All A Woman Wantsby Patricia Rice
Knowing herself to be too plain and large to attract a husband, Bea Cavendish has settled for a quiet life
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�Mac� MacTavish impulsively steals his late sister�s neglected children, only to discover it�s easier to handle a clipper in a hurricane than steer two ornery brats. What he needs is a nanny until he can take the children back to his parents in America.
Knowing herself to be too plain and large to attract a husband, Bea Cavendish has settled for a quiet life of feathering her father�s nest�until he dies, and she�s left with an estate she doesn�t know how to manage. Alone and terrified, she doesn�t know what to make of the very big, very angry man appearing at her door with two adorable hooligans in tow.
Does she take in this ill-tempered stranger and his children in exchange for learning what she needs to know? Or is she in danger that this recklessly ambitious man might teach her more about life than which fields to plant?
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With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance's hottest authors. Her emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards. Her books have been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA� finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories.
A firm believer in happily-ever-after, Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. A native of Kentucky and New York, a past resident of North Carolina, she currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri, and now does accounting only for herself. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc.
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Lachlan MacTavish is an American in London on business and decides to visit his younger sister. Unfortunately, he reaches his sister's home to find that she has died, and her children are being severely neglected. Mac's brother-in-law is none other than a drunken Viscount Simmons, and Mac decides that his niece and nephew would be safest while in the care of their uncle.
Mac kidnaps the children and flees to the country only to discover that the woman recommended for the position of nanny is no longer alive. His quest for a nanny leads him to the home of Beatrice Cavendish, a long Meg of a spinster trying desperately to run the estate she inherited from her father. Bea agrees to let Mac stay at her home until his ship is ready to sail, though she is under the misapprehension that he is a widower and father to the children. In exchange, Mac agrees to teach Bea about the running of the estate. Lady Taubee, Bea's eccentric aunt, visits Bea's home and manages to get Mac to admit his true identity which is soon revealed to Bea. Mutual attraction leads Bea and Mac to marry, though she wants no man to control her future and convinces herself and him that she would be better off remaining to run her estate while he sails his ship and the children back to Virginia.
Richly entertaining and frequently laced with humor, this novel sets a pace that will hold the reader's interest. Bea and Mac are the perfect example of the phrase 'opposites attract'. She epitomizes the straight-laced English spinster, while he is the gruff American. Though the children are instrumental in bringing this unlikely pair together, their admiration for one another, both physical and intellectual, gives their relationship sticking power.
The supporting players make this book worthwhile, too. They create a sub-plot of their own, especially James, the over-dressed distant cousin of a footman. One can't help but wonder how his relationship to Bea really fits into the storyline. This is definitely a novel worth exploring.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Patricia writes very well. I like some of her characters but it is a 21st century book with a Regency tag. It is not a true Regency book. The setting is nice but characters in the time period being described would not act as her characters do. It is a pleasant diversion once but not something I would hold onto.
ALL A WOMAN WANTS by Patricia Rice is an exciting Regency historical romance set in 1815 England. When a visionary and a homebody meets will love blossom? Fast paced and filled with trust and love. When Mac finds his beloved sister dead,her children abused and abandoned by their father,he set's of to get them to his parents in America. What follows is much more than he bargained for,wanted or expected. He finds Beatrice,who is left alone when her beloved father passes away,and leaves her with a huge responsibility to save her beloved home. She has never left her country estate,been sheltered from the outside world,knows not what to expect,or anything of running a huge estate on the brink of disaster. Enter Mac,his niece,nephew and a world of trouble. With humor,secrets,passion,romance and love you will not go wrong with "All A Woman Wants" which is love and happiness. A must read for any historical readers,and anyone who enjoys a great read where family is everything and worth the trouble. Received for an honest review from the author and Library Thing. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews
3 STARS All a Woman Wants is a historical romance. The plot is simple Mac sails from America to London to sell his cargo and look into how his sister his doing. His family has not heard from her for months. Mac is surprised to find that his sister died months ago in childbirth. His nephew and niece are not being taken care off. His nephew has a broken arm and the children are being drugged. His brother-in-law is a drunk. The nurse maids are not taking care of the children. Mac decides to take the children and sail back home and letting his parents raise the kids right. He goes to the country to find the nanny he is told and finds she has died too. Bea's father died and left her the estate but she was never taught how to take care of everything. Plus it's in debt. She is shy and hardly ever leaves the estate. She needs someone to teach her how to run it right and read the account books. When Mac his guided to her estate they make a deal. He and the children can stay and Mac will teach her what he can till his new ship is ready to sail and he finds a new nanny to sail with him to take care of the children. Mac would rather do than show Bea how to run the estate. He yells a lot but is turning things around slowly. The children's father regrets that he signed away his children and is looking for them. His father is a powerful Earl and if he does not have the kids won't recieve money for their care. It is a nice story. Too many love scene details in it. I like that Bea wants to learn things not just let people around her make the decisions. She also wants to help her people. Mac is big,rough and loud. But he cares for the kids and his willing to go to jail for the kids safety. I was given this ebook to read as part of Librarything early review program. The contents are my own opinion of the story. Publisher: Rice Enterprises (January 6, 2013) 306 pages ASIN: B00AXQAFWY
American Lachlan McTavish arrives in London on business, but looks forward to also seeing his younger sister, a local resident married to a viscount. Lachlan has not heard from Marilee in about eight years, but is stunned to learn Lady Simmons, as the servant call his sibling, has been dead for almost a year. Even more shocking is that her children are neglected and abused, and her husband is a twenty-four hour drunk. Unable to idly ignore what is happening to his nephews, Lachlan abducts the two kids. Beatrice Cavendish quickly learns she has no experience or training in managing the family estate that she recently inherited with the death of her father. Worse yet, her father left the estate in near bankruptcy. Mac arrives seeking Nanny Marrow to help him with two children in town, only to learn she died just last week. However, he and Bea strike a deal. He teaches her how to run an estate and she insures the children receive proper nurturing. Neither one expected to fall in love with one another and his nephews to blossom, but it explodes amidst all four of them. ALL A WOMAN WANTS is an entertaining nineteenth century romance that showcases the talent of Patricia Rice. The story line is poignant as it highlights the impact of neglect on several levels (not just the children) and quite amusing especially with the interaction between the key cast members. This ultra-talented author¿s novels are not just a steamy bowl of rice; her works are a gourmet delight. Harriet Klausner