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Married . . . or not? To safeguard her future, orphaned Azalea's grandfather arranges her marriage--in name only, of course, as she is not yet of age--to the son of his oldest friend, Lord Glaedon. Azalea, however, falls head over heels in love with her handsome new husband with all the impetuousness and romanticism of her youth before he sails back to England mere days aft Married . . . or not? To safeguard her future, orphaned Azalea's grandfather arranges her marriage--in name only, of course, as she is not yet of age--to the son of his oldest friend, Lord Glaedon. Azalea, however, falls head over heels in love with her handsome new husband with all the impetuousness and romanticism of her youth before he sails back to England mere days after the wedding. When she learns of his death at sea, she is devastated. Six years later, Azalea honors her grandfather's dying wish by sailing for England herself to recover her inheritance. Once there, she is stunned to discover that Christian, the beloved husband she has believed dead all this time, is quite definitely alive . . . but seems to have no memory whatsoever of their marriage, or of her! Even worse, he is betrothed . . . to her cousin. Can Azalea possibly force Christian--now the illustrious Earl of Glaedon--to remember the truth? Or must she somehow win him away from her dazzlingly beautiful cousin to prevent him from committing bigamy--and breaking her heart again? Originally Appeared in the Harlequin 2 book combo: Regency Diamonds in 1994


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Married . . . or not? To safeguard her future, orphaned Azalea's grandfather arranges her marriage--in name only, of course, as she is not yet of age--to the son of his oldest friend, Lord Glaedon. Azalea, however, falls head over heels in love with her handsome new husband with all the impetuousness and romanticism of her youth before he sails back to England mere days aft Married . . . or not? To safeguard her future, orphaned Azalea's grandfather arranges her marriage--in name only, of course, as she is not yet of age--to the son of his oldest friend, Lord Glaedon. Azalea, however, falls head over heels in love with her handsome new husband with all the impetuousness and romanticism of her youth before he sails back to England mere days after the wedding. When she learns of his death at sea, she is devastated. Six years later, Azalea honors her grandfather's dying wish by sailing for England herself to recover her inheritance. Once there, she is stunned to discover that Christian, the beloved husband she has believed dead all this time, is quite definitely alive . . . but seems to have no memory whatsoever of their marriage, or of her! Even worse, he is betrothed . . . to her cousin. Can Azalea possibly force Christian--now the illustrious Earl of Glaedon--to remember the truth? Or must she somehow win him away from her dazzlingly beautiful cousin to prevent him from committing bigamy--and breaking her heart again? Originally Appeared in the Harlequin 2 book combo: Regency Diamonds in 1994

30 review for Azalea

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    99c Kindle Regency romance. I found the hook so interesting that I had to give it a shot: Our American heroine is married (at age 13 1/2) to a handsome English young man who's about 5 years older ... for her own protection, as she has an uncle who's stolen her rightful inheritance in England. So it's to be a marriage in name only for a few years, and her husband Christian heads back to England with his father. Unfortunately there's a shipwreck, and all are lost. Or maybe not. Five years later the 99c Kindle Regency romance. I found the hook so interesting that I had to give it a shot: Our American heroine is married (at age 13 1/2) to a handsome English young man who's about 5 years older ... for her own protection, as she has an uncle who's stolen her rightful inheritance in England. So it's to be a marriage in name only for a few years, and her husband Christian heads back to England with his father. Unfortunately there's a shipwreck, and all are lost. Or maybe not. Five years later the orphaned Azalea (yep, that's her name) heads to England herself. There she unexpectedly meets Christian, who's now a lord ... and who has absolutely no recollection of ever meeting her, let alone marrying her. To make matters worse, Chris is engaged to Azalea's cousin, who she's living with. And Chris has a major chip on his shoulder against Americans, even beautiful redheaded ones. And let's not forget the dastardly conniving uncle! I will say it was a fun read if you like Regency romances, but in the cold light of morning the contrived nature of the plot, and all of the many coincidences, was just too much for me to take it even a little bit seriously. Read for brain candy only! Content note: a couple of intimate scenes, including one short but explicit bedroom scene. Of course they are actually married ... (view spoiler)[and by the time they sleep together he has remembered that. But the earlier kissing scene, in which clothing starts to come off even though Chris doesn't know they're married, really has no place in a traditional Regency novel. It's totally unbelievable. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jane Dunning

    Great story! This was a great story! I loved the unique plot and likable characters. I read all 6 books and must admit that after the second one I almost gave up on Hiatt but read on and was delighted with the 3rd and 4th stories. The 5th one tempted me to give up again but this one was quite enjoyable!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Ok, a cheesy love story, but a good one. English guy comes to US, marries girl for convenience that I can’t remember right now. Ship wreck on way back to England and he’s presumed drowned. 6 years later his little girl Widow has grown and goes to England to claim her inheritance and lo and behold meets her long dead husband that has amnesia. He’s engaged to her cousin, her nasty uncle is trying to marry her off to one of his cronies when English guy suddenly remembers! Her cousin calls off the e Ok, a cheesy love story, but a good one. English guy comes to US, marries girl for convenience that I can’t remember right now. Ship wreck on way back to England and he’s presumed drowned. 6 years later his little girl Widow has grown and goes to England to claim her inheritance and lo and behold meets her long dead husband that has amnesia. He’s engaged to her cousin, her nasty uncle is trying to marry her off to one of his cronies when English guy suddenly remembers! Her cousin calls off the engagement to marry someone else, he bursts in and saves her from a shotgun wedding with the crony and they live happily ever after.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Betty Sotherland

    A great mixing of intrigue with romance. Loved this book for the plot and the characters. The authors transitioning of the characters interactions are done with subtlety and style. The dialog was everything I hoped for when I purchased this book. It's a great read, I truly enjoyed every word of it, couldn't put it down. A great mixing of intrigue with romance. Loved this book for the plot and the characters. The authors transitioning of the characters interactions are done with subtlety and style. The dialog was everything I hoped for when I purchased this book. It's a great read, I truly enjoyed every word of it, couldn't put it down.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diane Guerette

    Entertaining Azalea's strong and courageous character along with her intelligence and show of compassion make this book enjoyable. The added history of England's society and her ability to thwart it made it all the more interesring. Entertaining Azalea's strong and courageous character along with her intelligence and show of compassion make this book enjoyable. The added history of England's society and her ability to thwart it made it all the more interesring.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Tican

    This a re~read and it is still quite Good and it did not pall in the re~reading as some books are wont to do. One of those books that I usually read during a power outage or during a typhoon ~ a tried, faithful and true companion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    Clever plot. Interesting romance. I got involved right from start and the story moves briskly. Lots of twists. I like this author she’s very creative. I could have lived without the sex scene. I always find them implausible in Regencies.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan Sieger

    A cute read It was a book of love lost and then found again, just in time. It had intrigue and some sinister individuals that didn't win in the end. I really liked it.👍👍👍 A cute read It was a book of love lost and then found again, just in time. It had intrigue and some sinister individuals that didn't win in the end. I really liked it.👍👍👍

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Necaise

    Grabbing story I couldn't put the book down from the first page. This was a completely novel plot for me to read. Grabbing story I couldn't put the book down from the first page. This was a completely novel plot for me to read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    Only finished reading because I bought it Premise sounded good, Hiatt has been around thought I would take a chance, will not read author again, mediocre drivel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Miki

    Cet avis a été publié antérieurement sur mon blog Lecture Toute une Aventure Bref récit avec seulement 156 pages cependant même si il aurait pu être plus développé j’ai passé un bon moment avec ce livre. C’était ma première tentative de romance historique avec une héroïne américaine et j’ai trouvé intéressant de voir les divisions entre l’aristocratie anglaise et les membres important de son ancienne colonie. Le récit en soit n’est pas vraiment original ni mémorable mais cela reste un bon diver Cet avis a été publié antérieurement sur mon blog Lecture Toute une Aventure Bref récit avec seulement 156 pages cependant même si il aurait pu être plus développé j’ai passé un bon moment avec ce livre. C’était ma première tentative de romance historique avec une héroïne américaine et j’ai trouvé intéressant de voir les divisions entre l’aristocratie anglaise et les membres important de son ancienne colonie. Le récit en soit n’est pas vraiment original ni mémorable mais cela reste un bon divertissement lorsque on n’a pas beaucoup de temps et que l’on souhaite une romance avec un « happy end » sans trop de complications. Azalea est une jeune femme cultivée et bien élevée mais pas pour autant enfermée dans une attitude trop rigide, elle est franche et volontaire. Lorsqu’elle se retrouve confrontée à son oncle crapuleux elle œuvre à déjouer ses plans tout en redécouvrant son époux longtemps cru mort. Christian quant à lui est un jeune noble qui se retrouve à la tête de sa famille alors que rien ne l’y prédestinait de prime abord étant le dernier de la fratrie, perdu et amnésique suite à un naufrage il cherche à préserver l’honneur de sa famille qu’il pense avoir bafoué durant son exil forcé. Soyons honnête même si je sais que à l’époque on pouvait se marier très jeune j’ai apprécié que bien que mariée à 13ans Azalea ne soit pas forcée à consommer le mariage sans attendre cela m’aurait paru très choquant sinon. L’intrigue est un peu poussée par les cheveux mais on peut aisément se laisser emporter un court instant par ce récit sans trop de prétention mais toutefois agréable.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen Tuttle

    Not all Hiatt books are clean I had read one previous Hiatt book and loved it! Because that book was free from descriptive body parts and clean I purchased several more. Regrettably this story was not free of a couple of descriptive intimate moments. I will be returning other books. I would have appreciated fair warning this author includes sex in her stories. Some prefer them however I do not. Sadly I enjoyed her storylines in the two books I read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ann Gonzalez

    Azalea, like Brenda Hiatt's other books, is a wonderful book. This book has a plot that is different than most Regency stories. I could not put it down. I instantly liked Azalea Clayton and Christian , Lord Glaedon. The twists and surprises in the book keep you engaged. Brenda is a very talented writer and I look forward to reading more of her work. Azalea, like Brenda Hiatt's other books, is a wonderful book. This book has a plot that is different than most Regency stories. I could not put it down. I instantly liked Azalea Clayton and Christian , Lord Glaedon. The twists and surprises in the book keep you engaged. Brenda is a very talented writer and I look forward to reading more of her work.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kira

    This is a enjoyable read. It has all the right elements and a little bit familial intrigue thrown in. The romance content is PG13 until the very end where it goes up to R. Despite the romance content I did enjoy this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I liked the story okay. I was just disappointed at the sex scene at the end of the book. I only like clean romance.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    A sweet, tender story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Sleeper

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynn M. Stotlar

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jo Anne

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Peterson

  21. 4 out of 5

    Glenda

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cornelia

  23. 4 out of 5

    vickygarcia

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nenya

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Makaio

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jill Bower

  28. 5 out of 5

    Arthur W. Chafey

  29. 4 out of 5

    Betty Lindberg

  30. 4 out of 5

    ELC

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