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Lady Dearing's Masquerade [Kindle Edition]

Elena Greene
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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Book Description

RT Book Club's Best Regency Romance, 2005!

Finally free after a desperately unhappy marriage, widowed Lady Dearing goes to a masquerade. She thinks it’s just a lark, but matters turn serious when she kisses a costumed stranger who protected her from a drunken lout. Word leaks out, scandal escalates and she becomes the ton’s most infamous widow. Shunned by society, she retreats to her country estate. Having no children of her own, she finds joy in caring for children she’s taken in from London’s Foundling Hospital. But every night, she is haunted by the memory of the gallant stranger, whose seductive voice and gentle touch awakened desires she’d thought long dead.

Two years later, Sir Jeremy Fairhill still hungers for the lady from the masquerade. She felt like his match, more than his saintly deceased wife, more than any of the respectable ladies his friends urge him to marry. Failing to find her, he throws his energies into the cause of the Foundling Hospital, where he serves on the Board of Governors. Hearing that a notorious woman has some of the foundlings in her charge, he is impelled to investigate. He has no idea that she is the lady he seeks, but soon his sense of honor is at odds with his dangerous passion for the elusive, alluring Lady Dearing.

LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE was originally published as a Signet Super Regency, which means it is something between a traditional Regency and a sexy historical romance in both length and sensuality. LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE is an award-winning romance, having been selected as the Best Regency Romance of 2005 by RT Book Club. Length: about 80,000 words. Sensuality: includes sex scenes.

Reviews:

“Lady Dearing's Masquerade could have been a dark, depressing story considering its many tragedies: orphaned foundlings, throwaway babies, malicious gossip, years of abuse. But it's a tribute to Elena Greene that the story is poignant, and the admirable way in which Jeremy and Livvy deal with their trials endears them to readers and will have you rooting for them to unite."
-- Romantic Times Bookclub (4 and 1/2 stars, TOP PICK)

“For a story that is sure to stoke the romantic fires burning in every Regency fan, be sure not to miss Lady Dearing's Masquerade." -- Edith Morrison, for Romance Reviews Today

“This was a very well written novel, with great characters and a terrific (and plausible) plot... I'll definitely be looking for more books by Elena Greene.” -- Lynn Lamy, for Rakehell

“This is a SuperRegency from Signet, which means it has a greater page count and more sensuality than your basic Regency, both of which Elena Greene puts to good use in Lady Dearing's Masquerade... this was a terrific read, and I recommend it.” -- Cheryl Sneed, for All About Romance


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About the Author

Elena Greene grew up reading her mother’s Georgette Heyer novels, but it wasn’t until she went on an international assignment to the United Kingdom that she was inspired to start writing her own. Her first Regency romance was published in 2000 and was followed by five more Regencies and a novella. Her books have won the Desert Rose Golden Quill and Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING’S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club’s award for Best Regency Romance of 2005. Elena lives in upstate New York with her stroke survivor husband and two daughters. Find Elena online at: www.elenagreene.com www.riskyregencies.com www.facebook.com/ElenaGreene www.twitter.com/ElenaGreene7

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  • Language: English
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just the tonic: a wonderfully absorbing and enjoyable read September 14, 2005
By tregatt
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having survived, of late, on a diet of some rather horrendously bad as well as averagely goodish reads in the Regency romance department, I had (almost) forgotten what a tonic a good romance novel could be. Thank goodness for Elena Greene's "Lady Dearing's Masquerade:" it definitely fit the bill. Possessing a mature and interesting heroine and hero, as well s a capably and brilliantly executed plot, "Lady Dearing's Masquerade" was an example of how a novel can be compelling and absorbing even when the storyline is a very basic and often rendered one.

Two years ago, the young widow, Lady Olivia Dearing, unfairly lost her good name when gossip that she had gone to a public masquerade at the Pantheon Theatre and that she was seen kissing a man took the ton by storm. But rather than wring her hands with despair at the sad state of things, Olivia has instead taken steps to lead as fulfilling a life as possible far from the gossiping ton. Leading a quiet and secluded life at her estate (Rosemead), Olivia has given generously, both her time and money, to London's Foundling Hospital; she has also taken four of the children into her home. But her world is about to come apart, for one of the governors of the hospital, Sir Jeremy Fairhill, has turned up at her doorstep, claiming that he's come to check up on how her charges are faring. Olivia fears that Jeremy is there in order to find an excuse to take the children away from her. So what will he do when he discovers that Olivia is the lady he kissed so tenderly and passionately at the Pantheon Theatre? Olivia cannot allow for Jeremy to make the connection; and yet she cannot deny that the feelings that Jeremy aroused in her that day are still blazing. Should she take the second chance that has been granted her? Can she afford to?
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to put down . . . January 26, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It may not be spectacular, but after an abundance of poorly-written, poorly-edited books lately, this one, which is both well written and edited, was a decided treat! Elena Greene is a craftswoman of the first rank, and this may well be her best book yet.

The story is a bit off the beaten path, that's true, and the hero and heroine are both a good bit older than normal, both having been widowed in their first marriages. Gossip and scandal are the constant companions of those in the ton, and that's no exception here either. Olivia, Lady Dearing, and Sir Jeremy Fairhill seem perfect for each other, if only they can be convinced to believe it, in the face of the seemingly insurmountable difficulties they must first overcome.

Livvy, believing she cannot have children of her own, takes four orphans from the Foundling Hospital in London to her home-Rosemead. Sir Jeremy, also childless, is one of the Governors of the place.

They have a brief and secret shared past, of which neither of them is aware, until it all blows up again in their faces. But, as in all good romance stories, it all ends very well for the good guys, not so well for the bad ones. It's all perfectly believable, and so engrossingly told that it's almost impossible to put the book down for any reason whatever. You just want to keep reading and reading and reading. Well done!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Genuine characters October 27, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was definitely a good read, despite some faults.

Olivia Dearing attends a masquerade in a mood of rebellion and a desire to kick over the traces after her painful marriage. There she meets Sir Jeremy Fairhill and their instant attraction and a single kiss leads to her being shunned by Society.

They meet again some time later through their association with the Foundling Hospital. Olivia has been taking foundlings into her home to raise and Jeremy is on the board of governers. He is investigating her fitness, and is trying to discover the truth about her after hearing the gaggle of scandalous talk surrounding her.

Their attraction renews, scandal is ever present ...

A well told tale, well drawn characters in Olivia and Jeremy. We gradually learn the painful stories of their respective marriages and how that drives their current behaviour.

I did feel that the scandal angle which Olivia pushes to refuse him is over the top and Olivia is a bit of a coward.

A slight marring.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing read September 30, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't put this book down. The characters are real and believable, and somehow the emotions of their story just pull you in, and you want to keep reading (and reading) to find out the next step in their story.... Elena Greene's books are always compelling, but I think this one is my favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing storyline! August 1, 2013
By amtmcm
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was refreshing to read a somewhat original storyline centered on characters all involved in supporting an orphanage (as opposed to the typical regency centered on finding a spouse, kidnappings, balls, Napoleonic wars, etc). Plus, I really enjoy stories that include children in the household activities. The H/h are both very likeable, and whenever there's a misunderstanding, the H makes the h talk about it and he actually listens to her. The sub-plot with the bad guys was predictable, but well resolved. Overall, well-written, enjoyable read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't put my finger on it . . . October 30, 2011
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This book was okay. I can't really say why I wasn't thrilled, maybe because I just finished a great book (Amy Atwell - Ambersley), but it was boring. I kept putting it down and then forcing myself to go a little further. If you're looking for something thrilling, keep looking. But, if you're looking for a book to fill some time, this wasn't bad.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the characters and love for the children
Keeps your interest. Love the characters and love for the children.
Published 2 months ago by Kris Muur
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This book is well written and well edited and the plot is not like most historical plots, which in itself is very interesting. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Belle
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done
This story was very well-written with all the appropriate research into history. Elena Greene has created characters and their surroundings quite well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michele Storms aka: Stormdrac2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Elena Greene is my new favorite author.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved, loved this book
Loved, loved this book. It portrayed Lady Dearing as a strong and independent woman who was not afraid of the challenges life threw at her. I would highly recommend this book.
Published 6 months ago by Black Princess
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Found this to be a very enjoyable read. The characters were believable and honestly portrayed. Looked forward to reading the next chapter.
Published 6 months ago by Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I loved the whole thing! I never knew what was going to happen next. I knew how it was going to end, but still getting there was an adventure. Read more
Published 6 months ago by mscountrylace
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
The love story between Livvy and Jeremy was both compelling and captivating. I read it mostly at the gym, and I barely noticed the time slip away.
Published 7 months ago by L. Galway
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Dearing's Masquerade
A lovely story. I loved every part of it. Thank you for an excellent story. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Published 7 months ago by Debra L Lambert Stone
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More About the Author

Elena Greene grew up reading her mother's Georgette Heyer novels, but it wasn't until she went on an international assignment to the United Kingdom that she was inspired to start writing her own. Her first Regency romance was published in 2000 and was followed by five more Regencies and a novella. Her books have won the Desert Rose Golden Quill and Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005. Elena lives in upstate New York with her stroke survivor husband and two daughters.

Visit Elena's website at www.elenagreene.com and the Risky Regencies blog at www.riskyregencies.blogspot.com

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