Nearly a Lady
The hero, Gideon, was such a doll. He had some issues from the past, but he didn’t let that ruin his whole personality. He’s cheerful and funny and gets enjoyment from making other people laugh. He’s drawn to Winnefred, but he isn’t the kind of guy to take somethin ...more
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Nearly a Lady is such a delightful, beautiful, emotional, sweet story that’s all the more powerful because of its quiet, honest simplicity and endearing characters who steal your heart. The genuine friendship and tender, gradual roma ...more
For twelve long years Winnefred (Freddie) Blythe and her friend and governess Lilly Ilestone have languished in poverty at Murdoch House in Scotland. They were sent there when Freddie was thirteen as the unwanted legal ward of the Marquess of Engsly and his unfeeling wife. After his death, his son, Lucien discovering he now has charge of a ward dispatches his brother, Gideon to Scotland to deal with the situation. The Englsy estate under the greedy and dishonest hand of Lady Engsly - Lu ...more
The plot quickly gave way to a richer, lighter fare with an offshoot of seriousness. It reminded me of Julia Quinn’s earlier stories with a likeable heroine and wonderful hero.
I enjoyed the many conversations between Miss Winnefred Blythe and Lord Gideon Haverston. He was a tortured soul ...more
Lord Gideon Haverston has been assigned the task of righting his stepmother’s wrong against his father’s ward, Miss Winnefred Blythe. He expected to be greeted as her hero when he promises her repayment of the money that was stolen from her over the years, instead he is assaulted when they don’t recognise him, and thinks him there to either hurt or steal from them. And then after that matter is cleared up, he has the difficult task of trying to win Winnefred’s trust. What he refuses to do, what...more
Winnefred is a woman with a spine of steel, an excellent grasp of the absurd, a devotion to strays (human and animal), and a weak stomach (motion sickness? I can empathize). It is a bl ...more
Wow, that was a nice HR for once.
The story begins with our hero, Gideon, the brother of a marquess, being sent to the lowlands of Scotland by said marquess brother to check up on a long forgotten ward. The ward, Winnefred, or Freddie, has lived on a rural farm for 12 years, along with her companion Lilly.
So Gideon finds himself knocked down by a feisty girl in pants, and afterwards has to explain why his family let girl in pants aka Freddie and Lilly live near starvation for so long.
Historical romance at it's finest and one that stroked favourably on everything that I love about HR.
Winnefred was a darling heroine; having grown up in less that auspicious circumstances, I found her remarkably courageous, bright, witty and entertaining. She wasn't prone to fits of sullenness or bitchiness at all, her sunny disposition was a constant throughout the entire book. And though she was an innocent who grew up on what could be referred to as a farm, she knew exactly what she w ...more
For some reason, I could not get into this book. I really enjoyed An Unexpected Gentleman but this one didn't set the world on fire. I'm not a fan of the tortured hero and Gideon would fit that description. He's probably suffering from PTSD and has both emotional and physical scars. I also don't like heroes that play the I can't get married/I can't have children/I can't forgive myself card. There are two love stories here and the other couple was a better match, imo. There was some pr ...more
The chemistry and friendship between H/h is wonderful. The dialogs , the progress and the storyline...
I haven't felt emotions for so long time in historical romance. I've just remembered again, why I love this genre very much :)
I can't believe myself, why I waited so much for reading Ms Johnson's books. I'll read other books of the author's as soon. ...more
Nearly a Lady has been quietly languishing on my TBR pile for months now. I'm afraid that cover had something to do with it (she says sheepishly after making and breaking her 110th resolution not to judge a book by its . . . well). Uninspiring cover aside (but seriously, I just don't like the look of them and really that's far too much lavender for my taste and . . . well), it lingered in the back of my mind all this time for no discernible reason except that ...more
It has been a severely long time in which I have read a historical romance and felt like I could relate to the characters, like I was totally absorbed in the storyline and invested in the outcome.
This was that book.
I'm not going to give you a review here. Nay, I will instead point you to a review that is better than anything I could write about this book.
Isn't that Lazy CJ?
Yes. Yes it is.
But it's also right.
My only qualm is that the ending felt a tad rushed and I wish that ...more
It was essentially Winnefred Blythe’s journey to her HEA, a rather bumpy road.
Freddie never wanted to leave her dear small countryside in Scotland, but to please her only friend, she is willing. She is like that, always thinking to the others before herself.
Most of her life she has been a burden, a charge passed from one to another, until she was forgotten, so when Lord Gideon Haverston décides ...more
In this story, the first in a trilogy, our hero Gideon is traumatised by what happened on the ship under his command during the war. Meanwhile, our heroine Win ...more
I just didn't seem to be compelled to read this with the same eager spirit from start to end.
In the beginning the scenes were funny and unique enough to make me curious, mostly because of Winnifred and Lilly's situation and how they ended up like that.
After the action moved to London, I felt my interest wasn't as high. The interactions between the characters (mainly the protagonists) stopped being as engaging and despite the HEA being sweet, I wasn't as dazzled by it ...more
Winnefred (odd spelling!) has been passed from pillar to post all her life, and is thus no stranger to rejection. Gideon is sent to find her by his brother in order to make financial restitution for money that was due to her as his father's ward, and their relationship doesn't get off to a great start, ...more
In this story, Gideon is sent to rectify a financial wrong done to Winnefred. His step-mother has ran off after stealing a significant amount ...more
But this story dragged on and on and on. Winnifred and Lilly preparing themselves to be presented in society. Gideon feeling more and more attracted to Winnifred. Then the journey t ...more
Unfortunately, I did not like the H in this story. He tried hard to be selfless in the beginning. He wanted to leave the h alone, knowing that he could never care about ...more
Re-read Sept 2019
I'm not going to change the 5 star rating, because man, I love Winnefred. She's a fabulous, strong, unique HR heroine.
That said ... I hate that Lilly and Lucien steal so much focus that at times this amazing woman feels like a secondary character in her own damn book. And I hate that no one actually gives a shit about her. No one ever treats her with any care or respect ... not Lilly, who can't ...more
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Lilly should be there. And Gideon. High-handed, muleheaded, wonderful Gideon. She'd never admitted it, not even to herself, but a part of her had expected him to come back to Murdoch House with her. Or perhaps it was more accurate to say that no part of her had been able to imagine going back without him.”