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Gayle Callen
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060784113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060784119
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.5 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely enjoyed this novel! 30 Aug 2006
By T.J.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's a story about a young woman who once as a very young girl had a very close best friend who lived next door. She wrote to him frequently and they were very close. Somehow they lost touch and he does not reply her letters anymore. At the time she knew of him as the servant boy next door whilst she was well off.

As a young woman, her family almost in poverty after her father's death she decides that it is time to do something about it, but first she knocks on the door of the next house (where her childhood friend once lived). But the butler at the door tells her there is no one of the sort (servant boy/man) residing there. She is discouraged and returns home.

As the story goes on, she realises that the man who the butler and maids of the house work for is the same boy who used to call himself the servant boy. Her questions soon afterwards become answered and the rest is for you to decided whether you wish to read it.

I truly enjoyed the plot of this book, even the characters were interesting. Most of all, the plot does not stay the same for long, eventually a bigger plot is revealed, which is even as juicy as the initial childhood friendship turned into true love plot.

Truly a great read. I believe that it is a book worth getting.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Average Read! 28 Mar 2006
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Ms. Callen's latest effort is a nice diversion if nothing else. This story doesn't pop like some of her other titles but it's also not a story I'd go out of my way to avoid. Plainly put this read will entertain while you read but not exceptional with it's character development.
Victoria Shelby and her two younger sisters and mother have been left destitute after the death of their bank father/husband. The two younger girls have left home in order to obtain positions as a governess and as a companion. This leaves Victoria home alone to care for their mama. Things are beginning to turn desperate. A cousin will be returning to take the house and Victoria needs to find a place for her and her mother before they are left homeless. Remembering her childhood confidant Tom, she walks next door to see if perhaps he could help her. He had always been there for her in the past. A cook's son he was her friend first and foremost. Imagine her shock and surprise when she finds out the boy who she once shared her thoughts and dreams with through a diary is not a cook's son but rather the son of an Earl. When David Thurlow offers her marriage she is once again surprised. Why would this lord want to marry her? Having no choice she accepts the proposal hoping she is not making a big mistake.
David needs a wife. His father has ruined the family with a horrid scandal that is still whispered about years later. Trying to find his place in life he is surprised when his childhood friend turns up on his doorstep just when he needs her most. He needs a wife she needs a husband. They will suit well enough and the fact that his wife is scandal free is another incentive to convince Victoria to marry him. But will these two be happy? David is involved with his business interests and largely leaves his wife alone...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Lord Next Door 25 May 2008
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"The Lord Next Door" was the first Gayle Callen book that I read, and I found it very enjoyable. I think that the previous two reviews give the basic storyline so I won't go over it again, but I will say that the two main characters Victoria and David were quite 'deep'. I thought that they were well suited and the fact that they had known eachother since childhood added to their relationship. Also, Victoria's character changes as she grows and matures through the story and I thought that this made it slightly more realistic.
This is actually the first book of the Willow Pond Trilogy by Gayle Callen; the second book being Victoria's sister Meriel in "The Duke In Disguise" and the third; "The Viscount In Her Bedroom" with Victoria's other sister Louisa. All stories are in some way interlinked with shared characters but each book stands alone so you don't have to read one to understand the other.
"The Lord Next Door" also has a prologue and an epilogue which gives a small indication over the couple's future (including children).

If you like Gayle Callen's book's you might also like books by;
Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas, Karen Hawkins, Sabrina Jeffries and Jacquie D'Alessandro.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars: an engaging and refreshing read 27 Dec 2005
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
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This, I'm guessing, is the first installment in a trilogy involving the Shelby sisters; and what a good and promising first installment it proved to be as well. Though, perhaps, "The Lord Next Door" may not be to every romance reader's taste. To begin with it is more of a sweet love story that unfolds over the course of a couple's first few weeks of marriage. There are very few explicit bedroom scenes, although those that are in the book are rather sensual. Also, aside from the usual plot gambit of the hero and heroine not trusting each other completely, there is practically no plot conflict involved at all. This could all have led to "The Lord Next Door" being a rather lackluster read. Fortunately, however, Gayle Callen provides us with a heroine, Victoria, and a hero, David, that captured my sympathy and had me rooting for them to work through their problems and so achieve their happily ever-after ending.

Victoria Shelby was ten when she started corresponding with her neighbour's (the Earl of Barnstead) cook's son, Tom. Over the next few years, even though the two never met, both Victoria and Tom became good friends until Tom mysteriously vanished. Which is why, when a twenty-six year old Victoria faces the fact that she must marry in order to save her ailing mother from a life of penury (her father had died and left the family quite penniless), she decides to knock on her neighbour's door in order to ask for Tom's whereabouts. Imagine her horror and chagrin when she discovers that Tom never actually existed and that she had been corresponding with David, Viscount Thurlow, the earl's only son all along. Imagine also her shock when Viscount Thurlow turns up at her doorstep the next day proposing marriage. With a family name almost synonymous with scandal, the up and coming Member of Parliament and businessman needs a respectable and demure wife who will run his household smoothly and hostess the many dinner parties he must give. Victoria was brought up to be exactly such a wife. And while Victoria knows that she cannot afford to refuse David's offer of marriage, she nevertheless quails at the thought of tying herself to the boy who betrayed her trust by pretending to be someone he wasn't all those years ago. But the more she gets to know him the more she realises that David needs her help and her understanding. And Victoria quickly resolves to become a wife that will be an assert to her husband, as well as to win her husband's love and respect. Unfortunately, also in the mix is a secret she promised never to reveal. Can two people have a successful marriage when there is a secret between them?

What's really well done in "The Lord Next Door" was the manner in which the author allowed for the characters to develop -- for example, one reads with appreciation of how Victoria's mother, Mrs.Shelby comes out of the cocoon of her grief in order to give her daughter some good advice and support during some uncomfortable stages in the marriage, and of how the Earl becomes less of an ogre and is revealed to be an unhappy old man in pain. I also liked the manner with which she developed the relationships between her characters, like the one that developed between Victoria the cantankerous Earl, and of course between Victoria and David. Mostly however, this was a sweet story about the love and respect that develops between two people who were emotionally wounded individuals that are a little leery about trusting each other. Nothing else. It is well crafted and well told (even if the language was a tad too modern in spots. And readers looking for something a little different from the usual fare that seems to be heavily populated with heroes and heroines that annoy might want to consider "The Lord Next Door."
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Disappoint 27 Dec 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book while looking for something to read one night. The heroine, Victoria, is struggling to keep her family off the streets in the wake of her father's shady death.

As a child, Victoria, who was never good at the genteel things (sewing, watercoloring, dancing, flirting) at which her sisters excelled, befriended a neighboring servant boy named Tom and the two corresponded through a journal for nearly six years.

Suddenly, Tom stops writing, years pass, Victoria's father dies and she's faced with the choice of being kicked out of the family home (along with her mother) or marrying to secure a place in the world. So, out of desperation, she ventures next door and asks to see Tom (the two never met because of their differing social classes) only to be confronted with Viscount David Thurlow, who tells her immediately that he pretended to be Tom all those years ago.

Family scandal has ruined many of David's chances to secure an advantageous marriage and, after finding out about Victoria's situation, he offers to marry her in order to solve both their problems.

For a while, the marriage is in name only because Victoria wants time to get to know David and he agrees to her terms, but this gives the book time to build characters and sexual tension between the two.

The flow from chapter to chapter was consistent and I never grew anxious because of a slow pace, but I did find myself wondering at minor issues of plausibility.

For instance, when they were children, Victoria and Tom wrote to each other in a journal...for FIVE years. Unless that journal was the size of a college dictionary, I honestly don't see how they corresponded that long and only went through one journal and STILL had blank pages to write on in adulthood.

I was also rather skeptical about the 360-degree turnaround of the relationship between David and his father, the earl. The older man is sick and near death and bitter, but suddenly, Victoria reads to him for a week and he's making apologies and explaining his actions? Hmm.

I also didn't think that for the amount of weight given to the deep, dark family secrets kept by David and by Victoria, that the secrets were all that dark. Once the truth came out, everyone involved basically said, "Oh, that's not so bad," but if these were things that Victoria and David truly felt m ight ruin their relationship, I think the secret OR the reactions should have been more profound.

All in all, though, I thought this was a very charming love story about childish affection maturing across time; one of those "meant to be" loves that won't disappoint the casual reader of regency romance.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Diversion 28 Mar 2006
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Callen's latest effort is a nice diversion if nothing else. This story doesn't pop like some of her other titles but it's also not a story I'd go out of my way to avoid. Plainly put this read will entertain while you read but not exceptional with it's character development.

Victoria Shelby and her two younger sisters and mother have been left destitute after the death of their bank father/husband. The two younger girls have left home in order to obtain positions as a governess and as a companion. This leaves Victoria home alone to care for their mama. Things are beginning to turn desperate. A cousin will be returning to take the house and Victoria needs to find a place for her and her mother before they are left homeless. Remembering her childhood confidant Tom, she walks next door to see if perhaps he could help her. He had always been there for her in the past. A cook's son he was her friend first and foremost. Imagine her shock and surprise when she finds out the boy who she once shared her thoughts and dreams with through a diary is not a cook's son but rather the son of an Earl. When David Thurlow offers her marriage she is once again surprised. Why would this lord want to marry her? Having no choice she accepts the proposal hoping she is not making a big mistake.

David needs a wife. His father has ruined the family with a horrid scandal that is still whispered about years later. Trying to find his place in life he is surprised when his childhood friend turns up on his doorstep just when he needs her most. He needs a wife she needs a husband. They will suit well enough and the fact that his wife is scandal free is another incentive to convince Victoria to marry him. But will these two be happy? David is involved with his business interests and largely leaves his wife alone...only at night when they are caught up in David's sensual lessons do either allow the other to see what they think or feel. Will the secrets they both work so hard to hide eventually find their way to the light of day?

This story had a great deal of potential but the slow pace of the story took away from the read. David and Victoria were nice characters but secondary character Simon seemed to overshadow our hero. This is not what you want when you read a romance. Overall this is a sweet story but it lacks the fire that is normally found in a book penned by this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasing story. 10 Mar 2007
By Cheryl M. Kaplan - Published on Amazon.com
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The story is very pleasing. No terrible abuse or horrible treatment of each other. The two lead characters did at times treat each other poorly, but not abusively. I loved that as the book went on, they both grew and became better people/lovers/marriage partners. She and her family needed his money and house. He needed her steady character and for the fact that he could take satisfaction that he was able to help someone. The only thing I didn't go for was that she was so angry that as a child he didn't tell her who he really was. OK be annoyed, but she carried it too far. Still...loved the book.

Highly recommend.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect escape . . . 19 Dec 2005
By D. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story is perfect blending of historical detail, suspense, and romance. The end result...an enthralling read with larger than life characters and a very sweet romance. The Lord Next Door possesses everything for a good, satisfying read. This book is sharp and fast-moving. Wonderful love story, great characters with an emotionally scarred hero and strong but vulnerable heroine, unique setting, intriguing plot, heart-tugging emotion, excellent writing, intense sensual love scenes, and a superb ending. I loved watching Victoria and David fall in love. David takes his time with Victoria to get her use to the idea of being comfrontable with having sex with him. Each night comes into her room and takes it a little farther. That is hot. I also like the healing of wounds between David and his father. The Lord Next Door is a wonderful book.
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