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Three Wishes for Miss Winthrop by [Kennedy, Shirley]
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"Shirley Kennedy spins a tale sure to pull at the heartstrings of her readers..." 4 stars. -- Romantic Times Magazine, August, 2003

I highly recommend this enthralling tale of two lovers who meet and overcome various difficulties for themselves and loved ones. -- AOL Romance Fiction Forum, August 9, 2003

From the Author

The reviewers who caught the error in the print version are right. There was indeed a hole you could drive a truck through! I aim for  total accuracy, so believe me, I was appalled when I realized my slip up. Fortunately I was able to do a bit of rewriting for the Kindle edition, so I'm happy to announce the error is now gone.  I hope your will enjoy Three Wishes. Of all my Regencies, it's my favorite.
Shirley Kennedy

Product Details

  • File Size: 1780 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Desert Sky Publishing (April 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007U61NXA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of those books that starts out well, gets better ... and then goes downhill fast. I was happily reading along and then the characters started doing a succession of stupid acts that made me want them to walk in front of a runaway carriage. The insipid hero was dominated by his mother to such an extent that he was like an overgrown little boy without the charm. The heroine has a brother who steals a windfall amount of money from his sisters, including food money, and they don't say even boo to him afterwards. Not to mention the larger sum of the stolen amount was originally given from the collected pin money of a nice lady whose husband cheats on her. The heroine's plan to start a school inspired the lady to give her the money. Oh well. No apologies given. Then the same brother steals much more from his bank employer who trusted him and we are told the whole operation folds and many investors lose their life savings, small businesses and family security. But the heroine doesn't give them a passing thought either. She can only think about how he was a wonderful little boy and doesn't deserve to hang. Then the hero has to grovel to Prinny in order to save his dear love's brother. This already after he had to give up his career for her. Well, he realized he didn't really want it anyway. Sacrifice all for love, i.e. her. To me, this heroine was disguising selfishness under the guise of sweetness, caring and personal suffering. I despise people like this in real life, ergo my strong reaction to this pulp trash. I despised this book by the end. I read Regencies to be entertained and I expect a happy ending. There were too many injured people left in the wake of this story, even if we didn't know their names.Read more ›
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Lucy Winthrop is a hard working governess who dreams of opening an enlightened school for girls. Her unjust dismissal by her current employer, for the prejudiced reason that she is sister to a well-known campaigner for prison reform, has an unexpected result. His wife, to make up for the injustice, gives her a large sum of money. At the same time Lord Granville, knowing of the dismissal, offers her a new post with his own children with a generous wage. Flushed with her own independance, she rather rudely refuses his offer. All too soon she must eat her words and ask for the job, due to her profligate brother's theft of the money. She travels to his country estate and finds the children well provided for materially, but in need of their father's attention.
Thus the stage is set for a romance between Granville and Lucy.
A slightly melodramatic one, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.
The attraction is strong and the situation is made more impossible by Granville's political ambitions and his mother's matchmaking and dreadful arrogance.
There is a charming secondary romance involving Granville's invalid sister and her suitor who writes her very bad poetry.
Another review comments on Kennedy's historical accuracy, unfortunately this is not true. She has many things right, but her politics are woefully wrong and as she has made Granville a Whig with prime ministerial ambitions, it intrudes into the story. The worst is that she is writing of Granville as if he had to worry about being re-elected to a seat in the Commons, when he is in fact an Earl and so had a seat in the Lords.
That and other slips aside, the hero and heroine are well drawn and sympathetic. Granville maybe is better than Lucy, who is a bit too perfect and does not seem to change her views at all.
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Lucy Winthrop, a spinster and a governess of 10 years, has dreamed of opening up a school for girls. Though she has been recently dismissed, she has also stumbled onto a bit of good fortune. Due to this good fortune, she is able to turn down the position as Lord Granville's governess (he is a widower with 3 young children).
John Weston, Lord Granville, is shocked when Lucy rejects his offer of fifty pounds her annum. He is equally shocked when Miss Winthrop shows up at his door, wondering if his offer still stands. Poor Lucy Winthrop's luck just ran out, and Granville reluctantly gives her the position. As it turns out, Miss Winthrop is the best governess he's ever had.
As Lucy comes to know more about the children, she discovers how much they crave their neglectful father's attention. After Lucy goes a great service for Lord Granville, he jokingly offers her 3 wishes. But just what will Lucy wish for...?
I just LOVED this book. If I could give it 6 stars, I most definitely would. I loved everything about it. Lucy was an excellent heroine, and I could relate to her feelings. I loved Lord Granville, and the tension between the 2 characters is to-die-for. Shirley Kennedy's character developement was positivley superb!! I loved the subplot with the children. I loved the subplot with Regina, Lord Granville's invalid sister. (Her secondary romance was worthy of its own story!) Every character added to the story. Lord Granville's mother was despicable. Miss Winthrop's sister was a delight. I loved how the author wove in the "wishes." I can't remember the last time I read such a well-crafed piece of work. From the time I opened it, to the time I finished it... I could hardly put it down! The ending was one of the sweetest and most fulfilling.
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