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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sweetwater Books (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462110606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462110605
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Seeking both safety from her lecherous brother-in-law and the solitude to work through her grief and put her family's world back together, the vicar's widow, Roxanna Drew, takes her two young daughters and moves into the dilapidated dowerhouse of a nearby estate, determined to make it livable before winter. However, the winter winds bring more than snow to her door: Fletcher Rand, Marquess of Winn, the estate's absentee owner, appears in search of shelter. She welcomes him into her home-and into her life as well. Emotionally involving, well written, and filled with real characters, this story infuses a traditional Regency situation with compassion, warmth, and a high level of sexual tension, producing a book that won't soon be forgotten. The grief/healing process is particularly well depicted. Kelly is a popular writer of out-of-the-ordinary Regencies (Mrs. Whittier Makes a List, Signet, 1994). (Kelly lives in Monroe, Louisiana.)
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Carla Kelly is one of the most beloved Regency authors with more than a dozen novels. She lives in Valley City, North Dakota.

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More About the Author

I'm a long-time, award-winning novelist, perhaps best known for my Regency Romances, two of which have earned Rita Awards from Romance Writers of America. I've also been writing Mormon-themed novels, as well as historical fiction for Harlequin and CamelPress in Seattle.

Coming in August will be The Double Cross, the first in a romantic suspense series about a brand inspector in the royal colony of New Mexico in 1680, and his "sudden wife." They live on a land grant on the edge of Comancheria, probably the most dangerous place in North America. They need their wits about them to survive, and more courage than most people even dream about.

Also coming in August is Safe Passage, a novel about the Mormons living in colonies in Mexico in 1912 who were forced to flee because of the Mexican Revolution. It's the tale of one man who returns to find his estranged wife, who did not get out with the other colonists.

I love to write. The whole process still fascinates me, even after some 34 novels and some non-fiction work. I'm still learning with every book.

Customer Reviews

Very good in developing characters and plot.
L. D. Orr
If you love sweet clean romance stories with humor and a great setting thrown in I highly recommend this one.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on April 26, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was simply stunned by this book; it haunted me for days after finishing it. Carla Kelly is an incredible writing talent!
Roxanna Drew is a relatively recent widow left in straitened circumstances, but who would rather be homeless with her two daughters than dependent on her brother-in-law's not entirely selfless charity. So she manages to rent a run-down cottage on Lord Winn's estate. Then Lord Winn himself gets caught in the snow and begs for shelter....
The growing friendship between Roxanna and Winn is alternately hilarious, touching and heartwrenching. Both have sorrows in their past - his more public than hers - and both need each other's friendship; her daughters also begin to rely on him as a father-figure, making things even more poignant. There is a beautiful scene not too far in the book where Winn is about to leave for his sister's home, but he simply turns around and comes back, unable to leave Roxanna and the children.
From there on... suffice to say that I doubt anyone could read the rest of the book without crying at least twice. The threat to Roxanna's daughters, the horseback ride to Scotland and back when Winn gets frostbite, and what happens from then on is so well written I couldn't put the book down.
This is genuinely a love story for adults. And by that I don't mean that it's X-rated; simply that Kelly treats her readers *as* adults and gives us a story full of the whole range of human emotions. Her characters are real and down to earth, and concern themselves with the mundane and essential things of life, rather than superficial things like balls and dresses (if you want blushing debutantes and visits to Almacks, don't buy this book).
I could only wish that this, and Lord Ragsdale's Reform - another excellent Kelly novel - were twice the length they are. If I can't have that, I'll still say that this book is absolutely perfect. No matter what you have to pay for it, BUY IT!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on April 10, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I never really thought of myself as a romance novel reader, but then, somehow, I got sucked into the sub-sub-genre of the regency romance. Ah, the hours spent trolling my local library in search of books entitled "The Rake and the Reformer!" Ah, the mocking I endured from my friends! And the truth is most regencies are pretty bad, completely innacurate, and more than likely to present a dangerously dated scenario--impoverished, weak woman saved by a dominant, rich man, while sexual attraction substitutes for genuine feeling. I don't know what need this sexist formula fulfilled in me, but I read a lot them. And then I happened onto a book called Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand.
In Carla Kelly's works the men and women treat each other with respect. Admiration comes first, love follows. And the protagonists actually like each other before they consumate their relationship. Imagine that! In her books there is none of that "I hate him and yet I'm kissing him! Darn his maddening attraction!" There is only the believable progression from liking and admiration to love.
Roxanna Drew is an impoverished widow who loved her first husband (also something that virtually only Kelly would attempt) and has two adorable daughters. When we first meet her she is trying to avoid the ugly advances of her brother-in-law. Lord Winn is a military hero who doesn't fit in society anymore because of a disgraceful divorce. He becomes her landlord and falls in love with her and her family. As her situation becomes more desperate he offers to help. There are lots of very kind, believable moments as he gets to know Roxie and her daughters.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patricia VINE VOICE on February 11, 2013
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I very much enjoyed Ms. Kelly's The Admiral's Penniless Bride (Harlequin Historical), so thought I'd try another of her books. Although I did not enjoy Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand as much as the other, it is still a good book. Anyone wishing to read a story about how two people overcome their problems and come to rely and love each other will be pleased.

But, for most of the time I was reading it, it just didn't feel...right. My biggest problems with the book is that it had, to me, the feel of a contemporary romance, or perhaps one set in frontier America, and not one based in the early 1800s. The heroine, Roxanna is called "Roxie" while the hero, Fletcher Rand, Marquess of Winn, is called "Fletch." Nearly everyone else is called by a nickname. They spend a great deal of time together, unchaperoned, and seemed over familiar with each other for the times. Also, while I know that she is desperate and has no false sense of superiority, and she wants to show her gratitude for the kindnesses Winn shows in repairing her rental, as in pulling up her baseboards and furnishing it, "Roxie" spends much of her time scraping paint in the Marquess' run-down manor house or tending to its decoration, not tending to her own house and children, who must surely need more attention than her loyal housemaid Meggie can give.

She is still in the village, but no one comes to see her or help. I would think that some of her friends of acquaintances would be there to help the wife of their former minister. Instead, she is isolated, nearly alone but for her daughters, the Marquess, and a couple of servants and the bailiff.
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