- File Size: 4012 KB
- Print Length: 301 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Night Shift Publishing (August 3, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 3, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0103H442E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,598 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
My Enchanting Hoyden (A Once Upon A Rogue Novel Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Suffering a broken heart & the sudden death of her mother all Jemma Adair wants is to continue working the bakery her mother started. Men & marriage have no place in her life. Until the appearance of her grandfather demanding she & her sister return to England with him & make their debuts. To make matters worse he has given his approval of a marriage between her & Lord Gilmore. Knowing she needs his money to support herself & her sister she agrees – all the while planning on doing everything in her power to get this lord to break the contract.
Philip & Jemma make an agreement – he will help her rid herself of Lord Gilmore & she will give him lessons in becoming a rake to woe a wife. When things happen where Jemma needs him, Philip always choses helping Jemma instead of pursuing a wife – a shame that Jemma is not a candidate as her grandfather is not providing a dowry for either girl. Jemma swore she would never trust another man – why then does she constantly rely on Philip when things go wrong?
With the help of a pair of matchmakers could something develop between the two? Will a series of mishaps & misunderstandings threaten to destroy whatever could be between them? Will Philip decide he is not willing to forego love? When Jemma learns the past is not what she thought it was will she learn to trust?
Julie Johnstone quickly became a favorite author & My Enchanting Hoyden is just another example of why. Ms. Johnstone with have you laughing, crying & wanting to smack Philip AND Jemma. Be prepared for a fun story!
We start off with Heroine Jemma Adair working or should be working in her mother’s bakery but alas her mind is elsewhere. She’s focused on the whereabouts of her love, Will, whom she’d three days prior, given her innocence. She’s desperately awaiting the shop’s bell to ring and announce his arrival and his undying love for her and to take her as his wife. The bell does ring, however, she’s greeted by her mother and sister, Anne. Her mother had always warned Jemma about men and their mistreatment of women and that they can’t be trusted, having such a bad experience with the girls’ father and her heart being torn in two, she didn’t want to see the same fate occur to her girls. However, Jemma had hope that, Will would be different. It was only moments later, that Jemma learns the truth about Will, he’s headed to a life of being a highly successful lawyer and has a true lady society and wealth hanging on his arm… he breaks off with Jemma, taking not only her innocence but her trust and faith in men as well.
Debt collectors soon show up at the door of the bakery with warning to Jemma’s mother that she has mere days to pay the debts, lest she lose the bakery forever. Having heard all of this, she collapses and sadly leaves the girls behind to handle the debt and the bakery without her. In desperation and alone, Jemma reaches out to her grandfather the Duke. He comes through for her and Anne and agrees to take them to England, but on one condition; the girls must become proper ladies in six months’ time. Jemma wants nothing to do with marriage and men, that is until she meets Lord Hawthorne, Philip De Vere. Stuck in his own financial debts and taking care of his mother, Philip needs to marry for money, but his heart is that of a poets and romance speaks to his soul and he wants to marry for love… true love. Uncertain that he will ever find it and get out of his debts, that is until he meets Miss Jemma Adair. Can Jemma learn to love and see that not all men are heartless and cold? Will Philip be able to find a wife that he can love and share beautiful romantic and passionate evenings with? Will true love ever come to them?
Julie Johnstone’s writing is phenomenal in this tale of passion and love. She brings us characters that have such deep and vast personalities, the heroine Jemma is strong and courageous, with a witty and a sassy sense of humor, the hero, Philip De Vere is deeply romantic and passionate and is a true man of his word. Johnstone provides us with such deep and detailed historical accuracy and her scenery is out of this world, such intricate detail that she just draws the reader in and brings them back to Regency England.
If you’re looking for a deeply passionate and well written historical romance to escape into another time and place, then this is the book for you!
I really enjoyed this book because the grandfather character developed and was so real that you felt you knew and would love to have him for your grandfather! This book evolves and as it does finally near the end the whole "looking glass" and thoughts these two sisters had of their mother, father and grandfather takes a sharp turn and the girls have to adjust to the change.
Just when you think everything will be settled--a new twist happens and while I wanted to give the heroine a swift kick to get her head in the right place--it was more realistic the way it was written. The lover's story develops and grows as they do. This is a great series with characters that you can believe in and are true to their type.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good relaxing "mental vacation" as I call good historical romance!