I was very excited when Mel approached me about this project. I’m a huge fan of her blog and this was just the latest fun idea she’d come up with. Then I had a big problem with it….how could I possibly choose just one book?
I’ve only been reading romance novels for the past four years, unless you count my all-time favorite book “Pride and Prejudice,” which I’ve loved for decades.
Stephanie Laurens has two books in my top five: “Captain Jack’s Woman” and “Devil’s Bride.” Mary Jo Putney’s “One Perfect Rose” brought me to tears – the type of sobbing where you have to reach for the Kleenex box.
And you can’t really miss with Lisa Kleypas’s Wallflower series, which led into the Hathaways. While I’m not much of a fan of modern romance, I made a huge exception for Kleypas’s Travis trilogy, which was terrific.
It was published in 2005 and is basically out of print. It’s also that rarest of romance novels: the stand-alone book, although it does get referenced in her follow-up “Much Obliged.”
There’s no family of handsome brothers. Just one Earl of Stanhope who travels to the country because his scapegrace cousin has placed a very public wager about a very private country spinster.
What Stanhope expects to find is a quiet country mouse, the sister of the local vicar. What he finds instead is the quite capable Calista Ashton, beloved by everyone in the county but extremely wary of too-handsome London earls.
It is witty, funny and extremely romantic. It is my all-time favorite romance novel. You must find one of the rare copies and read this book. About a year ago, I wrote to Ms. Benson on her website, checking to see when her next book would be out, since I’d read the three Regencies and one modern novel she’d written. She wrote back (I was thrilled), but dashed my hopes by saying she was no longer writing. Nooooooooo!
I’m still hopeful that one day she’ll change her mind. Because when you find a jewel like “Lord Stanhope’s Proposal,” you always look for more treasure.
I love this book.
Mel here. And now, as usual, I’ll introduce you to Mo, as I am allowed to call her. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing both Kellington stories, and I just fell in love with this family and with Mo’s story telling. For my reviews of her work check here and here. Now, here’s a bit about the author that you may not be familiar with YET, but I urge you to seek her work. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Maureen Driscoll is a television writer in Los Angeles whose credits include “The Dish” on the Style Network, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Nickelodeon’s “BrainSurge,” and GSN’s “Love Triangle.” She was also a recipient of a Walt Disney Studios screenwriting fellowship, where she wrote a romantic comedy based on her rather painful divorce. The script didn’t make it to the big screen, but it did teach her a few things about happily ever after.
Before moving to Hollywood, Maureen spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill. Her novel “Dating George Clooney” is a political satire inspired by her time there.
“Never Miss a Chance” is the second book in the Kellington series of Regency romances. “Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid” was the first. She can usually be found with a book in her hand, being held way too close to her face (she’s quite near-sighted). Currently she’s working on the third Kellington book and would love to hear from her readers on her Facebook fan page. Please follow her on Twitter, but if she’s not tweating, that means she’s making the Kellington family do things you may wish to read about later.
She is very, very appreciative of her readers and thanks people for taking the Kellingtons to heart.
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