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It's warring nations, dueling philosophies and the battle of the sexes as American-born Miss Liberty Baylis takes on Simon Lansing, Viscount Brodham, in the fight for her friend's happiness. Brodham wants only to retire to the peace and quiet of his country estate, but he'll take on the cheeky American chit if that's what it takes to keep his nephew safe and happy. The war It's warring nations, dueling philosophies and the battle of the sexes as American-born Miss Liberty Baylis takes on Simon Lansing, Viscount Brodham, in the fight for her friend's happiness. Brodham wants only to retire to the peace and quiet of his country estate, but he'll take on the cheeky American chit if that's what it takes to keep his nephew safe and happy. The war is on . . . but when banter and flirtation become weapons and kisses disrupt strategies, will Brodham and Liberty ever wish for the battles to end?


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It's warring nations, dueling philosophies and the battle of the sexes as American-born Miss Liberty Baylis takes on Simon Lansing, Viscount Brodham, in the fight for her friend's happiness. Brodham wants only to retire to the peace and quiet of his country estate, but he'll take on the cheeky American chit if that's what it takes to keep his nephew safe and happy. The war It's warring nations, dueling philosophies and the battle of the sexes as American-born Miss Liberty Baylis takes on Simon Lansing, Viscount Brodham, in the fight for her friend's happiness. Brodham wants only to retire to the peace and quiet of his country estate, but he'll take on the cheeky American chit if that's what it takes to keep his nephew safe and happy. The war is on . . . but when banter and flirtation become weapons and kisses disrupt strategies, will Brodham and Liberty ever wish for the battles to end?

30 review for Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)

    Cute novella. I'm liking this series. Cute novella. I'm liking this series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar

    A spunky American chit who only wants to help her friend and a tired worn out Englishman who only wants to protect his nephew from scandal make for a pretty fun read in this novella. This is third (book 1 and then another novella) in the Half Moon House series. I have not read the other books but did not feel lost in this one, although, I can tell there were aforementioned characters that others who had read previous books in the series would enjoy seeing. Liberty, spunky American, is bored in s A spunky American chit who only wants to help her friend and a tired worn out Englishman who only wants to protect his nephew from scandal make for a pretty fun read in this novella. This is third (book 1 and then another novella) in the Half Moon House series. I have not read the other books but did not feel lost in this one, although, I can tell there were aforementioned characters that others who had read previous books in the series would enjoy seeing. Liberty, spunky American, is bored in staid uptight London and decides to help a new friend find her one true love. Liberty is the typical feisty regency heroine but thankfully, never crosses over into TSTL territory. Simon, tired worn out Englishman, has had a lifetime of helping to keep others away from scandal and is determined to keep his nephew from falling into ruin. As you can imagine, Liberty and Simon butt heads quite a lot. As you can probably also imagine, Liberty meddles her friend and herself into some romantic entanglements. (I also have a meddlesome friend, she has never meddled me an Englishman, tired worn out or not. I'll have to talk to her about this) There is some witty banter (tad mellow), mystery, and The Big Secret. However, since this is a novella expect this all to be fast paced and lacking in the depth and breadth columns. This was my first Deb Marlowe book and I can definitely say I will be reading her again and will be going back and picking up book one. I like the feel of the series and honestly, any author who uses the phrase "stop skinny dipping in the scandal broth" deserves to be read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Deb Marlowe has a very clean writing style that I enjoy reading, but sometimes I don't understand her characters. I enjoyed A Slight Miscalculation, but this tale, while it started out enjoyable, confused me a bit at the end. Liberty is an energetic American heiress who is bored with London society. Lord Brodham is a cynical English lord, who doubts the sincerity of others' feelings. They meet by chance to help another person and the sparks fly because of their different motives. This set up, wh Deb Marlowe has a very clean writing style that I enjoy reading, but sometimes I don't understand her characters. I enjoyed A Slight Miscalculation, but this tale, while it started out enjoyable, confused me a bit at the end. Liberty is an energetic American heiress who is bored with London society. Lord Brodham is a cynical English lord, who doubts the sincerity of others' feelings. They meet by chance to help another person and the sparks fly because of their different motives. This set up, while a bit contrived, was fun and I liked it. Then, the ending. While how their final meeting was arranged was really enjoyable, I did not understand the relevance of the "big secret." Heck, until the end, I did not know there was one to tell! It was unexpected and dark and seemed very jarring and probably could have been left out of the story. Lord Brodham's behavior could have been explained by something much simpler. Maybe because this was a novella, things weren't entirely fleshed out, but I think even in a longer story, this set up would have fallen flat for me. Despite this odd ending, the writing is still good (only a few typos), and I will look for more Half moon House stories. Marlowe has an interesting thread going with that and some of the characters sound interesting. In a nutshell, this story had a cute set up and some fun, snappy dialogue, but the ending seemed a bit jarring for the rest of the tale, which was very light.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Good quick read. Liberty is an American heiress visiting London with her parents. Accustomed to more activity and freedom, she is bored and frustrated by the lack of both. A series of advertisements in the newspaper intrigues her and leads her to a new friend. Felicity is a young lady who is trying to find the gentleman who came to her rescue a few weeks earlier. Liberty decides that helping her new friend is a perfect project for her. She runs into some trouble when the gentleman's uncle tries Good quick read. Liberty is an American heiress visiting London with her parents. Accustomed to more activity and freedom, she is bored and frustrated by the lack of both. A series of advertisements in the newspaper intrigues her and leads her to a new friend. Felicity is a young lady who is trying to find the gentleman who came to her rescue a few weeks earlier. Liberty decides that helping her new friend is a perfect project for her. She runs into some trouble when the gentleman's uncle tries to keep the two apart. Lord Brodham has spent a good deal of his adult life rescuing other people from their scandals or trying to prevent them in the first place. He's tired of seeing the worst of people and ready for some peace and quiet on his estate. But first, he has to untangle his nephew, Peter, from potential disaster. There are sparks between Brodham and Liberty from the moment they meet. She is determined to do everything possible to help the young couple, while Brodham seems determined to keep them apart. They carry on a lighthearted battle, each trying to make their point. Underneath the battle is a simmering attraction to each other. Brodham is especially wary, as Liberty is definitely not the quiet and safe kind of woman he had been envisioning his life. Liberty had certainly not been looking for a stuffy Englishman. Their encounters are mostly fun and flirty as they try to top each other in their efforts. When one encounter turns more emotional than Brodham is comfortable with, he withdraws back to his safe and quiet life. He discovers that quiet and comfortable isn't all it's cracked up to be, and wonders if it's too late to make Liberty part of his life. I loved the ending, as Peter and Felicity return the favor and bring Brodham and Liberty back together. I loved seeing his walls come tumbling down as he opens his heart completely to Liberty.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cherish

    I read this novella as an e-book and I found the really enjoyable to read. Liberty is a very intriguing character. I adored how she decided to help out Felicity. I adored that she and Simon were battling. I wasn't sure who was going to win but it was very surpring.... in a very good way. I had a lot of compassion for Simon too. I was quite moved when I found out the reason for his behaviour. He needed a long hug. :D The ending was left a huge smile on my face too. I am looking forward to reading t I read this novella as an e-book and I found the really enjoyable to read. Liberty is a very intriguing character. I adored how she decided to help out Felicity. I adored that she and Simon were battling. I wasn't sure who was going to win but it was very surpring.... in a very good way. I had a lot of compassion for Simon too. I was quite moved when I found out the reason for his behaviour. He needed a long hug. :D The ending was left a huge smile on my face too. I am looking forward to reading the next book of the Half Moon series. It's going to be interesting.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Betty Strohecker

    This was another enjoyable Half Moon House story, this time involving American Heiress Liberty Bayless challenging an English Viscount and the rules of the ton. I love the way this series is written with strong women characters striving to find men who appreciate them. Although some characters recur, I haven't read these stories in any particular order, and so feel they can be enjoyed as stand alones. This was another enjoyable Half Moon House story, this time involving American Heiress Liberty Bayless challenging an English Viscount and the rules of the ton. I love the way this series is written with strong women characters striving to find men who appreciate them. Although some characters recur, I haven't read these stories in any particular order, and so feel they can be enjoyed as stand alones.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Liberty was bored. The daughter of the third son of Viscount Levy and a Boston heiress, Liberty had grown up in America. When her father chose to return to England to take his place in the aristocracy of London, her mother quickly found her place in the charitable and scholarly circles of society. Liberty, however, felt stifled by the rules of society that governed her new life. “I’d love to do something more interesting than buying ribbons to match my bonnets,” she complained to her mother. Even Liberty was bored. The daughter of the third son of Viscount Levy and a Boston heiress, Liberty had grown up in America. When her father chose to return to England to take his place in the aristocracy of London, her mother quickly found her place in the charitable and scholarly circles of society. Liberty, however, felt stifled by the rules of society that governed her new life. “I’d love to do something more interesting than buying ribbons to match my bonnets,” she complained to her mother. Even riding had lost its allure as she was expected to ride leisurely in Hyde Park, instead of taking off for a thrilling ride in the country. A series of advertisements in the Morning Post were suddenly the talk of the town. A young lady had met the man of her dreams, but she did not know his name or where to find him. Her attempts to meet with him again through the advertisements were unsuccessful, but a sympathetic Liberty suddenly found in them a project to keep her busy. She would find the unhappy young lady and work to reunite her with her mysterious “man in blue.” Little did she know that her “project” would bring with it romantic possibilities of her own. Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, the fourth book in the Half Moon House series by Deb Marlowe, is a delightful story of the escapades of Liberty as she tries to help her new friend Felicity find her young man in blue. Surprisingly, after finding the young man, Peter, and reuniting him with Felicity, Liberty finds herself attracted to Peter’s uncle, the Viscount Brodham, who seems determined to keep Felicity and Peter apart. Can Felicity justify her own growing feelings for the Viscount when his motives and actions are in direct competition with hers? I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but I found myself wishing it were a full novel instead of a novella. I loved the spirited character of Liberty and I felt I knew her well, but I didn’t feel that the other characters, especially Viscount Brodham, were as fully developed as they could have been had the book been longer. I would still recommend this book to readers, however, especially those who want a fun little book that can be read in one sitting. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Liberty Bayliss is an American young lady who is visiting London. She misses activity. At home she could do things and take on projects. In London, the expectation for a young lady is to spend her time visiting and shopping. A project comes along. A young lady has put an ad in the paper attempting to reconnect with a young man who has stolen her heart. When Liberty makes it possible for Felicity, the young lady, to reconnect with Peter, the young man, all seems to be going well. But, Peter's uncle, Liberty Bayliss is an American young lady who is visiting London. She misses activity. At home she could do things and take on projects. In London, the expectation for a young lady is to spend her time visiting and shopping. A project comes along. A young lady has put an ad in the paper attempting to reconnect with a young man who has stolen her heart. When Liberty makes it possible for Felicity, the young lady, to reconnect with Peter, the young man, all seems to be going well. But, Peter's uncle,Viscount Brodham, has other ideas. He has taken care of Peter for most of his life and he does not intend to allow anyone to hurt him. He wants for Peter what he wants for himself a safe and comfortable life. The plot is well developed and entertaining. There is a happy ending and the journey which takes us there holds our interest. The characters are entertaining. It turns out that safety is not necessarily everything one might think. Liberty and Brodham enter into a battle. There are challenges for each of them. The challenges make this a humorous story which is well worth the reader's time. This is a novella that is a fun and quick read. Ms Marlowe has created a good story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Mix America Liberty comes from America....and as such, is somewhat at odds with English society. Mr. Brodham is a very reserved Englishman, who has made a career of keeping things tidy and covering scandal so his countrymen can look - shall we say, like proper "Englishmen"? But Liberty is not just American. She is also one of those people who can't stand for unhappiness. And who befriends lost souls. (Probably brings home lost puppies and unclaimed kittens, too. In current times, her parents would Mix America Liberty comes from America....and as such, is somewhat at odds with English society. Mr. Brodham is a very reserved Englishman, who has made a career of keeping things tidy and covering scandal so his countrymen can look - shall we say, like proper "Englishmen"? But Liberty is not just American. She is also one of those people who can't stand for unhappiness. And who befriends lost souls. (Probably brings home lost puppies and unclaimed kittens, too. In current times, her parents would have to forbid her going to the Animal Shelter, which would be a totally logical place for her to volunteer!) The direct result is not so much matchmaking as it is facilitation. It's just that in the course of facilitating one love, she gets mixed up, and ends up in love. Interlaced some mild humor, a tiny bit of intrigue, a "deep, dark secret" that must come out for happily ever after to be achieved....and, oh, yeah, Benjamin Skrewed, and you have Deb Marlowe's latest lovely love story - Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. An excellent way to while away a little bit of time. I would do Four and a half stars, but no half stars allowed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patty McKenna Van Hulle

    I received this as an ARC from NetGalley because I love a feisty American heroine who fights with Society's rules. Liberty as bored, missing sunlight & need some job to busy herself with. Simon, Viscount Brodham, entered the political service to make a difference, but he was to good putting out other's garbage & cleaning up scandals. He is home & wants a quiet life, but 1st he has to slap his nephew upside his scandalous head. This romance said Liberty & Simon go to war & I was excited about rea I received this as an ARC from NetGalley because I love a feisty American heroine who fights with Society's rules. Liberty as bored, missing sunlight & need some job to busy herself with. Simon, Viscount Brodham, entered the political service to make a difference, but he was to good putting out other's garbage & cleaning up scandals. He is home & wants a quiet life, but 1st he has to slap his nephew upside his scandalous head. This romance said Liberty & Simon go to war & I was excited about reading it. I started getting into the laugh-a-minute story & my ARC copy stopped, just as Simon was going to give Peter the "Coming to Jesus" talk. I would love to actually read this book because it was hilariousness galore. Since I couldn't finish the book, I can't give it a score, but Ms. Marlowe does have an inner jokester with writing flair! NetGalley Arc given for my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Great short read. **** I love all Deb Marlowe books because like her I also love England and men in breeches and tall boots. Being a n.c. native I love to lose myself in recency England it reminds me of my granny with her southern charm and always reminding me to watch my manners and that young ladies do not do that.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This book is a good read. It was amusing and the characters were likable. It is pretty well written and was a quick/fun one. *I received this book for free through the Good Reads First Reads program.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Happy Reading! Deb Marlowe's novella Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness is happy reading. Her characters, Peter and Felicity are sweet and in love, while SImon and Liberty are fun, quick witted and reading their story is happy reading! Happy Reading! Deb Marlowe's novella Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness is happy reading. Her characters, Peter and Felicity are sweet and in love, while SImon and Liberty are fun, quick witted and reading their story is happy reading!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Juliem

    Very nice, light and fun but with some emotional punch too. I loved how they met and how they mistook each other. I liked the setting with the maze and the ending was lovely. I hope there is more from the Half Moon house series coming, I want to know more about Hestia.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Fritts

    I thought it was a good short story. I enjoyed reading these story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Babs Wenk

    Delightful Romance for all ages Cute and disarmingly delightful romance for a age groups no sex or vulgarity. Emotional happy games derived for fun. - Barbie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nelle Nazario

    A gutsy American heiress vs an English Viscount. Who will win? Or will they both? LOVED this short story!

  18. 5 out of 5

    mary dawn roberts

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alice

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rene Wallace

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anna Halatyn

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dianna Rowley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diane

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer L.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Monique

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Sammis

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

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