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Along Came a Lady

(All the Duke's Sins #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  250 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The brooding, illegitimate son of a duke meets his match in the determined woman hired to transform him into a gentleman from USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell—perfect for fans of Bridgerton.

Rafe Audley lives to thwart his father, the Duke of Bentley. The ne'er do well who abandoned his children claims he wants to make up for his failures, but Rafe only cares a
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 24th 2021 by Berkley Books
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Sandra Hoover
Edwina Dalrymple is presented with a challenge she can't afford to turn down - travel to coal mining country and convince Duke Bentley's bastard son to come home to London and groom him to take his place in English High Society. Edwina has transformed several young women of the gentry for their coming out in society . . . A Duke's son will be a piece of cake, right? Rafe Audley refuses to acknowledge the father who never claimed or supported him and his siblings. As the eldest of four illegitima ...more
Aug 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fractured familial relationships!

Orphaned, illegitimate children ignored and left to fend for themselves! Why does their father, the Duke of Bentley feel some eighteen years after their mother’s death, that he should bring his children by his mistress into the fold? As we are told in the first line, “Rafe Audley hated the Duke of Bentley.” It had fallen to him to protect and raise his siblings from the time he was thirteen. Life was harsh and requests for help from the child Rafe to their father
ALONG CAME A LADY is a fantastic reverse My Fair Lady retelling, where Edwina Dalrymple, an etiquette instructor well-known in society for her impeccable manners, and Rafe Audley, illegitimate son a Duke, are brought together when she’s hired to tame his wicked ways. Edwina has encountered every manner of unruly through her job as a teacher, but she’s certainly met her match with Rafe. He’s definitely her biggest challenge to date, and will either be her greatest accomplishment (he’s well and tr ...more
book bruin
Sep 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
CW: parental abandonment, MC hears mother die during childbirth (on page), classism, grief, discussion and mentions of dangers and deaths related to mining

I really enjoyed this enemies to friends to lovers historical romance. The tutor/tutee forced proximity trope worked perfectly for the story. Rafe and Edwina had amazing chemistry from the start and I loved their banter and how their prejudices and preconceived notions gave way to so much more. I appreciated that even though both gave as good
Amy Imogene Reads
Aug 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This had a bit of an odd start, but once it got going this turned into an adorable historical romance.

Writing: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★

Edwina Dalrymple lives on the fringes of London society. The illegitimate daughter of an Earl who has no desire to claim her, she's made her living as an etiquette governess, one charged with teaching young charges the in's and out's of London's ton in order for them to make the best first impressions.

But when Edwina is hired by the Duke of Bentley
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Since his father, the rakish Duke of Bentley, abandoned him and his siblings, Rafe Audley has wanted nothing to do with him. His sole interest is to protect his two younger brothers and sister, who have been his responsibility since he was thirteen, and to care for the population of his small mining village. Rafe has successfully sent three of the duke’s emissaries fleeing, but the latest offering is a different breed: a bold and determined lady who’ll stop at nothing to see Rafe take his rightf ...more
Pj Ausdenmore
Aug 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Christi Caldwell launches her new series with a story that reeled me in and kept me entertained from start to finish. First of all there's the setup: duke discovers his deceased mistress gave birth to four children (his) and is determined to bring them (now adults) to London to take their rightful places in society, beginning with the oldest, Rafe. A gruff, broody, coalfield foreman, Rafe wants no part of the man he believes knew about them all along and only now wants to acknowledge them. Edwin ...more
Sep 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Christi Caldwell continues unendingly to amaze me with the unique and captivating stories that tug at the reader’s heartstrings and leaves this one always sighing and anticipating the next release.

Love everything about “Along Came A Lady”, from the title, the cover, and oh, the magic within! Not your conventional regency romance… never with this author.

Rafe and Edwina’s journey from the coalfields of Staffordshire, England to the ballrooms of London is one you won’t want to miss. A beautiful lo
Jul 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I haven’t read this author in years, but after reading this I really have to question my own judgement. She is a great writer!

This book starts out with our heroine, a governess who is the illegitimate daughter of an earl, and the daughter of a lady. However she is on her own, making her own life, making her own way, and she is, at present, being offered the chance of a lifetime. She is being asked to help a duke’s illegitimate son become worthy of the ti
Nicole Laverdure
Jul 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Charming romance full of love!

I really enjoyed Christi Caldwell’s book ALONG CAME A LADY, the introduction to her new series All the Duke’s Sins. Just right amount of romance and intrigue! Her fans won’t be disappointed! One of those books I just could not put down!

Thirty years ago, the Duke of Bentley had an illegitimate child named Rafe, whose mother died during childbirth. The Duke is now newly married and is attempting to get closer to him, but his son does not want to know anything about
Pam  Bereznak
Aug 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ya’ll are going to think I’m writing a book here. 😊 Just want to help you decide if you want to read this book or not. Actually, my little review is the bottom paragraph if you want to skip everything else. Some of you that read my reviews on Goodreads know me, know my story. I read a ton but suck at reviews. I read a lot of really good authors and books so want to recommend those reads to others. :)

If you aren't aware, I read 415 books last year, 266 already this year and just over 2000 in 6 ye
Kendra (NurseKendraReads)
Sep 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the digital ARC in exchange for my honest review!

Available now!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars
Steam: 🌶/5 (a little bit of steam, some description in scenes)

No spoiler review 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

This is the first book in the All The Duke’s Sins series!

I really enjoyed this historical romance book!

Edwina is an etiquette instructor hired by a Duke to bring his 31 year old illegitimate son, back to London to enter society beside him.

Rafe (his oldest son) is a coal m
Jul 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As with every Christi Caldwell book I read, I ended my reading experience feeling very satisfied and anxious for the next book in the series. Christi has a magic about her writing that always leaves me breathless, creating characters who are unique and relatable, a setting that makes you feel you are there alongside them, and a plot that shows you the way romance should be. The amazing thing is - she writes multiple books a year and yet, I never feel that an idea is recycled or a character reuse ...more
Alexis Danielle
Aug 10, 2021 rated it liked it
3/5 Stars

** I received this as an E-ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review, Thank you!**

This was just an average read for me. I found that the book was slow at the beginning and took a while before I felt invested in the plot. It wasn't until closer to the end that I really even cared about what was happening. I wasn't the biggest fan of the characters either. They seemed to annoy more than anything. I also wanted more from the plot. It felt very boring with just
Visionary Druid
Jul 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Romance Junkies
Rafe Audley is the illegitimate son of a duke. He supports his younger siblings by working as a foreman at a coalmine. Rafe wants nothing to do with the man that sired him and his three siblings. However, he cannot ignore the latest person the duke sent to retrieve him. The female persists in upending Rafe’s life and dragging him to London. He never expected to like her. Can Rafe resist Edwina’s brand of persuasion? Or will the relentless woman get her way?
Harper St. George
This was a light and fun read that put a smile on my face. Edwina is a great heroine who is determined to control her own life. Rafe is a brooding and strong hero (who cooks!). My favorite part had to be where she's steadfast in starting his etiquette lessons while he's trying to toss her out of his office. I loved these two together. ...more
 Crystal ➳ Reading Between the Wines Book Club
4.5 Stars
This was a fun read and I enjoyed the banter between characters. Review to come...
Jessica (the naptime writer)
Aug 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.

Give me *all* the working-class MCs & Christi Caldwell’s Along Came a Lady has a hero named Rafe Audley with coal-stained hands 😍.

He’s also the illegitimate son of a duke & when etiquette instructor Miss Edwina Dalrymple approaches him on behalf of his father, urging him to travel to London, undertake etiquette lessons, & be recognized in London society, he is quite firm in his refusal.

What’s a dete
Ceylan (CeyGo)
Aug 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a story of two people who have much in common but whose differences or perceived differences in some instances keep them apart

✔️ I liked the “My Fair Lady” retelling storyline
✔️ I loved the Audley family dynamics - definitely not a perfect family but lot of love
✔️ the setting - that Rafe works at a coal mine gives this story a very unique setting

Book Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Cover rating : 💫💫💫
Smut rating : 💋💋💋
Netflix factor : 🎥 🎥 🎥 🎥
Joann Maggio
Jul 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Along Came a Lady ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ By Christi Caldwell

I found this book to be so charming I loved it from the first to the last page. The heroine Edwina Dalrymple has said she has never failed a charge. When she is selected by the Duke of Bentley to retrieve his son she has no idea of the task ahead of her. The Duke sired for illegitimate children with one woman who he loved but never married. The children were unbeknownst to him and when he wants to make contact with the oldest Rafe Audleyhe finds n
Elodie’s Reading Corner
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
🌂Along Came a Lady 🌂
All the Duke's Sins Book 1
✒️ Christi Caldwell
Release Date 08/24/2021
Publisher Berkley


The brooding, illegitimate son of a duke meets his match in the determined woman hired to transform him into a gentleman from USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell—perfect for fans of Bridgerton.

Rafe Audley lives to thwart his father, the Duke of Bentley. The ne’er do well who abandoned his child

Along Came A Lady weaves a mesmerizing story of redemption and love. This opposite attracts love story enchants and delights the reader at every turn.

Rafe Audley and his three siblings are the abandoned illegitimate children of the Duke of Bentley. After thirty years, the Duke reaches out. A recalcitrant Rafe refuses to have anything to do with the representatives the Duke sends; Rafe wants to keep his everyday life in a coal-mining town. Edwina Dalrymple is the latest weapon in the Du
Aug 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Along Came a Lady is Christi Caldwell’s debut with a major trade publisher, and I’m so excited for this new milestone in her career. While “tradpub = more legitimate” is a belief that is dying among readers, it is still the primary market for booksellers and libraries, so I’m excited for more people to discover her work within those markets.

And she definitely picked a strong story to start on, taking recognizable archetypes and tropes and injecting something fresh and very much in keeping with
Aug 23, 2021 rated it liked it
I love a book with fantastic character development. While Along Came a Lady has that in spades, I’m learning I feel very meh about books with characters who start off absolutely terrible.

Edwina is an infuriating character at the start – I found her to be self-involved, unaware of the realities of the world (despite her upbringing), and while stubbornness and determination can be great traits at times, she was something to behold at the beginning as she traipsed about a mine in slippers and a dre
Aug 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, arc
Along Came a Lady had a really strong start--Edwina and Rafe's meeting was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed the time they spend together in Rafe's mining community--sparks are flying like crazy, and I LOLed more than once. Once they get to London things shift--though the personal/family drama ramps up quite a bit, their relationship doesn't quite have the same vibe as it did previously.

Still, it's easy to root for them both, though the more time they spend in Town the trickier it seems getting
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
made the correct decision to read the prequel, it had to be the duke, first because it totally cleared up the situation regarding geoffrey, the duke of bentley, and his illegitimate children, and why he's only reaching to them now, and why his wife is so supportive of that.

rafe audley never knew that a bubbly, sunshine girl would be the reason that he'll put his work down, go to london and meet his father who he has hated since a young boy. as the oldest child, rafe took the responsibility in s
Sep 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mmm tough review to word.
I loved the prequel to this book, where the Duke of Bentley meets his match, so I really looked forward to this book being released.
Maybe the super high expectation is colouring me, but I found the first third of this book really difficult to get into. Suddenly I turn the page and I start to enjoy the book. By the end it's nearly as good as my expectation, hence 4*.

The Duke of Bentley learns he has 4 children with an old flame, who never told him about his family as she
Sep 10, 2021 marked it as to-read
3.75 stars

Thanks to Berkley for arc of this book!

One sentence review: Along Came a Lady is a fun, frenemies, historical romance with some great characters and some really entertaining dialogue that had me quickly flipping the pages.⁣

The book centers around Edwina Dalrymple, a woman who typically instructs women on etiquette. She takes a commission with a Duke who wants to bring his eldest son to London and for Edwina to instruct him on how to be a gentleman. Rafe Audley is a coal miner's forem
Shoshanna Ford
Sep 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a really really good book. I am consistently impressed with the books Christi has written while in full lock down. I would absolutely be ripping my hair out and crying in a corner, but Christi is over there creating fantastic books. Hats off! 

I can't tell you how excited I was to get my hands on this paperback. I immediately dove into my comfy clothes and cozy reading spot to curl up with this book and I did not move until I was finished. It was SO good. Unputdownable. I absolutely adore
Sep 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolute perfection!

I had just written a review on another historical romance mentioning that I have found the first books in a series to be disappointing because they focus more on the overall setup than the current romance at hand but I was proven wrong when it came to this one.

Edwina Dalrymple is looking to land a job in the peerage and if taking on the odd request of the Duke of Bentley to get his son, Rafe Audley, to London, so be it.

Rafe works in the mining community and has
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