The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts

The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts

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by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockway
     
 

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At the behest of three of the most talented historical romance authors writing today, you are cordially invited to a ball. No, a party. No . . . a kidnapping.

Taran Ferguson, laird of his clan, is determined that his ancient (if not so honorable) birthright be secured before he dies. When both his nephews refuse to wed, the old reprobate takes matters into his

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At the behest of three of the most talented historical romance authors writing today, you are cordially invited to a ball. No, a party. No . . . a kidnapping.

Taran Ferguson, laird of his clan, is determined that his ancient (if not so honorable) birthright be secured before he dies. When both his nephews refuse to wed, the old reprobate takes matters into his own hands: he raids a ball and makes off with four likely brides . . .

Miss Marilla Chisholm—the bonniest lass in Scotland, and an heiress to boot.

Miss Fiona Chisholm—her older sister, another fine choice (but for that tiny stain on her reputation).

Lady Cecily Tarleton—true, she's an English beauty, but very, very rich.

Miss Catriona Burns—without name or fortune, clearly someone made a mistake.

Oh, yes. And one very irate duke.

Because somewhere there must be one lady most willing to love a Scottish lord.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Three popular grand dames of historical romance team up again (after The Lady Most Likely...) to create a charming three-part farce set in 1819 Scotland. Laird Taran Ferguson goes to great drunken lengths to kidnap four young women—and John Shevington, duke of Bretton, by accident—in hope of finding brides for his nephews, Byron (an English earl) and Robin (improbably, a French count). No one takes Taran seriously or feels at all endangered or coerced, but while they’re all stuck in his castle waiting out a storm, romance blossoms of its own accord. Penniless, untitled Catriona Burns doubts John’s interest in her, so he proves his ardor. Ruined heiress Fiona Chisholm is happily looking forward to spinsterhood until Byron awakens her desire. Lady Cecily Tarleton falls for Robin at first sight and decides to seduce him. And Marilla Chisholm, Fiona’s younger sister, improbably sets her cap for hoary, hilarious Taran. Witty dialogue and good-natured, down-to-earth characters make this a nice quick historical romance fix. (Jan.)
Booklist
“Infused with irresistibly exuberant wit, the wonderfully elegant The Lady Most Willing . . . is absolutely priceless.”
Library Journal
When an eccentric laird decides his reluctant nephews need to marry to secure the succession, he does the unthinkable and raids a ball, kidnaps four young women, and removes them to remote Finovair Castle. Unfortunately, he also makes off with a duke's coach—with the duke inside! A snowstorm adds the expected complications, but by the time the angry fathers come to the rescue, their daughters are happily wed—although not necessarily as one might think. VERDICT Clever, engaging, funny, and guaranteed to keep the pages turning, this well-written Regency "novel in three parts" by popular authors Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway is a pure delight, remarkably well put together, and a perfect follow up to last year's The Lady Most Likely…. Quinn, James, and Brockway live in the Seattle area, the New York area, and Minnesota, respectively.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062107381
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/26/2012
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
508,266
Product dimensions:
4.36(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.07(d)

Meet the Author

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.

The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is an honest-to-goodness Italian knight!) Eloisa's website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence.

A New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two novels for Avon Books, Julia Quinn is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James is a professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York but can sometimes be found in Italy.

Connie Brockway, the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two books, is an eight-time finalist and two-time winner of the RITA® Award. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two spoiled mutts.

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The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
AsyaS More than 1 year ago
The talents of three funny and romantic authors combine to make this romp in a Scottish castle a delightful and heartwarming book. 
Janga More than 1 year ago
The Lady Most Willing, the second “novel in three parts” on which Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway have collaborated, is part legend, part farce, and wholly delightful. It reminded me of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, a classic MGM musical from 1954, directed by Stanley Donen. The prologue sets the tone and places the stories that are about to unroll in the realm of myth and magic. These are tales for a winter’s night, guaranteed to evoke smiles and sighs.The suggestion that these stories are touched with magic is a thread that runs through the  book. It is repeated in the middle story when Fiona says to Oakley that their time together is “some strange fairy-tale moment” that will end when the storm passes and reality intrudes. Finally, the epilogue gives the Scots credit for knowing that “magic has its place.” Readers will experience the magic of a feel-good read that evokes a smile, a giggle, or a resounding laugh on nearly every page. For those who like their humor broad, there is the kidnapping and the over-the-top behavior of the laird and a single-minded beauty with more hair than wit. For those who like their humor more subtle, there are witty exchanges and clever quips aplenty. The actors and other professionals associated with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers spoke afterwards about how much fun making the  movie was. The novel suggests that same sense of creative joy. I could almost see the authors’ smiles as I read the book. And from beginning to end, this reader was smiling back at them.
Rebuschka1 More than 1 year ago
I loved the way this book wove the story lines together. I could not put it down once I got going.
Yu_For_Romance More than 1 year ago
This was cute. The stories were good, but because of the length were all very "love at first sight" types, which is not really my cup of tea. However, I attempted to lay that prejudice aside and just enjoy the ride, and it was a cute little farce.
dotland101 More than 1 year ago
WHEN YOU PUT THE SCOTS AND THE ENGLISH TOGETHER.... IT'S MAYHEM!! The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts (Mass Market Paperback) This is the second novel in the series from our renowned trio romance writers. I also like the first book ("The Lady Most Likely..."), but I like this one even better. This 2nd novel in three parts was set in Scotland. And when you put the wild, unruly, (almost barbarian) Scots, as the English thought of them (worse as some thought, when they're half Scot-half French!!) with the stiff-neck, uptight, straitlaced, arrogant English, as the Scots thought of them... they hardly ever have anything nice to say to each other, you know, long story, or rather long histories (but that's another story altogether). As if it isn't bad enough as it is, but when you put them together in a crumbling down, freezing cold and drafty Scottish castle with abduction of the lasses to boot for the purpose of getting a bride or two. Only one thing could happen... Mayhem! This is a fun book to read. I enjoyed it tremendously. So, don't miss this book whether you're rooting for the English or the Scots.
srbSH More than 1 year ago
This time a kidnapping shapes the plot. The scheme is engineered by the volatile Taran Ferguson of Finovair Castle whose two unwed heirs are half Scottish: nephew Robin Parles, Comte de Rocheforte is half-French and the other nephew is the half-English Earl of Oakley, Byron Wotton. The laird reasons that if the nephews marry Scotwomen, their sons will be pure Scots. Rallying his clansman around his cry of let’s get us some brides, they swoop down on neighboring Bellmere Castle where a ball is taking place. Captured are two sisters, long-in-the-tooth Lady Fiona and assertive beauty Lady Marilla Chisholm; wide-eyed Lady Cecily Maycott – and, by mistake Catriona Burns a highland lass and an English duke who had fallen asleep in the stolen carriage, the very furious John Shevington, Duke of Bretton. The blizzard of 1819 makes their return impossible. The ladies are not unwilling to wed, and Lady Marilla instigates games geared to pairing off (note that the numbers are uneven, 3 lords, 3 ladies and 1 Highland lass. Hmmmm.). The lord-hungry Marilla is the catalyst that sends the men into other arms. Read (and laugh) on to see who winds up with whom. The skillful trio – Quinn, James and Brockway - score again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this 3 author romance novel better than their first! This story flowed from one author to the next. I wish that these three get together to write them more often. I was already familiar with Eloisa James & now I want to read the other 2 authors. Happy Reading :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love historical stories and this does not disappoint. A must read for anyone who likes historical romances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for something new from my most favorite Author Julia Quinn and wasnt disapointed. This book was really fun and well coordinated by all Authors. Couldnt put it down and now Im sad there wasnt three more couples to read about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It had three stories in this book. All were exciting. I read it in one day !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fun and amusing. Have read most of Quinns books will have try the other two now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When three great authors come together to create a wild winter romp of a story in a snowbound castle in Scotland, it gets truly wild. Hysterical! LORRAINE
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Waits.
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But WONDERFUL DELIGHTFUL AND DAM GREAT STORY THEY WEAVED AND NOT TO BE FORGOTTON NOT EVEN IN YEARS TO COME BARVO LADIES. Ms. D from Bronx NY (244) pgs. I read in one day and you will to.
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Essentially 3 novellas in one book. Liked all the main characters, sweet stories, not much in the way of intrigue or complexity because each story is short, but very entertaining. I'll get the next one too!
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srj More than 1 year ago
A delightful romp through Finovair Castle. The audio book is also quite well done.