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A Sensible Lady: A Traditional Regency Romance [Kindle Edition]

Judith Lown
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Book Description

When Katherine Brampton’s cousin and former fiancé inherits her family home, she resolves not to be dependent on a man for whom she has no respect. So she leases the Dower House from a kindly baron on a neighboring estate, believing that she has successfully met the greatest challenge of her life.

How wrong she is! The kindly baron dies. An orphan arrives, whom Katherine accepts as her nephew. She is determined to provide for him, which means she must forget about love and marry a gentleman with money.

There are three possibilities.

Her cousin, Sir Clive Brampton, is eager to let bygones be bygones and marry Katherine. She would be able to return to her family home and live a life of financial ease. Her nephew would be provided for and launched into a career deemed suitable by Sir Clive. Can Katherine just accept Sir Clive’s generous offer?

The Reverend Mr. Augustus Wharton, the newly arrived vicar, listens attentively to Katherine’s anguished musings over the loss of her brother on a distant battlefield in Spain. There are rumors that Mr. Wharton’s present vocation is a stunning contrast to his past as a hard drinking, gambling rake. Katherine dismisses the rumors and wonders if she could live happily with a man for whom she feels only sisterly affection.

Finally, there is the new baron, Lord Henry Dracott. Lord Harry, as he is called, is clearly attracted to Katherine. But in spite of their best efforts to be civil to each other, their disagreements end up in arguments. Although there is mutual attraction, Katherine knows that Lord Harry’s heart is buried with his dead wife.

Katherine tries to be a sensible lady and accept a practical marriage. But will her heart let her?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Publisher: eFrog Press (10 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077V6Q6C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and light 19 May 2012
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This is a fun story well told. Katherine is great character and independent woman who much like the three romantic interests in the book, is rediscovering herself. The feel of the times is beautifully invoked, the Napoleonic wars, smuggling, the London season and the country gentility. All the characters feel real and multifaceted and you really enjoy sending time in their world. The romance is engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I would love to read more about these characters as there seems to be more stories to tell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really great read. 23 Feb. 2012
By Jenny - Published on
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I adore Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, but it is so hard to find good contemporary regency fiction. Most of the time they are sub par at best. They generally leave me disappointed at the rehashed plot, a disturbing obsession with sex, and poor writing skills. This novel was one of the best I have discovered in a long time. (The only reason I am not making that statement singular, is because I just read "Friendship and Folly" by Meredith Allady, and really loved it too...if "A Sensible Lady" is like a Georgette Heyer novel, then "Friendship and Folly", is a Jane Austen-like novel.)

"A Sensible Lady" is well written, interesting, clean but romantic, and unpredictable....I read it in one day because I couldn't put it down. And for the price?! Read it, you won't be sorry.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the absolute BEST regencies ever!!! 20 Feb. 2012
By Joyously Retired Teacher - Published on
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I've read lots of these books over the years and frankly, I find most of the newer ones seriously flawed or just plain boring. I had begun to wonder if the genre might not be fizzling out entirely because every plot has already been done before.

But. . . regencies--especially sweet regencies--still have a place in my heart, and that's why I gave this book a chance even though the cover is HORRENDOUS. (Actually, I don't really care about covers on e-books, but I know this is not true of others. Mrs. Lown, you need a new cover artist.)

Katherine is a strong character, very likable, as is Lord Harry, the hero. Unfortunately, they always seem to be at loggerheads with one another. Katherine has been betrayed once by a fiancé, and she's quite happy living modestly with her aunt, not particularly interested in contracting herself to any man in marriage. Lord Harry still grieves for his angelic first wife, who died in childbirth with their son. Now that he's returned from war, he needs a mother for his young daughter and eventually an heir, but he's sworn never to love another woman. Katherine's not really interested in that sort of marriage, but Lord Harry is quite attractive and she's tempted to accept his proposal, but. . . a disagreement comes between them.

However, circumstances change when a young boy, supposedly Katherine's dead brother Richard's natural child of a Spanish liaison during the war, comes into her life. Katherine becomes as fiercely protective as a mother, and she has to face the fact that she does not have the resources to get him the kind of education he will need to become something other than a servant. So. . . she will have to marry. And of the three potential husbands, she has already burned her boats with Lord Harry and Sir Clive (her ex-fiancé). That leaves the new vicar, who was the worst kind of libertine before he supposedly reformed. But then Sir Clive renews his offer of marriage. What to do? The only man she really wants to marry has already told her he will never love anyone but his dead wife; however, now Katherine wishes she had not been so quick to refuse.

Every time I thought I knew where things were going, the plot would twist another way, and I found myself unable to put my Kindle down. I found myself in tears many times while reading this story and I can only say that I will be looking for more of Ms. Lown's books in future.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Heroine 15 Feb. 2012
By Wendy - Published on
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The main character Katherine is a very determined young woman. She failed to find a husband at her first London season and lost her family estate to a male cousin when her father died. Reminds me of the fate that the sisters dreaded in Pride and Prejudice because women could not inherit property at the time.

I do not like wimpy heroines so I admire the way Katherine remains resolute and creative as each new obstacle comes her way. She refuses to take the easy way out and marry her obnoxious cousin despite his many attempts to pressure her by pointing out her bleak future. I don't want to give away the plot because there are some surprises -- both romantic and otherwise. Watch for the mysterious young boy from Spain. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to others.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A not so sensible lady 24 Aug. 2012
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Despite the title, I found the Katherine Brampton to be not very sensible. True she does demonstrate the ability to be sensible during moments of calm, but she loses her head under pressure. When describing someone as sensible, I tend to think of how they act all of the time and especially when stressed. There were at least two occasions where I wished I could reach through the page (or my kindle screen since I read the kindle version) and shake her. As aggravating as my frustration was, I also have to admit that the author did a great job at being consistent with Katherine's character. When calm, she was reasonable. When stressed, she tended to act without thinking clearly.

I liked Lord Dracott, or Harry. On the page, I tend toward tall, imposing, practical men who are not too fussy about their appearance. Throwing in his former military background and tragic past and I am surprised I am not smitten.

The relationship progressed a bit awkwardly, but that is to be expected considering the main characters' difficulties in communication. The plot was engaging and made sense. I appreciated the weight given to Harry's best friend, Gus. His perspective and contemplations added a grounded dimension to the storytelling.

The book was an enjoyable read with a few sweet kisses. I plan on looking out for more by this author.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Sensible Book 15 Oct. 2012
By J. Lewis - Published on
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When I first started this one, I just couldn't seem to keep up with the characters, so started it again before getting too far immersed into it. I'm glad I did. This is not a fabulous book, but it is enjoyable. I liked the spunk that Katherine displayed. She wasn't your typical wimpy "lady in distress" character. The story progresses just as you would expect it would, but you're happy in the end that Katherine and Lord Harry finally put their differences aside for romance. A pleasant enough read for fans of this genre.
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