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Settle in for a wicked romp in this captivating installment of The Lady Travelers Society series by New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander The family of the bride is expected to revel in the joy of the upcoming wedding. Instead, Miss Celia Bromley faces the most heartbreaking dilemma of her life: she’s fallen in love with the man engaged to marry her scheming Settle in for a wicked romp in this captivating installment of The Lady Travelers Society series by New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander The family of the bride is expected to revel in the joy of the upcoming wedding. Instead, Miss Celia Bromley faces the most heartbreaking dilemma of her life: she’s fallen in love with the man engaged to marry her scheming half sister. Worse, he might love Celia in return. But handsome, bookish Henry Saunders is a man of honor. He would never break his promise to his bride-to-be, no matter how horrid she may be. Celia’s despair hasn’t escaped the notice of keen-eyed Aunt Guinevere, who, along with her crafty friends, is determined to see true love triumph. Unraveling a wedding takes a delicate, subtle touch, and in the mad dash to break one engagement and encourage another, the ladies may well hear the whispers of scandal instead of the peal of wedding bells...


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Settle in for a wicked romp in this captivating installment of The Lady Travelers Society series by New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander The family of the bride is expected to revel in the joy of the upcoming wedding. Instead, Miss Celia Bromley faces the most heartbreaking dilemma of her life: she’s fallen in love with the man engaged to marry her scheming Settle in for a wicked romp in this captivating installment of The Lady Travelers Society series by New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander The family of the bride is expected to revel in the joy of the upcoming wedding. Instead, Miss Celia Bromley faces the most heartbreaking dilemma of her life: she’s fallen in love with the man engaged to marry her scheming half sister. Worse, he might love Celia in return. But handsome, bookish Henry Saunders is a man of honor. He would never break his promise to his bride-to-be, no matter how horrid she may be. Celia’s despair hasn’t escaped the notice of keen-eyed Aunt Guinevere, who, along with her crafty friends, is determined to see true love triumph. Unraveling a wedding takes a delicate, subtle touch, and in the mad dash to break one engagement and encourage another, the ladies may well hear the whispers of scandal instead of the peal of wedding bells...

30 review for The Proper Way to Stop a Wedding in Seven Days or Less

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christina ~ Brunette Reader

    Henry Saunders and Miss Celia Bromley meet by chance at a bookstore and, after having spent a dreamy afternoon together, never expect to see each other again... even if they can't seem to stop the longing since then. And when they instead do unexpectedly find themselves face-to-face weeks later, they certainly never expect to be about to become in-laws, as he is now Katherine's fiancé, no other than Celia's step-sister. Katherine is everything but in love with Henry and her mercenary temperament Henry Saunders and Miss Celia Bromley meet by chance at a bookstore and, after having spent a dreamy afternoon together, never expect to see each other again... even if they can't seem to stop the longing since then. And when they instead do unexpectedly find themselves face-to-face weeks later, they certainly never expect to be about to become in-laws, as he is now Katherine's fiancé, no other than Celia's step-sister. Katherine is everything but in love with Henry and her mercenary temperament sees only the money and the connections this marriage could bring her, but the groom-to-be is an honourable man of his word who wouldn't renege on the betrothal, secret glances and stolen kisses notwithstanding. Things sound pretty tangled-up, don't they? Though maybe not irrevocably so when you have a trio of resourceful ladies determined to champion true love and a brother bent on theatrics on your side. After all, as one of Aunt Gwen's friend says:“It’s very nearly as much fun to separate a couple that shouldn’t be together as it is to match a couple that should." A sweet and highly entertaining short story full of witty banter and humour. Ms Alexander writes with flair as always and in the span of a few days arc we still have the gusto of a full-length novel packed in, making for a rewarding read all the same. A lovely prequel to a promising new series of Victorian romantic comedies I really look forward to.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melisa

    Simple, sweet, and happy. Loved this little historical novella. The characters had me cracking up, such funny dialogue, especially between Edward and Aunt Gwen. I will definitely be reading the books in this upcoming series! Thanks, Holly, for the fun buddy read!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    **Buddy read with Melisa:) This is how a historical romance should be wrote! Great characters--Aunt Gwen--, witty dialogue, mischiefs between characters--Aunt Gwen, Ned, Effie, Poppy! Clean romantic overtures. Like Melisa said, "simple and happy." **Buddy read with Melisa:) This is how a historical romance should be wrote! Great characters--Aunt Gwen--, witty dialogue, mischiefs between characters--Aunt Gwen, Ned, Effie, Poppy! Clean romantic overtures. Like Melisa said, "simple and happy."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    The Proper Way to Stop a Wedding in Seven Days or Less was a fun, delightful novella with an adorable romance and charming characters. Miss Celia Bromley has spent weeks thinking of nothing but the man she met by chance at a bookstore but was unable to find again. To her surprise and heartbreak, many weeks later she sees the man again but he is her half-sister Katherine's fiancé. Henry Saunders spent weeks trying to find the woman from the bookshop only to tell himself he must have imagined their The Proper Way to Stop a Wedding in Seven Days or Less was a fun, delightful novella with an adorable romance and charming characters. Miss Celia Bromley has spent weeks thinking of nothing but the man she met by chance at a bookstore but was unable to find again. To her surprise and heartbreak, many weeks later she sees the man again but he is her half-sister Katherine's fiancé. Henry Saunders spent weeks trying to find the woman from the bookshop only to tell himself he must have imagined their connection and needed to move on. When he finally sees her again as his new fiancée's sister, he vows to set aside his feelings for her as he is a man of his word who pledged to marry another. When Celia's Aunt Guinevere notices the pair's feelings for one another she is determined for true love to triumph and sets out to find a way to bring them together. Celia doesn't have the best relationship with her family as her half-sisters have never seemed to like her, but family is very important to her and she believes they deserve her loyalty above all else. Celia longs for adventure in her life and is determined to eventually live in London. She loves history and thinks the museums in London are wonderful even if she has only been to London once. Henry has always been considered the good brother and will never break his word once it's been given. He believes that without his honor he would be nothing and couldn't live with himself. Henry is quite close to his brother Edward who is the only family he has left. Celia and Henry's relationship is based on the love at first sight trope, so if that is not one of your favorite romance types, you may not enjoy this novella. Unfortunately love at first sight is not one of the types of relationships I like, so I wasn't totally sold on the couple. There are a number of stolen glances and even a stolen kiss, but most of this book the hero and heroine are not together. I did very much enjoy the scheming by Celia's aunt and her aunt's friends to get Henry and Celia together and I found some of their ideas to be quite clever. Overall, The Proper Way to Stop a Wedding in Seven Days or Less was an enjoyable read even if the relationship was not the type I typically like. I'm excited to read more books in this series as I enjoyed the writing and hope to get to the next book soon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Victoria Alexander has a very distinct writing style. I don't always have a craving for it, but there are times when it is just the ticket. This story is not really about the central couple. Sure, there are two star-crossed lovers desperate to be together, but this is not the draw of the story. In fact, the two lovers are relatively flat characters who fell in love at first sight, then don't see each other again until the man shows up engaged to another. Everyone can tell that the new arrangement Victoria Alexander has a very distinct writing style. I don't always have a craving for it, but there are times when it is just the ticket. This story is not really about the central couple. Sure, there are two star-crossed lovers desperate to be together, but this is not the draw of the story. In fact, the two lovers are relatively flat characters who fell in love at first sight, then don't see each other again until the man shows up engaged to another. Everyone can tell that the new arrangement is lunacy and set about trying to stop the wedding so the true lovers can be together. I'd consider this story more of a comedy of errors with a sprinkle of romance. The main draw is the farce as everyone tries several madcap but funny ideas to "save the day." A widow and the mischievous earl (brother to the lovestruck "hero") who seek to thwart the engagement are the true delights in the story. Overall, the idea of travelers is introduced and I liked the cast. I'll be continuing with this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    steph

    This was cute. I mean, it only takes place in a span of six days and everything happens SUPER fast but it's a novella so that is expected. I really liked Celia and Henry and seeing Henry's brother Edward and Celia's aunt and her two friends try to finagle a way for the wedding to be broken off was FANTASTIC. Aunt Gwen really shined in her scenes there, especially anytime she and Edward worked together -"You're asking me to hide in a cupboard?" "...I have not explained this well." However, I will This was cute. I mean, it only takes place in a span of six days and everything happens SUPER fast but it's a novella so that is expected. I really liked Celia and Henry and seeing Henry's brother Edward and Celia's aunt and her two friends try to finagle a way for the wedding to be broken off was FANTASTIC. Aunt Gwen really shined in her scenes there, especially anytime she and Edward worked together -"You're asking me to hide in a cupboard?" "...I have not explained this well." However, I will say that I had a hard time reading this book after having already read book one because that book (view spoiler)[ takes place thirty years in the future and is the story of Henry and Celia's son Derek. It reveals that Henry died when Derek was around six years old and that Celia is now married to Husband #3 (happily I might add). Celia does say in that book that she was lucky to have been loved and in love with three great men in her lifetime so I did believe she truly did love Henry and it was nice to see them at the beginning of their romance. It's just he's dead now. So this was a cute novella but knowing these two main leads don't get their HEA (maybe for 10 years or so) was a little upsetting to the romantic in me (hide spoiler)] .

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    3.5 stars! With a delightfully fun plot that read like a romcom film (seriously, can we turn it into a movie?), I really enjoyed this novella! Obviously a standing ovation must be directed solely at the character of Guinevere Blodgett, Aunt Gwen to our heroine and devious mastermind extraordinaire to everyone else, at least when it came to matchmaking soulmates in the process of ruining a disastrous wedding at the same time. Aided by her down for anything friends, Mrs. Ophelia Higginbotham and Mr 3.5 stars! With a delightfully fun plot that read like a romcom film (seriously, can we turn it into a movie?), I really enjoyed this novella! Obviously a standing ovation must be directed solely at the character of Guinevere Blodgett, Aunt Gwen to our heroine and devious mastermind extraordinaire to everyone else, at least when it came to matchmaking soulmates in the process of ruining a disastrous wedding at the same time. Aided by her down for anything friends, Mrs. Ophelia Higginbotham and Mrs. Persephone Fitzhew-Wellmore, as well as as our hero’s surprisingly sly brother Ned (will he get a book???), Gwen singlehandedly stole the show with her shady schemes and diabolical machinations that would leave even Machiavelli in awe. All in the name of true love! And I for one, loved every minute of it. My biggest critique was that there were not enough scenes dedicated solely to the main couple, Celia and Henry. Their relationship definitely took a backseat to all the madcap goings on around them and though this wasn’t exactly a dealbreaker for me, I would’ve liked to have seen more, romance-wise. They did have the most adorable meet cute EVER and while yes, it was a love at first sight type of situation, Henry’s description of the instant he knew Celia was The One took my breath away. “From the moment he’d met her, quite by accident at one of his favorite booksellers’, the moment he’d looked into her blue eyes, something inside of him had clicked like the turn of a key in a lock, as if all the puzzle pieces of his life had abruptly snapped into place.” Ridiculously long title aside, The Proper Way to Stop a Wedding (in Seven Days or Less) did its job as prequel brilliantly well as now I am super excited to read more from this refreshingly unique series. The more shenanigans from Gwen, Effie and Poppy the better!

  8. 5 out of 5

    iamGamz

    A delightful into to the series. I loved how the aunt and her friends swooped in to “help” with the wedding by making sure that the groom married the woman he truly loved and not the one after his money and standing in society. I am hoping the other books in the series are equally amusing and fun to read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    5 stars! OMG! This book was totally delightful! It was laugh out loud funny and even though Henry and Celia were the primaries, I fell in love with Edward! Henry and Celia met briefly and felt an instant connection - but parted ways without exchanging names and even though they both tried to find the other again, they did not and both accepted defeat and moved on. Henry actually moved on to Katherine and after a whirlwind courtship, proposes to her. So imagine his shock when he meets her family an 5 stars! OMG! This book was totally delightful! It was laugh out loud funny and even though Henry and Celia were the primaries, I fell in love with Edward! Henry and Celia met briefly and felt an instant connection - but parted ways without exchanging names and even though they both tried to find the other again, they did not and both accepted defeat and moved on. Henry actually moved on to Katherine and after a whirlwind courtship, proposes to her. So imagine his shock when he meets her family and realizes his missing soulmate is her younger sister! Unable to break his word he proceeds with the wedding plans even though he's miserable and knows that marrying Katherine is a huge mistake. Celia is heartbroken but knows that Henry is a man of honor and would be devastated if he had to break his word. Fortunately for our star-crossed lovers, Henry's brother Edward and Celia's Aunt Guinevere have no such scruples and set off on the campaign to make Katherine cry off! This was an absolutely delightful read and whetted my appetite for the next book in the series! The only complaint I had was Henry came off as a little bit fickle - but in the end he is totally redeemed.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    What a fun novella to start off the Lady Travelers Guide series. Celia's half-sister is engaged to the man Celia loves, Henry Saunders. Henry loves her too but is not sure how he can get out of marrying her half-sister. Celia's Aunt Gwen, and her 2 best friends, decide true love should win no matter what they have to do to accomplish it. Novellas are too short to spoil the plot, but I really enjoyed this one and think you will too. What a fun novella to start off the Lady Travelers Guide series. Celia's half-sister is engaged to the man Celia loves, Henry Saunders. Henry loves her too but is not sure how he can get out of marrying her half-sister. Celia's Aunt Gwen, and her 2 best friends, decide true love should win no matter what they have to do to accomplish it. Novellas are too short to spoil the plot, but I really enjoyed this one and think you will too.

  11. 5 out of 5

    BJ Rose

    Enjoyable story - interesting premise and fairly well carried out, but nothing to excite. Typical novella fare - it definitely couldn't have lasted for a full novel. Enjoyable story - interesting premise and fairly well carried out, but nothing to excite. Typical novella fare - it definitely couldn't have lasted for a full novel.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew

    I suppose this was pleasant enough. The juvenile leads ended up together (which if either of them had had any gumption, they would have done before the story started). There was a beginning, a bit of a middle and an end. All the words were in the right order, (though they weren't necessarily the right words). But the plotting was all over the place - the OW is overheard planning a cunning plan (but never bothers carrying it out); anti-OW tactics are launched and abandoned within a chapter (the no I suppose this was pleasant enough. The juvenile leads ended up together (which if either of them had had any gumption, they would have done before the story started). There was a beginning, a bit of a middle and an end. All the words were in the right order, (though they weren't necessarily the right words). But the plotting was all over the place - the OW is overheard planning a cunning plan (but never bothers carrying it out); anti-OW tactics are launched and abandoned within a chapter (the novella's too short for that sort of squandering) etc etc. Multiple PoVs, so characterisation was minimal. Meh.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tarra

    Meh. Too many characters introduced with little to do. Constant introductions by title, then Christian name, then nicknames got confusing. The leads were quite boring, the romance was not convincing in the love at first sight trope, but I enjoyed the scenes with he older brother and the meddling "aunt." Meh. Too many characters introduced with little to do. Constant introductions by title, then Christian name, then nicknames got confusing. The leads were quite boring, the romance was not convincing in the love at first sight trope, but I enjoyed the scenes with he older brother and the meddling "aunt."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I feel like I've read this before... perhaps in an anthology. I think the ending was mediocre and lacked the satisfaction you want when the hero and heroine finally find their HEO. I feel like I've read this before... perhaps in an anthology. I think the ending was mediocre and lacked the satisfaction you want when the hero and heroine finally find their HEO.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Grogan

    For a novella this was boring af. Makes me seriously rethink reading the first book in the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    3 stars. This is the story of the hero of Book 1 Derek Saunders' parents. Unfortunately, it was probably a mistake to have read that book before this one. (view spoiler)[ Since Celia was up to her third husband when we met her in Book 1, having lost Henry and Val's father. A bit of a black widow. (hide spoiler)] This is a bit of a farce. It was funny seeing the three ladies before the Ladies Travelers Society meddling in the affairs of Gwen's niece. 3 stars. This is the story of the hero of Book 1 Derek Saunders' parents. Unfortunately, it was probably a mistake to have read that book before this one. (view spoiler)[ Since Celia was up to her third husband when we met her in Book 1, having lost Henry and Val's father. A bit of a black widow. (hide spoiler)] This is a bit of a farce. It was funny seeing the three ladies before the Ladies Travelers Society meddling in the affairs of Gwen's niece.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Frances

    I gave this three stars because I have been reading so much crap called regency. Since this one was actually readable, I gave it three stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anna (Bobs Her Hair)

    3.5 stars A cute, a little over-the-top (aka romp), yet still a fun historical romance novella.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mojca

    The premise was interesting, and promised loads of humor and shenanigans, which unfortunately weren't delivered. Bland characters, non-existent romance, and a dull and predictable story. Disappointing. The premise was interesting, and promised loads of humor and shenanigans, which unfortunately weren't delivered. Bland characters, non-existent romance, and a dull and predictable story. Disappointing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Short and sweet...although I was rooting for the brother-in-law and the aunt's relationship more than the hero and heroine. A nice novella, however! Short and sweet...although I was rooting for the brother-in-law and the aunt's relationship more than the hero and heroine. A nice novella, however!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Fun little prequel novella to the Lady Traveler Society series. In this story, we get the story that was alluded to in the first book, about Derek's parents and the family "scandal." We also get to see the three founders of the Society in the early years of their antics. It all starts in a London bookshop, where Henry and Celia meet and connect. They spend a lovely afternoon together, but part without exchanging names. After weeks of being unable to find each other again, both Henry and Celia dec Fun little prequel novella to the Lady Traveler Society series. In this story, we get the story that was alluded to in the first book, about Derek's parents and the family "scandal." We also get to see the three founders of the Society in the early years of their antics. It all starts in a London bookshop, where Henry and Celia meet and connect. They spend a lovely afternoon together, but part without exchanging names. After weeks of being unable to find each other again, both Henry and Celia decide to move on, even though they can't forget each other. Henry meets a beautiful and vivacious young woman and quickly finds himself engaged to be married - though he isn't quite sure how it happened. Imagine his dismay when he discovers that the woman he really wants is his fiancée's younger sister. I liked Henry and Celia. They are both nice people, to whom family is important. I ached for them both during this week before the wedding, as they are so obviously in love with each other. They are also products of their time. For Henry, once he has given his word, that is it. He won't go back on it, even though he has come to realize that he is making a huge mistake. The more time he spends with Katherine, the more he realizes that he doesn't even like her. Who could blame him? It is painfully obvious that she is marrying him only for his money and his connections. Celia is a sweet young woman who has always felt like an outsider with her two half-sisters. Even so, there is no way that she will do anything to ruin her sister's wedding, even though it means losing the man she loves. But each time that she and Henry are together, they can't help what they feel. Enter Aunt Gwen and her friends. They have come for the wedding and to help with the last minute arrangements. Being an experienced and observant woman, Gwen is quick to realize that the wedding is happening between the wrong people. She adores her niece, Celia, and is determined to solve the problem facing the two young people. They are delightfully creative and devious and zero in on Katherine's weaknesses. They also have an unexpected and talented partner in Henry's brother Edward, who is the earl. He sees how miserable Henry is, and knows his brother well enough to understand that Henry won't end the engagement. He joins forces with the ladies to come up with a plan that will make Katherine the one to call it off. Katherine is a hard nut to crack though, and it takes a brilliant move by Edward to provide the last push. Their efforts were great fun to see. The only disappointment is that, in reading this after The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen, I already knew the fates of Henry and Celia. This put a little bit of a damper on their happy ever after.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Foster

    The Proper Way To Stop A Wedding, by Victoria Alexander, was originally published in 2017. A novella in the Lady Travelers Society, it stood up as a stand-alone story quite well. I've given this book, a rare for me, 5 stars. I was entertained from beginning to end. It may be a short story but the characters were fleshed out just enough to allow the reader to pick up the story already in process. We're given a couple of love-to-hate characters, always fun. Our heroine is a kind of Cinderella figu The Proper Way To Stop A Wedding, by Victoria Alexander, was originally published in 2017. A novella in the Lady Travelers Society, it stood up as a stand-alone story quite well. I've given this book, a rare for me, 5 stars. I was entertained from beginning to end. It may be a short story but the characters were fleshed out just enough to allow the reader to pick up the story already in process. We're given a couple of love-to-hate characters, always fun. Our heroine is a kind of Cinderella figure, unkind step-sisters. Our hero has a twin who is the exact opposite personality & I think I liked him better. A flirty rouge is my cup of tea. Our main couple are both intelligent, kind, bookish, quiet. In other words, perfect for each other. Henry is nobel & keeps his word, until push comes to shove. He's taken to the limit of what he'll do for true love, & that's anything. The older matchmaking ladies are wonderful. I wish I'd had them looking out for me. Ladies plotting devious plans are a hoot, I love them. The entire book was witty and fun. #VictoriaAlexander #HQNBooks #TheProperWayToStopAWedding #TheLadyTravelersSociety

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    The Proper Way to Stop a Wedding in Seven Days or Less by Victoria Alexander is a novel within the framework of The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen. In this particular story we once again meet the three besties, Gwen, Effie and Poppy. They are older women married of the ton. Her task is to stop a wedding and have another one take place. You see they think the bride for Henry does not love him and is using him for prestige and money… Henry doesn’t really like the bride Kath The Proper Way to Stop a Wedding in Seven Days or Less by Victoria Alexander is a novel within the framework of The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen. In this particular story we once again meet the three besties, Gwen, Effie and Poppy. They are older women married of the ton. Her task is to stop a wedding and have another one take place. You see they think the bride for Henry does not love him and is using him for prestige and money… Henry doesn’t really like the bride Katherine either, especially now he knows her, but he would not be a man of his word, if he broke the engagement, even though he is really in love with her younger half sister Celia, who happens to love him. The story is a hoot of shenanigans, gossip, rumors and blatant untruths. Henry and Celia’s families work together to force the correct marriage to occur. The Proper Way to Stop a Wedding in Seven Days or Less by Victoria Alexander was fun! I enjoyed the deviousness of the families and focus on Celia and Henry’s best interest. The book was a fun read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    This story is cute with a fun scheme in it but there are two huge things standing in my way of enjoyment. 1, the infidelity plot, which the author only justifies by making the Other Woman a horrible person - I hate it when the women around the heroine are made awful to help the heroine shine. 2, we find out about the fate of this couple in the first novel of the series and it's not exactly a HEA, which, just sucks and is a weird choice for a romance. However, I tried to focus on the dynamic of th This story is cute with a fun scheme in it but there are two huge things standing in my way of enjoyment. 1, the infidelity plot, which the author only justifies by making the Other Woman a horrible person - I hate it when the women around the heroine are made awful to help the heroine shine. 2, we find out about the fate of this couple in the first novel of the series and it's not exactly a HEA, which, just sucks and is a weird choice for a romance. However, I tried to focus on the dynamic of the schemers and how they got started being the menaces to society we find in the Lady Travelers Society. That part is very fun. But I think it defeats the purpose of the romance if the central characters aren't the main point.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Henry, younger brother to an earl, met Celia in a bookstore and fell instantly in love. And had no clue who she was or where to find her. Then he met Katherine and was soon engaged to be married. Only to discover that his fiancee was a heartless social climber and that her younger half-sister was Henry's lost love, Celia. Enter Celia's Aunt Gwen, Gwen's two conniving friends, and Henry's older brother Edward, earl, actor and all around good guy. Between them they hatch a scheme to stop the weddi Henry, younger brother to an earl, met Celia in a bookstore and fell instantly in love. And had no clue who she was or where to find her. Then he met Katherine and was soon engaged to be married. Only to discover that his fiancee was a heartless social climber and that her younger half-sister was Henry's lost love, Celia. Enter Celia's Aunt Gwen, Gwen's two conniving friends, and Henry's older brother Edward, earl, actor and all around good guy. Between them they hatch a scheme to stop the wedding and reunite the young lovers, but are they a match for Katherine's ambition. Delightfully devious and romantic.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura D

    A nice beginning to the new series The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and other gentleman. I did read them out of order, but it as easy to follow. Celia and Henry met in a bookshop and had an instant connection. After their brief encounter they looked for each other and didn't have any luck. Later Henry becomes engaged to someone else only to see Celia again after he has given his word to marry another. He can not break his promise and accepts he can not have Celia in his life. Can his broth A nice beginning to the new series The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and other gentleman. I did read them out of order, but it as easy to follow. Celia and Henry met in a bookshop and had an instant connection. After their brief encounter they looked for each other and didn't have any luck. Later Henry becomes engaged to someone else only to see Celia again after he has given his word to marry another. He can not break his promise and accepts he can not have Celia in his life. Can his brother the Earl and her nosy aunts stop a wedding in less than a week? Good read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    A fun story about a bossy aunt, a youngest daughter and the wedding of the oldest sister. Katherine wants to marry for a title and money. She finds and mesmerizes him to the point that he asks her for hand in marriage. All is fine and good until he discovers that he really loves Celia, the youngest sister. He is very honorable and doesn't want to back out of the deal. Find out how the aunt and his older brother step in to make things right. A fun story about a bossy aunt, a youngest daughter and the wedding of the oldest sister. Katherine wants to marry for a title and money. She finds and mesmerizes him to the point that he asks her for hand in marriage. All is fine and good until he discovers that he really loves Celia, the youngest sister. He is very honorable and doesn't want to back out of the deal. Find out how the aunt and his older brother step in to make things right.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    I found this novella/prequel included in the Lady Travelers Society #1 edition, and it was an unexpected pleasure. I usually don't read novellas, but this one was funny and filled with charming characters, some of whom I'd met later in life in the Lady Travelers book #1. I hope to see more of the three ladies/founders of the Lady Travelers Society. They are quite the schemers--all for a good cause, of course! I found this novella/prequel included in the Lady Travelers Society #1 edition, and it was an unexpected pleasure. I usually don't read novellas, but this one was funny and filled with charming characters, some of whom I'd met later in life in the Lady Travelers book #1. I hope to see more of the three ladies/founders of the Lady Travelers Society. They are quite the schemers--all for a good cause, of course!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sara G

    This novella is a prequel of sorts to the first book in the Lady Travelers Society series. We go back in time a couple of decades to hear the story of that hero's parents' marriage, which was implied to be somewhat of a scandal. The couple fell in love at first sight, but he finds himself engaged to her sister. It was a cute story but I thought it dragged in places, which is awkward when a book is only a little over 100 pages. This novella is a prequel of sorts to the first book in the Lady Travelers Society series. We go back in time a couple of decades to hear the story of that hero's parents' marriage, which was implied to be somewhat of a scandal. The couple fell in love at first sight, but he finds himself engaged to her sister. It was a cute story but I thought it dragged in places, which is awkward when a book is only a little over 100 pages.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This wasn't anything exciting, but it was a fun story. Henry and Celia, the supposed hero and heroine, were the least exciting people in the book. I didn't really care about either of them. I really liked Henry's brother Edward, though. And Aunt Gwen and her friends/cohorts were a hoot. I hope they appear in future books. This wasn't anything exciting, but it was a fun story. Henry and Celia, the supposed hero and heroine, were the least exciting people in the book. I didn't really care about either of them. I really liked Henry's brother Edward, though. And Aunt Gwen and her friends/cohorts were a hoot. I hope they appear in future books.

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