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  • Decent

    Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was a decent historical romance. I found Phoebe shy and reserved but at times showed wild abandon and assertiveness. I was not crazy about her constantly mentioning how she wasn't worthy of Leo. The author consistently brings it up and produces a weak heroine because of it. Phoebe is lead by her insecurities and she allows Leo to take control of situations and push her into marriage despite her misgivings. I wish she was a strong character that would have made this novel that much more enjoyable.

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  • Loved it!

    What an exciting start to this new series by Lynne Connolly! An unexpected encounter with the Duke of Leomore, led him asking Phoebe to dance! Of course she was attending the ball with her cousin Angela, who was much sought after and she had just declined to dance with him. He turned his attention to her and led her on the floor. I adored the interaction between Phoebe and Leo! What happened next ( oh yes you will have to read and find out how it came about!), Leo announce they were engaged to try to get her out of a sticky situation! Oh my, I loved Leo.. He came to her rescue and of course it was truly just a "pretend engagement" to save her from being accussed as a thief. But what could come of it anyone? He was a Duke and she really was not in his league. Filled with humor, a mystery, murder, pretense, romance and of course the SSL Ladies, you will be carried away on a jouney until the last page. Cannot wait for more!!

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  • Historical romance mystery thriller.

    4.5 Stars. The Girl With The Pearl Pin (The Society for Single Ladies Book 1) by Lynne Connolly is a delightful historical romance that warms the heart. This is a love story brought about by a mysterious theft and a fake proposal. This fast pace story has a bit of everything including action, suspense, mystery, heartache, a slow burn romance with a lot of sweet passionate kiss scenes and some steamy open bedroom door love scenes, towards the latter part of the book. I did became distracted and thrown off with the abrupt backward change in Leo’s words and thoughts approx two thirds the way through. And, I expected and wanted to see more mention, action, and participation from the women’s crime solving club since it is the basis of the series. Overall I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more by this author. Happy Reading♥️

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  • excellent fake engagement tale

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Girl With The Pearl PIn by Lynne Connolly is the first book in her new series The Society for Single Ladies. In order to escape an unwanted suitor shy Phoebe North has come to stay with her cousin Angela Childers who is quite unique for the time, she is a banker and the leader of a group of ladies uninterested in seeking husbands, who enjoy solving crimes. George Cavendish, Duke of Leomore has been tasked by his grandmother with finding a bride and sees Angela as a likely candidate. However when Phoebe is accused of a theft she did not commit Leo steps in and says they are engaged in order to protect her reputation. They become quite close while searching for the true thief and what started off as a fake engagement may end up as something quite different. Lots of adventure some nasty villains and a lovely HEA made this book a quite enjoyable read. Medium Steam. Publishing Date September 10, 2019 #NetGalley #TheGirlWithThePearlPin #LynneConnolly #KensingtonBooks #LyricalPress #Bookstagram #HistoricalRomance

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  • A great first in a series.

    OMG, I’m in love! I do adore Leo. It’s been a while since I have read a book by Mrs Lynne Connelly and it is all my wrong doing, I purchased her last series but it went lost on my overloaded kindle shelves. I can definitively say, even if the storyline is more then great, this book is a must-read because of Leo. Never he failed Phoebe, he might have his doubts but never he lost his composure and let distrust win the game. He is a man whom never abuse from his position, he dislikes bullies and the like of them in the ton. When he sees disparaging and belittling, he stands on the side of the victims. Sure he is not flawless and makes a lot of mistakes but he does not hide behind his fault and accepts full responsibility when he does wrong. A man after my own heart, ready to let the woman who came to count a lot for him find her inner strength, to help her find her own pace and to make peace with her past. Phoebe has found in her cousin’s home a temporary respite. While her cousin is a very sought after heiress, she is a nobody, overlooked by everyone as a poor no one. Until she crosses the path of one of the most eligible bachelor. A man whom in the span of few minutes will become her Champion. For once, someone stands by her side, even if it is a temporary agreement. Both know their only one finality to their fake engagement until the need of the other began to jostle their so ascertained understanding. Each will cope differently, while Phoebe rushes straight into the lion’s den, then needs to steel herself to not give in despair, Leo asses his weapons and fights with everything he has. Sure, at time I was upset at Phoebe inability to voice her thoughts and concerns, choosing often to bend instead of standing chin up but sometimes in the plot she found her say and expresses it despite her stammering. But it is her sweet and caring personality whom attracted Leo, so difficult to fault her for loving her family and forgiving their failing until their reach a no-return step. Of course, Leo because of his past, has an issue with the emotion called love, he was a witness of what maddening love might cost. Why he is so afraid to open his heart but Phoebe without being noticed will creep slowly behind his defense walls. A lovely and very entertaining read about love beyond reason. As a first in a series, it was a great opening and I do wonder what will come next as there were aplenty of nice side protagonists. A big 5 stars rate. I was granted an advance copy by Netgalley and the publisher Kensington Books but I also purchased my own copy. Here is my true and unbiased opinion.

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