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Her Lady to Love

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Country mouse Lady Honora Banfield arrives in London with one mission: to catch a husband. A perpetual wallflower, she’s going to do whatever it takes to win a proposal from London’s most eligible bachelor, including teaming up with the most popular (and least proper) woman in London.

Miss Jacqueline Lockhart is having too much fun in her sixth season to ever consider settl
Paperback, 254 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Bold Strokes Books (first published October 13th 2020)
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Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it
‘Her Lady to Love’ is a historical, opposites-attract romance set in the Regency London time period.
Lady Honora (Nora) and Jacqueline (Jacquie) are opposites in every way. Jacquie’s black hair to Nora’s blonde, Jacquie’s belle of the ball personality to Nora’s self-described wallflower persona. Jacquie loves city life and Nora speaks of wanting to get back to her country home as quickly as possible. It was difficult to see how they could ever meet in the middle with all of their differences. The
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I've always liked regency romances, and have read many in the past. However, those were all M/F romances. So, when I saw that this is a F/F regency, I knew I had to pick this up. Jacque is in her 6th season and has no plans to marry, despite her parents' ambitions and plans for her. She are quite popular though with the gentlemen of the ton. Lady Honora is new to London, has great family connections, but when it comes to parties of the ton, she's a wallflower. So Nora asked Jacque to help her sn ...more
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

I was so excited for this. It was going to be my first FF historical romance and I had such high hopes. But Walsh didn't deliver on my expectations. I didn't connect with the story or the characters and that made this a difficult book to get through...

👍 What I Liked 👍

Inclusion and community: Even though most of this book didn't work for me, I really appreciated the inclusion of different queer identities. And I also appreciated how the queer community was portrayed as.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for the ARC of this book.

3.5 stars. I enjoyed this debut from Jane Walsh. What stood out to me the most was Walsh’s ability to immerse the reader in the Regency England setting. The writing was Austen-esque in terms of word choice and sentence structure, but it thankfully lacked the clunkiness. Marriage and social climbing were huge themes in this book, which makes sense given the period. I think I would have rather had more feels than all that soci
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I was excited for Her Lady to Love, as f/f historicals remain rare in traditional publishing. This book is fairly charming read, filling the void fairly well. Jane Walsh clearly knows her stuff, capturing the minute period details fairly well, and while I’m familiar with most of them from having read many a Regency, I admire her ability to sweep me away for a few hours, which was somethi
Aleana Harris
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lady Honora arrive in London to find herself a husband with the help of her aunt Mildred. She hasn’t had any luck when she meets Jacqueline she attracted to her but also knows she can help her find a husband.

Jacqueline doesn’t really care for settling down she having too much fun besides she not really into men even though they are into her. As she trying to recover from heartache she meets Lady Honora and she does something to her even though she decides to give up on love. When they both beco
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
When I read summary of this book, I wanted to dive into it as soon as possible. Better yet, immediately. I love historical romances. And a sapphic historical romance? It's what the world (and this humble reviewer) needs more of!

Sadly, in the end, I feel a tiny bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong - this was a good story. Definitely would recommend. It's fun, it's sexy (though not explicit), it has this regency vibe of longing and "a touch of your ungloved hand kills me" thing going on.

At the sam
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I received an early copy of this by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A perpetual wallflower Lady Honora Banfield arrives in London with one mission: to catch a husband. Miss Jacqueline Lockhart, on the other hand, is having too much fun in her sixth season to ever consider settling down, even though she’s been unsuccessful at mingling with the upper echelons of London society. When Lady Honora agrees to exchange invitations to the most exclusive events in return for
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Her Lady to Love is an impressive debut by Jane Walsh and a positive addition to the ever growing representation of LBGTQ+ stories in the historical romance genre.

This author did a beautiful job of building the world. Lots of time taken to transport the reader to Regency era London. Plenty of descriptions of clothing, of sights and sounds, little details about Gunter's Ices and Vauxhall Gardens really give the reader a sense of time and place. More importantly, interesting details about the quee
Silvia (roomforbooks)
I received an early copy of this by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rep: lesbian mcs, gay side characters, nonbinary side character

When I read the description for this book, I knew I needed to read it; I mean, a country lady who goes to London to look for a husband but ends up falling in love with the woman who was supposed to help her find one? Yeah, more of that please.

I will start by saying that even though this book had great representation and the solidarity be
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
* I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

First time reading something from Jane Walsh and it definitely won't be the last. I normally don't read historical novels as they are not exactly my cup of tea but this one intrigued me a lot from the description and thankfully it was a great read.
Lady Honora, a country mouse, comes to London with the only objective to find a husband with her aunt's help. She meets Jacqueline in a social gathering and they decide to help each othe
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
“When I am around her, I feel so alive. And I can’t turn away from truly living, can I?”

Historical f/f romance is my absolute favourite thing! This debut centres on two ladies determined to make the most of their season in London. Honora is fresh from the country, and determined to catch a husband to secure her future. Jacqueline is in her sixth season, and has no interest in marriage, only in having fun and getting over the heartache that her last lover left her with. The two, opposites in
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

Thank you to Netgallery and Jane Walsh for the ARC!


Her Lady to Love is a lesbian love story about two women trying to find their place amongst nagging families, gossiping society and so-called friends who might cause more harm than genuine friendship. It's sweet, light and funny but could benefit from some editing in regards to the overall pacing.

I rounded this up because overall, I really enjoyed HLTL; the story was light and full of easy-reading charm. It had moments of depth and e
4.25 stars. "Her Lady to love" by Jane Walsh is a historical novel set in Regency London. I really love that period, so I had to get the book! The narrator Keira Grace also does a very good job!

The two mains, Jacqueline Lockhart (called Jackie) and Lady Honora Banfield (called Nora) are very different.

Jackie is a party girl and in her sixth Season. Although she is extremely popular with the gentlemen, she is heartbroken after an affair with a now married lady. But in total she very much enjoys
Colleen Corgel
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was not expecting a cozy historical romance with this one, and I did. This is set in London during the Georgian Regency era of the early 1800's. I loved, that while it still concentrates on the London 'season' it still brings in some of the issues of the day. It has talk of the start of the women's movement in England, some lgbt issues, and even minor political jockeying that happens at the balls. It gives just the right amount of historical ambiance to help provide some tension between our tw ...more
Paige Nicole
Nov 15, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc
DNF at 66%.

I’ve been trying to read this book for weeks now, but I just can’t get through it. It’s. So. Slow. The characters are so flat I barely even want to call them one dimensional — that implies they have literally any personality traits. They aren’t nice to each other, but not even in a bantering, enemies-to-lovers kind of way. They just talk about marrying other people while claiming to be horny for one another, but demonstrate literally zero chemistry.

This is FF historical. I wanted to
Danni Mladenovic
Nov 13, 2020 rated it liked it
While I'm a fan of historical romances, this one missed the mark for me... I couldn't feel the chemistry between them, and I felt like the book was dragged to the point of it being dull... Granted, it didn't help that Nora character wasn't very likable to me. 2.5 - 3 stars from me. ...more
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, arc
I don't know how to say "I really enjoy perfectly average romance novels" without it sounding insulting? Sometimes you don't need anything that reinvents the wheel or blows your mind and you just want to settle in for a nice little read and that's what this was for me. Self-described wallflower Honora Banfield searches for husband, meets Jacqueline Lockhart who is the spirited centre of attention at every ball her relatively lower status gets her into. They agree that Nora will get Jacquie acces ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Set in the Regency Era of London, Her Lady to Love portrays the illicit love affair between Lady Honora Banfield and Miss Jacquline Lockhart. Lady Honora arrives in London in pursuit of a great match for a husband, but what she finds is more than she bargained for. Separated not only by station but also by personality, Nora recruits Jacquie and together they devise a plan to secure the most eligible and desired match of the season. But what they didn’t expect was to fall for each other instead. ...more
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is Jacquie's sixth season in London's high society, and while she's formed a vibrant network of friends, she hasn't made plans to settle down. Lady Honora (Nora) has arrived in London for her first season in order to find her match in a husband. She soon falls into Jacquie's circle and as their friendship grows, so does their attraction. But is their romance destined to be short lived as Nora's inevitable marriage becomes closer and closer?

It took me a while to get into the book - it was a to
Kayley Jo
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Jane Walsh’s debut novel is set in Regency London and features a f/f romance of opposites attract along with an intriguing supporting cast of other queer characters. Her Lady to Love has moments that truly shine, even if it is undercut at times by issues with pacing and an inconsistent development of the chemistry between the two main characters. I still found enough to love that I would recommend the novel to readers hungry for historical fiction featuring women who love women and want to carve ...more
Michaela (Journey into Books)
*I would like to thank Netgalley and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

I have been getting into the romance genre this year and so when I came across this sapphic historical romance I knew I had to request it. In this book we have Nora who is looking to find a husband to finance her country estate and she enlists the help of Jacqueline who is on her 6th season and has no intention of settling down with a man. The pair are both immediately drawn to each oth
Danielle  Lamoureaux
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This was my first lesbian historical romance set my favorite time period, Regency London. This is the author's first book, and with the cast of characters I can foresee a series coming together. The author did a great job setting the scene and descriptively describing everything from the glittering ballroom to the dancing shoes. I loved the descriptions within the book and feel like the author did a great job of discussing LGBTQ issues for the time period.

The main character is Jacquie, who would
There is much to like in "Her Lady to Love". This is my first f/f period romance. Jacquie is in her sixth season and activity tries to avoid marriage. She is a flirt with men and her dance card is always full. Her parents see her beauty as a way to a title. But she is also jaded and has had many affairs with willing women including her longtime friend Beatrice. Lady Honora (Nora) is a country girl and not adept at attracting the attention of men. Her aunt is sponsoring her season and she has som ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and the fine folx at Bold Strokes Books for the digital galley of this book.

Wallflower Lady Honora Banfield comes to London with the sole mission of finding a husband, and she has her eye on the most eligible bachelor around. Veteran debutante Miss Jacqueline Lockhart is having a blast in her sixth season. She knows everyone even if she’s got a bit of a reputation, so Honora teams up with her to get all the invites to parties in exchange for introductions to those in the uppe
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I'm always excited about queer historical romance, but I found Her Lady to Love a little bit underwhelming. I struggled to like one of the heroines, Jacquie, as she was often rude and self-centred to the point where I really couldn't see why any of her friends liked her, let alone Honora. The pacing is incredibly slow - the first few chapters are well done, with the women meeting and navigating the awkwardness of flirting without knowing for sure if the other is interested in women, but after th ...more
Historical romance has become a draw for me. The attraction is the reserve of the time period with folks navigating the restraints to finds their true self. I like the language of the time. I had to take a pause here and there to look up some of the words and that was fun and enlightening. The reads also provide an education about what were the thoughts and happenings during that time, which in my opinion is always a good thing.

What an interesting read with strong characters that were easy to li
Audrey S
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A country mouse meets a fabulous party girl looking for love. What more could you ask for in a historical romance? The story begins with small intimate interactions as Jacqueline and Nora discover that they can be more than friends. Their friendship blossoming into something more was absolutely delightful.

I also enjoyed the conflict of Nora actually having come to London to find a husband (despite her wishes) and the deadline in finding one also added a hint of urgency to her romance with Jacque
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Nora considered. “This seems a fair bargain. I will gain a husband, and you will gain respite from your mother.”
“So we have an agreement?”
“We do.”

Set in the Regency era, Lady Nora was brought to London from the countryside by her Aunt Mildred to find a match and carry on her lifeline. After a stumble with Miss Jacqueline Lockhart at a ball, the pair made their acquaintances and Nora took the opportunity to befriend the former after being enticed by her charisma, ease and presence.

Repeatedly an
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
My first read from Jane Walsh as she created the ambiance I've come to love in historic romances. The setting is often as important as the characters when it comes to novels that take place in the past. This one was no different.

Honora is ready to experience her first and hopefully only season, planning on securing her future quickly by finding someone to marry as soon as she can. Jacqueline on the other hand is in her sixth season and done with the seriousness of the event. She is determined t
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Jane Walsh is a queer historical romance novelist published by Bold Strokes Books who loves everything Regency. She is delighted to have the opportunity to put her studies in history and costume design to good use by writing love stories. She owes a great debt of gratitude to the local coffee shop for fueling her novel writing endeavors. Jane’s happily ever after is centered on her wife and their ...more

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