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Lord Wraybourne's Betrothed: A Romance of Regency England (Signet Eclipse) Paperback – Bargain Price, October 6, 2009

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Jo Beverley is widely regarded as one of the most talented romance writers today. She is a four-time winner of Romance Writers of America's cherished RITA Award and one of only a handful of members in the RITA Hall of Fame. She has also recieved the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Born in England, she now lives with her husband and two sons in Victoria, British Columbia, just a ferry ride away from Seattle, WA.

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  • Series: Signet Eclipse
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451228332
  • ASIN: B00342VE10
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,709,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Publishers Weekly declared Jo Beverley "arguably today's most skillful writer of intelligent historical romance," and she's one of only a handful of members of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Her 30+ novels have won just about all the awards in romance , including 5 RITA awards, the top award in romance, and 2 career achievement awards from Romantic Times. Reviews regularly include words like masterful, thrilling, and even sublime.

She writes historical romance novels and novellas set in her native England in the middle ages, the Georgian period, and the Regency, often with mystery and adventure elements, and sometimes with a little magic. Readers have been known to argue about which of her main series is best --the Malloren series, set in the 1760s, or the Company of Rogues books, set in the Regency. The Company of Rogues is the longest-lives series of Regency heroes, and begins with An Arranged Marriage, the first book she wrote, though not the first published. The Malloren series begins with My Lady Notorious.

You can learn about all her books here.

She was born and raised in the UK, and has a degree in history from Keele University in Staffordshire. After living in Canada for more that 30 years she's returned to England, where she enjoys doing even more on-the-spot research.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm not generally a fan of Regency Romances, they always leave me wanting more. I am a huge fan of Jo Beverley's though, so I took a chance on this one and I'm glad I did.
Jane Sandiford is a sheltered and not very fasionable girl, raised in the country far away from the London scene. She hails from one of the oldest and wealthiest families in England which makes her a prime canditate to become the bride of David Kyle, Tenth Earl of Wraybourne. With much trepidation, she sets out on her first and last season as a single women. With a little help from David's sister Sophia, we watch Jane blossom, going from fear to awe and then total adoration for her betrothed. David is the typical Regency gentleman, a little stiff but with such endearing qualities the reader can't help but fall in love with him, right along with Jane.
The secondary characters are extremely likable too. Sophia, David's devilish sister and his friend, Lord Randal Ashby, an incorrigible rake with the face and form of Adonis. A secondary romance?
Add to all of this, a mystery; Lord Wraybourne is recruited by his uncle to help solve a rash of attacks on women which he reluctantly does. Beverley keeps the reader guessing till the very end.
This book is out of print, but you can find it through out-of-print searches,it is well worth the effort. It is a quick and very enjoyable read (I read it in one sitting). Do yourself a favor and get it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on June 19, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lord Wraybourne's Betrothed is part of the series which also contains The Stanforth Secrets, The Stolen Bride and Emily and the Dark Angel. Jane Sandiford, brought up in a very sheltered and restrictive household, becomes betrothed to a man her parents have chosen for her, and suddenly finds herself catapulted into the ton and the middle of a London season, and tries to get to know this sophisticated stranger she's about to marry.
This book really didn't do a lot for me. I did quite like both Jane and David in the beginning, but - and this is a short Regency! - the story really began to drag from around halfway through. Jane and David were already pretty much in love with each other, and it seemed as if the story could be over. But Beverley dragged it out with a mystery plot (and since I'd guessed the identity of the culprit very early in the book, that wasn't exactly suspenseful) and a largely absent fiancé.
And those are my main problems with the book. First, I ended up feeling that I really didn't get to know David at all, because he was missing for so much of the time. Second, the mystery plot was uninteresting and a distraction from the real story. And then third, I found Jane a little too perfect to be either interesting or convincing. She's had no real experience of Society or even mixing with other people of her own class - and yet she fits into the ton as if she's been attending parties and coping with repartee all her life?! She's an instant success - but why? She copes with every obstacle placed in her path just too easily. And her behaviour in respect of David is too inconsistent: she keeps believing that he's having affairs, and yet every time she sees him she ignores that suspicion and behaves as if he's the love of her life.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Reader VINE VOICE on October 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This was Jo Beverley's first book. It's not really fair to compare it to her later work. All authors improve (or at least they should). However, taking this book as a first work and as a traditional Regency rather than the longer single-title works she now does, I hate to rate it highly.

Yes, I wish David were better delineated as a character. Yes, it sometimes dragged. Yes, the plot could have been stronger. And yes, there were times the exposition or dialogue was sub-par. But over all, as a debut novel, it was quite good. When also considering the time in which it was published, it's very good.

There are some excellent moments of tension, romance, humor, and intrigue. There are also some fine character moments. If they are not without flaw, I consider that merely a first novel situation. This book is still head and shoulders above so much that is published. I got this book from the library because of the mostly negative reviews. However, I liked it well enough to put it on my "buy" list. I might have rated it 3 stars if not for the other reviews, but it's much better than the rating made it seem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judge Tabor on December 4, 2014
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I originally purchased this book in 2012 and can't believe I've never reviewed it. Apparently, it was Jo Beverley's first published book and it has some amazing elements including a very well-drawn hero in Lord Wraybourne.

When it comes time to select a wife, Lord Wraybourne, upon the suggestion of a family relative, travels to Gloucestershire to the home of the Standifords to check out their daughter, Jane. Apparently, the bloodline was suitable, Jane's looks were suitable and Lord Wraybourne is pleased.

But everyone else is apparently stunned at the match. Of course Jane's family is super wealthy, so perhaps that's part of the reason. However, what struck me is how Lord Wraybourne's persona, his character, his gentle wooing of Jane comes into play within the storyline. Jane had been raised in an extremely sheltered and basically cruel environment. Although wealthy, her parents were over the top conservatively religious, considering that anything remotely resembling a tendency toward extravagance, superficiality, comfort related to any of the senses was simply wrong. In fact, Jane was accustomed to being punished for barely crossing over the tight lines she was compelled to keep. Ugh!

Thankfully, Jane's soul is intact and is at last set free to go to London under the dubious chaperonage of Lord Wraybourne's cousin, Maria. While in London, Wraybourne's and Jane's romance is somewhat hindered due to complications related to some work he's agreed to do on behalf of his uncle involving the attempt to nail down a sexual predator. In the meantime, Jane is left to fend for herself under Maria's questionable guidance. This is where our delightful Sophie, Lord Wraybourne's younger hoydenish sister, comes into play. In fact, Sophie nearly steals the story.
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