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In this Regency twist of My Fair Lady, Jack would rather be at sea than fixing the mistakes of his grandfather, the late Earl of Stansworth. Instead, he finds that inheriting his grandfather's wealth and title—and securing the welfare of his sister and mother—means joining the ranks of high society and living with the aristocracy. Luckily, Ivy Carlisle, the granddaughter of a dear friend of Jack's late grandmother, is willing to teach him etiquette and properly introduce him into society. Jack soon learns that his challenge isn't surviving his new lifestyle but surviving the conspiracies against him—as well as keeping himself from falling madly in love with his new tutor.
About the Author
Nancy Campbell Allen is the author of eleven published novels, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2005, her work won the Utah Best of State award. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999.
Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loves to read, write, travel and research, and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.
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"Someone—a lady—says she's here to take you back to Stansworth house."
"What the devil," Jack cursed and threw an armload of personal objects into his trunk. He'd said his farewells earlier in the day to his shipmates, and had already spent a fair amount of time the night before with his captain, complaining about his lot and attempting to drown his sorrows in stiff drink. All it had gotten him was a blazing headache and a shorter fuse.
"Let her in, then," Jack said over his shoulder to Pug, who finally turned with a shrug. The boy returned moments later with a delicate vision of loveliness in a light spring dress and a beribboned and lacy bonnet. She had no business being dockside, let alone aboard The Flying Gull. A young maid and tall footman hovered just outside the cramped cabin in the equally cramped companionway.
This should be most interesting.
Jack straightened to his full height and had the momentary satisfaction of seeing his guest's eyes widen slightly before she recovered herself and managed a smile.
"Mr. Elliot, then?" She stepped forward and extended her gloved hand. "My name is Lady Ivy Carlisle, daughter of Lord and Lady Carlisle, and I have been asked by your grandfather to…to…"
"Make a gentleman out of me?" he said flatly.
"Well, I'm certain you are already well on your way," she said and swallowed visibly. "Perhaps you might benefit from a few tips and suggestions. I understand your launch into society will formally occur at a ball once the Season is in full swing in one month's time."
The lady was smooth, he'd give her that much. She was clearly nervous but managed to deliver her little speech with all the polish he would expect of a person of quality. It irritated him to no end.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jack Elliot grew up at sea, doing what he could to provide for his mother and sister after the death of his father. His fortune takes a turn when his grandfather, an Earl, names Jack as his heir. The problem? Jack must give up his dream of one day captaining his own ship and impress the aristocracy. If he fails, his mother and sister will be stuck in poverty. Ivy Carlisle has been tasked with teaching Jack the ways of high society. Good manners and etiquette are a must, and Ivy wonders if she can turn the sailor into anything resembling a gentleman. Working closely together, the two begin to bond, and the attraction grows, but there’s danger in the air. Ivy hides a secret, and Jack’s life is being threatened. This is truly a proper romance. The characters are well drawn, and the story flows well. This clean, Regency romance offers a cute tale with a bit of action and mystery. It kept the pages turning and made for a light, easy read.
One of my favorite movies growing up was My Fair Lady. I loved to see the witty banter, the transformation of the commoner into a member of the aristocracy, and of course seeing the two leads fall in love. My Fair Gentleman takes the idea of My Fair Lady, which came from the play Pygmalion, and twists it around for some Proper Romance Fun. We first meet the long time sailor Jack, who is thrust into society to become the heir to his late Grandfather's estate. In order to receive the money and the title he must become a true society gentleman. This is where the clever and very beautiful Ivy Carlise steps forward to tutor Jack in the ways of society. Right off you could see the sparks fly between Jack and Ivy and sometimes it would be in the form of them butting heads. Jack is way too stubborn in his old ways and Ivy doesn't back down in the way that society is run. There were so many humorous scenes in this book as these two very different people began to learn about and from each other. Though this is a Proper Romance,there is also the big mystery of who is trying to do Jack in. Then there is Ivy's HUGE secret of her undercover writing career. The novel has a great supporting cast with Ivy's Nana, who is a delight to read as she stands up to the snobbery found in society. I loved every scene she was in. I also enjoyed reading about Jack's mother Mary and his sister Sophia, as they found their feet swimming through the "shark infested waters" of the aristocracy.It was fun to see them gain their confidence in their new life standing with the help of Ivy and her Nana Olivia. Readers will find so much to love in this novel, from the chapter headings from "Mistress Manners' Tips for Every-day Etiquette" such as, "When making a new acquaintance, always present a pleasant face and a kindly manner", to the repartee and flirting between the main characters, and of course the romance that slowly unfolds much to the dismay, surprise, and chagrin of Jack and Ivy. You will be charmed by this story and be left with wanting more from these characters and this author.
I like Regency books, for the most part, I do. And I am especially glad to have run across the "Proper Romance" series because I like knowing the book I pick up is going to be clean and fun and well written. When I heard that this book was going to be a twist on the movie "My Fair Lady," I just couldn't pass it up. I have to say that Nancy Campbell Allen far exceeded my expectations in every area: Beautiful Regency with all a reader might expect, yet with a slight twist that freshens the setting for me. A perfect "Proper Romance" with fabulous flirting and heart-thumping falling in love. The twist on "My Fair Lady" was such that I like it so much more than the original! Specific things I liked in the book--the humor at the first soiree and the absurd (but serious) introduction. I liked Miss Manners' tips at the beginning of each chapter and found myself rereading each after I completed the chapter so I could see how it applied. Also, the author gave each character a very distinct voice, which was a pleasure to read. Overall, a fabulous read I can't wait to reread again and again! I received a complimentary copy for my honest review.
When I was contacted by Shadow Mountain and asked if I wanted to review the new Proper Romance that was released I of course jumped at the chance. I LOVE Proper Romances. Love them. This book did not disappoint! Jack is happy with his life on the sea. It allows him to send money to his mom and sister. His dad had passed away and he was forced to go to sea at a young age to help pay for his family. His father grew up privileged but when he married Jack's mother he was disinherited by his father. Jack has always hated his grandfather for this. He never wanted any association with his Grandfather. The Earl of Stansworth. One day while at port he is approached by an employee of the Earl that insisted that Jack meet with his grandfather before he died. The Earl offers Jack the earldom on his deathbed. Jack tried to refuse by his grandfather tells him that if he takes the earldom he will make sure his mother and sister are moved into society right away. Jack finds he cannot refuse this offer. He will do anything to make his mother's and his sisters lives better. Jack has been at sea for so long and never imagined he would ever be Earl of anything. Having been blackmailed into this "new" calling of his he meets the one and only Lady Ivy Carlisle. This story is so much fun. Jack is such a great character. He is snarky and funny, and knows how to ruffle Ivy's feathers. Ivy is sweet, kind and beautiful. She is proper and is insistent that Jack learn etiquette worthy of launching him into the society. The banter between Ivy and Jack is fabulous. I laughed so hard during this book. There are a few twists and turns in the book that I wasn't expecting and it was such a fun ride. I loved the writing, the world, and characters. Besides Ivy and Jack, there are other characters that made this book so much more fun. Ivy's Nana is probably my favorite. She is high class and doesn't care if she is outspoken or not. It's awesome. The love story is of course fabulous. I love how clean and fun these stories are. It's nice when an author can pull me into a world that is beautiful and full of life and be able to keep it clean. If your like historical romances this is such a great book to pick up. Source: I was given this book in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this book. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
I love a good Regency novel and when a twist on a classic favorite is added, I'm in heaven! Jack is a sailor who has no interest in becoming a part of the ton, but finds it more important to take care of his mother and sister, so he does just that. Lady Ivy's job is to teach him how to properly behave in society--which is not an easy task. Add a dash of mystery and some swoony moments and this story is the perfect recipe for a satisfying read. I also love how each chapter is headed with a bit of advice from Mistress Manners' Tips for Every-day Etiquette and had to smile at many of the headings. Ivy has her own issues to deal with a a big secret to keep, but she's so delightful. I found her voice and personality to be so witty and fun. Jack seems bent on annoying her and bringing out the spitfire in her and those interactions are so sweet. Jack is a handsome man, one who wants to do things his way, but one who must conform for good reasons. He's charming, in his rough ways. I can't imagine living in a time when there are certain gender roles that aren't considered acceptable and enjoyed seeing the way this issue was handled in this particular story. The sweet, stolen moments are so tender and I learning little snippets into the secondary characters lives. I would love to see a story about Sophie and even little Pug! This book is a great addition to the Proper Romance Line. Content: mild romance; mild violence/moments of peril (accidents, non-graphic blood, etc). Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
Started off amusing and a good mix of dramatic. But then about 2/3rds of the way through it got to maudlin and melodramatic for me. Also, it would have made much more sense if she had been a widowed cousin teaching him propriety etc. Chaste.