Tremaine's True Love

Tremaine's True Love

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by Grace Burrowes
     
 

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A 2016 RITA Finalist for Historical Romanace!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes introduces a brand new gorgeous Regency Romance series featuring the Haddonfield ladies and their loves.

He's had everything he could ever want...until now
Wealthy wool magnate

Overview

A 2016 RITA Finalist for Historical Romanace!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes introduces a brand new gorgeous Regency Romance series featuring the Haddonfield ladies and their loves.

He's had everything he could ever want...until now
Wealthy wool magnate Tremaine St. Michael is half French, half Scottish, and all business. He prowls the world in search of more profits, rarely settling in one place for long. When he meets practical, reserved Lady Nita Haddonfield, he sees an opportunity to mix business with pleasure by making the lady his own.
Nita Haddonfield has a meaningful life tending to others, though nobody is dedicated to caring for Nita. She insists the limitations of marriage aren't for her, then Tremaine St. Michael arrives-protective, passionate, and very, very determined to win Nita's heart.

True Gentleman series
Tremaine's True Love (Book 1)
Daniel's True Desire (Book 2)
Will's True Wish (Book 3)

Grace Burrowes writes heroes you'll never forget.
"Exquisite...breathtaking and heartwarming." -Long and Short Reviews for Nicholas
"Delightfully different...Burrowes brings to life a deeply moving romance that's sure to be remembered and treasured." -RT Book Reviews Top Pick for Darius

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/01/2015
Burrowes’s first True Gentlemen Regency is as thoughtful as it is romantic. When Tremaine St. Michael visits Nicholas, Earl of Bellefonte, he insists that he can only spare a few days away from his business matters. But his stay extends as he becomes enthralled with Lady Nita Haddonfield, the earl’s sister. Nita is pleasantly surprised that a gentleman such as Tremaine is willing to assist her with providing medical services to some of the area’s poorest residents. Though Tremaine and Nita are quick to act on their attraction with very little courtship, she’s less willing than he is to tie the knot, concerned that marriage will hamper her cherished independence. Burrowes (the Windham series) develops a multidimensional cast of characters amid rich depictions of rural aristocratic life in the early 19th century. The protagonists are brilliantly drawn, with plenty of romantic drama and witty repartee. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Literary Agency. (Aug.)
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"Burrowes's first True Gentlemen Regency is as thoughtful as it is romantic...The protagonists are brilliantly drawn, with plenty of romantic drama and witty repartee." - Publishers Weekly

"[A] fast-paced love story with nuances of humor and poignancy, astute dialogue, passion and sensuality. A definite keeper that leaves the reader anticipating the next book in the series. 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick!" - RT Book Reviews

"Burrowes is at the top of her game, and this latest offering is not to be missed." - Kirkus

""[A] passionate story that features an assortment of beautifully developed characters, an eloquently realized rural community, and a wealth of spirited banter and wry humor."" - Library Journal

"I'm hooked...the Haddonfields appear slated to join the Windhams as one of my favorite historical families. I give this book a high recommendation." - The Romance Dish

"Tremaine's True Love will appeal to all of Burrowes's fans: there's a sensitive hero, an independent, reluctant-to-be-wooed heroine, all wrapped up in a sensual, compelling tale. " - Heroes and Heartbrealers

"This one was a great book and I'd recommend it to anyone who is already a fan. " - Nelle's Nightstand

Library Journal
08/01/2015
With his itinerant lifestyle, wool mogul Tremaine St. Michael has never considered marrying, that is until he meets unconventional Lady Nita Haddonfield while visiting her brother's estate on business. With her straightforward manner, surprising medical skill, and determination to care for the sick regardless of risk, she's unlike any woman he's known, and suddenly marriage is an option. Lady Nita is equally enamored of his helpful, caring ways—until she learns that he expects her to give up her healing work, a condition she can't accept. VERDICT An intrepid heroine who guards her independence and a shrewd businessman with a gentle heart struggle to find compromise and reclaim their love in a tender, passionate story that features an assortment of beautifully developed characters, an eloquently realized rural community, and a wealth of spirited banter and wry humor. Burrowes (The Duke's Disaster) lives in rural Maryland.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2015-04-30
A gently bred spinster scandalizes her family by providing medical care to the poor people in the local village, and even falling in love with a handsome businessman can't dissuade her from her mission. Lady Nita Haddonfield learned basic midwifery and first aid from her late mother but has taken her medical knowledge to the next level with years of experience and rigorous study. She spends her evenings reading medical tracts in Latin and German and subscribes to forward-thinking techniques like washing surgical tools between patients. But Nita's siblings, especially her older brother, the Earl of Bellefonte, worry about Nita exposing herself—and them—to contagion or wearing herself out laboring to help others. Then Tremaine St. Michael, a Scottish and French businessman who doesn't use his title of comte, visits the family in order to buy a herd of rare sheep from the earl. He's captivated by Nita's intelligence and selflessness. But he too thinks she's foolish to risk her own health caring for the poor. He hopes marriage to him will occupy her so she won't be tempted to hare off in the middle of the night delivering babies. But he underestimates Nita's dedication and must find a way to accept her desire to protect her native village and its inhabitants from the incompetent local physician. The second installment of Burrowes' (The Duke's Disaster, 2015, etc.) new True Gentlemen series is a tightly woven story that deals with many of the world's timeless moral issues—poverty, domestic violence, professional recognition for women, and animal rights. The characters are complicated and compelling and experience enough personal growth during the course of the novel to keep the reader enthralled. Burrowes is at the top of her game, and this latest offering is not to be missed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492621027
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
08/04/2015
Series:
True Gentlemen, #1
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
122,364
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances and Scotland-set Victorian romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Once Upon a Tartan have both won RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Two of her MacGregor heroes have won KISS awards. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Tremaine's True Love 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
They weren’t looking for love, but Cupid has other ideas in Grace Burrowes latest historical romance, Tremaine’s True Love. Gather around the sitting room, bring your lacey fans, because Ms. Burrowes has a steamy story of romance, love and the meeting of two lonely souls. Everyone is learning the joys of marital bliss, except Nita, but she works hard with her charitable causes, her doctoring of the sick and needy and knows quite well that no man could tolerate her less than demure ways. Tremaine St. Michael is a businessman on a mission to buy prized sheep for the money they can bring in. When these two single-minded people meet, the connection is not exactly hearts and flowers at first glance, or even second, for that matter. But compromise, and being open to seeing things in a new light may be the push these two need to finally say what is in their hearts. They have no problem between the sheets, but actually committing to another, without it being a business arrangement as cover? So. Not. Romantic. Not a great cover either, as Tremaine and the hard-headed Nita play at a game that could cost them more than they will ever know. Grace Burrowes deals in romance between two strong people, and this time out is no exception, but there is a bit of a twist, compromise. Both main characters are completely enjoyable, but Tremaine seemed almost more in touch with his feelings than Nita, who has learned the hard way, the value of women in her world. Another wonderful escape back in time where leather, lace and propriety are no match for love. I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved The Heir and loved The Soldier and a numberof her other books but at some point, her style changed. This latest book is an example of the change and it doesn't work for me at all. Basically, the men are very gentle and understanding and the women are bossy and independent but its all so boring!!! The sex is bla and the characters talk incessantly about boring things. The last three or four books of hers I bought were purchased in the hope that Grace would write the kind of truly romantic, exciting book she is capable of writing but Ive been consistently dissappointed and end up not able to finish the books for lack of interest. I read a lot of romantic fiction these days but I've read tons of classics as well. I appreciate good writing. I dont require steamy sex for a romance to engage me, its more about that illusive something that draws a man and woman together that I personally want to read about, thier recognition of each other and how the mysterious "pull" to one another affects them. In this latest book, the pull is there to some degree, but it's so undramatic and lacking in intensity, that you simply don't care. They admire each others good qualities which is important in life, certainly, but there isn't much of a build up to their coming together, practically none. I'm going into all this detail on the chance that Grace reads her customer's reviews now and then, and that she will take the hint and write somthing beautifully romantic once again.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Always enjoy her work and this is a great start to a new series
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Anonymous 27 days ago
A bit different but wonderfully refreshing. Will be reading more from this author. Really enjoyed her writing style
Anonymous 9 months ago
I really liked this book. Tremaine is a kind, good hearted handsome man and Nita the object of his affections is all that a lady should be. There is an almost instant attraction between the two but a great deal of problems to be sorted out before the two can have their happy ever after. That's all in the telling of the story that Burroughs, as usual, does so well.
Doodlebug4444 More than 1 year ago
5 out of 5 for this reader folks! Two more outstanding novels by one of my fave historical romance authors Grace Burrowes. This review is on her first two books of her True Gentlemen series. If you remember (and fell in love with as I did) Nicholas and Ethan (with mentions of other yummy characters) from the Lonely Lords series then you will appreciate this spin off series as it revolves around their sisters finding their true loves. We have met Tremaine before in the Lonely Lord series and I loved meeting him once again. Tremaine is a trader by occupation and he is quite successful at it. Coming to see Nicholas to discover if a herd of sheep is a lucrative trade, he also meets Nicholas’s serious sister Nita. Nita is not a lady of her time. She has already classified herself as a spinster and routinely serves the common people (and those cast away by society’s standards) by providing comfort, aide and medical assistance. Tremaine happens to see this quality as a positive attribute seeing as his own life started out not so fortunate. Soon these two find common ground and bluntly allow excess relations to ensure that they “fit” when marriage is discussed. Tremaine believes that Nita will make a fine Duchess, and once her hands are full of Duchess responsibilities, she will be too busy to expose herself to all the dangerous elements that place her life in peril. However, Nita would not be Nita if she gave up what she believes in and what she is good at. Another well matched couple. Both are very realistic people despite the advantages they both share in life. They deal with common people daily, share a love for what is right and have no time for anything fake. It was heart breaking when they realized that the other refused to give up their lifestyles to marry the other. I also loved that we got more of Nicholas and Leah who just so happened to be one of my fave couples. Both books were a wonderful start to what I know will be a great spin off series. Grace always writes with a maturity that you do not find in many historical romances novels and this happens to be something I love to expect when I sit down with one her her stories. Her characters always have great depth, and she is wonderful at setting up and making us look forward to her next one. HAPPY READING! Copy supplied by Netgalley This review was done as a double review with the prequel The Duke's Disaster! :)
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the True Gentlemen series. Tremaine St. Michael is only visiting the Earl of Haddonfield to try and purchase his sheep from him. Tremaine has made raising sheep his life and doesn't have time for romance. He didn't count on being attracted to the earl's sister. But from the moment they meet, their lonely hearts seemed to be drawn to each other. Lady Nita had been running her brother's household until he recently got married. Now she spends her time helping her neighbors with their medical issues, against the wishes of her brother. She has found her passion and defies her brother at every turn to make sure that even the poor get the best medical care possible. Can two people so passionate about their "careers"find room in their lives for love? LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this story!!! The story was fast paced with multiple stories weaved in (Nita's sisters). We have a strong willed female lead that will do just about anything to follow her passion. Not only is it rare that women would be in medicine during this time period, but someone of Nita standing in society would not normally practice medicine either. I really liked Tremaine too. Definitely a man to fall in love with. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Daniel's True Desire, which comes out in November. Thanks go out to Sourcebooks via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
1 in a new and exciting series, "True Gentlemen". Well written with Ms. Burrowes' usual aplomb. The characters are engaging, passionate, and endearing. The storyline is a bit unique in it's concept, exciting, a bit thrilling at times and emotional at others. Fans can never be disappointed with a Grace Burrowes' story. Her storytelling is fantastic and very satisfying. Can two lonely souls truly find their HEA? You have to read "Tremaine's True Love" to find out. This series has the making of another magnificent series. Well done! I'd say another hit, for me anyway. *Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery* **Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews dot com** Rating: 4 Heat Rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
Historical romance is my favorite genre and Grace Burrowes one of my favorite authors because she never fails to sweep me up in the characters, the times, the settings, the language, and most of all the romance. TREMAINE'S TRUE LOVE was a delight to read. The first book in her new series, True Gentlemen, and a wonderful start in my opinion. It was impossible not to admire her heroine, Lady Nita Haddonfield. Nita had a heart for nurturing and caring for those in need often times at her own risk. She felt it her mission, her calling, to follow in her mother's footsteps as a healer. Especially for those with no one else willing or able to care for them. Wealthy businessman Tremaine St. Michael comes to their family home to purchase sheep from her brother and finds himself drawn to the Lady Nita. He sees that while she cares for everyone else, there is no one caring for her. He finds himself attending her and watching out for her. He finds himself caught up in the family and community dynamics because of her. And he finds himself in love. These two were perfect for each other, both honest to a fault and clear about what was important to them in life. Neither looking for love, or believing in it much, until they found each other. They had amazing chemistry together and each an incredible back story. There is a lot going on with the Haddonfield family which keeps the entire story very entertaining trying to figure how it will all work itself out. 4 stars. ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I love Grace Burrowes books and this one does not disappoint. Tremaine was introduced in other earlier books but comes off MUCH better in his own story. I loved Nita wanting to be loved and making a difference in the lives of others.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
Though many see her as firmly “on the shelf,” Lady Bernita (“Nita”) Haddonfield bucks tradition to provide eagerly-sought medical care to anyone who requires her services, be they a lofty society mama or a gin-soaked drunkard. Nita works herself to the bone to provide the poor with adequate medical care while the town doctor leaves them to rot. Her workaholic tendencies are shared by Tremaine St. Michael, an enterprising businessman looking to purchase the rare merino sheep Nita’s brother is trying to get rid of. Sparks fly immediately between Nita and Tremaine, but they must both learn to make compromises if their relationship is to survive. What a wonderful story! I love Grace Burrowes work and with very good reason – her ability to craft a tale that absorbs a reader is uncanny and her books are populated by a veritable cast of complex and engaging characters. I’m so glad this will be a series since I can’t wait to see what happens to Nita’s sisters and friends. The romance between Nita and Tremaine runs on a deeply emotional level, the intimacy connecting on the intellectual plane before moving to something more physical. Nita and Tremaine are made for each other; both are workaholics who need to learn to slow down and take care of themselves, but they are also champions of the poor (especially Nita) and aware of how they may use their position in society to give to those less fortunate. The complex family relationships bring a whole other layer to this engaging plot and provides some of the drama and conflict between Nita and Tremaine. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and eagerly await Ms. Burrowes’ next book in the series! Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
Once again Burrowes combines steamy romance with historical living in a uniquely captivating manner. She weaves real romance throughout the lives of her characters, making them oh so real. The world that she builds takes readers back in time in a one of a kind tale that had me gasping & laughing in turns. I love the strength of character that these two individuals possess takes the entire novel to a whole new level. Their battle of wills was fantastic. The way that they refused to see the truth that was directly in front of them lead to some comical moments. The combination of true gentleman and headstrong alpha type made Tremaine a joy to get to know. It fit with Nita’s need to prove herself to all those around her. When they finally admitted their feelings, they became an even more fantastic couple. And Burrowes backs these two main characters up with a fantastic supporting cast. The way that we get to know them draws you completely into their world. Burrowes has created a one of a kind tale that kept me captivated throughout. I laughed and lived alongside her characters in this remarkable journey back in time. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Nita is an amazing person. She’s someone I’m absolutely going to miss and think about for years. Tremaine is a really great guy. Though this is a historical romance, so much about Tremaine’s True Love is really women’s fiction. It’s about growth as a person and about finding yourself. I just know I’m going to be rereading Tremaine’s True Love for years! More… Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley Publisher & Date: Sourcebooks Casablanca Genre: Historical Romance Pages: 384 Grade: A Steam: Adult + | There are a few pages of descriptive imtamacies. Also, one of the minor characters is dealing with “non-traditional attractions”. Setting: England Series: True Gentlemen #1
julieford More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to meet Grace Burrowes at a book signing where I purchased this book. This is a wonderful story about Tremaine St. Michael aka The Sheep Count and Lady Nita Haddonfield. Nita is a noblewoman who is always administering to the ill and injured of the community against her brother's wishes. Tremaine is a guest of the Haddonfields and has taken an interest in Nita. When Tremaine proposes and then states that Nita can no longer endanger herself, Nita turns down his proposal but has second thoughts. They must find a way to compromise to ensure the love that is blooming.
def618 More than 1 year ago
I was able to purchase this book early from a book store that was having a signing. It is wonderful! As are all of Grace's books. The wealthy Tremaine St. Michael comes to see Lady Nita Haddonfield's brother, the Earl of Bellefonte, about buying some sheep. He doesn't plan to stay long but the Earl and Countess insist. After all, the Earl has 4 sisters to marry off. Nita is a healer and doesn't think she'll wed. But Tremaine is very attractive and you'll have to read it to find out the details. I don't like plot spoilers. But I will say I loved it! There is a secondary love story in the book. Nita's brother George and a widow find a HEA also. (less)
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Perfect cover; Nita is tall and blond and Tremaine is dark and handsome. This is a truly lovely romance as are most of Grace Burrowes’ historicals. She writes with a precise and casual authenticity, becomes intimate in all life’s peculiarities without being vulgar or crass, and manages to infuse much-needed humor in the face of sometimes tragic storylines. I will read anything she writes, even her recent contemporary stories. Bernita (Nita) Haddonfield is an apothecary and the unofficial physician in Haddondale. She’s also a lady, the eldest sister of Nicholas, the Earl of Bellefonte (hero from her brilliant Lonely Lords series). Nicholas is now blissfully married to Leah, his countess, and is the guardian of his four unmarried sisters, each of whom he is trying to marry off. Nita ran his household until he married but now she is at loose ends. Trained by her late mother in the art of healing, the villagers trust her rather than the antiquated and dangerous practices of the misogynistic old Dr. Horton. But Nita is also extremely lonely and her family rightly fears for her safety in the face of constant exposure to illness from her patients. Her brothers were bewildered by her, her sisters fretted for her, but none of them defended the honor of the only woman Tremaine knew who battled death with no thought for herself. Tremaine St. Michael is a successful businessman visiting Nicholas and his family at Belle Maison, their country home, in hopes of purchasing Nicholas’ valuable merino sheep. He is a French comte and also of Scottish ancestry with a sexy burr. Tremaine is a handsome and eligible gentleman (of course!) sent by Beckman (another Lonely Lord and Nicholas’ brother), his brother-in law. Nicholas hopes to match Tremaine with one of his sisters as well as dispose of the prized sheep. Tremaine and Nita are immediately attracted to each other, but in a quiet and understated way. He is intrigued by and respects her at the same time he wonders why in the world this single woman is allowed to traipse about the countryside after dark, tending to ill villagers. While Nita loves her independence, she is also isolated. She is impressed with Tremaine’s business acumen but more than that, he genuinely cares for the sheep just as she cares for her patients. He is a humane caregiver and steward. When she imparts some advice that would take him away from their family just as she is getting to know him better, she recognizes that she desperately wants Tremaine to stay. They become fast friends before they become lovers and I am a little surprised by how quickly this happens, especially under a roof with so many people. And also at Nita’s brazenness and, frankly, recklessness considering she is a medical woman. She could fall pregnant and end up like Addy Chalmers, a local woman who fell from grace and who now supports many fatherless children with her body. Burrowes’ love scenes are always tender and moderately graphic (though none as much as Gabriel). Secondary characters are plentiful and well drawn in deep and interesting detail. The sibling dynamic that Burrowes excels at is fully displayed here and the locals provide great interest and color, especially the overconfident Edward Nash and his strong-willed but helpless sister-in-law, Elsie, and the outrageous Dr. Horton. Full review: http://bit.ly/1ImlISu
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read everyone of Grace's romances!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago