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by Jo Manning

eBook Seducing Mr. Heywood epub
  • ISBN: 0786250526
  • Author: Jo Manning
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; 1 edition (February 2, 2003)
  • Pages: 310 pages
  • ePUB size: 1316 kb
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Signet regency romance. Seducing Mr. Heywood. InterMix Books, New York.

This is Jo Manning's 2001 spin-off from/sequel to The Reluctant Guardian: Signet Regency Romance (InterMix).

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Seducing Mr. Heywood: a Regency romance. Lady Sophia Rowley is a thrice-widowed wild beauty whose latest scandalous escapade has sent her home to north Yorkshire. There, she is stunned to learn that her late husband has made the local vicar. Book in the Regency Duo Series). A Booklist Top 10 Romance of the Year Jo Manning's latest Regency romance is replete with period charm, lively dialogue, and fascinating detail. Lady Sophia Rowley, thrice married and thrice widowed, has returned to Rowley Hall to rusticate. Meeting vicar Charles Heywood, who was named guardian of her sons on the death of her third husband, she is at first angry. Heywood - eBook. Book Format: Choose an option. This button opens a dialog that displays additional images for this product with the option to zoom in or out. Tell us if something is incorrect. After she bore her late husband two heirs, thrice widowed Lady Sophia Rowley courted with London’s high society and earned a tarnished reputation. Read books for free from anywhere and from any device. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

A Booklist Top 10 Romance of the Year

Jo Manning's latest Regency romance is replete with period charm, lively dialogue, and fascinating detail. Lady Sophia Rowley, thrice married and thrice widowed, has returned to Rowley Hall to rusticate. Meeting vicar Charles Heywood, who was named guardian of her sons on the death of her third husband, she is at first angry . . . and then intrigued.

Comments: (7)
Rocky Basilisk
Seducing Mr. Heywood is a HOOT -- a story best summed up as a cleverly written "original." I didn't expect to be so taken in by such an uncoventional plot, but once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down. In fact, since first reading SMH, I've had to pick it up two more times just to "revisit" these characters.
I would HIGHLY recommend this book!
Zut
I literally stumbled across this book by "web" recommendation. I was also quite impressed with the cover art and so I decided to give it a try, even though my taste for straight Regency is limited. I've added Jo Manning to that small, select list of authors who "does it for me." The first chapter is hilarious and you're going to love the butler, even though he doesn't figure too prominently. But all of Ms. Manning's characters are likeable, as I'll explain later. After that first chapter, I was willing to proceed with what I thought might be a comical (in the mood-lifting sort of way) read. I wasn't completely accurate in my initial assessment on this book.

It was funny... in spots, but with an intelligent wit. SEDUCING MR. HEYWOOD is more than that. It offers a good deal of insight into the way that the Church of England and the gentry worked together and worshipped. There's some great imagery and dialogue inside the church. The story also takes you to "the wilds of York," which is not too often written about in Historicals.

I like to be educated when I read and I like it when the author assumes I'm intelligent enough to pick up on the subtleties. Ms. Manning is such an author. In SEDUCING MR. HEYWOOD, you can get a fascinating education on the responsibilities of a rural vicar through the eyes of the imperfect, but beautiful, Lady Sophia. There are lot's of lessons you'll enjoy learning. She's a very colorful character who sets out to seduce the vicar of Saint Mortrud's church... who also happens to be the Guardian of her two sons. This guardianship business has been willed by her estranged -- and now deceased -- husband. The late Baron, who is present in thought only, cares a great deal for Lady Sophia and honors her for being the mother of his heir, even if she did spend years away from him and her children. Even dead, he's a character that touches you.

Is such a woman redeemable? Only if the author is talented enough to do so... and Ms. Manning is.

Ms. Manning writes very succinctly and the characters are very loveable -- even the sub-characters to the storyline. Everybody in this story is infinitely likeable (except the villian)... really... truly... endearing people.

Add Jo Manning to your list of authors to watch and read.
Gagas
Lady Sophia Rowley is back from her home in London for the funeral of her third elderly husband. Hers was a marriage of convenience and arrangements. It was agreed that if she gave her husband his much wanted heirs she would be set up with nothing to worry about in London. With the unexpected death of Rowley, Sophia has returned from her frivolous existence among the Ton to resume her position of mother to her 2 sons. It is at the reading of the will when she learns that her husband has named the local vicar, Charles Heywood, guardian of the boys. And it is during his first visit when Sophia learns that Charles is NOT the usual dull, pios, and elderly gentleman- but handsome, young, and very caring man who serves as vicar. He is unlike any other man she has met- someone that is not after her sexually but seems to enjoy her as a person, for who she really is. It is from this visit that instead of the wicked and scandalous woman he has heard gossip about, Charles sees for himself Sophia's beauty, intelligence, and sincere feelings for her children. Charles finds himself falling in love with Sophia at first sight. But how would she be interested in someone with as dull a life and as little to offer as Charles has compared to what she is use to.
The story is a sweet one but it was dull in parts and didn't keep my attention. I found myself thumbing through pages. It wasn't a keeper for me. I recommend you read it for yourself.
Lli
Lady Sophia Rowley, Sir Isaac Reblow's jaded and sophisticated mistress from "The Reluctant Guardian" is the heroine in this tale of redemption and love, "Seducing Mr. Heywood." Though you might be forgiven in thinking that this romance novel about a young woman who has been more sinned against than sinning, and who finds her way back from the brink of self destruction, should actually have been entitled "The Reforming of Lady Sophia."
Thrice married, and now thrice widowed Lady Sophia Rowley has returned to Rowley Hall, in a high temper. Her ex-lover, Sir Isaac Reblow, whom she had hoped to marry upon her aged husband's death has married another, and she (Lady Sophia) is now the laughingstock of London. Unable to face the gossipmongers there, Lady Sophia has returned to Yorkshire for the duration of her period of mourning, but she is not happy at all. She finds the country side boring, her neighbours boorish, and she is not looking forward to reacquainting herself with the two young sons, John and William, she abandoned in favour of a good time in London. Furthermore, she has to contend with the village vicar, Mr. Charles Heywood, whom her husband had named as guardian of John and William. No, all in all Lady Sophia is not in a good humour at all.
And when she finally meets Heywood, she finds to her surprise that he is rather young and extremely good looking. Feeling rather bored, Lady Sophia sets out to seduce him into having a discreet affair with her. But to her surprise, anger and mortification, she finds that while Heywood is very susceptible to her charms, he refuses to fall in with her desires. And yet, something about the morally upright and deeply smitten young man (as well as the easy affection and acceptance of both her sons) inspires in Lady Sophia the wish to change from being the hard and brittle London socialite into something else -- to become the young lady she should have been before her father had started selling her off in marriage to rich dissolute older men. But can the once notorious Lady Sophia, whose affairs were a byword of polite Society, change? And then Lady Sophia's despicable father, the Earl of Dunhaven, arrives at Rowley Hall, with a plan to marry her off to his latest protege. Will the earl succeed in his evil plan? And will the introduction of a gentleman from Lady Sophia's milieu spell the end of all of Heywood's hopes where the lady is concerned?
The plot is a rather sophisticated one in the sense that it deals with a heroine who has led a far from exemplary life. Rich, beautiful and somewhat rakish, Lady Sophia had (hitherto her husband's death) led a rather jaded and carefree existence -- having affairs with whomsoever she pleased, going from one social gathering to another with little thought of her ailing husband or the sons she left behind. The death of her almost too-saintly-for-words husband, her reconciliation with her sons, and her friendship with Charles Heywood, allows for Lady Sophia to see that there is another path open to her -- one would allows her to some self-respect and feelings of self-worth, as well as the promise of a deep and abiding love. However, as with all good stories, the path to redemption is not so easy. Lady Sophia has to contend with her uncertain temper, her father's evil machinations and the fact that her relationship with Heywood may actually harm his reputation and prospects. This plot is not a very original one, and is one that has been used over and over again. What I liked most about it was that it was the heroine who was a bit of a rake, and the hero who stuck to his guns about propriety. Far too often, in plots such as this one, the hero would have given in to the heroine's lures before the denouncement is reached and everything ends as it should. For the hero to remain firm and strong no matter the temptations Lady Sophia threw at him, was a refreshing change. And one that I welcomed.
The novel unfolded smoothly, if a bit slowly. But this allowed for the change in Lady Sophia's character to be believable and credible. As I noted before there is really nothing terribly new or different about this particular story. The difference lies in the manner in which Jo Manning tells her tale, and the clever way in which she manages to make one care about the characters and the manner in which the novel developed. A very engaging and elegant read.
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