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A Lady of Letters [Kindle Edition]

Jacqueline Diamond
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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A Regency lady with a secret…

It isn’t Marianne Arnet’s fault that her parents are reputed to be spies for Napoleon and have fled Regency England. Now the handsome and powerful Lord Whitestone is threatening to bar her from the upcoming London Season and deny her a longed-for chance to mingle in the literary world.

Lord Whitestone doesn’t realise that Marianne is his secret correspondent, and that he’s already half in love with her. Now she’s determined to come to London, even if that means employing another identity.

After these two meet, there’s love in the air. And danger as well.

Regency romances by Jacqueline Diamond
A Lady of Letters
A Lady’s Point of View
Lady in Disguise
Song for a Lady
The Day-Dreaming Lady
The Forgetful Lady

A love for the books of Jane Austen drew Jacqueline Diamond to the world of the Regency romance, and her half-dozen novels in the genre have delighted readers for nearly thirty years. Jackie has gone on to sell some 90 novels ranging from mysteries and suspense to paranormal romances and romantic comedies. A former Associated Press reporter in Los Angeles, Jackie has received a career achievement award from Romantic Times magazine and two finalist placements for the RITA Award.

Ms. Diamond is one of the most consistently enjoyable Regency authors around.
-- Melinda Helfer, Romantic Times, February 1985

[A Lady of Letters has] enough screwball-comedy touches to keep things prancing along cheerily.
--Kirkus Reviews

I was thrilled to find another author, like Candice Hern, writing in the great tradition of the Heyer Regency.
--Anne Glover, Regency Reader


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About the Author

 Jackie offers a different ebook every month for 99 cents, as well as posting her Regency romance A Lady's Point of View at this low price. Learn more at her website, jacquelinediamond.com, or by visiting her on Facebook at JacquelineDiamondAuthor. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 915 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: K. Loren Wilson (February 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P8K5BC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,334 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent initial premise, but really a stupid book July 30, 2011
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Marianne is about to have her London come-out. At a ball in her hometown, she shares a secluded garden waltz and subsequent kiss with an unknown man. She later learns he is the arrogant Lord who threatened to cut her family if she was actually presented in London society. She was persona non grata because her parents were thought to be spies for the French, and this Lord had lost many men in battle with the French. Marianne decided to go to London anyway and appear in many disguises and cause this Lord to fall in love with her. This would be her revenge.

I was interested to see how the couple would fall in love despite seemingly insurmountable challenges. Of course, they ultimately do, but there is so much implausibility along the way. Here's why:

-Key members of Marianne's family agree to her hair-brained, dangerous and highly improper scheme w/o a blink. No one really challenges her on this plan. For the most part, they aid and abet. It makes no sense whatsoever. It's so improper that she'd be ruined if all was discovered and everyone would be besmirched by the scandal, but they go along with it. It was a childish idea of revenge anyway.

-No one in her family really confronts or pushes back against the Lord for his threats. They just fold to his demands, even though they hold a certain amount of social power of their own. Couldn't they have called on allies and closed ranks? Anything but agree to wild schemes of an 18 yr old girl with no town bronze whatsover?

-The threatening Lord knows Marianne's name and who her family is. When he meets her in London, she tells him her name is Marianne and he knows who her family is. She has taken on the surname of a cousin (a KNOWN cousin).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! May 2, 2005
By Sarah
Format:Hardcover
I'm so sad this book appears so anonymous on this page without even a summary or a review. It is one of my favorite regency era romances that I tend to read once a year or so. Marianne is a spirited young woman looking forward to her first London season and is stunned when she is banned by some lofy Marquis solely on her parents bad connection as spies--parents she hardly knew herself at that. Determined to show up the arragont young nobleman she ventures to London despite his letter or warning and in vast array of disguises from a gypsy fortune tellery, lady of fashion, or palourmaid makes out to charm him to teach him a lesson. Revenge of course comes with a price as she feels she's losing her heart to a man who might very well despise her once he learns who she really is.... an excellant, witty read and highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight August 10, 2011
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Marianne Arnet is eager to come out in London,where as an anonymous poet being published in the GAZETTE, she hopes to meet the literary lights of England, and also the admirer of her work who writes heartwarming letters that charm her, signed only "J." Then Lord Whitestone, a leader of London society, warns her grandfather the Earl if she is presented at Almack's, he will see she and her family are shunned for her connection to parents believed to be spies for Napoleon. She chooses to forego her debut, and go to London to masquerade in various guises to beguile the Marquis and teach him a lesson. It turns out to be a lesson in love, and a merry chase before her true identity is revealed, and the tender feelings he has shown for Marianne are sorely tested--on both sides. A Lady of Letters is a lark full of wit and Jacqueline Diamond's originality and heartwarming style as a writer of Regency romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clever and Witty Tale! July 29, 2011
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Jacqueline Diamond pens a clever tale with the sworn enemy theme with great wit and engaging dialogue. Jeremy, Lord Whitestone is a gallant alpha hero and unpredictable Marianne never ceases to delight in this tale of secret letters, deception and deep passion. Plot twists and new revelations kept me turning the pages. A thoroughly entertaining read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and Delightful July 3, 2011
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A Lady of Letters was a delightful and unusual romp unlike any Regency I've ever read before. (And I've read hundreds.) I sped through it until the end, enjoying the story all the way. I can see I'll be working my way through the rest of Jacqueline Diamond's Regency romances. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Even light reading might require a red thread October 8, 2012
By nora1
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I have lately been a bit too stressed out to read anything requiring brain activity on my part. So I acquired a collection of "light reading". It is however irritating to notice how badly written some of these books are.

The main character of "A Lady of Letters" is doing such improbable things and for the most part with no motive at all (not even an improbable one) that the whole reading experience becomes truly annoying. The only good part is when the whole family together rally against the authorities (fantastic too, but at least logically so).
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More About the Author

Writing has always been my passion, and fortunately, I never run short of ideas. As a result, my more than ninety-five novels cover a wide array of genres, including Regency romance, science fiction, fantasy, romance, humor and mystery.

Currently, I write the Safe Harbor Medical series for Harlequin American Romance (there's a complete list of the books on my website, jacquelinediamond.com, and you can sign up for my mailing list there, too). Book #14, The Surprise Triplets, came out in September, 2014, followed in March 2015 by The Baby Bonanza. These are available both in paperback and in Kindle ebook editions.

In addition, an ongoing project is updating and revising some of my old favorites. It's a thrill to make these books, including a half-dozen traditional Regency romances, available for Kindle readers. A Lady's Point of View is priced at 99 cents, with the other Regencies (set in England in Jane Austen's day) at $2.99.

Please note: to my frustration, Author Central shows old, outdated covers on my ebooks. Please click on the Kindle link to see the new and vastly improved covers to these revised, updated editions!

My contemporary romantic comedies include Cindy and the Fella; Designer Genes; Calling All Glass Slippers, Yours, Mine and Ours; The Rancher's Unusual Nanny and Run, Run, Runaway Bride. Or you might enjoy my light-hearted time travel, One Husband Too Many.

Each month, I offer a different special, such as a Kindle edition for 99 cents. Details are on my website and my Facebook page, Jacquelinediamondauthor. Currently, I've bundled four complete contemporary romances under the title 4 Family Romances Book Bundle, for only $4.99. This includes A Warm December, By Leaps and Bounds, The Trouble With Terry, and Old Dreams, New Dreams, all of which include children and holidays.

I've reissued and revised my mysteries Danger Music and The Eyes of a Stranger for Kindle. Available as well are my fantasy novel Shadowlight, the supernatural mystery Echoes, my s.f./alternate history thriller Out of Her Universe, and my Gothic romantic suspense Touch Me in the Dark.

One more thing: after teaching more than a hundred writing students, I've put together an ebook called How to Write a Novel in One (Not-so-Easy) Lesson. It's a friendly, down-to-earth approach to writing your novel, your way, and only 99 cents for Kindle readers.

Happy reading!

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