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My Lady Below Stairs [Kindle Edition]

Mia Marlowe
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nobody misses Lord & Lady Hartwell's Christmas Ball, . . . but they all go for different reasons. When Lady Sybil runs off with an Italian portrait painter, her bastard half-sister Jane Tate goes in her place. Lord Eddleton plans on proposing to "Sybil" under the mistletoe. Lady Darvish is on the hunt for her fifth husband.. And Ian Michael MacGarrett, the head groom with more than horseflesh on his mind, is determined to show Jane that love doesn't have to pretend.

Reviews …

“Historical romance has never been so much fun!”~ Barbara Vey, Beyond Her Book

"My Lady Below Stairs, the story of a bastard servant girl called in to impersonate her missing aristocratic half-sister with results worthy of Shakespeare!” ~ Library Journal

"Great writing and research skills, as well as her ability to weave a good old-fashioned story with heft, make her an author to watch." ~Michelle Buonfiglio, RomanceBuyTheBook

Product Details

  • File Size: 219 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WCL942
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Christmas Treasure October 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Review for My Lady Below Stairs by Mia Marlowe

It is extremely difficult to write a satisfying novella. Some authors are able to "capture the magic" with 50,000 words or less, and some aren't. Marlowe totally nails it. This story has all the things I love about her longer's beautifully written, has lusty love scenes, wonderful humor, and a very satisfying ending.

The best thing about this story is all of the unexpected surprises. Giovanni, the impassioned artist, is not who he seems. Sybil, the spoiled daughter, is not as shallow as we think. Ian, the head groom, is more clever, determined and madly in love than we could imagine. Marlowe weaves a multitude of threads together in this story, and as the threads come together, you know that you're in for a wonderful surprise. I LOVE stories that weave together a bunch of different POVs. Usually, you can figure out what's about to happen far in advance. But Mia Marlowe really surprised me at the end with all of the revelations about the characters. I adored the final scene in the library, written with all of the wit and humor that is characteristic of this author. It borders on a historical farce, which is one of my favorite things!

This story is truly like an unexpected Christmas gift...I opened the package having no expectations, and I found a real treasure. Thank you, Mia, for this sweet Christmas story.

Grade: A

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good at any price, a real steal for $.99! October 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this novella before it came out as an ebook, and encourage all romance readers to take advantage of this bargain way to read Mia Marlowe (especially if you haven't sampled her historical romances before). Her signature humor, great alpha heroes, spunky and interesting heroines, and intriguing plot twists are all here, even in a shorter format. I expect more of her books to come out as ebooks, so keep a lookout, and prepare to enjoy some grand reads.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more development. March 2, 2013
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I found this one moved a little fast with the story line and could have used a little more development but still a good light read on a sunny day.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too many side stories for a short read November 18, 2013
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Too much going on and too many side stories for a short read. I just never got caught up in it.
If you read this & don't like it, don't give up on the author without trying "How to Please A Pirate". It has a much better story. Love scenes are more detailed, so make sure you're OK with that.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't Bother July 23, 2014
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This novella was underdeveloped, pointless, boring, and frankly stupid. It did not flow well and was poorly written in my opinion. Wish I hadn't spent my money or time on this. Very, very shallow.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, fast paced novella. January 2, 2012
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The story is set in the Regency Era, just before Christmas. Jane Tate is not simply a scullery maid at Somerville Manor. She is also the by-blow of Lord Somerville. Ever since Jane began to resemble the earl's legitimate daughter, Lady Sybil, Jane has not been allowed upstairs or around the family. Jane is not totally unhappy in her position. She often volunteers to venture out, into the cold, to collect the eggs. This is when she can steal a few minutes with Ian Michael MacGarrett, the head groom. Ian's Scottish accent is music to Jane's ears and his kisses make her knees go weak.

Lord Somerville charged his solicitor, Mr. Roskin, with the task of getting Sybil safely betrothed by Christmas to a gentleman of no small means. Should Roskin fail, his lordship would have him transported to a penal colony for embezzlement. Lord Somerville is in need of funds to shore up his debt-riddled estate. Roskin arranges a match between Lady Sybil and Viscount Eddleton. Lord Eddleton is due to propose to Lady Sybil tonight, at Lord Hartwell's Christmas Ball.

Things go wrong when Lady Sybil runs off with an artist. To save his skin, Roskin blackmails Jane into impersonating her half sister, attending the ball, and accepting the marriage proposal on Lady Sybil's behalf. Meanwhile the few in-the-know would hunt for the lordship's daughter.

To keep an eye on Jane, Ian pretends to be a footman and is part of Jane's escort to the ball. Jane deserves more than the life he could give her, but Ian refuses to let a toad like Viscount Eddleton claim her. Especially not when Ian intends to keep Jane for himself.

**** FOUR STARS! Though the plot has been done before and most of the tale is predictable, I still found this novella to be a delight to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 5, 2014
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great story line
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet love story... June 5, 2014
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This was a sweet love story and we kind of walk into it as it's already happening which was different. The two main characters are already in love but neither is ready to make a move until they realize how close they are to losing one another. This is one of Mia Marlowe's older writings and it had some of her charm but I prefer her w,iring now as it feels more like her.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I did like that the H and h were not lords and ...
Quick read and relatively trite mixed identity theme. I did like that the H and h were not lords and ladies so it gave the story a more relatable feel than the plot would normally... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short, Sweet, Lovely
An unusual tale but fun, interesting, and sweet. I really enjoyed the story and was amazed at how well she ended it.
Published on May 10, 2013 by LJG
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a Shakespeare Comedy
Yes, another novella. Today's selection is My Lady Below Stairs by Mia Marlowe. First off if you are a fan of Shakespeare's comedies you might enjoy this quick read. Read more
Published on April 7, 2013 by Melody May
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Read !
Ms. Marlowe has done it again with this short tale that was super funny, lovable and left me with a huge smile on my face! Read more
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Published on January 3, 2012 by Karen
3.0 out of 5 stars A lusty X-mas story
This story is neither really good nor bad, but that I assume is the way with short X-mas stories. Of course this story has a rather irrealistic fairytale ending but for an X-mas... Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by Hermesse James
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended romantic escape.
This was a wildly entertaining and everything I desire in a romance novella. Fabulous characters, fantastic writing, a fun plot and sizzling passion. Read more
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More About the Author

Award winning author Mia Marlowe writes historical romance for Kensington Publishing and Sourcebooks. Her debut title received acclaim from romance luminaries. #1 New York Times bestseller Victoria Alexander says Mia's Touch of a Thief has "adventure and heat and everything I want in a great story!" UK's BooksMonthly has crowned Mia Marlowe "the queen of saucy historical romance."

Mia learned much of what she knows about storytelling from singing. A classically trained soprano, she won the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions and shared a stage with Placido Domingo. As she prepared for operatic roles, she devised back stories for her characters. Since she's worn a real corset, and had to sing high C's in one, she empathizes with the trials of her fictional heroines. But in Mia's stories, they don't die in a Parisian garret. They get to live and keep the hero!

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