailín
It's impossible not to like Jane and Robert and take delight in their initial friendship followed by their burgeoning romance. The path to romance didn't run completely smoothly. There was the issue of Jane being the long lost granddaughter to a wealthy and aristocratic family. Her appearance was met with open hostility by some, mild curiosity by others, and hope and love by her grandfather.
I loved the realism is this book. Jane didn't have an easy upbringing after her father died and her story
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gentle slow-burn romance. I had a little trouble deciding just who Robert was. Jane was easier to understand and consistently kind, as they worked their way to a HEA. Good story, I recommend it.
Tiziana Langone
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it really impossible?

Jane is a young lady’s maid, rather satisfied with her current life. But it all changes when suddenly Robert Kendall appears. He came to her lady’s house, to search for a Jane Bailey and bring her to her unknown grandfather.During the trip, both of them get to know each other better and they feel attracted to each other.But can it be love? Jane is still a maid and it is not custom to marry a gentleman, even if Jane now is part of the world of silk dresses and fancy
A little too slow for my liking, the plot was good but there was a lot of thinking from the two MC.
Karen Griffith
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh what a beautiful story! I was swept away with another delightful read from Catherine Tinley. Heartwarming, touching, totally credible and emotional too. My only qualm is it is finished too soon and I’m left waiting for the next book from this fabulous author. :-)
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Catherine Tinley writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings.

After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, Sure Start, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in