How to Lose an Earl in Ten Weeks by Jenni Fletcher – Book Review

About the book:

This is the announcement of the engagement of The Earl of Denholm to Miss Essie Craven. Welcome to the hottest Season that Regency London has ever seen.

An enemies-to-lovers regency romance that’s like watching an episode of Bridgerton. Perfect for fans of Georgette Heyer, Outlander and Romancing the Duke.

Miss Essie Craven has been engaged since birth to a man she has only met once. The haughty, black-haired man with the intense blue eyes: Aidan Ravell, Earl of Denholm. The most coveted man in all of the Ton.

The day of their marriage is set. The only problem is, spirited Essie dreams of more than being a Countess. She soon finds out that Aidan has his own reasons for not wishing to marry, but is compelled to proceed due to his sense of honour and the financial baggage his father has left him.

So, Aidan and Essie strike up a deal. Essie will find him a more suitable match, and in the meantime they will keep up appearances as the most fashionable couple in all of the Ton.

But soon what is real and what is fake begins to converge. Suddenly, what seemed to be a simple agreement is no longer quite that straightforward . . . 

My review:

How to Lose an Earl in Ten Weeks is a regency romance published by Penguin, and aimed at the Young Adult market. It is also author Jenni Fletcher’s first foray into YA books.

When Essie was 8 her father arranged her marriage to Aidan Ravell, the future Earl of Denholm. Upon her 18th birthday the plans for her marriage to Aidan is arranged to take place during her debutante season.

Essie dreams of a life without marriage, and she strikes a deal with Aidan to find him a bride so that he will still be able to financially stabilise his family following the death of his financially irresponsible father.

I loved the instant connection between Essie and Aidan, and there were some hilarious moments during the time that Essie was trying to put him off, before reaching a deal. I especially loved her dress choices, and the way Aidan reacted to them! I loved the way in which they became trustworthy friends to one another, with their willingness to put their own reputations on the line for a loved one, before they are able to realise that their feelings have developed further.

I really liked the addition of Essie’s cousin Caro, and her very feisty grandmother. There was even a regency rake within the story to spice things up. The way in which the story was written gave the story almost a feeling of being contemporary, in spite of the historical setting, which I think will really appeal to YA readers. It was fast-paced, romantic and funny and I did not want to put it down, which was why I ended up reading it until 2am last night!

I’m a sucker for a regency romance, and if you love regency romances, or watching/reading Bridgerton, then you will absolutely love this delightful book!

Many thanks to Jenni Fletcher for my proof copy, in exchange for an honest review. How to Lose an Earl in Ten Weeks is out now!

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Snow-Kissed Proposals by Jenni Fletcher and Elisabeth Hobbes – Publication Day Push/Book Review

About the book:

A snowy Victorian ChristmasTwo festive short stories!

In The Christmas Runaway by Jenni Fletcher: wilful, independent heiress, Fiona MacKay, impulsively runs away to a remote Scottish tower where she’s trapped in the snow with equally headstrong, deliciously dishevelled Angus Drummond.

In Their Snowbound Reunion by Elisabeth Hobbes: fifteen years ago, Amy Munroe and Anthony Matthews were cruelly parted, and each blames the other. When Amy becomes Anthony’s new housekeeper, their passion is reawakened!

My review:

The delightful book contains two novellas, The Christmas Runaway by Jenni Fletcher, and Their Snowbound Reunion by Elisabeth Hobbes that will really get you feeling festive.

The Christmas Runaway is about Fiona who runs away from her father and impulsively decides to visit an old school friend, Mhairi who lives in a remote Scottish tower with her father, and her brother Angus.

I really loved the spark between Fiona and Angus, and the way in which they were both able to review their own stubborn points of view. They were so perfect together, even if neither of them could see that at the start.

I loved the Aberdeenshire location, the bleakness, and the beauty of a snow-covered landscape was just the most perfect festive setting.

Their Snowbound Reunion is about Amy and Anthony, who were childhood sweethearts who each believed that they had been abandoned by the other. We meet them 15 years later and both widowed, when Amy takes a job as housekeeper to a house that Anthony has inherited but does not intend to keep. A decision to visit the house, and a snowstorm that traps Anthony and his children at the house, thrusts Amy and Anthony together again.

I loved the way in which both of them, in spite of the love they had for their lost spouses, still clung to their first love, and being thrown together in such circumstances gave them the opportunity to get past the problems in the past, and work towards a future together.

The setting, in the beautiful Peak District really added to the festive feel and I loved reading about the decorations they put up in the house with the help of Anthony’s young children.

These two novellas were the perfect read in the run up to Christmas, and will leave you feeling very festive, and wanting to make Christmas garlands, and drink mulled wine!

Snow-Kissed Proposals is published today, 25th November 2021.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Harlequin Mills and Boon and the authors Jenni Fletcher and Elisabeth Hobbes for my invitation to take part in this Publication Day Push. Please check out the other blogs sharing their reviews as part of the push.

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About the authors:

Jenni Fletcher is the award-winning author of 15 historical romances. She has been nominated for 4 RoNA Awards and won the Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award in 2020. She lives in Yorkshire with her family and can be contacted via Twitter @JenniAuthor.

Elisabeth’s writing career began when she finished in third place in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013.  She was offered a two-book contract and consequently had to admit secret writing was why the house was such a tip.  She is the author of numerous historical romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon covering the Medieval period to Victorian England, and a Second World War romantic historical with One More Chapter. She lives in Cheshire because the car broke down there in 1999 and she never left.

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A Marriage Made in Secret by Jenni Fletcher – Book Review

About the book:

She must choose…

…her queen—or love!

As the queen’s new lady-in-waiting, Mathilde Gosselin tumbles straight into Parisian palace intrigue when she meets courtier Henry Wright, who she discovers is a spy! Mathilde’s loyalties are now divided—between this enigmatic, courageous man and her queen. And amid the turmoil, her falling for the unsuitable, illegitimate Henry means they’ve no choice but to hide their new love from the world…

My review:

I am not sure that I’ve ever read an author so adept at writing about so many different historical eras, Jenni continually astounds me. She also inadvertently prompts me to do additional reading around the moment in time, which I absolutely love.

This story places the romantic couple into the court of Edward II and his queen, Isabella of France. Mathilde is appointed as a lady in waiting to the queen, naive and unworldly, and she finds herself in awe of the queen and willing to swear loyalty to her. When she falls for Henry she finds herself torn between her loyalty to Isabella, and her growing feelings for Henry, who is the illegitimate relative of the Queen’s friend Roger Mortimer, and works as a spy for Mortimer.

This is a romance that spans a number of years because their positions keep pulling them apart, often with them living in different countries. Henry is a man of principle, who wants to improve his status in life, especially because he wants to marry Mathilde and feels that he is beneath her.

Secrecy is a major theme in the book. Not only the political intrigues that have Isabella and Mortimer plotting to overthrow the King, but also when Henry marries Mathilde in a secret ceremony in order to protect her. They need to keep it secret and four years pass with them barely seeing one another before they are in a position to finally be together.

This was a ‘new to me’ historical period but I found the intrigue and political shenanigans as interesting as the romance. Henry and Mathilde were both characters that I adored and I had to keep reading because I needed them to have their HEA.

Many thanks to author Jenni Fletcher for my copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review. A Marriage Made in Secret is published by Mills and Boon Historical and is available now.

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The Duke’s Runaway Bride by Jenni Fletcher – Publication Day Push

About the book:

When Beatrix, Duchess of Howden, writes to her estranged husband offering a divorce, she’s stunned when he arrives on her doorstep with a different proposition: a six-week marriage trial! Quinton Roxbury seems cold and inscrutable, but Beatrix gradually realizes his rough exterior hides a heavy burden. As their connection deepens, dare she trust him with her own scandalous past and risk the marriage she never knew she wanted?

From Harlequin Historical: Your romantic escape to the past.

Regency Belles of Bath

Book 1: An Unconventional Countess

Book 2: Unexpectedly Wed to the Officer

Book 3: The Duke’s Runaway Bride

My Review:

The Duke’s Runaway Bride is the third book in the Regency Belles of Bath series by Jenni Fletcher. Would I say this was my favourite in the series so far? That is such a difficult question to answer because each book is perfect as a standalone, as well as being linked within the series, but choosing a favourite would be akin to choosing a favourite child! I think I can say, hand on heart, that I love each book uniquely and collectively!

In Bath we were first introduced to ‘Belinda Carr’ in book 2 of the series, a mysterious woman in desperate need of help, which she finds courtesy of the women at Belles of Bath, a biscuit shop.

She is identified as Beatrix, Duchess of Howden, when her husband, the Duke, Quinton Roxbury arrives in Bath to take her home. Both victims of an arranged marriage of necessity, Quinton wants her to return with him in order to avoid unnecessary scandal, and in spite of her desire to be a divorced and independent woman, Beatrix agrees to return for a trial period of a ix weeks.

Both Beatrix and Quinton were damaged by their past experiences, but together they begin to address their individual issues and find an undeniable chemistry between them.

I loved the Duke’s family who were the secondary characters and I loved how Beatrix was able to help them all individually with their own issues as well.

This was such an adorable romance with a kind, albeit complicated hero, and a strong, independent caring heroine who helps everyone that she meets and touches their lives in such a positive way.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Mills and Boon Historical and Jenni Fletcher, for my invitation to take part in this Publication Day Push. Happy Publication Day Jenni!

Purchase Links:

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Kobo https://bit.ly/36CPLKp

WHSmith https://bit.ly/36BUpsc

About the author:

Jenni Fletcher was born in Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire where she writes historical romance novels ranging from the Roman to late Victorian eras. She studied English at Cambridge and Hull and has been nominated for 4 RoNA awards, winning for Short Romantic Fiction in 2020. She teaches Creative Writing at a university in the north of England and her favourite hobbies are baking and, of course, reading.

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Unexpectedly Wed to the Officer by Jenni Fletcher – Book Review

About the book:

From shopkeeper…

To officer’s wife.

With a scandal in her past, shopkeeper Henrietta Gardiner has become wary of men, including her friend’s brother, dashing officer Sebastian Fortini. When Henrietta is called upon to take in her three young nephews, Sebastian is on hand to help her, even offering a convenient marriage as a solution! Henrietta starts to realize her new husband’s carefree exterior hides a more intriguing interior…but where will that leave their hasty marriage?

From Harlequin Historical: Your romantic escape to the past.

Regency Belles of Bath

From shopkeepers…to Cinderella brides!

Book 1: An Unconventional Countess

Book 2: Unexpectedly Wed to the Officer

My Review:

This is the second book in the Regency Belle’s of Bath series by Jenni Fletchers. In the first book An Unconventional Countess (see my review here) reference was made to Sebastian Fortini, the brother of Anna, although he was away in the Navy. Henrietta, the heroine in Book 2 became manager of the biscuit shop previously run by Anna Fortini.

The first meeting between Sebastian and Henrietta was so amusing. I adored the way Sebastian kept coming up with excuses so he could stay near Henrietta, and he was such a kind and honourable man, just perfect to ease her distrust of men, because of previous experiences.

I loved the subplot involving Henrietta’s brother and her three young nephews, and the way in which their storyline was resolved.

I didn’t think I could love this book as much as I loved the first book but this was such a delightful feel-good comfort read that I think I fell in love with Henrietta and Sebastian almost as much as I fell for Anna and Samuel in Book One. This fills me with so much excitement for Book Three which is coming very soon.

Many thanks to Jenni Fletcher for my advanced reader copy of this wonderful book.

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An Unconventional Countess by Jenni Fletcher – Book Review

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About the book:

From shopkeeper…

To earl’s wife!

Part of Regency Belles of Bath. Two things are certain: Annabelle Fortini makes the best biscuits in Bath and Samuel Delaney, the charming bachelor who’s just entered her shop, is trouble! Her mother’s unfair exile from society has taught Anna aristocrats can’t be trusted. Samuel may be a famous naval hero and reluctant heir to an earldom, but Anna can’t fall in love with him! Unless she can overcome her pride…and surrender to her heart!

My Review:

This was my second book by the immensely talented Jenni Fletcher, and it really did not disappoint.

I loved the setting of the book, in Bath, which was synonymous with a thriving Regency location. Annabelle was wonderfully inspiring, owning and running her own business selling biscuits to the wealthy residents and visitors to Bath. I also enjoyed the historical information about the British navy and the battles of the time.

Samuel was the perfect foil for Annabelle, their chemistry was sizzling from the moment they met, and in spite of a number of ups and downs, the story did not fail to provide a happy ending. I adored Samuel’s maternal grandparents, and his grandmother in particular was an absolute force to be reckoned with.

This is number one in a series and I cannot wait to read what happens next! Reading it was like have a big warm hug on a cold day. The storytelling by Jenni Fletcher is entertaining and provides some adorably romantic moments.

Many thanks to the author for the proof copy of the book.

Miss Amelia’s Mistletoe Marquess by Jenni Fletcher – Book Review

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About the book:

The virtuous Miss Fairclough…

…now faces ruin!

Part of Secrets of a Victorian Household. When Amelia Fairclough had sought refuge in a blizzard, a brooding stranger had given her warmth and shelter. She’d even tried to soothe him of his demons in return. But as she scurried home at dawn, she was spotted! Now he’s in the parlor, offering to do the honorable thing. Surely she’d be a fool to turn down the new Marquess of Falconmore! 

My Review:

This was the second in a collaborative four book series, Secrets of a Victorian Household, and I enjoyed it so much that I ordered the first book in the series by Sophia James, and will be ordering the subsequent books when they are released too!

I loved the female protagonist, Amelia. She was so strong and determined for a young lady, but there were two sides to her. Millie, her fun-loving self became Amelia, the sensible young woman, following the death of her father.

I also really loved the connection she has with Cassius, the Marquess of Falconmore. They are both damaged by events in their past, but in finding one another, they are able to heal the damage, and grow together.

I am new to the books of Jenni Fletcher, but not for long, because I will definitely be seeking out her other books to read. This was a delightful read for me, I spent much of it with a huge smile on my face. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy to read by the author, and I am absolutely thrilled because I enjoyed every single second of it.