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Product Details

  • Series: A Honeycote Novel (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455513326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455513321
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sensual and solid, this debut is a story demanding to be read. The characters are believable and relatable, and Barton smartly blends issues of morality and Regency era social class with passion and excitement."—Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)

"Stunning and heart melting...When She Was Wicked is a beautifully written regency Romance that I fell deeply in love with! Anne Barton has succeeded in writing the perfect debut. This is a must read that you do not want to miss!"—harlequinjunkie.com

"4 stars! Delightfully smart, fun, fast-paced and just different enough for readers to take note of Barton's charming voice, this novel is filled with wry humor and compassion intrigues readers. The intrepid heroine, arrogant hero, memorable secondary characters and the colorful depiction of the era add to the reading enjoyment"—RT Book Reviews

"When She Was Wicked is a delightful debut! Anne Barton's cast of characters is charming and witty. Owen is the type of hero that readers fall in love with from the very first introduction, and Anabelle is ingenious and resourcefully cunning--a girl after my own heart."—Tiffany Clare

"Break out the bubbly for Anne Barton's delightful debut!"—Vicky Dreiling

About the Author

Anne Barton began swiping romance novels off her mom's bookshelf as a teenager, so when she had the chance to spend a semester in London-home to her favorite heroes-she packed her bags and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anne found her way back to writing the stories she loves and in 2011 won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband (who, sadly, is not a peer of the realm-but a great guy nonetheless) and her three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and caffeinated beverages of all kinds.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on January 30, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I simply loved this novel from debut author, Anne Barton. Heartwarming and sweet, this Cinderella-like romance was magical and perfect.

Anabelle Honeycote has been a bad girl. The talented seamstress learned the secrets of the ton by eavesdropping on her gossiping clients. She then used those secrets to blackmail the unsuspecting aristocracy. She desperately needed the money to support her sister and ailing mother. Her scheme was successful ...until she made the mistake of tangling with the Duke of Huntford. Caught red-handed, Anabelle makes a deal with the devil to save herself.

Owen Sherbourne , the Duke of Huntsford, turns the tables on the naughty Anabelle. Then, instead of turning her in, he offers her a deal. She will live at his family home while she creates a new wardrobe for his two young sisters. There is more to Anabelle than meets the eye. And Owen inexplicably finds himself attracted to her. He is soon crossing the boundaries of his own honor just to steal a kiss..or a touch.

Anabelle forms a bond with Owen's sisters. And dreams of a forever with Owen. She helps Owen to understand his sisters. And he becomes her knight in shining armor. Even though they both admit to their feelings, they are bound by the social strictures of society.

This story was not without outside conflict. There was a sordid mystery that surrounds the youngest sister's affliction. Adding to the conflict was a villainess with designs on the Duke.

I predict great things from this author. Anne Barton will become an author to watch. Her voice is strong and unique. Her writing is reminiscent of historical heavy-hitters such as Julia Quinn, Tessa Dare and Lorraine Heath.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Misty on February 8, 2013
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I absolutely loved Anne Barton's When She Was Wicked. Her characters were well developed, believable and likeable. Annabelle Honeycote is a seamstress in a Bond Street dress shop where she barely earns enough money to make ends meet for herself. Working for the dress shop however does not earn her enough to support her sick mother and younger sister. By working in the dress shop Belle becomes privy to the sorts of gossip that the Ton would be willing to pay to keep a secret, these secrets all Belle to add to her small income via way of blackmail. Belle has rules though, only ask those who can afford to lose a small sum, only use a target once, and do not form a personal relationship with said targets.
When bell overheard the type of gossip that could ruin the Duke of Huntford's sister, she develops full intentions to make Huntford pay to keep the gossip a secret. Owen Sherbourne, Duke of Huntford doesn't take kindly to extortion of any kind. Following his father's suicide and his mother's desertion he is tasked with raising his headstrong younger sisters. When he catches Belle in the act, he decides to make her work off her debt versus sending her to Newgate. His sisters are coming out and each needs new wardrobes. Annabelle's sweet personality helps the Huntford sisters to form a close knit bond with Belle. All Huntford wants is to do right by his family and right the wrongs from his parents mistakes. He has no intention of falling in love with Belle, but as Belle works her magic on fabric Huntford discovers a diamond in the rough. Huntford finds himself drawn to Belle's sweetness and beauty.
Barton has written one of the sweetest romances I've read in a long time. The characters are well written and easily believable. The romance between Owen and Belle is natural and not forced.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Wolff on January 29, 2013
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Miss Annabelle Honeycote has had to turn to a very unsavory way to get money to pay her mothers growing medical bills-extortion from some of her clients. As many of the woman who are getting new dresses pay her no mind, they openly talk about some of scandalous stories about the ton. So while it pains her to do it, Annabelle uses these secrets to her advantage to get some money (never exorbitant amounts!) to help take care of her mother and sister. Unfortunately, her latest target, Owen, the Duke of Huntford, refuses to just hand over some blackmail money and sets out to trap her instead. He will not tolerate any secret of his beloved sisters to be put out in society but he is very intrigued by the bespectacled woman he catches. He decides the best way to keep an eye on Annabelle is to have her make new wardrobes for his sisters while staying at his home. As much as it pains Annabelle to leave her sister and mother, she has to agree and quickly strikes up a wonderful friendship with Owen's two sisters...and finds herself desperately attracted to a man far, far above her station. How will Owen and Annabelle find a way to be together, while Annabelle holds her shameful secret from his sisters and the full truth of it from Owen? Can Owen forgive her when her secret keeping almost hurts his sister?

I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely debut! I love stories with dressmaker heroines as they fall for someone above their current lot in life and also the attention to detail about dress construction. So much work and time for one garment-and all by hand! Annabelle is determined to do what she can to help her ailing mother, who seems to be fading away and while it pains her to turn to blackmail, it works to help pay for the medicines needed.
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