"Powerful. Disturbing. Heartbreaking. Smart. Occasionally gentle, often brutal. And always enthralling. An atypical setting, an actual historical event, masterfully layered characters and a sophisticated, seamless narrative - An Untitled Lady is a standout, gripping historical romance, unlike any Regency you've ever read." - USA Today
Shocking family news forces Madeline Wetherby to abandon her plans to marry an earl and settle for upstart Manchester merchant Nash Quinn. When she discovers that her birth father is one of the weavers her husband is putting out of work-and a radical leader-Maddie must decide which family she truly desires, the man of her heart or the people of her blood.
An earl's second son, Nash chose a life of Trade over Society. When protest marches spread across Lancashire, the pressure on him grows. If he can't make both workers and manufacturers see reason he stands to lose everything: his business, his town, and his marriage.
As Manchester simmers under the summer sun, the choices grow more stark for Maddie and Nash: Family or justice. Love or money. Life or death.
"Wow! This book was amazing. It was like reading North & South by Gaskell all over again. The characters, the ambiance, the fear, it all has that wonderful feeling that I thought I'd never experience again outside of Gaskell's work, but Nicky Penttila has just blown me away. It moved me to tears, and frustrated me, and scared me. And I loved every minute of it!"- Goodreads
"Nash ... is an exceptionally engaging hero, bristling with opinions and contradictions - an extremely interesting fictional creation, starring in a very highly recommended book."- Historical Novel Society
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I really enjoy Regency Romances so “An Untitled Lady” by Nicky Penttila was an easy win for me. Having said that I thought Ms. Penttila really presented an amazing story. She blended romance, history and intrigue perfectly not giving too much attention to any one of these elements and making them all work well together. Most of the novels that I have read have taken place in London or around it was refreshing to read about Manchester. It was heart-breaking to read about Madeline Wetherby or Maddie as she is known. Nash Quinn was also very interesting. As the second born son he basically is not of any use unless something happens to his brother. He was industrious enough to join the navy and become a very successful merchant. Although I don’t know much about the Industrial Revolution in England I thought that the author provided enough information to give the readers insight to what a struggle it was for the working class and what it meant to them! I thought that the author really provided emotional integrity to the struggles of the mill workers. The author also portrayed the reality that most women faced if they were not born into high society and did not marry well. On the emotional side, Deacon (the earl and Maddie’s original intended husband) was not the most likeable character and seemed to reflect many of the stereotypes of the higher class. Nash and Maddie have a lot to come up against. They have to learn to be married and when they finally come to terms with their feelings their love for each other is once again tested. The twist that followed Maddie was very clever and I thought the author was very brilliant for mixing the “secret” into the story. It was heartbreaking to see how Nash and Maddie’s relationship became impacted by the social movements of the time. I thought this was very clever of the author as well. I highly recommend this story, it is an emotional ride throughout history with two very strong characters and an equally strong historical background. This was the first novel I have read by Nicky Penttila but it won’t be the last.
Actually 3.5 stars. I am not much of a romance book reader, but I did enjoy An Untitled Lady. The author, Nicky Penttila, weaves the history of the early 1820s England into the story well. She blends the characters' individual struggles with real life events (Peterloo Massacre) and comes up with a story worth reading. One of the things I was pleased about is that the story is set in Manchester, and doesn't revolve around the larger, typical "society" that is typically found in stories set in London. Definitely a good choice for someone who likes romance with a little more heft. ****I received this book from the author, Nicky Penttila, in exchange for an honest review.****
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite An Untitled Lady takes a real life political event, the Peterloo Massacre, and gives it life and voice in the form of fictional characters. Madeline has grown up alone, but her godfather has been grooming her to be his son's bride. Too bad he forgot to tell his son about this development. When Madeline arrives at Shaftsbury, nothing is what she was led to believe it would be and her world is turned upside down. The younger brother of the Earl of Shaftsbury marries Madeline, and, as he is a merchant, takes her to town. The plight of workers and factory owners becomes the main focus as Nicky Penttila tells the story leading up to what would be later called the Peterloo Massacre when the workers rose up in passive protest at the treatment by the factory owners. As Nash and Madeline strive to learn to live together, they are in the middle of the arguments, he as a factory owner but one who understands the workers. Madeline is pulled in as she searches for her family of birth. An Untitled Lady may take place in 1822, but the ideals are progressive, and as we watch Nash and Madeline together, we see them learning that the rules of the past will not fit the new order of the world. Nash is a merchant, but he is more understanding to his workers and wants a peaceful resolution. Madeline is dragged into the conflict as she searches for her birth family, only to find them high in the reform movement. Does she follow her family or the rules she was raised under? Throw in an evil uncle that has clouded Madeline's judgment and you find a wonderful story of the time period. Nicky Penttila mixes history and fiction to give life to a moment in time that deserves more understanding.
This book blew my mind. I was expecting the usual tame Regency story. While it started out that way it soon grew into something much bigger. Madeline finds out she is nowhere near who she thinks she is. Nash is out of the Navy and now owns and runs a fabric/mill business. He isn't happy as a second son. He is on the outs with his family. Deacon, as the oldest brother, is to marry Maddie but doesn't want her. Nash likes her , doesn't want to marry but does take her as a wife. That's the tame stuff so now here comes the deep stuff. This is the time that mill owners want to make more money by cutting weavers wages. They in turn want more money for their families and are fired. It was a heavy time as the match is set to the whole scene for one gigantic explosion. This is the Peterloo Riot when unarmed men with their families held a meeting and hot headed owners turned the army on them and mowed them down. This is a very hard read at the end. The government ignored them and on. it went. This book literally took my breath away. I liked it a lot. Characters were well developed and I won't go into descriptions. By that point in time I could only read a couple of pages at a time. You read it if only for realizing how good we have it now.