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"Book two in Grace's Beau Monde Bachelor series is full of love and betrayal, passion and scandal." - RT Book Reviews

"A twisty, delightful Regency romance. The story is fresh and romantic ...charming, sensual, and altogether enjoyable." - Publishers Weekly

"Graced with a colorful cast of characters and imbued with plenty of sexy chemistry, Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half is an ideal choice for readers who relish smartly written, splendidly sensual Regency historicals." - Booklist

"Her style is witty, and the plot is full of many surprises, twists and turns on the path to the proverbial happy ending." - Historical Novels Review

"The romance is sweet and sensual, the characters are engaging, and I find that I am looking forward to reading more about them in the future." - Book Savvy Babe

"For those who enjoy Historical Romance, this is a light story and an enjoyable read." - ShellyBell Books

"Samantha Grace is a very strong writer." - Spunky Bean

"It will be interesting to see what Samantha Grace comes up with next, maybe the next characters will steal our hearts as much as the naughty widow. " - Reading Between the Wines

"Samantha Grace adds a delightful, quirky voice to the Regency romance world, and I was really pleased to spend more time with the wonderful Hillary family." - Reader, I created Him

"Cute and sweet." - Fresh Fiction

About the Author

Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney's Robin Hood. She didn't care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn't want the warm fuzzies to end. Now Samantha enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publisher's Weekly describes her stories as "fresh and romantic" with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.

Part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and pilates nut, she enjoys a happy and hectic life with her real life hero and two kids in the Midwest. Visit her at: www.samanthagraceauthor.com.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402258348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402258343
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney's "Robin Hood". She didn't care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn't want the warm fuzzies to end. Now that Samantha is grown, she enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publisher's Weekly describes her stories as "fresh and romantic" with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.

Part-time medical social worker, moonlighting author, and Pilates nut, she enjoys a happy and hectic life with her real life hero and two kids in the Midwest. To learn more about Samantha's books, visit her at: www.samanthagraceauthor.com.


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Join newlywed couples Lord and Lady Norwick, Jake and Amelia Hillary, Daniel and Lisette Hillary, and Isaac and Serafine Tucker for their first Christmas together.

Bibi, the Countess of Norwick, would love to give her husband the one thing he really wants for Christmas: a ceasefire between her and his intractable sister. Facing Lady Troll during the holidays without reinforcements, however, would be foolish, and Bibi is no fool. She calls upon her dearest friends, Amelia and Jake Hillary, and a few more familiar faces to spend Christmas in Kent to help make the season a little brighter. Unfortunately, her guests are distracted by their own challenges this holiday season, and Bibi must find a way to connect with her sister-in-law without their help if she hopes to make Jasper's Christmas wishes come true.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Silver Spring Shopper on July 2, 2012
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I like the hero much more than the heroine. At times, I just want to shake her - she draws some weird conclusions and flits off in a way that strikes me as immature. He is more reasoned. I like a restrained but tortured hero, so I'm predisposed to like him. However, the biggest complaint I have with this is that it is an effort to wade through at times. Some chapters move along nice and quickly and others are slow. I often find myself glancing down at the progress bar on my kindle thinking "you've got to be kidding me, where else is she taking this story?" (and not in a good way). The story should be over in about 320 pages and instead it meanders on for over 400. I'm still trudging through it (we're on the ship, heading to Louisana now), so it's retained my interest to a certain extent, but I'm not dying to read the next one in the series unless her editor takes her in hand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Red Queen on October 14, 2012
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Many romance novels have two parallel romances unfolding towards not one but two HEA endings. After all what could be better than a 2-for-the-price of one Happy Ever After? Except that for me, I became way more interested in the secondary story of the loyal friend and her lover/eventual bethrothed--the story of Bianca and Jasper rather than the primary story of Amelia and Jake.

I kept reading just for the switch back to Bianca and Jasper.

And the entire journey to New Orleans to track down Amelia's husband who might not be dead after all seemed like a plot device just to set up the sequel / next novel in the series. So completely unsatisfying and actually irksome by introducing yet another love triangle but with an unhappy ending.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Heather BookSavvyBabe on June 5, 2012
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3.5 of 5 stars

Lady Amelia's Mess and A Half is a really good historical romance read. Lady Amelia's life is a mess, she is recently widowed, her best friend is a source of gossip, and the man-who-got-away is confusing and challenging.

Amelia and Jake have always had a "spark," however their romance never worked out. Jake had family issues and left town, and Amelia married his best friend. There were multiple reasons why the couple was kept apart, and it takes years and the death of Amelia's husband before the truth comes out. Jake is still very much in love with Amelia and sets out to win her over. He is a very sweet man, he has honest intentions towards her, but the past continues to haunt them. Just when they think they are able to move forward, a ghost from the past threatens everything.

Amelia and Jake are the primary characters in Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half, but there is another romantic side story. Amelia's best friend Bianca, who is also a widow, learns that maybe there is such a thing as love. Bianca has had bad luck with men, she has been used, hurt, and has a reputation for being a loose woman. As more of Bianca's story is revealed, I came to like her much more and Bianca also grows through the book too.

While I really enjoyed this story, I was confused as to the exact timeline of Amelia's relationship with Jack. I was confused as to what happened when, when they kissed and when she married the best friend, and when she returned, all that gets a bit jumbled.

Overall, Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half is a very enjoyable historical romance read. The romance is sweet and sensual, the characters are engaging, and I find that I am looking forward to reading more about them in the future. Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half is book 2 in the series, but it can be read as a stand alone. I am curious to go back and read the first book, Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel, it's going on my to-read list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Dickey on July 19, 2012
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This book is so full of activity in the first half that it is almost a comedy of errors and difficult to follow. The last half slows down and improves a little, but by the time I got there I didn't really care what happened next. The end is completely implausible in my opinion and was a disappointment. It made me think that I should write a novel, because I believe even I could come up with a better story. Sorry!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By miatamom on July 15, 2012
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I forgot how slow her first book went when I bought this one. It would have made a good novella but I got so tired of Amelia's moaning and whining. It is an ok book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harley on July 11, 2012
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The story line is not bad but has greater potential than is realised here. It is somewhat disjointed in places and Amelia does not always seem terribly likeable. She and Jake separated years ago after a somewhat bizarre misunderstanding. Both suffer at a distance despite her being widowed for about two years. Then its all cleared up and we wonder why it took so long and since there is only half the book used what will happen next. However, with the promise of several good story lines it never really fizzes and in the end felt it just tapered out. I resorted to speeding through the last few chapters just to have it over with. This has all the elements to be a lot better and I do not know why the magic was not there for me. Somehow Amelia did not feel real to me. She spends a lot of time trying to get funding for the foundling hospital and yet one does not feel that she really connects to the project. She does not seem to gel with the children. There is one scene for instance, where she is reading to the children and seems to be boring them rigid until Jake intervenes. Then their nurses sweep them off and that is that. The only other time children make an entrance is when she plays with her niece and nephew on one of her estrangements from Jake. Again she seems unable to connect to the children. Overall this has potential but it failed to deliver for me.
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