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Christmas at Rakehell Manor (Regency House Romance Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Hanbury
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A house of sin...shrouded in mystery and steeped in ever more scandalous gossip, where debauchery and wild parties are rumoured to take place.

A notorious rake...whose wicked reputation sends neighbours swooning over their tea cups. Can he really be as bad as he seems?

A lonely paid companion...whose prim and practical exterior hides a lush sensuality waiting to be awakened.

Prudence Eylesbarrow is resigned to dreary spinsterhood and to never finding love. All she wants is one Christmas where she’s not at someone’s beck and call.
But when Prue finds herself snow-bound at the infamous Rakehell Manor, her curiosity with Hugo, Marquess of Warwick – mysterious, handsome, world-weary, cynical – tempts her to reveal passions she never knew she possessed. Even so Prue is under no illusions. It was fool’s game to think a penniless nobody could tame the master of Rakehell, for that way lay heartache and social ruin.
Or has the time come for the power of passion, the promise of love and the magic of Christmas to unite two people from very different worlds?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3334 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Midsummer Hill Publishing; 1 edition (15 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elizabeth Hanbury writes historical romance with swoonworthy heroes, sparkling heroines and a dash of wit and humour. She lives in a village in the heart of England and writes whenever she can sneak away to her desk. Elizabeth is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Historical Novel Society.

She writes for people like her, who just need a little escape from the stresses of daily life.

Visit her web-site at for more information.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
You know that wonderful surprise you get when a book comes out early? This was a great surprise to me, because having read the majority of Elizabeth Hanbury's works, I felt confident I would enjoy this tale every bit as much as the others.

The story centres around Prue (Prudence Eylesbarrow) and Hugo - the Lord of Warwick, and also the notorious 'Rake of Rakehell Manor'. It's actually Raikhall, but such is the low regard many in the area have for this man, the irony of the nickname of the residence is not wasted on him.

Prue is a decent young woman of 27 years of age, so as she says so accurately 'we're not in the first flush of youth", but she has an uneasy attraction to Hugo. Why? Well, haven't we all fallen for that someone who is say a bit 'bad', and been very attracted to it?

Having said, that, I'd like to think I err on the side of caution and ultimately pick the good girl over the bad one. Prue is good, we learn that early on. But from the reader's point of view I was wondering if I should want Prue to end up with Hugo.

The story twists and turns beautifully, and the thread that is strongest throughout the book - why Hugo is so dark and broody (not an untypical trait of us males) all the time but especially at Christmas is so well done, that when the reveal happens, it's so good that I simply cannot tell you what it is!

There's also some scenes in the book that really surprised me. Let's just say that if you have read one of Miss Hanbury's books, that does not mean you've read them all. Christmas at Rakehell Manor is a wonderfully crafted romance that has her trademark witty humour running throughout the entire book.

Some of the lines I loved (truncated):

Miss Smee-Bevel: "You, sir, are a scoundrel! Who are you?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing story 10 Aug. 2014
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I have read all Elizabeth Hanbury's books and enjoyed them very much but I think this one might be the best. Hugo and Prue are both such likeable and, more importantly, believable characters that I was instantly involved in their story.
The minor characters are also well written and interesting and I particularly enjoyed Prue's dreadful employer who makes a brief but memorable appearance late in the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well written romance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Regency Heart Warmer 4 Oct. 2014
By Angela Lovelace VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
I had been meaning to read a book by Elizabeth Hanbury for some time and had a couple of titles on my kindle. The blurb for this one really appealed to me. I love Regency stories and this hit all the right buttons.

Hugo, Marquess of Rakehell Manor (Raikhill Manor), named for its reputation of orgies and strange goings on, is hoping to spend time at his home so he can pretend the Christmas season is not happening. Along comes a neighbour who insists he take in his niece and friend as there is fever in his household. Hugo is railroaded into accepting, but it determined to ignore his guests as much as possible during their stay.

Enter Pru, a gentleman's daughter, but due to being more or less alone in the world and determined to make her own way ( as a cook, companion, nurse etc) has come to visit her Uncle Nicholas, only to find she has to stay at Rakehell. She and her elderly friend Hermione accept the situation and slowly find that things are not always as they seem and to certainly not trust gossip.

There is an instant attraction between Pru and Hugo as they make a mark on each other's lives and begin to heal with a few mishaps and misunderstandings along the way. The story is romantic, tender and heartwarming, all the right boxes ticked for a regency holiday romance. I have started reading another of her books immediately, wondering why I hadn't before!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars from me! 15 Aug. 2014
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I love Elizabeth Hanbury's writing and she gets better with every book she writes.

From the moment Prue gets deposited at the notorious 'Rakehell Manor', you know she's the capable sort and you're going to enjoy her company. You've got to admire someone who cheerfully separates fighting dogs! I found huge Hugo very appealing too.

Loved the twists and turns. This is one to read now but also to get out and reread come Christmas time. For those of you who are concerned about such things, this is a 'just kissing' romance.

Note: I know the author personally but purchased my copy of this book and was not under an obligation to review positively.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tender Regency love story 15 Aug. 2014
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"I venture you display to advantage when stripped.' is just one of the lines I loved in this tender seasonal romance. It tells the story of Hugo, a notorious aristocratic rake and Prudence, a 'paid' companion who ends up staying at Raikhell Manor to escape from an outbreak of fever. All is never as it seems on first glance in a romance, but this story peels away layer on layer to get at the heart of its hero's true nature, and its heroine's true feelings. Lots of great characters, a light touch and bags of wit and heart. One gently sensuous scene in winter hut with Hugo and Prue was a stand out for me.
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