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Under A Lucky Star [Kindle Edition]

Diane Farr
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Derek Whittaker does not believe in love at first sight - until he lays eyes on Cynthia Fitzwilliam, the icy beauty known as the "Frost Fair." He alone perceives the warm & vibrant nature hidden beneath her chilly demeanor - but can he melt her frozen heart?

"Simple yet magical ... this book will remind readers why sweet is sometimes better." - Publishers Weekly

"[A] delightful, heartwarming story of lovers fated to be together." - American Library Association

"I simply adored this book." (Grade A: Desert Isle Keeper) - All About Romance

"A great treat." - The Best Reviews

"Diane Farr at her best. ... Don't miss it!" - The Romance Reader

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Bolstered by vivid historical details and rich characterizations, this simple yet magical Regency from Farr (Under the Wishing Star) is best suited for those who prefer their romances sweet rather than spicy. Known in polite society as Frost Fair, Lady Cynthia Fitzwilliam is said to be as cold as she is lovely, but Derek Whittaker, the second son of an aristocratic family, knows differently. He and Cynthia met one night in the corridors of an opera house, where they shared a passionate embrace. When they meet again three years later, it's obvious that their attraction is still strong, but it may not be enough to overcome their biggest obstacle-Cynthia's managing mother. As Derek soon learns, Cynthia's mother intends to marry her daughter off to someone extremely wealthy. Unfortunately, Derek doesn't fit that description. Farr's sure-footed prose falters when she tiptoes into the erotic realm (Derek to Cynthia: "I will try not to rush you. I will try to rein myself in for your sweet sake"), but these scenes are fortunately few and far between. Although tamer, more traditional romances like this one haven't enjoyed the popularity of their more sensual sisters in recent years, this book will remind readers why sweet is sometimes better.
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From Booklist

Derek Whittaker, a charming young man, is the secretary to Lord Stokesdown and, as such, attends quite a few society events. Existing on the fringes does not bother him, nor does the fact that but for a twist of fate his fortunes would be much different. One night at the opera, he explores the theater and spies a vision descending the stairs, a beauty obviously afraid and running from someone. Once he realizes that the apparition is for real, he helps her hide and they share a kiss. What he doesn't know is that she is Cynthia, daughter of an earl and known to all as Frost Fair for her icy manner. Sure enough, when they meet again she rebuffs him. Three years later, older and wiser, she is still being shopped around by her mother for a husband. Derek still isn't rich enough, but this time he's determined to win her in this delightful, heartwarming story of lovers fated to be together. Maria Hatton
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Diane Farr Books (November 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006DTZ3FY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a Keeper for me September 16, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. So far I've liked everything by Farr but this one really hit all the right chords. Memorable characters, lovely prose, poignant story, great fantasy. Including the comeuppance for the "villain" of the piece toward the end which I thought was perfect. Very satisfying on many levels. What I think this author does best is she leaves you smiling at the end of every book, but she does it a different way every time. I can't understand why some people who post reviews admit in the reviews that they haven't even read the book. Lots of us have Farr on our auto-buy list. I guess I'm just a fan, but I read a lot of romance and I think this author is something special. I recommend this book for anyone looking for a really good read that will leave you with a smile on your face.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gem of a read April 8, 2004
By tregatt
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The lovely Lady Cynthia Fitzwilliam (also known as 'Frost Fair' because of her excessive icy reserve) was only seventeen when her parents launched her on London society, with the stern admonishment that she reserve all her charms for her excessive rich suitors. In fact, Lady Cynthia's mother, Lady Ballymere, has already set upon the repulsive, but rich, Sir James Filey as a potential husband for Lady Cynthia. But one magical night, Lady Cynthia meets Derek Whittaker at the opera. Handsome, honourable and kind, Derek is everything that Sir James is not, and fits Lady Cynthia's notion of what the ideal husband should be. But Derek is also poor, and knowing full well that her parents will never countenance Derek as a potential suitor, the dutiful Lady Cynthia deliberately cuts him out of her life even though the deed costs her a lot of pain and anguish. Now, three years later, Derek and Lady Cynthia meet again at Oldham Park, the Duke of Oldham's family estate. Derek is visiting his heavily pregnant sister, Natalie (Natalie's married to Lord Malcolm, the duke's younger son), while Lady Cynthia and her mother are guests of Lady Hannah (the duke's granddaughter & Lord Malcolm's niece). And while Lady Cynthia feels quite overwrought about meeting Derek again, esp after their painful parting, she's nevertheless quite surprised to find that the feelings he aroused in her is still there and as strong as ever. But her mother wants her to snare yet another rich young man. Suddenly the dutiful Lady Cynthia is filled with rebellious thoughts about fulfilling her own needs and desires. Can a young lady who has spent years bending towards her mother's will suddenly rebel? And does Derek still care for her, or has she destroyed whatever tender feelings he ever had for her? Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Author! September 16, 2004
By Barb
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Once again Diane Farr has created a wonderful and entertaining story. Farr's storytelling ability is exceptional as she has the ability to keep the reader's attention with her witty and humorous dialog. I have read all of her books and found each one to be entertaining, but not repetitious. I look forward to more works from this delightful author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful and Sweet Regency Romance (B Grade) May 18, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Diane Farr has written a wonderful romance with a hero that believes in love at first sight and doesn't let that love die for years. If you like beta heroes that are just too good to be true this story is for you.
Derek is a simple man. He is not a duke or any other lord. He is a secretary to one though. One night at the opera he saves Cynthia, a young lady who is hiding from her soon to be fiancé. They share some kisses and then from there on out their feelings are set forever.
But their happily ever after is not an easy one. Cynthia must marry a very rich man to save her selfish parents who spend money like there's no tomorrow. When Derek and Cynthia meet at a party, she gives him the ultimate cut and Derek is heartbroken.
Three years later they meet at a house party and Derek soon realizes things are not what they seem. The chase is on for Cynthia to become his.
Derek's pursuit of Cynthia is beyond sweet and Cynthia wants to be caught but she is constantly at odds with her mother and the guilt of her parents' spending. Derek and Cynthia find some hope with a lot of kissing. For those who don't like those passionate over the top love scenes, this book is for you and also recommended for teens.
A truly exceptional and sweet romance between two people who belong together from the moment their eyes and lips met.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and Sweet. August 11, 2006
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It was love at first sight for Mr. Derek Whittaker and Lady Cynthia Fitzwilliam, but alas, their love was not meant to be! There were too many obstacles in their path. Mainly, her father's zest for high living and horseflesh! As a daughter, duty called and whether she liked it or not, Lady Cynthia had to marry into money. Yet, as a gently raised woman, she felt very vulgar, very used, and very intimidated. Her obedient daughterly obligation was turning into serious resentment.

Derek Whittaker was a young man from a good family and he fell head over heels for the lovely, exquisite beauty known to society as the "Frost Fair." However, Cynthia Fitzwilliam was leagues above Derek Whittaker. She was the daughter of an earl and he was but a gentleman's lowly secretary. Yet, Derek hoped for more and Lady Cynthia obliged him - by giving him the direct cut!

Three years pass and the ill-fated embassy ball is now but a bitter memory. Nevertheless, fate intervenes, and again Derek Whittaker and Lady Cynthia Fitzwilliam meet. However, the details are drastically changed. Now, Derek Whittaker is the master at Crosby Hall, his ancestral estate. His sister is married to the Duke of Oldham's son and Derek is no longer a foolish young man with stars in his eyes! This time he knows, full well, that no one that can ever win Cynthia's hand . . . they can only buy it! And this time, Lady Cynthia Fitzwilliam will not humiliate and destroy him . . . too badly!


UNDER A LUCKY STAR is charming, and sweet, and watching the hero woo and pursue his ladylove is pure magic. In addition, Farr's heroine delightfully changes from an unflappable, cool girl into a warm and sparkling woman. Yet, Ms.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars not well written
As I read this book, I continually thought..."I could have written this!" I just wished I had not spent the money
Published 2 months ago by Melanie Greenway
3.0 out of 5 stars Lady Bellyache and her dutiful daughter
Under a Lucky Star is the sequel to Under The Wishing Star. This book is okay, but not as good as its prequel. Not much happens-- sometimes it's a bit boring. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mountaineer
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't bear to read it all
It was slow, the heroine was annoying, and the hero not memorable. After 4-5 chapters, I skipped to the end to see how they got together. It, too, was nothing apecial. Read more
Published on September 13, 2004 by S. Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I loved this book the characters are very well drawn and perfect for each other. Its gotten great reviews all over the web so I picked it up and thought it was great. Read more
Published on July 23, 2004 by penney
2.0 out of 5 stars bland
The romance was only so-so and the Cynthia's mother along with Cynthia's coldness was just not interesting. Read more
Published on July 22, 2004 by Annie
3.0 out of 5 stars Vanilla pudding!
This was a very nice book, but I felt it was like vanilla pudding--bland and easy to swallow. I feel it was okay, but the characters just never came to life for me. Read more
Published on July 20, 2004 by M. DETWILER
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best
I picked this book up because of the recent reviews but I have to say that it is mediocre at best. It starts out well but by the middle goes downhill. Read more
Published on May 21, 2004 by V. Bratcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic regency
In 1803, a bored Derek Whittaker wanders around the theater when he meets Lady Cynthia Fitzwilliam. He rescues her from her suitor Sir James Filey and the two soon share a... Read more
Published on April 6, 2004 by Harriet Klausner
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Diane Farr was first published at the age of eight when the local newspaper printed one of her poems. She has spent most of her life with her nose in a book -- sometimes reading, sometimes writing. Eventually she produced eight historical romances and a novella, all published by Signet Books, a division of Penguin Putnam. Her latest adventure is a teen paranormal series: The Spellspinners.

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