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The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2012

3.7 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Fairbourne Series

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". . .imbued with a deliciously dry sense of humor and graced with a striking cast of characters, . . . impeccably researched . . .a masterpiece of wit and passion."  Booklist starred review

"Clever plotting, delicious sensuality, excellent art history elements, and strong, magnetic characters will attract readers to this engaging and beautifully executed romance." --"Library Journal"

"Richly imbued with a deliciously dry sense of humor and graced with a striking cast of characters, the latest impeccably researched Regency romance by RITA Award winner Hunter is a masterpiece of wit and passion." --"Booklist"

About the Author

Madeline Hunter has published twenty-one critically acclaimed historical romances. Her books regularly appear on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. More than five million copies of her books are in print, and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She has won two RITA awards and is a seven-time RITA finalist. Madeline holds a PhD in art history, which she teaches at the university level. She loves to hear from readers and can be contacted through her website: www.MadelineHunter.com.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; First Edition edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515150460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515150469
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There was something about the summary that made me click away every time Amazon suggested I buy this book. I guess it was the whole smuggler story or maybe it just seemed like a boring story.

But then I noticed Old Latin Teacher had recommended the book and since her recommendations have given me so many great books up until now, I gave this one a try too. I`m so glad I did (thank you, OLT).

What I really enjoyed about this book - and what will have me buy more of Madeline Hunters books - was how she let love grow slowly. I dislike books where the hero and the heroine fall instantly in love and you have a full book with both of them pining for the other one. I also enjoyed how she let the hero and the heroine get slowly adjusted to each other. They had plenty of things working against them and it would have been entirely incredible if they`d fallen into each other`s arms on page three.

The book was very well written and the characters and situations were credible. There were a lot of emotions in this book but Madeline Hunter showed them in a very clever way which made it all the more lovely to read.

Both hero and heroine were lovable and annoying in just that perfect mixture that makes you want to see things end well for them but you`re not on a sugary overdose after two chapters.

In a world of very predictable and boring historical romances this book offered me something else - something more. I`m glad I found a new author to read because I was afraid I`d run out of good historical romances - having read so many inferior ones lately.
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Rare novel where the hero and heroine have believable reasons to initially interact with each other. Emma Fairbourne and Darius Alfreton, Earl of Southwaite, circle each other warily over the Fairbourne Auction House where they have recently become co-owners, due to the recent death of Emma's father. There are sparks of conflict over important business matters, a mystery surrounding Emma's father's past dealings, and a simmering attraction that evolves into a deeper love affair in this smart, sexy romance. Madeline Hunter is a strong writer, and her lead characters feel genuine in their actions and dialogue. While I see some mixed reviews here for this novel, I have to say that "I felt the romance" and look forward to additional installments in this series.
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Emma Fairbourne's father has just passed away. Her brother has disappeared and is presumed dead by most. However, Emma believes he is still alive, and her father's business, Fairbourne Auction House, a rival to Christie's Auction, must be preserved to be passed to her brother in case he does return. It is unheard of that a woman would run an auction, but Emma believes she has no choice. Besides, it is her only means of support, also. She is barely able to pull an auction together in order to pay the bills, and she just found out that her father had a silent partner, Darius, Earl of Southwaite. The Earl does not believe Emma, being a woman, can keep the business profitable, so he wants Fairbourne's sold at once. He also has reason to think that the circumstances of Emma's Father's death might bring scandal that would further devalue the business. He believes that a quick sale is the only way to preserve any assets for Emma and himself. This ongoing disagreement brings romance, danger, mystery, and love as secrets and mysteries unfold. Madeline Hunter can always be counted on to bring us an excellently written story and the plot of this book is especially unique and original. The mystery of Emma's father's death and her brother's disappearance keeps one guessing until the very end. The love scenes are romantic and steamy. The characters are truly people you can believe in. The conversations between the characters make you wish these people were coming over tonite. I really enjoyed every page. And the very interesting secondary characters made me buy the next book in the series within five minutes of finishng the book. Kindle is the greatest invention ever!!!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot was refreshingly different and the characters were intriguing. This book made you think, and that was delightful. The action - and there was plenty - was slow building, but that simply added to the entertainment value. The review by WillRead is excellent and covers all the highlights that made this such fun to read - I echo everything said there, beautifully expressed.

There was a rather spectacular misunderstanding early on that was laugh out loud funny, and I really think I have rarely read such a genuinely amusing scene. Usually I find that the harder an author tries to be humorous, the more contrived and less funny it seems. This scene reminded me somewhat of the scenes in Joan Smith's Perdita.

No need, really, to mention that Madeline Hunter's writing is excellent - but that, combined with the unusual premise of a Lord owning a partner's share in a commercial enterprise like an auction house, strong-willed and intelligent characters, and plausible sub-plots like treason, espionage and smuggling make this book a treat. The romance is lovely, as well, particularly if you enjoy the process of falling in love and the sexual tension that results. Hunter does romance just beautifully!

I do agree with other reviewers who note that this book is not like some of her others. It is not; it is clearly different - but that difference in this case is not bad, in my opinion. I found this to be a lovely, romantic read - a story that lingers with you long after you've reached the end.
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