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Seducing Mr. Heywood

Seducing Mr. Heywood

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by Jo Manning

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Upon her husband's death, a shocked Lady Sophia learned that custody of her children went to a humble country vicar. Although he knows of her tarnished reputation, the clergyman believes children need their mother-and soon, he needs Lady Sophia too.


Upon her husband's death, a shocked Lady Sophia learned that custody of her children went to a humble country vicar. Although he knows of her tarnished reputation, the clergyman believes children need their mother-and soon, he needs Lady Sophia too.

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Publishers Weekly
Unlike the usual Regency-era heroine, Lady Sophia Rowley is neither powerless, chaste nor (in the terms of the period) young. Instead, she's wealthy, much married, the mother of two sons and a woman with a well-deserved reputation for sexual laxity. As the novel opens, Sophia who has spent most of her time in London, ignoring the restrictions of motherhood and marriage in favor of a frivolous existence among the fashionable set returns to her country estate to face the death of her elderly third husband. The local vicar, Charles Heywood, has been named guardian of her two sons. To her surprise, Heywood is not a pious curmudgeon, but a diffident and handsome young man. Charles is also surprised, not just by Sophia's beauty but by signs of intelligence and tenderness, which belie her lurid reputation. As time passes, both Charles and Sophia begin to understand how being sold into an early marriage by a grasping father forced Sophia to hide her vulnerability under a flamboyant mask. Their developing romance is complicated by the arrival of her father, who connives a variety of plots to steal her just-inherited riches. Manning (The Reluctant Guardian) has a light touch and crisp pacing that keep this familiar intrigue from cloying, and she faultlessly balances a lively plot with just enough period detail for an authentic Regency flavor. The unconventional power balance between the lovers adds a welcome twist, as does the magnitude of the inner challenges Sophia must confront. In the end, the reader is genuinely touched when the once-wayward heroine finally recognizes not only her true soul mate but also her real soul. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Lady Sophia Rowley is a thrice-widowed wild beauty whose latest scandalous escapade has sent her home to north Yorkshire. There, she is stunned to learn that her late husband has made the local vicar legal guardian to her two young sons-and as surprised as the vicar when they find themselves drawn to each other. An abused heroine who reclaims her life, a hero perceptive enough to see beyond the surface and strong enough to follow his own path, and an assortment of memorable secondary characters (including a truly disgusting villain) bring new life to a classic plot in this well-researched, occasionally soul-searching Regency. Although the "redeemed villain" hero is not unusual in today's romances, turning a wicked woman with a scarlet reputation into an appealing heroine is not so common and can be much harder to do. Manning takes a real risk with her new work, and, in the tradition if not necessarily the style of Mary Balogh, makes it work. Manning (The Reluctant Guardian) lives in Miami Beach, FL. [Manning is also a longtime LJ reviewer.-Ed.] Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information.

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Cengage Gale
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5.54(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.72(d)

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Seducing Mr. Heywood 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three times, Lady Sophia Rowley has been married and widowed. Her first husband was a brute, but her third was a kind man who was not in love with her, but did love her. For the price of an heir and spare, Sophia was able to have a comfortable life, free of abuse. After becoming a widow for the third time, she lived away from home, seeking husband four. After the best candidate for that jilts her, she reluctantly returns home where she meets her sons' guardian, the local vicar, Charles Heywood. As she gets to know him, Sophia finds herself falling in love and learning that she does love her sons. Sophia is hardly the type of woman to appeal to a man of the cloth, but despite this, she very much appeals to Charles. As Sophia's new leaf continues to turn over, he falls in love with the woman she becomes thanks to him. ................... **** Sweet, and almost allegorical, this story weaves together past and present skillfully. Seeing Sophia's metamorphasis from selfish to caring is a lovely process to witness. ****
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most entertaining books that I have read this year. The characters are well defined and entirely believable. The language is realistic, elegant and often funny. The plot is well rounded and sophisticated, with surprise twists. If you are a fan of this genre this is not a book to be missed!