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Three Wishes for Miss Winthrop [Kindle Edition]

Shirley Kennedy
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This book is a Regency historical romance, originally published by Signet. Since Lucy Winthrop refused his offer of employment, Lord Granville can't seem to get the minx off his mind. And when he grants her three wishes, Miss Winthrop will keep him guessing until the last.
Three Wishes provides deep insights into the cruelty of the justice system in Regency England. Over 200 criminal offences were punishable by death by hanging. Tension mounts when Lucy's brother is found guilty of theft and faces the gallows. She will do anything to save him.

Editorial Reviews


"Shirley Kennedy spins a tale sure to pull at the heartstrings of her readers..." 4 stars. -- Romantic Times Magazine, August, 2003

I highly recommend this enthralling tale of two lovers who meet and overcome various difficulties for themselves and loved ones. -- AOL Romance Fiction Forum, August 9, 2003

From the Author

The reviewers who caught the error in the print version are right. There was indeed a hole you could drive a truck through! I aim for  total accuracy, so believe me, I was appalled when I realized my slip up. Fortunately I was able to do a bit of rewriting for the Kindle edition, so I'm happy to announce the error is now gone.  I hope your will enjoy Three Wishes. Of all my Regencies, it's my favorite.
Shirley Kennedy

Product Details

  • File Size: 1786 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Desert Sky Publishing (April 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007U61NXA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying lead characters who don't deserve happy endings. December 28, 2005
By Pio
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of those books that starts out well, gets better ... and then goes downhill fast. I was happily reading along and then the characters started doing a succession of stupid acts that made me want them to walk in front of a runaway carriage. The insipid hero was dominated by his mother to such an extent that he was like an overgrown little boy without the charm. The heroine has a brother who steals a windfall amount of money from his sisters, including food money, and they don't say even boo to him afterwards. Not to mention the larger sum of the stolen amount was originally given from the collected pin money of a nice lady whose husband cheats on her. The heroine's plan to start a school inspired the lady to give her the money. Oh well. No apologies given. Then the same brother steals much more from his bank employer who trusted him and we are told the whole operation folds and many investors lose their life savings, small businesses and family security. But the heroine doesn't give them a passing thought either. She can only think about how he was a wonderful little boy and doesn't deserve to hang. Then the hero has to grovel to Prinny in order to save his dear love's brother. This already after he had to give up his career for her. Well, he realized he didn't really want it anyway. Sacrifice all for love, i.e. her. To me, this heroine was disgusting selfish under the guise of sweetness, caring and personal suffering. I despise people like this in real life, ergo my strong reaction to this pulp trash. I despised this book by the end. I read Regencies to be entertained and I expect a happy ending. There were too many injured people left in the wake of this story, even if we didn't know their names. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great story - slightly marred by error March 28, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lucy Winthrop is a hard working governess who dreams of opening an enlightened school for girls. Her unjust dismissal by her current employer, for the prejudiced reason that she is sister to a well-known campaigner for prison reform, has an unexpected result. His wife, to make up for the injustice, gives her a large sum of money. At the same time Lord Granville, knowing of the dismissal, offers her a new post with his own children with a generous wage. Flushed with her own independance, she rather rudely refuses his offer. All too soon she must eat her words and ask for the job, due to her profligate brother's theft of the money. She travels to his country estate and finds the children well provided for materially, but in need of their father's attention.
Thus the stage is set for a romance between Granville and Lucy.
A slightly melodramatic one, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.
The attraction is strong and the situation is made more impossible by Granville's political ambitions and his mother's matchmaking and dreadful arrogance.
There is a charming secondary romance involving Granville's invalid sister and her suitor who writes her very bad poetry.
Another review comments on Kennedy's historical accuracy, unfortunately this is not true. She has many things right, but her politics are woefully wrong and as she has made Granville a Whig with prime ministerial ambitions, it intrudes into the story. The worst is that she is writing of Granville as if he had to worry about being re-elected to a seat in the Commons, when he is in fact an Earl and so had a seat in the Lords.
That and other slips aside, the hero and heroine are well drawn and sympathetic. Granville maybe is better than Lucy, who is a bit too perfect and does not seem to change her views at all.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd wish for more books like this one! August 18, 2003
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Lucy Winthrop, a spinster and a governess of 10 years, has dreamed of opening up a school for girls. Though she has been recently dismissed, she has also stumbled onto a bit of good fortune. Due to this good fortune, she is able to turn down the position as Lord Granville's governess (he is a widower with 3 young children).
John Weston, Lord Granville, is shocked when Lucy rejects his offer of fifty pounds her annum. He is equally shocked when Miss Winthrop shows up at his door, wondering if his offer still stands. Poor Lucy Winthrop's luck just ran out, and Granville reluctantly gives her the position. As it turns out, Miss Winthrop is the best governess he's ever had.
As Lucy comes to know more about the children, she discovers how much they crave their neglectful father's attention. After Lucy goes a great service for Lord Granville, he jokingly offers her 3 wishes. But just what will Lucy wish for...?
I just LOVED this book. If I could give it 6 stars, I most definitely would. I loved everything about it. Lucy was an excellent heroine, and I could relate to her feelings. I loved Lord Granville, and the tension between the 2 characters is to-die-for. Shirley Kennedy's character developement was positivley superb!! I loved the subplot with the children. I loved the subplot with Regina, Lord Granville's invalid sister. (Her secondary romance was worthy of its own story!) Every character added to the story. Lord Granville's mother was despicable. Miss Winthrop's sister was a delight. I loved how the author wove in the "wishes." I can't remember the last time I read such a well-crafed piece of work. From the time I opened it, to the time I finished it... I could hardly put it down! The ending was one of the sweetest and most fulfilling.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't read a lot of Victorian romances so I was happily surprised that it was so good. It showed me that the "impossible" can happen.
Published 8 months ago by Georgiemom
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I wasn't particularly impressed with this one. I simply became too bored to finish it and the errors got under my skin a bit too much. Sorry.
Published 9 months ago by Y. Mura
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Lucy is a governess who has a sister some consider a rebel rouser and a brother who is a thief. She hopes to eventually open a school for girls. Read more
Published 11 months ago by kshrop
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, with some Heavy Issues
This book is very well written with a well developed plot and three dimensional characters. However, it does get bogged down a bit with some heavy issues. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Reading Fanatic (CMP)
5.0 out of 5 stars She made good wishes
The story line is not very plausible but really enjoyable. I gave it 5 stars because at the end I was really smiling and I have kept the book - not something I do with all the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Library User/Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of an Historical
I don't enjoy those frothy Regencies that don't have much substance except the romance. That's why I especially enjoyed this story. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lady Di
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable!!
I enjoyed this book for the simple themes that ran through it, rags to riches, romance, family. And as for the comment that the main character only see's her brother as a wonderful... Read more
Published on May 31, 2012 by Raci
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one from Shirley Kennedy
I have read and enjoyed all of Shirley Kennedy's regency romances. This one is an excellent story, filled with romance, drama and a little humor, too. Read more
Published on July 22, 2007 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great read
This Regency is one of the best I've read in a long time. The plot was fast-paced and the characters strong and likeable. The suspense was good, too. Read more
Published on May 31, 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars A hole you could drive a truck through . . .
An otherwise charming romance that is nearly ruined by the author's misunderstanding of the British parliamentary system. Read more
Published on May 20, 2004 by tealadytoo
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More About the Author

I'm happy to announce I've just won the gold IPPY award (Independent Publishers)in the Romance category for THE LAST OF LADY LANSDOWN!

I was born and raised in Fresno, California, where I graduated from Fresno High School. I lived in Canada for many years, enjoying skiing and riding horses, and am a graduate of the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada with a B.S. in Computer Science.

I've had many jobs in my lifetime, including working for several years as a computer programmer/analyst. However, my true passion has always been writing. Even as a little girl I could always be found in a corner reading a book. Finally I took a big risk and decided to devote myself to writing full time. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. Now, after writing and publishing several traditional Regencies, I have switched genres and am currently working on another western romance as well as a longer Regency historical.

I have two daughters, Dianne and Lindy, and am forever proud of their accomplishments--and grateful, too, that both are the kind of loving, supportive daughters every mother hopes she'll have. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I belong to the Las Vegas chapter of Romance Writers of America.

I love hearing from my readers and can be reached at

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