A Fashionable Affair

A Fashionable Affair

by Caroline Linden

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Love is never out of fashion...

Felicity Dawkins is determined to save her dress shop, Madame Follette's, from ruin. Times and styles have changed, but the upcoming coronation of King George IV is just the opportunity she needs to bring it back into vogue.

Evan Hewes, Earl of Carmarthen, also has big plans for Follette's dress shop: he intends to tear it down to make way for the grand new boulevard he's building. All he has to do is persuade Felicity...

She won't sell. He won't be denied. But the attraction that sparks between them every time they meet might upend all their plans...

Originally published in Dressed to Kiss.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157285524
Publisher: Caroline Linden
Publication date: 06/02/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 145
Sales rank: 139,143
File size: 474 KB

About the Author

Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Since then the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series three times, which is not related but still worth mentioning. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages around the world, and have won the NEC Reader’s Choice Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. She lives in New England with her family. Visit her at www.carolinelinden.com to join her VIP Readers' group and get special sneak peeks, notice of new books, and a free short story exclusively for members.

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A Fashionable Affair 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful and well written, the ending was a bit rushed, would have liked to see it more fleshed out into a complete story, but still very good for a short story. Definitely worth reading if you like historical romance.
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
Just when Felicity Dawkins begins to bring Madame Follette’s back from the brink of failure, she learns that Vine Street will be torn down around her. She doesn’t know her mother has received offers to buy the building or that all the other buildings on the street are already sold. Evan Hewes, the Earl of Carmarthen, is behind the moves on Vine Street. He plans to tear down the old buildings, widen the street and rebuild, modernizing the business area. Felicity is devastated. Evan agrees to find her a shop that she can afford and will bring in the kind of clientele to continue the shop’s improving status and finances. In their effort to find suitable space for Felicity’s shop, two things happen. Evan falls in love with her, and he discovers secrets about her family that he is determined to keep. Things get more complicated when Sophie-Louise come to town to set everything and everybody straight. Can Evan and Felicity find a solution to this dilemma? Will they find a way to be together? Evan and Felicity are great together, strong and intelligent, adamant about their goals and confident in the outcome. The story presents the characters with a challenge that keeps the reader’s attention.
RoseinTexas2 More than 1 year ago
Evan Hewes, Earl of Carmarthen has big plans to tear down all the old buildings on Vine Street and rebuild everything all modern and new. Felicity Dawkins has lived and worked in her mother's modiste shop Madame Follette's on Vine street since she was born. Felicity's mother was the last of the shop owners left on the block who refused to sell to Evan. Unaware of the changes coming to Vine Street and Evan's offer to buy from her mother, Felicity sends her mother on a trip. During her mother's absence, Felicity hopes to modernize the shop and the dresses they sell. This is the point where Evan and Felicity first meet and he comes to convince her to sell the shop to him. I loved the immediate attraction between Evan & Felicity. It was fun to watch their romance blossom and for them to realize that although they came from different worlds, they had many things in common. My favorite line from the book; "He let out a breath of relief even as he recognized the danger he was in. God help him. She was in trade. His mother wanted to employ her. But in trade or not, she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. She made him laugh, she challenged him—and won—and she made him think, as the gas lamps were lowered and the performance began, that if he did nothing and she disappeared from his world, he might spend the rest of his life searching for another glimpse of her." Such a great story from author Caroline Linden! Highly recommend!
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
A Fashionable Affair by Caroline Linden is a fantastic historical romance. Ms. Linden has given readers a well-written book furnished with amazing characters. Felicity finally gets control of the family dress shop. Evan, Earl of Carmarthen, has plans to demolish all the buildings on the street where Felicity's shop sits. Felicity and Evan's story is loaded with drama, humor and sizzle. I enjoyed reading A Fashionable Affair and look forward to reading more from Caroline Linden in the future. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Those of you who have read Caroline Linden’s books know what an exceptionally gifted writer she is, you who have not will need to read this novella to truly appreciate the Ms. Linden’s rare talent. Evan Hewes, the Earl of Carmathen, is bent on modernising and beautifying the area where Madame Follette’s shop stands. Madame Follette’s is located near Bond Street, business is doing alright, but could be better. Feliticy Dawkins is managing the modiste shop for her mother, while the latter is away. Madame Follette’s has been in the family for several years, but when Carmathen tells Felicity Dawkins that she must vacate the premises, she bluntly refuses. And so begins one of the most wonderful love stories ever written. When Carmathen goes to Madame Follette’s, he expects the mother, not breathtakingly beautiful Felicity, but still he won’t budge either. Until Felicity starts to get under his skin, and he decides to help her, whichever way he can. While they agree to disagree, Felicity warms up to the Earl, until she realises that she wants to be his, whatever the consequences; he will not marry a mere shop girl, surely. And oh how exquisitely Ms. Linden conveys those feelings of falling in love, of being in love! I don’t believe I’ve ever read anything, anywhere that describes what love is more accurately, more emotionally. Ms. Linden’s lush and sumptuous prose is so evocative that the words become images; the dialogues are brilliantly simple and historically accurate. Felicity and Carmathen discuss things rationally instead of bickering, they reach compromises. And when the delicious flirtation becomes more, well, one almost wishes that smelling salts hadn’t gone out of fashion, because that’s how it made me feel. What a glorious romance. Felicity and Carmathen’s passion becomes all-encompassing, so beautiful, so touching, and it all feels so real. A FASHIONABLE AFFAIR is a triumph of exquisite, sublime writing, blistering sensuality, and a love so true, it takes a few moments to come back to reality. A FASHIONABLE AFFAIR is a magnificent novella, the epitome of fine writing, and the joy of experiencing love. I believe I have run out of superlatives, but this story deserves them all! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.