A Woman of Proper Accomplishments

A Woman of Proper Accomplishments

by J.A. Beard

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Helena Preston, the eldest daughter of a Bedfordshire gentleman, would rather risk spinsterhood than marry a man unwilling to accept her for who she is, much to the consternation of her mother and sister. She feels marrying an ugly or poor husband would be a mere inconvenience; marrying an irritable fool would be a genuine tragedy. Intrigued more with books and scholarship than finding a husband, the young woman has yet to attract any interest from eligible bachelors.

Joseph Morgan is a scholar who studies spiritus, the rare ability to imbue life into objects. With his arrival, Helena finds herself in the delightful position of having the attention of a handsome, educated gentleman of status, but she begins to worry Mr. Morgan is more interested in seduction than marriage. Soon after meeting the scholar, an unfortunate encounter with a sinister highwayman ends in rescue by the stoic and handsome Captain Thomas Southward.

As bothersome as juggling the attention of two potential suitors can be, Helena is still the target of a criminal. When evidence suggests her assailant is a wooden man created by spiritus, Mr. Morgan falls under suspicion. Unfortunately, she can think of no polite way to accuse a gentleman of sending a pile of animated wood to kill her.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016171784
Publisher: J.A. Beard
Publication date: 02/20/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

J.A. Beard is a restless soul married to an equally restless soul. His two children are too young yet to discuss whether or not they are restless souls. When he hasn’t been writing, studying history, or making excuses for not writing, he’s tried his hand at several careers including intelligence analysis, programming, and research science. Though he likes to declare himself the Pie Master, he’s yet to prove his worth in the brutal baking show-downs of Celebration, Florida.

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A Woman of Proper Accomplishments 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RRatliff More than 1 year ago
I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review.  This was a nice, light read, though there are a good number of minor editing mistakes.  Altogether an excellent regency tale with a unique and unexpected fantasy element that fits into the book well without overwhelming the regency elements. The title coupled with the book blurb description had me worried that the story might lean a little toward the erotic side what with the innocent maiden suddenly besought with the "romantic" attentions of not one, but two (gasp!)men, one of them a handsome man with a reputation as a rake (!) whom the innocent maiden comes to think of as being more bent on her seduction than proper relations. I was glad to see this was not the case. It is a regency romance, but kissing is as far as the physical romance goes. I'm not sure if this is to be a series or not, but if it is not a series the mystery part of the story was not adequately wrapped up to my liking. The romance part was definitely more the focus of the story. And, for romance aficionados, it is very much Regency romance, where there is much ado about what is proper and appropriate and what gentlemen's intentions are, and making a suitable match versus marrying for love. I prefer more historical fiction-mystery than romance, but for true regency dialogue and characters, you can't beat this for a good read. 
Marguerite52 More than 1 year ago
Free book for review. A book about a woman who loves reading and learning. That proves even a woman of accomplishments can find a man to love. A good read.