Lord Dashwood Missed Out: A Spindle Cove Novella

Lord Dashwood Missed Out: A Spindle Cove Novella

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by Tessa Dare

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A snowstorm hath no fury like a spinster scorned

Miss Elinora Browning grew up yearning for the handsome, intelligent lord-next-door…but he left England without a word of farewell. One night, inspired by a bit too much sherry, Nora poured out her heartbreak on paper. Lord Dashwood Missed Out was a love letter to every young lady who’


A snowstorm hath no fury like a spinster scorned

Miss Elinora Browning grew up yearning for the handsome, intelligent lord-next-door…but he left England without a word of farewell. One night, inspired by a bit too much sherry, Nora poured out her heartbreak on paper. Lord Dashwood Missed Out was a love letter to every young lady who’d been overlooked by gentlemen—and an instant bestseller. Now she’s on her way to speak in Spindle Cove when snowy weather delays her coach. She’s forced to wait out the storm with the worst possible companion: Lord Dashwood himself.

And he finally seems to have noticed her.

George Travers, Lord Dashwood, has traveled the globe as a cartographer. He returned to England with the goal of marrying and creating an heir—only to find his reputation shredded by an audacious, vexingly attractive bluestocking and her poison pen. Lord Dashwood Missed Out, his arse. Since Nora Browning seems to believe he overlooked the passion of a lifetime, Dash challenges her to prove it.

She has one night.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Spindle Cove Series
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4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.

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Lord Dashwood Missed Out: A Spindle Cove Novella 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SW57 11 months ago
Cute novella. I have to say, I didn't love Lord Dashwood through most of the story, and I was surprised at the twist in the end!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly this made it to the top 5 of my favorite reads! The humor made me laugh and the loving words touched my heart.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
A light heated read.
DWilson12 More than 1 year ago
When you're in the mood for a light read, this is a good choice. The characters & dialogue are amusing, and it wasn't necessary to know anything about the rest of the series to enjoy this story.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Spindle Cove is one of my favorite places! Miss Elinora Browning had written Lord Dashwood Missed Out when she didn’t get the guy she wanted. Her childhood friend. After his dismissal, she penned the somewhat bitter love letter and it was published and empowered young ladies all over. She is now on the way to Spindle Cove for a signing and reading from the pamphlet when she has no other resource for getting there than sharing a coach in the middle of the night with a stranger. Except he’s not a stranger at all. He’s the very Lord Ashwood she wrote that pamphlet about. And he might be just a little upset about having his name dragged through the mud with the success of her pamphlet and wants to know what exactly he missed out on. Nora now has a backbone and maybe a confidence she didn’t have those years ago. George is a bit of a jerk but with a purpose. He tests Nora’s resolve and when you see the ending you won’t be able to hold back the swoons. This is a short story so I don’t want to give anything away. I’m always a fan of this series and Ms. Dare’s writing is as always flawless. With all the backstory there is between these two it was easy to see their story develop without requiring as many pages. The winter setting around the Christmas holiday is a beautiful backdrop to their encounter and one of my favorite scenes in the whole story takes place out in the snow. :) Incredibly romantic and enticingly sweet! I loved George and Nora in this short story and after the bit we get to see of Charlotte in this story, I’m now even more anxious to read DO YOU WANT TO START A SCANDAL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the charcters!
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It was romance at its best with a comedic flair. Having written a scandalous pamphlet regarding her scorn for the man who left her without a backwards glance, Miss Nora Browning has become renowned throughout England as a champion for young ladies overlooked by gentlemen, and an inspiration to make do without men. When she ventures out to visit Spindle Cove, at the invitation of the Two Sisters Subscription Library run by the delightful, Daniela and Her Grace, Pauline, the last thing she expects is to have the coach leave without her. So when she accepts alternative passage in a coach with only one passenger, she is somewhat horrified to discover her traveling companion is the real man behind Lord Ashwood Missed Out: A Gentleman’s Rejection, Rejected by Miss Elinora Browning. The man who broke her heart and shattered her dreams of being his wife someday. George Travers, Lord Dashwood, aka Lord Ashwood in literary circles, is very interested in learning exactly what it was that he missed out on and is determined to get his old friend, Nora to reveal the truth behind her otherwise, libelous pamphlet. It soon becomes apparent to him that he most certainly missed out but now only hoped it wasn’t too late to remedy the situation. With a snowstorm as an accomplice, Dash makes sure Nora cannot escape to Spindle Cove and must answer his inquiries or face the prospect of a potential lawsuit. But in reality, what he’d really prefer to do is make her his own. And so a plan is set in motion. I enjoyed every moment of this novella, from the moment Nora encounters Dash in the dimly lit interior of the empty coach to the moment she discovers the lies having been perpetrated against her over twenty-four hours. The delightful antics of the men of Spindle Cove whom we’ve come to adore throughout the series, the way they adore and annoy their wives, and then there’s Mrs. Highwood’s determination to find a good man for her daughter, Charlotte, even if he is only a baron and a cast off from another woman. Life in Spindle Cove as always continues to be filled with smiles and romantic adventure. I don’t want to say too much because there is a lot of stimulating banter, male antics, tense dangerous moments, and steamy romance packed into this novella, and must be experienced singularly by the reader. So without a doubt, I highly recommend reading LORD DASHWOOD MISSED OUT by Tessa Dare because to not is to most certainly MISS OUT! ***eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
85 pages of stylistically contemporary, suposedly regency but actually extremely cheese story. Don't bother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wish it was longer.