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Earl's Well That Ends Well

(The Way to a Lord's Heart #5)

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How to help a lonely Earl...

Arthur Shelton, Earl of Macklin, has helped four young noblemen recover from grief and find love, but he's learned to live his own life as a widower. Yet when he returns home after traveling, his estate feels too empty, and he quickly heads to London. There, he encounters Teresa Alvarez de Granada, a charming Spanish noblewoman and is immediatel
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Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 29th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Justin Chen
3.5 stars

Can a novel still be categorized as romance when your romantic leads are levelheaded to a fault? Earl's Well That Ends Well, with its homonymous word play of a title, might has misrepresented itself as a potentially quirky, lively affair. While the book is skillfully crafted and never dull, the minuscule presence of courtship might disappoint readers seeking escapist romance fun.

The romantic pairing will instantly hook you: a well-reputed widowed earl in his 50s (still handsome and in
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Mariana
I was so excited to receive this from Netgalley for an honest review. Then, the book turned out even better than I hoped! There are some books that are so good I can't put them down. This was a book I wanted to savor.

What a close to the series! I have read them all, but this could be read as a standalone. I would recommend just reading the one right before if you have time.

I will start by saying that I really didn't like book 1; so if you didn't either, you may still want to try another. The se
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Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!


Earl of Macklin, Arthur Shelton, learned to live his own life as a widower. When he returns home after traveling, his estate feels too empty, and he quickly heads to London where he encounters Teresa Alvarez de Granada, a charming Spanish noblewoman and is immediately entranced. There begins the pull and tug relationship and the more determined Teresa is to discourage Arthur, the more entangled they get, and it's only a matter of time before her respect for him starts to fe
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Elodie
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Earl's Well That Ends Well
The Way to a Lord's Heart Series #5
Jane Ashford
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Release Date 12/29/2020
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca

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This beautiful, clean Regency romance from beloved author Jane Ashford takes you to a glittering world of revelations and romance, where a lonely earl can find love where he least expects it...
Arthur Shelton, Earl of Macklin, has helped four young noblemen recover from grief and find love, but he's learned to live his own
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Sandra
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A nice conclusion to a great series. I loved that Teresa and Macklin were both mature adults over 30, which made this book much more relatable. I think a reader would benefit from reading the previous books in the series first, so that they might appreciate this book all the more. Worth the read.
Stephanie Panach
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really really really appreciate when an author gives a non-traditional character whom we've all loved throughout a series a happy ending of their very own. This particular matchmaking Earl was very much deserving of a second romance of his own. At nearly 50 - he is definitely older than most romance novel heroes. He is however, still pretty youthful in description and activities. He has grown children - and grandchildren - and is looking for his own happy ending. He is such a kind man - and ev ...more
Amy
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
What do you get when an earl decides his life needs shaking up? Ten years after his wife’s death, Arthur, decides he needs to allow himself to be happy again. He becomes attracted to a woman, Theresa, who mistrusts men and does not want to be noticed. I enjoyed this last book in the Way to a Lord’s Heart Series. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for my honest review.
Danielle  Lamoureaux
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was not my typical romance novel and honestly read more as a mystery novel with some romance thrown in. The two main characters, Lord Macklin and Teresa, are surrounded by a large cast of characters. I could tell that I was picking a series up mid-series but had trouble seeing this as a stand alone book. The mystery plot really was the focus of the novel and I felt like there wasn't alot of emotional scenes or build up between the H and h. I had a difficult time rooting for them as a c ...more
Janet
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Earl’s Well that Ends Well is the final book (#5) in Jane Ashford’s “The Way to a Lord’s Heart” series. How good is it? It’s so good that I immediately tracked down #1 through #4 in the series for immediate glomming.

It’s a fascinating series, centered around loss, grief, and mourning. One night Arthur Shelton, the seventh Earl of Macklin, asks four young men to join him for dinner at Whites. Two widowers, an orphan, and lastly, an orphan who recently lost his only sibling, a sister. Over the co
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Becca
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
This is a second chance historical romance between Lord Arthur Macklin and Teresa Alvarez de Granada. After healing from the loss of his wife, Arthur heads to London because his home feels too empty. Teresa, originally from Spain, is an intensely guarded and private person and her past has made her cynical. When Arthur first meets Teresa, she confronting and threatening a man with a sack of vegetables and he is instantly intrigued by her. But, she is cold and distant with him, not wishing to sta ...more
Alecia Reads
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5

Earl’s Well That Ends Well is the final book in Jane Ashford’s Way To A Lords Heart series but you don’t need to read the other ones to like this one. This is a second chance love story set in Regency England but with a mystery to solve and cast of supporting characters that I enjoyed.

Arthur, the Earl of Macklin, is a 50 year old widower who has spent the past year helping people find happiness and following the career of his apprentice Tom as an actor. Terese Alvarez de Granada is
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Janet
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Arthur Shelton, Earl of Macklin, has helped four young noblemen recover from grief and find love, but he's learned to live his own life as a widower. Yet when he returns home after travelling, his estate feels too empty, and he quickly heads to London. There, he encounters Teresa Alvarez de Granada, a charming Spanish noblewoman and is immediately entranced. There is no room for earls in the quiet, safe life Teresa has finally found for herself. The earl might be charming and handsome, but she k ...more
Marti
Earl’s Well that End’s Well by Jane Ashford is a historical romance. It is the fifth book in
The Way to a Lord’s Heart and reintroduces us to Arthur Shelton, the Earl of Macklin. The prior books all included Macklin helping other young men find their way out of grief.

Arthur Shelton, Earl of Macklin helped four young noble men find their way out of grief. With each of them, he played matchmaker (He hated that word.) and they were able to move forward and marry their love of life. Macklin was a
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Viper Spaulding
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming romance for the older set!

Arthur's friendship with young Tom brings him into the world of the Drury Lane theater, especially its behind-the-scenes creative staff. He's instantly fascinated by the beautiful but guarded Senora Alvarez, but her quiet life is protected only by continuing to protect her secrets and avoid entanglements with men like Arthur.

Arthur and Teresa are both drawn into investigating the mysterious disappearances of some of the opera dancers, bringing Teresa well o
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Victoria
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Second Chance at Love
Jane Ashford concludes her The Way to a Lord's Heart Series with the Earl who facilitated the happiness of the four previous romances. Reading the previous books is recommended, but unnecessary to understand this book. After the death of his wife the Earl of Macklin, Arthur Shelton, cannot imagine his own happiness. London is where friends and new acquaintances can help him forget his loss. All Teresa Alvarez de Granada wants is her freedom, especially from meddlesome Earl
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Judith Miguel
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I´m not sure about this story. This is the first book I read from this author and I think the writing is really good.
Arthur Shelton, Earl of Macklin, has learned to live his own life as a widower. Yet when he returns home after traveling, he feels empty, and he quickly heads to London. There, he encounters Teresa Alvarez de Granada, a charming Spanish noblewoman and is immediately entranced.
But Teresa has finally found a life of peace for herself after suffering a lot in the hands of a noble man
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Courtney
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

New goal for 2021: stop giving authors chances after books burn me so severely in hopes of getting something different next time. Earl’s Well That Ends Well is mostly a continuation of the previous book’s sense of pure boredom and nothingness (so much so I apparently didn’t finish it), so I don’t know why I decided to review this.

I did like that this focused on an older couple, so I had hope they would at least
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Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
I'm always slightly disappointed by historical romance that spends more time on a mystery plot than the actual romance the reader is expecting, and I'm sad to say that this is the case here. The hero and heroine spend very little time together, and have almost no emotional scenes that would have served to make me believe in their love. This is partly due to the mystery plot, and partly due to the huge cast of characters they have to contend with, all of whom are written about as if the reader sh ...more
Vicky
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has it all: Sleuthing, Action, Drama, and a romantic love story!
The author, Jane Ashford intertwines a person at his most powerful time in his life when he needs to decide what to expect for his future! She develops both characters so effortlessly that they seem so real and believable that you could put them into our world today. That is what a remarkable author can do is make you believe in their book and characters!

Arthur, the Earl of Macklin is at a crossroads in his life until he
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Connie
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Arthur Shelton, seventh Earl of Macklin, 49, has spent a nice Christmas with his children and their families. He lost his wife, Celia, 10 ten years ago from a fever. Even with his own grief, he has helped 4 young men with their own grief, enabling them to find happiness and love again. Now, he realizes it’s time for him to find love again too.

Back in London, he sees Tom, a young man he helped from being on the streets to now working and living an honest life. He enjoys the theater and like to wo
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Peggy
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Over the last year, Arthur Shelton, Earl of Macklin, helped a group of four young men cope with the death of a loved one, to let go of the past, learn to live again, and find love. When his family leaves after their Christmas celebrations, he decides it is time for him to follow suit. While visiting his young friend Tom, he meets Teresa Alvarez. Teresa fled Spain to escape the horrors of Napoleon’s rampage. She paints scenery at the theatre workshop where Tom works. Arthur is taken with her imme ...more
Marissa Monroe
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was surprising. I THOUGHT it was going to be a mushy romance, but it is really a mystery/historical crime solving novel in disguise. The characters are well developed and not boring. They have histories and traumas to work through and the author does a fantastic job of keeping the story moving at a nice pace without anything being overwhelming. The earl is a genuinely nice guy that decides he doesn't care what society thinks anymore amd goes for the lady that he wants. I really enjoyed ...more
RopeSwing Reads
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it
While this wouldn’t fill the traditional romance readers craving, it did add intrigue that most TR‘s miss. I very much enjoyed that the lead man wasn’t the typical young, arrogant aristocrat.

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It bugs me when people portray forty and fifty year old's as over the hill, grey-haired and done with life and I loved that the author made him still manly and fit. The characters were a wonderful departure from the average romance novel.

I do wish it had been longer.

Thanks to #NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casa
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Nise'
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Arthur has offered his help to four young men in dealing with grief and encourages them to allow love back into their lives. All four have found love and a new life due to Arthurs help and matchmaking. Arthur returns home and decides to visit his young friend Tom who has taken a liking to the theater. He meets Tom's friends and immediately is intrigued by Theresa, the set painter. He wants to discover the secrets she is keeping. When opera dancers go missing they all work together to solve the m ...more
Margaret
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
An Earl nearing fifty, lost his wife ten years ago. His children all have their own homes and family. Lonely he decides it's time to find a wife. Arthur, Earl of Machlan, is not the typical Earl. Considered a matchmaker by the young set, he's also willing to help anyone in need. His introduction to Senora Teresa Alvarez leaves him stunned and intrigued. Working for the theater painting flats,Teresa questions the motives of this man with the twinkle in his eyes. When three dancers disappear and s ...more
Jenn
3.5 stars

I’m happy we finally got to see the Earl get his HEA. After being a superb matchmaker over the past year it was nice to see him on the receiving end this time around. It did feel a bit forced at times though.

I am rather curious about Tom and the young ladies. I hope they get their own stories.

The only thing I wasn’t a fan of is that this entire series had no sexy times. Maybe a kiss and if we’re lucky, a fade to black scene. It was like a bunch of immature teenagers running around no
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Tamara
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This romance is something quite different that the typical historical romance. The hero is an older widowed earl, and the heroine is a Spanish lady living among the working class in London.

The novel takes us behind the scenes of a theater at the time and explores a mystery of opera dancers going missing. I love that we get to see a different perspective on life in London.

I do think reading the previous books would provide a helpful background knowledge of the secondary characters here. But I w
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Shelli Corse
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Earl's Well That ends Well by Jane Ashford is a lovely tale about Arthur, Earl of Macklin who was widowed and lonely now that his children were all grown. He went to London and made new friends. Played matchmaker to several people. Then he met Teresa Alvarez a Spanish noble woman with a sad past. Her past keeps her jaded. She has a hard time accepting that Arthurs truly an honest and honorable man. This story was a thrilling tale of intrigue, mystery, and love. I enjoyed it the whole time. The c ...more
zhane
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
2/5 stars!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This book has too many characters and descriptions, it totally removed the fun of reading the main characters. It is well-written, though suffers from overly describing a lot of things and painfully long monologues. I also cannot care more for the main characters and their struggles and all. I can still see this being loved by other readers though.
Andrea Wenger
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the WAY TO A LORD'S HEART series by Jane Ashford. It was nice to see Macklin finally get his HEA. I was a little disappointed that he didn't end up with Helena from HOW TO CROSS A MARQUESS—I thought they would make a good couple. But Teresa is a strong, courageous character, even if she's a little prickly at first. This book runs the gamut from serious to playful—it was nice to see Ada's friends again. I'm hoping they'll get a series of their own next!

Thanks, NetGalley, for the
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Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was entranced by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has lived in New York, Boston and LA. Today, she is somewhat nomadic.

Jane has written historical and contemporary romances. Her books have been pu
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