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Lord Wraybourne's Betrothed: A Romance of Regency England (Lovers and Ladies #2)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  382 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
From The New York Times bestselling author of A Lady's Secret, a classic Regency romance back in print and in trade for the first time.
Even if the handsome, debonair Lord Wraybourne is only marrying Jane Sandiford for her fortune[as she suspects[that does not diminish the powerful sway her betrothed seems to hold over her. The Sandiford Heiress has lived a sheltered life
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by New American Library
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Lynn Spinks
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THANK YOU. I love this book. Not casually, not just really like it, I LOVE this book!!! Lets get to know a character, shall we? Jane. Jane is an heiress from the strictest home, ever. No dancing, no entertaining, reading? Yeah, if it's a sermon. Dress clothes? Totally modest and unrevealing. This poor girl is blessed with a sheltered life. When she becomes betrothed to one of London's top socialites she gets the chance to spread her wings, loosen her braid and put something on that shows her wom ...more
This was Jo Beverley's first novel and is a decent start. The mystery plot would have been more interesting if I hadn't read some of the follow-up novels and already knew who the villain was. The denouement was really quick and should have been drawn out more. The romance plot was a bit boring. Jane's constant insecurity wears thin after awhile. Her fears make sense given her upbringing but are tedious to read. I liked her a lot though, despite her insecurities. I liked seeing her blossom and le ...more
The first time I read this, I loved the bold hero's patient pursuit of the shy heroine.

That was in... 2011.

Three years later, the second read felt very different. This time, the shy heroine, who readers are told is witty and clever, even if she had been utterly secluded from the world. Her shyness is explained by her innocence and unworldliness, but it goes further than shyness, because she's incredibly impressionable, too. I get this - if you've lived entirely at home, and haven't been able t
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good book for a Regency romance. I don't usually read these, but a friend of mine who likes Jane Austen said it was a good read. I like the fact that amid the romance there was a mystery involved. And the villian was not who I thought it would be. Jane Sandiford was 12 years younger than her bethroed, David Wraybourne. Her immaturity could be seen, yet her mother raised her to have no fun at all. It was interesting to see how Jane handled many adult aspects of her life when she went to Lo ...more
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Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to find out about this series from the "Clean Romance" group on goodreads. I wasn't sure what to expect after seeing the cover! I've been in a rut of bad books lately so this book was especially refreshing. Just a nice clean romance. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Unfortunately our library is missing two but hopefully they're not too interrelated that I will miss anything.
Amy Grossman
Jul 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book had such potential, since this was Jo Beverley's very first book that she wrote. I love her as an author, but this one was BORING. It had all the parts of a promising romance novel - new love, a crime/mystery, and a London season. They just did not come together quite as expected, and I had to struggle to finish this book, actually skimming the last pages. YAWN.
Heroine Jane hasn't been allowed to do much in her life. Not even read books or newspapers. Her tyrannical mother has even picked out her husband, which Jane doesn't actually object to, because at least Mom picked out a young and fairly handsome one. The hero thinks she'll do because she's quiet. He even cons mom into letting Jane come to London for a few weeks so she can learn to get along in society, since the hero is an earl and would expect it from his wife. The hero is also conducting an in ...more
Virginia Tican
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A re~read. Well~written and still as Entertaining the first time I read it. It started off as a very conventional betrothal; love never featured into the equation. Nevertheless, David chose Jane, a country miss with a very strict upbringing, finding something in her that called to his intellect and his own brand of humor. Little did he know that his cursory piqued interest would soon blossom into love. As for Jane, David disturbs her in some unexplained way. Thus is the beginning of this convolu ...more
#2 in the series. Sorry to give JB a 2 star. This is actually her first published book. Unfortunately, it's a yawner.
Dull story.

Horrible cover - what the heck? I have the new issue cover & the couple on the cover is not the couple described in the book.
Not my favorite of hers. She REALLY improved with age and experience.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable historical romance.
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story for its characters from the very beginning. It was Regency Romance at its Golden Age best.

The story begins when David, The Earl of Wraybourne, unaccountably becomes engaged to a sheltered and strictly brought up young woman, Jane Sandiford. Everyone, including Jane, thinks it is her impeccable birth and fortune that draw him. Jane makes the assumption based on the fact that David is handsome, fashionable and catches every eye in society. She can't figure out what he sees in
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very clean, very fun historical romance. Though not geared specifically toward young adults, it would definitely be suitable for them to read. It is always such a lovely surprise when I close a book and find that not only did I thoroughly enjoy myself reading it, but that I can now tell some of the mother/teen daughter pairs that I know of it and know with confidence that both will enjoy it.

There's not much to tell about the plot that you can't find on other review boards, so I'll try to conc
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of romances set in this time period I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I picked it up last night before bed and finished it in the early hours. Loved Jane a lot, she was witty and funny and well-written in my personal opinion. The romance between her and Wraybourne was sweet and developed at a pace that I think seemed reasonable. A nice switch from that insta-love/lust which plagues so many books these days.

The subplot that happened while the romance blossomed with the man assaulting
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I recently started reading "The Stolen Bride", then found out it would make more sense if I started with this one first.

I downloaded it onto my i-phone and started reading.

I really liked the story. I can't say that I fell in love with the book, or the characters, but I really liked them.

Lord Wraybourne finds a country girl, who is extremely wealthy and agrees to take her for his bride. Her parents are highly judgemental and self-righteous. It is amazing that Lord Wraybourne comes up to snuff.

Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
You're not going to like the next sentence you read.

I like when the characters I read about are attractive. I liked this book.

This book mainly focuses on Jane. Poor Jane was brought up blind to the ton. Wraybourne visits her manor house, invited by Jane's mother, to see if they would suit. He's enchanted by her and accepts to take her hand in marriage. Wraybourne is an easy going type of guy, although, don't fuck with him, he'll get extremely pissed. But he's always forgiving of crazy females.

Jennifer Eckel
Oct 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how the publisher's reprint books at 2x the cost. I also like how they did away with the genre books: Regency but will bring these out at higher cost.

This according to the Postscript is Jo Beverley's first published book. Highly entertaining. I read it in one sitting staying up late to do so. I can see this was a first book. The hero has arranged to marry an heiress lacking in town polish. She comes to town to gain some, and Lord Wraybourne begins to fall for his fiancee. We don't find ou
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I wanted to give this 4.5 stars, because it really was a wonderful book! I'm going to keep it on my bookshelf, for sure. The dynamic between Jane and David was adorable, and I loved to watch Jane grow throughout the book. The fact that they were betrothed without knowing anything about each other, but David just knew he would love her made it so sweet, especially when Jane thought so little of herself at first. There was a little intrigue, but that is where my half star got deducted. I didn't fe ...more
Jane Irish Nelson
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
The match between Lord Wraybourne and Jane Sandiford was grist for the gossip-mill, except there wasn't anything interesting to say about it. Especially since no one in Society know Miss Sandiford. Then it is arranged that she will come-out with Wraybourne's sister Sophie. Jane and Sophie quickly become friends, but there are schemers who would prefer that the marriage not take place. In addition, at his uncle's urging, Wraybourne is investigating a mystery, even though it takes him away from hi ...more
Lynne Tull
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
This is a republished edition of Jo Beverley's first novel. I liked it. It was good for a first novel. I found the first half and the heroine's naivete tedious. However, the story and personalities of the characters picked up in the second half...saving it from 'it was ok'. This book was one of Ms. Beverley's first six books that were republished under the them Lovers and Ladies. In her notes at the end Ms. Beverley explains that this is not in the format of her Malloren or Company of Rogue Seri ...more
Saw my sister reading this - and totally made fun of her because of the title. It sounded cheesy and ridiculous. Then I was bored and read it, and It was actually really cute. I really liked it the first time I read it. I just reread it (4/2013) and it was still cute and held my attention, but it paled in comparison to Edenbrooke (I adored that book). The main character Jane even grated on my nerves just a little the 2nd time, but she had spunk and was fiesty, and I'm always a fan of that. Overa ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
i was surprised that i got myself jo beverly's first book. i just realized it when i got to the last part of the book. ive been reading a lot of historical romance books and may i say that this is a refreshing kind. a story of arranged marriage and how the characters find themselves in love with each other. love the twist and turn of the plot and th love story of lord wraybourne and lady sanddiford. although at the start it was disappointing but as you get to read it along the way it got me exci ...more
Kathryn CA
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful book for people who like stories about arranged marriages and betrothals. The characters were likable and the mystery subplot kept the story going. It was obvious that this was an early book of hers, but it was still a good one. I finished it and then went back and read some of my favorite passages. This was a good book for a day when you need to feel a little happiness and don't want to use too much brain-power.
Mary Lauer
Not bad. As it was a traditional Regency, it didn't have quite the same emotional depth as Jo B.'s historicals. Still good tho, with more to it than a lot of traditionals. I liked seeing the glimpses of Jane's spirit that attracted David, tho I didn't feel like I got quite enough of his point of view.
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book Jo Beverley published. I'm a big fan of hers, but having read many others I found this one disappointing. It was ok, but not of the standard I've come to expect. It's not surprising, and I'm not putting down a first book, but she did improve greatly afterwards. Don't judge her works by this one.
Carrie Daws
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
I love a good historical fiction and this one added a bit of mystery too. I found the characters to be believable considering their place in history and their backstory. The mystery was well-shrouded until the proper time to reveal all, and all the loose ends were neatly finalized.
catherine james
Aug 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Respectable debut novel, though I would have preferred spending a bit more time in the company of Lord Wraybourne - half the fun of reading romance novels is getting the hero's perspective and I felt just a wee bit cheated of that pleasure this time around. Overall an enjoyable read.
Jen Haddad
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written regency novel and loved the characters. Have always enjoyed reading this time period with the men so knowledgeable in life experiences and the women somewhat timid but often turn out with some pretty sassy personalities that slowly comes to light throughout the story. A fun read!
Totally worth the less than $2 I paid. Cute little period piece, but the "bad character" was not well developed and the climax was kind of a let down, but a cute trashy read. If I paid more than $2 for it, it might only get 2 stars.
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Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of eleven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her ...more
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