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Love In The Library (The Brides of Bath Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Bolen
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The Beauty and the Scholar. . .

The Brides of Bath are Back! Book 5 in The Brides of Bath series.

Certain the "smart" Steffington twin is the person who can help her recover her late husband's nearly priceless stolen Chaucer manuscript, Catherine Bexley tearfully persuades the scholar to assist her. A deal is struck. She's particularly pleased that the Doctor of Letters is not interested in seducing her because she's finished with men (owing to her late husband's multitude of unfortunate alliances with. . .doxies). Regaining the manuscript and its subsequent sale will give her independence to ensure she never has to marry again.

Once he learns the poor, delicate widow is in danger of losing her heavily mortgaged home if they cannot find the valuable hologram, Dr. Melvin Steffington vows to do everything in his power to restore the rare Canterbury Tales to her. It's obvious the pretty little thing needs a man to help her. Not normally the twin to take note of pretty little things, Melvin can't help but to observe that Mrs. Bexley's physical appearance is much like the beauties so admired by his twin brother.

He hadn’t counted on the fact he would have to pose as her husband as they race against the banker's ticking clock. He hadn’t counted on the mysterious thief attempting to kill him. Most of all, he hadn't counted on how close he would become to the lovely widow or how the kissing of said widow would become the most pleasant experience in his entire seven and twenty years. . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939602211
  • Publisher: Harper & Appleton (27 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G66K1YC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cheryl Bolen is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen Regency-set historical romance novels. Her books have placed in several writing contests, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into 11 languages. She was named Notable New Author in 1999, and in 2006 she won the Holt Medallion (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent) for Best Short Historical Novel. In 2012 she won Best Historical in the International Digital Awards for eBooks published the prior year, and one of her 2011 novellas won Best Historical Novella. Her books have become Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestsellers.

A former journalist who admits to a fascination with dead Englishwomen, Cheryl is a regular contributor to The Regency Plume, The Regency Reader, and The Quizzing Glass. Many of her articles can found on her website, www.CherylBolen.com, and more recent ones on her blog, www.CherylsRegencyRamblings.wordpress.com. Readers are welcomed at both places.

Cheryl holds a dual degree in English and journalism from the University of Texas, and she earned a master's degree from the University of Houston. She and her professor husband are the parents of two sons, one who is an attorney, and the other a journalist. Her favorite things to do are watching the Longhorns, reading letters and diaries of Georgian Englishmen, and traveling to England.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Light hearted Romp 9 May 2014
By Brian
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I enjoy this author because the stories I've read so far have been easy to read, the characters sympathetic and the plots ending as they should!! This story is amusing rather than dramatic and develops at a steady pace to a successful outcome with the villain getting his comeuppance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love in the library 21 Mar 2014
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Another example of the talent of Cheryl Bolen a cracking good regency romance it's one for your favourite books and would recommend this book to all my friends .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Brides of Bath Book 27 Jan 2014
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I have loved Cheryl Bolen's books every since I discovered her Brides of Bath series. This latest book was a long time coming and was very much worth the wait.
Our heroine, Catherine, was in a horrendous marriage and when she becomes a widow she is happy to remain one. The only problem being the lack of money, and the very real possibility of losing her home. The only thing of value that her husband had that would ensure that she wouldn't have to rely on any man ever again, a precious first edition of Chaucer, was stolen. The only way she would have any chance of finding the book was by asking our hero (Melvin), to help her. He is one of a set of twins, and whereas his brother is a charmer, he is the more studious one.
The story revolves around the search in the private libraries of various collectors, with Catherine and Melvin posing as husband and wife to make their story more legitimate and acceptable. During the search there of course is danger, tears, frustration, and of course romance as Melvin and Catherine find themselves drawn towards each other despite it being what both of them have sworn against.
I won't tell you the outcome of the story, you will have to read it yourself, but I can assure you that you won't be disappointed in this latest installment of the series from Cheryl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Aug 2014
By jean
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Excellent
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Clean and True to the Time Period! 29 Jan 2014
By Connie K. Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Mrs. Catherine Bexley, at the young age of 27, is just out of mourning for her husband. He left her a home which is nice and comfortable. He also left her a truly valuable possession that has just been stolen. It is a 400-year old early edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, one of only 3 in existence. Unfortunately, her husband did not manage their money well and this book was to be Catherine's nest egg that she could sell and be able to live a comfortable life. Now that it is gone, she faces losing her home.

Twins, Elvin and Melvin Steffington are identical in looks but extremely different in personalities. At the age of 27, first born, Sir Elvin, is a Baronet and second born, Melvin, while being just a Mr. is extremely intelligent and has achieved his Doctor of Letters. As he must earn his living, his goal is to work in a private library. Elvin is a bit of a "lie-abed" man about town while Melvin is a man whose nose is always in a book and knows nothing about women.

The Steffington twins are good friends with Mrs. Bexley, and when she confides in Melvin about the loss of the Chaucer, they agree that he will help her try to find it. She will then sell it and give him a percentage of the sale for helping her find it. So, off they go on adventures in search of places where they think it might be.

As an thorn in her side, the extremely rich, yet obnoxiously boring braggert, Lord Longford, is constantly around in an attempt to court Mrs. Bexley.

The relationship between Melvin and Catherine is just adorable. Melvin is such an innocent that I simply wanted to give him a hug. The comical parts of this book will have the reader chuckling often. I would like to add that while I'm not a prude, I found it so refreshing to read a really good novel for a change that is what I call "clean." It's truly representative of the time period. I have not had the opportunity to read Cheryl Bolen's novels before, but I can honestly say that she has risen high up on my list of favorite authors!

This novel was published January 27, 2014 and is Book #5 in The Brides of Bath series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A love story for the latest Bride of Bath 27 Jan 2014
By Kay Hudson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Cheryl Bolen returns to Bath with this fifth entry in the Brides of Bath series. Fans will be glad to have a glimpse of old friends, and new readers will have no trouble following this stand-alone romance.

Catherine Bexley is a young widow, finishing her period of mourning for her late, but not particularly lamented, husband. Almost all of Mr. Bexley’s wealth was tied up in a near-priceless Chaucer manuscript, but Catherine needs to put a price on it, and soon, because she’s nearly out of money. Unfortunately, the manuscript has been stolen, and the bank holding the mortgage on her house is asking for payment.

Melvin Steffington is a brilliant scholar, an expert in classical literature and rare books. His slightly older twin brother, Elvin, is a worldly baronet, but Melvin is uninterested in fashion and totally clueless about women. The brothers are close, but Melvin wants to make his own way in the world.

Out of loyalty to her husband, Catherine wants to keep the theft--and the fact that she has no other resources--a secret, but she needs help to solve the mystery of the disappearing manuscript. When she recruits Melvin Steffington (“the smart twin,” as he is known), little does she suspect that their partnership will grow into so much more.

Along the way Catherine and Melvin meet eccentric book collectors, break a number of social rules, and confront the bad guys, before they finally confront their feelings about each other.

This is another delightful Regency love story from Cheryl Bolen. If you have enjoyed her earlier books you will love this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete delight on every level 27 Jan 2014
By Mary J. Gramlich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Catherine Bexley enjoys being a widow so much more than her awful marriage she had been shackled to. Her hope is to keep the status permanently however the problem at hand now is how to get the funds to stay that way since the only thing of value has been stolen. The late Mr. Bexley owned a priceless first edition of Chaucer and only a man with a love of literature could help her recover it, so enter Melvin Steffington. Melvin is the brain to his twin brother’s charm but tracking an extremely valuable book is right up his alley. He does point out the obvious that this would not be an issue if Catherine would have locked the doors and window but she cannot reverse that action she needs to just find her property.

Melvin and Catherine start working the basics of how to figure out who might have the book. So many may have wanted it but only a few would covet the existence in their personal collection. Trips must be taken and chances risked but while Melvin may not be prolific with his words he does know how to take care of Catherine by showing her she can rely on his character and abilities.

With every step they take forward the two are pushed backward right off the cliff of an investigative trail. Melvin tries to direct the course of action but Catherine, while not acting like any other woman he knows still comes up with illogical actions to endanger them. Catherine might trust Melvin but at the end of this caper she knows it is she that will be forced into unsuitable living arrangements as all her money is tied up in that one item.

Simply put you may have this to take of and that to handle, but trust me you will not be able to stop reading until you have reached the last word
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling 27 Jan 2014
By DragonRose UK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I have loved Cheryl Bolen's books every since I discovered her Brides of Bath series. This latest book was a long time coming and was very much worth the wait.
Our heroine, Catherine, was in a horrendous marriage and when she becomes a widow she is happy to remain one. The only problem being the lack of money, and the very real possibility of losing her home. The only thing of value that her husband had that would ensure that she wouldn't have to rely on any man ever again, a precious first edition of Chaucer, was stolen. The only way she would have any chance of finding the book was by asking our hero (Melvin), to help her. He is one of a set of twins, and whereas his brother is a charmer, he is the more studious one.
The story revolves around the search in the private libraries of various collectors, with Catherine and Melvin posing as husband and wife to make their story more legitimate and acceptable. During the search there of course is danger, tears, frustration, and of course romance as Melvin and Catherine find themselves drawn towards each other despite it being what both of them have sworn against.
I won't tell you the outcome of the story, you will have to read it yourself, but I can assure you that you won't be disappointed in this latest installment of the series from Cheryl.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read.... 17 Feb 2014
By Diane Wiltjer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Cheryl Bolen tells meaningful stories that are fast-paced with excellent characters who appear often throughout the series.
She writes with humor and the likeable people who populate the series are a joy to meet again and again. Catherine and Melvin have only just begun....
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