The Lord Next Door

The Lord Next Door

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by Gayle Callen
     
 

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Victoria must wed . . . and immediately!

To rescue her family from financial ruin, lovely Victoria Shelby has no choice but to marry. Her options for a bridegroom are limited . . . until she remembers the shy servant boy next door. Then she discovers that her childhood friend is actually Viscount Thurlow — ruthless businessman, future earl, and a man

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Victoria must wed . . . and immediately!

To rescue her family from financial ruin, lovely Victoria Shelby has no choice but to marry. Her options for a bridegroom are limited . . . until she remembers the shy servant boy next door. Then she discovers that her childhood friend is actually Viscount Thurlow — ruthless businessman, future earl, and a man whose family is shrouded in scandal!

After two rejected marriage proposals, David Thurlow needs a wife who will give him an heir, someone who will not only overlook his past but also be above reproach. Victoria is the ideal candidate — quiet, unassuming, and in desperate need of funds. But even as she strives to be the perfect wife, her calm demeanor masks a shocking secret . . . one that is overshadowed by David's slow, heated lessons in the art of seduction that threaten to transform a “convenient” marriage into a torrid and passionate affair.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061748677
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
Sisters of Willow Pond , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
29,604
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, Gayle Callen found the life she'd always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written more than twenty historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion, the Laurel Wreath Award, the Booksellers' Best Award, and been translated into eleven different languages. The mother of three grown children, an avid crafter, singer, and outdoor enthusiast, Gayle lives in Central New York with her dog, Uma, and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero. She also writes contemporary romances as Emma Cane.

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Lord Next Door 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1828 London, ten years old Tom steals a journal from his ten years old neighbor Veronica and writes to her. They become pen pals though they never meet as she is the daughter of a banker who cannot play with the son of the earl¿s cook. In 1834, Tom abruptly stops writing............... Ten years later, Veronica¿s dad committed suicide leaving her, her two younger sisters and their mom to fend for themselves. The siblings move on while Veronica has to find a home for her distraught mom before they are dispossessed. She asks her Tom to marry her though she has not heard from him in sixteen years only to learn that he is Viscount David Thurlow. He wonders if she could be the answer to problems his father¿s scandal caused him no one in the Ton will accept him as a suitor in spite of his rank................ David proposes explaining he needs a wife to produce an heir. His only condition is there will be no scandal. Veronica hides her father¿s suicide from him and accepts. She tells her mom and he his dad both are dismayed. They marry, but Veronica vows to herself to leave if necessary is he is in danger of causing a scandal that will hurt David¿s position in Polite Society............... The robust lead couple and fully-developed support cast make for a fine historical romance though there is no major conflict. Readers fully understand what motivates Tom and Veronica and why his father behaved as he did after his wife died. Gayle Callen provides a wonderful nineteenth century romance in which the hero is NO ORDINARY GROOM and his beloved gives him much more than A WOMAN¿S INNOCENCE.............. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Lord Next Door is one of my favorite books. It isn't one of your typical fast paced love stories, and in all honesty it probably won't be winning any awards, and okay.... it also isn't as exciting as some other romances out there that seem to keep you on the edge of your seat. However.... what it has to offer it's reader's is a very sweet and yes sometimes slow... approach at love. The main character's of David and Victoria come together as a couple at first out of sheer need. Both knew each other in an unconventional way as children, but knows nothing about one another as adult's Victoria didn't even know David's real name!! But now Victoria needs a husband and David needs a wife so what better way to solve both of there problems then by marrying each other, sounds simple right? but as with all things in life nothing is ever as simple as it seems. I enjoyed this story and was not bored at all by it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want a read where the hero is a quiet sort, the heroine is trying to save the family from starving so she marries the quiet sort of a hero, then this is a good read. The only interesting storyline is that quiet hero refuses to bed his new wife until she is ready. He readies her by coming to her bedchamber each night and by stages, seduces her. It was like reading a strip poker instruction book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to skip over pages to keep from yawning. No major plot line and the whole book felt forced. It was like reading an instruction booklet! I like her other books (like 'The Duke in Disguise') 100% better.
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It was kind of blah. I didnt really care about the characters and the climax was a huge let down...with the plot and the love scenes. I was sadly dissapointed. But i did finish it, so it wasn't horrible, just a little boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad read. Enjoyed it.
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Great romantic read
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Oh so boring. The other 2 books in the series are ok, but this one is not worth the time or money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even if I have read much better writing, this was a good book. I'm looking forward to reading the next two book's that come after this one.
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