Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand

Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand

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by Carla Sue Kelly

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Seeking both safety from her lecherous brother-in-law and the solitude to work through her grief and put her family's world back together, the vicar's widow, Roxanna Drew, takes her two young daughters and moves into the dilapidated dowerhouse of a nearby estate, determined to make it livable before winter. However, the winter winds bring more than snow to her door: Fletcher Rand, Marquess of Winn, the estate's absentee owner, appears in search of shelter. She welcomes him into her home-and into her life as well. Emotionally involving, well written, and filled with real characters, this story infuses a traditional Regency situation with compassion, warmth, and a high level of sexual tension, producing a book that won't soon be forgotten. The grief/healing process is particularly well depicted. Kelly is a popular writer of out-of-the-ordinary Regencies (Mrs. Whittier Makes a List, Signet, 1994). (Kelly lives in Monroe, Louisiana.)

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Signet Regency Romance Series
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7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Kimba121 More than 1 year ago
Exceptionally good historical romance. The characterizations, drama, and smiles are reminiscent of Mary Balogh (a favorite). Very well written. Not graphic, but there is enough description of their desire for one another, and the lead-up and aftermath, that you won't miss the details. Highly recommended. 236 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lovely story, well told. Roxanne and Winn are older, each with a history of real life damage, yet they each manage to go on, as we all must. They enter my small pantheon of favorite couples.
MKReviews More than 1 year ago
A Reader's Opinion: Mrs. Drew played every hand exceptionally well, and so did author Carla Kelly. I lay in bed reading this book and actually caught myself smiling many times. I couldn't remember the last time I had so thoroughly enjoyed a book. Roxanna Drew is an absolutely delightful and endearing heroine. Her strength, resilience, and love for her daughters is beautiful. The relationship she has with her children is so wonderfully written and each of them have very distinctive personalities, yet at the same, you can clearly tell they are related. Our lovely Fletcher, or Lord Winn and he's know for most of the book, is charming, straight-forward, and fun! Yes, he is so much fun. Despite his moments of seriousness and stubbornness, he's wonderfully fun and the relationship between he and Roxanna is not only sweet, but they truly enjoy each other. I laughed with them many times. The love is not instant between them, but rather a friendship that grows into an affectionate bond between two people who respect and care for one another. The love story is indeed lovely and develops at a very nearly perfect pace. It's also a wonderfully clean historical romance! The setting is just as it should be. The descriptions of the dower house and manor are clear, but not too detailed as to distract from the story. The trek to Scotland--excellent! You'll have to read it to know what I'm talking about. This is one of the best regency romances I have ever read, and I don't say that lightly. My only disappointment is that it had to end. Mrs. Drew, Lord Winn, and Carla Kelly get five stars and then some. Note: This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review during the author's book tour.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read anything by this author until reading this story. I loved it! I think it was handled sensitively and honestly, and I really loved how she weaved the story. There was nothing explicit or heavily sensual in it and anything physical between the characters occurred after they married, which I appreciated, though the main characters had plenty of chemistry and she got the point across beautifully with few words and no sexual description! I didn't want the story to be over, and sure would have loved to see more of them! I will be reading more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not every romance is a thriller, full of danger and angst. This book is a nice, even paced, realistic regency romance. Flowed well with believable characters in a good story line. Winn and Roxy are well matched, Lissy is a very believable 4 year old and most entertaining young lady. I will read more by this author. Loved this book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, a hero and heroine to root for.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book, strong female lead, charming male, and happy ever after ending. LOVE IT!!
LollyReads More than 1 year ago
Charming, witty and so much fun. I wished it did not end!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of wonderful characters and witty dialogue. My favorite book by this author.
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