Books by Candice Hern

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Lady Ann's Excellent Adventure

Set in 1802, Lady Ann’s Excellent Adventure is a perfect gem of a short story, full of verve and joy and I simply fell in love with it. The Earl of Evesham is merrily tooling his new curricle through the streets of London when he spots a young woman perched in a tree. He approaches her after convi ...

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Desperate Measures

Set in 1810, Desperate Measures is a romance that takes place during one evening at a ball. Young Lydia Bettridge is suffering from the pangs of unrequited love. She’s desperate to have her brother’s friend, the Golden God, Geoffrey Danforth, notice her, so she and another of her brother’s fri ...

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Lady Be Bad

Lady Be Bad is the story of a very, very bad boy and a very, very good girl that I found to be an entertaining read, albeit one with a few slight problems. This is the third installment of Hern’s Merry Widows series and is the story of the Widow Marlow and London’s most infamous rake, John Gray ...

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Just One of Those Flings

The latest in the Merry Widows series features Beatrice, Lady Somerfield. As a 35-year-old widow with two young daughters, she keeps quite busy chaperoning her niece and working for the Benevolent Widows Fund, a charity assisting widows of soldiers killed in the war. On the night of a masquerade ba ...

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In the Thrill of the Night

In the Thrill of the Night is the first in a series about friends, all well to do widows. They are happy in their single state and independence and keep busy running The Benevolent Widows Fund. One day as they plan their latest charity ball, Lady Gosford announces that she has taken a lover and ...

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Her Scandalous Affair

Richard, Viscount Mallory and heir to his grandfather’s earldom, is home from the Peninsular War answering a summons from his grandmother. She wishes him to recover a lost family heirloom, the Mallory Heart, a magnificent ruby brooch given to the family by Queen Elizabeth. The earl’s health is ...

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Once a Gentleman

Once A Gentleman is third in a series of historical romances written by Candice Hern and set in England in the early 1800s. The focus of this installment is Nic (brother of Edwina from Once A Scoundrel) and his relationship with coworker, Pru. There is no edge-of-your-seat suspense, and we do have ...

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Once a Scoundrel

I read the sequel to Candice Hern's Once a Dreamer because of its heroine. As someone who's always had her nose stuck in a book, I'm a sucker for a bluestocking. I'll take a glance at just about any book featuring an intelligent, educated woman, but the ones that truly hold my attention are those ...

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Once a Dreamer

We've all complained about historical romances featuring heroines who are little more than modern-day misses, with modern attitudes and ideas, playing dress-up in period clothing. Candice Hern's novel offers a twist on the formula: this time it's the hero who comes off as a pre-Regency proto-feminis ...

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The Bride Sale

After writing traditional Regency Romances for years, Candice Hern makes her full-length historical debut with The Bride Sale. This book has an interesting premise, and the characters have their moments, but mostly it's just an average read. It's not bad, but not terribly exciting either. ...