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Nearly a Lady

(Haverston Family #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,868 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Lord Gideon Haverston wanted to right his family's wrongs. So when he promises young Winnefred Blythe the money that his stepmother had cheated her out of over the years, he expects to be greeted as a hero. But the situation is much more complicated than Gideon had expected-and the task of taming the untrusting Winnefred much more alluring. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 316 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Berkley
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This book was perfect for me. Seriously, perfect. I loved everything about it from the charming writing to the delightful characters. It was dead on for my mood and was much appreciated after my predominantly mediocre book luck in May.

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
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Kleypas's "Love in the Afternoon", quirky heroines & tortured heroes
Recommended to Shawna by: It started with Rane and then Diana sealed it. :)
5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

Books like this lovely, heartwarming gem make me grateful for Goodreads, which has enabled me to make such great friends who share my passion for romance and happily ever afters and to discover so many wonderful new-to-me authors.

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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Regency romance readers
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) by: Several GRs friends
Nearly a Lady is beautiful in its simplicity as a historical romance. It's about two people getting to know each other and falling in love. There is no need for madcap adventures, a cruel villain, an extraneous mystery plot, chandelier-swinging sex scenes, or convoluted excuses for the couple to spend time together. Instead, this story is organic in its development. And I appreciated that. The characters are those who you might have seen before in Regency romance, but they seem more authentic he ...more

4.5 stars

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
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Julia Quinn
If I were to judge Nearly a Lady by the opening pages, I would be hard pressed not to award it five stars. I relished the funny moments with snarky humor and cherished those little snippets that made me smile.

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
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
Lovely romance with a traumatised Hero and a very kind heroine. H is grieving an awful loss and is tasked to find the h, as a member of his family stole from her. She is a great heroine, deeply caring of others and selfless. The writing has a nice level of angst, and I really liked the h's character. She survived by being practical, and she's very funny. Great intro the series. ...more
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: gr2016, 3-stars

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

Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-prime
I loved Gideon and Winnefred. This story was a delight from beginning to end and I look forward to continuing with this author's work. I first discovered Alissa Johnson when I bought The Christmas Dance on sale and then I found all her books on Amazon Prime Reading...what a deal! I'm now going to read everything :)

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
4 stars

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.

Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Diana~ (Kiss Me Books) by: It all started because of Rane ;)
I had so many emotions while reading this Nearly a Lady by Alissa Johnson. First, it started out as sweetness because I adore the friendship between Winnefred and Gideon. It was so cute and they were meant to be together from the very start. Then, there was heartbreak because while these two are friends, they're also unconsciously falling in love with each other... and Gideon refuses to let that happen. And finally, peacefulness because the ending was worth all of the rollercoaster of emotions t ...more
5 stars.

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
3.5/4 stars
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
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this so much!
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.
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

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
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

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.

Catherine's Review

My only qualm is that the ending felt a tad rushed and I wish that
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lovely find, a second chance in life given to two women whom life has spared nothing.
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
My first read by this author and so delightful. The hero is making amends for the sins of his father and stepmother. The heroine happens to be an abandoned ward who has made do with so little. I absolutely loved every moment of this. The hero was great, so was the heroine.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
A very strong 3, almost a 3.5/4. This story was a pleasant Regency read that flowed well and stayed true to the voice and strong characterization of traditional Regency novels of yesteryear. I particularly liked the kind and independent heroine, Winnifred, whose lack of artifice was truly refreshing. I thought the circumstances of the physical consummation of their relationship were a little out of place in light of the traditional Regency tone and the restraint the H had shown up until that poi ...more
The first book in Alissa Johnson's Haverston Family series. Alissa Johnson is quickly climbing to the top of my most loved historical romance writers. She has a way of creating wonderful characters and delightful and witty banter that keeps you glued to the pages. This one was very close to a 5 star for me. I did feel it trying to lag on me but it picked back up and carried me to the end. ...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars

LOVED this. So, so, so, so much. Exactly what I needed, actually. :)
Let me preface this review with the fact that I really like Alissa Johnson. I like her writing stye and she has a way of fleshing out characters so that they become very real. Sometimes I find she tends to have the heroes all tortured or conflicted and has the heroine"saving" him, which is a bit annoying- the other way around is good, too!
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
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More a 3.7 or something...
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
Sara Reads (mostly) Romance
What a sweet and wholesome book! This was fun and very cute, and mostly casual with no angst, very light read
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like a nice substantial historical without any spy silliness
The first thing I will say about this book is that it's not unintelligent. Which sounds like damning it with faint praise, but that's not my intention. It's just that the book's source of conflict - the hero's reason for resisting falling in love - skates close to the line, and is a bit simplistic in how the hero learned from one disaster in his past that he can never be responsible for a wife and children, and a bit simplistic in how he wakes up one day and gets over it. But while this kind of ...more
I absolutely LOVED this book. It's warm and funny and sexy, the characters are engaging and well-rounded and I'm always a sucker for a romance in which the romantic feelings evolve from friendship.

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,
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical romance fans
This is a sweet historical romance about two good people who fall in love. The heroine is strong, intelligent, kind, and senstive. The hero reminded me of Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale from Elizabeth Hoyt's To Seduce a Sinner. He is charming, without being rakish, and his humor is, at times, nonsensical. He is also scarred from war and nightmares wake him.

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
It started out great, somewhat sweet, along the lines of Traditional Regency Romance. I thought Gideon was a nice hero, kind, down-to-Earth, with a good sense of humor, etc. And Winnifred seemed to be a headstrong woman, not a girly, silly child. And besides, I like romances in little towns more than in high society.

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
This was what I've come to expect from Alissa Johnson. It was engagingly written and peppered with witty banter. The plot was simple. Unlike any of the books in the Providence series by this author, the h was never in any danger. I liked that this was just a story about a man and a woman becoming friends and then falling in love.

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
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Katyana by: Catherine
Oh, how could I not love Freddie and Gideon. This book was perfect. Just perfect.

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
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Loved this book. Just loved it. Winnefred is such a lovely, giving person even though she's felt unwanted most of her life, and the hero, Gideon is wonderful. They make such a lovely couple. The dialogue between them was fantastic and made me laugh often and there was enough angst to make it a well-rounded book. It was a touch slow to start, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down and read it in one day. I couldn't have been happier with it. This author has a very smooth style, and the un ...more
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“He'd become so accustomed to having her there, right there next to him, that he found he could no longer go the day without needing to see her. Even the space of a few hours made him feel restless and dissatisfied.” 8 likes
“How had things gone so terribly wrong? She wasn't supposed to be returning to Murdoch House in defeat, and she most certainly was not supposed to be returning alone.

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.”
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