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My Unfair Lady

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  432 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Who says a proper lady can't carry a knife?

He created the perfect woman…

The impoverished Duke of Monchester despises the rich Americans who flock to London, seeking to buy their way into the ranks of the British peerage. So when railroad heiress Summer Wine Lee offers him a king's ransom if he'll teach her to become a proper lady, he's prepared to rebuff her. But when he m
Mass Market Paperback, 363 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Mandi Schreiner
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Summer is American that grew up in Tombstone Arizona, where she learned to shoot, and fight, but not schooled in the ways of a lady. Her father uprooted herself and her friend Maria to New York so he could continue investing in railroads and such. New York did not welcome her odd, uncivilized ways. All, except for Monte, who she is engaged too. Although Summer is very wealthy, Monte’s family does not accept that she is not a proper lady. So Summer Wine Lee has traveled to London and hired the Du ...more
Carrie Olguin
Mar 02, 2013 rated it did not like it

I haven't read much about this time period so maybe that was why I wasn't engaged in the story. But I suspect the problems had to do with the characters.

The wealthy American heroine (from Arizona) is trying to become more refined so that she can marry a man related to the Astors in New York (high society connection). So she goes to England and hires a duke to teach her how to be a lady, to sponsor her in English society and have her presented to the queen.

Warped logic? Or is it just me?

The i
Nov 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book is so phenomenally bad it might just be the worst one I've read all year. I don't know how this kind of stuff even gets published.
Oct 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Remember that story "My Fair Lady" with Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins? This is the same concept with a blend of both America and England and a larger dash of a southern accent.This novel features Summer Wine Lee... a name that makes you blink.. as it did to the snooty English people she met. Immediately we are transported with her to England to fetch herself some manners, as I had no idea that Americans just didn't have any in those days. Summer's rich father was too busy to teach her any ap ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
This is a 3.5

Summer Wine Lee is a rough and tumble lady from Arizona whose Pa is one of the nouveau riche. A claimer that found a silver vein and now a railroad owner, Summer Wine Lee is used to wearing pants, shooting cards out of the sky and fox-walking, not bustles, corsets, shooting the shit and waltzing.

That's why her friend Maria, who is a lot more rough that Summer, suggests they go to England so that they can find a sponsor, get introduced to the Queen and Summer can make it back to New
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspence
The Good Things: Byron wasn't a towering example of man muscle. Yes, he was still muscular and happened to know kung fu, but he was a short man. While it wouldn't work for me personally, I loved meeting a hero that was not described as the second coming of Heracles. And he was sarky. That made me love him all the more. Also? He was poor! Yes, he held the highest title of the Peerage next to that of royalty. But he was dirt poor! Let's hear it for a hero that is a poor, short, has a tongue that c ...more

Değişik bir kitaptı aslında sevdim mi sevmedimmi çokta emin olamadım:)

Amerikan varisimiz var kitabımızda kız nişanlı Amerikanın yüksek sosyatesine kendini kabul ettirmek istiyor nişanlısı dolayısıyla ve bunun içinde dersler almak istiyor dükümüz de burada devreye giriyor paraya ihtiyacı var vs kabul ediyor tabii sonrası malum.

Başlangıcı çok iyi değildi bi yerden sonra ilgimi çekti inişli çıkışlıydı okuması benim için. Eğlenceli bir kitap aksiyonda vardı aslında sonlara doğru kızımıza biraz s
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluffy-romance
Not nearly as good as The Fire Lord's Lover. Something about the American West/British cross just didn't do it for me, and too many plot elements seemed to come out of nowhere. Every time I read the word "tarnation" I wanted to laugh, as well, and it's in there way too often. Also, too many awkward graphic sex scenes and not nearly enough plot.
Rabia Yentür
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uzun zamandır okuyamadığım bir kitabı aldım elime geçenlerde. Oluruna Bırak hiç tahmin etmediğim şekilde sevdirdi bana kendini. Esprili bir dili vardı yazarın. Karakterleri de aynı derece de güzeldi.

Hikaye Amerikalı genç bir kadının hanımefendiliği öğrenmek amacı ile ve kendini Kraliçe'ye tanıtmak için geldiği Londra'da başlıyor. Burada devreye Monchester Dükü giriyor. Kendini sivri dilli, dedikoduları prense taşıyan bir adam. Maddi durumu pek parlak değil ve Amerikalı mirasçılardan hiç hoşlan

I enjoyed the first half of the book, however, getting towards the second half, I just felt the author was stretching the story too much in order to make it longer. Sadly, it lost its charm at that point.
Dena Tuveng
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a relaxing good read. Unique version of a British love story where an American comes to England to become a lady.
Robin L
Aug 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Let me save everyone some time. She’s an American and she has a knife. That’s the entire book.
Sandy M
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Kathryne Kennedy has become a favorite author for me since I started reading her Relics of Merlin series. The world she has created in those books is fun to read, the characters are delightful, she gives the reader a new look at the paranormal, and I look forward to each new addition to the series. So when I had the chance the read her new historical, I jumped at it. She’s taken an old story and put her own spin on it, giving us more delightful characters that very stealthily sneak under your sk ...more
Dec 09, 2009 rated it liked it
While it took a bit longer to read My Unfair Lady than I would have liked, once I got into it, I did enjoy the story of Summer and her duke. I do think I would have enjoyed it more had the pace been quicker, with more details of the duke's attempts at transforming Summer into a lady. Even without that, I found the developing relationship between the two quite interesting.

From the beginning, Summer Wine Lee is an enigma to the Duke of Monchester. He really doesn't know what to make of her and wh
Haley Mathiot
Nov 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 18+
Recommended to Haley by: Danielle (sourcebooks)
My Unfair Lady by Kathryne Kennedy
Genre: Historical fiction, Historical Romance
Rating: 4/5

Summary (from the back of the book):
HE CREATED THE PERFECT WOMAN… the impoverished Duke of Monchester despises the rich Americans who flock to London, seeking to buy their way into the ranks of the British peerage. So when railroad heiress Summer Wine Lee offers him a king’s ransom if he’ll teach her to become a proper lady, he’s prepared to rebuff her. But when he meets the petite beauty with the knife i
Amy C
Sep 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Born and raised in the infamous town of Tombstone, frontier lass Summer Lee is far from one of London's gently breed society ladies. But London is where she is looking to hire a titled man to teach her the ways of ladies.

You see, after Summer's father made a fortune doing this and that, he uprooted her to New York city where a handsome young man named Monte caught her fancy, and he's asked her to marry him, but his family snubs their nose at her because of her lack of propriety. Summer's not too
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
My Unfair Lady

Frontier-bred Summer Wine Lee was raised in Tombstone, Arizona learning how to shoot, use a knife, and generally take care of herself. When her father made a fortune in silver mines and railroads, he wanted her to have the advantages he never had and sent her to New York City for culture and society. Summer Wine Lee falls in love with an Astor but she is ridiculed for her lack of style and polish. To win over her beloved's family, Summer Wine goes to London to become a lady and be
Nov 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a quick pleasant read. I liked Summer and her spunky self. As much as she tried to change herself to fit in with society, Summer would keep reverting back to her normal usual self, whipping out her knife at a moments notice. Maybe it's the street smarts in me, but I admire women who can take care of themselves. Summer's character reminds us that people and society should accept you for you. Whenever we try to change ourselves to fit in with a group, we lose our individuality. How fun an ...more
Nurhayat Turna
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nihayet bitti. Nihayet diyorum çünkü bu kitap uzun bir süre elimde gezdi. Defalarca kez başa sarıp okudum ve yarım kaldı. Dün akşam bitmesi için yeni baştan başladığım zaten kitabin son sayfasında hoşuma gideceğini düşünmüyordum. Kabul şimdi beni baya bir şaşırttı.
Kitabın başlarında biraz sıkıldım ama sayfalar ilerledikçe çok sevdim. Şimdiye kadar okuduğum bir hanımefendi yoktu bu kitapta. Summer Wine Lee oldukça garip bir kadın. Amerika da bıraktığı nişanlısının sosyetik ailesine layık olabilme
Jane Mercer
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-books
I really enjoyed the other 4 books I've read by Ms Kennedy but for some reason I had difficulty finishing this one.
It was amusing the heroine Summer Wine Lee collecting a menagerie, carrying a knife beneath her skirts and having learned how to survive from a red indian. She now wants to be a lady to be good enough for her fiance's family.
Enter the Duke of Monchester, Byron, his job to get her introduced to the Queen and acceptable to her fiancee's family. (He needs the money to shore up crumblin
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
I missed the fantasy element present in her other works. My unfair lady was fairly entertaining but a little shallow. I didn't *feel* the characters' emotions. And the ending was a little abrupt. I think Kennedy should have smoothed the resolution out a bit by fleshing out the scene between our lovers when they admit their feelings to the other. And, Kennedy should have added some additional scenes after the resolution or, at the least, an epilogue.

Overall though it was a fairly typical historic
Nov 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was familiar with Kathryn Kennedy's Relics of Merlin, so when I heard she had a new book coming out I was very interested to see what it was all about. I knew I would enjoy it since it was to be set in the Victorian era. My Unfair Lady was a fun read. It was a journey of love, trust and acceptance. Beautiful written. I was captivated by the characters and story. My favorite part was how opposite Summer and Byron were, I found that very interesting. So, different but still drawn to each other.I ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So much fun to read! I was slightly worried because Ms all of the other books by Ms Kennedy that I have read were fantasy or paranormal. This one is a straight historical romance but the same things I loved in her others I loved here. Between the world building, the hilarious characters and situations not to mention the supporting cast I found myself anxiously waiting to see what was going to happen next. The heroine certainly didn't fit the typical mold of rich American girl going to England no ...more
Feb 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Well, the title says it all. A spin on the classic Eliza Doolittle tale, with the HEA being that our uncouth heroine doesn't have to change her wild-west ways at all to win her nobleman's heart. Sweet, right? However, this book got 3 stars from me because I found that the writing distracted from the story sometimes. And I'm not even talking about all the "varmint/tarnation" jive, I just remember there were a couple times when I was like huh, that was awkward writing. But despite that, I still li ...more
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Erin Quinn
Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I will always be a Kathryne Kennedy fan. Love her world, her heros and her heroines and My Unfair Lady --while it doesn't have the fanasty element that is one of Kennedy's most amazing gifts--has so many other wonderful elements that I can't even list them. In short, classic Kennedy story telling and characters with wit, emotion and sensuality. You won't be disappointed with this one!

My Unfair Lady
Está claro que esta autora es una escritora de novelas de fantasía, porque menudos protagonistas se ha marcado: él un duque experto en kung fu y ella una rica heredera que encajaría más en una tribu india. Lo peor fue cuando encima aparece un hijo ilegítimo del duque y resulta que a pesar de haber vivido apartado toda su vida, habla como si fuese de la nobleza y su padre estaba deseando actuar como un padre, pero le había prometido a su "suegra" mantenerse al margen... Todo muy lógico.

En cualqui
Jan 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book made ma laugh out loud... and not in a good way. And then it made me toss it over to my "to be returned to the library" pile before I finished reading it, also not a good thing. I had a hard time believing that this author has published a number of books, because her writing is that ridiculous. I have never seen one author use one word (namely, "tarnation") SO many times in one book. It was ridiculous and laughable! I found the story completely, completely ridiculous (and I don't reall ...more
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it
This is the fourth book of Kennedy's I've read, though this is the first straight historical. Her series with Dorchester, the Relics of Merlin, are infinitely entertaining and amusing with a dash of magic. For a different spin, MY UNFAIR LADY has suspense and a murderous plot afoot for the heroine and hero to foil.

(for the full review please refer to Romance Reader at Heart)
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
I liked the cowgirlish heroine, but the duke was not a character I could get behind. He made his living off being the prince's gossip? He has an illigitimate son that he's not been father to? And why is he supposed to be dangerous? At one point he can't believe someone deliberately shot him because 'no one would shoot at a duke!'. Whatever. I like Kennedys Relics of Merlin series, but I can't recommend this one.
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As a college grad, business owner, and writer, Kathryne has published nearly a dozen short stories in the SFF/Romance genre, receiving Honorable Mention twice in the 'Writers of the Future' contest. Being a self-proclaimed "Air Force brat," Kathryne has traveled a great deal, and over the years has lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S

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