The Spinster Who Saved a Scoundrel (The Brethren, #5)

The Spinster Who Saved a Scoundrel (The Brethren, #5)

by Christi Caldwell

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In the next Brethren installment, a clever spinster is matched with a traitor to the Crown.

The death of her father leaves Miss Francesca Cornworthy .... alone, and with one last wish to fulfill—that she marry a safe, respectable gentleman. She sets herself on a course to honor that request. That is until she crosses paths with Mr. Lathan Holman—the very opposite type of gentleman her father wished her to wed. 

After one mistake earned him the title of traitor, Lathan Holman has no interest in reentering society. Then he meets a quick-witted, sharp-mouthed spinster. His dark past clouds his present and future. He'd been certain he'd never laugh or smile again…but it isn't long before, he finds himself doing both with Miss Francesca Cornworthy…and wanting more.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163709090
Publisher: Christi Caldwell
Publication date: 02/11/2020
Series: The Brethren
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 4,282
File size: 442 KB

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The Spinster Who Saved a Scoundrel (The Brethren, #5) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Amanda Watson 6 days ago
“I’ve come to appreciate that mistakes are a mark of human nature. I’d not have you forget everything you did right for that one decision that was... wrong.” The Spinster Who Saved a Scoundrel is book five in The Brethren series by Christi Caldwell. This is a redemption story; a story of second chances. Miss Francesca Cornworthy has lived her life always to others wants and desires and never her own. As such she finds herself a little lost and in a standstill after her father dies. On her way to her godmother’s house and her potential future, she gets stranded in a snowstorm. Lathan Holman is an unintentional traitor and all he wants to do is redeem himself in the eyes of the Home Office. He no longer trusts his own judgement and doesn’t know how to treat sweet, talkative Francesca. She ruffles his senses, yet he feels increasingly comfortable with her because she treats him with kindness and sincerity. In return Lathan confronts Francesca with the fact that she’s still living by other’s wishes when she should be living for her own. I feel like Francesca and Lathan are so similar and only by being confronted by each other are they able to move forward. I feel like this storyline has been building up to the cameo by our favorite marquess and it doesn’t disappoint. Increasingly it seems the Brethren series is about forgiveness, redemption, and second chances. If you like second chances then you’ll like this. Bookstagram: @hopeless.book.romantic
ECD 7 days ago
What a story!!! I could not put the book down. Page after page filled with human tragedy, death, final wishes, complacent acceptance of what would never be until a snowstorm brought two people shunned by society and the ton for different reasons. The h was thirty a spinster and had given up on marriage and family. She was considered odd by her contemporaries. She thought differently, she spoke differently, acted differently, dressed differently; basically, she was kind of eccentric and not really accepted by the ton. But she was on the whole a happy content person. Until her godmother showed up one day at her door. A few months before the h lost her father. Months later her godmother came to give the final letter he wrote to her. He wanted to be sure she enjoyed life and was secure. He gave her a bucket list and setup an arranged marriage. On her way to her godmother's house party to meet her suitor her carriage drove into a severe snow storm. Left to her own devices she struggled through the night and found an old home and sought entry. She did not know someone lived there. Her first encounter with the H was hysterical. Once they got past that. He let her stay on the condition she would leave on the morrow. Now the H's story was tragic. He was fired from a job he loved because he trusted the wrong person and wanted recognition from his superiors. He was flayed by the newspapers and the gossip among the ton was so horrendous that even his parents turned their back to him. Cut him off. He removed himself from society and was living reclusively in the country in a dilapidated house. His demeanor mirrored his own loathing for the mistake he made that had made him lose the only thing of value in his life. His job. He needed redemption and he thought if he could make himself useful to his old employer maybe they would take him back. In the meantime, he became a shadow of his former self and was now surly, rude and uncaring. When the h stepped into his home, he told her to get out. She did not leave. Over several days they slowly got to know one another. He was taken aback by her compassion and acceptance of him just as he was and wanted nothing more. He in return talked to her about her father's last wishes and gave her a different perspective on how to fulfill them. Then real life interrupted them and it seemed that all they were building between them was turning into ash. A truly emotionally moving story. I loved the characters and all their peculiarities. I loved how honest and open they were with each other. It was so easy to identify with their emotions and thoughts; very realistic. A must read. You will not be disappointed. I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
lcdolphin 9 days ago
Very enjoyable book about Lathan Holman, a man who was found not guilty of treason but is treated as guilty by his family and his former coworkers, and Miss Francesca Cornworthy, a spinster on her way to be married with the urging from her now deceased father. It's nearly criminal how such an amazing woman such as Francesca has had to live her life simply doing what was expected of her, and having no chance to fulfil any of her own dreams. She doesn't even realize she is still fulfilling her father's wishes and not her own, until Lathan points this out to her (quite grumpily I might add). He has also given up on any chance of a life and has hidden himself away. Ms Caldwell's writing draws you in, makes you feel like you know the characters, and makes it near impossible to put down. Looking forward to next in series.
georgia1 13 days ago
"Do Something you've never done before..." One of the many instructions her father had written for her to live life. Francesca had decided to make the journey to her godmother, the Duchess of Sutton's house party, after the Duchess had visited her and given her a letter her father had written before his mind had started to go. She missed him so much, but even after his death it seemed he was still looking out for her. Even picking out the man he thought would make her a good match. A man that would take care of her. As much as she did not want to go, the duchess had sent her carriage and she was off to meet a potential bridegroom. Unfortunately the weather was bad and the axle broke on the carriage and she was stranded until the driver could go find help. She decided she had to go find shelter or she would freeze to death and she was not ready to die. Latham was miserable and alone. One stupid mistake and he was now guilty of treason and had lost his job with the home office, along with his family disowning him. Living in a rundown place suited him fine. But when he heard someone at the door and it seemed breaking in, he decided he did not want to die that day. When a woman fell into his kitchen looking frozen from the snow, then a pistol pointed at him, he went on the offense. That woman was Francesca, who was desperate to find help rather than freeze to death in the carriage. Maybe I have said too much but I wanted to give you a taste and set up the story. This magnificent story that held so many emotions of these two amazing characters that Christi Caldwell created. I was there with them, feeling the cold, the despair, the lack of trust Latham had since being duped by trusting the wrong person. The almost broken man who had not had anything to smile about. Then there was Franny. She was a spinster in her own mind, never having been courted or a marriage proposal. The perfect tale of an unexpected coming together of two people and how they change each other and slowly build something that warmed my heart. Be prepared to not be able to put this one down once you begin the first page. Of course that goes without saying. This book is by Chrisi. Yes, that says it all! Lori D
Lcwilsom 13 days ago
As an avid reader of Christi Caldwell, I have waited a long time for our heroine Francesca Cornworthy to get her happy ever after and Christi definitely did not disappoint it was worth the wait. I must point out you do not have to have read previous books to enjoy this story though you will want to after finishing this one. The story begins 6 months after Francesca’s beloved fathers passing, her godmother arrives determined to have her attend her annual Christmas house party, she also delivers a letter from her father written months before. Reluctantly she sets out for the party only to find herself stranded in a storm, setting out to find shelter she stumbles upon our hero’s doorstep Lathan Holman. After winning his freedom, still labeled a traitor he lives an isolated existence trying to win the favour of the Bretheren, the very organization he betrayed. A knock at his door upends his life in more ways than one. Two lonely people scarred by life find friendship, laughter and common ground. Ultimately they fall in love but each of them do not want to hold the other back from the life they desire. As you expect love finds a way and our hero & heroine find each other. Another fabulous story by Christi, as always she leaves you wanting more. Her characters are real, flawed and lovable. Although this is book 5 in the Bretheren series anyone can pick this up and enjoy. Cannot recommend it enough.