A Lady's Virtue

A Lady's Virtue

by A.S. Fenichel


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Can a broken engagement ignite the spark of true love?

Sylvia Dowder had almost made it to the altar when her fiancé unexpectedly became a viscount, and dropped her like a stale crumpet to make a more "suitable" match. Though Sylvia's heart has been crushed, her spirit has not. She puts her wits and social savvy to use as a secret gossip columnist-and as the Everton Domestic Society's party planner to the ton. Luckily, she's not in danger of ever falling for an aristocrat again...

Especially not one like Anthony Braighton, Earl of Grafton. Raised in America, Anthony sees no reason to marry when he can enjoy all the perks of being an eligible earl. Determined to convince his family he doesn't need a wife, he hires Sylvia to act as hostess and decorator for upcoming parties. Yet Sylvia is as adept at captivating his interest as she is at beautifying his home. And despite this Everton lady's aversion to titled men, some attractions can't be denied-and love rarely does go where it's told . . .

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ISBN-13: 9781516105892
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 821,321
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

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A Lady's Virtue 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous 20 days ago
A bit too much back and forth but still a good book.
Synergy 9 months ago
I enjoyed this read. The story had a good pace and the characters are all interesting. If I could change anything, it would be the heroine’s knowledge of her worth. Her mom has really done a number on her. As a result, her lack of confidence in her own appeal and the hero’s affections, lessens my enjoyment enough to lose a star. I received an ARC of this book, from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous 9 months ago
A Lady’s Virtue by A.S. Fenichel is a 4.5 STAR read! This author is new to me and I’m an instant fan. I enjoyed the well written storyline and the relatable and witty characters in this easy-to-read historical romance. The slow burn romance will give you a three and a half flame blush. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written historical romance and doesn’t mind staying up most of the night to finish reading until the very last page. I look forward to reading more books from this author.
ECD 10 months ago
I find the struggle for true love encounters many difficulties. This story is about such a love. Sylvia/Sylvie in life is a strong, organized, talented hostess. She has a sharp wit and is humorous. When it comes to emotional love she is a basket case. Because of the way her mother raised her and because of the betrayal of her former fiance, she feels unworthy. When she sees Anthony/Tony again and begins working for him, her feelings and emotions muck up her and Tony’s life. Tony is long suffering and patient. He is not willing to be thwarted by Sylvie. But the man has limits and from time to time feels to give up. One can only stand so much rejection. The sub characters are warm, loving and delightful. I enjoyed reading this.
Lillian Maddocks-Cummings 10 months ago
Sylvia knows that she can't ever go through another heartbreak so she makes a choice that will see her safe from any scandal. But her plans change when she meets the Earl of Grafton. Anthony Braighton isn't looking for love all he wants is to go back to Italy to make wine. He has promised to do his duty and if that means throwing balls & parties so be it. He just needs to find someone to help him so he turns to the Everton Domestic Society and he meets someone that will change everything. Sylvia can't believe this man he wants too much from her yes they can be friends but nothing more than that. She has to fight her attraction to him as she can't ever trust another man again especially someone that has a title. How can Tony prove to her that he wants to spend his time with her? He has tried everything but nothing seems to work. He has come to realize that his plans have changed and that he would give up everything for. Sylvia does everything in her power to put Tony off but he is determined to win her over. She knows that he will make a good husband they complete each other but should she take that chance? But when a terrible accident happens Sylvia fears that she has lost him forever all she can do is to wait for him. Has she left it too late? Will they get their happy ever after? A beautiful read.
MLH438 10 months ago
Sylvia Dowder was engaged until her intended inherited a title and decided she was not worthy enough to be his wife. After this disappointment, Sylvia goes to work for the Everton Domestic Society and also secretly writes a gossip column. American Anthony Braighton is the newly-named Earl of Grafton and his family is pressuring him to marry. He hires Sylvia to act as his hostess and assist with events required by his new status and title. The attraction between Anthony and Sylvia grows and develops as they work together. Anthony comes to love Sylvia, but she is afraid to believe in love because of her failed engagement and tells Anthony that love is for fools. Anthony's friend, Miles, tells him that men in love are the biggest fools of all. Fenichel deftly brings these two fools for love together for a HEA. This third book in Fenichel's Everton Domestic Society series was very pleasant and can be read as a stand alone. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Robindpdx 10 months ago
I enjoyed this well-written historical romance. Sylvia works for the Everton Domestic Society and secretly writes a gossip column. She gave up on romance after her fiance unexpectedly became a viscount and broke off their engagement to seek a wife of higher social standing. Anthony Braighton, Earl of Grafton does not need a wife. Instead, he hires Sylvia as a decorator and a hostess for upcoming events. Neither of them expect to be fascinated by each other and start to think about some things differently. This was an entertaining book and I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Historical_Romance_Lover 10 months ago
I loved Sylvia and Tony's story!! The bantering between the two had me laughing out loud! They just seemed to click from the very beginning and even though neither was looking for a significant other, you just knew that they were perfect for each other. Everyone saw it but themselves! This was a great addition to the Everton Domestic Society series and I can't wait to see what Fenichel has in store for us next!
georgia1 10 months ago
I was so excited to see another Everton lady! Just love this whole series and A Lady's Virtue is just delightful! Of course that is no surprise beacause this author has had me under her spell ever since the first book I read by her. A broken engagement and almost left at the alter, Sylvia Dowder has put her energy into being a secret gossip columnist. But also she becomes a party planner for the Everton Domestic Society! (yes I would have wanted to be one of them!). But she has set her mind to never fall for another titled man as before. Unfortunately she had not met Anthony the Earl of Graton yet! He is determined to not take a wife and hires Sylvia from the agency to act as a hostess and planner for his parties. Why in the world would he need a wife when he has her? So loved this story and the chemistry between Sylvia and Tony! A lot of fun banter between the two and lively interacton. Cannot wait for the next in this series and I recommend you read this one and all in this wonderful stories!
NNLight 10 months ago
Sylvia Dowder is a disgrace to her family due to a broken engagement by a cad she was engaged to but has finally found a place she can call home at the Everton Domestic Society. Her latest assignment is to act as hostess and decorator for American turned Lord Anthony Braighton, Earl of Grafton. He’s handsome to be sure but she vows never to trust her heart to an aristocrat again. She builds up walls and resists his advances at every turn. It’s only when his life is in danger that she must choose between past hurts and the love that awaits her in Anthony’s arms. A Lady’s Virtue is book three in the Everton Domestic Society series and I must say, this is certainly the best one yet. Not only does the reader get to catch up on previous couples and what they’re up to but Sylvia and Anthony are a heart-wrenching couple. Anthony is resistant to marriage and voices this sentiment often. He’s seen his sister and their friends couple up but it’s not for him. But Sylvia opens his heart and mind to the possibility. Sylvia, on the other hand, has gone through one scandal after another. She’s an embarrassment to her mother, a social climber if there ever was one, and Sylvia’s content to be a spinster, working for Lady Jane. When Anthony breaks through the walls around her heart, she’s visibly shaken. Love is a scary thing and the emotions Sylvia works through is heart-breaking for the reader. I personally loved every minute of it! Another historical romance gem from A.S. Fenichel and I hope there’s more in the series. Highly recommend! Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in the hopes I'd review it. My Rating: 5 stars
Anonymous 10 months ago
Sylvia Dowder lives in Everton House and works for the Everton Domestic Society. Secretly, she also writes articles about people of the ton for the Weekly Whisper under the name Mable Tattler. Sylvia has a twin sister, Serena. Sylvia had once been engaged to Hunter Gautier. But shortly before the wedding, he inherited the title of Viscount of March. He immediately broke off the engagement to Sylvia because she was not good enough for his new title. Hurt and angry, Sylvia decided to work for the Society. She is no longer interested in looking for a husband. This angers her mother greatly. Rushing down the stairs to send out her latest article, she runs into a man. He is Anthony Braighton, an American, who has recently become the Earl of Grafton. He is looking to hire someone from the Everton Domestic Society to be a hostess to help him with events with regard to his new title and status. Jane Everton, head of the Society, wants Sylvia to take on the task. In addition, he needs help decorating the townhouse he inherited on Grosvenor Square. Sylvia impresses Anthony with her decorating and social skills. He is a man who has said he is not interested in marriage. Having been hurt and embarrassed by the Viscount of March, Sylvia feels she would not measure up to marry a titled man. Yet they cannot deny their attraction to one another. They go their separate ways, but will they stay away from one another? Another well-written romance novel by this author. I have enjoyed a number of her books and look forward to reading more in the future. I’m sure other readers will enjoy it as well. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
CaroleBurant57 10 months ago
I haven't read the first two books in this series but it didn't matter, this book stands alone quite well, although now I do want to read the first two books as well!!! Sylvia Dowder is the Everton Domestic Society's party planner to the ton. She has decided never to marry after having endured a scandal 3 weeks before she was to marry, being told by her fiancé that she wasn't good enough for him now that he had a title. Anthony Braighton, Earl of Grafton, hires Sylvia to redecorate his homes, as well as to plan a ball and be his hostess. He has also decided that he's too young to marry and wants to enjoy life and travel with no attachments. Neither of them are ready for the feelings and attraction they feel towards each other!! Tony decides to pursue her but she refuses to acknowledge what she feels for him because she's got it in her head that she's not good enough for him. All I can say is that it's a good thing Tony has a lot of patience because she sure gives him the run around! lol Actually, I got a little tired of her hot then cold attitude throughout the story. Apart from that, it was a wonderful story. I was given a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
nku 10 months ago
A Lady's Virtue (Everton Domestic Society, #3) by A.S. Fenichel ...This is the 3rd book in the series EVERTON DOMESTIC SOCIETY and I'm am thankful to the author for allowing me to preview this book. Sylvia ( dumped three weeks before her wedding... joined Everton Domestic Society) Anthony (raised in America becomes a Earl when his cousin dies...) The fun starts when he hires an "Everton Lady" to help him come out as a Earl...he doesn't wish to marry and wants to prove to his mother he doesn't need to. Sylvia wants to help him and thinks herself on the shelf. I enjoyed their story and all the twists and turns, laughter and tears and a little steam all getting to their HEA. It was also fun to touch base with old friends from Everton. I can't wait for the next installment... Reasons I enjoyed this book: Whimsical Steamy Great world building Entertaining Romantic Page-turner Happily Ever After Funny Easy-to-read Wonderful characters