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In this charming traditional Regency romance novella, Patience Cherwell is resigned to a life of spinsterhood. Therefore, when her young friend, the lovely Lorna Hartley, comes to stay for a London season, she decides the eligible, handsome Lord Blackwood is the perfect match for Lorna. Granted, Lord Blackwood, at forty, is much older than the vivacious 20-year-old Lorna, In this charming traditional Regency romance novella, Patience Cherwell is resigned to a life of spinsterhood. Therefore, when her young friend, the lovely Lorna Hartley, comes to stay for a London season, she decides the eligible, handsome Lord Blackwood is the perfect match for Lorna. Granted, Lord Blackwood, at forty, is much older than the vivacious 20-year-old Lorna, but Patience is determined to help her young friend make a good match. So why isn’t she happy when his lordship and Lorna seem to like each other’s company? The problem is that Patience is already madly in love with his lordship! An unexpected invitation arrives for Lorna and Patience to attend Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball. This is the perfect moment for him to propose to Lorna. Mysteriously, a corsage arrives from an anonymous admirer. Who is it for? And what will be the outcome for the wearer at Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball? This novella is the prequel to The Lady’s Revenge.


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In this charming traditional Regency romance novella, Patience Cherwell is resigned to a life of spinsterhood. Therefore, when her young friend, the lovely Lorna Hartley, comes to stay for a London season, she decides the eligible, handsome Lord Blackwood is the perfect match for Lorna. Granted, Lord Blackwood, at forty, is much older than the vivacious 20-year-old Lorna, In this charming traditional Regency romance novella, Patience Cherwell is resigned to a life of spinsterhood. Therefore, when her young friend, the lovely Lorna Hartley, comes to stay for a London season, she decides the eligible, handsome Lord Blackwood is the perfect match for Lorna. Granted, Lord Blackwood, at forty, is much older than the vivacious 20-year-old Lorna, but Patience is determined to help her young friend make a good match. So why isn’t she happy when his lordship and Lorna seem to like each other’s company? The problem is that Patience is already madly in love with his lordship! An unexpected invitation arrives for Lorna and Patience to attend Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball. This is the perfect moment for him to propose to Lorna. Mysteriously, a corsage arrives from an anonymous admirer. Who is it for? And what will be the outcome for the wearer at Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball? This novella is the prequel to The Lady’s Revenge.

30 review for Lord Blackwood's Valentine Ball: An Authentic Regency Romance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is a short story that is completely predictable but still enjoyable. A cute story that is clean.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stacia | stacialovestoread

    2.5 ⭐️ Soo I tried to read this book a total of 5 times and I don’t know what took me so long. This is a short read (6 chapter, about 1.5 hours) and the storyline is one that is quite familiar; I guess the ending around chapter 2 or so. I enjoyed the author’s use of description to further ground the reader in the scene that is playing before the characters. I do wish there would have been a bit more character development, rather than just having Patience painted as a girl with no goals or motiva 2.5 ⭐️ Soo I tried to read this book a total of 5 times and I don’t know what took me so long. This is a short read (6 chapter, about 1.5 hours) and the storyline is one that is quite familiar; I guess the ending around chapter 2 or so. I enjoyed the author’s use of description to further ground the reader in the scene that is playing before the characters. I do wish there would have been a bit more character development, rather than just having Patience painted as a girl with no goals or motivations.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    This is a short and sweet Regency tale. Where Patience Cherwell, a woman of almost 30 has spent her youth nursing an ailing mother. Now she is helping younger ladies navigate the London marriage mart. Her current charge is a vibrant girl named Lorna. Lorna seems to have attracted a suitor, Lord Blackwood. Lord Blackwood is older and recently returned to society following the mysterious disappearance of his presumed finance while she was on a trip to Italy. Patience holds a tender for Lord Blackwo This is a short and sweet Regency tale. Where Patience Cherwell, a woman of almost 30 has spent her youth nursing an ailing mother. Now she is helping younger ladies navigate the London marriage mart. Her current charge is a vibrant girl named Lorna. Lorna seems to have attracted a suitor, Lord Blackwood. Lord Blackwood is older and recently returned to society following the mysterious disappearance of his presumed finance while she was on a trip to Italy. Patience holds a tender for Lord Blackwood; but is certain an attractive, urbane, debonair gentleman could never have an interest in her. There really aren't any big surprises in this short book, unless you are profoundly dull. It is a cute, clean read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Franci

    #9 of 2020

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan Sewell

    A woman past her marriageable prime is confronted with the dilemma of making a match between the object of her desires and her young ward in the enchanting romance novella, Lord Blackwood's Valentine Ball by Arabella Sheraton. While her friends and schoolmates were going on excursions and attending dances in search of prospective husbands, Patience Cherwell spent her youth caring for her mother. With her courting years behind her, Patience considers herself to be a spinster. She is now determine A woman past her marriageable prime is confronted with the dilemma of making a match between the object of her desires and her young ward in the enchanting romance novella, Lord Blackwood's Valentine Ball by Arabella Sheraton. While her friends and schoolmates were going on excursions and attending dances in search of prospective husbands, Patience Cherwell spent her youth caring for her mother. With her courting years behind her, Patience considers herself to be a spinster. She is now determined to help Lorna, her young protege secure a respectable marriage. Lorna is thrilled with her season in London and insists Patience accompany her on outings with her friends. Complications arise when Patience finds herself attracted to Lord Blackwood, and with every meeting, her attraction intensifies. When Lord Blackwood holds a Ball Masque on Valentine's Day, Patience assumes he aims to state his intentions toward Lorna. Not willing to witness the heartbreaking experience, Patience wishes to decline the invitation. However, Lorna insists she attend, and Patience reluctantly complies. How can she face the man she loves, when he loves someone else? Can Patience make peace with her lonely future? Set in the era of grace and chivalry, Lord Blackwood's Valentine Ball by Arabella Sheraton is the heart-warming novella prequel to the more adventurous novel, The Lady's Revenge. Written with similar charm and panache of Jane Austen's, Pride and Prejudice, this enchanting story captivates the reader and draws them into the vibrant life of Patience Cherwell. Patience's loving and noble spirit is evident from the onset of the story; instantly capturing the reader. Despite the results that could lead to a lifetime of loveless solitude, Patience's sacrifice of self for the love of a friend is gut-wrenching, yet profoundly noteworthy. This is a beautiful story of eternal love and redemption, and I highly recommend it to hopeless romantics.

  6. 5 out of 5

    K.C. Finn

    Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball is the first in a two part adventure that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed experiencing this week, though it saddens me to come to the end of my current stock of Arabella Sheraton reads. In this authentically narrated Regency romp, filled with objects of affection and plenty of scandal and hidden affection, we see a resigned spinster organising a match for her friend, only to discover that she herself also has feelings for the targeted gentleman! I loved Patience so hard al Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball is the first in a two part adventure that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed experiencing this week, though it saddens me to come to the end of my current stock of Arabella Sheraton reads. In this authentically narrated Regency romp, filled with objects of affection and plenty of scandal and hidden affection, we see a resigned spinster organising a match for her friend, only to discover that she herself also has feelings for the targeted gentleman! I loved Patience so hard all the way through this story. Some Regency heroines are harder to get behind than others, depending on their motivations towards men and marriage, but I’d challenge anyone not to adore Patience and her many humble charms. Lorna is a really fun little firecracker of a character too, and the presence of the very handsome and inviting Lord Blackwood makes for a great romantic triangle that any romance fan will fall head over heels for. This is perhaps one of Sheraton’s most visually stunning novels in terms of its settings and descriptions, particularly because of the mystery surrounding the Valentine’s Ball and that sense of historical lavishness that the elite can afford when putting on a soiree. London in the late winter is also beautifully described, and I loved the determination of the characters to still be outside and taking the air despite the frightful English weather. There was something resilient in that which smacked of Jane Austen and her characters charging through mud and rain at any cost, which gives a strong sense of British spirit and charm to the tales. I shall be very sorry to leave them shortly and sincerely hope that the author plans on more books in the near future. More Blackwood would be lovely, thanks!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    At the grand old age of thirty, the self-effacing Patience Cherwell has resigned herself to the status of eternal spinsterhood, well and truly left on the shelf. From afar, she admires a certain Lord Blackwood and even finds herself falling in love with the dashing aristocrat. Convincing herself to be too old and boring to even feature on his radar, she believes he is on the verge of proposing marriage to her lively young protégée, Lorna Hartley . Unbeknown to her, however, the eminently eligibl At the grand old age of thirty, the self-effacing Patience Cherwell has resigned herself to the status of eternal spinsterhood, well and truly left on the shelf. From afar, she admires a certain Lord Blackwood and even finds herself falling in love with the dashing aristocrat. Convincing herself to be too old and boring to even feature on his radar, she believes he is on the verge of proposing marriage to her lively young protégée, Lorna Hartley . Unbeknown to her, however, the eminently eligible, charming and handsome Lord Blackwood harbours a secret desire for the sweetly pretty Patience and plots are afoot, courtesy of Lorna, to bring the couple together. On the occasion of Lord Blackwood’s Valentine masked ball, everything falls neatly into place and Patience’s dreams come true when he declares his love for her. A happy ending all round, you might think. But no, for an ugly blot on the landscape is set to cast a shadow over Patience’s new-found happiness, threatening her hopes for a blissful future as Lord Blackwood’s wife. All is about to be revealed, because this novella is the prequel to The Lady’s Revenge which I am about to dive into. I can’t wait to find out what happens next…

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie's Kindle

    Patience is painfully shy. She has been sheltered and kept out of society to care for her ill Mother. Now that it her Mother has passed away, it is time for her debut. But she is not typical! She is not a young girl, in fact she is thirty. Long past the time most ladies are declared "on the shelf" or spinsters. However, her Mother's best friend wants her to have a season. She is totally lacking the finer skills of flirtation and socializing. Lord Blackwood id nearly forty and seriously looking f Patience is painfully shy. She has been sheltered and kept out of society to care for her ill Mother. Now that it her Mother has passed away, it is time for her debut. But she is not typical! She is not a young girl, in fact she is thirty. Long past the time most ladies are declared "on the shelf" or spinsters. However, her Mother's best friend wants her to have a season. She is totally lacking the finer skills of flirtation and socializing. Lord Blackwood id nearly forty and seriously looking for a wife. Not some frippy young schoolgirl that will give him a headache from her giggles. He is looking for someone with a brain to make a lifelong companion. Patience looks like a perfect match. He just needs to draw her out of her shell.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a very sweet Regency Romance. Ms. Sheraton is a new author for me, and I find that I will be reading many more of her books. Her story craft is excellent and her character development is wonderful. The story pulled me right in and I couldn't put the book down. I give this book five stars and highly recommend her if you like sweet romances and like the Regency area. This was a very sweet Regency Romance. Ms. Sheraton is a new author for me, and I find that I will be reading many more of her books. Her story craft is excellent and her character development is wonderful. The story pulled me right in and I couldn't put the book down. I give this book five stars and highly recommend her if you like sweet romances and like the Regency area.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Montgomery

    Although the plot was quite predictable, the story was entertaining. It was a quite and fulfilling read. I, especially, was fond of Charles Jasper, Lord Blackwood. He was caring and very patient with Miss Patience Cherwell. On my Kindle, the story stops at 87%, with the rest of the book being back matter.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

    I tried to like it I had great difficulty reading this. The language and mannerisms do not match the supposed time period, and the character development was very lacking. I forced myself to finish it in hopes that it would get better, but sadly I was left disappointed. I have no interest in reading the next installment.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Reading Fanatic

    A Most Timid Heroine I really enjoyed this little novella. It was a quick, enjoyable read for me. Patience, the heroine, is just out of mourning after the death of her mother. During the time when Patience should have been out enjoying a Season and finding a husband, she was instead at home taking care of her sick mother. Now at the age of thirty, Patience believes that she is firmly on the shelf. I liked Patience's character very much. She's extremely shy, timid, and self-effacing. I thought it A Most Timid Heroine I really enjoyed this little novella. It was a quick, enjoyable read for me. Patience, the heroine, is just out of mourning after the death of her mother. During the time when Patience should have been out enjoying a Season and finding a husband, she was instead at home taking care of her sick mother. Now at the age of thirty, Patience believes that she is firmly on the shelf. I liked Patience's character very much. She's extremely shy, timid, and self-effacing. I thought it was cute the way she was always blushing and becoming tongue-tied around the hero, Charles, almost as if she were a debutante in her first season. Charles too is a very likeable character. When the story begins, Patience and Charles are already acquainted with one another because Charles has been much in Lorna's company. Lorna is the young woman who is staying with Patience for the season. Patience is of the opinion that Lorna and Charles are well suited, despite their twenty-year age difference, and in spite of the fact that she, Patience, has feelings for Charles. The story is short, but does span a period of a few days; you do get to see Patience and Charles in a couple of meaningful scenes together before they finally achieve their HEA. So often these short stories span a period of a day and then voila it's all over. Of course, as the title suggests, the story culminates at Lord Blackwood's Valentine Ball. FYI there is a follow up book to this one in which Patience and Charles' story continues; The Lady's Revenge: An Authentic Regency Romance. However, this book is complete with it's own HEA and can be read as a standalone so you don't have to read the next book unless you want to. Personally, I'm satisfied with the way this story ended. Besides, from a number of the reviews I read for the second book, I'm not sure I'd enjoy it as much as I did this one. In any event, I liked this book very much and would recommend it as a nice read. FYI this is a clean romance. Happy reading!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Light reading This novella didn’t endear itself to me. The characters needed to be a little deeper - difficult when you have a word limit. Perhaps this is part of a series and the series has already established who most of the major characters are.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This was a perfect short regency romance. There was just enough details given to keep me interested. It was predictable, but the type of predictable that I wanted. I wanted the ending I was expecting and it made it better when I got it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    That was a sweet novella! I wish that it had given more scenes of the Patience and Lord Blackwood interacting before the story began, only because their foundation doesn’t feel too sturdy to me. Even such as it was, I still liked it a lot! 4 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anita D

    Very rushed, no character development although most of them were ok except main character. I find weak insecure low self esteem female main protagonists very hard to read. Must say that the blurb for book 2 really did make me want to read it though. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sally Hannoush

    A clean read ! This story was sweet. A lady who thinks no one can like her and a man trying to show his feelings without being rejected. A valentines ball is a perfect way to break through the barriers. I liked the story but also found it a bit frustrating.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aleia

    Predictable yet beautiful story. Enjoyed every part of it. I must say that there was a sneak peek of the sequel and I did not liked the plot, so I don't plan on reading it, this story was too pure and lovely to add anything to it. Predictable yet beautiful story. Enjoyed every part of it. I must say that there was a sneak peek of the sequel and I did not liked the plot, so I don't plan on reading it, this story was too pure and lovely to add anything to it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Fun Regency Valentine read This is a short and sweet read I read for Valentine's Day. Patience thinks she is too old for love although she has feelings for Lord Blackwood. She thinks he likes her young friend Lorna but who does he really have affections for? Fun Regency Valentine read This is a short and sweet read I read for Valentine's Day. Patience thinks she is too old for love although she has feelings for Lord Blackwood. She thinks he likes her young friend Lorna but who does he really have affections for?

  20. 5 out of 5

    kattie

    Lord Blackwood's Valentine Ball: I loved this story, I recommend everyone to read this book. I look forward to reading more of her books. Kattie. Lord Blackwood's Valentine Ball: I loved this story, I recommend everyone to read this book. I look forward to reading more of her books. Kattie.

  21. 4 out of 5

    MK

    A sweet story of a woman who can't believe her dreams can come true and the people who love her that make it happen. My introduction to this author and I'm impressed enough to try another. A sweet story of a woman who can't believe her dreams can come true and the people who love her that make it happen. My introduction to this author and I'm impressed enough to try another.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Brickert

    Lovely read Sweet story about star crossed lovers or really admirers who take someone else pushing to admit they care for each other! A clever plot twist! Lovely read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Fox

    Good story Well written story that holds a lot of promise only to leave you high and dry by being cut short before a conclusion .

  24. 4 out of 5

    Callista

    Enchanted Read Very much enjoyed this book. Read it in one sitting. I was disappointed the book ended abruptly , but it was a good suspense. Eager to read the second book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Enjoyable and predictable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sieravonne

    2.5 stars It was boring during the first half but it got interesting after it. Whilst I understand Henrietta has no malice and had Patience's best interests, I still find her annoying. 2.5 stars It was boring during the first half but it got interesting after it. Whilst I understand Henrietta has no malice and had Patience's best interests, I still find her annoying.

  27. 4 out of 5

    norma edwards

    Valentianes Good short story of the 1800s love and ,marrige ,love if you are lucky feel sorry for the arrange mafrges

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen Darling

    Short but dull.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Satangan

    I discovered this ebook in my Google Play Books app, while I was searching for short stories for free to read. The plot intrigued me and I decided to give this ebook a chance.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lou LaJeunesse

    Easy read I enjoyed the book It was an easy read . I will read the next in the series. It kept my interest throughout.

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