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The only thing that makes Lady Eleanor happy is her nieces and nephews. Miserable in her current position, she grabs the chance to marry Alexander and take care of his children. Lord Alexander Bentley lost his one true love and does not believe anyone will ever take her place. For the sake of his children, he marries Eleanor thinking he had compromised her. Even though their marriage may have started out for the wrong reasons, will there be a happy ever after for these two?

 

Or will Eleanor's brother come between them? Eleanor is a very loving and vibrant person although life has not been good to her. She remains a person able to not only give love to those around her but protect them with all her might. Lord Alexander is a man with a broken heart who, with the help of Eleanor, learns to be part of his children's lives once again. The children in this story are all great secondary characters and really add to the story. One day I hope to read about the childrens' lives as they were all such a great part to this story.

 

This is the second story I have read by this author and like the first, I enjoyed this story a great deal. Any one looking for great story without all the sex should look into Lady Eleanor's Secret. You not only get a good love story but also a little suspense and even some comedy. The only real problem while I was reading it was that my family

-- I needed to put the story down to feed them.

 

Reviewer: Retta Lee, June 2, 2011

A soldier is forced to reconsider his first impressions of a headstrong, infuriating woman.

 

Lydia Peterson is content to run her stud farm and remain single, the last thing she wants is an autocratic brother-in-law interfering with her life even if he is the most attractive man she is ever met. Colonel Simon Wescott, on leave from the Peninsular War, believes that a wife has no place in a soldier's life until he comes into contact with his infuriating, headstrong sister-in-law. However when a series of dramatic events throw them together and both their lives are endangered they are forced to reconsider their first impressions.

 

Will Simon be able to compromise his duty to put King and country first in order to save Lydia's life? Can she give up her independence and become a soldier's wife?

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was only 154 pages but it was fast paced,  good strong characters and a story I could easily follow. The relationship between Lydia and Simon was tumultuous at first each being strong independent characters. Through various events in their lives, they were thrown together in perilous situations where their love grew. Very much liked the secondary characters and the current representation of the time this story took place was right on. I recommend this book to any lover of a good story with light romance.

REVIEW OF MISS PETERSON AND THE COLONEL

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REVIEW OF MISS BENNET AND MR BINGLEY, BY AMANDA GRANGE

REVIEW OF MISS PETERSON AND THE COLONEL

REVIEW OF MISS PETERSON AND THE COLONEL

Lydia Peterson is a woman who runs her own life and the lives of those around her. Colonel Simon Wescott, fresh from the Peninsular War, is used to being in charge of everything around him. When family members bring these two together the sparks fly. But will it be love or war?

 

This is the first story I have read from Fenella Miller and it will not be the last. From the first page, I was caught in the story and couldn't wait to see all the situations Lydia got herself into. Add Simon Wescott to the story and it was one laugh after another. The two characters balanced each other greatly. The plot of the story kept me wondering what would happen next to these two characters from the first page to the last. I love how the secondary characters brought out the best in both the main characters and can only hope that there will be more

stories from this author to see how they all fare in years to come.

 

Miss Peterson and the Colonel was a very moving story and I enjoyed it very much. This is one I will let my young teen read. For those out there who let their children read romance this one is a great one for them. Not only did it not have a lot of sexual content in it, but the story showed that women were able to be independent and still find love.

 

Overall rating: Four hearts    -    Sensuality rating: Sweet - Reviewer: Retta Lee, April 19, 2011

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REVIEW OF LADY ELEANOR'S SECRET

Lady Eleanor is the daughter of an Earl, but she is treated worse than the lowliest servant in her brothers house. She is an heiress but hidden away and abused dreadfully. In spite of this, she is brave and protective of her niece and nephews. Alex, Lord Bentley, is a handsome and wealthy member of the aristocracy. He is a widowed father of three but cannot bear to spend time with his children and is still grieving for his late wife.

 

A house party provides rescue to two members of the Ton. Lady Eleanor is starved,  overworked and beaten by her brother despite her wealth. Lord Bentley is in need of a mother for his children. A fortuitous accident brings them together, but Eleanor's brother is not going to give up slave labor or ill-gotten income so easily.

This is a well-written and absorbing Regency romance of the best sort. Eleanor has suffered horrendously but has not lost all hope or her courage. Alex is a bit selfish, but his marriage brings him around nicely. The villain of the piece is insane and pretty clever and provides quite a bit of suspense in this well-plotted tale.

 

Maura, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

 

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REVIEW OF MISS BANNERMAN AND THE DUKE

With their family finances in dire straights and her brother and father away trying to secure a new means of support it became imperative Rose and Millie Bannerman choose their husbands wisely. With Millie determined to marry for

love, Rose accepted her fate and was ready to marry for money and position. Her heart had always belonged to the dark gentleman who had once saved her from her perch in the turkey oak anyway. A flirtatious mistake puts Rose on the Dukes arm, but she could not accept her fate even if her heart had been lost to the Duke long ago.

 

Lord Bentley, Perry, had no desire to find a bride, but it was time the Duke of Essex put his foot forward and made a claim. Stepping up to once again rescue the brave Miss Bannerman, he is stunned when she rebuffs his efforts and leaves him to take a better look at the much loved Millie instead. Yes the bright and golden Millie would be much better suited for his bride, but the stubborn and clumsy Rose with her outspoken ways stirred something within him. While escorting his new intended around the ton, it soon became evident that Rose would be more than a handful but with each misstep the woman takes it brings her closer to his heart.

 

Entertaining, romantic, funny and emotional. This book was a fantastic read that made me empathetic to their emotions as Rose and Perry traveled the path towards finding the love of their lives and giving into their joined destiny and fate. This was a very romantic and flirtatious escape. Rose and Perry were the perfect fit as she stumbled her way into his heart and he came out of his stodgy ways to open his life to a beautiful and spirited young woman. Ms. Miller has delivered an emotional and fun escape that I enjoyed very much.

 

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REVIEW OF MISS BANNERMAN AND THE DUKE

Miss Rose Bannerman is prepared to save her family and marry for money, not love. She and her twin are opposites on everything from looks, temperament and their ideas on love. Millie could never marry without love, and Rose is ready to make the sacrifice.

 

Perry, Lord Bentley, Duke of Essex, has no intention of marrying until he finds the right girl to fill his list of requirements. She must be obedient, witty and attractive. He believes he finds all of those things in Roses sister, Millie.

 

Knowing that Millie does not like Lord Bentley, and has no wish to marry him, Rose takes her place on a carriage ride in the park. His arrogance causes her to act impulsively, and in order to save her reputation, he asks her to marry him. Neither of them is happy with the arrangement, though. Perry sees Rose as an impulsive girl, too young to be by his side as a duchess, and Rose sees Perry as arrogant and stuffy.

 

Miss Bannerman and The Duke was a fun book to read. I enjoyed both the imperfections and redeeming qualities of the hero and the heroine. They both had a range of emotions and actions that had me laughing and crying throughout the story. The ending was not easily predictable, and Ms. Millers descriptions made it easy to picture each scene as I continued to turn the pages.

 

Jane

Reviewer for Coffee Time and More

Rating: 4 Cups

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REVIEW OF MISS BANNERMAN AND THE DUKE

The Bentley diamonds  ostentatious in themselves and altogether a symbolic display of the unsuitability of the match unassuming young Rosamonda Bannerman has made  glitter with the promise of a future she is quite sure she isnt equal too. Shes the mousey one, after all. Perry, an acquaintance from eons past, is actually a duke  a handsome, wealthy duke; older, in need of heirs and most definitely not meant for her. And his ego is nothing to sneeze at either, although maybe he does mean well. Hed be a more likely catch for one of the other girls in this annual marriage-making season, perhaps even her divinely beautiful sister Millie. He might just need taking down a peg, and Rose impulsively steps in for a moment -- it's really only a bit of a joke -- and the next thing you know, it's not Millie who is spoken for, but herself. Oh, this is a twist no reader expects and we find ourselves in a tangle of conflicting emotions immediately! Yet, Rose has made her mistake and somehow things carry on from there. We have to doubt how far all this will go, the potential disaster to personal reputations and the impact on family.

 

Miss Bannermans plight becomes an enjoyable, and at times anxiety-ridden, saga that readers will not want to put down. There are subtle funny moments, the odd hint of irony, and  well we might just as well admit it  occasional admiration for Perry, who at one moment might be both a stuffed shirt and a bit vulnerable. Characters are simply well, well-done. The backdrop is all it should be: the time, the place, the dress and, most deliciously, the ball. Fenella Millers Miss Bannerman and the Duke is intriguing from the start, heart-tugging at regular intervals, and enormously enjoyable from one moment to the next. Millers style is delightfully unobtrusive and I cannot remember when I have enjoyed a romance more. Put this one right at the top of your list

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REVIEW OF Christmas at Hartford Hall

A Regency Cinderella story complete with handsome Prince Charming, two nasty sisters and a wicked female relative. When Elizabeths grandfather died there was no sign of a will and she, to her consternation, discovered she was now dependent on his heir. The new Lord and Lady Hartford and their twin daughters arrive and reduce her status to that of a servant. Elizabeth is determined to leave Hartford Hall in the New Year and work as a governess. However the arrival of Sir James Worthington to make an offer for Lady Eleanor only adds to her difficulties

 

Elizabeth Baverstock meets dashing young James Worthington in the midst of a snowy lane, in a way that scarcely bodes well for their future acquaintance.

 

Elizabeth  of Hartford Hall  is hardly treated as befits her station, but determinedly carries on, making the best of things and planning a future. James, Sir James in fact, does not figure into that future at all. Though of course we suspect something might develop between them, their awkward early conversations certainly make us doubt it.

 

Readers will love the unabashed toughness of Elizabeth; whatever happens, she makes the best of it. Her young man, we are more ambivalent about  one moment charmer, the next, cad. Who is he really? He seems like he could be the oneand certainly at times we see him as the steady gentleman. Yet, he himself seems to reject that appearance. Other characters are equally well developed, and I was especially drawn to the very believable (and gossipy) servants. All are clearly on Elizabeths side! The class folks  and the twins, are a different story. This story, and Elizabeths plight, make us want a handy, all-rotten character to blame! And there is one, but she's not entirely responsible for all the bad events. Amelia is so nasty, you spend a good deal of time hoping shell be the one run over in a lane.

 

Throughout, and on a number of small points, there is splendid attention to detail  like noting that James drives a high-perch phaeton. Later his valet comments on him handling the reins, using the old fashioned term, ribbons. The backdrop of snow and cold remains consistent, and so nice and timely, too. Details are subtly included and only add to the aura. Such points allow us to see this clearly as a mid-nineteenth century England, without ever having to out and out say so. I was quite prepared to like this story from its wonderful start and am pleased to share that I simply loved it.

 

Christmas at Hartford Hall earns one of its five stars.  You wont want to wait for Christmas to read this one.

 

Rated: 5 Stars  -  Reviewed by Snapdragon

REVIEW OF LADY ELEANOR'S SECRET

Miss Peterson and the Colonel by Fenella J. Miller is a delightful little story. Set in the early nineteenth century, its historically accurate and rich in details of the era. Miss Peterson and the Colonel are two characters that are

complex and fun to read about, and their story unfolds at a quick pace.

 

At first, the two dont get along. Shes independent, and hes a soldier, one used to command, but there are sparks between them. The development of the plot is handled well and becomes an excellent platform for the way the characters feelings for each other grow. A dash of espionage, treason, and political suspense is thrown in, escalating the stakes. The characters are in real danger of perishing. There is more than one exciting scene where they face villains. Romance is the main theme here, but there other interesting things are presented as well. Questions arise such as loyalty to ones country and what one would do when faced with difficult decisions.

 

The main characters go through personal growth, and this shows in the charming and satisfying ending. Suspense is created. Differences seem too great to be reconcilable. Sacrifices are made in the name of love. The secondary characters add interest to the story to just the right degree. This story has the right amounts of each of the elements that make for a wonderful story. Everything from style to plot to flow blends expertly to create a tale worth reading and characters sure to be remembered.

'In Miss Bennet & Mr Bingley, Fenella J Miller returns to Jane Austen's best loved novel, Pride and Prejudice, giving an insight into both Charles and Jane's private thoughts through that difficult year. We discover what Jane did in London and how Charles filled the days until he was able to return to Netherfield. This book takes us past the wedding - when Kitty Bennet becomes the heroine of the hour. Jane Bennet is in the spotlight in Fenella-Jane Miller's delightful novel. We see Jane's growing love for Bingley as well as her view of Elizabeth and Darcy's unfolding relationship, and we find out what happened to her in London when she thought all was lost. Humorous, engaging and true to Jane Austen's world, this is a charming read for Austen fans.'

 

- Amanda Grange. Amanda Grange is the bestselling author of Mr Darcy's Diary, (Mr Knightley's Diary, Captain Wentworth's Diary)

Reviews

Barbara’s War is a novel about a young woman who comes of age in England during World War II. The first thing that is striking about this novel is the beautiful cover. It truly highlights the period. Something else I enjoyed was that the story was more about the characters and their conflicts rather than the historic details of World War II. The drama of the war years sits nicely behind the strength of the story, lending credulity and historical detail.

 

The story unfolds with a gentle cadence and not too much drama. This is due to the fact the novel is character driven rather than plot driven. But there were moments throughout that were truly dark and gripping. When Barbara Sinclair’s two younger brothers are sent to boarding school to avoid the danger from German bombs, and her childhood boyfriend, John Thorogood leaves to join the RAF, she too wants to leave the doomed town. In an emotional farewell scene with Thorogood, Barbara agrees to marry him when he returns from war.

 

Barbara sets out to find her paternal grandparents whom she has never met. Her grandfather, Dr Edward Sinclair, welcomes her wholeheartedly, but her grandmother is cold and distant towards her. Nevertheless, Barbara settles into her new life and enjoys the ease and comforts that come with wealth. Accompanied by her grandfather, Barbara is compelled to return home and that’s when her life takes a new turn. Two men are very interested her – Simon Farley, the wealthy son of a business tycoon, and Alex Everton, a pilot. Danger surrounds her and one of the three young men in her life will come to her aid.

 

Lovely, flowing prose and well defined characters make this story memorable and romantic. Set against a tumultuous period, Barbara’s War is about one woman’s struggle to comes of age and learns who to trust and love in one of the world’s most darkest eras. A pleasant, enjoyable novel.

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