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Can a broken engagement ignite the spark of true love? Sylvia Dowder had almost made it to the altar when her fiancé unexpectedly became a viscount, and dropped her like a stale crumpet to make a more "suitable" match. Though Sylvia's heart has been crushed, her spirit has not. She puts her wits and social savvy to use as a secret gossip columnist—and as the Everton Domest Can a broken engagement ignite the spark of true love? Sylvia Dowder had almost made it to the altar when her fiancé unexpectedly became a viscount, and dropped her like a stale crumpet to make a more "suitable" match. Though Sylvia's heart has been crushed, her spirit has not. She puts her wits and social savvy to use as a secret gossip columnist—and as the Everton Domestic Society's party planner to the ton. Luckily, she's not in danger of ever falling for an aristocrat again… Especially not one like Anthony Braighton, Earl of Grafton. Raised in America, Anthony sees no reason to marry when he can enjoy all the perks of being an eligible earl. Determined to convince his family he doesn't need a wife, he hires Sylvia to act as hostess and decorator for upcoming parties. Yet Sylvia is as adept at captivating his interest as she is at beautifying his home. And despite this Everton lady's aversion to titled men, some attractions can't be denied—and love rarely does go where it's told.


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Can a broken engagement ignite the spark of true love? Sylvia Dowder had almost made it to the altar when her fiancé unexpectedly became a viscount, and dropped her like a stale crumpet to make a more "suitable" match. Though Sylvia's heart has been crushed, her spirit has not. She puts her wits and social savvy to use as a secret gossip columnist—and as the Everton Domest Can a broken engagement ignite the spark of true love? Sylvia Dowder had almost made it to the altar when her fiancé unexpectedly became a viscount, and dropped her like a stale crumpet to make a more "suitable" match. Though Sylvia's heart has been crushed, her spirit has not. She puts her wits and social savvy to use as a secret gossip columnist—and as the Everton Domestic Society's party planner to the ton. Luckily, she's not in danger of ever falling for an aristocrat again… Especially not one like Anthony Braighton, Earl of Grafton. Raised in America, Anthony sees no reason to marry when he can enjoy all the perks of being an eligible earl. Determined to convince his family he doesn't need a wife, he hires Sylvia to act as hostess and decorator for upcoming parties. Yet Sylvia is as adept at captivating his interest as she is at beautifying his home. And despite this Everton lady's aversion to titled men, some attractions can't be denied—and love rarely does go where it's told.

30 review for A Lady's Virtue

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Everton Domestic Society #3 Publication Date: 3/19/19 # of Pages: 208 This is an enjoyable addition to the Everton Domestic Society series. Everton is an employment agency of sorts. They provide ladies to perform tasks such as introducing a debutant to society, planning events, matchmaking, etc. for their clients. All of the proprieties are met and the ladies are provided with chaperones, transportation, etc. during the performance of their tasks. They also live at Everton House. Sylvia Dow Series: Everton Domestic Society #3 Publication Date: 3/19/19 # of Pages: 208 This is an enjoyable addition to the Everton Domestic Society series. Everton is an employment agency of sorts. They provide ladies to perform tasks such as introducing a debutant to society, planning events, matchmaking, etc. for their clients. All of the proprieties are met and the ladies are provided with chaperones, transportation, etc. during the performance of their tasks. They also live at Everton House. Sylvia Dowder had spent five years of her life being courted by and betrothed to Hunter Gautier. A month before her wedding, Hunter inherited the title of Viscount March and promptly ended the betrothal – because Sylvia wasn’t lofty enough in society to be a Viscountess. Between that punch to the gut and her mother’s constant belittlement and preaching about the perfidies of the male of the species, Sylvia knew she couldn’t/wouldn’t marry. She also decided that she couldn’t live with her mother’s constant belittlement any longer and applied to become an Everton Lady. Anthony Braighton was rocking along in his life quite happily until his much-loved cousin died and Anthony inherited the title – Earl of Grafton. Tony didn’t want to be an earl and he certainly doesn’t want to marry as his mother is constantly prodding him to do. He can’t do anything about the title, but he can show his mother that he is perfectly capable of meeting his obligations without marrying. He’ll just hire an Everton Lady to plan several social events and at their successful completion, his mother will understand that he doesn’t need a wife. There is an immediate attraction between Tony and his Everton Lady, Sylvia. However, neither of them want to admit it – and neither wants to act on it. Tony is quicker to ‘give in’ and admit he wants Sylvia than she is. The road to gain her trust is not an easy one – and until about the last chapter in the book you don’t see how they are going to get to their HEA. I never did come to understand Tony's aversion to marriage. His parents had a happy and loving marriage as does his sister and a number of his friends. I can understand any young man not wanting to marry but Tony was adamant - because he had things he wanted to do. I did understand Sylvia's aversion. She'd suffered what I guess would be mental abuse her entire life. She was constantly told how bad men were, how they used women, etc. - and then with her engagement being broken as it was, she was totally convinced. I’m not sure what it is with authors and alliteration in character names, but this book is another example – we have Sylvia, Serena, and Sophia. For this reader, that is usually a distraction because I’m constantly having to stop and remember which character is which. For some reason, that wasn’t an issue this time. While I enjoyed the read, there were some inaccuracies and the use of more modern words – like okay. Tony talks about not accepting the title, giving up the title, etc. and that just wasn’t possible. The only way to get rid of the title was to die or be a traitor. Even the King couldn’t take the title away. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    N.N. Light

    Sylvia Dowder is a disgrace to her family due to a broken engagement by a cad she was engaged to but has finally found a place she can call home at the Everton Domestic Society. Her latest assignment is to act as hostess and decorator for American turned Lord Anthony Braighton, Earl of Grafton. He’s handsome to be sure but she vows never to trust her heart to an aristocrat again. She builds up walls and resists his advances at every turn. It’s only when his life is in danger that she must choose Sylvia Dowder is a disgrace to her family due to a broken engagement by a cad she was engaged to but has finally found a place she can call home at the Everton Domestic Society. Her latest assignment is to act as hostess and decorator for American turned Lord Anthony Braighton, Earl of Grafton. He’s handsome to be sure but she vows never to trust her heart to an aristocrat again. She builds up walls and resists his advances at every turn. It’s only when his life is in danger that she must choose between past hurts and the love that awaits her in Anthony’s arms. A Lady’s Virtue is book three in the Everton Domestic Society series and I must say, this is certainly the best one yet. Not only does the reader get to catch up on previous couples and what they’re up to but Sylvia and Anthony are a heart-wrenching couple. Anthony is resistant to marriage and voices this sentiment often. He’s seen his sister and their friends couple up but it’s not for him. But Sylvia opens his heart and mind to the possibility. Sylvia, on the other hand, has gone through one scandal after another. She’s an embarrassment to her mother, a social climber if there ever was one, and Sylvia’s content to be a spinster, working for Lady Jane. When Anthony breaks through the walls around her heart, she’s visibly shaken. Love is a scary thing and the emotions Sylvia works through is heart-breaking for the reader. I personally loved every minute of it! Another historical romance gem from A.S. Fenichel and I hope there’s more in the series. Highly recommend! My Rating: 5 stars Reviewed by: Mrs. N This review first appeared: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/si...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cara Bristol

    Love how the Everton Domestic Society series offers a different take on the Regency romance trope and gives the heroines an actual occupation. It's done in a away that feels natural and authentic to the time period and trope. In Lady's Virtue, Everton Lady Sylvia Dowder is hired to redecorate an earl's manor. He's an American who recently inherited the title and is having trouble adjusting to his new role. Likable characters, sweet romance, fresh approach.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lori D

    I was so excited to see another Everton lady! Just love this whole series and A Lady's Virtue is just delightful! Of course that is no surprise beacause this author has had me under her spell ever since the first book I read by her. A broken engagement and almost left at the alter, Sylvia Dowder has put her energy into being a secret gossip columnist. But also she becomes a party planner for the Everton Domestic Society! (yes I would have wanted to be one of them!). But she has set her mind to n I was so excited to see another Everton lady! Just love this whole series and A Lady's Virtue is just delightful! Of course that is no surprise beacause this author has had me under her spell ever since the first book I read by her. A broken engagement and almost left at the alter, Sylvia Dowder has put her energy into being a secret gossip columnist. But also she becomes a party planner for the Everton Domestic Society! (yes I would have wanted to be one of them!). But she has set her mind to never fall for another titled man as before. Unfortunately she had not met Anthony the Earl of Graton yet! He is determined to not take a wife and hires Sylvia from the agency to act as a hostess and planner for his parties. Why in the world would he need a wife when he has her? So loved this story and the chemistry between Sylvia and Tony! A lot of fun banter between the two and lively interaction. Cannot wait for the next in this series and I recommend you read this one and all in this wonderful stories!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karla Doyle

    Fans of historical romance will thoroughly enjoy this captivating story of two people who are quite determined to thwart society's rules and never marry, yet are unable to resist falling in love with one another.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    A Lady's Virtue Everton Domestic Society #3 A.s. Fenichel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sylvia Dowder was engaged and almost married when her fiance became a viscount after the death of a family member. The minute he came into the title he dumped her saying he wanted a more "suitable" match. Sylvia's heart was crushed, but not her spirit and in true Sylvia fashion she pairs her wits up with her social grace and decides to use them both to her advantage by becoming not only a secret gossip columnist, but an Everton Domest A Lady's Virtue Everton Domestic Society #3 A.s. Fenichel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sylvia Dowder was engaged and almost married when her fiance became a viscount after the death of a family member. The minute he came into the title he dumped her saying he wanted a more "suitable" match. Sylvia's heart was crushed, but not her spirit and in true Sylvia fashion she pairs her wits up with her social grace and decides to use them both to her advantage by becoming not only a secret gossip columnist, but an Everton Domestic Society party planner as well. She will be working hand and hand with the ton, but luckily for her, she's not endanger of ever falling for one of the tons aristocratic men again. Anthony Braighton is the Earl of Grafton. Raised in America he wears his heart on his sleeve unlike the rest of the ton. He is different and he sees no reason to marry when he can enjoy everything society has to offer an eligible earl. Determined to convince and prove to his family that he doesn't need a wife her contacts the Everton Domestic Society and hires Sylvia to decorate his home and act as a hostess for his upcoming parties. Sylvia is as adept at captivating his intrest as she is at beautifying his home. Now he finds that despite his Everton Lady's aversion to titles men, some attractions can't be denied and love rarely goes where it's told to go. A.s. Fenichel writes a brilliant story full of love and happiness in England during a time when the ton was notoriously tough on a lady that was involved in any scandle. These two main characters had instant chemistry that fairly sizzled off of the pages. I can't wait to read the next Everton Domestic Society installment.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kat Tolle

    Another great read! A Lady's Virtue by A.S Fenichel is book 3 in the Everton Domestic Society series. Though in a series this book can be read as a standalone. The more I read of A.S. Fenichel book’s the more I am falling in love with them. This is truly a delightful read and I just love the banter between Sylvia and Tony who you can’t help but fall in love with as Sylvia is such a strong and intelligent person. There is nothing better than good banter in a book! This story has the true feeling Another great read! A Lady's Virtue by A.S Fenichel is book 3 in the Everton Domestic Society series. Though in a series this book can be read as a standalone. The more I read of A.S. Fenichel book’s the more I am falling in love with them. This is truly a delightful read and I just love the banter between Sylvia and Tony who you can’t help but fall in love with as Sylvia is such a strong and intelligent person. There is nothing better than good banter in a book! This story has the true feeling of the regency era and you feel like you are in another place and time the more you get into this story. This story has not wanting to get married, a change of heart, a fire, injury, a loving family, scandal, a broken betrothal, a cruel mother, a twin, a wonderful house party, flirtation, good friends, and yes… love. I highly recommend you read this story as you won’t be disappointed. ***This book was gifted to me and I am voluntarily reviewing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This was a solid, enjoyable romance--and I am always here for good pining/comeuppance on terrible exes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I enjoyed this 3rd entry in the Everton Domestic Society series. Sylvia was dumped just a week before her wedding. March, the supposed bridegroom, has inherited a title unexpectedly, and informs Sylvie that "he can do better than her now". Since Sylvie's mother puts the blame for the breakup on Syliva, she moves out of the family home and joins the Everton Domestic Society. She resigns herself to spinsterhood, as no man seems trustworthy, and is quite content in her new life. Or so she thinks, u I enjoyed this 3rd entry in the Everton Domestic Society series. Sylvia was dumped just a week before her wedding. March, the supposed bridegroom, has inherited a title unexpectedly, and informs Sylvie that "he can do better than her now". Since Sylvie's mother puts the blame for the breakup on Syliva, she moves out of the family home and joins the Everton Domestic Society. She resigns herself to spinsterhood, as no man seems trustworthy, and is quite content in her new life. Or so she thinks, until she is assigned to Anthony Braighton, an American who has recently become an Earl. He needs someone to manage his social obligations, and intends to hire someone to do it, proving to his mother than he has no need of a wife. What he really wants to do is travel to Itlay, where his mother is from, and try his hand at winemaking. In an attempt to get to know Sylvie, he asks her to share a secret with him, and he will share one of his. She already knows he doesn't wish to marry, and now she knows he want to go to Italy. As Tony and Sylvie work together, feelings begin to develop on both sides. Anthony has a bit easier time confessing his, as he has not been left gun shy at the altar, as Sylvie has. It is quite a bit of fun watching these two find a HEA. I enjoyed getting to know these characters, watching them mature and develop. The secondary story of Sylvie's twin sister Serena and her quest to find a husband just adds some zest to the story. It was also fun to see some of the characters from the former books make cameo (and not so cameo) appearances. Ms. Fenichel's writing stlye is very easy to read, and she knows just how to tell a story that draws the reader right into the book. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, which is exactly what this is.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Ku

    A Lady's Virtue (Everton Domestic Society, #3) by A.S. Fenichel ...This is the 3rd book in the series EVERTON DOMESTIC SOCIETY and I'm am thankful to the author for allowing me to preview this book. Sylvia ( dumped three weeks before her wedding... joined Everton Domestic Society) Anthony (raised in America becomes a Earl when his cousin dies...) The fun starts when he hires an "Everton Lady" to help him come out as a Earl...he doesn't wish to marry and wants to prove to his mother he doesn't ne A Lady's Virtue (Everton Domestic Society, #3) by A.S. Fenichel ...This is the 3rd book in the series EVERTON DOMESTIC SOCIETY and I'm am thankful to the author for allowing me to preview this book. Sylvia ( dumped three weeks before her wedding... joined Everton Domestic Society) Anthony (raised in America becomes a Earl when his cousin dies...) The fun starts when he hires an "Everton Lady" to help him come out as a Earl...he doesn't wish to marry and wants to prove to his mother he doesn't need to. Sylvia wants to help him and thinks herself on the shelf. I enjoyed their story and all the twists and turns, laughter and tears and a little steam all getting to their HEA. It was also fun to touch base with old friends from Everton. I can't wait for the next installment... Reasons I enjoyed this book: Whimsical Steamy Great world building Entertaining Romantic Page-turner Happily Ever After Funny Easy-to-read Wonderful characters

  11. 5 out of 5

    A.S. Fenichel

    Tony just wanted his Everton Lady to decorate his home and arrange a few parties. The last thing he expected was to fall in love with a woman who was set against marriage to a titled man. Buy Links: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ladys-Virtue-E... Barns & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-la... iBooks: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/a-lad... Kobo: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/a-lad... Google : https://play.google.com/store/books/d... Tony just wanted his Everton Lady to decorate his home and arrange a few parties. The last thing he expected was to fall in love with a woman who was set against marriage to a titled man. Buy Links: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ladys-Virtue-E... Barns & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-la... iBooks: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/a-lad... Kobo: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/a-lad... Google : https://play.google.com/store/books/d...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Hagel-Swinson

    This is far and away my favorite AS Fenichel book! Anthony and Sylvia were aggravating and it was beautiful. I love slow burns and this almost got to be too much to bear. The instant chemistry when they first meet again after a few years was perfect. The back and forth between these two characters had me wanting to rip my hair out at times. Sylvia was especially frustrating, but after what she went through and Anthony’s constant refusal to get married, I completely understood why she was gun shy This is far and away my favorite AS Fenichel book! Anthony and Sylvia were aggravating and it was beautiful. I love slow burns and this almost got to be too much to bear. The instant chemistry when they first meet again after a few years was perfect. The back and forth between these two characters had me wanting to rip my hair out at times. Sylvia was especially frustrating, but after what she went through and Anthony’s constant refusal to get married, I completely understood why she was gun shy. But the sweet moments between all the aggravation were so swoony and had me on edge until the end to see these two together. I can’t say enough good things about this beautiful story!! I hope we get Miles’s book next!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Marie

    Oh boy, did I love this book. I'm a recent convert to romance novels, and this one had me rapt. I could not put the book down and even was reading until I couldn't stay awake any longer. Sylvie is an Everton Lady - one to be hired for assistance with domestic responsibilities. Tony is a new Earl, and American at that. The last thing he expected when he hired an Everton lady to redecorate his home was to fall in love. Sylvie's quick wit and fiery passion have him hypnotized, and both of their liv Oh boy, did I love this book. I'm a recent convert to romance novels, and this one had me rapt. I could not put the book down and even was reading until I couldn't stay awake any longer. Sylvie is an Everton Lady - one to be hired for assistance with domestic responsibilities. Tony is a new Earl, and American at that. The last thing he expected when he hired an Everton lady to redecorate his home was to fall in love. Sylvie's quick wit and fiery passion have him hypnotized, and both of their lives have changed. I absolutely loved these characters and the writing was exactly what I wanted. Shifting perspectives done right! I will absolutely be going back to read the first two books in this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Hughes

    Another hit for A.S.Fenichel! This is book 3 in her Everton Domestic Society series. It was a delightful Regency romance between Sylvia and Anthony. She has been scandalized after her fiancé dumped her prior to their wedding. Anthony’s Mother is pushing him to get married. He hires Sylvia to orchestrate a ball for him to show his mother he doesn’t need a wife. The chemistry and witty banter is a delight. The characters practically leap from the page into your heart. I am looking forward to readi Another hit for A.S.Fenichel! This is book 3 in her Everton Domestic Society series. It was a delightful Regency romance between Sylvia and Anthony. She has been scandalized after her fiancé dumped her prior to their wedding. Anthony’s Mother is pushing him to get married. He hires Sylvia to orchestrate a ball for him to show his mother he doesn’t need a wife. The chemistry and witty banter is a delight. The characters practically leap from the page into your heart. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book. I was gifted this book from the author, NetGalley and the publisher and am voluntarily reviewing. My opinions are my own

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Can a broken engagement ignite the spark of true love? This book is at times very confusing then it becomes clear again. I had some difficulty following the plot therefore I gave the book 2.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development. It is not one of my favorites I have read and it doesn't entice me to read other titles by this author although the ending makes me give her another chance before writing her off entirely. I received a complimentary ARC of this book to read. This in no way a Can a broken engagement ignite the spark of true love? This book is at times very confusing then it becomes clear again. I had some difficulty following the plot therefore I gave the book 2.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development. It is not one of my favorites I have read and it doesn't entice me to read other titles by this author although the ending makes me give her another chance before writing her off entirely. I received a complimentary ARC of this book to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marianne Denning

    True love wins, but it is a struggle sometimes. Anthony is a wonderful man and a great hero. He really gets to know Sylvia, to learn all about her and to finally love her. Sylvia has been burned...not only by a fiance but by her mother. She doesn't think she's good enough. This story is heartwarming. I wanted to take Sylvia aside a few times and help her realize what an amazing woman she is...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    ARC REVIEW The Everton Domestic Society #3, Out of all the Historical Romances I've read this month this one has to be my favorite. I have been waiting on Anthony's book since he first appeared in the Forever Brides series, and it was worth it. Sylvia Dowder was "disgraced" when her fiance called off the wedding after he inherited and became a Viscount. Seeing that she would probably never make a suitable match again she joined the Everton Domestic Society. What I love about the Ladies at Everton ARC REVIEW The Everton Domestic Society #3, Out of all the Historical Romances I've read this month this one has to be my favorite. I have been waiting on Anthony's book since he first appeared in the Forever Brides series, and it was worth it. Sylvia Dowder was "disgraced" when her fiance called off the wedding after he inherited and became a Viscount. Seeing that she would probably never make a suitable match again she joined the Everton Domestic Society. What I love about the Ladies at Everton is that they have embraced their spinsterhood and are doing something about it that they want. With Sylvia it's not only just being an Everton Lady, she's also in secret a gossip columnist, who rights the wrongs, who looks out for the underdog and if someone is treated horribly she points out all the faults in the accuser. Writing is what Sylvia really loves and being an Everton Lady gives her the time and the means to keep doing so. Anthony Braighton was born and raised in America, moving to England was more for his mother and his sister and after several years he inherited a title he didn't want, it just got in the way of his plans to eventually move to Italy and make wine. When Anthony's mother starts bugging him about marriage he hires and Everton Lady to play his hostess and to redecorate his newly acquired townhouse just to prove to his mother he doesn't need to get married but meeting Sylvia again changed everything. Now Anthony doesn't want to do anything without her and if that means staying in England then he's willing too. After what happened to her last engagement Sylvia is prejudice against men with titles and Anthony finds himself trying to prove to her he's not going to hurt her. Sylvia spends the whole time trying to talk herself out of loving Anthony. Overall, it's a good read. Sylvia can be headstrong and very stubborn when it comes to admitting her true feelings but I understand where she's coming from and why she's scared to commit to something like that again. Anthony is a great character I'm glad he finally got his HEA. I love A.S. Finichel's writing is heartfelt and witty great character development and each book can be read as a standalone.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marina Leonard

    Another enjoyable story in the series. I didn't want to put it down. I didn't want it to end. Another winning book from this author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jill Long

    This story was an unexpected surprise. Since I haven't read any other books by the author, I wasn't sure what to expect. However, I loved the straightforwardness of this story. The characters were sensible and kind. The love story was slow and believable.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    When the man Sylvia Dower was aligned to marry unexpectedly inherited the title of Viscount, he decided he could do better for a wife and influenced her to call off their wedding. Now disgraced in society, and on her own mother's bad side for wasting family time and finances, Sylvia takes herself off the marriage market and becomes an Everton Lady. While still reputable, it is a step down in society. Sylvia uses her position to become a secret gossip columnist, with the purpose of improving live When the man Sylvia Dower was aligned to marry unexpectedly inherited the title of Viscount, he decided he could do better for a wife and influenced her to call off their wedding. Now disgraced in society, and on her own mother's bad side for wasting family time and finances, Sylvia takes herself off the marriage market and becomes an Everton Lady. While still reputable, it is a step down in society. Sylvia uses her position to become a secret gossip columnist, with the purpose of improving lives and fighting injustices, such as bullying. Anthony Braighton was born in England but raised in America. He is a younger son who never expected to inherit a title. He also felt no call to marry and keep the family line populated. He finds himself in a position of not only inheriting an Earldom, but in need of a woman's help in keeping up appearances and satisfying his mother and aunt. He was not expecting someone like Sylvia This is a beautiful novel of finding love in unexpected places while remaining true to oneself and one's dreams. The chemistry between these two main characters is palpable from the very beginning. Of course, even though they both deny desiring this journey to lead to marriage, the course of their relationship, whatever it may be called, can not run smoothly. Plus, Sylvia has a twin sister to be married off, and a mother to answer to, even if she is no longer under her roof. The secondary characters in this book are just as delightful as our protagonists. I had to laugh as I envisioned a house full of servants distraught about an early delivery of household goods and no game plan, when Sylvia is not supervising. Her ability to relate to and communicate with all classes endeared me to Sylvia even more. A wonderful opportunity to drop into the past and view a more ordered life, while enjoying some rebellion and a little bit of social justice. A romantic adventure with some deception required to get to a happy ending.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Liked this book a lot. Have not read this author but will read more of her books. Historical romances are my reading preface lately.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Sylvia and Anthony are a wonderful couple that both came together with secrets shared that helped them fall in love but still had to travel through what they each felt they wanted for themselves and each other before coming together for their HEA. Having been jilted just a few weeks before her wedding to a man that thought she wasn't good enough and her mother blaming her, Sylvia takes her life and starts fresh by getting a job, with the Everton Domestic Society, which in the days of the regency Sylvia and Anthony are a wonderful couple that both came together with secrets shared that helped them fall in love but still had to travel through what they each felt they wanted for themselves and each other before coming together for their HEA. Having been jilted just a few weeks before her wedding to a man that thought she wasn't good enough and her mother blaming her, Sylvia takes her life and starts fresh by getting a job, with the Everton Domestic Society, which in the days of the regency is rare for gentile ladies to do. While working for the Everton Domestic Society Sylvia has another job that no one knows about. Enters Anthony, a new inherited, Earl that really doesn't want to be but to keep the Earldom in the family he tries to help his family. With his mother and great aunt pushing him to marry he decides to hire a lady to help him by hosting several dinners and balls to help in showing his mother and great aunt that when he's ready he'll marry, on his terms. By practically falling at his feet Sylvia meets Tony and that starts a love that was truely in the cards. Tony making a deal with Sylvia with trading secrets and getting to know each other, run ins with the ex-fiance, static from her mother, help from family and well meaning friends lead a merry chase for Tony to finally get his Sylvie. A.S. Fenichel brings them together in a twist of many facts of secrets, hurt, and longing. This is the third in the series and each is their own HEA, but each couple will bring you to fall in love with them and A.S. Fenichel has you from the first page of each book. She is a new author that I started reading on a friends suggestion and I have enjoyed reading each book so far and will be looking forward to read more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Watkins

    Rejected by her fiancé, a bitter mother and a society that loves to find flaws and label young women with or without cause, makes Sylvia Dowder choose to steer her own course. Being of age and refusing to ever allow another man to decide her future again, Sylvia joins the Everton Domestic Society where so many other ladies of gentle birth have found both a home and the means to be independent. She is sent on assignment to assist the new Earl of Grafton to perform his duties to his family's satis Rejected by her fiancé, a bitter mother and a society that loves to find flaws and label young women with or without cause, makes Sylvia Dowder choose to steer her own course. Being of age and refusing to ever allow another man to decide her future again, Sylvia joins the Everton Domestic Society where so many other ladies of gentle birth have found both a home and the means to be independent. She is sent on assignment to assist the new Earl of Grafton to perform his duties to his family's satisfaction without the added burden of taking a wife. At first Anthony Braighton and Sylvia's future goals are aligned, but as the old friends work together, the flames of attraction flare up and much to Sylvia's dismay, begin to influence their decisions. This is a sweet Regency romance, one that brings out all the oddities of the era, where the hero is a kind-hearted and honourable gentleman and his Everton Lady clings too hard to the choices she has made. I have enjoyed all the Everton Domestic novels and this one is no exception. I enjoyed meeting up with old friends again and the humour that runs through all the books. Although this story is the third in the series, it is nevertheless a standalone and comes to a delightful conclusion. I received a copy of this book as a gift and this is my honest and voluntary review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I won a free copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. This book and its characters grow on you. I wasn't much inclined to care for the characters until about halfway in, I had mixed feelings about them; then I was truly hoping they would see sense and come together. I was alright with Sylvia and quite prepared to like her character, but I did find her a bit indecisive and immature when it came to Anthony, but I guess that makes sense. I was, however, inclined to like a female character who was I won a free copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. This book and its characters grow on you. I wasn't much inclined to care for the characters until about halfway in, I had mixed feelings about them; then I was truly hoping they would see sense and come together. I was alright with Sylvia and quite prepared to like her character, but I did find her a bit indecisive and immature when it came to Anthony, but I guess that makes sense. I was, however, inclined to like a female character who was willing to make her own way in the world, despite the times she lives in. I did like her character, even if she was a bit back and forth. But Anthony? Oh, Anthony. Anthony is whiny, tempermental, and overly sensitive. Not to mention possessive. Ugh. Constantly getting jealous or indignant if someone behaves a certain way toward Sylvia or even simply talks to her. Instantly stalking after her the very first day she works for him? Tallk about creep factor. Then he bullies her into telling him her secret in exchange for one of his and bullies her into using each other's first names when others aren't around, even though she had stressed multiple times that she wanted to keep the relationship strictly professional. He's constantly shouting from the rooftops that he has ABSOLUTELY NO intention of marrying, at least until he's forced to produce an heir. But he clearly loves Sylvia and she's all he thinks about, so then he has to constantly remind himself that he will never, ever marry. It's all very tedious. There were no real stakes at risk. Anthony angers and insults Sylvia, thus driving her away. But a few pages later, he's chasing right after her. Or she's chasing right after him. He gaslights Sylvia, after she's already been treated like dirt by March. He accuses her of something she didn't do and then basically guilts her into forgiving him, without ever truly apologizing for his behavior. He keeps losing his temper with her and doesn't seem to respect the fact that she is a young woman who is on the outskirts of the ton after the breaking off of her previous engagement. By constantly drawing attention to her as a woman who dares to sully her good name by working, he risks irredeemably damaging her reputation and ruining her chances at Everton Domestic Society. His entitled, condescening ass even says, "I can't seem to make her see reason." Not a fan Anthony, not a fan. Brownie points to Miles for being a voice of reason and calling Anthony out on his crap. But he clearly can't see reason. Because he says he's been made to see that he hasn't been acting the gentleman and that he has put her in a dangerous position, while in the very same breath following after her and asking her to walk alone with him in the gardens. And he keeps calling her "my Sylvia." Just stop. But I will admit that Anthony does grow throughout the book, he becomes more tolerable and more mature and resonible in regards to Sylvia. It just takes him three quarters of the book to get there. Then he starts growing into a character that is actually worthy and that Once I reached the halfway point of the book, it became quicker paced and I started enjoying the read more. Then I could actually see the story going somewhere, there were more stakes at risk (and for more than just our main characters) and not just seeminly detailing the day-to-day. All in all, it was a good read. I believe it could have benefitted from the conflicts taking longer to be resolved or higher repercussions than just being mad at each other. In the end I was glad to see Sylvia and Anthony work out and to see Sylvia be brave enough to overcome her fears of being jilted or betrayed again. And even Anthony proves himself to be quite brave and heroic. It is a sweet ending, and perfectly suited to the characters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Serena and Sylvia are identical twins. Sylvia was engaged to a young man who surprisingly inherited a title. After his change in status, just a short time before the wedding, he told Sylvia that he was breaking the engagement, because he could find someone much better to marry. Now things have changed. Serena is on the marriage mart being instructed by their mother. Their mother is a hateful woman who has punished Sylvia since she was abandoned by her fiancee. Not only was Sylvia a topic of gossi Serena and Sylvia are identical twins. Sylvia was engaged to a young man who surprisingly inherited a title. After his change in status, just a short time before the wedding, he told Sylvia that he was breaking the engagement, because he could find someone much better to marry. Now things have changed. Serena is on the marriage mart being instructed by their mother. Their mother is a hateful woman who has punished Sylvia since she was abandoned by her fiancee. Not only was Sylvia a topic of gossip, but she was also publicly treated horribly by her own mother and father. She felt crushed by the lack of family support. Being a brave and intelligent woman, Sylvia has taken her future into her own hands. She has become employed by the Everton Domestic Society. She and many other ladies of good families have found a way to make a living and be safe all at the same time. Sylvia has been hired to help an American man who has recently become an earl. Anthony Braighton is the new Earl of Grafton. He needs to be presented to society and prove that he is not a typical American. All the best people know that Americans are abrupt, have no manners and do not understand what is expected from the ton. Sylvia will help him redecorate his inherited town house, play hostess for him at his first dinner party and help him give a ball which will ensure his successful entrance into society. Sylvia and Tony have met in the past. As they spend more time together, they become more familiar with one another. Both of them are smart, humorous, and have a low opinion of marriage. Sylvia no longer trusts men and she has a difficult time relying on people in general. Tony believes that he would prefer to continue to live as a man about town, doing what he wants with no ties to a wife. The characters are interesting and entertaining. Sylvia and Tony are fun to watch as they get to know one another. The secondary characters add a great deal of depth to the story. The reader begins to understand Sylvia and Tony as well as their family members. Ms Fenichel has created a plot which illustrates the short comings of the finest society in Regency England. The real world has little to do with the rules which must be followed. If I have any complaint at all, it would be that Sylvia's angst got to be very repetitive and her change of heart was like a “now you see it, now you don't” moment. I would have enjoyed the story more if Sylvia would have been ambivalent because she was enjoying her work. She was a talented decorator as well as party planner. It would have been wonderful if her talents would have been a reason for her to take her time making any life changing decisions. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I believe I have found someone I will follow on a regular basis. I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I am voluntarily writing this review and all opinions are completely my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rose Blue

    3.5 Stars, as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-TH After a three year courtship, Sylvia Dowder’s fiancé, Hunter, inherited a viscountcy, and promptly dumped her. Because it’s unlikely she’ll be able to make another match, her mother has decided instead to focus on securing a husband for Sylvia’s sister, Serena. Unwilling to be a financial burden on her family, Sylvia becomes an employee of the Everton Domestic Society. Her new assignment is for the Earl of Grafton, helping to redec 3.5 Stars, as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-TH After a three year courtship, Sylvia Dowder’s fiancé, Hunter, inherited a viscountcy, and promptly dumped her. Because it’s unlikely she’ll be able to make another match, her mother has decided instead to focus on securing a husband for Sylvia’s sister, Serena. Unwilling to be a financial burden on her family, Sylvia becomes an employee of the Everton Domestic Society. Her new assignment is for the Earl of Grafton, helping to redecorate his newly inherited home and planning several parties and social events. Anthony Braighton was acquainted with Sylvia when she was out in society, though they didn’t know each other well. With his new title as earl, he has many responsibilities, and his mother is strongly encouraging him to marry. In order to prove that he doesn’t need a bride, he hires Sylvia to take care of his home and entertaining. Anthony was raised in America, and is half Italian on his mother’s side of the family. He dreams of putting the burdensome earldom in order, then traveling to Italy to stay for a while, perhaps forever. Anthony and Sylvia have a perfect working relationship until attraction starts to get in the way. Sylvia is determined to be professional and dedicate herself to her new career, while Anthony is determined not to care for anyone and having to bear yet more responsibility. Their chemistry is such that it’s hard for them to stay away from each other. When Anthony’s feelings become too strong, he purposefully picks a fight, ending their employment agreement, and seemingly, their friendship and any chance at romance. I like that Anthony was a champion of Sylvia and her situation, placing the blame of her social fall squarely on her unsavory former fiancé. I don’t recall if his actual age was ever stated, but he struck me as very young because of his actions. His picking of a fight, some of his outbursts, then his changing his mind about Sylvia had me thinking he had some maturing to do. As for Sylvia, her bad experience with Hunter caused her to have an aversion to titled gentlemen, which seemed irrational, as she only had the one encounter, and was prejudiced against all noblemen. In A LADY’S VIRTUE, both Sylvia and Anthony had to do some soul searching and some maturing before they finally realize they have a genuine love. They discover that the superficial things don’t matter, and if there is honest emotion and caring, they can face all other obstacles, much stronger for being together.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rozzie

    Miss Sylvia “Sylvie” Dowder worked for the Everton Domestic Society but was really late and ran into the very American and handsome Lord Anthony “Tony” Braighton recently becoming the Earl of Grafton. Anthony wants to impress the English so hires a hostess to help him with events and fix up his new home. Sylvia is willing to assist, as she is planning to everything Anthony can’t help but slowly fall for Sylvia. Still he can’t avoid Sylvia’s charm. Everton has rules one of them being not to fall Miss Sylvia “Sylvie” Dowder worked for the Everton Domestic Society but was really late and ran into the very American and handsome Lord Anthony “Tony” Braighton recently becoming the Earl of Grafton. Anthony wants to impress the English so hires a hostess to help him with events and fix up his new home. Sylvia is willing to assist, as she is planning to everything Anthony can’t help but slowly fall for Sylvia. Still he can’t avoid Sylvia’s charm. Everton has rules one of them being not to fall in love with clients but Sylvia can’t help but be attracted to Anthony either. Of course Sylvia knows that the attraction she feels for Anthony is futile since her heart has been broken before and Anthony doesn’t want to marry. Can Sylvia forget the past and Anthony give u his bachelor ways in order for them both to find love? This is a wonderful sweet friends to lover’s regency historical romance! The story moves nicely filled some intriguing plot twists even with the complications the couple must face. The characters whether they are major or minor are three dimensional and developed. Unfortunately, there is very little history on Sylvia’s life even though there are a few glimpses but a little bit of her life would be nice. Sylvia the intelligent witty older heroine might have been hurt in the past and her mom needs to be slapped but she manages to be a very forgiving person. Sylvia is the type of person that would be so much fun to hang with yet still plan to good party. Anthony the honest new to being a lord hero isn’t bad too. Of course at times you just want to shake him and tell him to man up and tell Sylvia how he really feels. He’s still a great guy that loves his family and quite deeply. Plus, the author writes a very well-written story that manages to captivate and hold the attention until the end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    Regency romance I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and it has not affected my review. Unfortunately, this book just wasn't for me. Nothing in the plot, characters, or writing caught my attention or seemed new. There is also very little steam and until about 90% I thought this might be a clean or closed door romance (and then it most definitely was not). Some of this is personal preference, as I look for progressive and fresh aspects in my historicals and have come to expect some Regency romance I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and it has not affected my review. Unfortunately, this book just wasn't for me. Nothing in the plot, characters, or writing caught my attention or seemed new. There is also very little steam and until about 90% I thought this might be a clean or closed door romance (and then it most definitely was not). Some of this is personal preference, as I look for progressive and fresh aspects in my historicals and have come to expect some aspect of diversity (usually class, race, or sexuality) in modern romances. Here the "exotic" countries are the U.S. and Italy, and the most progressive aspects are the heroine having a job and the hero giving lip service to not caring about titles. This is not a judgment on the author's story choices, or readers who enjoy these stories, it just felt old-fashioned to me and didn't engage my interest. I will admit that since I have not read anything else by this author, sometimes it felt like I was missing out on some things. For example, the hero and heroine already know each other and may have had some intriguing chemistry before. And maybe there were more details of American vs English society. And I could never quite figure out what this Everton Domestic Society was - an interior design company? Or a general "women help with domestic things" temp agency and in this book the hero happened to need interior design? I'm sorry to post such a downer of a review, but I hope it proves helpful. The book does remind me of Julia Quinn, especially with the gossip column aspect, so I do think it's worth checking out if you think that what I consider outdated sounds like just your cup of tea!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    DISCLAIMER 1: This is a stand alone story. You do not need to have read the others in order to enjoy this one. In fact, this is the first novel in this particular series that I have read, I was able to enjoy it and understand it. This may also have something to do with the fact that I met Anthony's sister Sophia in a prior series (another series you do not need to have read beforehand) Speaking only to this story..... I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. In fact, I feel like this story had a lot DISCLAIMER 1: This is a stand alone story. You do not need to have read the others in order to enjoy this one. In fact, this is the first novel in this particular series that I have read, I was able to enjoy it and understand it. This may also have something to do with the fact that I met Anthony's sister Sophia in a prior series (another series you do not need to have read beforehand) Speaking only to this story..... I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. In fact, I feel like this story had a lot of unrealized potential. The writing style was strong, and the characters were likable. They even had some fun banter between them, but my god if they could just stop with the cliche nonsense. He's an American who never thought he would inherit an English title in love with an English girl who was once thrown over by a man once he gained a titled. And while you can understand and sympathize with her to a point, if they were on good enough terms to call each other by their Christian names, they should be on good enough terms to speak plainly with each other and avoid these guessing games. I would also have liked some more information on what exactly the Everton Society is supposed to do considering Sylvia not only redecorates his house, but she also acts as "hostess" aka doing what a wife would do for his other events. It just seemed a bit.... out there. Overall, I think this story will appeal to fans of historical romance, and I would read more from this author! DISCLAIMER 2: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    I really like this series of novels about the ladies of the Everton Domestic Society, young women of good families but limited resources who accept special short-term assignments to assist those who require their special skills. In A Lady’s Virtue, Miss Sylvia Dowder is hired to act as temporary hostess for Anthony Braighton, the new Earl of Grafton. Sylvia was almost married, but when her fiance unexpectedly inherited a viscountcy, he jilted her because she was no longer lofty enough for him. Sy I really like this series of novels about the ladies of the Everton Domestic Society, young women of good families but limited resources who accept special short-term assignments to assist those who require their special skills. In A Lady’s Virtue, Miss Sylvia Dowder is hired to act as temporary hostess for Anthony Braighton, the new Earl of Grafton. Sylvia was almost married, but when her fiance unexpectedly inherited a viscountcy, he jilted her because she was no longer lofty enough for him. Sylvia’s hurt and wariness was obvious and I felt a great deal of sympathy for her; I had rather less for Anthony whose insistence he didn’t want to get married carried on well past the point when he should have told Sylvie he’d changed his mind. She had literally no way to know that becoming his wife was ever an option that was open to her, and after she’d made it clear she wouldn’t be his mistress, Anthony should have either let her go or told her clearly he wanted to marry her. If you’ve been reading this series, earlier characters do make an appearance but aren’t integral to the plot. You don’t have to have read the other books to enjoy this one, but I have to say I think this is the weakest in the series so far, mainly because Anthony comes across as a bit of an entitled plonker, and this despite his being American and supposedly less entitled than other English aristocrats! I’m giving this one three stars. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.

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