The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away

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ISBN-13: 9780062097033
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/10/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 73,734
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was more fun than real life. She is the author of thirty-one novels, and her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Victoria lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her long-suffering husband and two dogs, in a house under endless renovation and never-ending chaos.

Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at

Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness.  Fans can contact Cathy at or P.O. Box 484, Buda, TX  78610.

A lifelong Anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of over twenty historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina.

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The One That Got Away

The Trouble With Charlotte

Victoria Alexander

One month earlier ...

It was past time she wed again. Everyone said so. Worse, she knew it herself.

Charlotte Robb, the widow of Captain Hugh Robb, who'd met his demise at the battle of Albuera six years ago this spring but who had, in truth, left her life long before his death, smiled with feigned interest at the gathering of friends in her salon and pretended to follow the ongoing debate over whether or not Keats was as brilliant as Shelley and if indeed Lord Byron should even be included in their company. The women were firmly in support of Lord Byron, as women generally tended to be. Still, it was a frivolous discussion, and Charlotte was rather grateful for that at the moment. She did love these gatherings, but today she was simply not in the mood for talk of a more serious nature than quibbling over the talents of poets. She had far too much on her mind.

It was an especially small group today, her guests only six in number. Her two dearest friends were in attendance, of course: Eunice, Lady Blackwell, and Isobel, Lady Hazelwood. All three women had been friends since their first season eight years ago, and all three now shared their respective widowhood. Eunice's state was not unexpected, as she'd wed a man more than twice her age. Indeed, the real surprise was that Lord Blackwell had lasted as long as he had, expiring a mere four years ago. While Eunice still swore she'd had genuine affection for him, her recovery from her grief at his passing had been relatively swift, helped, as she freely admitted, by the tidy fortune he'd left in her grateful hands.

Isobel was an entirely different story. She'd known her husband since childhood and had loved him nearly that long. When his death came three years ago, the result of a swift and unexpected illness, she was devastated. Without the support and love of her friends and family, the dear creature never would have survived at all. Fortunately, Isobel had a great number of relations and an equally large number of friends. Still, it was only in the past few months that Isobel had begun to show any interest at all in resuming her own life.

As for Charlotte, her own marriage had been a tempestuous mix of high passion and heady emotions and a disastrous error in judgment, on Hugh's part as well as her own. They'd been married, or rather had done battle, scarcely more than a year when Hugh had decided to remove himself from all responsibilities of wife and wedlock and had purchased a commission in the army. One might say, and Charlotte suspected many indeed did say, that he had been well prepared for war, given the state of their marriage. Even so, he had obviously not been prepared enough, as barely a year later he was dead. The deep, shocking sorrow she'd had at the news was mixed, even now, six long years later, with a fury she was hard-pressed to ignore or understand. Still, it was over and done with, and Isobel wasn't the only one who needed to get on with her own life.

At least one of the four gentlemen here today was an intriguing candidate for helping Charlotte do just that, and all present were those she included in her list of friends. There was LordWarren, who was devilishly handsome, with far too much free time, money, and charm. Charlotte was probably only immune to him because she'd known him for much of her life and thought of him with the fondness one has for an unrepentant brother. Mr. Addison had become a friend as well in recent years. The man was a brilliant critic of art, in the process of making a rather distinguished name for himself and great fun to debate on almost any subject imaginable. Then there was Mr. Manning. The younger son of an earl, he fancied himself a writer of plays, although one had yet to be produced, or even, to Charlotte's knowledge, finished. Still, he was of clever character, financially sound, from a good family, and he'd been head over heels for Isobel since the moment he'd met her. Not that Isobel had noticed. Not yet.

And last, but certainly not least among their number, was the Earl of Pennington. Marcus Holcroft. Charlotte had met him at a party in the country, and they had continued their acquaintance upon their return to London. He was charming and witty, with a dry way of looking at the world that was most amusing. With every passing day Charlotte found his company more and more enjoyable. Indeed, she had recently admitted, if only to herself, that she might be somewhat taken with him and was fairly certain, given the look in his eyes whenever her gaze would meet his, that he might be taken with her as well. It could even be love, although Charlotte wasn't at all sure she would recognize love. Not real love.

She'd once thought she'd known real love, but with the clarity of years and distance, noww ondered if what she'd had with Hugh had been nothing more than a concoction of forbidden lust and high passion stirred and flavored with the impulsiveness of youth and the lure of excitement. The fact that they'd wed at all was only due to the dishonorable circumstances they'd found themselves in. To give Hugh a modicum of credit, no one had known of their liaison and he could easily have escaped any responsibility. But he had insisted on marriage, and that alone had been enough to convince her of love on both their parts, although neither had ever said so aloud. Besides, her head had been too full of stars and romantic dreams about eternal devotion and fate and all sorts of other nonsense to realize that she and Hugh simply did not suit outside of a bedroom or a battlefield ...

The One That Got Away. Copyright © by Victoria Alexander. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Jutzie More than 1 year ago
The One That Got Away Anthology The Authors did an excellent job on these stories. You are not sure who the hero is at first or what direction the story will go. They have one suitor that you think is the main character but then a new one shows up. Or it will seem that their lives have such huge chasms between them that there can be no bridges, but with love there is always a way. The Trouble With Charlotte by Victoria Alexander Marcus Pennington is close to falling in love with Charlotte, a widow of six years. He is relaying his story to his friend, Reggie, a month after the incident. Both Reggie and Marcus are from the Effington Series. Just as Marcus shares a wondrous kiss with Charlotte her dead husband walks back into her life. Will she give Hugh Robb a second chance? Another great read from Victoria. **Sexual situations. Much Ado About Twelfth Night by Liz Carlyle The war hardened Edward Addison is now burdened with bringing back Sheridan to it's former glory after his brother Reggie had run it down and put it in debt. As the new Earl it now fell on his shoulders. Sophie has cared for Edward more then she even realized. He once asked her to marry him eight years ago but she knew like all things, he was doing it out of duty. Now they are heading to a house party at Sheridan and she is hoping to buy a prized racehorse from him that his brother had overpaid for just to have, Twelfth Night. Between intercommunicating and eavesdropping that was misunderstood Edward and Sophie just don't seem to connect even though they really both want the same thing. Great story. **Sexual situations. A Fool Again by Eloisa James Genevieve had fallen for her neighbor when she was eighteen. Where she was taught to be lady the Darby boys were mischievous and always having fun. So she went off to Gretna Green with Tobias only to be caught by her father before they get there, but not before she was ruined, Tobias never offered for her and she was married off to a stingy old man instead. Now she is a widow but must marry a man of his choosing to keep any inheritance. So she chooses Felton. And then Tobias returns. Can she give up being the sophisticated lady she striven so long for or will the passion between Tobias and her reunite? **Sexual situations. Nightingale by Cathy Maxwell When the love of Sir Dane Pendleton marries another, it sets him on a course that hardened his heart and gained riches. Whereas Jemma ended up in poverty after the death of her husband who did not handle his money well. With all his wealth it seems he is still empty. Can Jemma and Dane find their way back to each other after ten years of choices that took them further apart? **Sexual situations.
harstan More than 1 year ago
¿The Trouble with Charlotte¿ by Victoria Alexander. Widow Charlotte may have lost her husband at sea, but knows to remain safe she must remarry. However, as she decides who to wed, the reported death of her spouse proves exaggerated as Captain Hugh Robb comes home with a need to be with his wife............................. ¿Much Ado about Twelfth Night¿ by Liz Carlyle. Just out of the military, Rythorpe is panicking because Grandmama expects him to wed Sophie shortly. He asks Oliver for help as he wants to enjoy some civilian time before marrying. In an ironic comedy of errors, Oliver understands until he meets Sophie and soon wants to be the groom to the woman he loves..................... ¿A Fool Again¿ by Eloisa James. Widow Genevieve is unhappy because her late husband placed an undesired stipulation in his will. She must remarry in two years or lose everything. The weighty Tobias is beneath her station, but wants her, not her money, while Lord Felton is her equal but could use an influx of pounds. Which muckworm will she choose?....................... ¿Nightingale¿ by Cathy Maxwell. Cris has to be an idiot challenging Dane to a duel, as the latter is the best. Jemma knows she must plead for her brother¿s life, but she thinks Dane must hate her as she rejected his suit several years ago.......................... These four novellas are delightful historical romances starring likable protagonists who readers will enjoy as they ponder to be wed or not to be wed for love....................... Harriet Klausner
Teresa51 More than 1 year ago
All of my favorites authors rolled up into one book....HEAVEN!!!!
Andrea Welch More than 1 year ago
This anthology is about the loves ' that got away'. Each of these short stories are written by famous romance authors. Im sorry to say that these stories were not that great. Why? Two main reasons: 1. I think that most if not all of the short stories seemed all the same. After the second story i got bored 2. The theme of ' the one that got away' is usually filled with pain, anger, hurt and regret...for the story to work an author needs a few chapters to delve into all that time and pain for both the hero and heroine. These stories were well written but not enough depth. This was a mediocre get away for me. There are better books for the price available.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the authors did a very good job with their stories. The biggest probelm with short stories often is the time line but I found that these stories moved along at the right speed.
dukefn99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The premise of this anthology is reuniting with the one that got away. That's a great premise, but the book failed to really deliver for me. In each story, it seems that the couple falls into bed and everything that separated the couple in the first place no longer seems important. The "romance" wasn't developed and that makes it hard for me to believe that there is a happily-ever-after in any of these novellas.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I often find that I'm really disappointed in these kind of collections but I really loved all the stories in this one, especially Carlyle and Eloisa James. They were terrific--really sexy, funny and SMART! Don't miss this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harrie klausner strikes again, ruining another book with her plot spoilers. Get rid of her already bn. She and orhers like her are costing you money. I will not buy a book after harriet klausner and other plot revealers tell every detail. You are losing money because of them.