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The Unflappable Miss Fairchild
     

The Unflappable Miss Fairchild

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by Regina Scott
 

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From award-winning author Regina Scott comes a tale of choosing to follow the rules or being true to your heart.

The ever practical Anne Fairchild knows the rules of engagement in Regency England--the proper way a young lady should seek a husband. She's been groomed to make the best match possible so she can help the two elderly aunts who raised her stave off

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From award-winning author Regina Scott comes a tale of choosing to follow the rules or being true to your heart.

The ever practical Anne Fairchild knows the rules of engagement in Regency England--the proper way a young lady should seek a husband. She's been groomed to make the best match possible so she can help the two elderly aunts who raised her stave off poverty. So why is it one moment in the presence of the dashing Chas Prestwick, and she's ready to throw propriety to the wind?

The black sheep of the family, Chas excels at shocking Society with his wild wagers and reckless carriage racing. But his bravado masks a bruised and lonely heart. Can the sweet-natured Anne convince him to take the greatest risk of all--on love?

This sweet traditional Regency romance was originally published by Kensington Zebra.

". . . very likeable hero and heroine, humor, and one laugh-out-loud scene that stars one of the most outstanding examples of 'bad' writing since the Bad Hemmingway contest folded." -- The Romance Reader

"Ms. Scott's appealing characters will win your heart." -- RT Book Reviews

Excerpt
She'd heard that some members of the ton raced their carriages for sport, but she'd had no idea that a carriage could go so fast. Trees, houses, and other carriages whizzed passed so quickly that she barely had time to register them. There was no chance of escape. To jump would have killed her at this speed. Her heart was pounding as loudly as the thundering hooves of the bays. The wind whipped her face, snapping the ribbons of her bonnet against her cheeks. When she put up a hand to catch them, her bonnet flipped off the back of her head. In moments, her hair was free of its bun and streaming out behind her.

They careened around a turn, and the curricle tipped onto its right wheel. Anne watched terrified as the ground seemed to hurtle toward her. With a deft flick of the reins, Chas turned the horses and brought the curricle with a thud onto two wheels again. Anne swallowed her fear and clutched the curricle's sideboard so hard her knuckles stood out of her grey kid leather gloves.

"Just a little farther, Angel," he called over the roar of the wind. He winked at Anne, then frowned as if noticing her for the first time. "Don't get sick on me, now. I thought you were made of stronger stuff. Relax and enjoy the ride."

Relax? Had he lost his mind?

They whipped past a drayman's wagon with inches to spare, the neighs of his frightened horses echoing behind them. Yet as they continued to fly down the road, she began to feel less afraid and more excited. The exhilaration of traveling as fast as the wind was rather heady, and she began to understand why gentlemen raced.

"What record are we trying to beat?" she ventured over the roar of the wind and the thunder of flying hooves.

"Curricle and pair to Kew Gardens," he shouted back. "Lord Petersborough and I set the record last Season, fifty-five minutes from Knightsbridge, specifically to the Hose and Garter Inn. We were well nigh onto breaking it when the wheel came off."

"Where do we stand now?" she asked.

Before he could answer, the curricle hit a rut, and she bounced in the seat so hard that her hands broke free of the sideboard. She slid across the leather seat, right up against Chas Prestwick. Face burning, she scrambled away from him to the other side of the curricle.

"Miss Fairchild," he scolded, grinning wickedly as he whipped the reins again, "if you persist in throwing yourself at me, I will begin to think you have designs on my virtue."

"Nonsense," she managed to reply. "I believe the ton would agree that you have no virtue left on which to stake a claim."

Chas only laughed at the comment and urged the horses on.

Anne shook the hair out of her face. The tension must have been getting to her, for she would never have been so bold with any of her other suitors. Why was it with him she felt so free?

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"Ms. Scott's appealing characters, especially the insouciant hero, will win your heart."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940156919017
Publisher:
Edwards and Williams
Publication date:
08/11/2016
Series:
Uncommon Courtships , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,600
File size:
289 KB

Meet the Author

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing. Since her first Regency romance was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She and her husband of more than 25 years reside in Washington State with their overactive Irish terrier. Regina Scott is a decent fencer; owns a historical costume collection that takes up over a third of her large closet; and is an active member of the Church of the Nazarene. Sign up for her alert service to hear when the next book will be out. You can find her online blogging at www.nineteenteen.com. Learn more about her at www.reginascott.com and connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorreginascott.

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The Unflappable Miss Fairchild 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Meh... Typical love story. Giving 3 stars because i like the writing style.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Clean. Not bad, though not good. Oddly charming despite relying too heavily on the reader's credulity and/or lack of period knowledge.
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Anonymous 11 months ago
The story starts a little slow but does pick up. The characters are wonderful. My only downfall is the ending. It felt rushed and like there should have been a little more.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book was so boring and so predictable that even as I skimmed through it; I could predict it. I'm glad it was free because it helps me determine whether to buy any other books by that author. This review process is not entirely helpful in that respect. Needless to say that i will not buy anything written by this author. Even reading this free book was a waste of time.
DebDiem 11 months ago
The Unflappable Miss Fairchild by Regina Scott is a fantastic historical romance. Ms Scott has delivered a well-written book loaded with amazing characters. Chas and Anne's story is a fast paced, fun read. There's plenty of drama, action, humor and spice to keep readers turning the pages. I enjoyed The Unflappable Miss Fairchild and look forward to reading more from Regina Scott in the future. The Unflappable Miss Fairchild is book 1 of the Rogues and Rakes Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This was a primitive written book in a very Victorian manner and I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I think it was unfair of the reviewer to call it bad after reading very little. Once you get into the story it's a very enjoyable read. I found it fun and entertaining.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
The Unflappable Miss Fairchild by Regina Scott The Uncommon Courtships Series Book One Miss Anne Fairchild seems to smile and handle any situation life hands her. Living with her two aunts, one who is quite crotchety, she still maintains being happy. Her aunts want her to marry well. She wants to marry for love. Chas Prestwick is a second son. He has lived his life selfishly...only caring about his own pleasure. And he loves his adventures. The night he meets Anne, he's not sure if she's an innocent or a doxy, he just knows that whatever she is...he wants to know her better. Even though she's beautiful, Anne seems to be overlooked by the ton. Being associated with a man like Chas will not increase her chances of that good marriage Aunt Agatha wants for her. A fast moving and humorous story.
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Anonymous 12 months ago
Shallow characters. Read very little.