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A Proper Companion (A Regency Romance)
     

A Proper Companion (A Regency Romance)

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by Candice Hern
 

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Fans of the traditional Regency Romances of Georgette Heyer will enjoy this witty romance from New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern. Robert, Lord Bradleigh, is a rakish earl with a recently arranged betrothal to a lovely young woman he barely knows. Emily Townsend is an impoverished spinster employed as a companion to his grandmother, the formidable dowager

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Fans of the traditional Regency Romances of Georgette Heyer will enjoy this witty romance from New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern. Robert, Lord Bradleigh, is a rakish earl with a recently arranged betrothal to a lovely young woman he barely knows. Emily Townsend is an impoverished spinster employed as a companion to his grandmother, the formidable dowager countess. Robert agrees to help his grandmother find a husband for the beautiful Emily, but how is he to bear the thought of her in another man's arms? This sparkling tale will take you from the Pump Room at Bath to the ballrooms of London as the unexpected and undeniable attraction between Robert and Emily blossoms into something more � something that could put one of them in danger.

"Candice Hern is a striking talent of superior merit, one whose intelligence, wit, and craftsmanship are as impressive as her elegant romantic sensibility."
--Romantic Times

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012348944
Publisher:
Candice Hern
Publication date:
03/30/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
283,778
File size:
811 KB

Meet the Author

Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the period. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to bring her stories and characters to life. Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist).

Candice's award-winning website (www.candicehern.com) is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers interested in the era will find an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, articles on Regency fashion, research links, and much more. It is the only author website listed among the online resources for the Jane Austen Centre in England.
Visit www.candicehern.com for more information on all Candice's books, including excerpts and a look "behind the scenes" of each novel.

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Proper Companion (A Regency Romance) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 139 reviews.
Elle_S More than 1 year ago
There is nothing better than a book that truly brings its characters alive, with full personalities, quirks, dreams and troubles. Candice Hern truly achieves that in A Proper Companion. Emily, the companion to a dowager, starts off with a properly demure personality as suits her station in life, but even at the beginning, you can sense a spark of fun in her. Certainly, she was witty and intelligent even from the start, yet you see her grow in confidence and really blossom over the course of the book. Robert, the dowager's nephew, is impossible not to like and you find yourself hoping that he can somehow untangle himself from his betrothal and find true happiness with Emily. But no honourable gentleman can break a betrothal. Emily wouldn't dream of interfering. Perhaps the crafty dowager has a trick up her sleeve? Well worth the read. You won't be able to put it down, and the characters will linger in your mind long after you read it.
lisat96 More than 1 year ago
A penniless companion gets a chance at a London season thanks to her generous matchmaking employer and possibly a path to her own happy-ever-after that rivals the heoines in the gothic novels that she enjoys. This is a fun, traditional regency which I enjoyed rereading. It's like comfort food, no great surprises, but an enjoyable experience nevertheless. What makes it stand out are the fun characters--the social-climbing Lady Windhurst, the tempermental French chef, the pug who must only be spoken to in French, and the list goes on. Definitely worth reading and rereading.
baldcat More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time I read a lot of Regencies, but they pretty much disappeared. A friend pointed me to this book, by an author I'd heard of but never read. What a treasure! Loved every page, every character, every line of dialog. Can't wait to read her other books. And the cover! Maybe if those Regencies of old (especially the Signets, with those dreadful covers) had had covers like this, they'd still be publishing them, because more people would have bought them. I think I would have bought this book based on the cover alone. But what's inside is even better. What a great find!
Crew_Mom More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Ms. Hern's writing for quite some time, but had never read this, her first published work. I must say I was thoroughly enchanted. Though this book has the typical romantic happenings -- they meet, fall in love, overcome obstacles, he rescues her from ... (can't tell or I'll spoil the book) - but the writing is far from typical. Ms. Hern has a way with her characters. I half fell in love with Robert myself. He's the dashing hero every girl dreams to meet. And his grandmother is a woman we'd all love to have as our own grandmother. Emily, the heroine, is smart, capable and beautiful. These were characters I'd want to get to know in real life, and the hero's friends, Sedgewick and Pemerton, have me surfing off to buy their stories. All in all a very enjoyable read that I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was advertised as being in the style of Georgette Heyer. But the dialogue doesn't sparkle, the lady has no spunk, and the rake is conventional. The author writes that her characters are witty and charming and intelligent... I'm glad she made that clear othewise I would never have guessed. The only author I've read that compares to the great Heyer is Joan Smith (Escapade, Perdita,Talk of the town, Aunt Sophies Diamonds- to name a few of the best) Spend money on her books instead. It's cheaper too since you don't have to buy additional books to reach the happy ending. And you won't be bored doing it.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
A Proper Companion by Candice Hern Book 1 of 3 Emily Townsend is determined to make it on her own. Her mother was disowned by her parents because she eloped after finding she was with child. When Emily's mom died her father turned to drinking and gambling and died leaving her nothing. So she has been a companion for older women the last few years. The dowager Bradleigh is who she has been with the past year. The seventy-eight year old woman lives in Bath and enjoys the escapades of her rakehell grandson. Until the day she reads the Gazette and sees that Robert is betrothed to the daughter of a woman she can't stand. How the dowager wishes he could have found someone like sweet Emily. Robert arrives at Bath to give the news to his Grandmother but he's too late. She has read the announcement and she is not happy. At thirty-five he decided he needed to marry for heirs, after weeding out all the traits he did not want, he chose Augusta Windhurst. She is somewhat quiet and beautiful. Her mother is a harridan but they could always move to the country. Once he gets to know Grandmother's companion though, Robert starts to realize how his life is already changing being betrothed. But Gentlemen did not break agreements, only the lady could. So he was stuck with his choice. The more time Emily and Robert spend together the more their friendship grows. When Grandmother wants to come to London to throw an engagement ball, she forces Emily to update her wardrobe. With new dresses and her hair styled, Emily's true beauty shines and she soon has many admirers. And some enemies. She meets her Uncle and he is quite cruel to her, and her cousin Hugh keeps trying to buddy up to her, what could they be up to? The next two books in this series are: A Change of Heart & An Affair of Honor.
CarmieJo More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read. The author writes well and uses a good vocabulary. There are no graphic scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were predictable. The story line was hashed and rehashed from every possible perspective. I was actually surprised the dog's perspective was not included. May have made it more interesing. It was just plain boring.
SabineSC More than 1 year ago
Charming!
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I really enjoyed this book. Both Emily and Robert are delightful characters. A wonderful love story.
MommaG More than 1 year ago
I you love Regency Romances this is an excellant one. The story is good and an example of the Regency era attitudes to marriage both before and after the wedding. The writing is lively and the characters well drawn. Some would call this light and superfical but what do you read a Regency Romance for.
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harlequinlover More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I went out and purchased all of her books and wasn't disappointed.
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Good read for lazy days when you can curl up to read
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