Staff Pick & Review by Alex N.
I’m not generally a historical romance reader. Give me a small town contemporary with a B&B, a bunch of quirky characters, and an HEA any day. However, every once in a while a historical will come along that I simply cannot resist. Schooling the Viscount was one of those books for me. Being a Victoria Alexander fan, when I found out about this new series filled with a ton of madcap humor and an equal measure of heart, I was so excited to add it to our Lyrical list. Then, when we finished the cover and added the series name (Cotswold Confidential), I was totally sold.
Maggie Robinson has written many fan-favorite romances, and has really done her research when it comes to the settings. In this new series, she takes readers to the small village of Puddling on the Wold in the English countryside and turns a familiar storyline into a unique new idea by making the town a rehabilitation place of sorts—for the wayward members of high society. Captain Lord Henry Challoner is back from his military service with scars both outside and in, and his self-medicating with both alcohol and women has left his father, the viscount, at his wits end. Off for rehabilitation he goes—with a strict order of no ladies—only to literally fall head-over-heels for the town’s school teacher, Rachel Everett. But propriety, parents, and meddling villagers stand in their way at every turn! Who says that a small town with a ton of quirky characters has to be the setting exclusively for contemporaries??
This new series has it all—laughter, deep emotion, love, and tears. You will be transported to Victorian England, so if you’re up for an armchair travel this winter, this is the book for you!
“Schooling the Viscount
is a charming, sexy romp through the English countryside. Readers will fall in love with the little town of Puddling-on-the-Wold. I did!”
—Vanessa Kelly, USA Today
Welcome to Puddling on the Wold, where the sons and daughters of Victorian nobility come for a little rest, recuperation, and “rehab,” in this brand-new series of rebellious romance from Maggie Robinson.
After a harrowing tour of duty abroad, Captain Lord Henry Challoner fought to keep his memories at bay with two of his preferred vices: liquor and ladies. But the gin did more harm than good—as did Henry’s romantic entanglements, since he was supposed to be finding a suitable bride. Next stop: The tiny village of Gloucestershire, where Henry can finally sober up without distraction or temptation. Or so he thinks…
A simple country schoolteacher, Rachel Everett was never meant to cross paths with a gentleman such as Henry. What could such a worldly man ever see in her? As it turns out, everything. Beautiful, fiercely intelligent Rachel is Henry’s dream woman—and wife. Such a match would be scandalous for his family of course, and Rachel has no business meddling with a resident at the famed, rather draconian, Puddling Rehabilitation Foundation. All the better, for two lost souls with nothing to lose—and oh so very much to gain.
Praise for Maggie Robinson’s Lady Anne’s Lover
“Robinson never fails to provide plenty of brio, banter, and interpersonal heat…Fans of humorous historicals will enjoy this delightful romp.” —Publishers Weekly
“A charming, fun Regency romp that combines an innovative, compelling plot with characters that jump off the page and a hot, captivating romance that will tug at heartstrings.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Lively repartee and steamy sensuality, yet maintains the mystery to the very end.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars