How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days

How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days

by Harmony Williams


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In 1814 London, England, a lady is defined as a demure, delicate flower. Miss Francine Annesley is not that lady. If men were like plants, she would have a garden of admirers to choose from instead of the thorn in her side since childhood, Julian Beckwith. But she would make an even worse nun than she does a lady, which will be her fate if she can't dig up a husband before the Season ends. However, Julian is not an option.

With only ten short days left in the Season, Francine doesn't have time to waste on petty squabbles or knee-weakening kisses, even if Julian's offer to fulfill her every wish rouses her curiosity. It seems men are more complicated than plants. Too bad love bloomed at the most inconvenient of times...

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ISBN-13: 9781546708452
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/15/2017
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Which is hard to do with 2 young boys!
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
All Francine Annesly wants to do is study plants, but her father is insistent she marry by the end of the season, in less than two weeks! When her best friend, Julian Beckwith, shows up, it reiterates that she can’t just marry anyone. Unfortunately, the more she’s around him, the more she finds herself in compromising positions. This was a really cute story. While much of it is a pretty standard plot for historical romances, the author makes you want to cry for Francine and her predicament with Julian. I really liked all of the characters and look forward to reading more from this author. I recommend to anyone that likes this genre. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Lynn53 More than 1 year ago
Francine Annesley is trying to escape her mother. Julian Beckwith is an old friend. Francine has an interesting friend, Mary that I wanted to get to know better. I couldn’t figure out if they got into more trouble together or if Francine does alone. Throughout the whole book I was glad to see that Francine stayed true to herself. During that period of time, we know what men thought of women but Francine doesn’t care. She could have gone with convention and been miserable or she could have followed her heart. Her hobby is botany and I learned something new from her. I would like to think that as she got older her hobby got to be a lot more. There are times where you have no choice but to chuckle as some of the scenes unfold. It’s a story where you could almost forget that it’s a historical romance. I’d like to think that Francine would enjoy seeing our century. If I had the chance to go back in time, I’d like to meet someone like Francine, Mary, and Rose. There isn’t much in the way of sexual interaction but you don’t want a lot here. If there had been more, it would have changed the tone of the story. The sad news is that I couldn’t find anything at all about whether or not there will be a third book in the series. You certainly don’t need to read book one in order to enjoy this book. But if you find that you would like to know more about Rose than you will want to check out How To Play The Game Of Love. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Lindsey_Gray11 More than 1 year ago
With only ten days left in the season, Miss Francine Annesley is given an ultimatum by her father. Find a husband by the end of the season or she gets shipped off to a convent. For a young lady more interested in plants than the workings of a ton marriage, this is no easy task. When the childhood friend she has corresponded with since they were separated ten years before comes back into her life, things get even more complicated. Julian Beckwith is the youngest son of a baronet, but is a wealthy land owner and farmer on his own. Not set to inherit a title or have one bestowed on him, Julian is unsuitable according to Francine’s father. There is also a reason Julian is unable to marry Francine which is a twist in two parts. This novel stood out from many others for more than one reason. The most noticeable reason is the story is told from the first person point of view of Francine. For historical romance, this is a risk, but I believe Williams succeeded brilliantly. I really felt I was seeing all of Francine, climbing in her skin and living her life. Francine is a dynamic character with hopes and dreams caught in a horrid situation by her own father. The journey she takes from beginning to end is full of uphill battles and decisions that show her growing into the woman she was born to be. I look forward to reading about more of Williams passionate ladies as the series continues! I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Ajgray More than 1 year ago
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Francine and Julian have been best friends since childhood, have always been there for each other and stayed in touch even when separated. Julian made a promise to his brother Joseph that he would take care of Alyssa if anything happened to him. Unfortunately Joseph died in the war and Julian felt the need to honor his promise to his brother. There is a lot more to the story but there is a HEA ending. I enjoyed the storyline and would recommend it.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days' by Harmony Williams is book Two in the "Ladies of Passion" series. This is the story of Julian Beckwith and Francine Annesley. Francine is down to the wire in finding a husband since she has been on the marriage mart for several seasons. Now this season will be over in just 10 days, so the pressure is really on now. During one of these balls she runs into Julian who has been gone for 10 years. Julian had been great friends with Francine when growing up and they have kept in touch through letters..but have not actually seen each other in years. So Francine didn't recognize him since he has changed so much. Francine's mother likes him but she pretty much made it clear that she wants Francine to marry into a Title which Julian doesn't really have. Can these friends become something more? Series Order: Book #1 How to Play the Game of Love Book #2 How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
How to Lose Your Reputation in 10 days by Harmony Williams is an interesting and engaging Historical Romance set in 1814 England. While, #2 it can be read as a stand alone. See, "How to Play the Game of Love", #1. This is my first time reading Harmony Williams, I have to say I was totally entranced and intrigued by her charactizations, her vivid descriptions and her storytelling. Miss Francine Annesley is not a demure lady, but has book sense and intelligence. Julian Beckwith has been a thorn in Francine's side since childhood. A friends to lovers kind of romance, one of my favorite kinds of Historical Romance. A sweet, funny and utterly adorable read from beginning to end. Francine and Julian make such an great couple. They're engaging, believable and realistic. Ms. Williams has done a great job of interweaving sexism, self - esteem and vulnerabilities into a story with depth and understanding. My only complaint, and not sure I'd call it a true complaint, I don't usual enjoy first person stories, but, I enjoyed this one. Ms. Williams made me forget it was written in first person. A great read, with many facets to a great story. I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own Rating: 4 Received by: AprilR
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
It takes a gifted author to tackle sexism and self - esteem while crafting characters that are remarkably independent but still struggle with many vulnerabilities. How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days takes place during a time when being a woman was considered a disability. Women were seen as window dressing more than anything else. Francine seeks to change that. She's quite book smart but lacks the ability to interact and read people. Her challenges and fears are put on full display when an ultimatum is issued. With marriage on the agenda but no matches of the heart on the horizon, will this ultimate outsider find her forever love? Or will she discover her savior has had her back all along?
ArecRain More than 1 year ago
A friends to lovers historical romance that is as cute as it is frustrating. Friends to lovers is one of my favorite subgenres and it was clear from the beginning that Francine and Julian were meant for each other. Sometimes you can just tell that two souls are two halves of a whole. While the romance is both heartwarming and almost painfully cute, it was the characters that enraptured me. Francine is an absolute doll and Julian is everything the hero should be. In truth, it is the collective of characters that make this story, not just the leads. Francine’s friends are a force to behold, her mother surprisingly insightful, and the ton as transparent as they ought to be. The author has a talent for pulling emotions from the reader. With every mishap, misunderstanding, and discovery, I found myself holding my breathing and worrying right along with the heroine. AT some points I had to place the book down because I was either so frustrated I couldn’t deal or so shocked I needed to process. I feel in the end, we got the end we wanted. But I was left wanting, mainly for Mary’s story. As one of Francine’s closest friends, I felt that Mary stole the show for me and I am very much looking forward to her own story.