A Companion for Life [NOOK Book]

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Miss Lily Leigh’s life is like a badly written fairytale. The fat younger sister is pretty, but her parents only have enough love and money for the beautiful older sister. When her parents die she’s denied an inheritance and enslaved to Rosamund, her heartless older sister, without a hope of being rescued. After more than a decade of pain and humiliation, the only thing that keeps her from throwing herself into the Thames is the possibility that one day she’ll catch another glimpse of Mr Penryth Bowen, the man ...

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A Companion for Life

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Overview

Miss Lily Leigh’s life is like a badly written fairytale. The fat younger sister is pretty, but her parents only have enough love and money for the beautiful older sister. When her parents die she’s denied an inheritance and enslaved to Rosamund, her heartless older sister, without a hope of being rescued. After more than a decade of pain and humiliation, the only thing that keeps her from throwing herself into the Thames is the possibility that one day she’ll catch another glimpse of Mr Penryth Bowen, the man her sister jilted eighteen years ago.

When her spoilt niece, Grace, wins the heart of William, Mr Bowen’s nephew and ward, Lily’s life momentarily brightens as the man who unknowingly owns her heart comes to call. Watching him from the shadows, she’s overwhelmed by the beautiful man’s kindness. But when Mr Bowen refuses to give his permission for an immediate wedding Lily knows her sister will blame her. A vicious beating is followed by the humiliation of being sent to beg Mr Bowen to allow the wedding in return for the chance of bedding Rosamund. Mr Bowen accepts the offer and Lily returns home wishing she was dead.

Mr Penryth Bowen is aware that Lily is in dire need of rescue, but his chivalrous impulses are hampered by an irrational desire for the woman. Her fleeting adoring glances cause a strange warmth in his chest while the thought of exploring her ample curves heat his blood to a pleasant simmer. He knows if he makes her a part of his life in some way he’ll be tempted to make her smile, tempted to give into his baser desires. He’s undecided until he discovers Lily has been battered black and blue. Penryth’s impulsive decision will change his life, but true kindness is a condition that requires self knowledge of one’s motives and an understanding that even well meant actions can have unforeseen consequences that are anything, but kind.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000695166
  • Publisher: Cari Hislop
  • Publication date: 7/24/2009
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 625,116
  • File size: 233 KB

Meet the Author

I’m an American married to an adorable English Goblin who makes me laugh every day. I’m an artist with a degree in fashion design, but I’ve always been a story teller. Stories are everywhere; in every scent, every glimpse out of the corner of the eye. The most magical moments of my life have been born of ‘what if?’.

I’ve been making up stories as long as I can remember, but I was ten before I 'wrote' my first story. It was a romance - the young girl’s parents are killed by a plane falling on their house so of course she moves to England. Don’t ask me where she got the money or the passport!

I knew I wanted to grow up to be an author. All my artistic talents converge on my favorite subject: people. I find both individuals and general humanity endlessly fascinating.

My genre: Regency romances (historical romances set in late Georgian England)

Rated: PG13 (PG13 as in 1985)

Style: Each of my stories tend to have their own humor depending on the character's personalities, but they always make me laugh. My plots are character driven and my stories evolve with the characters. Other than the hero and heroine somehow ending up together at the end, I never know what will really happen in the story until it happens.

Note: After much deliberation I decided to use English spelling rather than American English spelling in my stories. This will sadly irritate some people, but the USA is the only country to use American spelling while the rest of the English speaking world uses English spelling.

I don't think of my books as a series, but all my characters inhabit the same Regency Universe. Most of the main characters are either related or know of each other so my stories often intertwine.
If you ever have any questions about my stories or would like to receive an e-mail to let you know I've finished a book please e-mail me at... cari.hislop@regencyromancenovels.com

Happy Reading!

Cari Hislop

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Just a bunch of fun.

    I really enjoyed these books by Cari Hislop. They are definitely regency fluff, and not to be taken seriously! I agree that Lily cries too much in this one, but all of the characters are over the top. I have laughed a lot, and rolled my eyes so many times, knowing it was all in fun. Enjoy or don't, it's your choice, but I bought them all and it was worth it to me. I also actually enjoy not reading a bunch of sex scenes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Disappointing...............................

    Not as good as some of her other books. Lily cries in almost every chapter. Not that she doesn't have good reason. But it seems tiresome after awhile. The first half of the book Lily spends in bed recovering from a beating her sister and niece give her. So she is being fed laudadum constantly. If she isn't sleeping she's crying. I felt sorry for her but couldn't quite see his attraction to her. When her niece comes to live with her she is given laudadum when she receives 2 smacks for misbehaving. At this rate the whole family is going to wind up in rehab. The niece starts out as a total psycho but it turns out with a little discipline---e.g. You have to eat porridge for dinner she does a complete turn around. Really? The character developments are not consistent. The story weak. The out of control teenagers to easy to control. Can't recommend it.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Not bad....

    It was a decent story line, not enough steam. If your into historical romance with lots of intense sex, this is not the book for you. She literly builds up the scene then cuts it off. If she added in the sex id say she might have a chance making it big!

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