Lady in Waiting

Lady in Waiting

by Marie Tremayne

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She wants to escape her present . . .

When Clara Mayfield helps her sister elope, she’s prepared for the scandal to seal her fate as a spinster. What she doesn't expect is to find herself engaged to the vile Baron Rutherford as a means of salvaging her family's reputation. Determined not to be chained to a man she loathes, Clara slips out of Essex and sheds her identity: she becomes Helen, maid at the Earl of Ashworth’s country estate. After all, below stairs is the last place anyone would think to look for an heiress . . .

He wants to forget his past . . .

William, Lord Ashworth, is attempting to rebuild his life after the devastating accident that claimed the lives of his entire family, save his beloved sister and niece. Haunted by memories of what was and determined to live up to the title he never expected to inherit, William doesn’t have time for love. What he needs is a noble and accomplished wife, one who can further the Ashworth line and keep the family name untarnished . . .

Together, can they find the perfect future?

From their first encounter, the attraction between them is undeniable. But Clara knows William is falling for Helen, a woman who doesn’t even exist. The question is, if she reveals the truth about her identity, can she trust the broken William to forgive her lie and stand by her side when scandal—and the baron—inevitably follow her to his door?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062747396
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Reluctant Brides , #1
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Marie Tremayne graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. While there, a copy of Pride and Prejudice ended up changing her life. She decided to study the great books of the Regency and Victorian eras, and now enjoys writing her own tales set in the historical period she loves. Marie lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Lady in Waiting 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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This book had me from the beginning and wouldn't let go! It's got a runaway bride fleeing a horrid fiance, a tortured earl who finds himself drawn to his servant, and enough upstairs/downstairs drama to thoroughly entertain. Looking forward to reading more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was a nice glimpse of upstairs and downstairs living of the time. It was an entertaining book and I will buy more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From Genie McFate: After her sister elopes, Clara Mayfield is badly impacted by the scandal, and her season fails because of this. When her father forces her engagement to a repugnant, predatory lord, Clara runs away and becomes a housemaid on the estate of renowned hermit, the Earl of Ashworth. I really enjoyed Clara's resilience, creativity, and willingness to take risks to save herself, and the humor and co-worker conflicts involving her first ever job. As for the Earl of Ashworth, there's great chemistry and banter between him and Clara from the start, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Plus, the additional fun of his family drama. This was a fantastic first book from Marie and I'm looking forward to her next installment in the series. ** In the interest of full disclosure, I know Marie through my RWA chapter. However, she did not ask me to read and review her book.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Clara wants her sister to be happy and helps her to elope. The scandal that follows has a devastating effect on her own future though. Clara never expected her parents to say yes to a marriage request of a dangerous abusive man. Baron Rutherford has made it clear that he will own her and wouldn't hesitate to use violence to make her follow his orders. Clara wants to escape this terrible fate and runs away. To make sure nobody will find her, she pretends she's a maid named Helen and ends up being part of Lord Ashworth's household staff. William is the new Earl of Ashworth. He lost most of his family and is grieving deeply. He's living a secluded life and doesn't want to take part in any activities other members of the ton are inviting him for. When William meets Helen, he finally feels something more than just despair. His beautiful servant keeps surprising him and he can't seem to stay away from her. However, Earls don't marry their servants. What should he do? What will happen when William finds out Helen is actually Clara, do they have any chance at happiness together? Lady in Waiting is a fantastic romantic story. I was completely mesmerized by this amazing book and couldn't put it down. Clara is a strong and capable woman. She's looking after the people she loves in any way she can. This also means she supports the kindhearted, but very sad William, even though she works for him she manages to get through to him and I loved their beautiful open connection. It's clear from the start that there are plenty of sparks between them, but their circumstances are far from ideal. William has no idea who she is and Clara can't risk being exposed, but she keeps standing out. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out how their story would end. I was captivated by every single sentence. Marie Tremayne has written a terrific regency story. It's filled with intrigue, secrets and true love. Clara's bold behavior kept putting a smile on my face, she's a fabulous heroine. I liked her story from beginning to end and enjoyed every part of her journey towards a better future. I loved the chemistry between the main characters and greatly admired Clara's courage to approach William over and over again. The way William runs his household makes it possible for them to form a bond, he's chivalrous and he's a real gentleman, someone any woman would be lucky to be with. It was fun to see the world of the ton from two different sides and I equally loved each one. Lady in Waiting is a delightful entertaining story, I highly recommend this wonderful book.
Anaisbelieve More than 1 year ago
A tortured, but thoroughly kind hero. A heroine who boldly escaped an abusive man living under an assumed identity. What's not to love? I tore through this book. It has many swoon worthy moments. Usually I am not someone who likes reading about children in romance, but the hero's niece, Rosa, made a positive (and adorable) addition to the story. I can't wait to read the next books in this series!
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Clara and William both were in a spot. They both wanted something different. Clara/Helen to escape and William to forget the pain, the responsibility. Together they find something in the other to make things feel better. But with Clara/Helen hiding something very important that may just change everything they have been building. I very much enjoyed getting know Clara/Helen and William. They had a good cast of secondary characters around them. The development of the story as it progress grab my attention more and more. I was reluctant to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a great time reading this. It had all the components you could want from historical romance - danger, intrigue, secret identities. It also gave me a fresh appreciation for all those poor souls who had to spend their days living beneath the stairs, polishing silverware. Fresh and well-written and fun to read.
steelergirl83 More than 1 year ago
It has been a week since I finished this book and I read about 4 or 5 historical romances per week! What can I say? I'm a junkie! The fact that this book stands out as one of the most unique I've read this month is pretty cool--especially considering this is a debut novel. While it was frustrating for me that the heroine went from heiress to house maid at the snap of a finger (Like who really could do that?!) I found the romance to be sweet and enjoyable. I mean, there were some eye roll moments between the h/H, but I thought for the most part the author did good job at making their relationship semi-believable. For a debut historical romance, Lady in Waiting is a winner. I really think Ms. Tremayne has the potential to be a new favorite writer in the genre. I'm always on the lookout for fresh stories, because I've basically seems as if I've read it all at this point! ~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars! ~ *I received a complimentary copy of this book. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*