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The Best Intentions Paperback – June 1, 1999

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When Miles Prescott's formidable sister, Winifred, descends upon Epping Manor with two eligible women in tow, the widowed earl knows his single days are numbered; but when he ends up being attracted to the sister of the woman everyone expects him to marry, things become a bit more complicated. This delightful, well-written Regency features an irrepressible heroine with a passion for architecture; a proper, still grieving hero who learns to love and laugh again; and a wealth of secondary characters, several of whom deserve stories of their own. Popular Regency writer Hern (A Garden Folly, LJ 11/15/96) lives in San Francisco.AKR
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About the Author

Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the period. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to bring her stories and characters to life. Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist). Candice's award-winning website (www.candicehern.com) is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers interested in the era will find an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, articles on Regency fashion, research links, and much more. It is the only author website listed among the online resources for the Jane Austen Centre in England. Visit www.candicehern.com for more information on all Candice's books, including excerpts and a look "behind the scenes" of each novel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451195736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451195739
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,918,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kimberly Borrowdale on January 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Rejoice--Candice Hern is back with her best one yet!
Miles Prescott, Earl of Strickland, always welcomes his sister Winifred for visits home to Epping Hall, but this time, in addition to her husband and sons, she is also bringing along two distant cousins: one young lady just about to make her debut, and her chaperone, a widow. Miles knows that whatever matchmaking plans Winifred has won't be easy to thwart. He asks his friend and neighbor, Joseph Wetherby, to also join them to make the numbers even. Miles, a widower, knows that he should remarry to provide his daughters with a mother and also to try to beget an heir, but a chit just out of the schoolroom isn't what he had in mind--perhaps the widowed chaperone...?
Hannah Fairbanks does not want a Season in London, nor to become a lady. Though she is nearly twenty, she is interested only in her studies of ancient architecture. The only reason she agrees to go to Epping Hall is to visit the nearby St. Biddulph's, a church built in Saxon times. She will never be a charming beauty like her older sister Charlotte and she doesn't wish to marry, so why must she learn all those rules of proper behavior--why can't she just be herself?
Hannah steals the show with her innocent, delightful enthusiasm for historic buildings, keeping children amused, and making people smile. It is a joy to join her on this leg of her journey of self-discovery. The romances (yes, more than one) build slowly, but build they do in sometimes surprising ways. Ms. Hern has a special knack for creating a marvelous blend of incredibly true-to-life, sympathetic characters; touching scenes and emotion; and subtle humor. THE BEST INTENTIONS will send Candice Hern to the top of the Regency charts.
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Lady Winifred Tyndall sends a letter to her brother the Earl of Strickland inofrming him of her plans to visit with him with her children and her husband's two cousins. Miles Prescott's, Earl of Strickland, is in his early 30's widowed with two daughters and imediately senses his sisters plans to wed him off to one of them.

The very proper Lady Charlotte Abingodon is a widow and is accompanied by her nineteen year old sister Miss Hannah Fairbanks. Miss Fairbanks is fun, bookish and interested in architecture and is very different from her stuffy and ladylike sister. The Earl must choose which of the sisters would be the best mother for his daughters and then realizes his own heart in the process.

Came across her books as it was a recommendation on my kindle. Its a good regency story with clean romance(only passionate kisses)
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By Debbie on February 17, 2013
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A good story that holds your interest. Lacked a bit of depth but it was enjoyable. Not bogged down with sexual graphics but a little too light in the romance area. It was my first book by this author. Decided to try her when a review compared her to Barbara Metzger. Though there are some similarities and the story held my interest, I couldn't agree with that review. Overall an enjoyable story but felt the ending came suddenly and too early. The story just didn't grab me but was good enough that I'm trying another.
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I won't even try to write a better review, I couldn't improve on what's been written. I just wanted to add my vote for a great book with an incredible price. Best 99¢ book I have yet seen!
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I haven't read Candace Hern before, but this is a sweet and amusing little book. It's well written, and the author clearly knows her history, which is a nice change from the majority of regency romances written today. The characters are not terribly complex, but neither is the plot a complete cliche, and if you don't mind your romances without sex, reading it is an easy and pleasurable way to spend a couple of hours.
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I just want to say what a delightful read this was! I have been on the hunt for new authors or better yet authors I was not familiar with but I enjoyed and have a nice back list, Ms Hern fit that criteria.

You don't have to have read the other book in this series to thoroughly enjoy these characters. There are lovely twists of the unexpected here, the characters are well developed and fun to be with. Enjoy a romp with a lovely Regency writer. I won't even address the 1 star review, Ms Hern's writing does remind me of a modern Georgette Heyer. If I have one complaint it would be that the story ended too soon. I can't wait to read the larger stand alone book from Ms Hern.

At this price point it is well worth the money to find a new author or better yet revisit an author you enjoyed. Happy reading now.
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I found this book entirely charming, clean enough to recommend to anyone, and with a core of honest affection that I sometimes miss.

Miles is a grieving widower who loved his wife very much. However, he has decided to remarry, and given his emotional state, he thinks it would be unfair to marry a young woman who expects the kind of passion he no longer feels like he can supply.

Hannah is a clumsy, impetuous nerd. She really is. She has an enormous geek on about architecture, and I find it entirely charming that the author has obviously done a ton of research in order to make her more expert at this than anyone in the book. She is trying very hard to be a lady in the mode of the day, but she just can't do it.

This could easily be one of those romances where the older, experienced hero falls in love with the madcap girl and it feels weirdly paternalistic (These Old Shades, I love you, but you are That Book). Instead, Hannah teaches Miles things about himself as he teaches her that she is lovable just as she is.
"He kissed her lightly on the mouth. "I'll tell you why. You strip me of everything false and unimportant. You free me. You liberate me. You make me want to fly. You make me want to soar up into your dazzling light."
She laughed. "My what?""

I love everything about that passage. I love that he clearly explains the benefit TO HIM of their relationship, I love that she laughs at his overblown language, I love that she is not made speechless by his kiss.

I am eager to read more of this author!

Read if: you like knowing why people love each other, you love nerdgirls.

Skip if: Um, you don't like romances?
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