The Baron's Honourable Daughter: A Novel

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Bestselling author Lynn Morris weaves an inspirational Regency era romance rich in period detail.

When her stepfather suddenly dies, Valeria Segrave finds she must take charge of her grieving mother and the vast estate which now belongs to her six-year-old half brother, the new Earl of Maledon. Though capable, Valeria is frustrated to find each day brings a new struggle as she tries to establish her authority with servants, stewards, and solicitors-all men. As a young woman with...

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Overview

Bestselling author Lynn Morris weaves an inspirational Regency era romance rich in period detail.

When her stepfather suddenly dies, Valeria Segrave finds she must take charge of her grieving mother and the vast estate which now belongs to her six-year-old half brother, the new Earl of Maledon. Though capable, Valeria is frustrated to find each day brings a new struggle as she tries to establish her authority with servants, stewards, and solicitors-all men. As a young woman with no blood relation to the earl, they are all too ready to dismiss her.

Much to her chagrin, she must rely on the assistance of her stepfather's distant kinsman, Alastair, Lord Hylton. He is handsome and noble, and Valeria senses under the veneer of his gentlemanly behavior that she never measures up to his expectations of a refined lady. In light of that, accepting his help and feeling under a burden of gratitude to him is almost unbearable. Even when Valeria leaves the country estate for the glittering London Season, where she gets into a series of escapades, Lord Hylton is always there to witness, criticize, and correct her behavior. But if Alastair insists on engaging in a battle of wits and wills with the lively Valeria, she'll stop at nothing to prove that he's met his match.

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"Sweet characters. . . .The storyline flows smoothly and the details of what life was like during the era do not overwhelm. . . .Morris has created a believable romance."—RT Book Reviews, starred review

"Lynn Morris. . .pen[s] absorbing plots rich with adventure and historical detail."—Christianaudio.com

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  • ISBN-13: 9781455575596
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 616,850
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Morris is the bestselling author of over 25 novels, including the popular Cheney Duvall, M.D. series. She is the daughter of Christy Award-winning author Gilbert Morris, with whom she has often collaborated. She lives in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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  • Posted August 17, 2014

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    Lynn Morris in her new book, ¿The Baron¿s Honourable Daughter¿  

    Lynn Morris in her new book, “The Baron’s Honourable Daughter”  published by FaithWords brings us into the life of Valeria Segrave.




    From the back cover:   Bestselling author Lynn Morris weaves an inspirational Regency era romance rich in period detail.




    When her stepfather suddenly dies, Valeria Segrave finds she must take charge of her grieving mother and the vast estate which now belongs to her six-year-old half-brother, the new Earl of Maledon. Though capable, Valeria is frustrated to find each day brings a new struggle as she tries to establish her authority with servants, stewards, and solicitors-all men. As a young woman with no blood relation to the earl, they are all too ready to dismiss her.




    Much to her chagrin, she must rely on the assistance of her stepfather’s distant kinsman, Alastair, Lord Hylton. He is handsome and noble, and Valeria senses under the veneer of his gentlemanly behavior that she never measures up to his expectations of a refined lady. In light of that, accepting his help and feeling under a burden of gratitude to him is almost unbearable. Even when Valeria leaves the country estate for the glittering London Season, where she gets into a series of escapades, Lord Hylton is always there to witness, criticize, and correct her behavior. But if Alastair insists on engaging in a battle of wits and wills with the lively Valeria, she’ll stop at nothing to prove that he’s met his match.




    It’s not easy to run an estate, male or female, no matter the time period. Yet in 1800 England a woman running an estate things are not going to go well. Add in that Valeria is only the step-daughter of the late Earl and not even the heir, her young step-brother is, and the scene is set for tension and friction.  Valeria is an extremely complex young woman who has to grow up in a hurry and learn many things that most women in her time didn’t have to deal with, that was for the men to handle. Alastair is a lot of fun. Of course he already knows how to run an estate and helps Valeria, not only in the running of her estate, but also in the social graces. This book is about bitterness, unforgiveness and how, if not dealt with, these emotions can lead to devastating results. These are wonderful characters that live and breathe on the pages and you care deeply for them.  This book does not disappoint at all.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from FaithWords.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted July 28, 2014

    "The Baron¿s Honorable Daughter" is what I would call

    "The Baron’s Honorable Daughter" is what I would call a “coming of age” novel. Divided into three parts it portrays the late teen years of Miss Valeria Segrave’s life with the blessings and burdens that come with belonging to the nobility of England.

    In the first part of "The Baron’s Honorable Daughter" we are getting to know Valeria, her family, friends, servants, home life and estate. The reader is being immersed in that culture. I loved all the little details describing the clothes, food, servants, housemaids, footmen, rooms in the houses and much more. The novel became alive! I could see the staff working in the house and feel the crush and bustle of London vividly. My only quibble is with the author’s choice of explaining every rule of polite society and the reasons for them. I excused it just because I was very Happy Ms. Morris did her research. As a frequent reader of novels set in England involving the landed gentry, as well as, noble and titled persons, I already knew most of these explanations. I do understand that there are some who do not know this information and that this was included for those readers. It probably would have been better placed as end notes in a glossary with numbers for the reader to follow.

    Lynn Morris’ scenes set on a beautiful, English, country estate, were written in the spirit of Jane Austen’s Emma and Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters (films and novels), and others of this type. The latter half of "The Baron’s Honorable Daughter" finds us in London for the Season. I definitely picked up a strong Georgette Heyer influence here in the speech, descriptions, and activities of the characters. By the end, though, we were back to Austen and Gaskell patterns.

    Valeria is a young woman who is learning to be a real lady. She is often outspoken, careless, stubborn, quick-tempered, and at times rude to the despair of her friends and gracious, elegant mother. Valeria is a heroine in the making! Miss Segrave is beautiful, tall and elegant physically, but has plenty of maturing to do emotionally and spiritually. I almost didn’t like her because that kind of personality doesn’t appeal to me. Her character was redeemed though, through some circumstances and lessons that make her humble and repentant toward God and her fellow-man. She also has some good, old-fashioned growing up to do!

    Our hero, Alastair, Lord Hylton, is tall, handsome, and muscular with a self-contained, sharp and serious nature. He is rather mysterious and a true gentleman. I liked him, but never got to know him well. Alastair doesn’t even make an appearance until chapter eight and gets sporadic page time throughout the novel. I wish we could have seen him more since I did enjoy the page time he did get.

    Most of the novel is from Valeria’s viewpoint with an occasional look inside Alastair’s head. Any other scenes from supporting characters’ viewpoints are kept extremely brief and are rare. I liked that very much. There wasn’t a lot of head-hopping.

    There isn’t a lot of romance in this novel. I wish there would have been more, but the whole storyline reads more like a documentary of how life was like back then. It’s more historical fiction than romance. When I think of books by Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer I remember that they don’t contain much romance either. The hero and heroine in this book spend most of their conversations arguing for no good reasons that I can see. The author calls it “sparring” and a “match of wits”, but it came across as just yelling to me. Most of the time I sided with the hero and wanted Valeria to calm down and accept her situation. She did have a few humerus lines.

    Surrounding the hero and heroine is a pretty decent supporting cast of supporting characters. We have plenty of scenes including both families of Valeria and Alastair, their intimate friends, and the servants. It was refreshing to see more people than just the hero and heroine, yet not have all of their viewpoints. I was also very happy to see no villains, chases, blackmail, kidnapping or fights. Bravo!

    "The Baron’s Honorable Daughter" has characters who are wealthy and privileged, but comfortable and content (for the most part) in their way of life. They enjoy it and are not ashamed of their lineage. They try to live honorably and worthy of their stations. One might classify this as a “drawing-room” novel with light romance, manners, and heavy on the social scene. This novel was a page-turner for me even though is had some scenes set a leisurely pace and others sped by quick. I enjoyed this journey into the polite society of Regency England and look forward to Lynn Morris’ next book.

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

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    Valeria Segrave is a rather outspoken, headstrong young lady who

    Valeria Segrave is a rather outspoken, headstrong young lady who desires to do well in the eyes of her mother, Regina. She has dealt with the death of her father at an early age and now has lost her step-father. She and his closest male relative, Lord Hylton, or Alastair, begin handling the estate matters until her half-brother, St. John, is old enough to take over. Valeria, a free spirit, and Alastair, a strict rule follower, must learn how to work together and communicate for the good of the estate. When Valeria and her family go to London in order for her to have a season, she must learn how to follow the strict guidelines or risk being shunned by Polite Society. Alastair is also in town, along with his mother, and together they help to guide Valeria in the correct way, against her wishes. But when a dashing rake leads Valeria into a compromising situation, she must learn a valuable life lesson and understand that repentance and forgiveness hold the key to her happiness. As Valeria reconnects with God, she also realizes that she may be falling in love with Alastair, but will the choices she’s made so far keep him from seeing her as a suitable wife?

    A thought-provoking novel by Lynn Morris. This novel is divided into three parts. Part One consists of the time from when Valeria discovers her step-father’s immorality and her resentment towards him to the time they learn of his untimely demise. During this time, Valeria begins her fall away from God as she invites hatred into her heart and begins to push God away. In Part Two we see that Valeria is struggling internally with having not forgiven her stepfather before his death and her outward struggle to allow Alastair to help with items regarding the estate. She continues her descent into a more worldly life-style as she begins to concern herself with people’s opinions of her and continuing to have a pessimistic view on the world. She resents Alastair for all the help he provides instead of being thankful and gracious. During this time, we get to meet other characters that add depth and some humor to the story. During Part Three, we see Valeria become so consumed with the London way of life that she falls deeply into the life of sin and almost ruins her life and her family’s good name. At the end, Alastair helps Valeria to see that she is being selfish and very unchristian like and she begins the soul-searching process before finally seeing that she needs to repent and forgive all those who have wronged her in order to have a chance at true happiness.

    I felt that overall, this was a decent novel, even though it is not my typical read. I found that Mrs. Morris prefers to give a lot of descriptions about fabrics, lace, outfits, textures, etc. While I am not a huge fan of this type of prose, I can respect that she did an excellent job with the details. She also provided an abundance of historical details into her writing, such that, someone who is new to historical fiction would be able to understand what was happening and why these events were important. The relationship between Alastair and Valeria was quite unique, as they spend most of their time at odds with each other and only acknowledged their feelings towards the very end of the book. There is not a lot of emotional attachment between these two and I never became very involved with their characters. I did however, enjoy the relationship between St. John, Regina, and Valeria and their ability to overcome tragedy and depend on one another and God to help them find their way. Alastair’s character was very steady throughout while Valeria went through several changes, as mentioned above. There is a Reader’s Group Guide at the back of the novel, and after reading the questions, I found that this book would be great for a Christian book club reading. A well-written and thoroughly planned book that is sure to make you think about your faith walk. Received for an honest review.

    Rating: 4

    Heat Rating: Sweet

    Reviewed by: AprilP

    Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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