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Lord St. Claire's Angel (Classic Regency Romances Book 5) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Donna Lea Simpson
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From the author of Reforming the Rogue comes a full-length Classic Regency Romance novel celebrating the witty and romantic world made popular by Georgette Heyer.

Celestine Simons was of good family, but an untimely death and a shortage of funds forces the homely spinster to take a position as governess at the estate of Lord Langlow and his wife. Never one to bemoan her change in fortune, Celestine is content to spend her days raising and overseeing their children, knowing in her heart she will never have any of her own.

Lord St. Claire Richmond, Langlow’s brother, is a rogue and seducer, content to while away his days pursuing pleasure—and driving his brother and sister-in-law mad by reducing their female staff to lovelorn fools with his flirtations. When he learns on his annual Christmas visit that the drab Celestine was hired as governess solely to thwart his dalliances, he devises a scheme to both stir her heart and spite his family’s interfering ways.

But as his game unfolds, the cunning St. Claire discovers this conquest may be more challenging than expected when the thoughtful and intelligent Celestine begins to fire an ache in his own heart. And what began as an amusement to give the plain, timid miss an innocent thrill is turning into much more, as St. Claire realizes she may be the one giving him the thrill—and teaching him in a way only a governess can that real beauty lies beneath the surface and that true love is often found where you least expect it.

"So many emotions go along with this book. I cheered at the end!" —Negar A., Goodreads

About the Author:

Donna Lea Simpson is a nationally bestselling romance and mystery novelist with over twenty titles published in the last eleven years. Besides writing romance and mystery novels and reading the same, Donna has a long list of passions: cats and tea, cooking and vintage cookware, cross-stitching and watercolor painting among them. She lives in Canada.

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The Inspiration for Lord St. Claire's Angel
As an observer of people, I have long thought that men are getting short-changed when people refer to women as born nurterers, ignoring totally the many devoted fathers, husbands, sons and grandsons who give unstintingly of their time and love to those around them. Numerous examples abound, but I was touched by an elderly gentleman I know of who devotedly visits his wife in a nursing home twice each day to feed, bathe, talk to and comfort her. If that isn't nurturing, I don't know what is. I started wondering what kind of woman would appeal to a man with latent nurturing in his soul, and the result was the plot for Lord St. Claire's Angel. By the way, for the sharp-eyed readers who pointed out my mistakes in titles of the nobility, thank you! Thank you a thousand times. My writing has been forever affected by your intelligent criticism.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 569 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 219 Seiten
  • Verlag: Beyond the Page (3. November 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00GGMFELG
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good new author with excellent characters. 22. Dezember 1999
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I am VERY pleased to have happened on this book by a new Regency author. The plot is a bit predictable with the "poor governess/rich nobleman" theme but don't let that put you off. This book is full of interesting people you identify with or want to get to know better.
All the characters have exceptional depth for books in this genre, and I especially enjoyed the secondary ones: the details given about the heroine's aunt Emily make you long for the author to give her a book of her own. Even the antagonists in this book have lots of interesting personality traits. No one dimensional characters here!
My only complaint - and it is not unique to this author - is that she needs a crash course (or a better editor) in English titles. It was especially irritating to me that even the title of the book is wrong. Her hero is NOT Lord St. Claire, as the younger brother of a Marquess, he is Lord Justin.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Uplifting Romance 3. Mai 2000
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Celestine Simons knows she was hired as a governess not because of her skills, but because she is so plain. Her employer is trying to thwart her rakish brother-in-law, Justin, from dallying with the servants again.
Partly out of anger, Justin decides to go ahead and charm Celestine, even if she is plain. Then, he sees Celestine sing in the local choir. And everything changes.
In this book, we get to see the rake grow up. Readers can also revel in the quiet strength of its heroine. If you like Regencies that are about people, rather than romps and intrigue, try this one.
I gave this book Desert Island Keeper status at All About Romance.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A GREAT START FOR A NEW AUTHOR 18. Januar 2000
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i enjoyed this book immensely. it had a very "phantom of the opera" theme. he falls in love with her singing despite her plainess,status,and arthritic condition. i think this author has great potential
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2.0 von 5 Sternen I didn't like the hero 18. September 2007
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From the back cover:

An on-the-shelf miss...

Celestine Simons was past the age when a woman could hope to marry. Still, she counted herself blessed, for she held a good position as a governess in the household of the Marquess of Ladymead. But when the Marquess's brother, the handsom Lord Justin St. Claire, arrived for the Christmas season, Celestine's lonely heart caught fire. He was so sweet and understanding. Yet, a marriage proposal from a pleasure-seeking aristocrat had to be merely a cruel joke, if not pity for a poor spinster...

A libertine rogue...

Love was a game for the devil-may-care Lord Justin St. Claire--until he met Miss Celestine Simons. Justin never though he could be felled by cheerful good sense and intelligent conversation. He'd set out to give the plain, timid miss an innocent thrill under the kissing bough--becoming smitten with the gray-eyed beauty was the least of his intentions. But the more he denied his aching heart, the more he yearned to make Celestine his!

And my review:

I absolutely love the Regency period, so I'll buy pretty much any book from set in this time period. Unfortunately, that means I end up with a lot of books that aren't so great.

The rake falling in love with the plain spinster is an old storyline, and one of my personal favorites. But in this case, the rake wasn't charming enough. I like my rake heros to be bluster on the outside hiding a sensitive heart of gold on the inside. That wasn't the case here. Instead, this hero was totally high on himself. He sees a plain woman past her prime, hands crippled with arthritis, and decides that he will give her the thrill of her life--he will pretend to be interested in her. Yeah, leading a woman on, that's so kind of you. Not only that, but his main motivation in doing this is to annoy his sister, who purposely set out to hire a woman he'd have no interest in so that she wouldn't have to lose yet another governess to scandal. How is raising the hopes of a woman you have no intention of offering for (and doing so only to tick off your sister) romantic? It's not. It's cruel!

The last straw was when the hero sees that the town vicar might be interested in our heroine. You would think he would then back off and let her have a chance at happiness with a good man, right? Nope! He figures that it just adds an extra challenge to the game. Now he'll really be able to show his sister! (Not very mature behavior for a grown man.) Never mind that he might be ruining the heroine's one chance for a happy marriage. Never mind that he has no intention of ever marrying our heroine. Again, this is just plain cruel. I was unable to cheer for them to be together. I felt that she was far too good for him.

I would have much preferred to see him not at all interested in her, but then fall in love with her in spite of himself because her mind, intellect and spirit were so amazing. (Kind of like Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.) I guess I was expecting too much of a book which is basically the equivalent of a Harlequin romance in the Regency world. Not recommended by this reader.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen delightfully different 20. Januar 2001
Von BARBARA A. GREEN - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a really great different novel. The heroine, Celestine is not beautiful, rich or especially charming. Forced to be a governess by lack of funds and too much pride to become dependent on her aunt, she works at a job which brings her into contact with children-something she fears she will never know personally otherwise. Believing herself new but qualified for her job, she overhears her employers saying that her prime asset for the job was that she was plain and of no possible interest to the soon to visit Lord St. Claire-a handsome rake with lots of charm but little of any other qualities. As expected, the charming Lord St. Claire sees the plain jane governess and immediately understands that his sister in law is putting him in his place(away from any Christmas dalliances) and he is burned. With teaching Elizabeth(sis-in-law) a lesson, he decides to woo the little governess anyway. Is this an improbable story as another reviewer said- most likely yes, but it is a pleasure to read a story where the heroine is not a diamond of the first water and all grace personified but still able to gain a man's admiration and love. Sort of like love in real life-where not all couples match in looks or money and still marry and do well together. Besides, how many regency romance even come close to reality. Is the reader aware that either evening assemblies and dinners were held in near virtual darkness or thousands of candles applied to get some light. Bathing was not a regular occurence even for those well to do and without fans in summer -it does not take much imagination to visualize the state of clothes after a day in them. We read,most of us anyway, to escape today and return to what we want to see as a colorful, more frivolous era-it wasn't by any means and yet, how many of the books we are reading would still be read-if those facts were illuminated for us. Read this book with your eyes and your heart-it is a lovely romance. Want reality-read Les Miserables
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very readable governess-aristocrat romance 23. Oktober 2002
Von bookjunkiereviews - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This first book by Donna Simpson, an up-and-coming Canadian author with Zebra, is probably her best work to date although BELLE OF THE BALL (her fifth book, I believe) comes close. Both feature unusual heroines and somewhat atypical plots.
This book features Celestine Simons, a governess with arthritis (since she had rheumatic fever as a child) who has been hired by Lord and Lady St Claire (actually the Marquess and Marchioness of Ladymead) precisely because she is plain, arthritic and otherwise unlikely to attract attention. The Marchioness has been plagued by her brother-in-law Lord Justin St Claire (the Lord St Claire of the title), who has fallen into the habit of flirting with the pretty governesses of her two daughters. This, the Marchioness (Lady Elizabeth St Claire or Lady St Claire in the book) does not like, both from the point of view of what is considered proper and also from the point of preserving class differences.
To spite his sister-in-law, Lord Justin St Claire decides to flirt with Miss Simons. She will not respond to him, even though she is attracted by him. Then, he hears her sing in the village choir, and the two experience a rare moment of epiphany in the journey back to the house. Nevertheless, although our hero's feelings have changed about Miss Simons, his casual attitude towards flirtation and governesses have not changed (or he has not realized it). Celestine's well-married aunt Lady Sedgely (Lady Emily Delafont or Lady Delafont in the book) arrives and this precipitates a number of changes.
I liked many many things about this book, even though it was far too short to flesh out all the characters. We had the high-minded Marquess, in love with his extremely snobbish wife (whose behavior and attitudes were normal for her era and station). We had the vicar's calculating attitudes. We have the charming but imperfect (in many ways) children of the Marquess and Marchioness. We have Lady Sedgley/Delafont, whose own history is explored in Simpson's second book (LADY DELAFONT'S DILEMMA). We are also introduced to Lady Grishelda May von Hoffen (heroine of Simpson's third book LADY MAY'S FOLLY).
Since I am a lover of good secondary characterization, this book was a delight in many ways. For example, I kept worrying about the mildly retarded younger daughter after I finished the book - and someday I would like to read a book about these two sisters. Not all the secondary characters were well-rounded of course, but that is more a problem associated with the book length and its necessary constraints.
I did have one major problem with this book - the titles issue. Simpson's first book showed off her strengths (great writing ability, marvellous primary and secondary characterization, an ability to write with emotion and yet restraint about sensitive issues), and they also showed her weakness for her early books - her lack of understanding of British titles and how they work. [In fairness to the author, she has corrected her mistakes in subsequent books]. The problem with this book is that there are two Lord St Claires - the Marquess and his brother (the hero) - in this book, which leads to a misunderstanding at one point. This was a slight flaw in an otherwise nearly-perfect book, because it was completely unbelievable that the housemaids would be calling both the Marquess and his brother by the same title.
I should also add that the British did not recognize foreign titles, and Lady May von Hoffen would not be a real "Lady". At best, she might be called Countess or Baroness socially but legally she would be a mere Miss in the UK.
I have tried not to write too many spoilers, but Celestine's arthritis and her love for her pupils - the two daughters of the Marquess and Marchioness - form the cornerstone of this story. You might disagree with Celestine's actions which jeopardize her health, but they are understandable given the kind of person she was. I hope that in later books, I come across this couple again and find out how they are doing and how well "Lady Elizabeth" is reconciled to their marriage. I would also like to hear more about Celestine's background and that of her aunt.
Recommended, despite a minor flaw.
Grade = 4.4 (A-)
Breakdown = romance element graded at 4.8 (A+; 25%), writing at 4.7 (A; 25%), characterization (of protagonists and secondary characters) at 4.5 (A-; 25%), plot development at 4.2 (B+; 25%). Average = 4.6. Deduction of 0.2 for title confusion which affects the plot.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good new author with excellent characters. 22. Dezember 1999
Von Patricia Walker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am VERY pleased to have happened on this book by a new Regency author. The plot is a bit predictable with the "poor governess/rich nobleman" theme but don't let that put you off. This book is full of interesting people you identify with or want to get to know better.
All the characters have exceptional depth for books in this genre, and I especially enjoyed the secondary ones: the details given about the heroine's aunt Emily make you long for the author to give her a book of her own. Even the antagonists in this book have lots of interesting personality traits. No one dimensional characters here!
My only complaint - and it is not unique to this author - is that she needs a crash course (or a better editor) in English titles. It was especially irritating to me that even the title of the book is wrong. Her hero is NOT Lord St. Claire, as the younger brother of a Marquess, he is Lord Justin.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Uplifting Romance 3. Mai 2000
Von Anne M. Marble - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Celestine Simons knows she was hired as a governess not because of her skills, but because she is so plain. Her employer is trying to thwart her rakish brother-in-law, Justin, from dallying with the servants again.
Partly out of anger, Justin decides to go ahead and charm Celestine, even if she is plain. Then, he sees Celestine sing in the local choir. And everything changes.
In this book, we get to see the rake grow up. Readers can also revel in the quiet strength of its heroine. If you like Regencies that are about people, rather than romps and intrigue, try this one.
I gave this book Desert Island Keeper status at All About Romance.
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