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Nearly a Lady
     

Nearly a Lady

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by Alissa Johnson
 

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Lord Gideon Haverston wanted to right his family's wrongs. So when he promises young Winnefred Blythe the money that his stepmother had cheated her out of over the years, he expects to be greeted as a hero. But the situation is much more complicated than Gideon had expected-and the task of taming the untrusting Winnefred much more alluring.

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Lord Gideon Haverston wanted to right his family's wrongs. So when he promises young Winnefred Blythe the money that his stepmother had cheated her out of over the years, he expects to be greeted as a hero. But the situation is much more complicated than Gideon had expected-and the task of taming the untrusting Winnefred much more alluring.

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Publishers Weekly
A delightfully quirky, self-assured heroine, unwilling to give up her essential nature to make it in London society, brings a playful and sincere tone to this low-key Regency. Commitment-phobic Lord Gideon Haverston, trying to deliver an allowance embezzled by his stepmother to Winnefred "Freddie" Blythe, finds her living on a Scottish farm in poverty with her beloved governess, Lilly, who requests a London season for both of them. Freddie reluctantly agrees to preparations, fashion, and dancing lessons so that Lilly, whom Gideon discovers to be his brother's lost love, can have her wish. By the time they leave for London, Gideon is drawn to Freddie's awkward honesty and kindness. High on believable, witty characters and emotional honesty, this tender tale will please readers who prefer passion to be hinted at rather than lavishly described. (June)
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"Johnson beautifully tells a rags-to-riches tale in this story of familial duplicity and greed. After his father dies, the Marquess of Engsly discovers that his sire had taken in a ward and was sending yearly payments to her. Is the ward still alive on the family's Scottish estate? Engsly asks his brother, Lord Gideon Haverston, lately retired from the navy, to investigate. What Gideon finds are two women living hand to mouth in the run-down horror known as Murdock House. Winnefred Blythe, the ward, and Lilly Ilestone, her companion, have been living on only five pounds a year, taking in wash and mending to add to their income, because Engsly's stepmother pockets the rest of the allotted funds each year. While Gideon arranges to have them repaid and provides a London season to find them husbands, he falls in love with the charming Winnefred. Johnson's delightful characters and honest dialogue enhance the transformation of not only the girls, but also their savior."
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"Johnson beautifully tells a rags-to-riches tale in this story of familial duplicity and greed. After his father dies, the Marquess of Engsly discovers that his sire had taken in a ward and was sending yearly payments to her. Is the ward still alive on the family's Scottish estate? Engsly asks his brother, Lord Gideon Haverston, lately retired from the navy, to investigate. What Gideon finds are two women living hand to mouth in the run-down horror known as Murdock House. Winnefred Blythe, the ward, and Lilly Ilestone, her companion, have been living on only five pounds a year, taking in wash and mending to add to their income, because Engsly's stepmother pockets the rest of the allotted funds each year. While Gideon arranges to have them repaid and provides a London season to find them husbands, he falls in love with the charming Winnefred. Johnson's delightful characters and honest dialogue enhance the transformation of not only the girls, but also their savior." — Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425241813
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Nearly a Lady 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Winnefred Blythe is a woman who has been abandoned almost her whole life and forced to make do with whatever she scrapes together. She's done exceptionally well for herself under the circumstances, but when Lord Gideon Haverston shows up to repay his families debt it stirs up both of their lives. I related strongly to Winnefred's independent personality and her need to do things on her own, and I really enjoyed her confidence when voicing her opinion during a time when women were seen as merely objects. It took me a very long time to get into this book, and I'm not sure why. I was about to give up on it, but after checking fellow goodreads reviews I discovered that Nearly a Lady had a lot of great reviews, so I decided to continue reading. While I do think it got better the more pages I got into it, I only marked it three stars. I love Winnefred and Gideon as individual characters and I was ultimately rooting for them, I was just not fully absorbed into the story. I do think that it was a good read and for fans of the author, worth reading and I would probably have had a higher opinion of it if I had read it at a different time, I was just not completely sold on the story.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Emotionally suffering from his combat time, ex soldier Lord Gideon Haverston learns that for years his stepmother Rose cheated his brother's ward Winnefred "Freddie" Blythe out of her allowance set aside by their late fathers. The Marquess sends his sibling to deliver money directly to Freddie who upon arrival Gideon finds living in poverty in Enscrum, Scotland with her governess Lilly Ilestone; that is after he recovers from their assault. Freddie loathes Gideon who reminds her of the hypocrisy of the Ton while Lilly demands he host the pair of them for a season in London. Out of his element as he finds liberating smugglers a lot easier to do he agrees reluctantly. Freddie displays even less enthusiasm for the idea but acquiesces out of her love for Lilly. However, as Gideon and Freddie fall in love, neither realizes who Lilly's secret love is. This amusing gender war regency is an intelligent historical starring two battling protagonists and a charming support cast. The story line is fast-paced as the confident heroine no longer needs a male protector while the veteran needs a woman to help him overcome his battle fatigue demons. Readers will appreciate this warm historical. Harriet Klausner