Violet (Chase Family Series: The Flowers, Book 1)

Violet (Chase Family Series: The Flowers, Book 1)

by Lauren Royal

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BN ID: 2940014535045
Publisher: Novelty Books
Publication date: 04/23/2012
Series: Chase Family Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,250
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

LAUREN ROYAL decided to become a writer at the age of eight, after winning a “Why My Mother is the Greatest” essay contest. Now she’s a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of humorous historical romance novels. Lauren lives in Southern California with her family and their constantly shedding cat. She still thinks her mother is the greatest.

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Violet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Laoighis More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I have read it so many times. Ford is such a sweety! And Violets parents are so funny they need their own book.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Really great book. Kept me entertained all the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lauren Royal continues to bring Restoration England to life in her newest, "Violet". Ford Chase from the "Jewel Trilogy" continues on in the first of the Flower series when he meets his match in Violet. They connect on many levels and Royal has brought a strong heroine to life in Violet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved so many things about the story. The one thing I didn't care for is Violet's stubbornness to keep believing that Ford only wanted her money. It was had to believe someone with so much intelligence wasn't more logical. Maybe that's just an extreme example of what I call the 'silly woman syndrome'. Overall I love this book and can't wait to read the next! I loved the science & history that was tied into the story. Violet's family is hilarious! I laughed out loud so many times. Lauren Royal has a gift for constructing well written stories. I would recommend any of her books anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though he is a genius, Ford Chase has no idea how to be a father to his niece when he is given care of her to prevent her from contracting the measles from her siblings. Being an uncle for a little while at a time is one thing, but full time care quite another. His luck improves when his neighbor, Violet Ashcroft, gets sent over to see him, and has her brother, Rowan, who is close in age to the niece, Jewel, along.

While the two children become playmates and fast friends, Ford and Violet find they have much in common. Though neither ever thought to find love, favoring more intellectual pursuits, love begins to find them. However, Violet can not believe that anyone, especially not a handsome man as Ford is, could prefer a schlorly, plain Jane as she to her lovely sisters. Yet, he does, and shows it in little ways, like inventing glasses for her.

Ford is indeed a genius ahead of his time, and Violet can see this. She therefore tries to help him by getting his watch design patented and attempting to sell it for him. Will he be able to accept her help? Will she be able to believe in his love and put aside her determination to never wed?

***** This light hearted book about two people who are able to see the true beauty in others is a quick read. Like many historical romance heroines, Violet is unconventional and forward thinking who requires a special man, like Ford, to see her as someone worthy of love. Fans of Amanda Quick will find this romantic pair to be exactly their cup of tea. The story is in no way bogged down by the child element, as some books tend to be; in fact, the "romance" between Lady Jewel and Rowan is charming. Also delightful is Violet's mother; and readers will look forward to seeing her matchmaking plans for the other two daughters in upcoming books LILY and ROSE. *****

Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.

-Katerina- More than 1 year ago
How can you tell if someone loves you for you or if they are only after the money? Violet has convinced herself that men would be more interested in her sisters or her money rather than her. What hope does Ford Chase have to win her over and prove that he loves her not the money (though he does need the money). See the trial and error of this funny romance as he tries to prove his love to Violet with interuptions from both his and her families.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know what it is about Lauren Royal's books -- is it the historical aspects mixed with characters I care about? Is it the steamy scenes that are evocative without being trashy? Is it the interesting plot lines that don't condescend to the reader and are actually interesting? -- but she's the first romance writer whose work I've actually enjoyed reading. The characters in the books are complex and yet easy to relate to, and there are funny scenes as well as thrilling ones. I usually opt for complex fiction titles and was happy to find that in many ways, Royal's books ARE complex fiction titles. I can't wait for the next book in the "flower" trilogy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Ms. Royal's books and she continues to keep me enthralled, entertained and even a tiny bit educated. Her characters are vivid and real and her attention to detail is a credit to her research team. Keep 'em coming please Ms.R.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1673 Violet Ashcroft lives up to her family motto ¿Question convention¿ perhaps more than any of her siblings do. The studious Violet prefers learning and expanding her mind with a book than attending aristocratic parties. Even Violet admits to herself that her plain looks would never send any male panting as much as wealth would anyway.

Violet and her brother Rowan visit their neighbor inventor Ford Chase to help him with caring for his niece. Violet finds Ford quite handsome, but is really intrigued by his work on astronomy and especially his construction of a watch. Ford, whose ¿girlfriend¿ of six years finally gave up on his absent minded ways and eloped, enjoys his discussions and debates with Violet. As they fall in love with one another, she still has nagging doubts that any man would want her except for her money.

Though readers lose patience with Violet for her inability to believe in Rowan¿s love, simultaneously the audience will admire her thirst for learning that makes her feel more like a modern woman. The story line engages fans interested in how the intellectual couple finds the way to the heart is through the brain. Lauren Royal furbishes fans of seventeenth century historical romances with a delightful story starring two for the most part endearing brilliant eccentrics.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous 7 months ago
Lauren Royal wrote a fantasy. Violet was the oldest of four. Her parents raised their children to live beyond the conventions of society. I found Rose to be a bully. In her preening, she belittled Violet about her looks to the point that Violet was determined to never marry unless it was love. Violet had an inheritence that could buy a husband, but she wanted a love such as her parents shared. Ford felt betrayed when the woman he was courting, married someone else. In running to his estate, he hoped to escape and use his time to develop his watch. Dropping by his brother's first to say good-bye was a mistake because the family had the measles except for his niece, Jewel. Ford found his sedate world tossed topsy turvy with the antics of his niece and the neighbor's son, Rowan. With Rowan was his sister, Violet. And thus starts the dance of love. Adult material with detailed explanations. I found the storyline interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no one lurking in the shadows here. It is a true, thoroughly entertaining, romance! Each of the characters were skillfully brought to life. This is a relaxed and witty story that left me wanting to search for more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The intertwining of romance with historical fiction with real people and real places makes this book even better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so much fun. The dynamics of the adults as well as the children will leave you with a smile. The romance will warm your soul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great romance
deanox More than 1 year ago
I will probably get the others that go with this series
Anonymous 10 months ago
This was an excruciatingly L O N G drawn out; painfully boring book. I have read many of this author's works and found them to be good but this book is full of filler material. She can tell a good story, has good diction and the book is well edited. Unfortunately that is the standard in the bar is set very low.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Enjoyed Violet and Ford Chase's romance Both fell in love soon after meeting She challenged him to prove his love when women were sought to bring wealth into a marriage Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. While it was a little predictable, it was still a good book. I really like this author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was no exception. Great characters as always. The mystery in this one was a little different from the ones Ive read before. This one was very enjoyable. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Ford I loved her parents I loved jewels and I loved Lilly. Violet was ok she sometimes got on my nerves but I really couldn't stand Rose Idk if I want to read her book I definitely will read Lilly's
JLLo More than 1 year ago
Lauren Royal is amazing I have read several of her books and just love them. Characters are great, funny, pasionate, smart, very well written, Family and friends are great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lauren Royal always captures the readers interest from the start and you are hooked! I loved it! Romance, laughter & lessons!
Jwillread-now More than 1 year ago
Overall, I think this is a good book, but the author kept Violet going back and forth too much thinking Ford wanted her for her money. This book had some very funny parts, and I enjoyed the characters in this book. I can say it kept me interested.