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A Lady Never Tells (Willowmere #1)

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Meet three noble bachelors and a quartet of American girls of questionable manners! New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp delights with an exciting new series featuring love, laughter, and intrigue.

When Mary Bascombe’s stepfather tries to sell her and her sisters to  the highest bidder after their mother’s death, she resolves to take  drastic action. Although the

Mass Market Paperback, 451 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Pocket Star
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So, I got this book from Goodreads First Reads about--well, let's just say a long time ago since I can't remember when I got it. Suffice it to say, I've had it for quite a while and never got around to reading it. Honestly, I didn't think that I was going to like the book. However, I was wrong...

I really, really liked this book and I thought that it was hilarious a lot of the time. I loved all the characters: the 4 sisters--Mary, Rose, Camellia, and Lily, the 3 brothers--Royce, Oliver, and Fitz,
Nihan E.
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yazarın önceki serisine de bayılmıştım, bu kitap da hayal kırıklığına uğratmadı diyebilirim. Dili çok akıcı ve çok komik. Yalnız en komiğime giden ve kafamda deli sorulara sebep olan şey : Neden hiç polis çağırmadılar yahu?
Juliana Philippa
Lacked any spark; definitely not a keeper

(1824, London and the Lake District)
This is my third Candace Camp book in recent memory and I am coming to realize that she will probably never be one of my favorite historical romance authors. To sum up my complaints of this book: it basically lacked spark. The main characters were inaccessible (hero), or even worse, annoying (heroine); the chemistry between them was nonexistent; the mystery subplot was contrived, hard to believe, and not well done. The
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Historical Romance set in the early 1800's. A fabulous start to the Willowmere Sisters series!

Mary Bascombe and her sisters have just gotten off the boat in London when she is robbed of some very important papers ...

Enter "White Knight", Sir Royce Winslow who saves the day and gets the papers back!

From here, they cannot seem to stay away from each other. Royce helps them find lodging for the night, he introduces them to his step-brother, the Earl of Stewkesbury and he confronts evil villains who
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was one of those books where I got to the end and I thought to myself "Hmm. That was nice. I liked those girls and their wacky shenanigans." That might sound like an insipid thing to say- "That was nice" - but it totally summed up my feelings. I felt good after reading it. There were a lot of little things I liked about the book. It didn't blow me away or anything but it left me smiling when I read that last page.

And that's what it's all about, guys.

Things I liked: The relationship between
Tuba Özkat
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yazım tarzı çok güzeldi. Anlatımı ve karakterleri işleyişini de beğendim. Sadece bir iki noktanın daha sonuca bağlanmasını isterdim. Sanki Sabrina olayı havada kalmış gibiydi. Onun dışında, bir sonraki kitaplar Fitz ve Oliver'ın (Royce'un biri tam, biri yarı üvey kardeşleri) olacağından yazar onları sevdirmek için bol bol yazmış, o yüzden kitabı Royce'a ait hissedemedim. Daha çok Royce isterdim :D Arada Mary'i boğmak istemiş olabilirim...

Ama historical seven birinin beğeneceğini düşünüyorum.
I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

I'm sort of picky when it comes to historical romances. Sometimes I just don't like them for whatever reason, but this book I really happened to enjoy. If you like Lisa Kleypas' historical romances, you will most definitely enjoy this one as well.

A brief summary: Mary Bascombe and her three sisters: Rose, Camellia and Lily are on their way to London (from America) to find their grandfather The Earl of Stewkesbury. Their mother has recently died, and he
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Don't get me wrong I am a huge fan of Candace Camp's work, especially Mesmerized. However, I found this novel to be just okay. The four Willowmere sisters are fresh and new, if somewhat unbelievable characters for the time period in which this novel was set. They were spitfires, who lacked social training and basic etiquette. Camp describes them as the stereotypical American girls, rough around the edges but beautiful in their independence. However, it was quite annoying that these four sisters ...more
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
Having read just a small stack of historical romances I think I am beginning to understand the common plot elements that most novels in the genre possess. I have also begun to see what is unique to each story and I think in A Lady Never Tells that would be the strong sense of family.

Right away we are introduced to the four Bascombe sisters, headed by eldest sister Mary. They are right off the boat from America and aren't afraid to use their mouths and weapons (seriously) to stop a thief from tak
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it

a minha estreia com a Candace Camp e foi uma estreia com muito gosto.
a historia é engraçada sendo que os personagens se envolvem muito bem o que torna bem apelativa a leitura.

nesta historia são nos apresentadas as 4 heroínas, irmãs que devido a algumas circunstancias familiares resolvem tomar uma atitude aventureira..

foi uma leitura muito agradável onde Mary Bascombe a irmã mais velha encontra a paixão e o amor para a vida....

Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bu yazarı çok seviyorum...Bu seri öncekinden güzel...Harikaydı..
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Somehow this book was buried on my To Be Read bookshelf and has been sitting, forgotten, for almost 2 years! When I discovered it again, I read the back book summary and happily dove into the tale.

Four sisters travel from America in search of their grandfather. Their mother has recently died and they no longer feel safe living above the tavern owned by their stepfather. They escape to find a new and a better life and a family connection. Mary, being the oldest, leads her three younger sisters, R
Rebecca Rose
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Mary Bascombe is a woman on a mission. With her father died her mother confessing, moments before dieing, she is granddaughter to the Earl of Stewkesbury. Now Mary must cross the dangerous waters of the Atlantic with her three sisters in hopes for a better life. They leave behind all they know, including a sinister step-father who wishes to sell the girls for profit. The four young woman are an independent and wildly bunch who stick together when danger arises and someone tries kidnapping their ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
May 23, 2010 rated it liked it
An Historical romance set in the early 1800's Mary Bascombe and her sisters have just gotten off the boat in London. When she is robbed of some important papers.Enter her White Knight, Sir Royce Winslow who gets her papers back for her and saves the day.From her on they cannot stay away from each other. He helps them find lodging and introduces them to stepbrother the Earl of Stewkesbury and he confronts villians who are out to harm Mary and her sisters .Will it end well? Why are the bad guys af ...more
Jun 11, 2010 rated it liked it
This was really more like 3.5 stars. The history was interesting but the romance was unrealistic. However, entertaining and definitely one of the better romance novels I've read recently
Jun 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book was overly predictable and quite irritating to read. Then again, it was a romance novel, which I feel are poorly written anyway and don't deserve to be considered literature in any way.
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Royce, Fitz ve Oliver'ı sevdim gerisini sallasak da olur :P
May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A really great first in a series. Mary and Royce were delightful and I loved their story. Great bit of suspense, also!
Haya 2
Jul 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
What a dull story this was.
Lover of Romance
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
After Mary's mother dies and she and her three sisters are left with their stepfather who wants to sell them, she takes herself and her sisters to seek refuge from their grandfather who is a Earl in England. Upon arriving however things are not what they expect, finding out their grandfather has passed away and they need to seek refuge from a cousin who is the current Earl of Stewkesbury. At first Mary is reluctant to do all that is required, to accept everything that are given to them because o ...more
Darcia Cowart
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abducted-heiress
Love historical Romance novels have read the reviews it is either a hit or a dud. But from those that have loved it, I seem to think similarly so I am excited to read it.

Just finished it and loved it! I had read the reviews before hand and there are those that gave it a bad review based on the opinion that too many characters were introduced and the relationship was strained or too slow to heat up till after the middle of a 400+ page book. Several mentioned no chemistry.

I really really enjoyed t
Emily S.
May 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I had such high hopes for this one. I was ready and willing to give it every chance, but it disappointed. I'm afraid that the romance genre is feeling rather washed out to me at the moment. Everything is so DONE! There was nothing really original about it. I firmly believe that most of the romance novels hearken back to Gone With the Wind...boy meets girl, boy desires girl and girl desires boy, both are too stubborn to admit it, they're finally thrown together and must make something of the situ ...more
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
I've really enjoyed some of Camp's previous books and I often think that in this genre books work best where they are in a series with some continuing characters, so I was looking forward to getting my teeth into the Willowmere series.

This is the first book in said series and although I didn't actively dislike it, I did find it a bit mediocre. A lot of plot elements seemed very reused and I always find the 'American girls coming over to England and catching eligible aristocratic batchelor' a bit
Mey Buentipo
This is the first I read from this author.I am looking for different kind of story, well I am not certain if this story fits it. It started nicely, It is fast paced and very funny. I found myself laughing during reading the story. I thought the story is about the Bascombe's sisters from America. Well I got disappointed that it is not about, although they are a big part of the series. It is very hard for to put my feelings to this book. I liked that characters of story, especially one of the sist ...more
May 15, 2010 rated it liked it
I very much enjoyed reading Candace Camp’s A Lady Never Tells. It was a fun and witty story about four American sister’s journey to a completely different world than what they know and how they survive and cope through the Tons strict (and in their American raised opinions) ridiculous rules and regulations. Once in England they must search out their estranged relatives; hoping they will be welcome as they struggle along the road to learning to becoming Ladies. The sisters hope to be accepted an ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miei, 2014
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Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This romance has a few bumps, but I still enjoyed it. The novel begins with the arrival of the four American Bascombe sisters in London. All four are named after flowers (Marigold/Mary, Rose, Lily, and Camellia), and they are there to throw themselves on the mercy of their maternal grandfather, the Earl of Stewkesbury, who disinherited their mother when she eloped with their father. Unfortunately, the old Earl has died, and the girls’ cousin Oliver is the new Earl. Thanks to the intervention of ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I love Candace Camp books. This story finds four American girls (sisters) sitting on the docks trying to decide what to do now. They have made it to England and are finding it much bigger and dirtier than they anticipated. Well a thief comes up and steals their bag and they ...well do not reach the normal way (for Enlish Ladies) and end up meeting Sir Royce. Eventually they find the home of their grandfather and try to get to know their estranged family. Things are not how they expected to find ...more
Beth Johnson
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hea, 2015-reads
This author was a new one for me, and I hadn't read anything about her work before I checked two of her books out the library. I really enjoyed this novel, especially because the heroine and her sisters weren't swanning English misses -- they rough and tumble American women who just happened to be the granddaughters of an earl. And the way the romance blossomed was well handled as well. I thought the "mystery" left something to be desired as it was fairly clear who was the culprit, but a couple ...more
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was quite abit of fun. Candace Camp wove a story of mystery and adventure in ton society. Mary is a willful creature, as are her three sisters, independent and fresh in the face of English society. Royce is an honorable man himself and when he sets out to help four lost girls, he ends up on a whirlwind adventure and spirals right into love with Mary, although he has a tough time admitting it as their need to be together grows. Learning to be ladies is tough, but these four power throug ...more
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Candace Camp is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty books.

Her first novel, *Bonds of Love*, was published by Jove Publishing in 1978, under the pseudonym Lisa Gregory. Two pseudonyms (Kristin James and Sharon Stephens)and many books later, Candace writes under her own name Candace Camp and still loves creating stories.

Candace lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and is the mot
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