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Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Rothbury. Lord Rothbury is a gentleman-geologist with a turbulent romantic past. After a youthful disappointment he vows never to fall in love again, and makes the decision, instead, to seek out a convenient wife when he returns to England from his geological travels abroad. Brought together by their close family ties, Cassy and Rothbury collaborate on a geological paper and discover a powerful attraction. Marriage, however, is the one subject they cannot agree upon. But when Cassy’s life is threatened, the two realise that love matters more than their objections.


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Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Rothbury. Lord Rothbury is a gentleman-geologist with a turbulent romantic past. After a youthful disappointment he vows never to fall in love again, and makes the decision, instead, to seek out a convenient wife when he returns to England from his geological travels abroad. Brought together by their close family ties, Cassy and Rothbury collaborate on a geological paper and discover a powerful attraction. Marriage, however, is the one subject they cannot agree upon. But when Cassy’s life is threatened, the two realise that love matters more than their objections.

30 review for The Earl's Lady Geologist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mimi Matthews

    Such a sweet & lovely story! Longer review to come.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elodie’s Reading Corner

    The Earl's Lady Geologist Alissa Baxter https://www.facebook.com/alissa.baxte... Release Date 02/28/2021 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Rothbury. Lord Rot The Earl's Lady Geologist Alissa Baxter https://www.facebook.com/alissa.baxte... Release Date 02/28/2021 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Rothbury. Lord Rothbury is a gentleman-geologist with a turbulent romantic past. After a youthful disappointment he vows never to fall in love again, and makes the decision, instead, to seek out a convenient wife when he returns to England from his geological travels abroad. Brought together by their close family ties, Cassy and Rothbury collaborate on a geological paper and discover a powerful attraction. Marriage, however, is the one subject they cannot agree upon. But when Cassy's life is threatened, the two realize that love matters more than their objections. 𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 Will she doom them to unhappiness by refusing to embrase life fully ... It was the blurb that intrigued me, I am such a sucker for the scholar/bluestocking trope. And as I had not yet read the author, it was like landing on a new country. I read it rather quickly, so entranced to see how the heroine’s predicament would unknot itself. Cassie has everything all mapped out, only a few months left and she will come in her inheritance and will be free to do as she pleases. So when she is summoned to London for her dreaded first season, she complies as she has no other choice but warns she is not looking for a husband. Even when her heart flutters to a much faster rhythm than usual. She so dreads the idea of marriage, she does not allow herself to see what is right in front of her, blind to anything other than her fears. Edward while judging first Cassie on her cover, rapidly must acknowledge there is more to her than her rather plain features. She is educated, resilient and far more clever than many scholars he knows. Thus he has to rethink his own policy about marriage. One of convenience with such an intelligent and talented woman would be finally no hardship, if he can convince her of such. Yet when matter of the heart enters the line, will she let her fears dictate her future and close her heart to any possible love. While I found Edward a bit conceited at time, he was just like the men of his era, yet more open minded than many as he did not disregard Cassie’s work. And even if he made a mud of things at the beginning, he is a very patient man, trying to give Cassie time and distance to overcome her own grief. Why I was upset at her for overlooking him, and hurting a man who saw her for who she is really, who found beauty in her and her intellect. Choosing the coward path and retreating to the fringes of society instead of living with all its gains and losses. 4.5 stars 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 some sweet kisses I have been granted an advance copy by the author, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)

    Alissa Baxter is a marvel of the historical romance genre, her books are always thought-provoking, incredibly well researched and beautifully romantic. The Earls Lady Geologist beautiful story of two people who like chalk and cheese, she is spirited and opinionated whereas he is a little bit of a stick in the mud, he appears very disapproving of her and her opinions and I did wonder how on earth such different people could ever live happily ever after. But, when the chemistry does start crackling Alissa Baxter is a marvel of the historical romance genre, her books are always thought-provoking, incredibly well researched and beautifully romantic. The Earls Lady Geologist beautiful story of two people who like chalk and cheese, she is spirited and opinionated whereas he is a little bit of a stick in the mud, he appears very disapproving of her and her opinions and I did wonder how on earth such different people could ever live happily ever after. But, when the chemistry does start crackling their romance is one of endearing love and loyalty, I particularly loved that once Rothbury understands Cassandra and they learn of their shared love of Fossil’s he is very open and supportive of her passion and her dedication to Geology and Fossil hunting, something which I thought was such a nice turn of events, even though I wasn’t sure about them as a couple, I didn’t think that they would work well together, I am pleased to be proved wrong as they do make a cute couple. I really like how we first meet Cassandra, there she is on the beach up to her knees and elbows in the mud looking for fossils – how wonderful is that? She is a great character, I felt a real connection to her and thoroughly enjoyed walking beside her as the story moved forward. I loved the turn of events when she dresses like a man to get into the geological society, only to find the one man she has sworn to avoid, the infuriating prim, brooding and dashing; Lord Rothbury. I really liked the heroine; Cassandra, she is a smart, sassy, wilful, passionate, fun and quite stubborn young woman, she is incredibly likeable, you can’t help yourself but root for her from the start, but she is a woman who unfortunately lives during the restrictive Regency era. She is an absolute breath of fresh air, personally, I find a lot of Regency women to be a little grating always gonging gooey-eyed for titles, and wanting to waste their tender years in hoping to grasp said title. In Cassandra with having a spirited woman who thinks before she acts and is determined she doesn’t need to be trapped in the vicar’s mousetrap, she makes her intelligent and well-founded protestations for not marrying with as much gusto as a politician makes their side heard in parliament. But, alas again this is the Regency era and basically, it doesn’t matter what she says fate works against women. I loved the inclusion of real historical characters, without name dropping there are some great names who pop up during the course of the story, I love that Baxter has so seamlessly written them into her fictional story. There is a fabulous cast of character’s, villains, interfering aunts, fun side characters and of course our two leads, the cast really rounds the story out so it’s not just all about fossil hunting and history, for those who aren’t huge fans of either – personally, I loved the historical detailing and facts which Baxter has strewn into the story. Don’t think that this is all about funny, romantic and quirky plots with unique and likeable characters, there is sadness too with the mention of miscarriage which Baxter has handled with such sensitively for what is a pretty taboo subject in historical romance, she wrote that particular part of the plot with such care, it was emotional but not overdone so much that it would upset anyone, which really is a testament of how skilful Baxter’s writing is. I absolutely loved this book, it’s fun, smart, romantic and wonderfully original. The cover and title caught my attention right from the moment I spied it, I was intrigued by the premise of a lady geologist. To be honest, I don’t really know a lot about Geology, so this book was a great learning curve and made me want to learn more about the history and real-life women who led the way in the field. The Earls Geologist is a sweet and smart story, one of which any historical romance fan will be begging to read, highly recommended, I can’t wait to see what comes next in this new series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    HR-ML

    Traditional Regency w/ some suspense. Kisses only. I enjoy Regency & Victorian stories of women w/ unusual talents or skills. This seemed a tad slow in places, but was worth reading. The MCs Edward (an earl) & Cassandra were both trained in geology (she from her late sire) & both distrusted each other. He lectured her about the tides & unstable cliffs, when she sought fossils, as if she'd never done this work before. She also did wonderful sketches of her finds. He started out as a prig who morphe Traditional Regency w/ some suspense. Kisses only. I enjoy Regency & Victorian stories of women w/ unusual talents or skills. This seemed a tad slow in places, but was worth reading. The MCs Edward (an earl) & Cassandra were both trained in geology (she from her late sire) & both distrusted each other. He lectured her about the tides & unstable cliffs, when she sought fossils, as if she'd never done this work before. She also did wonderful sketches of her finds. He started out as a prig who morphed into a good guy. Cassy had supportive Lyme Regis friends Mary + Elizabeth & London: Bella. Her aunt & uncle talked her into a season, against her wishes. The antagonist reminded me of Columbo (of the old TV show) : he kept showing up.

  5. 5 out of 5

    InD'tale Magazine

    “The Earl’s Lady Geologist” is an enchanting love story that will leave the reader feeling as if one is in a fairytale. Read full review in the 2021 March issue of InD'tale Magazine. “The Earl’s Lady Geologist” is an enchanting love story that will leave the reader feeling as if one is in a fairytale. Read full review in the 2021 March issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Thoroughly enjoyable, with a fast moving steady plot, and endearing characters. Cassandra is a wonderful heroine, I loved her passion for geology and her no-nonsense approach to marriage and romance. I liked that she came off as a normal girl, plain by common standards of beauty, with an independent streak. I loved how we see Rothbury open up to Cassy over the course of the book, as we get to see the man that he is. Also I loved the tender relationship between Cassy and her late mother, which bro Thoroughly enjoyable, with a fast moving steady plot, and endearing characters. Cassandra is a wonderful heroine, I loved her passion for geology and her no-nonsense approach to marriage and romance. I liked that she came off as a normal girl, plain by common standards of beauty, with an independent streak. I loved how we see Rothbury open up to Cassy over the course of the book, as we get to see the man that he is. Also I loved the tender relationship between Cassy and her late mother, which brought a lot of heart to the story. At times touching, at others humorous with snappy dialogue between the main characters, this was entertaining and satisfying read from beginning to end. The characters were well developed, and I loved how the well researched history was woven into the story, blending fictional and historical characters. I would heartily recommend this wholesome regency romance! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    PlotTrysts

    The Earl's Lady Geologist is a sweet Regency romance featuring an unconventional lady (who is a geologist, as the title implies) and a nobleman who is also interested in geology. We were prepared to sit back and enjoy a slow burn romance, and that was indeed present. In the tradition of Georgette Heyer, historical figures also make appearances in the text - specifically Mary Anning, who made many fossil discoveries in Lyme Regis. Jane Austen's books are also heavily referenced, which will please The Earl's Lady Geologist is a sweet Regency romance featuring an unconventional lady (who is a geologist, as the title implies) and a nobleman who is also interested in geology. We were prepared to sit back and enjoy a slow burn romance, and that was indeed present. In the tradition of Georgette Heyer, historical figures also make appearances in the text - specifically Mary Anning, who made many fossil discoveries in Lyme Regis. Jane Austen's books are also heavily referenced, which will please any Austenites reading the book. While the characters were appealing and the premise of the book was enjoyable, we found that the plot was a bit scattered. Cassy is determined to remain a spinster; Edward is determined to pursue her - at first, for a marriage of convenience, and then for a love match. While Cassy plays hard to get for most of the book, towards the end Edward also takes on the mantle of the romance hero who has determined never to love again. In addition to the interpersonal conflict, there is also a villain whose appearance did not seem to add much to the plot. Although we found this one uneven, we look forward to reading more from Alissa Baxter. This objective review is based on a complimentary advanced reader copy of the book provided by NetGalley and the publisher.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    I forgot I had this book and started it on my kindle, but it was a fast read and I was able to knock it out before diving into the book I'm working on right now. I liked reading this one because you had a girl who enjoyed something scientific and nerdy and the guy who encouraged her nerdom. In the case of this book (and reference to the title), it's fossils and it being the 1700's, it was a crime for women to be involved in science. Our main character is, and it's how she meets her suitor. It was I forgot I had this book and started it on my kindle, but it was a fast read and I was able to knock it out before diving into the book I'm working on right now. I liked reading this one because you had a girl who enjoyed something scientific and nerdy and the guy who encouraged her nerdom. In the case of this book (and reference to the title), it's fossils and it being the 1700's, it was a crime for women to be involved in science. Our main character is, and it's how she meets her suitor. It was a very cute, very clean romance, and one that was different than the normal regency novels along the lines of Heyer or Darcy. I'd be up for reading more by this author!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Riella Cristobal

    A unique and sweet Regency romance, The Earl’s Lady Geologist is the first book I have read of Ms. Baxter. It was so cute! I went in intrigued, because I had little knowledge about the geology and archeology of that time. It was fascinating to see that setting for this book. Cassandra, Casssy is a lady fossil collector. She is adamant that she will never marry, yet her aunts are just as determined to get her to Town for a Season.There she at least can attempt to infiltrate the Geological Society A unique and sweet Regency romance, The Earl’s Lady Geologist is the first book I have read of Ms. Baxter. It was so cute! I went in intrigued, because I had little knowledge about the geology and archeology of that time. It was fascinating to see that setting for this book. Cassandra, Casssy is a lady fossil collector. She is adamant that she will never marry, yet her aunts are just as determined to get her to Town for a Season.There she at least can attempt to infiltrate the Geological Society. However, while in Town she is dismayed to encounter the Earl of Rothbury, who she finds infuriating and confining. Rothbury, a fellow geologist, has had troubles with love in the past and now is ready for a sensible marriage of convenience. Through family ties, Cassy and Rothbury are brought together and begin working together on a geological paper. As feelings emerge and the two clash, will they find that love is greater than their objections? This was super cute! I really like Cassy. She had a backbone and opinions, but she was not stubbornly obstinate or thoughtless. She cared about her family, even though she had her own views.I appreciated her intelligence and her love of geology. Her passion was so cool to see! It was also cool to see some of the work done by females at that time.Rothbury was also a sweet character. He was also quite sure of his beliefs and cared for his family. I liked seeing the family interactions and setting that it brought to the story. He cared for them and tried to listen to them. I thought that their love story was also adorable! They grew to appreciate one another and like each other as people. I loved seeing how they cared for each other, especially how Rothbury tried to court her.At the end of the book, I actually said aloud, “That was so cute!”. The elements of mystery and danger that come through are also very exciting. I think it was a nice addition that fleshed out the story. I am also interested in Harriet, she had a secondary plot with her featured and I would love to see her story continued! Overall, this was a clean, sweet Regency read! I liked the addition of geology, though I am by no means an expert myself, I was able to understand and I thought it added to the story. I would recommend this to those who enjoy a sweet romance and like historical fiction! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    What a delightful Regency novel this was! This was a story that I had trouble setting down. I liked the way things developed between Cassy and Lord Rothbury. Neither one was very impressed with the other when they first met. Lord Rothbury even thought Cassy was a bit plain. However, I loved the way Rothbury’s eyes and heart opened up to the wonderful and smart woman Cassy was as they spent time together. Cassy fought her attraction to Rothbury because she never planned to marry. Cassy’s reasoning What a delightful Regency novel this was! This was a story that I had trouble setting down. I liked the way things developed between Cassy and Lord Rothbury. Neither one was very impressed with the other when they first met. Lord Rothbury even thought Cassy was a bit plain. However, I loved the way Rothbury’s eyes and heart opened up to the wonderful and smart woman Cassy was as they spent time together. Cassy fought her attraction to Rothbury because she never planned to marry. Cassy’s reasoning actually made sense, even if those reasons meant that she wasn’t fully embracing life. I thought the author did a good job of creating a well-rounded character in Cassy. She had plans and fears and once her heart got involved, decisions she had to make became painful and complicated. I so enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Cassandra Linfield got her interest in geology from her scholarly father and has continued her studies since his death. She is set to come into her own fortune soon and has no intention of ever curtailing her freedom with marriage. When her aunt by marriage insists she accompany her to London for the Season, Cassy acquiesces and does her best to stay involved in the geological society, hiding that she is a woman, and avoiding the infuriating Lord Rothbury, her aunt’s son from her first marriage. Cassandra Linfield got her interest in geology from her scholarly father and has continued her studies since his death. She is set to come into her own fortune soon and has no intention of ever curtailing her freedom with marriage. When her aunt by marriage insists she accompany her to London for the Season, Cassy acquiesces and does her best to stay involved in the geological society, hiding that she is a woman, and avoiding the infuriating Lord Rothbury, her aunt’s son from her first marriage. Lord Edward Sinclair, Earl of Rothbury, is a respected geologist and a cynic after an early disappointment in love. He no longer subscribes to romance and instead seeks a marriage of convenience now that he’s returned from his travels. Since they share some family, Edward and Cassy frequently find themselves in one another’s company and he soon begins to see her as more than a mere convenience. But she’s as resistant to marriage as ever and it will take a life-threatening situation to help her put her priorities in order. This book was well-written in the style of a proper, traditional Regency romance and obviously thoroughly researched. For me, it was a bit of a slog given the slow burn of this relationship, the lack of steamy scenes, and the heroine’s flightiness and inconsistency. I also found Edward to be rather disingenuous given how often he described Cassy as plain or naïve or something else unflattering and then professed to love her and think her beautiful. While believable enough, the turnaround seemed like something I’d expect from a callow schoolboy rather than a grown man. I found the language a bit stilted and though it certainly fit the time period, something about it made it difficult for me to become engrossed in the story. This issue wasn’t helped by the use of several different plot threads which cropped up to develop tension but were resolved too quickly to fully facilitate that effect. The extreme detail with which each nuance of the characters’ lives and routines was described stalled the pacing and jumps of several days or weeks at a time made the storyline feel rather disjointed. There was a lot of painstaking minutiae, but several passages in which nothing much happened and that had me losing interest rapidly. The heroine seemed overly dramatic and changeable to me but was characterized well. The hero came off as rather mercenary at first but with a tender yet wounded heart underneath and could’ve benefited from more development or characterization as he came off as rather one dimensional. Edward and Cassy both seemed to fall for each other gradually and then realize their feelings all at once, but Edward was rather high-handed and still arrogant in the end and I never felt like I really knew anything about him. Overall, this is a classy and well-researched regency which features a unique hobby and will likely be enjoyed by fans of proper romance. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zoe L.

    There were so many things about this book that made me go: Yes, this is a me book. And I have to say that it lived up to my own internal hype! I really loved this book and it was honestly the best thing for me with how stressed I have been lately. You know, it’s just one of those books you can curl up with and enjoy all of the regency drama and romance. You know, I’m already a sucker for a good regency romance but I’m even more of a sucker for a regency romance with a stubborn and willful woman a There were so many things about this book that made me go: Yes, this is a me book. And I have to say that it lived up to my own internal hype! I really loved this book and it was honestly the best thing for me with how stressed I have been lately. You know, it’s just one of those books you can curl up with and enjoy all of the regency drama and romance. You know, I’m already a sucker for a good regency romance but I’m even more of a sucker for a regency romance with a stubborn and willful woman and a stiff and curt man. And boy oh boy did I hit the jackpot with these two MCs. And phew, when the sparks started going off they flew. Plus it was just such a fun journey to take with these two and see as their characters grew and progressed. So yeah, this was a really amazing read and one that I really hope a lot of people pick up. it has so much to offer, has those endearing regency qualities, and is overall an amazing read. Plus it’s not terribly long so it’s a pretty quick read! You can view my full review & giveaway on my blog! I also post about a lot of different types of books! Reader | Bookstagrammer | Blogger | Reviewer @ya.its.lit - https://www.instagram.com/ya.its.lit/ Blog - https://yaitslitblog.wordpress.com/

  13. 4 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    This isn't a "love at first sight" story. The hero and the heroine aren't the least bit impressed with each other when they first meet, so their budding romantic relationship becomes a delight to witness. Cassandra LInfield is dedicated to collecting fossils and has no plans to ever marry when she begins to work with the geologist Lord Edward Sinclair, Earl of Rothbury. At first they are constantly at odds and Cassandra objects to his domineering nature until ... a change gradually occurs. As sh This isn't a "love at first sight" story. The hero and the heroine aren't the least bit impressed with each other when they first meet, so their budding romantic relationship becomes a delight to witness. Cassandra LInfield is dedicated to collecting fossils and has no plans to ever marry when she begins to work with the geologist Lord Edward Sinclair, Earl of Rothbury. At first they are constantly at odds and Cassandra objects to his domineering nature until ... a change gradually occurs. As she examines her own feelings, Cassandra questions if their verbal sparring stems from something other than antagonism. Could they actually be attracted to each other? I love it when I can learn while I'm being entertained and The Earl's Lady Geologist achieves both of these goals. Author Alissa Baxter includes the noted 19th century female geologist Mary Anning and the coastal area of Lyme Regis in her plot and I enjoyed learning about Anning's many accomplishments and the fossil digs in that area. The addition of witty dialogue, increasing romantic tension, and mysterious events in a Regency era setting make this the perfect read for those who enjoy historical romance! The Earl's Lady Geologist is my introduction to Baxter's writing and I look forward to reading more of her work. I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book from Vinspire Publishing and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pauline Ross

    I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Alissa Baxter, so I wasn’t in the least surprised to find this one right up there at her usual high standard. The title is intriguing right from the start - a lady geologist? Sign me up! And our first view of her, filthy dirty but happy as a grig fossicking on the beach for fossils, confirms that she’s going to be a wonderful, independent-minded heroine. And here comes the earl, darkly brooding and disapproving, to drag her reluctantly to London for the la I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Alissa Baxter, so I wasn’t in the least surprised to find this one right up there at her usual high standard. The title is intriguing right from the start - a lady geologist? Sign me up! And our first view of her, filthy dirty but happy as a grig fossicking on the beach for fossils, confirms that she’s going to be a wonderful, independent-minded heroine. And here comes the earl, darkly brooding and disapproving, to drag her reluctantly to London for the last thing she wants, a season of balls and no fossils. Now Cassy may be a spirited woman, but she’s also a true Regency lady, so when her protestations fail, off she goes to London to be paraded in the Marriage Mart. She doesn’t intend to marry, and she has enough of a fortune to allow her to do what she wants, but she’s perfectly willing to play her part to please her relations who disapprove of all that fossil-hunting, and think the only proper life for a woman is as a wife and mother. Besides, in London there are all sorts of interesting fossil-related things going on, so she weasels her way into a Geological Society meeting, dressed as a man, where Edward, the brooding, disapproving earl, promptly discovers her. Despite this rocky start, the two have a common interest in geology (the whole family seem to be geologists, at least the male members), and Cassy’s sparky enough to attract the earl’s attention. Their quick-witted banter is very lively. She’s better company, at any rate, than the usual sort of coquettish young ladies he knows. He needs to marry and produce an heir, so why not? So now we have a woman who doesn’t want to marry at all, and a man who isn’t much bothered but thinks she’ll do, and has no expectation of a refusal. Cue the awkward proposal and a heroine who gives him a piece of her mind, in no uncertain fashion. Go Cassy! Of course, as it’s quite obvious that these two were made for each other, there’s a long slow slide into love for her, and (surprisingly) a sudden lurch into it for him, or at least a sudden realisation that that’s what’s going on. I would have liked to see his realisation rather than find out after the event, so to speak, but that’s a small point. He’s a rational, analytical sort of man, so a sudden outbreak of emotion wouldn’t really be his style. I know so many men like this, not eloquent, not always very self-aware, but very devoted when they do fall in love. Cassy is such an easy heroine to root for, a perfect blend of independence and Regency behaviour. Her qualms about marriage were very soundly based and understandable, and to be honest, one wonders why so many Regencies, which are accurate in every other way, have the heroine hurtling into matrimony without a second thought as soon as she sees the hero’s square jaw or shapely thighs. Marriage was a dodgy business for a woman, and needed some serious consideration. The other characters are pleasant, likable people who want the best for both Cassy and Edward. There are a couple of sub-plots which are resolved rather easily, and a suitably dastardly villain, and although the ending is rather drawn-out, there’s a lovely, romantic second proposal, where Edward finally gets it right, Cassy accepts wholeheartedly and then they go right back to their verbal sparring! Wonderful stuff. A lovely, very funny, traditional read from an author who has a true sense of the Regency. I would have preferred a little more emotion at moments of high tension, and a little less geology, but that’s just a personal preference. I had the pleasure of reading this as a beta reader, and again as an ARC reader, and loved it both times. Highly recommended. Five stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Hamlod

    What a delightful story by an author that is new to me. The title drew me in because the idea of a woman geologist appealed to me as women weren’t recognised as having a brain in those times. It was a sweet and clean story to sigh over! I loved Edward and Cassy as characters and their witty interactions. One of my favourite parts is where Cassy reads letters from her deceased mother which brings a tear to the eye! Lovely!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christi

    When I first heard the title of this book I have to admit I was a little more than skeptical about what this book was all about, but the premise had me hooked. I am a sucker for a good nemesis to lovers troupe, and was instantly intrigued from the moment I opened this novel. Cassy is a heroine that I can get behind. She is independent, smart, and has a good sense of self, not letting society precedent her, but living by her own rules. She has chosen to pursue the life of spinsterhood and put her When I first heard the title of this book I have to admit I was a little more than skeptical about what this book was all about, but the premise had me hooked. I am a sucker for a good nemesis to lovers troupe, and was instantly intrigued from the moment I opened this novel. Cassy is a heroine that I can get behind. She is independent, smart, and has a good sense of self, not letting society precedent her, but living by her own rules. She has chosen to pursue the life of spinsterhood and put her passions solely towards her love of geology. Cassy knows that she doesn't need a man in her life to make her happy. Enter Lord Rothbury and all his sass. I have to admit I was with Cassy in my loathe of this man. From his taunts and name calling, to being just as strong in character as Cassy, it didn't take long to see that she had met her match. Of course, it took Cassy a lot longer to come to this revelation than it did me, and that was one of the things that charmed me about this character, but also broke my heart. Despite her many arguments, Cassy's motivations are fueled by fear, something we call all identify with. She is so focused on the odiousness words that are tossed between them to realize that both her and Lord Rothbury's view of one another evolve as the story progresses, and not only do they start to share a mutual appreciate for one another, but also respect and admiration. I have read many regency novels in my day and one thing that has always bothered me is the dialect. Many are written like the characters are are speaking in modern day with a few time-appropriate words splashed in for taste. In The Earl's Lady Geologist, I felt completely immersed in the culture, both through the language and the depiction of the idyllic setting. The vocabulary is absolutely spectacular and almost becomes a character of its own, truly transporting you back in time! Though the speech had my mystified what really won me over was the characters. Cassy and Lord Rothbury are so great together, but the supporting cast also gave me all the feels. I absolutely adored the love and support within the family, and even then nemesis was one of those characters that you love to hate. I was positively bewitched from beginning to end, and can't believe this is the first novel I've read by Alissa Baxter! I promise you, it won't be my last. *I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher through JustRead Tours. All views and opinions are completely honest, and my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Neal

    The Regency Era is a favorite time period of mine and I enjoy books based during that time. Alissa Baxter is a new to me author and I was intrigued by the book cover and synopsis. The Earl's Lady Geologist is Book #1 in the Linfield Ladies Series. Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector and is very much into her career and passion. She has NO interest in marrying ever. Cassy is very much into her work, but her Aunt convinces her to travel to Town for the Season and Cassy agrees. She gets i The Regency Era is a favorite time period of mine and I enjoy books based during that time. Alissa Baxter is a new to me author and I was intrigued by the book cover and synopsis. The Earl's Lady Geologist is Book #1 in the Linfield Ladies Series. Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector and is very much into her career and passion. She has NO interest in marrying ever. Cassy is very much into her work, but her Aunt convinces her to travel to Town for the Season and Cassy agrees. She gets involved in the Geological Society while there, even though she was banned. She is trying to avoid Earl of Rothbury, who is a fellow Geologist, but someone she detests. Earl of Rothbury is unavoidable and the 2 run into each other. Cassy and Rothbury begin working on a Geological project together and the feelings seem to begin coming out toward one another. They realize they are beginning to like each other, but neither are wanting a relationship and they definitely don't want to marry anyone. Cassy's life is threatened and they both realize that Earl of Rothbury is a protector and that maybe a marriage isn't too far in the future. Will Cassy and Earl of Rothbury complete their project? Will they realize that LOVE is grand and give LOVE and maybe marriage a chance? WOW, why haven't I read any other books by Alissa Baxter before now! She has an amazing writing style and keeps the reader intrigued with a great storyline. The Historical time of the book was well done. The Characters of the book are interesting and each has their own personality that really comes out. I LOVED Book 1 in the Linfield Ladies series and look forward to reading the series as the books are released! FANTASTIC BOOK!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Valarie

    I really enjoyed the very smart, strong and outspoken Cassy. She knows how to be a proper lady but would rather find fossils on the beach and stay a spinster doing just that. I loved all of the research the author did about ladies of the time making these great discoveries and being looked down upon/ getting no credit because they were women. The Jane Austen and Robert Burns references/ themes were great. Warning this book deals with miscarriages and loss. This was very well done by the author. I really enjoyed the very smart, strong and outspoken Cassy. She knows how to be a proper lady but would rather find fossils on the beach and stay a spinster doing just that. I loved all of the research the author did about ladies of the time making these great discoveries and being looked down upon/ getting no credit because they were women. The Jane Austen and Robert Burns references/ themes were great. Warning this book deals with miscarriages and loss. This was very well done by the author. I enjoyed the characters in the book and look forward to seeing more in upcoming books. I recommend this book to those who enjoy clean historical romance and geology of the times. PG- language- none violence- some Sensitive on loss of parents and miscarriage "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Vinspire Publishing and NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alissa Baxter

    Author's Note: The Earl’s Lady Geologist features a lady geologist, Cassandra Linfield, who lives in Lyme Regis during the Regency period. I was looking for an idea for a Regency novel a few years ago when I stumbled across an article about Mary Anning, a pioneering female palaeontologist. I then went on to do a great deal of research about women in the early 19th century who dedicated their time to this emerging scientific field. Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot feature in The Earl’s Lady Geolog Author's Note: The Earl’s Lady Geologist features a lady geologist, Cassandra Linfield, who lives in Lyme Regis during the Regency period. I was looking for an idea for a Regency novel a few years ago when I stumbled across an article about Mary Anning, a pioneering female palaeontologist. I then went on to do a great deal of research about women in the early 19th century who dedicated their time to this emerging scientific field. Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot feature in The Earl’s Lady Geologist as friends of my heroine. It was so satisfying to include these early pioneers of palaeontology in my story and to highlight the achievements of women scientists who gained little recognition during their lifetime. It was wonderful to give them a voice 200 years later! Praise for The Earl's Lady Geologist: A playful and poignant historical romance that’s certain to please fans of the genre. —Kirkus Reviews The Earl’s Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter deftly weaves together the charm of a traditional Regency romance, fascinating information on scientific society of the time, with a quiet subtext about the challenges faced by women interested in pursuing science. This first book in a new series is wonderfully satisfying on many levels! —Mary Jo Putney, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author A gentle Regency romance, full of sweetness and intelligence. Alissa Baxter’s writing is period perfect. —Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Matrimonial Advertisement A truly traditional Regency romance, with lots of witty banter, very reminiscent of Georgette Heyer. Recommended for anyone who likes a completely clean traditional Regency, with strongly authentic writing, historical accuracy and a satisfying romance. Baxter’s writing is excellent, and her dialogue, manners and settings are true to the era. A spirited heroine, a brooding hero, lots of sparkling banter and an authentic Regency setting—with added fossils! Great fun. From Lyme Regis to the drawing rooms of London, Alissa Baxter takes the reader back to the time of Jane Austen. —Mary Kingswood, author of traditional Regency romances While immersing the reader in the mores and life of the Regency era, Alissa Baxter manages to write strong, independent heroines whom modern-day women will cheer and root for. Plus the addition of little details that wrap around the plot and the characters make reading her books all the more special because you never know when you might land on a little Easter egg morsel in the beautiful and engaging prose. Historicals with heart and engaging characters that read real—that’s what you get in Ms. Baxter's books. —Zee Monodee, USA Today bestselling author. The Earl’s Lady Geologist releases on 28 February 2021.

  20. 4 out of 5

    KathyNV

    Life is way too short to always play it safe and Cassandra Linfield is going to find that out the hard way. This sweet driven geologist is one of the first women in a field dominated by men.....especially one icy, impatient, very direct and nice to look at member of the all male Geological Society, Lord Rothbury! The plot is fun, engaging, romantic and fascinating. I could smell the ocean, taste the salty air and feel the sand in my fingers! I learned a thing or two about geology, fossils and ho Life is way too short to always play it safe and Cassandra Linfield is going to find that out the hard way. This sweet driven geologist is one of the first women in a field dominated by men.....especially one icy, impatient, very direct and nice to look at member of the all male Geological Society, Lord Rothbury! The plot is fun, engaging, romantic and fascinating. I could smell the ocean, taste the salty air and feel the sand in my fingers! I learned a thing or two about geology, fossils and how to use an onion...well you’ll have to read that part on your own! Sprinkled with Jane Austin Easter Eggs and without a dull moment “The Earl’s Lady Geologist” is wonderfully delicious! Thank you to Alissa Baxter for the privilege of reading an early ARC. I loved it and highly recommend it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Ulferts

    The Earl's Lady Geologist is a wonderful, sweet Regency story. I enjoyed the inclusion of real life characters and the history that accompanies them. The love story is tender and romantic, the characters are interesting, and the setting is delightful. This was my first book by Alissa Baxter and I look forward to reading more from her. I received an advanced copy and all opinions are my own. The Earl's Lady Geologist is a wonderful, sweet Regency story. I enjoyed the inclusion of real life characters and the history that accompanies them. The love story is tender and romantic, the characters are interesting, and the setting is delightful. This was my first book by Alissa Baxter and I look forward to reading more from her. I received an advanced copy and all opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Zelos

    The Earl's Lady Geologist ,(The Linfield Ladies Series 1), Alissa Baxter Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Historical Romance I like to take a trip back mentally to the past when reading sometimes. A gentle era in some ways, but fierce in others and very bound by convention. Cassie is determined never to marry, but wants to continue her geology work, fossil hunting, writing, and once she comes into her inheritance, opening a shop with her fossil hunting friend Mary. She won't be able to The Earl's Lady Geologist ,(The Linfield Ladies Series 1), Alissa Baxter Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Historical Romance I like to take a trip back mentally to the past when reading sometimes. A gentle era in some ways, but fierce in others and very bound by convention. Cassie is determined never to marry, but wants to continue her geology work, fossil hunting, writing, and once she comes into her inheritance, opening a shop with her fossil hunting friend Mary. She won't be able to work in the shop of course, that's too much a trip away from convention even for her, but her friend Mary is a different class, she's freer to do what she wants, although she doesn't have money to do it, she's barely scraping a living selling her fossils. She's made some great discoveries but being female cannot be credited with them. That's left to the “superior” men. Sometimes little changes ;-) we're still fighting that battle on some fronts! And then along comes Rothbury, who's shocked to see her on the beach, filthy and risking her life fossil hunting under dangerous cliffs and tides. I loved him, imperious, full of responsibility and yet something in Cassie appeals to him. I just couldn't see hi married to some vapid miss, who's conversation would be fashion and gossip. Cassie's family insist she has a Season, although she's very open about her desire not to marry. Her aunt and cousins are so friendly though, she goes along with their plans as she likes them and doesn't want to upset them. She gets into a few scrapes with the cousins, that was fun, and I think like her I'd have wanted to go to the Hallowed grounds of the Geological Society, even though its not for women.... Rothbury is intrigued the more he gets to know Cassie, and slowly, against their wishes, feelings develop on both sides. Like any good romance though its not without a few hiccups and even some drama thrown in at the end. Its a novel with several different layers to it, which made it a very enjoyable read. Its a fun read, fitted the time period well. I was mentally placed back in time, and enjoyed the descriptions of the balls, the fashions, the day to day stuff Ladies of the time occupied themselves with. Poor Cassie, it wasn't fossil hunting, though she did find a niche where she could help and enjoy her passion for relics. The characters felt very real, and the issues both Cassie and Rothbury had around marriage were very well thought out, understandable and neither had a sudden change of heart, but one that came around more gradually. I like that, I hate when a character throws away a long held belief just because they fall in love. There needs to be more, and here there was. Stars: Five. A story I really enjoyed with enough in it for me to reread at a future date when I want a relaxing few hours with a gentler time... ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

  23. 4 out of 5

    The LitBuzz

    “Your thoughts are mirrored in your expression, Mouse. Do you know that? They stream across your face in a most enlightening manner.” —Alissa Baxter, The Earl’s Lady Geologist The Earl’s Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter is a highly enjoyable love story that reads like a combination of Jane Austen’s beloved characters and the fossil hunting craze of early 19th century England. If you’re familiar with my reviews, you know I love smart romance. I love characters who are unashamed of their interests, a “Your thoughts are mirrored in your expression, Mouse. Do you know that? They stream across your face in a most enlightening manner.” —Alissa Baxter, The Earl’s Lady Geologist The Earl’s Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter is a highly enjoyable love story that reads like a combination of Jane Austen’s beloved characters and the fossil hunting craze of early 19th century England. If you’re familiar with my reviews, you know I love smart romance. I love characters who are unashamed of their interests, as well as their knowledge in the fields of study that call to them. Alissa Baxter writes like she’s the brain-child of Jane Austen and Penny Reid, and that is truly high praise from me. The Earl’s Lady Geologist has the feel of a good enemies to lover’s trope, but it’s held within the bounds of respect and decorum of the time period. As a vehement fan of anything that gives me the slightest flavor of Pride and Prejudice, I adored The Earl’s Lady Geologist for exactly that reason. Cassandra as a character has no reason to marry, in fact, she would utterly prefer to spend the rest of her days on the beaches of Lyme Regis hunting fossils with her friends, writing scholarly papers on her findings and providing scientific sketches to go along with those papers. The fact that she must enter society to find herself a husband is an annoyance to her. The fact that she was whisked away from Lyme Regis in order to do so by a handsome, yet aloof man annoys her further. Lord Rothbury has put off finding a wife for too long and at the behest of his mother, he feels he must find a woman who will become the countess his title demands. Because Cassy fits his checklist, and has no desire to get married, he concludes their marriage would be mutually beneficial and tells her so…quite bluntly and without finesse. From that point on, Cassy and Rothbury enter into a cat and mouse game of feelings that is not only entertaining, but it reads like a truly well-crafted slow burn. I loved their story, and I loved the characters around them. Based on an Author’s Note, I have found out that Cassy’s friends were in fact real ladies who worked to uncover fossils and other scientific discoveries in Lyme Regis. The Earl’s Lady Geologist is a clean romance, and one that can be shared with any historical romance lover, Jane Austen aficionado, or smart romance fan. If you need a break from angsty reads, and need just a whole-heartedly well-done love story, then Alissa Baxter’s latest release is the story for you.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Cassandra Linfield is a fossil collector, very much a geologist, despite the fact that being such does not quite fit in the times she lives. She is quite serious as to what she does and cannot imagine any man that would accept this and allow her to continue in her endeavors. When she pursues a deeper avenue regarding her interests, she is thwarted by her nemesis, Edward, The Lord of Rothbury. Meanwhile, marriage proposals come fast and quick to Cassy. She has no desire to marry, and with very goo Cassandra Linfield is a fossil collector, very much a geologist, despite the fact that being such does not quite fit in the times she lives. She is quite serious as to what she does and cannot imagine any man that would accept this and allow her to continue in her endeavors. When she pursues a deeper avenue regarding her interests, she is thwarted by her nemesis, Edward, The Lord of Rothbury. Meanwhile, marriage proposals come fast and quick to Cassy. She has no desire to marry, and with very good reason. Why then is she drawn to Lord Rothbury? He share similar interests as he is a geologist himself, but is that enough for Cassy to consider his suit? Then there is the fact that Edward comes with enough baggage to make Cassy firm in her decision to focus on her collection and research. Would a marriage of convenience suit both Cassy and Edward or will matters of the heart make themselves more than apparent? One thing that I really liked about this book, along with the unconventional career that Cassy has chosen, is the emotional edge the book has. There is something that makes Cassy the woman that she is and I couldn't help but feel drawn to her character. In addition to enjoying both Cassy and Edward in this book, I also quite enjoyed his sister Harriet and his brother James. They were both nice additions to an already enjoyable story. Lastly, one thing that is always enjoyable when reading a good book is when an Author's Note is included. I loved learning about other women geologists in the 19th century. A very nice bonus. Many thanks to Vinspire Publishing and HF Virtual Book Tours for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mikkayla

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Earl’s Lady Geologist Cassandra Linfield, ‘Cassy’ is such a likeable character. She is a recently orphaned heiress, she lost her mother some time before but the loss of her father is recent. They were close, they shared a love for fossils, and their home in Lyme was the perfect place for uncovering new fossils. Although her understanding of fossils went way beyond my own, I saw how passionate she was about every aspect of them, they were important to her. And it endeared her to me, seeing suc The Earl’s Lady Geologist Cassandra Linfield, ‘Cassy’ is such a likeable character. She is a recently orphaned heiress, she lost her mother some time before but the loss of her father is recent. They were close, they shared a love for fossils, and their home in Lyme was the perfect place for uncovering new fossils. Although her understanding of fossils went way beyond my own, I saw how passionate she was about every aspect of them, they were important to her. And it endeared her to me, seeing such a passion. Instead of focusing on marriage and society dances, she pursued her study of geology. But aside from this, Cassy is very strong in her declarations to never marry. Even if she should fall in love, she will not marry. Cassy has some deep rooted reasons behind her vow, and I loved how they came to the surface throughout the story. When Cassy is to have her coming out in London, Edward Rothbury (a cousin of sorts) is charged with keeping an eye on Cassy. He shares many of Cassy’s interests in geology. He has even written papers on the topic. But he takes his responsibility of watching over Cassy seriously and comes across as a bit of threat to her freedom. Not landing himself in the best light through Cassy’s eyes. But as they interact, and spend more time together his humour and other qualities come out and he wins us all over, even Cassy. You can see a love growing between them before they even realize it, but Cassy’s determination to not marry proves to be a roadblock. Edward is not easily dissuaded, he knows what he wants and as an Earl he is accustomed to getting it. And he wants to marry Cassy. So he fights and fights and I loved his character for it. He knew the value in finding love and holding into it. (Putting him up there as one of the best book hero’s) I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. And I must say, Alissa Baxter did her homework. There is so much history and knowledge throughout the story. So much was inspired by actual history and women of that time. It was a joy to learn some new things and see new places. Books like this one are why I enjoy reading so much. It is not just a romantic story, it paints a picture of what life was like in the 19th Century, and how beautiful the world is. We can learn about different professions, ones we may even think boring were it not for these passionate characters. There is a little bit of everything, even a little action! I absolutely recommend this book. It is a clean romance, with some adorable and swoony romantic declarations. Give it a read! You will not regret it. I cannot wait to read more of Alissa Baxter’s novels. Thank you NetGalley and Vinspire Publishing for this complimentary ebook in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

    From their first meeting, Cassandra Linfield and Edward, Lord Rothbury, are at odds over her passion for hunting fossils. Related through the marriage of his mother to her uncle, Edward has been called upon to help ensure the success of Cassy's first Season. With Cassy set against marriage and Edward's aversion to love, the missteps, banter, and slight misadventures as they are more and more in each other's company see them becoming ever more intertwined and slowly less reluctant on their bumpy From their first meeting, Cassandra Linfield and Edward, Lord Rothbury, are at odds over her passion for hunting fossils. Related through the marriage of his mother to her uncle, Edward has been called upon to help ensure the success of Cassy's first Season. With Cassy set against marriage and Edward's aversion to love, the missteps, banter, and slight misadventures as they are more and more in each other's company see them becoming ever more intertwined and slowly less reluctant on their bumpy road to romance.  Set partly in Lyme Regis with historical figures such as Mary Anning, and references to Jane Austen that feel quite appropriate to the story, along with some favorite Austen quotes and even an impassioned speech that brought a certain part of Jane Eyre to mind, there is much here to delight readers of Regency stories. With a lighthearted feel, even when touching on more serious topics such as heartbreak and grief, and just enough friction and danger to add a bit of excitement, Baxter has crafted a romance that is both well researched and entertaining. From the first page, Alissa Baxter's The Earl's Lady Geologist is sheer reading pleasure. Highly re-readable and with a lively cast of secondary characters, this is a promising start to a series of chaste Regency romance. This review refers to an advance digital copy I voluntarily received. A positive review was not required and these are simply my own honest opinions.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Lyme Regis, England - 1817 Cassy Linfield, 20, enjoys walking the beach looking for fossils. Her friends, Mary and Elizabeth, also enjoy this activity. Cassy’s father was very knowledgeable about fossils and taught Cassy a lot. In addition, she wrote and illustrated many papers for him for the Geologist Society. This was their secret. Her mother passed away years ago after yet another miscarriage. Now, her beloved father has also passed away. Her cousin, Mrs. Linfield lives with her. On the beach Lyme Regis, England - 1817 Cassy Linfield, 20, enjoys walking the beach looking for fossils. Her friends, Mary and Elizabeth, also enjoy this activity. Cassy’s father was very knowledgeable about fossils and taught Cassy a lot. In addition, she wrote and illustrated many papers for him for the Geologist Society. This was their secret. Her mother passed away years ago after yet another miscarriage. Now, her beloved father has also passed away. Her cousin, Mrs. Linfield lives with her. On the beach that day, Casey meets a man who introduces himself as Edward, the Earl of Rothbury. He informs her that fossil hunting is not a ladylike activity. He then says her cousin wants her to go home and he escorts her there. Cassy’s uncle is her guardian until she becomes of age. He insists that she go to London for the season. She has no desire to go and nor does she have any interest in getting married. The thought of dying like her mother in childbirth terrifies her. While in London, Edward escorts Cassy and her cousins around. Her aunt thinks he would make a good husband for her, but Cassy is not interested. He tends to talk down to her and calls her Mouse. When he proposes to her in an offhand way, she refuses him. Edward continues to escort Cassy and her cousins but she still has no interest in marrying him. I found this book to be overly long and almost repetitive with too much geology thrown in. While I personally enjoy geology and fossils, I felt like the over abundance could be a turnoff for some readers. In addition, I became somewhat confused about who all of the characters were. I never really saw a romantic connection between Edward and Cassy. I felt he was too bossy and should have looked for someone else leaving Cassy to enjoy her spinsterhood and fossils. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alyce Caswell

    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Cassy Linfield is content with her chosen path in life - a spinsterhood spent discovering fossils at Lyme Regis. The arrival of Lord Rothbury is not only the catalyst for her being sent to London for her Season, but the catalyst for her heart to begin overruling her fears. Their mutual love of geology will soon not be the only thing they share. This was a very pleasant read - the romance was sweet and comfortable and I was very i I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Cassy Linfield is content with her chosen path in life - a spinsterhood spent discovering fossils at Lyme Regis. The arrival of Lord Rothbury is not only the catalyst for her being sent to London for her Season, but the catalyst for her heart to begin overruling her fears. Their mutual love of geology will soon not be the only thing they share. This was a very pleasant read - the romance was sweet and comfortable and I was very interested in the geology side of things. I suppose it's unsurprising that a novel set predominantly in Lyme Regis would lean heavily on Austen references and even Austen's style, though at times I found it to be a bit too much. Fans of Persuasion will love it, however.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Morgan

    Watching her father at work taught Cassy an interest in geology. Watching her mother's pain following miscarriages, and eventually her death, taught Cassy a fear of marriage. When Lord Rothbury carts her off from her beloved fossil-hunting haunts in Lyme to London for the season, their shared interest in geology draw them together, but she is determined not to marry. When her life ends up in danger, will she realise that living in fear is not really living at all? This was a new author to me, and Watching her father at work taught Cassy an interest in geology. Watching her mother's pain following miscarriages, and eventually her death, taught Cassy a fear of marriage. When Lord Rothbury carts her off from her beloved fossil-hunting haunts in Lyme to London for the season, their shared interest in geology draw them together, but she is determined not to marry. When her life ends up in danger, will she realise that living in fear is not really living at all? This was a new author to me, and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. The writing was good and the content clean, and the story kept me reading and enjoying. The characters felt real and the story was not overly predictable (a few times I thought I could work out where things were going and was wrong...), and the geological details were interesting. I particularly appreciated the historical note with details on what was based on fact in regard to the geology side of things. My one quibble is that I was left confused as to the family relationships - but it's possible I just missed something. All in all, a good story and I hope to read more by the author. Note that I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my considered opinion of the book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I loved the main setting for this story, Lyme Regis and the hunt for fossils. Cassandra was a keen and knowledgeable geologist. She was her happiest down in the beach hunting for fossils. Unfortunately, as she was a woman, her writings and discovering would not be taken seriously. Edward, Lord Rathbone is also a keen geologist but he has complete opposite views to Cassandra on women’s role in life. They have a number of heated exchanges but gradually they come to change their views about each ot I loved the main setting for this story, Lyme Regis and the hunt for fossils. Cassandra was a keen and knowledgeable geologist. She was her happiest down in the beach hunting for fossils. Unfortunately, as she was a woman, her writings and discovering would not be taken seriously. Edward, Lord Rathbone is also a keen geologist but he has complete opposite views to Cassandra on women’s role in life. They have a number of heated exchanges but gradually they come to change their views about each other. Cassandra has a fear of marrying, due to past experiences. Will she be able to overcome this? This was an engaging story which reinforced how difficult it was for ladies at this time to engage in work, thought unsuitable for them. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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