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The perfect match may be closer than they imagine... Despite her disastrous London debut, Millicent Edgebrook has proven skilled at securing matches—for every young lady but herself. Resigned to spinsterhood, and eager to gain independence from her lovable but eccentric uncle, Millie joins the Everton Domestic Society. Her first assignment: find a bride for Preston Knowles The perfect match may be closer than they imagine... Despite her disastrous London debut, Millicent Edgebrook has proven skilled at securing matches—for every young lady but herself. Resigned to spinsterhood, and eager to gain independence from her lovable but eccentric uncle, Millie joins the Everton Domestic Society. Her first assignment: find a bride for Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton. How difficult can it be to secure a match for a handsome, eligible aristocrat? As difficult, it seems, as resisting her own attraction to the duke... Preston has promised himself not to be ruined by love. After being rebuffed by two perfectly respectable candidates, he'd rather remain happily single for the rest of his life...if only his mother would let him. Yet suddenly, he's fantasizing about the lovely matchmaker she's hired—the least suitable bride imaginable. Millie's past is shrouded in scandal, and the Everton Society forbids relations between employees and clients. But even with so many obstacles against them, Preston longs to convince the woman he adores that love trumps rules every time...


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The perfect match may be closer than they imagine... Despite her disastrous London debut, Millicent Edgebrook has proven skilled at securing matches—for every young lady but herself. Resigned to spinsterhood, and eager to gain independence from her lovable but eccentric uncle, Millie joins the Everton Domestic Society. Her first assignment: find a bride for Preston Knowles The perfect match may be closer than they imagine... Despite her disastrous London debut, Millicent Edgebrook has proven skilled at securing matches—for every young lady but herself. Resigned to spinsterhood, and eager to gain independence from her lovable but eccentric uncle, Millie joins the Everton Domestic Society. Her first assignment: find a bride for Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton. How difficult can it be to secure a match for a handsome, eligible aristocrat? As difficult, it seems, as resisting her own attraction to the duke... Preston has promised himself not to be ruined by love. After being rebuffed by two perfectly respectable candidates, he'd rather remain happily single for the rest of his life...if only his mother would let him. Yet suddenly, he's fantasizing about the lovely matchmaker she's hired—the least suitable bride imaginable. Millie's past is shrouded in scandal, and the Everton Society forbids relations between employees and clients. But even with so many obstacles against them, Preston longs to convince the woman he adores that love trumps rules every time...

30 review for A Lady's Escape

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Everton Domestic Society #2 Publication Date: 10/2/18 This was a wonderfully well-written, well-planned and well-executed book. While this is book two in the series, I have not read the first book and it did not detract from my enjoyment of this story. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters – especially Millicent and Preston. You can really identify with where each of them is coming from and you can see why each loves the other. Millicent Edgebrook was ruined during her first season and Series: Everton Domestic Society #2 Publication Date: 10/2/18 This was a wonderfully well-written, well-planned and well-executed book. While this is book two in the series, I have not read the first book and it did not detract from my enjoyment of this story. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters – especially Millicent and Preston. You can really identify with where each of them is coming from and you can see why each loves the other. Millicent Edgebrook was ruined during her first season and while nobody knew, she still removed herself from the marriage mart because she knew no husband would want to marry a bride who was not pure. She has other plans for her life besides marriage. First, she is going to become an Everton Lady and then she is going to travel, do good works and help people. She has a very poor opinion of all of the men of the ton because of her experience when she was just sixteen. Millie was raised by her sweet, loving, lovable and very eccentric uncle who is ridiculed by the ton. Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton is a nice, sweet, loving, respectful man who is trying very hard to find a wife. He doesn’t necessarily expect love in his marriage, but he would at least like to like and respect his wife. However, he has proposed twice – and been refused twice. He can’t do that again. So, his mother hires the Everton Domestic Society to help him find the perfect duchess – one that will accept his proposal. Millicent was so very nervous when she went to the Everton Domestic Society for her interview, but could only be honest in her answers to the questions. It turned out that she had a skill! She is a natural matchmaker and has found matches for all of her friends. So, her first assignment as an Everton Lady is to help the Duke of Middleton find a bride and she is determined to be successful in her assignment. Reluctantly, Preston agrees to his mother’s request to allow Everton’s to assist in his quest for a bride – after all – he certainly hasn’t done too well by himself. It isn’t too long after their first meeting that Preston realizes his attraction to Millicent and that attraction just continues to grow. He recognizes it for what it is – love – but he has to be careful because she is adamant that she won’t marry and that she has other plans for her life. Those plans don’t include marriage. He knows he has to take it slow, but it is so hard because the attraction is so strong – and he thinks she is attracted to him as well. Preston follows Millicent’s plans just as she has them laid out – but – at the same time, he steals time alone with her and dances with her – whatever he can do to have alone time with her and to encourage her to feel as much as he does. I loved watching the two come to their HEA and Preston was absolutely precious. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and I hope you will as well. Please check out my reviews at: Blog: https://flippinpages.blog/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flippinpages... Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlippinPagesRev Twitter: https://twitter.com/BarbBookReview "I requested and received this e-book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."

  2. 4 out of 5

    N.N. Light

    Millicent has the uncanny ability to find suitable husbands for her friends but can’t seem to secure one herself. After a horrendous debut and no eligible suitors, she’s okay with spinsterhood. She applies and is accepted as an Everton Lady. Her first assignment is finding a bride for the Duke of Middleton. Little does Millie realize, she’s the one the Duke wants as his bride. Preston is tired of searching and wooing an eligible match, only to have his proposals rejected. When he discovers his m Millicent has the uncanny ability to find suitable husbands for her friends but can’t seem to secure one herself. After a horrendous debut and no eligible suitors, she’s okay with spinsterhood. She applies and is accepted as an Everton Lady. Her first assignment is finding a bride for the Duke of Middleton. Little does Millie realize, she’s the one the Duke wants as his bride. Preston is tired of searching and wooing an eligible match, only to have his proposals rejected. When he discovers his mother has hired a matchmaker, he’s furious. But the more time he spends with Millie, the harder Preston falls in love with said matchmaker. She’s intelligent, beautiful and makes his blood heat with desire. When he hints it’s her he wants, Millie thrusts him into the arms of another. Will Preston make Millie see how well-matched they are for each other or will his heart be broken yet again? I’ve loved Preston ever since Foolish Bride and I’m so glad he finally got a woman worthy of him. He’s got the patience of Job, I swear. Millie’s attempt to thwart his affection only makes him yearn for her. Millie’s intelligence and love of chess made me cheer. They both have gone through heartbreak and loss but are stronger for it. In classic Fenichel’s style, the characters are well-conceived with plenty of misconceptions to overcome. The dance Preston and Millie play kept me engaged. The plot moves along nicely, and I inhaled the story in two days. I can’t wait for the next in the series. Disclaimer: I received an ARC via Netgalley from Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press in the hopes I’d review it. Favorite Character/Quote: Preston. I’ve always liked him as a hero and in this story, we delve into the man behind the title. He’s quite modern in his ideas which I found refreshing. My Rating: 5+ stars Reviewed by: Mrs. N This review first appeared: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/si...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    A Lady's Escape by A.S. Fenichel is book Two in the Everton Domestic Society Series. This is the story of Millicent 'Millie' Edgebrook and Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton. I have read the previous book, but feel this can be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Millie didn't succeed at her coming out and actually had a disastrous time. Now working towards being independent has joined the Everton Domestic Society. Millie's first assignment is to find a wife for Preston which being a Duke sho A Lady's Escape by A.S. Fenichel is book Two in the Everton Domestic Society Series. This is the story of Millicent 'Millie' Edgebrook and Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton. I have read the previous book, but feel this can be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Millie didn't succeed at her coming out and actually had a disastrous time. Now working towards being independent has joined the Everton Domestic Society. Millie's first assignment is to find a wife for Preston which being a Duke should make things pretty easily. Preston is being pressed to marry but he isn't ready to do so. Although he is finding Millie to be someone he could be interested in, but with her scandalous past... not someone that should be for him. Really enjoyed reading their story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Despite her disastrous London debut, Millicent Edgebrook has proven skilled at securing matches—for every young lady but herself. Resigned to spinsterhood, and eager to gain independence from her lovable but eccentric uncle Francis, Millie joins the Everton Domestic Society. Her first assignment is to find a bride for Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton. Preston has promised himself not to be ruined by love. After being rebuffed by two perfectly respectable candidates, he’d rather remain happily Despite her disastrous London debut, Millicent Edgebrook has proven skilled at securing matches—for every young lady but herself. Resigned to spinsterhood, and eager to gain independence from her lovable but eccentric uncle Francis, Millie joins the Everton Domestic Society. Her first assignment is to find a bride for Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton. Preston has promised himself not to be ruined by love. After being rebuffed by two perfectly respectable candidates, he’d rather remain happily single for the rest of his life but his mother has other ideas. Yet suddenly, he’s fantasizing about the lovely matchmaker she’s hired—the least suitable bride imaginable. The Everton Society forbids relations between employees and clients. I was thrilled to read Preston’s story as I’d been waiting & hoping for it ever since I read ‘Foolish Bride’ & he’s still as gorgeous as he was before, he's so loyal & honourable. Millie is a strong woman who longs to travel & not be come the property of a man. A well written engrossing read. The characters are well formed & the pace of the story was very good. Whilst Preston & Millie were instantly attracted to each other she resisted her feelings far more than he did. They also really liked each other & became firm friends & gradually revealed their secrets to each other. Their budding romance was a joy to read, throw in cameo roles from previous characters, a dog & a kitten & I was happy. I look forward to more in the series. My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    The Everton Domestic Society provides assistance to discerning employers seeking unusual solutions. The Everton Ladies are carefully selected for their abilities to solve the most tangled of problems. Finding a young, handsome, wealthy duke a wife? Honestly, it should be a simple assignment for skilled matchmaker Millicent Edgebrook. Having given up on ever finding a match for herself, Millie is sure she can help Preston, Duke of Middleton. Of course, things don’t go to plan. Preston’s a discerni The Everton Domestic Society provides assistance to discerning employers seeking unusual solutions. The Everton Ladies are carefully selected for their abilities to solve the most tangled of problems. Finding a young, handsome, wealthy duke a wife? Honestly, it should be a simple assignment for skilled matchmaker Millicent Edgebrook. Having given up on ever finding a match for herself, Millie is sure she can help Preston, Duke of Middleton. Of course, things don’t go to plan. Preston’s a discerning gentleman who finds himself curious as to why a beautiful, intelligent lady like Millicent thinks herself unmarriageable. And while the young ladies she advises him to consider are everything eligible and attractive, it’s the woman he can’t have who he’s becoming more intrigued by every day. Things come to a head at a house party he throws to determine the characters of his potential brides, and eventually Preston comes to the realization that only Millie will do for his duchess. The course of true love, as usual, doesn’t run entirely smoothly, but all the issues are resolved most satisfyingly and without having to take enormous leaps of logic to imagine it actually happening. I totally believed in Millie and Preston’s romance, from their chess games to the way he supported her ambitions to be more than ‘merely’ a wife and mother. It’s not just Preston who has other potential love interests; an ‘old flame’ of Millie’s does come on the scene too, but it transpires he basically ruined her reputation back in her first season. And when I say ‘basically’, what I mean is ‘date-rape’ so you should be careful if that’s a trigger for you. There’s nothing explicitly spelled out but it’s more than clear that is what happened. Millie admits to Preston what happened and he is of course outraged on her behalf, but I loved him even more for letting Millie deal with the evil ex on her own terms. Bearing that trigger in mind, I’d still give this five stars. It’s a great read with a really strong heroine and a charming hero, who deserve to find happiness together. Though it’s second in the series and characters from the first do make an appearance, it can certainly be read as a standalone. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lori D

    Just let me say upfront, I loved this story and also the first book in the series "A Lady's Honor" but each can be read as a standalone. Millicent Edgebrook is done with the marriage mart. Every time she gets to know a gentleman she finds he is perfect for one of her friends! Yes she seems to be a matchmaker but cannot find her own match! She decides to step out and be independent so she applies for a job at the Everton Domestic Society and is hired on the spot. Her first case is to find a bride Just let me say upfront, I loved this story and also the first book in the series "A Lady's Honor" but each can be read as a standalone. Millicent Edgebrook is done with the marriage mart. Every time she gets to know a gentleman she finds he is perfect for one of her friends! Yes she seems to be a matchmaker but cannot find her own match! She decides to step out and be independent so she applies for a job at the Everton Domestic Society and is hired on the spot. Her first case is to find a bride for Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton who has already had some problems himself. Millie and Preston were both such lovable characters. As she worked with him an attraction arose which each of them tried to resist. There are such wonderful secondary characters that also add so much to this tale. Will these two find love together or are they fated for others? I look forward to every book by this author and I am never disappointed. This held all the elements of humor, intrigue and of course love. Trust me, you will love it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dmcl

    A wonderfully written book that will provide the reader with hours of reading pleasure and a great insight into the mores and taboos of society in this regency era. It’s a wonder that romance could flourish at all in a time when to even address a member of the opposite sex by his or her first name could cause scandal, but flourish it did as witnessed by our heroine and hero Millicent and Preston. A beautifully written story that captures the climate and tone of regency England with all its snoot A wonderfully written book that will provide the reader with hours of reading pleasure and a great insight into the mores and taboos of society in this regency era. It’s a wonder that romance could flourish at all in a time when to even address a member of the opposite sex by his or her first name could cause scandal, but flourish it did as witnessed by our heroine and hero Millicent and Preston. A beautifully written story that captures the climate and tone of regency England with all its snooty rules. Imagine the scandal surrounding a stolen kiss or a quick embrace! Millicent is an intelligent and independent woman who wants to make a difference in the world. Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton, is a forward thinking noble who refuses to be bound by societal restrictions. Together, they smolder with unspoken feelings and simmering passion. This is a book you won’t be able to put down.Their love grows and their HEA is very satisfying to see. Highly recommended to all lovers of Regency Romance.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    A Lady’s Escape by A. S. Fenichel is a refreshing love story that will have you rooting for the romance in no time. This is the second book in the series and while you do not need to read the first one, I did just to get more of the background. In this one we meet Millicent Edgebrook. A lady who has become destined for spinsterhood by her inability to find love for herself. However, Millie is great at matchmaking and decides that she wants to join the Everton Domestic Society. Her first assignme A Lady’s Escape by A. S. Fenichel is a refreshing love story that will have you rooting for the romance in no time. This is the second book in the series and while you do not need to read the first one, I did just to get more of the background. In this one we meet Millicent Edgebrook. A lady who has become destined for spinsterhood by her inability to find love for herself. However, Millie is great at matchmaking and decides that she wants to join the Everton Domestic Society. Her first assignment with them is to find a bride for Preston Knowles, the Duke of Middleton. It becomes clear that Preston has fallen for Millie but she has been hurt before. Millie decides that throwing Preston in the arms of another lady is the best thing to do. What does Preston do to show his love for Millie? Everton will not allow their romance because Millie works for them. I do not want to spoil the outcome for other reader but want to say that while romance is not really my favorite genre this book was one that could change that. The author writes with great detail and descriptive powers that will keep you enthralled from the beginning to the end. This is a great love story and maybe, just maybe thee is a Preston out there for all of us.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    For me, the best of the series so far. Loved it! 5☆

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Though not the first book in this series, this lovely story stands alone. But like me, you will definitely want to go back and read what was missed previously. I found this to be a very sweet romance. However, do not confuse sweet with boring. The romance between Millicent and Preston began as a business arrangement, moved to friendship, erupted in passion and blossomed into love. Millicent (not "Millie" to Preston) was an Everton Lady, hired by Preston's mother to help him find a bride after two Though not the first book in this series, this lovely story stands alone. But like me, you will definitely want to go back and read what was missed previously. I found this to be a very sweet romance. However, do not confuse sweet with boring. The romance between Millicent and Preston began as a business arrangement, moved to friendship, erupted in passion and blossomed into love. Millicent (not "Millie" to Preston) was an Everton Lady, hired by Preston's mother to help him find a bride after two rejections. Millicent was great in setting up her potential suitors for matches...for her friends, not herself. She vows to stay single. Preston is adverse to being set up, but Millicent is determined to be successful in her task. She is successful; she just didn't realize that Preston decided that she was meant to be his. This story is filled with yearning, excitement and friendship turning into love. There is no way you can read this book and NOT feel satisfied and happy. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Nantus

    The second book in the Everton Domestic Society is as much fun as the first - and a definite page-turner! Millicent Edgebrook is, in a way, all of us - the woman who helps set up her friends but can't find a husband for herself. But unlike all of us, she doesn't have the luxury of sitting back and relaxing - in British society she's getting past her prime at the ripe old age of 24! But Millicent is fine with the idea of being single - devoted to her uncle, an eccentric inventor, she takes a job w The second book in the Everton Domestic Society is as much fun as the first - and a definite page-turner! Millicent Edgebrook is, in a way, all of us - the woman who helps set up her friends but can't find a husband for herself. But unlike all of us, she doesn't have the luxury of sitting back and relaxing - in British society she's getting past her prime at the ripe old age of 24! But Millicent is fine with the idea of being single - devoted to her uncle, an eccentric inventor, she takes a job with the Everton Domestic Society with her first assignment being to find Preston Knowles, the Duke of Middleton, a suitable wife. Hired on by Preston's mother, she at first finds the Duke reluctant to entertain her presence... but quickly they both discover they have more in common than they think. The first book was a delight, now it's a wonderful guilty pleasure - these books are a fantastic read because of the strong women inside the pages - from the Duke's mother to Millicent to her persistent maid, there are no weak women here - just survivors trying to negotiate British Society where a woman was expected to get married and disappear inside the home. Millicent wants to change the world, and woe betide the man who wants to hold her back. But love has a way of breaking down all barriers... Highly recommended!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    A lady's Escape Everton Domestic Society #2 A.S. Fenichel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Millicent Edgebrook is very good at securing matches. For everyone but herself. She has resigned herself to spinsterhood, and eager to gain independence from her Uncle, Millie decides to join the Everton Domestic Society. Her first assignment: find a bride for Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton. How difficult can it be? Preston has promised himself he will not be ruined by love. He's feels he's rather practical especially since he's b A lady's Escape Everton Domestic Society #2 A.S. Fenichel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Millicent Edgebrook is very good at securing matches. For everyone but herself. She has resigned herself to spinsterhood, and eager to gain independence from her Uncle, Millie decides to join the Everton Domestic Society. Her first assignment: find a bride for Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton. How difficult can it be? Preston has promised himself he will not be ruined by love. He's feels he's rather practical especially since he's been turned down for marriage by two other Ladies. Now he would rather remain happily single for the rest of his life, but his Mother has other plans for him. Now he finds himself fantasizing about the lovely matchmaker she's hired and she is the least suitable bride you could imagine. Millie's past is surrounded in scandle, and the Everton Society forbids relations between employees and clients however Preston longs to convince Millicent that none of it matters to him and love will always prevail. A.S. Fenichel is simply fantastic. She weaves us a story of forbidden love in a time when the rules of society were incredibly difficult. I was hooked from the moment I started reading and hard a hard time putting the book down and going back to daily life. This story left me satisfied with a wistful smile on my face.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Millicent Edgebrook has great matchmaking skills , for her friends but not herself. She has been living with her uncle who loves her dearly but she feels that she needs more to do as it seems she will be a spinster. She is a new employee of the Everton Domestic Society. Due to her matchmaking skills, she is hired by the Dowager Duchess of Middleton to find a bride for her son,  Preston Knowles, the Duke of Middleton. Preston is attracted to Millicent and she to him, but her job is to find him a Millicent Edgebrook has great matchmaking skills , for her friends but not herself. She has been living with her uncle who loves her dearly but she feels that she needs more to do as it seems she will be a spinster. She is a new employee of the Everton Domestic Society. Due to her matchmaking skills, she is hired by the Dowager Duchess of Middleton to find a bride for her son,  Preston Knowles, the Duke of Middleton. Preston is attracted to Millicent and she to him, but her job is to find him a wife befitting his station. With her help, he picks three brides he may be interested in. She helps set up events where he may be able to get to know them. The third lady is perfect for him and she expects to hear they are betrothed when she is called back to her uncle's house due to an accident.  She never expects to hear from him again, then he shows up at her uncle's house. Will he marry the perfect lady for him? If so, which lady is it? Great read. Loved this book and the storyline rocked. I received this book from Net Galley and Kensington Books for a honest review and no compensation otherwise.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Millicent Edgebrook has resigned herself to being a spinster. She had a disastrous first season and has discovered an ability for matchmaking - by matching would-be suitors with her friends. All she wants is her independence from her kind but eccentric uncle. Millie seeks employment with the Everton Domestic Society. Her first assignment is to find a bride for Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton. Preston was rebuffed by two perfectly respectable ladies. He has decided that he would prefer to rema Millicent Edgebrook has resigned herself to being a spinster. She had a disastrous first season and has discovered an ability for matchmaking - by matching would-be suitors with her friends. All she wants is her independence from her kind but eccentric uncle. Millie seeks employment with the Everton Domestic Society. Her first assignment is to find a bride for Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton. Preston was rebuffed by two perfectly respectable ladies. He has decided that he would prefer to remain single except his mother insists that he gets married and provide an heir. Preston finds he is fantasizing over the Everton Lady. Millie has a scandal in her past and the Everton Society forbids relationships between clients and employees. Will love be able to trump the rules? What a wonderful book! I loved the characters. Millie was a perfect heroine and Preston was a great hero. I enjoyed Millie getting the HEA she deserved with Preston. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher. Thank you!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amary Chapman

    As an orphan, Millie Edgebrook came to live with her uncle, Francis Edgebrook, known to be an inventor and a bit eccentric. That didn't bode well for her season...but she was also a bit eccentric in the fact she was no longer interested in matrimony. She joined the Everton Domestic Society, hoping to save enough money to travel and do good, and ended up with the position of matchmaker for the Duke of Middleton. Although the attraction was instantaneous, she strove to stay on point and find him As an orphan, Millie Edgebrook came to live with her uncle, Francis Edgebrook, known to be an inventor and a bit eccentric. That didn't bode well for her season...but she was also a bit eccentric in the fact she was no longer interested in matrimony. She joined the Everton Domestic Society, hoping to save enough money to travel and do good, and ended up with the position of matchmaker for the Duke of Middleton. Although the attraction was instantaneous, she strove to stay on point and find him 'acceptable' choices in the marriage mart. In their search, they weathered balls, parties, outings and a horrible explosion during a trip to his house party. The more time they spent together, the more he became determined that she was his choice, even as she clung doggedly to her rule book. Bits of humor, angst, intrigue (her past), and emotions flow through the pages to make a sweet romance. I requested and received a NetGalley ARC to peruse.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary L H

    Millicent Edgebrook has a knack for matchmaking and, through the Everton Domestic Society, is hired by the Dowager Duchess of Middleton to find a wife for her son. Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton, is a dutiful son who is willing to go along with his mother's request. As they attend society events in the search for Preston's best match, he realizes his perfect match is the matchmaker. Millicent is also attracted to Preston but does not feel she would be the proper wife for a duke. Preston is no Millicent Edgebrook has a knack for matchmaking and, through the Everton Domestic Society, is hired by the Dowager Duchess of Middleton to find a wife for her son. Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton, is a dutiful son who is willing to go along with his mother's request. As they attend society events in the search for Preston's best match, he realizes his perfect match is the matchmaker. Millicent is also attracted to Preston but does not feel she would be the proper wife for a duke. Preston is not willing to give up and is determined that Millicent will be his wife. This the first book I have read by A S Fenichel, and I definitely want to read more of her work. It is a wonderful page turner with many well-developed characters, including Millicent's Uncle Francis and her chaperone, Doris, along with Preston's best friend, Jacques. It was a joy to read, and I highly recommend it to all who appreciate well-written historical romance. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I truly enjoyed this book!! Millie has taken a position with the Everton Domestic Society. Her first job is being hired by the Dowager Duchees of Middleton to find a suitable bride for her son, Preston, Duke of Middleton. Having been twice publicly humilitated in engagements, he agrees to go along with this plan. As they attend balls and picnics, to check out likely ladies for him to spend time with, Preston finds himself facinated with Millicent Edgebrook, his "Everton Lady", as he calls her. M I truly enjoyed this book!! Millie has taken a position with the Everton Domestic Society. Her first job is being hired by the Dowager Duchees of Middleton to find a suitable bride for her son, Preston, Duke of Middleton. Having been twice publicly humilitated in engagements, he agrees to go along with this plan. As they attend balls and picnics, to check out likely ladies for him to spend time with, Preston finds himself facinated with Millicent Edgebrook, his "Everton Lady", as he calls her. Millie also finds herself drawn to him, but due to an incident during her first season, her goal to travel and help others, and the very rules of the Everton Domestic Agency (which are set down in a book each lady receives), she continues to fight the attraction. After a fire and explosion, a two week sojurn at Middleton's country house to get to know the "suitable" ladies, and various other encounters, these two do get their HEA. Very satisfying! This is book two in the series. I had not read book one when I picked this one up. Now I will be going back to check out book 1 as well!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kat Tolle

    WOW… What a terrific read!! A Lady's Escape by A.S Fenichel is book 2 Everton Domestic Society series. I am fairly new to A.S. Fenichel’s books but I am becoming a fast fan! Though in a series this book can be read as a standalone. This is a charming and wonderful read and her lovable characters are a true delight. Her description paint such a clear picture of what is happening that it gives you that true regency feel. This story has matchmaking, death, understanding, trust, being lower in stati WOW… What a terrific read!! A Lady's Escape by A.S Fenichel is book 2 Everton Domestic Society series. I am fairly new to A.S. Fenichel’s books but I am becoming a fast fan! Though in a series this book can be read as a standalone. This is a charming and wonderful read and her lovable characters are a true delight. Her description paint such a clear picture of what is happening that it gives you that true regency feel. This story has matchmaking, death, understanding, trust, being lower in station, chess, persuasion, a loving mother & uncle, an explosion, injury and love at first sight. Can a Duke really fall in love with a working class lady? You will just have to read this story to find out. I highly recommend this book! ***This book was gifted to me and I am voluntarily reviewing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julia David

    I really enjoyed this story. Preston and Millicent are nothing like the usual characters. Preston is willing to marry Millicent even though she isn't near his social status. She has a problem with that, but he and his mother do not. Millicent is hired to find him a wife and that's what she will do even if it kills her to let him go to someone else. Preston liked Millicent from the beginning because she isn't like the usual miss, she is intelligent, witty and beautiful. She wants to travel, help I really enjoyed this story. Preston and Millicent are nothing like the usual characters. Preston is willing to marry Millicent even though she isn't near his social status. She has a problem with that, but he and his mother do not. Millicent is hired to find him a wife and that's what she will do even if it kills her to let him go to someone else. Preston liked Millicent from the beginning because she isn't like the usual miss, she is intelligent, witty and beautiful. She wants to travel, help children in other countries and doesn't think that any man would want to do that or let her do those things. She will not ever be under any man's thumb. Preston doesn't want to suppress Millicent in any way and he just needs to convince her to take a chance on him.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This was a fun, well-written book. Resigned to spinsterhood, Millicent joins the Everton Domestic Society and is assigned to find a match for Preston, a duke. Preston has been rejected by two fiancees and is not in a hurry to be matched with another. They try to resist the attraction they feel to each other. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by this author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    AD

    I was delighted to receive a copy of A Lady's Escape via a GoodReads giveaway. It's a sweet regency romance which is somewhat anachronistic. But that keeps the plot moving along. I look forward to reading more works in this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Wonderful Recency romance. This is a well written, endearing story. The characters are well developed and likable. Beautifully described scenery and locations. I truly enjoyed reading this book, and I will definitely be reading more of this series, and from this author. I won a copy to read and write my honest review. Thank you Goodreads and A.S. Fenichel.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    A Duke who needs a wife who will be a proper Duchess, an un-Duchess like lady hired to help him find that wife, and an Uncle who keeps blowing up his lab - I really enjoyed this story. I received an arc of this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Louisa

    Another great book, really enjoyed these characters, and I'm going to have to read the prequel series, as well, because there's some crossover characters, or at least mentions of them!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    Love this story! Preston’s mother asks for help in finding him a wife and the Everton society sends Millie. Turns out, the matchmaker is the one for him. Millie has an interesting past and wishes to travel the world and uses her job as a stepping stone. I love the romance and the adventures of matchmaking with three potential prospects. This was a true page turner and I highly recommend it to all historical romance lovers. Many thanks to the publisher for a review copy via NetGalley.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    It's the first time I've read one of A.S. Fenichel's books and I really enjoyed it. I love the story of Millie and Preston. Preston is a Duke who can't seem to find a wife and Millie has been hired to find one for him. Long story short Preston starts to fall in love with Millie but Millie does not feel she is worthy enough because her station is life is below his so she just keeps her emotions to herself and fights Preston's advance. All turns out OK and it is a great book! Enjoy!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brie

    Definitely reading the other Everton Domestic Society books now!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Collins

    New outlook Helping someone find a spouse with interesting twists and turns. I love the strength of friendship and loyalty that this story showed. I could not put it down.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I received this novel from net galley and the publisher. Thank you! This novel brings together two people who need to overcome their pasts to have the love they both deserve. Millicent Edgebrook wants to be Everton Domestic Society Lady. She has secured matches for her friends, but has not done so for herself. Her first assignment is to find a wife for Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton, whom has had two rejected proposals. Who would not want to marry a duke? Preston is different from other men, I received this novel from net galley and the publisher. Thank you! This novel brings together two people who need to overcome their pasts to have the love they both deserve. Millicent Edgebrook wants to be Everton Domestic Society Lady. She has secured matches for her friends, but has not done so for herself. Her first assignment is to find a wife for Preston Knowles, Duke of Middleton, whom has had two rejected proposals. Who would not want to marry a duke? Preston is different from other men, for he respects women and seeks to be challenged, in which Millicent does that to him. He admires her intelligence and her company. As the two spend time together working on finding Preston a wife and gathering details about each potential bride, feelings begin to get in the way from accomplishing their goals. Millicent wants to travel the world and not have a husband, seeing what men can be. Preston wants to change her mind, trying to show her he is not like all men. Millicent and Preston fall in love with each other, but their obligations keep them from being together. However, Preston realizes he does not want anyone other than Millicent and will do everything possible to show her that she can have the future she desires with him.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rose Blue

    As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-OB Preston Knowles is a wealthy, handsome duke – so why would two young ladies turn down his marriage proposal? While the Duke of Middleton didn’t love either of the two prospective duchesses, his pride definitely suffered, and he’d be content to stay away from courting, if not for his mother. Determined to see her son wed, the widowed duchess contacts the Everton Domestic Society, and requests the services of a matchmaker, much to Preston’s dis As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-OB Preston Knowles is a wealthy, handsome duke – so why would two young ladies turn down his marriage proposal? While the Duke of Middleton didn’t love either of the two prospective duchesses, his pride definitely suffered, and he’d be content to stay away from courting, if not for his mother. Determined to see her son wed, the widowed duchess contacts the Everton Domestic Society, and requests the services of a matchmaker, much to Preston’s dismay. Millicent Edgebrook has been under the care of her kindly, but absent minded uncle, whose head is firmly ensconced in his experiments. Now twenty five years old, Millicent feels that she’ll never marry, and she longs to have her independence. She has had much success in introducing couples who have ended up marrying, so she decides to apply to the Everton Domestic Society, where she is hired, with the Duke of Middleton as her first client. Preston’s reluctance fades as he quickly becomes intrigued by “his” Everton Lady. He wonders why such a beautiful and charming lady has never married. In order for Millicent to be successful in her task, she spends much time with Preston, some of it out at society functions, and some alone, discussing candidates. Soon a friendship develops between them, and Millie tells Preston of her dreams to travel and help people, as well as her deep, dark secret. It does not take long for Preston to realize that he’s found the woman he wants for his wife, but he’s careful to take things slowly, as marriage is something that is definitely not on Millie’s agenda. Preston is such a delightful and lovable man. His acceptance of Millie’s past, and his protectiveness toward her is wonderful to see. He’s truly a gentleman in the best sense of the word, but he’s also a determined man in love. I love Millicent’s courage in striking out on her own, and her desire to pursue a path that will help people. I felt that she was far too hard on herself for an incident from her past in which she was clearly taken advantage of by an unscrupulous rogue. A LADY’S ESCAPE is a warm and satisfying romance that heats up when Millie and Preston finally share their passion. Even then, Millie is adamant about not being a part of Preston’s future, but this duke is just as determined that he will do whatever it takes to allow his love to pursue her dreams while becoming his wife. I recommend this well written story for those who enjoy an honorable, sexy hero who’s not afraid to follow a different path to achieve his heart’s desire.

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