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Treated like an uncomely and social pariah, Sophia Emley has resigned herself to spinsterhood at the age of twenty-two. Her life takes an abrupt turn though when the handsome Richard Hatherton, Earl of Brittingham, mistakes Sophia for her prettier sister and kisses her in the shadows. Unbeknownst to them, their kiss was witnessed, and in an instant, a great scandal ensues… Treated like an uncomely and social pariah, Sophia Emley has resigned herself to spinsterhood at the age of twenty-two. Her life takes an abrupt turn though when the handsome Richard Hatherton, Earl of Brittingham, mistakes Sophia for her prettier sister and kisses her in the shadows. Unbeknownst to them, their kiss was witnessed, and in an instant, a great scandal ensues… How will Sophia feel upon hearing that the only way to clear her name is to marry a man she dislikes? When Richard finds out that Sophia is now his wife-to-be, he cannot imagine his life by her side. However, he soon realises that there is so much more to his fiancée than what meets the eye, finding himself unable to stop thinking about her unique beauty and intelligence. From that moment on, he is determined to make her see that he is more worthy of her attention and make up for his regretful mistake. Will Richard manage to charm Sophia and prove deserving of her love? Could he really compensate for such a rocky start and earn her trust? While Sophia and Richard's mutual love and admiration grow, Sophia’s guilt tied to marrying her sister's beau lies heavily on her chest. More than that, society’s criticism continues challenging their decision to unite their lives and hearts... Could these threatening obstacles cost the happiness both Sophia and Richard deserve? Will Sophia and Richard fight for their deep feelings, or will their romance collapse under society’s weight? "A Most Unlikely Betrothal" is a historical romance novel of approximately 80,000 words. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed happily ever after.


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Treated like an uncomely and social pariah, Sophia Emley has resigned herself to spinsterhood at the age of twenty-two. Her life takes an abrupt turn though when the handsome Richard Hatherton, Earl of Brittingham, mistakes Sophia for her prettier sister and kisses her in the shadows. Unbeknownst to them, their kiss was witnessed, and in an instant, a great scandal ensues… Treated like an uncomely and social pariah, Sophia Emley has resigned herself to spinsterhood at the age of twenty-two. Her life takes an abrupt turn though when the handsome Richard Hatherton, Earl of Brittingham, mistakes Sophia for her prettier sister and kisses her in the shadows. Unbeknownst to them, their kiss was witnessed, and in an instant, a great scandal ensues… How will Sophia feel upon hearing that the only way to clear her name is to marry a man she dislikes? When Richard finds out that Sophia is now his wife-to-be, he cannot imagine his life by her side. However, he soon realises that there is so much more to his fiancée than what meets the eye, finding himself unable to stop thinking about her unique beauty and intelligence. From that moment on, he is determined to make her see that he is more worthy of her attention and make up for his regretful mistake. Will Richard manage to charm Sophia and prove deserving of her love? Could he really compensate for such a rocky start and earn her trust? While Sophia and Richard's mutual love and admiration grow, Sophia’s guilt tied to marrying her sister's beau lies heavily on her chest. More than that, society’s criticism continues challenging their decision to unite their lives and hearts... Could these threatening obstacles cost the happiness both Sophia and Richard deserve? Will Sophia and Richard fight for their deep feelings, or will their romance collapse under society’s weight? "A Most Unlikely Betrothal" is a historical romance novel of approximately 80,000 words. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed happily ever after.

30 review for A Most Unlikely Betrothal: A Historical Regency Romance Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Richard and Sophia Fate was in a mood because it caused all sorts of problems for the hero in this tale. Two sisters one he is very attracted to and the other is just a spinster. Bet you cannot guess who he ends up with! I enjoyed reading this one how can a young woman be a spinster at the tender age of 22 beats me but that is what Sophia is facing. Now as any good tale the younger sister is oh so much more attractive than our heroine. In the end the true beauty of our heroine is realized. It was Richard and Sophia Fate was in a mood because it caused all sorts of problems for the hero in this tale. Two sisters one he is very attracted to and the other is just a spinster. Bet you cannot guess who he ends up with! I enjoyed reading this one how can a young woman be a spinster at the tender age of 22 beats me but that is what Sophia is facing. Now as any good tale the younger sister is oh so much more attractive than our heroine. In the end the true beauty of our heroine is realized. It was a lovely story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rod

    I hovered between 3 & 4 stars. The story line I liked and I liked the way it was told for the most part. However, at the beginning I thought there were some ‘jumps’ in the story. One minute Sophia is not sure she will become engaged, the next they are engaged. Nothing about her agreeing, or even it being announced. I found that odd. Next I was surprised at how Sophia allowed her sister to manipulate her feelings, and to such an extent. She acknowledged what her sister seemed to be doing but does I hovered between 3 & 4 stars. The story line I liked and I liked the way it was told for the most part. However, at the beginning I thought there were some ‘jumps’ in the story. One minute Sophia is not sure she will become engaged, the next they are engaged. Nothing about her agreeing, or even it being announced. I found that odd. Next I was surprised at how Sophia allowed her sister to manipulate her feelings, and to such an extent. She acknowledged what her sister seemed to be doing but doesn’t show her usual strength of character. In challenging. And then I thought her sister’s sudden remorse at the end was a bit ‘too easy’ to resolve that issue. I had thought that Richard’s plan to keep Sophia might have involved getting Elizabeth to reveal her true self and schemes if only to Richard’s and her parents. That could have been the reality check moment for her. Lastly there were occasional uses of Americanised saying or words such as ‘critters’., mention of melons amongst crops grown etc - not as bad as some I’ve read I hasten to add. Having said all that I did enjoy reading it, so whilst it should probably be a 3.5 I’ve gone with the 4.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Luminita

    A love story with a touch of comedy of errors. Mistaken for her sister, Sophia a declared spinster at only 22, finds herself betrothed to a dashing Earl and a dukedom heir. Neither wants to get married yet, they have to comply to theit family and society decree. THe story is enjoyable and with a HEA for all those involved. Both, Sophia'S mother and sister have a change of heart and eventually rediscover what a gem of daughter and sister Sophia is. The Earl himself, understands that inner beauty i A love story with a touch of comedy of errors. Mistaken for her sister, Sophia a declared spinster at only 22, finds herself betrothed to a dashing Earl and a dukedom heir. Neither wants to get married yet, they have to comply to theit family and society decree. THe story is enjoyable and with a HEA for all those involved. Both, Sophia'S mother and sister have a change of heart and eventually rediscover what a gem of daughter and sister Sophia is. The Earl himself, understands that inner beauty is more valuable than outside beauty and discovers in Sophia his soul-mate. All'S well when it ends well. A lovely love story with a twist. It is a good choice for all those who love a quiet afternoon in the company of an easy-to-read and lovely book .

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christiane Robillard

    Lovely & Touching Loved this book, in spite of the innumerable typos. It was downright annoying. I found the storyline original, and the characters well developed and very likeable. The dialogue was enjoyable, and I especially enjoyed the humour. I was pleased that this story was about a woman who wasn’t a great beauty. Because of circumstances, she was unwillingly betrothed to a handsome and popular man who at first despised her. However, as he began to know her, he realized what a beautiful wom Lovely & Touching Loved this book, in spite of the innumerable typos. It was downright annoying. I found the storyline original, and the characters well developed and very likeable. The dialogue was enjoyable, and I especially enjoyed the humour. I was pleased that this story was about a woman who wasn’t a great beauty. Because of circumstances, she was unwillingly betrothed to a handsome and popular man who at first despised her. However, as he began to know her, he realized what a beautiful woman she really was. It confirms the old adage: “Time is cruel to beauty, but kind to ugliness “.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert Stevenson

    Beauty is as beauty does.... A story exploring the dynamics of love. Love is not always where we expect it, and sometimes it appears where we never imagined it!!!! How do we prepare ourselves for the first time we realize our true love for another?!? It is often a twisted journey, from the beginning to the end. This story is a tale of two unlikely people, caught in a tangled web of misunderstandings, finding the path to true love and happiness. Maybe magic really does happen between two people?!?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Denise Troutman

    I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the main character who was basically forced into a marriage neither of them wanted. Her sister was cruel and her parents were clueless how she was being treated. She let the groom know in no uncertain terms that she was as upset about this arrangement as he was. He had never been ignored, he was used to women flocking to his side and he had to do some soul searching to make a friend of his betrothed. They had some time to get to know each other before the weddi I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the main character who was basically forced into a marriage neither of them wanted. Her sister was cruel and her parents were clueless how she was being treated. She let the groom know in no uncertain terms that she was as upset about this arrangement as he was. He had never been ignored, he was used to women flocking to his side and he had to do some soul searching to make a friend of his betrothed. They had some time to get to know each other before the wedding and he was surprised to find a lovely woman hiding behind her surly behavior.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cindy C.

    From the first page to the last A Most Unlikely Betrothal will keep your attention from the moment you begin the journey with Sophia and Richatd until the very end. It unfolds beautifully as it weaves a storty from beginning to end with threads insecurities, prejudice, anduncertainties. Alice Kirks has given readers a book that is well-written and well-paced, filled it with great cast of characters that come off the pages and pull you into this emotional ride that keeps you involved until the ve From the first page to the last A Most Unlikely Betrothal will keep your attention from the moment you begin the journey with Sophia and Richatd until the very end. It unfolds beautifully as it weaves a storty from beginning to end with threads insecurities, prejudice, anduncertainties. Alice Kirks has given readers a book that is well-written and well-paced, filled it with great cast of characters that come off the pages and pull you into this emotional ride that keeps you involved until the very end, heartfelt dialogue with an enjoyable plot that brings this read together perfectly!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    A Most Unlikely Betrothal Great read about two sisters.And a rake that was infatuated with the youngest sister.And set a chain in motion that was his downfall.But fate had stepped in and changed the events into a intolerable situation for him and both sisters.And a betrothal happening,but to the wrong one.Well this story evolves to a lovely read with the with the spinster winning a love match in the end.Unsure of the Extended Epilogue though.Couldn’t make out the characters to match up with this A Most Unlikely Betrothal Great read about two sisters.And a rake that was infatuated with the youngest sister.And set a chain in motion that was his downfall.But fate had stepped in and changed the events into a intolerable situation for him and both sisters.And a betrothal happening,but to the wrong one.Well this story evolves to a lovely read with the with the spinster winning a love match in the end.Unsure of the Extended Epilogue though.Couldn’t make out the characters to match up with this story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Love the story but… The story itself was really good nice clean romance. However I could not picture Sophia has anything but an ugly ugly woman. It was awful to imagine her with giant lips and a pig nose. I appreciated the fact that Richard fell in love with her anyway, but even he kept saying she was not attractive in his head. If she had just been described as plain, fine, but to be the laughing stock of the ton to the end was not enjoyable

  10. 4 out of 5

    Art

    A soon to be spinster, a Earl who mistakes her for her sister and takes advantage and is forced to do the right thing. A classic regency romance about sibling jealousy, reluctant betrothal between two people who don't care for each other and society gossip. I enjoyed this story and thought that it was a good story with all the complications the situation brought upon them. It was a great evening's read. A soon to be spinster, a Earl who mistakes her for her sister and takes advantage and is forced to do the right thing. A classic regency romance about sibling jealousy, reluctant betrothal between two people who don't care for each other and society gossip. I enjoyed this story and thought that it was a good story with all the complications the situation brought upon them. It was a great evening's read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steve Peterson

    Great story I was caught up in the story from the opening chapter, heartache for Sophia and unbelievable jealousy from her spoilt younger sister. I loved watching the earl's heart opening to true beauty! But I could not rate it 5 stars because it brought you to the climax of the story and dropped you! The link to the rest of the story was the end of a completely different story with different characters! Great story I was caught up in the story from the opening chapter, heartache for Sophia and unbelievable jealousy from her spoilt younger sister. I loved watching the earl's heart opening to true beauty! But I could not rate it 5 stars because it brought you to the climax of the story and dropped you! The link to the rest of the story was the end of a completely different story with different characters!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carole Copeland

    Great concept I love that the heroine was a plain woman who gets the hero. There are not many books out there with heroines who are not beautiful. I did have a hard time reading this book as it was mostly the same thought life over and over. The dialogue was minimal as the interaction between the two main characters from what I read. It was a difficult read that did not keep my attention.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gwen Hight

    A Most Unlikely Betrothal A Historical Regency Romance Book Alice as written a good story about Sophie a young woman that is not a beauty and she has a sister that is but one night she is kissed by the very man her sister wants.The characters are charming but the gossip is evil .but as there is a thin line between love and hate the couple fall in love a very enjoyable read

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Isaacs

    oddity Too many words saying the same thing over and over the parents were confusingly described and not well fleshed out. Short bits of info that didn’t seem connected. It was well done of the three lead characters but the resolution in the last pages had no leadin. Could have been shorter and more full of personality.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lifelongreader

    Heartwarming story This was a heartwarming story of how love can change our self image and the way we live our life. Sophia and Richard both changed and matured as this story progressed and both came to like themselves better as well as love one another.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Scott

    Sisterly Love? Want no part of it! How any parents can show so much favoritism only based on looks is beyond me! Spoiled Elizabeth always want all the spot light to always be on her and cannot let sister win the man she wants!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christine Allen

    Could not finish Premise was good, execution was bad. Characters are unlikeable, the writing/editing is careless. The hero's use of air quotes was the last straw and I abandoned the book. I can get through bad romance novels but this one was terrible. Could not finish Premise was good, execution was bad. Characters are unlikeable, the writing/editing is careless. The hero's use of air quotes was the last straw and I abandoned the book. I can get through bad romance novels but this one was terrible.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anna Cuddihy

    All's well that ends well tarted this book and could not put it down it is a well written book with lovely characters , despite some ups and downs Richard and sophie come through it all and the lovely Extended Epilogue explains how well they do Thanks for this lovely story All's well that ends well tarted this book and could not put it down it is a well written book with lovely characters , despite some ups and downs Richard and sophie come through it all and the lovely Extended Epilogue explains how well they do Thanks for this lovely story

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cissie Breland

    Didn’t want to put it down I loved this book! I absolutely laughed out loud when Rose and Sophia talked about something being as likely to occur as man going to the moon, carriages without horses, and women wearing menswear. I also loved the way true personalities were revealed.

  20. 4 out of 5

    LaRae Galloway

    Alice Kirk's did such an amazing job with this book! Characters are great and story line was different than most and very enjoyable! I loved seeing the change in Richard as he got to know Sophia! Amazing epilogue and such a treat to have an extended epilogue! Alice Kirk's did such an amazing job with this book! Characters are great and story line was different than most and very enjoyable! I loved seeing the change in Richard as he got to know Sophia! Amazing epilogue and such a treat to have an extended epilogue!

  21. 4 out of 5

    PollyAnna Joy

    Wrong extended epilogue The conclusion promises an extended epilogue with Richard and Sophia, but I was taken to a link for a story about Sophia and Sebastian. I want more of Richard and Sophia!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ann Faw

    Enjoyed this Regency romance.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Okay book Okay book, quick read. And have read other books by this same author and would read more. Will consider it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    A good book. Even though I was given a copy of this book by the author, it in no way influenced my opinion and this is my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mrs MJH Compton-Edwards

    A pleasant read, if you like regency stories this one is worth your time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alan Waye

    Good but... Excellent story but I hated the word tis. Tis this, tis that. By the end of the book I was seeing the word tis everywhere.😂.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Valerie Bates

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anneliese Harmer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Schaefer

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diana Harrison

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