The Portrait of Lady Wycliff
The Portrait of Lady Wycliff

The Portrait of Lady Wycliff

by Cheryl Bolen

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For the past decade Harry, the Earl of Wycliff, has worked feverishly to reclaim all that his father had lost. Only one item remains elusive: the Gainsborough portrait of his beloved mother. And the impossibly young, stunningly beautiful widow Louisa Phillips holds the key to finding it. If only he can persuade her to help him . . .

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ISBN-13: 9781939602886
Publisher: Harper & Appleton
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Lords of Eton Series , #1
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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The Portrait of Lady Wycliff 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
Lord Harry Wycliff has spent years trying to recover everything his father lost (everything the family had). His goal in this story is to purchase the family’s London home from its current owner. Louisa Phillips is a young widow, left with almost nothing, and a bluestocking with radical political views. She lives in the house. The two of them discover that she can’t sell him the house because she doesn’t own it. They strike out together to find the mysterious lord who holds the house. During their search, they fall in love. This will not, however, be an easy and immediate happily ever after. Mistrust and secrets between the two could seriously hinder their chance for happiness. The Portrait of Lady Wycliff is a wonderful introduction to a new series, The Lords of Eton (who are also introduced in this story). Both the hero and heroine possess strength and a determination to overcome the hardships handed to them in life. The complex plot is full of mystery, danger, secrecy (with a little dishonesty on the part of the hero), romance, and a dose of humor. The secondary love story between Louisa’s sister and Harry’s cousin is sweet and helps bridge the divide between them. This is a good first story that leads me to believe the new series will be an interesting one. I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley. My review is voluntary.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
A classic tale of something lost and something found which will bring our hero and heroine together. Louisa Phillips has lost her husband and as is the case sometimes, she finds herself left with little to nothing to live on and does not really know who owns the property she resides in. The house she inhabits was once owned by the family of Lord Harry Wycliff, but was lost by his parents along with a lot of other family property. Harry is determined to regain by fair or foul means all that was gambled away and restore his family name. As they meet, Harry is captivated by Louisa and tries to balance his attraction to her with his desire for her property. Louisa's sister Elle has also had a very hard time of it and they both just want security. Thus begins a search to find the answers to secrets held by her deceased husband and trying to unlock the mystery of who owns the home A little suspense, adventure and intrigue leads them on a journey to find the answers they seek. Can they uncover the truth as well as form a bond between them? An entertaining story that will keep you turning the pages. I read this book through NetGallery Lori Dykes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eton - 1804 Harold (Harry) Blassingame, now the Earl of Wycliff, had once been eagerly looking forward to returning to Cartmoor Hall at the end of the term. He and parents used to have great fun together. Now at age 18, he will be leaving Eton but not for Cartmoor. His parents have both passed away and now due to a lack of funds, the Hall is being let to others. Before leaving Eton, Harry and two of his friends have one last get together to discuss what they will be doing in the future. Harry says he plans to go to sea as a type of pirate and make his fortune. London - 1812 Back in England, Harry is now a wealthy man. He wants to get back what was once his home in London. But it is occupied by a young and very beautiful widow, Louisa Phillips. Married off to an old and mean old man, Louisa is happy that he is now dead. However, she has been left with very little money and certainly not enough to care for herself and her younger sister, Ellie. Louisa and Ellie have strong political views and believe that people should be equal. As Harry and Louisa get to know one another, they are trying to discover who now owns the home that Harry lived in. It is all quite a mystery and they find themselves off on a quest to find out who this person is. At the beginning of this book, I was a bit bored as there seems to be too much political dialogue that I simply did not care for. But, I stuck it out and the story got better. As with all of Cheryl Bolen’s books, this book is clean with very little sexual innuendo scenes. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
The Portrait of Lady Wycliff by Cheryl Bolen Louisa Phillips has lost her husband and she finds out she has very little money, clothes and jewelry and no home at all. She learns of her living situation and her late husbands relationships with others that she doesn't know their names. Lord Harry Wycliff just wants to buy back the house he had grown up with but nobody will divulge the information as to who really owns it. He wants to get everything back that his family had lost: paintings and other articles. Louisa and her sister Elle have been out walking with the lord and his cousin, Edward. The Lord and her speak of writings that she mentioned and they discuss them. Lot of politic views then private matters. The Lord wants to get the information and is willing to pay her. She has been writing secretly for money about the rights of others. Harry wants to not only find the benefactor and set Louisa up in a small house as her husband had swindled her out of everything and take his fathers seat in Parliament. They come up with a list of Lords and set out traveling to visit each til they find the benefactor. Some of their secrets are divulged as they travel. Mishap down a cliff and infection as time goes on...loved hearing of the Cornwall landscape. Love castle detailed descriptions. They are from different classes and will never be together. It's amazing how the women help. They are full of surprises! Love the action, adventure, mystery and clues that lead them all to get the answers they seek. Travel and a bit of romance are also welcome. Love that the three men series will continue in the next book. An excerpt is enclosed. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Portrait of Lady Wycliffe - GOOD READ. Haven't read a book of hers that that isn't a enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, of course I have not read a Cheryl Bolen book I have not enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago