Lady Elizabeth's Comet

Lady Elizabeth's Comet

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by Sheila Simonson
     
 

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Elizabeth Conway's greatest ambition is to discover a comet. Unfortunately, she is the eldest of eight daughters of an earl, so her relative expect her to take her rightful place in Society. The heavenly bodies she views through her telescope hold far more fascination for Elizabeth than any mere male, although her perpetual beau, dashing Lord Bevis, would change that

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Elizabeth Conway's greatest ambition is to discover a comet. Unfortunately, she is the eldest of eight daughters of an earl, so her relative expect her to take her rightful place in Society. The heavenly bodies she views through her telescope hold far more fascination for Elizabeth than any mere male, although her perpetual beau, dashing Lord Bevis, would change that if he could. When Tom Conroy, a distant cousin and the new Earl of Clanross, appears after a year's delay, Elizabeth offers him a cool welcome. He is a dull stick and ill-mannered to boot. Yet he is the only man who has shown respect for her astronomical work, and his concern for her younger sisters' welfare reveals a different side to him. Then his heir, Elizabeth's cousin Willoughby, appears with the obvious intent of making a match between his lovely but silly sister and Clanross--and with making as much mischief as he can. Lord Bevis presses his suit with Lady Elizabeth, until she agrees, at long last, to marry him. She resists making an announcement, though, until he tells his somewhat traditional father that he will not only be marrying an heiress but her telescope. Elizabeth discovers a comet. Clanross proclaims his pride in her accomplishment, but Lord Bevis's reaction is far more traditional. Willoughby introduces a beautiful woman into the mix and the twins further complicate it. Distraught, confused, perhaps even heartbroken, Elizabeth faces the question of what to do with the rest of her life. And what to do about Clanross, whom she just might love.

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Maura Franklin
... probably the best regency I have read in a long long time... The supporting cast is varied and interesting from the servants to the members of the Ton... The various romantic tangles were fun and add much to the plot. This is another well-written Regency for Ms. Simonson. 4 1/2 Hearts!

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ISBN-13:
9781601740465
Publisher:
Uncial Press
Publication date:
04/18/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
564,051
File size:
597 KB

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Lady Elizabeth's Comet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Erica_Anderson More than 1 year ago
This is one of those low-key character-driven Regencies in which all the action is internal--no races to Gretna, no kidnappings, no Gothic hauntings. Just two decent people figuring out they're in love. Our hero is the new Earl of Clanross. He was badly injured during the war and his ill health is what initially brings the H/H together. He was also Engaged in Trade, which earns the scorn of the snooty heroine, Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a bluestocking spinster, but she doesn't parade around her spinster-hood or her scholarship. In fact, she's resigned to the first and hesitant to discuss the latter. In a fit of desperation, Elizabeth agrees to marry her friend, a long-time flirt, only to discover that the duke she has scorned and maligned is actually the one she loves. Elizabeth is a prickly heroine, and she may be a bit off-putting at first. But Simonson does an excellent job of showing how she learns from her mistakes and becomes worthy of the hero's regard. The hero is the strong, stoic type. Simonson shows his decency and goodness in a dozen small ways without being treacly. There are no pretensions to rakishness--it's all about the hard work of being strong and honorable man who's been given more than his fair share of pain and misery. If you like trads by Susanna Fraser, Rose Lerner, and Emily May, you should definitely give this one a try. It's a keeper.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author is one of my favorites for Regencies. I was delighted to find her books available for Nook as I could not find them again in print.