Once Upon a Maiden Lane: A Maiden Lane Novella

Once Upon a Maiden Lane: A Maiden Lane Novella

by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Once Upon a Maiden Lane: A Maiden Lane Novella by Elizabeth Hoyt

A stand-alone novella from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt!
Miss Mary Whitsun is far too intelligent to fall for the rakish charms of a handsome aristocrat. But when the gentleman in question approaches her in a bookshop, mistaking her for his fiancée, Lady Johanna Albright, the flirtatious encounter only raises more questions. Could Mary, a servant raised in a St Giles orphanage, actually be Lady Joanna's long-lost twin sister? If so, Mary has been betrothed since birth---to the rakishly handsome artistocrat himself . . .
Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He's drawn to her sharp mind, indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him---ladies simply don't dismiss Lord Blackwell. But as Mary makes her first hesitant steps into society, she can't help but wonder if she truly has a place in Henry's world---or in his heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455539208
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Series: Maiden Lane Series , #13
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 11,663
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN 55419 or email her at: Elizabeth@ElizabethHoyt.com.

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Once Upon a Maiden Lane: A Maiden Lane Novella 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Darlene491 22 days ago
I received this novella ahead of the publishing date. Elizabeth Hoyt asked for an honest review, which I'm happy to give. I'm at a loss on how to review without spoiling it for you future readers. Once Upon A Maiden Lane works great as a standalone but it behooves you to read the entire series. Besides being excellent you'll understand the supporting cast better. Mary Witsun is an orphan from the foundling home that's a running theme throughout the series. Having the series end with Mary is perfect. An orphan meets a handsome titled gent and sparks fly. It's Cinderella like. I must confess to being a little in love with the Duke of Montgomery and having him, among others, wrap up their story lines was such a nice touch. I can only add that you won't regret reading Once Upon A Maiden lane. Happy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Orphan maidservant Mary Whitsun may actually be the missing Lady Cecilia Albright, a twin lost in infancy but already betrothed to too-handsome Henry Collins, Vicount Blackwell. Surprisingly willing to accept the duties of her new place in society and her new family, and the attraction between Mary and Henry grows. The conflict comes from whether Henry can be trusted, if he really cares for Mary or whether any Lady Albright will do, why Mary seems to be in danger, and whether she can handle the change in her circumstances.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
A sweet romance (with a few love scenes) about a young woman raised in an orphanage who finds herself experiencing not just a change in status, but the love of an aristocrat too. Mary Whitsun grew up under Lady Caire and her family's generous hands (see several other of the Maiden Lane series for more about them) and as a servant now in the Caire household, she is content. A chance meeting in a bookshop changes everything when she's found to have the look of a twin girl who was kidnapped at birth and presumed dead. It also means, if she is that girl, that she's betrothed to Henry, Lord Blackwell, the man who found her at the bookshop. Henry may be a Lord but he shows a surprising sensitivity and care for her feelings as she copes with this sudden change in her life. However, someone isn't so thrilled with the appearance of a new heir, and that person wreaks a bit of havoc before they are found out. The ending isn't quite what one expects, but is lovely just the same. It's an enjoyable read and as always, lovely to see some of the Maiden Lane characters again.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Once Upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt Book 12.5 of the Maiden Lane series Publisher: Forever Publication Date: November 14, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): Miss Mary Whitsun is far too intelligent to fall for the rakish charms of a handsome aristocrat. But when the gentleman in question approaches her in a bookshop, mistaking her for his fiancée, Lady Johanna Albright, the flirtatious encounter only raises more questions. Could Mary, a servant raised in a St Giles orphanage, actually be Lady Joanna's long-lost twin sister? If so, Mary has been betrothed since birth—to the rakishly handsome artistocrat himself. Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He's drawn to her sharp mind, indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him—ladies simply don't dismiss Lord Blackwell. But as Mary makes her first hesitant steps into society, she can't help but wonder if she truly has a place in Henry's world—or in his heart. What I Liked: If you've been following my blog for any amount of time, you'll know that I absolutely adore this series. I have yet to not dislike a book in the series. This series wasn't originally planned to be twelve novels long (with a few novellas), and so every time I saw a new addition, I couldn't wait to read it. Sadly, this is the final installment in the series, which is a little heartbreaking. But it is an adorable and very sweet story that wraps up the series perfectly. This novella takes us back to where it all begin - at least, back to a character who has been in the series from the start. Mary Whitsun is the beloved "Mary" of Temperance, who is now Lady Caire. Temperance is the heroine of Wicked Intentions, book one. She and her brother Winter ran an orphanage in St. Giles, and Mary Whitsun was one of the first girls to arrive. She had been at the orphanage for the longest, and she came with Lord and Lady Caire when they married. After years in the orphanage and years as the Caire children's nursemaid, life is about to change drastically for Mary Whitsun, when someone mistakes her to be Lady Joanna Albright. The story begins with Mary in a bookstore, sensing someone watching her. Lord Henry Blackwell comes up to her and mistakes her for Lady Joanna, his fiancee. But he quickly realizes that while she looks like Lady Joanna, she isn't. The next day, Lord Blackwell arrives at the Caire residence with Lady Albright (the mother), and the grandmother. And thus, Mary is whisked into the life of Lady Cecilia Albright, the long-lost twin of Lady Joanna. She is to have lessons on comportment and dancing and all things nobility, and she is to be the one to marry Henry (since he was promised the eldest Albright sister). But a life among gentry isn't what Mary ever dreamed of - or wanted. Even if she has begun to fall for Henry, the dashing lord who she misjudged. I always thought Mary Whitsun would end up with one of the other orphan boys, but I'm glad to be wrong. Mary is fiery and prickly, and she immediately dislikes Henry, even if she is also immediately attracted to him. She loves her independence and doesn't want to be a lady, even if she doesn't really mind not being the Caire children's nursemaid anymore. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
sportochick More than 1 year ago
What a perfect way to tell Mary's story. I have read all the books to this series and she has been in many of the books starting as a baby left on the doorstep. Watching her grow and mature has been delightful and her character in this book was presented in a manner that was befitting of her upbringing. Through the many twists and turns to this story the author shows a young woman who knows who she is, what she believes in and her strength through adversity. It also emphasizes her ability to change while holding firm to how she was raised. Lord Blackwell's character is extremely interesting. He sometimes manipulates things to his benefit but as time goes on you see a change in him where he starts to think of others happiness and what he really wants. HIs character expands as the book gets more intense and the reader will come to admire his character. I give this book 5 STARS for fulfilling all my expectations on Mary as an adult. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
about a sweet young girl who lived in the foundling home. Mary Whitsun is one of the first children that readers come to know through the love of Lady Caire. This is a fairy tale from the incomparable Elizabeth Hoyt.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Three and a half stars. Poor Mary Whitsun, she grows up in a school for orphans and becomes a nanny to Lord and Lady Caire. Then one day she is minding her own business, browsing a in book store, when a member of the nobility starts calling her sweetheart and mocking her for being in a book store. It turns out that the noble in question, Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell has mistaken Mary for Lady Johanna Albright, his fiancee. But here the plot thickens, Lady Joanna had an older sister who was kidnapped and never found, it was this older sister that should have been engaged to Viscount Blackwell. The Albrights believe Mary to be their long-lost sister/ daughter and quickly bring her under their wings. Her days go from the nursery to learning to dance and being fitted for more dresses than she has ever owned. All the while, the dashing, charming Viscount Blackwell is beside her murmuring that they will soon be wed. But just when things are looking good for Mary she is the victim of a series of attempts on her life - or is it on Henry's life? And then the unthinkable occurs, another girl appears claiming that SHE is the lost Albright daughter. Oh, how shallow am I? I complain that all historicals are about lord this and lady that, then when the story is about Mary Whitsun I'm a bit meh, she's a servant. Also, I felt it was vaguely wrong for a member of the nobility to have sex with Mary, especially when it appears that she is not the lost Albright daughter. Not being a virgin would be catastrophic for a young working class woman, especially if she became pregnant, much more than for a woman of rank. It made me uncomfortable. Anyhoo, a pleasant enough historical romance for Mary Whitsun, full of lost heirs and childhood betrothals.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars-- Told from dual third person perspectives (Mary and Henry) ONCE UPON A MAIDEN LANE follows the building relationship between nursemaid Miss Mary Whitsun, and Henry Collins, aka Viscount Blackwell in the face of the discovery that our heroine might very well be the missing heiress, and Lady Joanna Albright’s twin sister Cecilia Albright-kidnapped as a child, and presumed dead for the past twenty one years. Promised at birth to the future Viscount Blackwell, Cecilia has been missing, and without proof of birthright Mary Whitsun struggles to accept the possibility that she is the formerly missing child Cecilia Albright-betrothed to the infamous rake Viscount Blackwell. Enter Henry Collins, aka Viscount Blackwell, and the man with whom Mary will fall in love. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Mary and Henry, and the potential fall out when the truth is revealed. ONCE UPON A MAIDEN LANE is a short story ala Cinderella where a beautiful young woman falls in love with the handsome prince only to realize under the pretty clothes and glamorous lifestyle, she will always be remembered as the nursemaid she was born to be. There are moments of intrigue and danger; mystery and suspense; romance and love. The premise is heart-warming; the romance is passionate. Several previous story line couples and characters make cameo appearances allowing for the familiarity of friendship and acquaintance. ONCE UPON A MAIDEN LANE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information form the previous story lines is revealed where necessary.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
I've read several of the other Maiden Lane books and didn't like this one quite as much. I did love Henry and his sisters. I wasn't that impressed with Mary, though. I just didn't like that the only time she really showed any emotion was when she was with Henry. The transformation of her going from her lowly position to a member of the ton wasn't realistic to me. She just handled it way too well. I loved the other books in the series, I just couldn't suspend belief as much for this one. I was gifted a copy from the publisher.
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
I know this series has barely ended, but I'm already grieving not getting to visit these characters every 9 months or so. This novella gives you just one more delicious taste of this awesome series and a chance to delve a bit deeper into Mary Whitsum's background. I loved the books that featured the St Giles orphanage so it was neat to revisit this setting and characters. Of course there's another great mystery-is she or isn't she?- and though it was a full length novel, there was a heck of a lot of a story crammed into a mere 130 pages. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
I’m not going to lie. I didn’t even read the summary for this book before one-clicking. Elizabeth Hoyt never fails to bring a delightful story, and Once Upon a Maiden Lane is no different. Mary Whitsun has the surprise of her life when she runs into an aristocratic (and dreamy-eyed) lord who mistakes her for someone else. Someone he's betrothed too, someone who has been missing for years. But Mary casts him off as someone playing a jest. And yet...the possibilities come back to haunt her. As I said before I didn’t even read the blurb, so I got through one chapter before the heroine’s name hit me. MARY. WHITSUN. I stopped to fist pump because it was the most exciting news ever. I’m so glad we got to see her story. Okay, on to the review… Mary's whole life changes in the blink of an eye, and Mary has to wonder if everything’s too good to be true. Mary’s such a great character, and she goes toe-to-toe with what she assumes is another typical rakehell of London. But Henry Collins isn’t like any gentleman she’s met before and there’s something about him that draws her in. The structure of this book really worked for me. It wasn’t anything overt either. It was one piece revealed right after another, and before I knew it, the book was ending, and I wanted to cry because everything Ms. Hoyt writes just has this magic that keeps me engaged. The banter was delicious, and the little pings of awareness that crop up—a bit here, a bit there—had me finish the paragraph saying, dang, that was intense. I just wish it had been a little longer. There's a lot happening and it would have made a bit more of an impact, I think, if there had been a slower buildup. Overall, this is a short little story that keeps us in the Maiden Lane series world. This remains one of my top recommended historical romance series, and it always will. Those who love historical romance just as much will find Ms. Hoyt brings the charm, the heat, and the intensity. A winning combination. 4 stars!
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
Mary Whitsun grew up in the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children in St. Giles and is nursemaid to the Caire’s two children. She is browsing in her favorite bookshop and confronted by Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, who mistakes her for his betrothed, Lady Joanna. When he realizes his mistake, he is convinced that she must be Lady Joanna’s long lost twin sister, Cecelia. As such she, Lady Cecelia would be his intended instead of her sister. Mary is overwhelmed. Is she really the lost twin? Can she fit into her new world? Can she possibly learn to be the kind of wife Henry needs? The plot to this one is a little complicated; it is a Cinderella story with a few twists and surprises. The characters fit their roles well. Henry and Mary were good together. The Caire’s were understanding and protective of Mary. We even get to see Val and Bridget with their daughter. I like the interaction between Mary and Lady Joanna. The villain is a nasty piece of work, and weird, who gets his comeuppance. I thought this story was a bit different from the others in the series, but interesting and engaging. A lovely story and a good read. The book was a gift from the author. My review is voluntary.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
Sigh! This is a definite fairy tale for my favorite orphan, Mary Whitsun. What would you do if you were suddenly told you were the long-lost daughter of one of London's finest families? Mary is trying to be sensible, but when she's whisked into the world of the Albright family, she can't help but lose her heart a little to her new family and the man she is supposed to marry. Of course, there are twists and turns along the way to the happily ever after, and that's what makes Elizabeth Hoyt's stories so good. This was the warm cozy wrap-up to the Maiden Lane series I've been looking for. I received an ARC of this book from the author at no cost.