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Peek Inside The Earl's New Bride

The Earl of Amhurst, Simon Devere, has returned to his estate in search of a wife and, more importantly, an heir. But a beautiful woman only brings heartbreak and ruin, and Simon's disfigured visage is proof enough of that. No, he wants a wife who is unattractive and undesirable—and the homelier, the better. But nothing about Lady Henrietta Beauchamp is homely. It's an impossible and unlikely match...unless this awkward beauty can bring hope back into a solitary beast's life.

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No woman dared to love him…

England, 1819

The Earl of Amhurst has returned to his estate in search of a wife and, more importantly, an heir. Simon Devere isn’t interested in some comely, simpering creature. A beautiful woman only brings heartbreak and ruin, and Simon’s disfigured visage is proof enough of that. No, he wants a wife who is unattractive and undesirable-and the homelier, the better.

But nothing about Lady Henrietta Beauchamp is homely. She is lovely and sweet… and struggles to mix with polite society when she would so much rather have plants for company. And yet Simon is her only hope for keeping Plumburn Castle in her family’s possession. Even if it means marrying a man she doesn’t love.

It’s an impossible and unlikely match… unless this awkward beauty can bring hope back into a solitary beast’s life.

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By Christy August 22, 2015

The premise is that our heroine, Lady Henrietta, is a bit of an unusual peer; being impeded by a stutter, and far more interested in books and her love of plants and herbs than high society. She's beautiful, but clumsy and nervous. Since it's the 1800s, she must accept that no man will ever marry a ...more

By Kira's NetGalley Book Blog August 23, 2015

Why you should read it: Swoon worthy with a touch of Jane Austen!

“Scandalous romances are bold and sexy and passionate. After all, torrid love affairs are even more illicit when forbidden by social mores. Escape to another era. There's never been a better time to fall in love.”

And fall in love I di ...more

By Bambi September 10, 2015

This was a good solid historical romance, very Jane Austen-esque in nature. I think it will make historical romance "purists" happy - those who don't like the current trend to get really steamy in the story. Frances Fowlkes is a new-to-me author, and one that I will be reading more of in the future. ...more

By Elaine September 04, 2015

A friend wrote a review of this book that made it sound enticing, so I cheekily asked for an ARC to read and review myself - and I totally agree with her, this is a fantastic regency ‘beauty and the beast’ type of story that is true to the era and a totally enthralling romance.

Following the death of ...more

By Carla December 25, 2015

**I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Oh my God... Oh my God, guys... I thought I was going blind.

I read this book in just one sitting, that's how good it was!! My almost going blind feeling was because I actually kept reading ti ...more

By Jen December 05, 2015

I do enjoy a story with a scarred hero. And Lord Simon is not only scarred, but he is blind in one eye and burdened with a terrible reputation he doesn’t deserve. He carries the moniker “The Black Earl” and rumors swirl that he killed his mistress. Now he must find a bride and carry on the family li ...more

By Stacy September 12, 2015

The Earl's New Bride was such an enjoyable read. Simon inherited the earldom and Henrietta’s beloved home. He was also known in the ton as the Black Earl, and malicious gossips dogged his steps. Having been betrayed by a woman before, and he needed a wife so his dastardly brother did not ruin the Am ...more

By Shanice September 07, 2015

I wish more was mentioned about the Earl's past. Besides that, I really enjoyed this book. It has a bit of a mystery to it as well as a beautiful romance. Fans of historical romance will adore this book! ...more

By Charlie December 21, 2016

The Skinny
Simon Devere, recently inherited Earl of Amhurst, has been plagued for years by his choice in women – and their actions. After waiting five years to be exonerated of the murder of his mistress, Simon has been duped the Black Earl. Despite being completely innocent of the crimes he has comm ...more

By Courtney January 19, 2018

4.5 stars. A great first-in-series, with a wonderful hero and heroine! My enjoyment was dampened slightly by the constant annoyance of the heroine's family, who are the focus of the series, but it is still a wonderful book.

Full review here: https://courtneyreadsromancesite.word... ...more

By Sandra February 12, 2019

He chose wisely!

Simon needed a wife! Henrietta only knew one place as home.
She along with several other ladies were vying for the Earl,s hand in marriage ,to become his bride.
This is a wonderful story, you,LL need to read it,to find out what happened.
Thank you❤️ ...more

By SM February 19, 2019

Nice one. Ending was made a little convoluted. Liked the characters. Couldn’t fully understand hero’s issues 😐 ...more

By Darbella December 16, 2019

I really enjoyed this. This is Henritta and Simon's love story. This is a Beauty and the Beast story. ...more

By MELISSA January 26, 2019

As good to read as my first read in 2016. ...more

By Melissa September 21, 2015

Frances Fowlkes gives us a story of two people who are afraid of what others think, say and believe about them. One is running from a horrific tragedy and hiding behind scars both inside and out, while the other is hiding from restrictive social rules. Wonderful characters that once are allowed to l ...more

By Becky September 29, 2015

First off--such a pretty cover. Love it!

Secondly--a beauty and the beast story where Beauty is slightly more clumsy rather than just constantly distracted and her love is herbs and herbal remedies instead of books? Sounds like a good one, sign me up! :)

When I first read the blurb and saw the cover f ...more

By Kelly September 06, 2015

I love the dresses and the society of the Ton from this era. The protocols and no air conditioning make me happy to live in this day though. I also don’t care how women were not to inherit the home when the man dies. It is so sad.

Simon; aka the black earl, the earl of Amhurst, a murderer (by gossip) ...more

By Isha September 03, 2015

Release Date:  September 7, 2015
No woman dared to love him...
England, 1819
The Earl of Amhurst has returned to his estate in search of a wife and, more importantly, an heir. Sim ...more

By Char September 07, 2015

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A new to me author bringing different and engaging characters to my Historical romance novel landscape. "The Earl's New Bride" has a very unusual Hero that I don't ever recall coming across before. The same thing goes for the Heroine, I c ...more

By Penny September 06, 2015

3.5 very happy reading Stars

I’m thinking of pushing this new sub-genre called “Contemporary Historical Romance”. Although it sounds ridiculous, I’ve found lately that some authors write in a historical setting but characters are unencumbered by time-appropriate speech patterns and such, which gives ...more

By Elizabeth August 29, 2015

The reviewer received a free/advanced copy in order to post an honest review.
The Earl’s New Bride, by Frances Fowlkes a Daughters of Amhurst Novel

Henrietta Beauchamp is not your typical heroine. She battles with nerves and a stutter and can hardly keep from doing something clumsy while in a crowd. ...more

By Melanie September 02, 2015

This was a good historical read that left you feeling like you were transported back int time with these characters. Frances did very well with this one. I am not a huge fan of historical's, but this one kept my attention throughout the whole book. I love that there was some humor in it as well. Suc ...more

By Book Gannet September 03, 2015

3.5 stars. This is a nice, light, historical romance with a strong Beauty and the Beast vibe. Henrietta is a sweet young woman who despite being beautiful is hampered with a stutter and a tendency towards clumsiness when her nerves get the better of her. All her life she has tended to favour the com ...more

By Elle March 01, 2016

****3.5 Stars***
There is a different feel to historical romance and I love the uniqueness of it. I really enjoyed The Earl’s New Bride, it was quirky and romantic with delicious sexual tension. The main characters all had well developed personalities and I liked getting to know them.
It was easy to s ...more

By Connie September 08, 2015

1819 - Kent England

Lady Henrietta Beauchamp is the oldest of three daughters. She and her twin sisters, Sarah and Albina, are all lovely young ladies seeking to marry. When their father passed away, he left a substantial dowry for the sisters. Henrietta is a very shy young woman who tends to stutter ...more

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Frances Fowlkes

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Frances Fowlkes

After viewing her all-time favorite love story, "Anne of Green Gables", at the impressionable age of ten, Frances Fowlkes has been obsessed with affable boy-next door heroes, red-heads, and romance stories with lots of "highfaluting mumbo jumbo" written within their pages. It only seems natural then that she married the boy who used to pull on her curls in her high school English class, had not one, but THREE red-headed boys, and penned multiple love stories with bits of flowery prose. When not writing, Frances loves spending time with her family, fangirling, and planning her next vacation. Frances Fowlkes, originally a northern mid-westerner, now lives in the southeast with her ardent hero of a husband, three playful and rambunctious boys, and one spoiled standard poodle. A self-professed Anglophile and summa cum laude graduate of LeTourneau University, Frances Fowlkes combines her passion for happily-ever-afters with her interests in both American and English histories.

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