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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (September 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477824898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477824894
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,563,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Bestseller Brockway (No Place for a Dame) delivers a deeply delightful travel-centric romantic comedy...Its banter, slapstick, and lighthearted good spirits are irrepressible. The deftly written protagonists find a touching depth of understanding at the heart of the merriment...Brockway’s well researched settings, costumes, and attitudes allow the few bits of anachronistic banter to slide by without grating. This one’s a keeper.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“I knew this book was going to be good right from the very first page...Loaded with sharp, witty, humorous dialogue...If you are a fan of Downton Abbey you will really love this story.” —Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick

“Over-the-top hilarious (and a little bit wacky), cleverly written, and unfailingly touching, this historically intriguing Edwardian adventure is another thoroughly entertaining winner for the peerless Brockway.” —Library Journal

“There’s truly something for everyone in Brockway’s latest historical. Downton Abbey fans will be delighted with its Edwardian England setting, chock full of rich detail that perfectly evokes the era’s swanky style and swiftly shifting social mores. Road trip romance aficionados will love the hero and heroine’s madcap dash from London to the Pyrenees. And for everyone else, the story offers all of Brockway’s signatures: laugh-out-loud dialogue, complex characters, and a deeply rewarding, sweet, and sexy slow-build romance.” —RT Book Reviews 4.5 Star Top Pick

About the Author

Connie Brockway is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty historical and contemporary romance novels. An eight-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, Brockway has twice been its recipient, for My Dearest Enemy and The Bridal Season. She is the author of My Seduction, named one of Library Journal’s top romance novels of 2004. Her most recent novel is No Place for a Dame and her most recent collaborative novel is The Lady Most Willing, cowritten with Julia Quinn and Eloisa James. She is a Minnesota native, and currently lives there with her husband and two spoiled mutts.

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The characters and story are fresh and charming.
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As usual, Brockway had me laughing out loud at the characters antics and kept me reading to see what else they would get up to.
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Lucy and Archie share the combined desire to be understood and be able to be true to themselves.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CKFashant on September 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Rising operetta star Lucy Eastlake has gotten used to making do. Disowned by her great-grandmother as a child due to the sins of her own mother and grandmother before her, she was shunted from family member to family member for years before landing right back at Robin's Hall, but this time into the unexpectedly welcoming arms of her great-aunts. Of course that didn't mean she still didn't have to make do. Thanks to some unwise financial decisions by her great-grandfather, Robin's Hall is now in ruin and not even her meager earnings on-stage are enough to keep the creditors at bay. But there is hope. The anniversary of her of an Indian siege her great-aunt lived through is upon them, and with it a bounty of wealth for the last remaining survivors. All they have to do is travel to a small town in France to claim the prize.

Anthropology Professor Ptolemy Archibald Grant is about to achieve a greatness his colleagues could only dream about: a directorship at a highly respected university. To seal the deal he is planning on proposing to the woman who has made it all possible. Too bad he would much rather be out in the field than behind a desk. In spite of the upcoming interviews for the position, Ptolemy agrees to accompany the woman his grandfather has always loved and never forgotten to a remote French town in order to claim a prize due to the survivors of pact made fifty years ago during an Indian siege. Unfortunately, the plans of mice and men are not always in sync, and he ends up accompanying the woman's niece on a crazy adventure too big to even believe possible. Could this journey end in happy ever after? Or his ultimate ruin?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah King on September 16, 2014
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In the same style as her previous book The Other Guy’s Bride, author Connie Brockway presents a fun, romantic story of an irrepressible, adventuresome actress Lucy Eastlake and a dour, straitlaced professor Ptolemy Archibald Grant. We all know that Lucy and Archie will eventually fall in love and have a happy ending; however, it is through the journey they take together in the book that the characters, including Lucy’s two aunts and her actor friend who accompanies them as well as Archie’s grandfather, realize that one of our greatest needs is to be seen clearly for who we really are and to be accepted completely despite revealing our true selves.

Throughout their journey to retrieve Lucy’s aunts’ share of the rubies, Archie and Lucy gradually realize that they are falling in love with each other. The author provides plenty of sexual tension and sweet revelations of love as each scene plays out. The sexual tension continues to rise, and Lucy knows early on that Archie is the only one for her. The scenes in which Archie and Lucy interact with each other are so well-written as to give the reader such a sense of anticipation for Lucy and Archie to finally give in to their love. When they finally admit they belong together, the closing scene provides tremendous satisfaction, and once again, Connie Brockway has written an exquisite romance that readers will want to recommend to their friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lark on November 3, 2014
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...and Archie had the time of his life. For the rest of his life.

It's been a long time since I read a novel set in the Edwardian era, and I held off reading this for awhile. Bad mistake! It irks me to think of some really bad novels I subjected myself to when I could have been enjoying this.

Professor Ptolemy Archibald Grant had had the joie de vivre beaten out of him from childhood and taught that dignity was the be all, end all. Lucy, on the other hand, had lost her parents at an early age and been shuffled from pillar to post, learning to adapt to her surroundings; finally winding up with two maiden great-aunts. She had elan in abundance, becoming an operetta singer while still taking care of her elderly aunts in a practical fashion.

You've seen the blurb, so you don't want any rehashing from me. I just want you to know how wonderful I found this story. We're accustomed to Ms. Brockway's humor and wit and they're hilariously present, in abundance, in this one too. But this was much more than that. There were some profound life lessons gently offered in a line here and a sentence there. They were written with a light hand, not a hammer. This is not a novel to skim.

Then there was the ghost of a love lost fifty years ago that echoes throughout the story. Beautiful, and saved from poignancy by Margery escorting the aunts through France, awakening them to life's possibilities. Margery was a sight! lol

Meanwhile, Lucy and Archie (she had ditched the Ptolemy) had fallen behind the party and were having some wild adventures while Lucy subtly worked on Archie to make him realize that "Lucy and Archie" were meant to be.

I cannot imagine how difficult this novel must have been to write. It certainly required great skill.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By elaine on November 9, 2014
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I am a big Connie Brockway fan and was excited to read this book, but was sadly disappointed. It wasn’t that the book was bad, but that it was just not very good and certainly not up to Brockway's usual standards. Brockway is a talented author who can and does deliver wonderful dramatic or intense stories as well or better than her comedic endeavors. Not many authors can pull off doing both genres.
This story falls into the comedic camp, imitating mad-cap road-show romances where two virtual strangers are thrown together into a series of adventures and end up falling in love. Sad to say, this theme simply missed the mark here. I think it may be because Brockway is mixing together too many themes. The structure for the entire story rests on the past history of the great-aunt of the heroine Lucy. Great-Aunt Lavinia and her sister Bernice took in orphaned Lucy, who had been shuttled from relative to relative after the deaths of her parents. Lucy and her great-aunts lived a life of genteel poverty, isolation and limited expectations. Great-aunt Lavinia's big adventure in life was a trip to India--she was sent there after she did not "take" during her London season--when she was trapped at a fortress during the Sepoy rebellion. During the siege of the outpost, she falls in love with a gentleman who admires her courage and verve. One day, a young man rides into the outpost in the middle of the siege. He must continue on his mission despite the almost certainty that he will be killed when he leaves the safety of the outpost. Before he goes, he leaves the people at the fort with a bag of rubies. He tells them that if he does not return, the rubies are theirs to divide up in 50 years. The messenger rides away and is never heard from again.
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Connie Brockway has received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal which named My Seduction as one of 2004's top ten romances.

An eight time finalist for Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA award, Brockway has twice been its recipient, for My Dearest Enemy and The Bridal Season. In 2006 Connie wrote her first women's contemporary HOT DISH, which won critical raves.

Today Brockway lives in Minnesota with her husband, a family physician, and two spoiled mutts.

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