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The Trouble With Harry (Noble Historical Novel Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Katie MacAlister
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Book Description

From New York Times bestselling author Katie MacAlister comes the third book in the Noble Historical series, originally published 2004 by Leisure Books.

Just What is the Trouble With Harry?

1. He is Plum’s new husband. Not normally a problem, but when you consider that Harry advertised for a wife, and Plum was set to marry his secretary, there was cause for a bit of confusion.

2. He has a title. Plum has spent the last twenty years hiding from the ton, and now Harry wants her to shine in society? Horrors!

3. He doesn’t know about her shocking secret. How is she going to explain about the dead husband who isn’t a husband…and who now seems to be alive again?

4. He’s fallen in love with her. And yet, the maddening man refuses to confide in her. For Plum knows the real trouble with Harry is that he’s stolen her heart.

Editorial Reviews


"This is a romp in the truest sense. It's great to have an older couple (he's 45 and she's 40) finding happiness after tragedy. The memorable characters, witty dialogue and suspense make this a book well worth reading. MacAlister's unique style makes her an author to watch." ---RT Book Reviews

About the Author

Katie MacAlister is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous romance novels, including Hard Day's Knight, The Corset Diaries, the Aisling Grey series, and the Dark Ones novels. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell. Katie lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her at

An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, Alison Larkin is a classically trained actress who has appeared on Broadway with the Royal National Theatre and off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her bestselling novel The English American made the top ten list of best author audiobook narrations of all time.

Product Details

  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0843951443
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (May 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052AUI00
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MacAlister is Totally Delightful September 2, 2004
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Harry, the Marquis Rosse is a 45 year old widower with five precocious and lively children who are rapidly driving him insane. When his 13 year old daughter, Lady India, comes to him demanding an explanation on the reasons behind her bleeding, he knows he is in way over his head and must make the ultimate sacrifice -- find himself a woman to be both wife and mother to his brood of hellions. Having his fill of society females, he placed an ad in the "Rams Bottom Gazette" so that no one would really know that he was a marquis. This way, he would sort out the women looking for rich man and find a woman who liked children (not that he wanted any more) but would also be a bedmate for Harry.

Twenty years ago, Frederica Pelham (Plum) had been married for 6 weeks to a man who neglected to tell her he already had a wife. Upon discovering his deception, his family sent him to the continent, Plum's family disowned her over the `scandal' she caused! Plum's life was ruined, she was disowned with barely enough to live on. With few options left to her, and more than enough unsavory offers of protection, she retired to the country where she penned the highly popular but controversial "Guide to Connubial Calisthenics" under the pen name of Vyvyan La Bleu. The book was so controversial (yet ordered by most of the ton) that it was even banned by the government. Really needing some security, not only for herself but for her orphaned niece, and wanting a child of her own, Plum rationaled that she was not really lying about her past, but just an omitting some of the truths.

This was a hilariously funny tale of two middle-aged people who take their bedsport to a new level. Harry's accident-prone children are a trip whose non-stop antics enliven and grace the pages with joy and laughter!
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82 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Katie's back with another witty tale! July 19, 2004
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Katie Macalister is one of the most delightful (and prolific) writers in Romance today. She is not Shakespeare, but then I, for one, thank goodness for that! We already have old Will. When I want the Scottish Play, I blow the dust of my very ancient copies and read it. When I want sheer fun, I look to Lynsay Sands and Katie Macalister. I love British humour (works out nice since I am Scot!), but that dry wit is often missing in the works of a lot of American writers. I am not talking about highbrow humour, but that you-can't-help-but-howl-aloud Benny Hill wacko laughs! The kind that has your erupting with buffos, has people looking at you as if you have gone around the bend one too many times, the kind that has your husband exiling you from the living room while he is trying to watch CASI because you are making too much noise. Many writers can provoke a giggle. Few make me laugh so hard I hurt. There is nothing more special a writer can do for you. They leave you feeling good all over.
And Trouble With Harry is a sheer delight from page one! One of my favourite Hitchcock movies carries this name. It was deadpan humour that was just so on target, so it's not surprising to find this book is the same. It's a delightful Regency - and from the opening scene where beleaguered Harry is trying to explain the facts of "womanhood" to his eldest daughter - you are already laughing out loud!
The Trouble with Harry, 45-years-old- is a father, coming to parenthood late in life.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I want more historicals Katie!!! September 24, 2004
By Emma
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Don't get me wrong, I love Katie Macalister's contemporaries but she's a breath of fresh air with her historicals. It's so nice to read a historical with such a great sense of humor and such strong and fiesty female leads.

Harry needs a wife. He's got five out of control children and is in desperate need of a woman to run his household and, er, attend to his needs. Enter Plum, a woman who's been ruined by her first husband over 20 years before. She's also the mysterious author of a very racy sex book. Both the romantic leads are over 40, something that pleased me compared to books with 19 year old women married to 35 year old men.

Of course, this being a Macalister book, silly hijinks ensue, the kids are wild, the household staff are a wild assortment from the lothario butler to the bodyguard footmen and Harry and Plum engage in all manner of bedroom gymnastics with great energy and creativity. Plum is no pushover and even when it becomes obvious that someone is out to harm her new family, she does not waver. You gotta love the heroine who doesn't wilt at the first difficulty. You also have to love Harry for loving Plum so much.

All in all, The Trouble with Harry is an amazingly entertaining read that will supply plenty of laughs and more than a little heat between Plum and Harry.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish Harry would give me some trouble! July 12, 2004
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Here's yet another wonderful submission from Katie Macalister. If you enjoyed 'Nobel Intentions' you will love 'The Trouble With Harry'. This book has the same quick wit and sexy interludes. Plum and Harry strike sparks off of each other right from the start. The secondary characters are hilarious (I love Thom and the children). We get a brief glimpse of Nick from 'Noble Intentions' which I hope means a book about him will soon follow! Have no fear and go ahead and purchase this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous
I have read this novel three times, at least. There is something about the characters that bring life to the story. Read more
Published 27 days ago by kt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read.
Published 2 months ago by B. Dudley
4.0 out of 5 stars The Trouble with Harry
You definitely have to be in the mood for silliness because MacAlister tells a delightfully wacky tale but if that’s your thing, you are in for a treat. Read more
Published 3 months ago by romanticreadsandsuch
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun and Witty Historical Romance
Harry lost his wife five years ago and now it is time to move forward. He needs a mother for his five hellish children, but he also misses having a lover and companion. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rhonda Valverde
5.0 out of 5 stars love love love it first book from this author 1st ...
love love love it first book from this author
1st time reading Ms. Macalister and i am a fan
Published 4 months ago by M. Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent & received very quickly
Published 5 months ago by Christine E Bilodeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
So fun. I enjoyed this one a lot more than her last "Noble" book. The humor made it for me.
Published 6 months ago by Cindy E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighful and sexy
Loved it. Charming and humorous. Love everything by Katie MacAlister, I have all of her books now.
Published 6 months ago by Doreen Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced funny and charming story.
We have known Harry through the series-harassed, troubled, weary and wary, besieged by his children and trying to hold his family together alone. Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. Ringsby
4.0 out of 5 stars Love scenes were explicit and steamy
We don’t often see a 40-year-old heroine in a Regency romance, and after reading The Trouble with Harry, I ask why not?!? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sadie Hunt
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More About the Author

For as long as she can remember, Katie MacAlister has loved reading. Growing up in a family where a weekly visit to the library was a given, Katie spent much of her time with her nose buried in a book. Despite her love for novels, she didn't think of writing them until she was contracted to write a non-fiction book about software. Since her editor refused to allow her to include either witty dialogue or love scenes in the software book, Katie swiftly resolved to switch to fiction, where she could indulge in world building, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes.

Two years after she started writing novels, Katie sold her first romance, Noble Intentions. More than thirty books later, her novels have been translated into numerous languages, been recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and placed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell.

Katie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and dogs, and can often be found lurking around online. You are welcome to visit her at

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