The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne

The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne

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by Madeline Hunter
     
 

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A woman running a prestigious London auction house? Preposterous! But that is exactly what Emma Fairbourne intends to do when her father dies, leaving her the reins of this fabulous enterprise.  Of course, she is not addlepated enough to do this openly and scare away her wealthy collectors.  So she and her friend concoct a deception, hiring a handsome and

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A woman running a prestigious London auction house? Preposterous! But that is exactly what Emma Fairbourne intends to do when her father dies, leaving her the reins of this fabulous enterprise.  Of course, she is not addlepated enough to do this openly and scare away her wealthy collectors.  So she and her friend concoct a deception, hiring a handsome and charming front man who will do her bidding…

All would have proceeded smoothly—if it weren’t for the maddening interference of Darius, the arrogant Earl of Southwaite, who has been her father’s “silent partner” and now shares ownership of Fairbourne’s.  An earl, of course, has no interest in running an auction house—and Darius is certainly not interested in allowing the lovely Miss Fairbourne to run it either, her ludicrous scheme notwithstanding.  Clearly the business must be sold.

But the headstrong Emma is like no other lady he has ever encountered, refusing to follow his dictates.  Holding his temper in check, Darius decides to attack on a different front.  There is another way to achieve her surrender, one far more pleasurable for both of them…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this 1790s quartet opener, Hunter weaves a suspenseful and romantic but improbable tale. Darius Alfreton, earl of Southwaite, is the secret partner in a successful auction house. When the owner dies suddenly, Darius assumes the business will close; Fairbourne’s son was lost at sea two years before, and his plain and forthright daughter, Miss Emma Fairbourne cannot legally inherit. Emma, however, plans to run it from behind the scenes until her brother returns. As Darius and Emma engage in a battle of wills, sizzling chemistry draws them together despite a number of amusing miscommunications, their difference in stations, and the mutual threat of betrayal. Unbridled passion, tender affection, and escalating intrigue balance the unlikely resurfacing of Emma’s brother and the unthinkable union of a tradesman’s daughter and a peer of the realm. Agent: Pamela Hopkins, Hopkins Literary Associates. (Mar.)
Library Journal
With her brother lost at sea and her art expert father recently dead in a tragic fall, Emma Fairbourne has one aim: to see that the family art auction house stays afloat. Unfortunately, Darius, the arrogant Earl of Southwaite and her late father's partner, has no desire to manage the business—and he certainly isn't about to let a woman flout convention and do it herself, despite Emma's clever plan. Naturally, the earl reckons without the determination of our intrepid heroine in this intriguing, lushly seductive, mystery-infused tale. VERDICT Clever plotting, delicious sensuality, excellent art history elements, and strong, magnetic characters will attract readers to this engaging and beautifully executed romance, the first in a projected series. Hunter (Dangerous in Diamonds) lives in Pennsylvania.
From the Publisher
"Richly imbued with a deliciously dry sense of humor and graced with a striking cast of characters, the latest impeccably researched Regency romance by RITA Award winner Hunter is a masterpiece of wit and passion." —Booklist Starred Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515150469
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
196,230
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Richly imbued with a deliciously dry sense of humor and graced with a striking cast of characters, the latest impeccably researched Regency romance by RITA Award winner Hunter is a masterpiece of wit and passion." —-Booklist Starred Review

Meet the Author

Madeline Hunter has published twenty-one critically acclaimed historical romances. Her books regularly appear on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. More than five million copies of her books are in print, and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She has won two RITA awards and is a seven-time RITA finalist. Madeline holds a PhD in art history, which she teaches at the university level. She loves to hear from readers and can be contacted through her website: www.MadelineHunter.com.

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The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Madeline Hunters finest! I am so happy to have found this author and have read all of her works, she is an absolute favorite of mine. She certainly gives depth to the characters and just enough to leave you waiting to see how the other characters will emerge in the coming series. Intrigue with the plot, sexual tension between the characters, and much more! Especially an empty ballroom by candle light scene you will never forget!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great storyline! I typically enjoy Madeline Hunter's novels. She usually uses great character dialogue with intriguing romance. The end of the of book fell a little flat but still a fantastically entertaining story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Madeline Hunter never disappoints with her stories and characters. Enjoyed this book tremendously. Ms Hunter has another great series going, even though each book stands alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have followed Madeline's writing and series for years. Classic story with good characters and a compelling story line. I hope it starts a series as I want to know more about the others characters and hope the get their own stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Hunter consistently turns out compelling and lushly written stories, and this is another one to add to the keeper shelf. Miss Fairbourne must keep her father’s auction house running, as long as she continues to believe that her brother did not perish while traveling to the continent. Darius, Earl of Southwaite, must force the sale of the auction house despite being a silent partner. After these two determined and headstrong characters meet, the challenge is set to see who will win. Throw in an inconvenient and confusing attraction, and you have all the hallmarks of another great Hunter story. Readers will also be introduced to secondary characters that will peak the curiosity for further stories associated with Fairbourne’s Auction House.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written but promises better stories in subsequent books by introducing future characters beter than she usually does heroine surrenders a little too easily one minute ignorant the next oh so willing but hunter still writes a better romance than most in the genre
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the novel premise of this story in re Regency romance. LORRAINE
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
When Emma Fairbourne’s father, Maurice, is found dead at the bottom of a cliff near the family cottage in Kent, the duty of running Maurice’s famous auction house, Fairbourne’s, falls to Emma. Except that Society will never accept a woman running a such a prestigious business! Emma plans to hire a front man – someone handsome and charming who can act as the alleged “proprietor” while Emma silently manages the business behind closed doors. But just as she begins putting her plan into motion, Darius, the Earl of Southwaite, appears declaring his half-share interest in the business and his resolute desire to see the entire auction house closed and sold. The war with Napoleon looms on the horizon and Emma must deal with a bevy of spies and smugglers as well as the infuriating Earl of Southwaite if she has any hopes of keeping her father’s auction house open to the public. The daughter of a tradesman, Emma is a practical person with a preference for speaking very plainly and directly. She is not the type to sugar coat anything and therefore does not understand the ton’s penchant for hiding venom and distaste behind sweet civility. As an Earl and respected member of society, Darius Alfreton is used to his commands being followed. He is used to people turning to him for answers and those same people believing that he can solve their issues. He has strong beliefs about “women’s work” and is unprepared for Emma Fairbourne’s ability and determination to stand up against those beliefs. In true Madeline Hunter fashion, the love between Emma and Darius begins subtly and simmers for a while before the lovers give into their feelings. In fact, the attraction between Emma and Darius was such a slow build that when they did consummate their attraction, I doubled back a few pages to see if I had missed something! The clash of wills between Darius and Emma, almost from their very first meeting, is both funny and infuriating. Both characters are strong-willed and convinced they know what is best. This leads to some entertaining arguments, even after they have begun a physical relationship. I really enjoyed reading The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne. In it Ms. Hunter presents an entertaining and original plot, a steamy romance, and intelligent, witty dialogue. There is just something about Ms. Hunter’s books that strike me as almost poetic. The expressive language and the intricate, intellectual plots are a delight and I look forward to reading more of her works. Originally posted on Plot Twist Reviews [dot] com
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eurobooklover More than 1 year ago
Good but not great! I likes it especially at the end. Southwaite got on my nerves a lot he seemed very cold towards everyone but at the end i began to like him. It was an ok read and the introduction to the future book characters was exciting and i cant wait to read their stories. it had mystery and love, so read it and judge for your self
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Teresa51 More than 1 year ago
I love Madeline Hunter's Books. This one didn't disappoint.
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