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Violet (Chase Family Series Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Royal
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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A Top 10 Kindle Bestseller from a New York Times Bestselling Author!

England, 1673

The Ashcroft family motto is "Question Convention," and wallflower Violet agrees with the sentiment completely. For one thing, she's not planning to marry. Plain Violet is smart enough to realize any suitors would be after her large inheritance, or else interested in her beautiful younger sisters—and she'd much rather spend her time improving her mind than risking her tender heart...

Having wasted six years wooing a lady who eloped with another man, Ford Chase, Viscount Lakefield, has had it with women. Ford would much rather spend his time pursuing the sciences and constructing the first watch with a minute hand. Having his young niece dropped in his lap proves an unwelcome, annoying distraction…until an uncommonly intelligent neighbor named Violet comes to help…

Book Details

• Humorous historical romance
• Book Five of Lauren Royal's Chase Family Series
• Special Author's Cut Edition (revised in 2012)
• A full-length novel of 104,000 words (about 416 printed book pages)
• R-rated content: Steamy love scenes!
• Originally published by Penguin Putnam (Signet)

This Author's Cut Edition e-book has been completely revised from the original and includes Bonus Material: an Author's Note, a preview of Lauren's next book, and a link to an online contest where you can enter to win a piece of jewelry featured in one of Lauren's books.

• Top 10 Bestseller on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and Google Play!
• Rose Award Nominee!

Connecting Books

While VIOLET can be read as a stand-alone novel, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren’s books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:

Chase Family Series
1666 - AMETHYST (Colin & Amy)
1667 - EMERALD (Jason & Caithren)
1667 - FOREVERMORE (Cameron & Clarice)
1668 - AMBER (Trick & Kendra)
1673 - VIOLET (Ford & Violet)
1677 - LILY (Rand & Lily)
1677 - ROSE (Kit & Rose)

Regency Chase Family Series
1815 - LOST IN TEMPTATION (Tristan & Alexandra)
1816 - TEMPTING JULIANA (James & Juliana)
1817 - THE ART OF TEMPTATION (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael)

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Royal, author of the Jewel trilogy (Amber, etc.), offers up a straightforward 17th-century romance that, while not as substantial as her previous works, still entertains. Bluestocking Violet Ashcroft has no interest in men; she's convinced they'll only want her for her money, and besides, she wants nothing more than to publish her own work of philosophy. Her plans are overset by the arrival of her handsome neighbor, Ford Chase, who has returned to his neglected country estate with his flirtatious, five-year-old niece to dedicate himself to scientific pursuits. Ford and Violet soon fall for each other, but can Violet be sure that Ford isn't just marrying her to gain the funds necessary to improve his failing estate? Both Violet and Ford are charming in their intellectual single-mindedness, and Ford is refreshingly open about his intentions toward Violet. However, Violet's resistance to the winning Ford feels ever more contrived as the novel unfolds, and their difficulties are wrapped up too hastily, culminating when Violet undertakes a bit of subterfuge which never really bears fruit. Although Royal's playful story glosses over some of the more serious relationship issues probed in her earlier works, this breezy summer read will still satisfy her rapidly growing fan base. (Sept. 3)
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

After being dumped by his fiancee, Ford Chase decides women are not worth the trouble, so he abandons London for his country estate to work on designs for a new type of watch. Ford did not plan on bringing his young niece, Jewel, along, but he has no choice. Hoping that his neighbor's young son, Rowan Ashcroft, will prove to be a suitable distraction for Jewel, Ford encourages him to visit. Forced to accompany her young brother, Violet has no desire to act as nursemaid; but once she realizes how different Ford is from other men, Violet suddenly begins looking forward to these visits. By pairing up Ford with Violet, Royal provides a nice bridge between her previous trilogy, which focused on the Chase family, and her new series, which features the Ashcrofts. Royal deftly mixes brief appearances from historical figures and fascinating period details into the plot of her latest engaging romance, and the delightfully unconventional cast of characters gives her the chance to display her gift for understated humor. John Charles
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Product Details

  • File Size: 650 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Novelty Books (April 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WUWM8O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story! October 13, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved Violet. This book was amazing. I have never read anything by Lauren Royal, but that is going to change. She is definitely a rising star in the romance genre. Violet is the story of Violet Ashcroft, the oldest of the three Ashcroft daughters. She believes herself to be unmarriageable, because she is average. Not tall and beautiful like Rose, her middle sister, or Lily, who is a kind hearted soul, just plain average Violet.
When Lord Lakefield, Ford Chase, comes to stay at his property for awhile with his niece Jewel, she gets the chance to meet a scientist, because her youngest sibling, Rowan, becomes fast friends with Jewel. Ford shows Violet things she has never seen before, and he does some of the sweetest things in the world for her, such as making her glasses so she can see correctly. Unfortunately, both the protagonists have doubts though: Violet doesn't believe a man could ever love her without wanting her money, and Ford doesn't believe he is good enough for Violet because he doesn't have enough money.
As they find their way to love, the reader will be enthralled with the amazing research that went into this novel, and some surprising guest appearances such as Sir Isaac Newton, Robert Hooke, John Locke, and some other notable 18th century scientists. Lauren Royal definitely did her research on the Restoration Period, and it shows as historical information is weaved seamlessly into the characters' lives and interactions with each other. The reader even gets a tantalizing glimpse of her next novel, Lily, and what is in store for her.
All in all, a great historical romance novel. I picked this novel up on a whim, thinking it sounded somewhat interesting, and I was right. It was great! I am going to go back and read her Jewel trilogy now. If you are looking for a interesting, fresh perspective on the romance genre, then Lauren Royal is your ticket.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violet September 20, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Though he is a genius, Ford Chase has no idea how to be a father to his niece when he is given care of her to prevent her from contracting the measles from her siblings. Being an uncle for a little while at a time is one thing, but full time care quite another. His luck improves when his neighbor, Violet Ashcroft, gets sent over to see him, and has her brother, Rowan, who is close in age to the niece, Jewel, along.
While the two children become playmates and fast friends, Ford and Violet find they have much in common. Though neither ever thought to find love, favoring more intellectual pursuits, love begins to find them. However, Violet can not believe that anyone, especially not a handsome man as Ford is, could prefer a schlorly, plain Jane as she to her lovely sisters. Yet, he does, and shows it in little ways, like inventing glasses for her.
Ford is indeed a genius ahead of his time, and Violet can see this. She therefore tries to help him by getting his watch design patented and attempting to sell it for him. Will he be able to accept her help? Will she be able to believe in his love and put aside her determination to never wed?
This light hearted book about two people who are able to see the true beauty in others is a quick read. Like many historical romance heroines, Violet is unconventional and forward thinking who requires a special man, like Ford, to see her as someone worthy of love. Fans of Amanda Quick will find this romantic pair to be exactly their cup of tea. The story is in no way bogged down by the child element, as some books tend to be; in fact, the "romance" between Lady Jewel and Rowan is charming. Also delightful is Violet's mother; and readers will look forward to seeing her matchmaking plans for the other two daughters in upcoming books LILY and ROSE.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre July 2, 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed the historical and scientific research in this story, I also liked Ford, but I felt that Violet was a drip. Also, the overuse of the expression "Faith" (20 + times), and the constant intermingling of period and modern (slang) language really annoyed and distracted me, and prevented me from enjoying the story. I've never read any other of Lauren Royal's books, so I'm not sure I would continue with this author. I feel it odd that her research did not include the language of the time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never liked romance until I read Lauren Royal! September 24, 2002
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I don't know what it is about Lauren Royal's books -- is it the historical aspects mixed with characters I care about? Is it the steamy scenes that are evocative without being trashy? Is it the interesting plot lines that don't condescend to the reader and are actually interesting? -- but she's the first romance writer whose work I've actually enjoyed reading. The characters in the books are complex and yet easy to relate to, and there are funny scenes as well as thrilling ones. I usually opt for complex fiction titles and was happy to find that in many ways, Royal's books ARE complex fiction titles. I can't wait for the next book in the "flower" trilogy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Congratulations, Ms. Royal, you are dragging this closet romance reader out into the open. I just had to share this book with friends because the story was so fabulous. Although there is plenty of heat in the bedroom scenes, what I loved most (and what will keep me buying her books!) was that the author DID NOT put sex into the story as an after thought. It didn't appear suddenly when it seemed too many pages had gone by without a token sex scene. It was seamlessly written in precisely where it most seemed to belong and with such flawless beauty. This is romance at its best. I even found myself tearing up at one point because it was so lovely and reminded me of how I felt on my honeymoon. That's right - I was crying - while reading a sex scene! Incredible.

I was drawn into the story by its characters and the plot was beautifully done. I loved the details that went into this work as well, particularly the use of the scandalous book Aristotle's Masterpiece, as the girls sneak off to read and reread it. clever and funny. The parents in the story are adorable and really have you wanting to come back and hear more about this eccentric family. I guarantee I'll be watching for Lily's story to be released for Kindle this year. I hope it's soon. I hate waiting.
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I absolutely adore the whole Chase family series! I'm on to the next in the series - Lily!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A philosopher with no philosophy ?:
Although I enjoyed "Violet" very much as I have the other books in the series I must take issue with a student of philosophy who has developed no philosophy of her own and who at... Read more
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I absolutely loved this book. It is one of many in a series, so if you haven't started the Chase Family series, read them, you will love them.
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I decided to become a writer in the third grade (or, as my Canadian friends call it, grade three), after winning a "Why My Mother is the Greatest" essay contest and having my entry published in a major newspaper. Seeing my words in print was a thrill! But everyone told me it's too hard for novelists to get published, so after college I spent fourteen years as the CEO of my own jewelry store chain before writing my first book. A mistake? Maybe...but my first heroine, Amethyst, was a jeweler, so at least I took advantage of that wise old saying, "Write what you know." And I learned a good lesson: Don't let other people tell you what you can or can't do!

I write humorous historical romance mostly set in England and Scotland in the 17th and 19th centuries (Restoration and Regency periods). I've been oh-so-lucky to see my books hit bestseller lists all over the world, including the New York Times and USA Today lists, making this second career a real dream come true. I live in Southern California with my family and a constantly shedding cat, and I still think my mother is the greatest!

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