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    Good read

    Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake is a childless widow at 22 because of a shipwreck. She and two other widows start a school to teach 9 young girls whose families were also affected by the accident. She buys a house with a separate building that can be turned into a boarding school. There are a few problems. One is an extremely nosy neighbor (she has has a spyglass to better see what is happening), the other is the very attractive (and single) Lyon Marksworth, the Earl of Lyonwood. Sparks fly, arguments ensure, and whoopee is made. Infertility is dealt with and the title is safe. I liked Lyon more than I liked Adeline. I am looking forward to Kit and Brina’s stories.
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    The Earl Next Door

    Adeline is a Countess and a widow. Lyon Marksworth is a Duke and his son is the Earl. Adeline and her friends are going to open a school for girls who need help. Now she is looking for goods from the Salty Dove. Adeline's husband was on the ship and she is glad he is down. Lyon is her neighbor and she Lady Wake is mad because Lyon's friends are playing cards. She is stuck outside in the rain! Now she has 2 girls going next door into Lyon's bath! Adeline is going for dresses Balls for the first TON! Adeline refuses to marry Lyon. This is from a child of her dead husband. This is a lot of tears and yelling ! I would recommend this book for you to read! Give this book a chance!
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    Wonderful characters, second chance at love

    This story kept me reading. Adeline was a delight with her determination to run her life her way, to stay independent. I also loved how she went against expectations. Lyon was so patient with her though he did have his designs on her. The attraction between them was strong and good for both. I enjoyed the other widows as well and look forward to their stories. I recommend this story. I received a copy of this through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
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    Delightful Story

    A delightful romance filled with humor and two people who hold an attraction but are at cross purposes. Lady Adeline had become a widow at twenty two and after two years all she could think was the relief not to be married any long to her cruel husband. Meeting ladies who had also lost their husbands in the same way she had, a sinking ship, they decide to open a school for the children of the sailors from the incident. Lord Lyon, her next door neighbor, mistakes what he sees with ladies coming and going and bringing in bedding for the school. Oh yes, he thought it was to be a brothel! So needless to say their first meeting was high drama! But the attraction was there and in the end he wanted to marry her. Of course she wants none of that but as they spend time together, it is great to see how their desire ignites! A wonderful start to a new series, this set the background and introduced secondary characters that will be seen in the coming books! Really enjoyed and looked forward to more!
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    Loved this book

    Adeline's husband died when he went down on a ship called the Salty Dove. She is now a beautiful widow, who with two of her widowed friends start a school for the girls whose brother, father or some other relative were on the ship when it went down. They saw the need to help the girls learn to read and write and to learn a trade so they can support themselves. The only problem is Lyon, the Earl of Lyonwood who happens to be her neighbor. It has been reported that since a large number of beds were being delivered, it must be a bordello. When Adeline, the Dowager Countess of Wake was mistaken for the madam of this so called house of ill repute, she slaps him across the face. Lyon was intrigued by this woman. He wants a wife who will love him as he will love her. Part of the reason that she was picked by Wake to marry was that he wanted a heir. He tortured her and was cruel to her, and she still did not get pregnant . The chemistry and attraction sizzles between Adeline and Lyon. I loved the caring between the two, but Lyon took my heart with the love and support he gave to her. I received this book from Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read this wonderful book. Loved it. They is so much more but I don't want to give away the plot.
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