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Masterminded by the ton's most clever countess, the secret society The Widow's Grace helps ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families, and even find true love again--or perhaps for the very first time... Surviving a shipwreck en route to London from Jamaica was just the start of personal maid Jemina St. Maur's nightmare. Suffering from amnesia, she was sep Masterminded by the ton's most clever countess, the secret society The Widow's Grace helps ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families, and even find true love again--or perhaps for the very first time... Surviving a shipwreck en route to London from Jamaica was just the start of personal maid Jemina St. Maur's nightmare. Suffering from amnesia, she was separated from anyone who might know her and imprisoned in Bedlam. She was freed only because barrister Daniel Thackery, Lord Ashbrook, was convinced to betray the one thing he holds dear: the law. Desperate to unearth her true identity, Jemina's only option is to work outside the law--which means staying steps ahead of the formidable Daniel, no matter how strongly she is drawn to him... Married only by proxy, now widowed by shipwreck, Daniel is determined to protect his little stepdaughter, Charlotte, from his family's scandalous reputation. That's why he has dedicated himself not just to the law, but to remaining as proper and upstanding--and boring--as can be. But the closer he becomes to the mysterious, alluring Jemina, the more Daniel is tempted to break the very rules to which he's dedicated his life. As ruthless adversaries close in, will the truth require him and Jemina to sacrifice their one chance at happiness?


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Masterminded by the ton's most clever countess, the secret society The Widow's Grace helps ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families, and even find true love again--or perhaps for the very first time... Surviving a shipwreck en route to London from Jamaica was just the start of personal maid Jemina St. Maur's nightmare. Suffering from amnesia, she was sep Masterminded by the ton's most clever countess, the secret society The Widow's Grace helps ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families, and even find true love again--or perhaps for the very first time... Surviving a shipwreck en route to London from Jamaica was just the start of personal maid Jemina St. Maur's nightmare. Suffering from amnesia, she was separated from anyone who might know her and imprisoned in Bedlam. She was freed only because barrister Daniel Thackery, Lord Ashbrook, was convinced to betray the one thing he holds dear: the law. Desperate to unearth her true identity, Jemina's only option is to work outside the law--which means staying steps ahead of the formidable Daniel, no matter how strongly she is drawn to him... Married only by proxy, now widowed by shipwreck, Daniel is determined to protect his little stepdaughter, Charlotte, from his family's scandalous reputation. That's why he has dedicated himself not just to the law, but to remaining as proper and upstanding--and boring--as can be. But the closer he becomes to the mysterious, alluring Jemina, the more Daniel is tempted to break the very rules to which he's dedicated his life. As ruthless adversaries close in, will the truth require him and Jemina to sacrifice their one chance at happiness?

30 review for An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler

  1. 4 out of 5

    May

    This is a terrific example of historical romance done properly. Original, fresh, charming, smart and insightful at the same time. The characters are likable. I love how this series include such a diverse class of characters - just like our real world. :) The historical details are so accurate and shows a lot of research. :) Love this book. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

  2. 5 out of 5

    April Perdomo

    Well that was adorable and precious! It made my heart happy. It was romantic, sweet, and I loved it. I had originally planned a lot of other things over the course of reading this, but I abandoned almost everything in favor of reading this. I would tell myself just one more chapter and then that would turn into another chapter and...You can see where this is going. Now I have not read this first one in this series and that was perhaps to my detriment as a reader because I was a bit confused at ti Well that was adorable and precious! It made my heart happy. It was romantic, sweet, and I loved it. I had originally planned a lot of other things over the course of reading this, but I abandoned almost everything in favor of reading this. I would tell myself just one more chapter and then that would turn into another chapter and...You can see where this is going. Now I have not read this first one in this series and that was perhaps to my detriment as a reader because I was a bit confused at times. There was context here that was not fully explained. I kept rereading passages to make sure I was not missing anything. I wish this book had maybe just done a quick summary about what had happened in the previous book or at least explained the setting the characters were connected to a bit more. Again though, I cannot fault this book entirely for my confusion because I had not read the first one. Despite how lost I was at first, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Once I got my footing, I could not put it down and was rooting for these characters all the way through. They are darling and I would not be mad to read another story about them. I now want to read this first in this series because I loved this one so much. This was entertaining all the way through. It was a regency romance full of mysterious character backstories and characters so precious they must be protected at all costs.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Teneisha (Teesbookjourney)

    Vanessa had me invested in the story line as per usual. Ive felt for and loved Jemima since the first book. I've had idea in my head of what her story could possibly be. How she ended up where she was. Daniel is a sensible and logical man and these characteristics make him pefect for Jamina These two together just works. I appreciate the history imbedded in the story. But not just the history, the story that are not normally not told in romance novels. I appreciated and loved the whole thing. Vanessa had me invested in the story line as per usual. Ive felt for and loved Jemima since the first book. I've had idea in my head of what her story could possibly be. How she ended up where she was. Daniel is a sensible and logical man and these characteristics make him pefect for Jamina These two together just works. I appreciate the history imbedded in the story. But not just the history, the story that are not normally not told in romance novels. I appreciated and loved the whole thing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    I received this as an ARC through NetGalley. I really enjoyed the premise of this book. It’s the second installment of the Rogues and Remarkable Women series, I’m not sure that The Earl of Ashbrook is much of a rogue, but he does enjoy some witty banter with his would-be Countess. This sweet romance, only some PG stuff, push two people who care about each other and the well-being of a little girl together. They’ve both got some trust issues. This book also attempts to address issues of racism an I received this as an ARC through NetGalley. I really enjoyed the premise of this book. It’s the second installment of the Rogues and Remarkable Women series, I’m not sure that The Earl of Ashbrook is much of a rogue, but he does enjoy some witty banter with his would-be Countess. This sweet romance, only some PG stuff, push two people who care about each other and the well-being of a little girl together. They’ve both got some trust issues. This book also attempts to address issues of racism and sexism, and while set during the Regency period, it’s messages are felt today. I really appreciated the historical notes at the back of the novel, which led me to believe that the author did her homework and research diligently when writing the book. Since this was an ARC, I did notice some inconsistencies as well as plot holes, which I am sure will be taken care of prior to publication, and while I enjoyed the book, I felt like it went on a bit longer than necessary.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

    This book found me exactly when I needed it. It was adorable, romantic, and wonderfully written historical fiction, which I wanted to continue after my Bridgerton phase. The characters are lovable and extremely relatable which I appreciated. Although I didn't read the first book in the series, it's now immediately on my tbr list, and I do think reading it first would have helped follow the storyline in the beginning, but it doesn't take away from the narrative! As someone who predominantly reads This book found me exactly when I needed it. It was adorable, romantic, and wonderfully written historical fiction, which I wanted to continue after my Bridgerton phase. The characters are lovable and extremely relatable which I appreciated. Although I didn't read the first book in the series, it's now immediately on my tbr list, and I do think reading it first would have helped follow the storyline in the beginning, but it doesn't take away from the narrative! As someone who predominantly reads stories from women, having a woman of color write this beautiful story makes me so excited for the future of literature.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm not usually a big fan of the amnesia trope in romance, but I thought it was incredibly well done in An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler. Jemina suffered amnesia after surviving a terrible shipwreck. She knows her name, but nothing of her past. Daniel Thackery is the adopted father of the only other survivor and holds the secrets to Jemina's past and her future. I really enjoyed the story as a whole, thought I did get a bit frustrated in the middle section when the relationship between two charac I'm not usually a big fan of the amnesia trope in romance, but I thought it was incredibly well done in An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler. Jemina suffered amnesia after surviving a terrible shipwreck. She knows her name, but nothing of her past. Daniel Thackery is the adopted father of the only other survivor and holds the secrets to Jemina's past and her future. I really enjoyed the story as a whole, thought I did get a bit frustrated in the middle section when the relationship between two characters seemed very obvious to me, but took the characters longer to figure it out. I was still very happy with how everything was explained in the end and enjoyed the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    What a refreshing book! I've never read anything by this author but I was pleasantly surprised with the story and her way of writing. The storyline was interesting and the characters were richly described. Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this gem. I immensely enjoyed it and cannot wait to read another book by this author. What a refreshing book! I've never read anything by this author but I was pleasantly surprised with the story and her way of writing. The storyline was interesting and the characters were richly described. Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this gem. I immensely enjoyed it and cannot wait to read another book by this author.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    This was so adorable. After reading A Duke, the Lady and a Baby, I really wanted to learn more about Jemina, so I was happy that she was the heroine of this book. Jemina and Daniel's love story was so original and refreshing. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, Vanessa would surprise me in delightful ways. Not only does she craft well-written love stories she also imbeds history into them as well. The historical details adds another rich layer to the story, which I really enjo This was so adorable. After reading A Duke, the Lady and a Baby, I really wanted to learn more about Jemina, so I was happy that she was the heroine of this book. Jemina and Daniel's love story was so original and refreshing. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, Vanessa would surprise me in delightful ways. Not only does she craft well-written love stories she also imbeds history into them as well. The historical details adds another rich layer to the story, which I really enjoyed. Now we need a book about Lord Gantry and his wife! I highly recommend this book! Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristelle

    I received this copy as an arc from NetGalley. This fun and flirty romance is the second in this series. It is a diverse regency romance with a brave and intelligent heroine. The main characters have intense chemistry and are ahead of their time!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    An Earl, The Girl, and A Toddler is the second book in Vanessa Riley's Rogues & Remarkable Women series. I did not read the first book, though am planning to order my copy now seeing as I enjoyed this one so much! I am a new reader to the romance genre and this book was such a delight to read. The book features hero Daniel and heroine Jemina whose conflict and "will they/won't they" back and forth drives the plot. Jemina is one of the only survivors of the ship Minerva's sinking and she suffers An Earl, The Girl, and A Toddler is the second book in Vanessa Riley's Rogues & Remarkable Women series. I did not read the first book, though am planning to order my copy now seeing as I enjoyed this one so much! I am a new reader to the romance genre and this book was such a delight to read. The book features hero Daniel and heroine Jemina whose conflict and "will they/won't they" back and forth drives the plot. Jemina is one of the only survivors of the ship Minerva's sinking and she suffers memory loss of her past life. Daniel was one of the key people, along with the Widow's Grace members (a group that right the wrongs done to women by an unjust system) to help her escape the asylum where she was imprisoned. A mystery around her relationship to Daniel's wife, his toddler step-daughter, and how her deceased husband's potential involvement in the slave trade. Riley references a lot of historical events and personalities in her book, and includes a nice reference at the end to educate the reader further. * I received an ARC courtesy of netgalley for my feedback

  11. 4 out of 5

    Taylor McCabe

    When the Minerva goes down en route to England from Jamaica, Jemina St. Maur loses her memory and, condemned to Bedlam as a lunatic, her freedom. P. Daniel Thackeray loses his wife...but gains the daughter he didn't know she had. Two years later, Jemina is free, courtesy of Daniel, now Earl of Ashbrook. And Daniel, after two years of mourning and devoted fatherhood, is perhaps ready to consider a new romantic entanglement with the contrary Widow St. Maur. I was really into the plot of this book b When the Minerva goes down en route to England from Jamaica, Jemina St. Maur loses her memory and, condemned to Bedlam as a lunatic, her freedom. P. Daniel Thackeray loses his wife...but gains the daughter he didn't know she had. Two years later, Jemina is free, courtesy of Daniel, now Earl of Ashbrook. And Daniel, after two years of mourning and devoted fatherhood, is perhaps ready to consider a new romantic entanglement with the contrary Widow St. Maur. I was really into the plot of this book but the pace is BREAKNECK, so much so that I had a hard time following the emotional beats. Often you can read romance series out of order, but for this one, the glut of characters thrown at you in the beginning will be difficult if you haven't read A DUKE, THE LADY, AND A BABY. On top of that, there is a lot of plot that happens very quickly here! Secrets are kept and revealed (which sometimes then create more secrets) at such a pace that it's a bit hard to keep track. Everything definitely comes together in the end, but the journey to get there is a bit chaotic--this is definitely one where you need to pay attention.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christi (christireadsalot)

    I did read the first book in the series before this one and think that really helped to understand more of the situations & characters we have in this book. The heroine of this book we do meet in the first book, as well as get to know more about the work that the secret society (The Widow’s Grace) is doing. Essentially they are a society to help ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families (in the first book the heroine is separated from her newborn son), help the women find jobs, I did read the first book in the series before this one and think that really helped to understand more of the situations & characters we have in this book. The heroine of this book we do meet in the first book, as well as get to know more about the work that the secret society (The Widow’s Grace) is doing. Essentially they are a society to help ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families (in the first book the heroine is separated from her newborn son), help the women find jobs, or even love again. The heroine in this story is Jemina, she survived a shipwreck en route to London from Jamaica (where she’s from) but ends up suffering from amnesia & since she was found on her own, ends up imprisoned in Bedlam. This story really dives into how women of the time had little agency of their own lives and especially the struggles they faced with their mental health. The hero Daniel is a barrister who had married by proxy but ended up a widower with a young stepdaughter to care for. Daniel is now an Earl and after two years of focusing on his career and being a devoted father, is ready to start thinking about a new relationship. He actually helps Jemina get out of Bedlam & their story unfolds from there. While I enjoyed this read actually more than the first in the series, I still did have some issues with this read which were similar. The story is told in dual POV but jumps between 1st person for the heroine & 3rd person for the hero which I wanted for them both to be told in the same and there is something a little disorienting with the writing & dialogue as well. Another thing which is a personal thing for me but did not change my rating, I want more steam in my romances and on-page action (kissing is as much as you get on-page). Things I liked: discussions of race (being Black during regency-era England) & having a historical romance with main characters of color (hero is Black, heroine from Jamaica), showing the struggles of racism and England-colonialism, like the first book in the series this story also highlights the injustices of women at the time (no legal standings of their own & having no agency with their mental health/locked up in Bedlam against their will). I really liked the hero and how he stepped up when he becomes the sole-caretaker of his toddler stepdaughter, it was so nice to see him being a great father! The author also provided extensive research information at the end of the story & I really appreciated all the history! Thank you to the publisher (Kensington) for an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts & review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mystica

    I've not read anything in this series, so I was confused here and there but I soon got the gist of the story. Daniel our hero, a lawyer upright but hiding secrets of his own. A little daughter whom he is determined to protect at all costs. Jemima who has a fascination for Daniel and vice versa, suffering from amnesia, knows she was married, had a child and was incarcerated at Bedlam by her husband's family for two years. Also a group of ladies known as the Widow's Grace - finding support and succ I've not read anything in this series, so I was confused here and there but I soon got the gist of the story. Daniel our hero, a lawyer upright but hiding secrets of his own. A little daughter whom he is determined to protect at all costs. Jemima who has a fascination for Daniel and vice versa, suffering from amnesia, knows she was married, had a child and was incarcerated at Bedlam by her husband's family for two years. Also a group of ladies known as the Widow's Grace - finding support and succor for women in need especially those who are cheated by family and society of what is rightfully theirs. A very intriguing setting with characters not normally found amongst women of that age, this was a mystery well told.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kandace Denys (bookish_kayy)

    This was a fairly quick read, although it did take me a bit to get into. This could be contributed to not having read the first book in the series, as I was a little confused for a bit. Once I worked it out, I could see where things were heading, and I did enjoy most of the trip to get there. I got a little tired of the seemingly constant misunderstandings, but nothing that put me off too badly. Overall, I did enjoy this and I would read more by this author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Stenquist

    Very good, better if read first book in series prior.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Clark

    if you like regency era romance or romance period, do not pass go, do not collect $200, go get this book now! I loved this book even more than the 1st. the writing is great, the world the characters live in is vivid and so well written you can picture yourself in it. If you need a palate cleanser book this is the one to read, you will feel so happy after reading it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    ⭐⭐⭐ This story is the second installment of Vanessa Riley's Remarkable Women series. In it, we follow Daniel, the Widows lawyer and Jemina, an amnesiac who cannot remember anything before two years ago. We see a little of their relationship in the first book, which you don't need to read to enjoy this one. I like the dual perspective narration used. There are also some historical figures in the story which add to the richness of the book. There are some frank discussions of being Black in Britain ⭐⭐⭐ This story is the second installment of Vanessa Riley's Remarkable Women series. In it, we follow Daniel, the Widows lawyer and Jemina, an amnesiac who cannot remember anything before two years ago. We see a little of their relationship in the first book, which you don't need to read to enjoy this one. I like the dual perspective narration used. There are also some historical figures in the story which add to the richness of the book. There are some frank discussions of being Black in Britain in this time period and the assumptions made. A great deal of thought and care went into making these characters who they are, and a lot of time and attention is paid to help readers understand their perspective. I enjoyed the unique concerns of Jemina trying to reconcile the life she is making for herself with the one she cannot remember. It felt very real to me that she struggled so much with accepting the new and wonderful things because she felt her past and some part of herflself was still missing. This was a great book in an amazing series. Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books. #AnEarltheGirlandaToddler #NetGalley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    2/5 This book... How to properly explain my experience with this book? I think, generally, I was very confused. I have not read the first book in this series, so that may be why I was so confused. I don't think this can be read as a standalone, and you should probably read the first one before this. I feel like I was really missing some context. I can't really fault the book for being part of a series, but I do wish there was more explanation at the beginning. Once I kind of understood what was go 2/5 This book... How to properly explain my experience with this book? I think, generally, I was very confused. I have not read the first book in this series, so that may be why I was so confused. I don't think this can be read as a standalone, and you should probably read the first one before this. I feel like I was really missing some context. I can't really fault the book for being part of a series, but I do wish there was more explanation at the beginning. Once I kind of understood what was going on, I enjoyed the book a lot more. I really liked the focus on race throughout this book. The Hero is Black, and the Heroine is from Jamaica. Themes of race and interracial relationships were explored, which I haven't often read in historical romance novels. It was refreshing and so welcome. I also liked the exploration of the role of women during this time and mental health. The book explored how women often had to fend for themselves in legal proceedings, and they didn't have agency in terms of their mental health. Any sort of mental illness, real or imagined by men in their lives, could get a woman imprisoned and no longer in control of her possessions or life. It honestly made me mad reading about it, and I'm glad that this book discussed it. That's about where my praise ends. I didn't love the characters very much. I didn't like that Jemina consistently hit Daniel whenever she was upset. And I didn't understand why their conflict dragged out for so long. If they had just communicated better with one another, the majority of the conflict within this novel could have been avoided. Conflict fueled solely by poor communication doesn't really do it for me. There were also some things left unfinished in this book, which I'm assuming will be cleared up in future books. So I would just caution people expecting this to be a typical romance book within a series; do not expect all loose ends to be tied up. You'll have to read the next book (I think) to get closure. This book just wasn't what I was expecting. And the parts that I did like, while lovely, didn't make up for the confusion, inconsistent pacing, and general lack of structure the book had. I wish I had liked it more. I'm super willing to check out other books by this author in the future, but this one was just not right for me. note: This book was provided to me by NetGalley and publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Palmer

    ****ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****** If you are a fan of Bridgerton then this may be a book you would enjoy. It gave me the same historical vibes and very similar, we both want each other but can't pull our shit together at the same time, energy. This story is a historical romance about Jemina, a woman who no-one truly knows, including herself. She was one of the only survivors of a terrible ship-wreck, that may have left her with her life, but with no memory of her ****ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****** If you are a fan of Bridgerton then this may be a book you would enjoy. It gave me the same historical vibes and very similar, we both want each other but can't pull our shit together at the same time, energy. This story is a historical romance about Jemina, a woman who no-one truly knows, including herself. She was one of the only survivors of a terrible ship-wreck, that may have left her with her life, but with no memory of her past. She becomes a part of the "Widow's Grace" and becomes determined to find the truth of her past. But in the meantime she will dedicate her time and effort in helping other Widows get back their lives, property, and children. In her search for the truth of her past, Jemina comes upon something she was not searching for... Love. Daniel Thackery was widowered by his late wife, in the same ship-wreck that stole Jemina's memory, and left with a baby that becomes his new life and love. He isin't searching for a relationship but then he comes upon Jemina and they both embark upon a journey to truth and find more than they bargained for in the arms of one another. *Side-note if you like your historical romances on the spicy side this may not be the book for you. There is a slow burn but it all stays very PG.. maybe PG-13 in the descriptions of the romantic interludes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler is the second book in the Rogues and Remarkable Women series. There wasn't as much of a mystery in this one as the last one. The mystery did still follow one of the Widow's Grace women that we met in the first book, Jemina St. Maur. She is one of two survivors of the shipwrecked Minerva from Jamaica. She has amnesia and is trying to find her history. Daniel is her barrister, the man who saved her from Bedlam, and the nephew of the Widow's Grace ringleader. Daniel An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler is the second book in the Rogues and Remarkable Women series. There wasn't as much of a mystery in this one as the last one. The mystery did still follow one of the Widow's Grace women that we met in the first book, Jemina St. Maur. She is one of two survivors of the shipwrecked Minerva from Jamaica. She has amnesia and is trying to find her history. Daniel is her barrister, the man who saved her from Bedlam, and the nephew of the Widow's Grace ringleader. Daniel has secrets of his own about the Minerva and doesn't want Jemina uncovering them. There were no holes left in this mystery like there was in the first book. However, I did have a bit of a time with all the misunderstandings and evasiveness of Daniel and Jemina. There was so much of it that it began to get tedious. Overall, the book was enjoyable and a fun read. Thank you #NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to give my voluntary and honest opinion on #AnEarlTheGirlandaToddler.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book has a good enough underlying idea but was poorly executed. I worked out the plot twist in the first chapter and spent the rest of the book waiting for it. The long winding story didn’t create suspense, only boredom. It could potentially be adapted to a good film.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kaetrin

    Reviewing for Dear Author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Owens

    3.75

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristi L

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Riley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ih8JaneAusten

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gary

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Niblett

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

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