A Proper Companion

A Proper Companion

Candice Hern / Oct 22, 2019

A Proper Companion Anyone can arrange a marriage but only the heavens can decree true love Her grandson the Earl of Bradleigh had just announced his engagement to a thoroughly unlikeable chit and Lady Bradleigh was de

  • Title: A Proper Companion
  • Author: Candice Hern
  • ISBN: 9780515115260
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
  • Anyone can arrange a marriage but only the heavens can decree true love Her grandson, the Earl of Bradleigh, had just announced his engagement to a thoroughly unlikeable chit and Lady Bradleigh was determined to do something about it Why, just about anyone would make a suitable matcheven her own paid companion, Emily Townsend But if her dear, practical mindedAnyone can arrange a marriage but only the heavens can decree true love Her grandson, the Earl of Bradleigh, had just announced his engagement to a thoroughly unlikeable chit and Lady Bradleigh was determined to do something about it Why, just about anyone would make a suitable matcheven her own paid companion, Emily Townsend But if her dear, practical minded Robert were to back out of the betrothal, the tongues of the ton would never stop waggingAt the very least, the dowager decides, she will extract a promise from her grandson to find Emily a husband But when the handsome, rakish earl comes to know the charms of Emily Townsend, he suddenly regrets his hasty engagement and is sorely tempted to win her hand for himself.

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      • Candice Hern

        Candice Hern is the award winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency period Her books have won praise for the intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility Romantic Times as well as delicious wit and luscious sensuality Booklist Candice s award winning website candicehern is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers interested in the era will find an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, articles on Regency fashion, research links, and much It is the only author website listed among the online resources for the Jane Austen Centre in England.


    1. There isn't much to be said about this story that is not already in the blurb, except maybe the villain. There are no real spoilers there. The real story is in the interaction between the two characters and seeing the way they come to realize what they mean to each other.Neither is annoying, imagine that. Emily is not some stupid wallflower whom anyone could trick and Robert, even with his reputation, is a truly good person.The resolution is not something you haven't already seen, but it suits t [...]

    2. Robert, Earl of Bradleigh, is engaged to be married. This infuriates his grandmother, who has a companion named Emily Townshed who is ripe for the marrying. DRAMA LLAMAS, ATTACK. Will Robert and Emily ever figure out how to untwist their annoyingly separate panties long enough to live happily ever after?1. This was fine. (Long suffering sigh.) I've heard this one recommended several times and have enjoyed Hern's no-nonsense approach to romance in the past, but this was just a bit expected and du [...]

    3. We know that we are in for a fun frolic when an author boldly begins the first chapter of a novel with a heroine climbing out a bedroom window to meet her lover during a runaway marriage. No sooner have we drawn another breath when we discover that Lady Gwendolyn Pentwick is not the heroine of A Proper Companion at all, but her mother, an earl’s daughter who has found herself in a family way and been pressured into a patched up marriage to a titled lord who lacks fortune and appeal. Phew. If t [...]

    4. I liked the premise of this book,and was looking forward to a nice, kind of stodgy classic Regency. It definitely started out that way, although the prose had a tendency to sound like an imitation or parody of a Regency, rather than giving a sense of authentic character, with voice emerging naturally from that. For example,"My dear Emily," the dowager drawled, "you cannot begin to imagine how objectionable [the hero's new fiancee is]. Lord Windhurst [her father] can, of course, be disregarded as [...]

    5. Emily Townsend is the paid companion of the dowager Countess Bradleigh. When the dowager's grandson, the Earl of Bradleigh, announces his engagement, the Countess sweeps her household to London to get a good look at the girl. There she finds that Bradleigh is planning on marrying for an heir, not because he has any real affection for his fiancée. To his surprise, the more time he spends with his grandmother's companion Emily, the more he feels for her--and he begins to suspect his engagement is [...]

    6. This book had a lot of potential. But I guess it just wasn't quite my style. I kept worrying after the first kiss, if there would be a sex scene. I was happy there wasn't one, but a little disappointed in the graphic nature of the kissing scenes. Just a little too much info for me in those parts. I like my romances COMPLETELY clean. Then I was a little bummed there wasn't more at the end after they got together.

    7. Twenty-six years ago, an enceinte Lady Gwendolyn, daughter of the Earl of Pentwick, climbed out her bedroom window to elope with the unsuitable Walter Townsend. She was disowned by her family for her transgression, but happy enough with her husband and only daughter by her side. After her death, her husband lost his heart, his fortune, and finally, his life. Now their daughter Emily is companion to Countess Bradleigh and prefers to keep in the background. Lady Bradleigh is a kind employer and a [...]

    8. Emily Townsend is a paid companion to the dowager Countess Bradleigh. Lady Bradleigh is elderly, but by no means frail. She has taken a keen interest in Emily, who is not just another pretty face, but a quick-witted, even-tempered spinster fallen on hard times. When Robert, the current Earl of Bradleigh and Lady Bradleigh's grandson, announces his engagement, nothing will stop the dowager from quitting her home in Bath to finish out the season in London. Soon, Emily is the toast of the ton, and [...]

    9. The plot of this regency is a little too predictable perhaps, but its strength lies in the characters and the dialogue (With a dash of Charlemagne, the french pug)To steal from the great one:“My idea of a good novel the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call a good novel.' 'You are mistaken, 'that is not a good novel, that is the best.” Synopsis from cover: Robert, Lord Bradleigh, is a rakish earl with a recently arranged betrotha [...]

    10. A sweet romance featuring a strong heroine, non-brooding hero, and an incredible support cast that really made the book for me.Yes, Emily Townsend is a lovely woman. Blonde, green eyes, beautiful, intelligent, well spoken, etc. She's a genteel lady, granddaughter of an earl, who is penniless so is working as a companion. Okay. Yes, Robert, Lord Bradleigh, is handsome with a winning grin, great personality, and loves his grandmother sincerely. Which is nice. Okay.And I got the romance. I did. No [...]

    11. A sweet romance that I found more interesting than most. I felt like the plot twist/ villain at the end was kind of tacked on and unnecessary. The writing was well done enough that the plot didn't need anything extra in it.There were a few places where I got tired reading the characters' reflections rather than the events as they unfolded.Emily remembered this drive.Emily pulls on her gloves.Emily remembers another drive.Emily grabs her parasol.Emily prepares for her next drive.And a strikingly [...]

    12. This is a good old-fashioned (clean) Regency romance. It's got Bath, an earl, an impoverished companion with a practical bent, a wicked uncle, and a ball. Not to mention an abduction. Candice Hern always writes straightforward well-crafted books, and this is no exception. I ought to like it more than I did, though, and I think I've marked it down because it did all feel a little formulaic. Writers like Eloisa James are taking the same ingredients and introducing a degree of realism to the relati [...]

    13. This is a nice little story, but it seemed like a long short story rather than a novel. Candace Hern writes very well, and she presents interesting and entertaining characters, some of them very funny. I just wish she would flesh out the plot a bit more. (I suppose for 99 cents on , I really shouldn't ask for more, but I think she's truly talented.)I notice that several reviewers express relief that her novels are so "clean," but I wish they were a bit hotter myself.

    14. Pleasant story about a young woman who is working as a companion to an older woman, who is very kind to her, and indulges in some matchmaking. The companion, Emily, is perfect for her employer's grandson but he is already engaged . . . Emily believes she is poor, but she actually is an heiress, which is why she is being pursued by her dastardly cousin.Familiar Regency plot points but it was enjoyable. My first Candice Hern read . . . will read more.

    15. This was no Georgette Heyer book, but I still enjoyed it for the most part. There were a few instances where I thought it might turn out to be one of those (surprise!) harlequin romance novels but thankfully remained clean other than a few out there references.

    16. I was unfamiliar with Candace Hern but agreed to the reading challenge posed on austenprose regarding this author. I wasn't disappointed either because she is a cut above most writers in this genre.'

    17. A re-read. I love everything Candice Hern writes. I don't think she's written anything just lately, I may be wrong - that's why I have to read her books over and over.This story is so well written, she really knows her Regency!Love everything about this story.

    18. Cliché ridden regency. The story was pretty boring with weak and too simplistic characterization of main characters.

    19. This is a fun, light-reading Regency romance. Our heroine, impoverished and disowned granddaughter of an Earl, is long past her first bloom of youth, being relegated to the shelf at 26, and has no plans to marry, but she never has been to London. She is a paid companion to a racy old lady, dowager Countess of Bradleigh, who won't let such a situation stand. The two ladies are fond of each other, but Miss Townsend never forgets her humble position in the household. Enter the Dowager's grandson Ro [...]

    20. Many of the Regency romances being written are mostly just excuses for steamy sex every 10-20 pages. I'm not a prude, but I am tired of it. I found it was getting in the way of the plots and I often just flipped past them. Candice Hern's romances are more traditional in that they concentrate on the emotional and societal journeys of the characters. This is not to disparage sexy books; they can be fun, but they are not what I was looking for. I associate Regency and Jane Austen with people living [...]

    21. Good read. The hero has just gotten engaged to a girl his grandmother doesn't like. She thinks he would be much better off with someone like her companion, but she's not going to meddle. Just make arrangements for them to get to know each other. There's a wicked uncle of the heroine, but mostly it's just a sweet story. I liked it.

    22. A thorough delightA delightful romance with a delightful hero, and an a charming, clever, self-sufficient heroine. The banter is witty, the cast of supporting characters very appealing and all beautifully written.

    23. What can I say? This was a typical Regency romance. I had thought that Candice Hern would put out something different, but sadly, it was the same old thing.

    24. Abrupt EndingThe story was going along at a good pace and then "The End". I would have liked to have had an Epilogue. I feel that there was so much left to tell on the story

    25. Sweet and satisfyingWell written and nicely plotted with engaging characters. The villains' nefarious plots are sadly predictable, but that is really unavoidable and it is my only complaint. The hero and heroine take their time progressing from attraction to love, and that is very nice. The secondary characters are appealing and useful to the story. I am looking forward to reading more of the series.

    26. Review originally posted at Tea, Toast & Books.In Brief: Emily Townsend, gently bred but impoverished, serves as a paid companion to Lady Bradleigh. The dowager countess is distressed when she learns that her grandson, Robert, has affianced himself to a very young lady with a very grasping family. Lady Bradleigh would rather see him marry her companion — but how to convince him of that and, worse, how can he extricate himself from his disastrous engagement? And will Emily ever believe she [...]

    27. The storyEmily Townsend is a companion to a dowager countess, Lady Bradleigh, when she meets the grandson. Well, we all know how these books end, but it is the getting there that is the fun. Emily is not one of those girls out to find man or mourning the life that might have been. She is practical and smart and content. Lord Bradleigh has finally decided to settle down and marry. He chooses form the years newest debs and think one will do just as well as the next. He engages himself to the best [...]

    28. A Proper Companion by Candice HernBook 1 of 3Emily Townsend is determined to make it on her own. Her mother was disowned by her parents because she eloped after finding she was with child. When Emily's mom died her father turned to drinking and gambling and died leaving her nothing. So she has been a companion for older women the last few years. The dowager Bradleigh is who she has been with the past year. The seventy-eight year old woman lives in Bath and enjoys the escapades of her rakehell g [...]

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