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An OMag.com & Bibliolifestyle Most Anticipated Romance of 2021 A PopSugar Best Romance of April A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Romance of Spring 2021 A witty and moving story from the acclaimed author of A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby, about the lengths to which a woman will go for the love of her child…and the love of a man who knows her worth. Breaking with traditional Regency ru An OMag.com & Bibliolifestyle Most Anticipated Romance of 2021 A PopSugar Best Romance of April A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Romance of Spring 2021 A witty and moving story from the acclaimed author of A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby, about the lengths to which a woman will go for the love of her child…and the love of a man who knows her worth. Breaking with traditional Regency rules and customs, Vanessa Riley pens an unforgettable story perfect for fans of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton, Evie Dunmore, and Eloisa James looking for something fresh and stirring! Masterminded by the ton's most clever countess, the secret society The Widow's Grace helps ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families, and even find true love again--or perhaps for the very first time... Surviving a shipwreck en route to London from Jamaica was just the start of personal maid Jemina St. Maur's nightmare. Suffering from amnesia, she was separated from anyone who might know her and imprisoned in Bedlam. She was freed only because barrister Daniel Thackery, Lord Ashbrook, was convinced to betray the one thing he holds dear: the law. Desperate to unearth her true identity, Jemina's only option is to work outside the law--which means staying steps ahead of the formidable Daniel, no matter how strongly she is drawn to him... Married only by proxy, now widowed by shipwreck, Daniel is determined to protect his little stepdaughter, Charlotte, from his family's scandalous reputation. That's why he has dedicated himself not just to the law, but to remaining as proper and upstanding--and boring--as can be. But the closer he becomes to the mysterious, alluring Jemina, the more Daniel is tempted to break the very rules to which he's dedicated his life. As ruthless adversaries close in, will the truth require him and Jemina to sacrifice their one chance at happiness?


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An OMag.com & Bibliolifestyle Most Anticipated Romance of 2021 A PopSugar Best Romance of April A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Romance of Spring 2021 A witty and moving story from the acclaimed author of A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby, about the lengths to which a woman will go for the love of her child…and the love of a man who knows her worth. Breaking with traditional Regency ru An OMag.com & Bibliolifestyle Most Anticipated Romance of 2021 A PopSugar Best Romance of April A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Romance of Spring 2021 A witty and moving story from the acclaimed author of A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby, about the lengths to which a woman will go for the love of her child…and the love of a man who knows her worth. Breaking with traditional Regency rules and customs, Vanessa Riley pens an unforgettable story perfect for fans of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton, Evie Dunmore, and Eloisa James looking for something fresh and stirring! Masterminded by the ton's most clever countess, the secret society The Widow's Grace helps ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families, and even find true love again--or perhaps for the very first time... Surviving a shipwreck en route to London from Jamaica was just the start of personal maid Jemina St. Maur's nightmare. Suffering from amnesia, she was separated from anyone who might know her and imprisoned in Bedlam. She was freed only because barrister Daniel Thackery, Lord Ashbrook, was convinced to betray the one thing he holds dear: the law. Desperate to unearth her true identity, Jemina's only option is to work outside the law--which means staying steps ahead of the formidable Daniel, no matter how strongly she is drawn to him... Married only by proxy, now widowed by shipwreck, Daniel is determined to protect his little stepdaughter, Charlotte, from his family's scandalous reputation. That's why he has dedicated himself not just to the law, but to remaining as proper and upstanding--and boring--as can be. But the closer he becomes to the mysterious, alluring Jemina, the more Daniel is tempted to break the very rules to which he's dedicated his life. As ruthless adversaries close in, will the truth require him and Jemina to sacrifice their one chance at happiness?

30 review for An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler

  1. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Tomy

    Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2... I received a free e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! This is more 3.5 than 4. Well, honestly, I don't even know if this was better than the first. I enjoyed the comparatively better angst, and significantly better personality of the kid, but it still wasn't exactly what I wanted? I've been trying to write this review for the past hour, and I didn't get past the last sentence. Why, you ask? Because I honestly don't remember Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2... I received a free e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! This is more 3.5 than 4. Well, honestly, I don't even know if this was better than the first. I enjoyed the comparatively better angst, and significantly better personality of the kid, but it still wasn't exactly what I wanted? I've been trying to write this review for the past hour, and I didn't get past the last sentence. Why, you ask? Because I honestly don't remember a lot of this. This was so forgettable, in the end. I pride myself on being able to remember a lot of plots, and so when I can't remember most of one, it usually means a) I read it more than 6 months or 50-70 books back, or b) that it just wasn't that good. This case is the latter, and I'm pretty sure that's why it took so long for me to slave through this. I don't remember much of the characters, I don't remember most of the plot, I don't even remember what The Widow's Grace was, but the last one can be discounted because no one really knows what it was. Honestly, the only feeling I remember from the reading of this book is that it was alright. Just alright. And I was pretty happy when it was over. There's nothing completely wrong about this, it's just not very interesting. The romance was an improvement from the first in the case that it had much more conflict, and there was actual bonding over the toddler. The angst was enjoyable, because, again, conflict. It was a tiny bit repetitive in that the issues were the exact same thing being fought over every single time when it seemed like it should have been resolved by then, but you know what, at least there was conflict. The bar is so low. I loved the bonding over the kid. I am a big fan of kid-fics, and I love romance novels with kids in them, but the main thing is that the kid has to have a personality. The kid has to be more than a prop. The kid needs to talk like the age it is supposed to be, and the kid needs to behave like a kid. This book at least didn't go wrong on that front. Hope ticked all boxes on actually being realistic, with her own personality quirks, and being more than a prop for the two to get together, and actually being on the character's minds when they're throwing themselves into danger *side-eyes A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby* I did enjoy the mystery part, and I loved seeing slightly middle-class vibe that this had to it...even though Daniel is an Earl, he's only just settling into the role, and so it's somehow more relatable? I enjoyed the differences between Daniel and Jemina, and how he keeps trying to stop her from continuing with work in The Widow's Grace. I guessed (view spoiler)[Patience's 'condition' pretty fast, these days after having read so many romances, one can see a bundle of joy from pretty far off. You see the words nausea, tiredness, cravings, and your mind just instantly jumps to the obvious (at least in my case) conclusion. (hide spoiler)] I was pretty confused about Jemina's race throughout this book, because though it mentions in some places that she's somewhat darker skinned than the locals in England, she's not exactly black? She's from Jamaica, but sometimes it seems she's black, and sometimes white, and sometimes mixed race. While this did get sorted out later in the novel with mentions of third generation whites or something (forgive me, I don't remember the details), I usually like my descriptions up front, and the cover to help me with the mental picture I form within the first few chapters. The amnesia front was okay, but I usually prefer the falling-in-love-the-second-time than the falling-in-love-with-a-completely-new-person when it comes to amnesia. That being said, I did enjoy the random flashbacks, which slowly revealed what actually happened on that ship, and who Hope was really. On the whole, an enjoyable book, but very forgettable. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys novels with kids in them, slightly badass scenes, slight mystery, amnesia, and a good pastime.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elodie

    ⚖️ An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler ⚖️ A Remarkable and Groundbreaking Multi-Cultural Regency Romance Novel Rogues and Remarkable Women Series #2 ✒️ Vanessa Riley https://www.facebook.com/VanessaRiley... Release Date 04/27/2021 Publisher Kensington / Zebra Books ➪ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GY4X1F8/... 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Masterminded by the ton's most clever countess, the secret society The Widow’s Grace helps ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families, and even find true love again—or perhaps fo ⚖️ An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler ⚖️ A Remarkable and Groundbreaking Multi-Cultural Regency Romance Novel Rogues and Remarkable Women Series #2 ✒️ Vanessa Riley https://www.facebook.com/VanessaRiley... Release Date 04/27/2021 Publisher Kensington / Zebra Books ➪ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GY4X1F8/... 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Masterminded by the ton's most clever countess, the secret society The Widow’s Grace helps ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families, and even find true love again—or perhaps for the very first time . . .   Surviving a shipwreck en route to London from Jamaica was just the start of Jemina St. Maur's nightmare. Suffering from amnesia, she was separated from anyone who might know her, and imprisoned in Bedlam. She was freed only because barrister Daniel Thackery, Lord Ashbrook, was convinced to betray the one thing he holds dear: the law. Desperate to unearth her true identity, Jemina’s only chance is to purloin dangerous secrets with help from The Widow’s Grace—which means staying steps ahead of the formidable Daniel, no matter how strongly she is drawn to him . . .   Married only by proxy, now widowed by shipwreck, Daniel is determined to protect his little stepdaughter, Hope, from his family’s scandalous reputation. That’s why he has dedicated himself not just to the law, but to remaining as proper, upstanding—and boring—as can be. But the closer he becomes to the mysterious, alluring Jemina, the more Daniel is tempted to break the very rule of law to which he's deevoted his life. And as ruthless adversaries close in, will the truth require him, and Jemina, to sacrifice their one chance at happiness?    𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 A bundle of secrets ... My first read by the author was not an easy one, going back and forth between one’s people mind to third person then back to first, but after a time I adjusted. And while I thought I would feel less confused here, as I already knew the author’s style, I was very wrong. I nearly gave up after the first third of the book, unable to comprehend the story, what is truly that Widow’s Grace society, what they really do and the characters left me cold while I should have rooted to their very legitimate and heartbreaking plights. So put it down and after a night of sleep, I picked it up again. So I was able to piece things together, yet it is a very confusing read. Each is unable to trust the other, and by doing so they damage their relationship. Daniel went to considerable mean to bury things he wanted to never be found, so he will do his worst to never see them unearthed. Jemina lived through an horrific experience, robbed from everything after having lost even her identity. And while she can’t recall anything, she wants to find who she has been and while certain feelings about loss never leave her when she has no memory about herself. I came to like Daniel, he is not an easy fellow to appreciate but for those he loves he will go to great lengths to protect them. He is a man facing adversity and other’s judgement his chin high and an apparent coolness. Jemina is a blank page with a temper, I had more problems to discern her and by the end, I was not sure liked her. And while I could never understand the heartbreak she survived, I never truly warmed her. Too determined in her quest, very selfish in her way to face her problems. 3 stars 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 some kisses I have been granted an advance copy by the publisher Kensington, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  3. 5 out of 5

    VB Book Reviews

    3.5 Stars This was such a sweet read. A good one if you are looking for something lighter hearted in between heavy reads. This was my first time reading this author's work, so I did not read the first book in this series, A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby. And though this is a stand alone for the most part, there were a few references that I felt lost on, particularly relating to the widows' secret society and Jemina's role and history in it. Jemina St. Maur has survived a shipwreck that took plac 3.5 Stars This was such a sweet read. A good one if you are looking for something lighter hearted in between heavy reads. This was my first time reading this author's work, so I did not read the first book in this series, A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby. And though this is a stand alone for the most part, there were a few references that I felt lost on, particularly relating to the widows' secret society and Jemina's role and history in it. Jemina St. Maur has survived a shipwreck that took place on her voyage from Jamaica to London after which she suffered from amnesia. She meets Daniel who is a barrister and who is now the caretaker of a toddler following the death of his wife. We definitely see the injustices of women at the time illustrated in this story, (no legal standings of their own/ no autonomy over their mental health/locked up against their will). I really liked the hero and how he stepped up when he becomes the sole-caretaker of his toddler stepdaughter. I loved the romance between Jemina and Daniel and watching them become their own little family. As a romance, I do wish the book would've had a bit more steam...kissing is about as much as we get here. Otherwise, this was an adorable and sweet romance and I would definitely check this author out again. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for my advanced review copy, which I received in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    April Perdomo

    Well that was adorable and precious! It made my heart happy. It was romantic, sweet, and I loved it. I had originally planned a lot of other things over the course of reading this, but I abandoned almost everything in favor of reading this. I would tell myself just one more chapter and then that would turn into another chapter and...You can see where this is going. Now I have not read this first one in this series and that was perhaps to my detriment as a reader because I was a bit confused at ti Well that was adorable and precious! It made my heart happy. It was romantic, sweet, and I loved it. I had originally planned a lot of other things over the course of reading this, but I abandoned almost everything in favor of reading this. I would tell myself just one more chapter and then that would turn into another chapter and...You can see where this is going. Now I have not read this first one in this series and that was perhaps to my detriment as a reader because I was a bit confused at times. There was context here that was not fully explained. I kept rereading passages to make sure I was not missing anything. I wish this book had maybe just done a quick summary about what had happened in the previous book or at least explained the setting the characters were connected to a bit more. Again though, I cannot fault this book entirely for my confusion because I had not read the first one. Despite how lost I was at first, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Once I got my footing, I could not put it down and was rooting for these characters all the way through. They are darling and I would not be mad to read another story about them. I now want to read this first in this series because I loved this one so much. This was entertaining all the way through. It was a regency romance full of mysterious character backstories and characters so precious they must be protected at all costs.

  5. 5 out of 5

    May

    This is a terrific example of historical romance done properly. Original, fresh, charming, smart and insightful at the same time. The characters are likable. I love how this series include such a diverse class of characters - just like our real world. :) The historical details are so accurate and shows a lot of research. :) Love this book. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

  6. 5 out of 5

    Teneisha (Teesbookjourney)

    Vanessa had me invested in the story line as per usual. Ive felt for and loved Jemima since the first book. I've had idea in my head of what her story could possibly be. How she ended up where she was. Daniel is a sensible and logical man and these characteristics make him pefect for Jamina These two together just works. I appreciate the history imbedded in the story. But not just the history, the story that are not normally not told in romance novels. I appreciated and loved the whole thing. Vanessa had me invested in the story line as per usual. Ive felt for and loved Jemima since the first book. I've had idea in my head of what her story could possibly be. How she ended up where she was. Daniel is a sensible and logical man and these characteristics make him pefect for Jamina These two together just works. I appreciate the history imbedded in the story. But not just the history, the story that are not normally not told in romance novels. I appreciated and loved the whole thing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christi (christireadsalot)

    I did read the first book in the series before this one and think that really helped to understand more of the situations & characters we have in this book. The heroine of this book we do meet in the first book, as well as get to know more about the work that the secret society (The Widow’s Grace) is doing. Essentially they are a society to help ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families (in the first book the heroine is separated from her newborn son), help the women find jobs, I did read the first book in the series before this one and think that really helped to understand more of the situations & characters we have in this book. The heroine of this book we do meet in the first book, as well as get to know more about the work that the secret society (The Widow’s Grace) is doing. Essentially they are a society to help ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families (in the first book the heroine is separated from her newborn son), help the women find jobs, or even love again. The heroine in this story is Jemina, she survived a shipwreck en route to London from Jamaica (where she’s from) but ends up suffering from amnesia & since she was found on her own, ends up imprisoned in Bedlam. This story really dives into how women of the time had little agency of their own lives and especially the struggles they faced with their mental health. The hero Daniel is a barrister who had married by proxy but ended up a widower with a young stepdaughter to care for. Daniel is now an Earl and after two years of focusing on his career and being a devoted father, is ready to start thinking about a new relationship. He actually helps Jemina get out of Bedlam & their story unfolds from there. While I enjoyed this read actually more than the first in the series, I still did have some issues with this read which were similar. The story is told in dual POV but jumps between 1st person for the heroine & 3rd person for the hero which I wanted for them both to be told in the same and there is something a little disorienting with the writing & dialogue as well. Another thing which is a personal thing for me but did not change my rating, I want more steam in my romances and on-page action (kissing is as much as you get on-page). Things I liked: discussions of race (being Black during regency-era England) & having a historical romance with main characters of color (hero is Black, heroine from Jamaica), showing the struggles of racism and England-colonialism, like the first book in the series this story also highlights the injustices of women at the time (no legal standings of their own & having no agency with their mental health/locked up in Bedlam against their will). I really liked the hero and how he stepped up when he becomes the sole-caretaker of his toddler stepdaughter, it was so nice to see him being a great father! The author also provided extensive research information at the end of the story & I really appreciated all the history! Thank you to the publisher (Kensington) for an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts & review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    I enjoyed book one quite a lot, and was looking forward to this second in the series. I found this to be a tougher book to get into and to enjoy. Though the two main characters were involved in Patience’s struggles in book one, we only saw them from Patience’s perspective, and here, we get into their heads. We find Daniel to be conscientious, deeply caring, very smart and hardworking. He’s also daily absorbing the constant, soul-destroying words of the people around him who can never fully accept I enjoyed book one quite a lot, and was looking forward to this second in the series. I found this to be a tougher book to get into and to enjoy. Though the two main characters were involved in Patience’s struggles in book one, we only saw them from Patience’s perspective, and here, we get into their heads. We find Daniel to be conscientious, deeply caring, very smart and hardworking. He’s also daily absorbing the constant, soul-destroying words of the people around him who can never fully accept a black, wealthy, intelligent, titled man, and successful barrister. Two years earlier, Daniel awaited his bride Phoebe Dunn from Jamaica. A shipwreck literally dashed his hopes, and one of the survivors, a baby girl, about to be dropped off at a brothel because she is now an orphan, is saved by the young barrister. Jemina, still recovering emotionally from her two years in Bedlam, is somewhat volatile, constantly butting heads with Daniel. Her memories remain lost, and she continues her missions for Lady Shrewsbury and the Widow’s Grace. Jemina is also pursued by a variety of fortune hunters, as the word is put that she’s a wealthy woman. The two of them circle around one another, trusting and mistrusting each other and themselves, though Jemina has Patience remaining utterly supportive of her. This is an ARC, and there were several grammatical errors, as well as inconsistencies (e.g., Daniel starts untying his slippers in one sentence, and finishes untying his shoes the next); these kept taking me out of the narrative. More concerning, much as I wanted to care for these characters, I actually had a tough time doing so. Not because they were unlikeable, but something in the prose kept me at a distance from the two leads. I did, however, like the deep friendship between Jemina and Patience, and appreciated the way Vanessa Riley showed the difficult dance Daniel always had to do, dealing with a mix of derision, hatred, and aggression, and much more rarely, respect. I also liked Daniel’s regular card-playing nights with his friends, who were real individuals in Regency England. In fact, I really liked the many historical details Riley includes, demonstrating to readers that England was nowhere near as white as we’re usually shown. Though I had a tougher time with this book, I look forward to book 3. Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for this ARC in exchange for a review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Patton

    I really liked A Duke, The Lady and a Baby so I was thrilled to get book two, An Earl, The Girl, and a Toddler (thank you Kensington). You do not have to read both books for the story to make sense but it will give you more background. This book is Jemina’s story, one of two survivors of a shipwreck, she has little to no memory of her life prior to the accident. Daniel, a barrister and the Earl in the novel’s title, has secrets he doesn’t want to get out and Jemina’s digging into her past could I really liked A Duke, The Lady and a Baby so I was thrilled to get book two, An Earl, The Girl, and a Toddler (thank you Kensington). You do not have to read both books for the story to make sense but it will give you more background. This book is Jemina’s story, one of two survivors of a shipwreck, she has little to no memory of her life prior to the accident. Daniel, a barrister and the Earl in the novel’s title, has secrets he doesn’t want to get out and Jemina’s digging into her past could expose them. What I liked: Riley does a great job of working in social issues - Daniel is of mixed race. Her Regency society is mixed racially, some characters deal with physical limitations, Jemina’s story has a slight mental health angle, there is a group fighting for women’s rights. Her author’s notes go into how society was racially diverse at that time (something I feel like is lacking in many historical romances) and things that were referenced in the novel. Jemina and Daniel navigate being an interracial couple, with Jemina coming to realize how certain events affect Daniel differently than his white peers. What didn’t work for me: For me, the plot moved a little too slowly and at times the book felt long. Who should read it: This is a good fit if you’re looking for a sweet not steamy romance or you’re more interested in a mystery with a romance side story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Taylor McCabe

    When the Minerva goes down en route to England from Jamaica, Jemina St. Maur loses her memory and, condemned to Bedlam as a lunatic, her freedom. P. Daniel Thackeray loses his wife...but gains the daughter he didn't know she had. Two years later, Jemina is free, courtesy of Daniel, now Earl of Ashbrook. And Daniel, after two years of mourning and devoted fatherhood, is perhaps ready to consider a new romantic entanglement with the contrary Widow St. Maur. I was really into the plot of this book b When the Minerva goes down en route to England from Jamaica, Jemina St. Maur loses her memory and, condemned to Bedlam as a lunatic, her freedom. P. Daniel Thackeray loses his wife...but gains the daughter he didn't know she had. Two years later, Jemina is free, courtesy of Daniel, now Earl of Ashbrook. And Daniel, after two years of mourning and devoted fatherhood, is perhaps ready to consider a new romantic entanglement with the contrary Widow St. Maur. I was really into the plot of this book but the pace is BREAKNECK, so much so that I had a hard time following the emotional beats. Often you can read romance series out of order, but for this one, the glut of characters thrown at you in the beginning will be difficult if you haven't read A DUKE, THE LADY, AND A BABY. On top of that, there is a lot of plot that happens very quickly here! Secrets are kept and revealed (which sometimes then create more secrets) at such a pace that it's a bit hard to keep track. Everything definitely comes together in the end, but the journey to get there is a bit chaotic--this is definitely one where you need to pay attention.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    This was so adorable. After reading A Duke, the Lady and a Baby, I really wanted to learn more about Jemina, so I was happy that she was the heroine of this book. Jemina and Daniel's love story was so original and refreshing. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, Vanessa would surprise me in delightful ways. Not only does she craft well-written love stories she also imbeds history into them as well. The historical details adds another rich layer to the story, which I really enjo This was so adorable. After reading A Duke, the Lady and a Baby, I really wanted to learn more about Jemina, so I was happy that she was the heroine of this book. Jemina and Daniel's love story was so original and refreshing. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, Vanessa would surprise me in delightful ways. Not only does she craft well-written love stories she also imbeds history into them as well. The historical details adds another rich layer to the story, which I really enjoyed. Now we need a book about Lord Gantry and his wife! I highly recommend this book! Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm not usually a big fan of the amnesia trope in romance, but I thought it was incredibly well done in An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler. Jemina suffered amnesia after surviving a terrible shipwreck. She knows her name, but nothing of her past. Daniel Thackery is the adopted father of the only other survivor and holds the secrets to Jemina's past and her future. I really enjoyed the story as a whole, thought I did get a bit frustrated in the middle section when the relationship between two charac I'm not usually a big fan of the amnesia trope in romance, but I thought it was incredibly well done in An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler. Jemina suffered amnesia after surviving a terrible shipwreck. She knows her name, but nothing of her past. Daniel Thackery is the adopted father of the only other survivor and holds the secrets to Jemina's past and her future. I really enjoyed the story as a whole, thought I did get a bit frustrated in the middle section when the relationship between two characters seemed very obvious to me, but took the characters longer to figure it out. I was still very happy with how everything was explained in the end and enjoyed the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    An Earl, The Girl, and A Toddler is the second book in Vanessa Riley's Rogues & Remarkable Women series. I did not read the first book, though am planning to order my copy now seeing as I enjoyed this one so much! I am a new reader to the romance genre and this book was such a delight to read. The book features hero Daniel and heroine Jemina whose conflict and "will they/won't they" back and forth drives the plot. Jemina is one of the only survivors of the ship Minerva's sinking and she suffers An Earl, The Girl, and A Toddler is the second book in Vanessa Riley's Rogues & Remarkable Women series. I did not read the first book, though am planning to order my copy now seeing as I enjoyed this one so much! I am a new reader to the romance genre and this book was such a delight to read. The book features hero Daniel and heroine Jemina whose conflict and "will they/won't they" back and forth drives the plot. Jemina is one of the only survivors of the ship Minerva's sinking and she suffers memory loss of her past life. Daniel was one of the key people, along with the Widow's Grace members (a group that right the wrongs done to women by an unjust system) to help her escape the asylum where she was imprisoned. A mystery around her relationship to Daniel's wife, his toddler step-daughter, and how her deceased husband's potential involvement in the slave trade. Riley references a lot of historical events and personalities in her book, and includes a nice reference at the end to educate the reader further. * I received an ARC courtesy of netgalley for my feedback

  14. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    What a refreshing book! I've never read anything by this author but I was pleasantly surprised with the story and her way of writing. The storyline was interesting and the characters were richly described. Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this gem. I immensely enjoyed it and cannot wait to read another book by this author. What a refreshing book! I've never read anything by this author but I was pleasantly surprised with the story and her way of writing. The storyline was interesting and the characters were richly described. Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this gem. I immensely enjoyed it and cannot wait to read another book by this author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristelle

    I received this copy as an arc from NetGalley. This fun and flirty romance is the second in this series. It is a diverse regency romance with a brave and intelligent heroine. The main characters have intense chemistry and are ahead of their time!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Stenquist

    Very good, better if read first book in series prior.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kandace Denys (bookish_kayy)

    This was a fairly quick read, although it did take me a bit to get into. This could be contributed to not having read the first book in the series, as I was a little confused for a bit. Once I worked it out, I could see where things were heading, and I did enjoy most of the trip to get there. I got a little tired of the seemingly constant misunderstandings, but nothing that put me off too badly. Overall, I did enjoy this and I would read more by this author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten Clark

    if you like regency era romance or romance period, do not pass go, do not collect $200, go get this book now! I loved this book even more than the 1st. the writing is great, the world the characters live in is vivid and so well written you can picture yourself in it. If you need a palate cleanser book this is the one to read, you will feel so happy after reading it!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    ⭐⭐⭐ This story is the second installment of Vanessa Riley's Remarkable Women series. In it, we follow Daniel, the Widows lawyer and Jemina, an amnesiac who cannot remember anything before two years ago. We see a little of their relationship in the first book, which you don't need to read to enjoy this one. I like the dual perspective narration used. There are also some historical figures in the story which add to the richness of the book. There are some frank discussions of being Black in Britain ⭐⭐⭐ This story is the second installment of Vanessa Riley's Remarkable Women series. In it, we follow Daniel, the Widows lawyer and Jemina, an amnesiac who cannot remember anything before two years ago. We see a little of their relationship in the first book, which you don't need to read to enjoy this one. I like the dual perspective narration used. There are also some historical figures in the story which add to the richness of the book. There are some frank discussions of being Black in Britain in this time period and the assumptions made. A great deal of thought and care went into making these characters who they are, and a lot of time and attention is paid to help readers understand their perspective. I enjoyed the unique concerns of Jemina trying to reconcile the life she is making for herself with the one she cannot remember. It felt very real to me that she struggled so much with accepting the new and wonderful things because she felt her past and some part of herflself was still missing. This was a great book in an amazing series. Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books. #AnEarltheGirlandaToddler #NetGalley

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan McClintock

    3.5 stars Enjoyable historical romance. The second book in the series centered around The Widow’s Grace, a secret society that helps ill-treated widows. Jemina St Muir was introduced in book one as a widow who was stuck in the mental hospital, Bedlam, and rescued by Daniel Thackery, Barrister and Earl of Ashbrook. She had been put there two years ago when the ship she was on, coming from Jamaica, went down with only two survivors. Daniel was going to meet his wife that he married by proxy on the 3.5 stars Enjoyable historical romance. The second book in the series centered around The Widow’s Grace, a secret society that helps ill-treated widows. Jemina St Muir was introduced in book one as a widow who was stuck in the mental hospital, Bedlam, and rescued by Daniel Thackery, Barrister and Earl of Ashbrook. She had been put there two years ago when the ship she was on, coming from Jamaica, went down with only two survivors. Daniel was going to meet his wife that he married by proxy on the same ship, but she did not survive. When he arrived at the dock looking for his wife, he was given the other survivor, a toddler. They assumed he was the father since he was the only non-Caucasian to show up and the babe was also not white. While two years have passed, she still has no recollection of her past and she knows that Daniel has information that could help her regain her memory. Overall, an enjoyable period piece with a nice mystery. The villains were a little bit of a caricature, I felt like they might be standing there twirling their mustache. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren loves llamas

    Content warnings: (view spoiler)[period typical racism, period typical misogyny, slavery, ableism, PTSD from shipwreck (nightmares about drowning) (hide spoiler)] While I liked the first book in this series for the gothic-tinged craziness it was, I thought this one was so much better and much more reminiscent of the author’s earlier series. And that’s with the fact that I’m not a big fan of amnesia plots! But in this case, it adds a lot of angst and conflict to the relationship. Jemina doesn’t rem Content warnings: (view spoiler)[period typical racism, period typical misogyny, slavery, ableism, PTSD from shipwreck (nightmares about drowning) (hide spoiler)] While I liked the first book in this series for the gothic-tinged craziness it was, I thought this one was so much better and much more reminiscent of the author’s earlier series. And that’s with the fact that I’m not a big fan of amnesia plots! But in this case, it adds a lot of angst and conflict to the relationship. Jemina doesn’t remember anything about her life from before the time she spent in Bedlam. Rescued by the Widow’s Grace organization, she now helps out her best friend, Patience (the heroine of the first book), on clandestine missions to help other widows legally, including breaking into barristers’ offices in the middle of the night. Daniel is one of the few Black barristers in England and he’s constantly butting heads with people who look down on him for his race, including the Lord Mayor. The last thing he needs is to keep involving himself with his aunt and her highly illegal Widow’s Grace missions. He’s drawn to Jemina, who he helped rescue from Bedlam, but knows he can’t get too close to her due to secrets he’s keeping – secrets that may lead to her past and endanger his daughter, Hope. Jemina knows Daniel is hiding something, but can they both resist the attraction sparking between them long enough to find the answers? “What is it you want from life?” If I said my dearest wish, he’d laugh or he’d whisper he wished I had my dreams too. The man was good and annoying. “What is your new dream?” he asked. “I hope you figure out what you want and seize the opportunity. A woman who knows what she wants is fierce, don’t you think?” Jemina was haunted by her loss of memory. The fact that she couldn’t remember anything about her husband was particularly daunting, and it was made even worse by the fact that as a widow with a large dowry, she’s constantly being courted. Jemina sought out Daniel in hopes of finding out more about why he rescued her, and the revelation that she was in a shipwreck cause even more bits and pieces to come back. It’s obvious that Daniel knows more about the Minerva and her past than she does, but why is he hiding it? “You’re very talkative. I can see how silence is a torment.” “Did you deem me unworthy of knowing about the Minerva? I think your reticence is a type of empowerment.” “You strung together all those thoughts by glancing at me, ma’am?” I flung my palm, spreading out my fingers. The pinched skin still stung. “Yes. I must be a pawn to you, to be set aside or squished like a bug.” I loved how much Daniel loved Hope. As a widower with a young child, Hope is his whole world (outside of work). It definitely humanized him a bit for me, as otherwise his refusal to help Jemina seemed callous at best. His early life was rough, but thanks to his own strength and his aunt’s help, he’s done quite well for himself. He’s very logical and even-keeled, though that doesn’t mean he won’t fight – or get revenge – for those he loves. It made it even funnier that the flirtation that first started as a way to distract Jemina from asking too many questions about the Minerva‘s shipwreck only served to reveal how strong the attraction between the two of them was. I thought the romance between the two of them was very sweet, with a good deal of angst, and lots of going back and forth on whether they could trust the other with their secrets. This was a closed door romance, so there’s not much heat to balance the angst, just a few on-page kisses. “He stepped in front of her and headed down the hall. “Follow me.” “Always, if I’m not leading.” Besides the romance, I also loved the relationships both Daniel and Jemina had with Hope. I’m not a fan of plot moppets but Hope felt very realistic for a child of her age, especially her continued insistence that Jemina help her dolly ride on her horse! Jemina and Patience’s friendship was also truly heartwarming. I’m a sucker for found family and they truly are one. The worldbuilding was also fascinating. Despite being an Earl, Daniel is more solidly middle-class, and as a Black man, he faces a lot of challenges. There’s a lot of explanation of terms like “blackamoor” and “mulatto,” and, on the more positive side, small bits about prominent Black people in London. And, of course, there’s the usual lack of rights for women, from being committed to asylums by their families to losing control of their children during a divorce. As for cons, the POV choices in these books continue to confuse me. Jemina’s is told from the first person POV while Daniel’s is in third person. The switch was jarring to me each time. For the most part, while I didn’t always agree with how Daniel handled Jemina’s amnesia and trauma aftereffects, I thought he was trying to be mindful of not hurting her further. There was only one instance ((view spoiler)[where he sprung the trip to the hospital she was brought to immediately following the shipwreck on her (hide spoiler)] ) that really bothered me. Overall, I enjoyed the book quite a bit and will definitely be picking up the next book in the series. I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    The rate is actually 3.5 out of 5 stars I read this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review When I was offered and advanced e-ARC of Vanessa Riley’s “An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler” I was so excited that I said “yes, please” I had high hopes for it because I read her first book of the series “A Duke, the Baby, and a Lady” and it was fun, and refreshing because the topics it included were refreshing. Well, having high hopes was my mistake, that’s why I didn’t enjoy this book The rate is actually 3.5 out of 5 stars I read this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review When I was offered and advanced e-ARC of Vanessa Riley’s “An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler” I was so excited that I said “yes, please” I had high hopes for it because I read her first book of the series “A Duke, the Baby, and a Lady” and it was fun, and refreshing because the topics it included were refreshing. Well, having high hopes was my mistake, that’s why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the previous one. Still I’ve enjoyed it quite a lot. At the beginning of this book there is a shipwreck near the coast of England. It should have arrived in Portsmouth that day and many people were waiting at the docks only to learn that their relatives, their colleagues or their dreams had drowned. There were only two survivors to that wreck; an amnesiac young girl who was identified as Jenima St. Maur, and a blackamoor one-year-old baby whose mother was drowned. At the docks there was Daniel Thackery, a young barrister who was waiting for his Jamaican proxy wife who was supposed to come to him “with a surprise”. Someone puts that baby in his arms, being a blackamoor himself, Daniel knows that this baby will end up in a brothel, so he accepts the possibility that the surprise his proxy wife meant was that she had a daughter. At the same time Jenima claims that there was a baby in her arms but no one believes her. She’s taken for a mentally unstable girl and so she’s put into Bedlam. Two years later she and Patience, the heroine of the first book, are rescued by Lady Shrewsbury’s organization ‘The Widows’ Grace’. Daniel, now an earl and a barrister, is Lady Shrewsbury’s nephew and unwilling supporter. Now a member of the ‘Widows’ Grace’ herself Jenima goes on a mission with her best friend Patience. The mission is to break into a Lincoln’s Inn, where several lawyers share an office. They’re looking for proof to help a fellow widow get custody of her children. Daniel’s desk is there too, and in that desk Jenima finds some papers that prove that Daniel has a lot of information on her past. A past she can’t remember, a past that makes her doubt of her own identity. Here starts a story of lies, deception, love and mistrust. Of course Daniel and Jenima find love in their story and eventually they will get their happily ever after. But the in between felt like going in circles, and you can’t help wanting to punch Daniel all the time, because he has the key. He is so utterly scared that he doesn’t let the story flow, and that was frustrating. All that mess could have been solved in a minute if only he spoke the truth at least to Jenima. Because Jenima wouldn’t do anything to hurt him or the little girl Hope. She loves them, but he can’t trust her or share his concerns with her. The chapters can be classified in two. Those that are written from Daniel’s perspective and those that are written from Jenima’s perspective. That is the common thing in romance, but Jenima’s side is written in the first person, and that kind of manipulates the reader into becoming her supporter. Daniel’s side of the story is written in the third person. Vanessa Riley used this trick in the first book too. One of the things I loved about this story is that Patience and her husband the duke are there. They’re not in the background like most former and future main characters, they’re there all the time supporting Jenima. The young widow lives with them and Patience sees a sister in her. The sisterly love and loyalty in the novel is moving. There’s a lot of talk of sorority, but of course not all women are that generous. There’s also talk about racism, hypocrisy about racism, slaverism, innocence by amnesia (you’ll understand when you read the book, spoilers), identity and honesty. The main subject being ‘the end justifies the means?’. In conclusion: I’ve loved this book, but it was not a page-turner, it lacked the excitement I usually look for in a romance novel. It’s a somewhat clean romance and I’m not a huge fan of that, but that’s just my taste so it didn’t lower points. It didn’t add either. It’s a good story and I loved Jenima as a character. Daniel could have been better, he’s likable as a person and a great father, but his choices were wrong and even though he knew, he didn’t do anything about it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Meg reads and dim sum ✨

    An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler is a quirky historical romance. Although it's the second book of Vanessa Riley's Rogues and Remarkable woman series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. Unlike other regency romances, this universe has a fun band of women called the Widow's Grace who fight against the patriarchy to attempt to regain their rights, wealth, and children after being widowed. In this book, Jemima (who was Patience's sidekick in book 1) is the MC, and she has no memories beyond An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler is a quirky historical romance. Although it's the second book of Vanessa Riley's Rogues and Remarkable woman series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. Unlike other regency romances, this universe has a fun band of women called the Widow's Grace who fight against the patriarchy to attempt to regain their rights, wealth, and children after being widowed. In this book, Jemima (who was Patience's sidekick in book 1) is the MC, and she has no memories beyond the last two years, and she struggles with finding out the truth of her past while navigating the sharks in the marriage market as men try to go after her sizeable dowry. Daniel Thackery is a barrister trying to overcome racial barriers and avoid being pulled into the (sometimes illegal) plots of his aunt, who runs the Widow's Grace. He lost the love of his life on a shipwreck and is left only with a child he didn't know of, but now his whole life centers around raising her and protecting her from being shipped back to Jamaica. If I were to describe this book in one sentence, I would call it a knock-off, smut-less Bridgerton. Many of the concepts really parallel with the series, from the BIPOC LI abandoned by the male authoritative figure and adopted by a i-don't-care-about-the-rules aunt to a relationship deriving from the rumors of the ton. Additionally. there are soooo many "i burn for..." references I'm like, did this author just copy-paste a Daphne in here? The best part of this book was probably the Widow's Grace, although I wish the author could've leaned more into the whole espionage / action side of things because without it the book was a bit slow. ALSO: THIS BOOK HAS NO SMUT!!! If you are expecting the typical HR steaminess, you will not be getting that all from this book. But if you want a wholesome PG read, this book might be perfect. I do however, need to give props to the diversity of characters in this series, which is something you rarely see in HRs. It's really clear that the author did A LOT of research to make the book really believable and realistic, and it makes the reading experience a lot better. However, the characters didn't seem that likeable :(. While Jemina for the most part was pretty spunky, sometimes, she acted very irrationally, or had constant flips between hating Thackery and pining after him that left me super confused. And don't get me started on Thackery. He makes no sense to me as a character. Every time I think I get a read on him, he acts in a way that surprises me (in a bad way). I don't understand how he also suddenly shifts from "oh i need a mistress to break up this dull monotony of life" to "ohmigod I need to marry her I love her so much." Between the two characters, I didn't really feel any chemistry beyond the whole setup of "she/he is forbidden to me because of Widow's Grace." I think part of this stems from the unique form of head-hopping used. While Jemina is told from first person, Daniel's side is told in 3rd person, which often left me questioning his motives and train of thought even tho we were supposed to be in his POV?? I really could not understand Thackery as a character and in so many points of the books I just wanted to shake him and yell "WHAT ARE YOU THINKINGGG" at him. Additionally, I think amnesia fics are either reallyyy well done or really really bad. Unfortunately, I thought this book was on the latter side of the spectrum. I feel like this book could have been resolved 2/3 of the way through, and the end was unnecessarily long as it dragged through all their trust issue and 'face-your-fears' angst. The final resolution left me pretty unsatisfied and partly surprised me while also partly could be seen from the first page of the book. (also in terms of things you could spot a mile away, Patience's 'predicament' is sooo obvious I really hate the flabbergasted-ness of the characters when they drop the reason and also that part was really skimmed over and not giving my girl her proper due). Overall, this was not my favorite HR (especially because of the lack of smut) but if you can deal with that, it may be an interesting book to read, if only for the diverse characters. -- Thank you NetGalley and the Publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Good book. It is unusual for a romance of the Regency period to have such a diversity of characters. It tackles complex subjects such as racism, mental health, and women's rights while retaining the hopefulness of a romance. The book opened in 1812 with Jemina, one of two survivors of a shipwreck, suffering from amnesia brought on by the trauma and threatened with commitment to Bedlam if she can't confirm her identity. At the same time, Daniel arrives at the port expecting to greet the woman he Good book. It is unusual for a romance of the Regency period to have such a diversity of characters. It tackles complex subjects such as racism, mental health, and women's rights while retaining the hopefulness of a romance. The book opened in 1812 with Jemina, one of two survivors of a shipwreck, suffering from amnesia brought on by the trauma and threatened with commitment to Bedlam if she can't confirm her identity. At the same time, Daniel arrives at the port expecting to greet the woman he married by proxy, only to discover she died in the wreck. The only other survivor is a small Black child, whom the attending officers give to Daniel, the only Black man there. Daniel assumes the girl was his wife's and takes her home to raise as his own. Though Daniel is a barrister devoted to the law, he bends some rules to ensure that little Hope remains with him. Two years later, Jemina escaped Bedlam with the help of The Widow's Grace and their lawyer, Daniel. Now she works with the group to help other widows escape the clutches of unscrupulous family members and restore their freedom. Her lack of memory still haunts Jemina, and she will do anything to unearth her identity. As a barrister, Daniel works with his aunt, Lady Shrewesbury, to help the widows she rescues. Careful not to inquire too deeply into how she obtains her "evidence," Daniel unsuccessfully tries to get her to give up her crusade. He frequently finds himself butting heads with Jemina, one of his aunt's best agents. I enjoyed the development of the relationship between Jemina and Daniel. The sparks that fly between them aren't all based on antagonism, but each has reasons to ignore them. Jemina won't get involved with anyone while not knowing her past. Daniel protects Hope by being as proper and upstanding as possible. But things between them become more complicated when Jemina stumbles across some information that indicates Daniel knows more about her past than he lets on. Jemina's search for the truth runs up against Daniel's need to protect his secrets. I liked their back-and-forth banter as each tries to get the upper hand in their battle for information. The more time they spend together, the hotter the sparks between them grow. But Daniel has made some enemies determined to bring him down. When those enemies attempt to set him up, Jemina comes to his rescue. I ached for Daniel because if they succeed, he could lose everything he's worked for. The rescue scene had me laughing out loud as Jemina dealt with an intoxicated and uncooperative Daniel. Extreme measures became necessary, followed by a hilarious extraction. All of these events led up to Daniel proposing marriage to Jemina. Neither one has yet admitted their feelings for the other, but they simmer under the surface. Little Hope takes to Jemina as soon as they meet, stirring up memories of another child in Jemina's mind. Just when their relationship shows promise, Daniel's secret comes out, destroying Jemina's trust in him. While she sets out on her own to look for the truth of her past, Daniel finally realizes what he must do. I liked seeing him finally come clean, and by doing that, discover an unexpected link between Jemina and Hope. All that is left is to unravel the rest of Jemina's story. I loved seeing the two of them confront the one responsible for so much trouble. Overall, I enjoyed the story. I learned some things I didn't know, helped along by the author's notes in the back of the book. My only complaint was that the book seemed to drag at times, though I can't pinpoint why. It won't stop me from going back and reading the first in the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paul Olkowski

    This was an ARC from Goodreads that was listed as Historical Fiction. When I received the book I saw it was a Historical Romance as written on the books spine. I let it sit for a while thinking I would find someone to give it to rather than read something that wouldn't really interest me. One day I picked it up and from the very first page I became interested in it. The scene was dark and foreboding and concerned a woman in a crude hospital that had just survived a shipwreck. I had to read furth This was an ARC from Goodreads that was listed as Historical Fiction. When I received the book I saw it was a Historical Romance as written on the books spine. I let it sit for a while thinking I would find someone to give it to rather than read something that wouldn't really interest me. One day I picked it up and from the very first page I became interested in it. The scene was dark and foreboding and concerned a woman in a crude hospital that had just survived a shipwreck. I had to read further to see what happened. The woman's name was Jemina St.Maur. She was on her way to London from Jamaica when the ship was caught in a hurricane in the Atlantic. She was one of the two survivors on the ship. Scene two finds a man waiting in line for news about the ship that went down and for news about his wife(proxy) that he never met, coming from Jamaica. He finds that his wife has died but he was given a child that survived the wreck because she, like he was a mulatto. Rather than seeing the child be given to the local brothel, he decided to keep her and raise the girl as his own. The man in the story was a lawyer: a prosecutor would be his title today, and he worked for the London government under the Prince of England. His name was Daniel Thackery, Lord Ashbrook. He drew up some legal papers to make himself the legal guardian and father of the child from the wreck. Daniel Thackery's Aunt was Lady Shrewsbury , a highly influential woman of money who ran an underground organization that defended the causes of women and widows who had little or no legal say in the regency period of England. Daniel was often rounded up by his Aunt to assist with legal matters that arose from his Aunt's dealings. She somehow had the money and power to get women out of the mental hospital where many were placed when their families were broken up or they were placed there by relatives who wanted their homes or money. This is how Danial meets Jamina. She wound up in the mental hospital because she had amnesia from the shipwreck. Long story short, Jamina winds up working for Daniel's Aunt, Lady Shrewsbury, and a mutual admiration between them starts. Both are also looking into details about the shipwreck and what happened to their families. Jamina knows Daniel knows much more about the wreck than she who has amnesia, and so she breaks into his office to find out all the details. She of course gets caught but this is where the romance starts. This is not the type of book I would normally spend any time on ,but I can say that I did finish reading the entire book. Vanessa Riley is an exceptional writer . There is a fair amount of romance and longing in the book but she manages to tie it up with the details she places around the characters. It's not just a lustful situation here. The book is also a light mystery. The reader knows that Jamina and Daniel are looking for details about not only her past in Jamaica but about his proxy wife's life and dealings too. The characters do not know about all that the reader is privy to. The book is written in the voices of both Daniel and Jamina. The chapter title let's the reader know who's chapter it is. You get both sides of the story here. Vanessa Riley gets the most out of the storyline. The story moves along slowly but is rich in detail and setting placing the reader alongside the characters as if you were right there observing. Four stars for An Earl, The Girl and A Toddler. A worthwhile read if only for Riley's writing. . If your a romance fan this is a must read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    HappyBookWorm2020

    This is the second book in the Rogues and Remarkable Women series. I read this book without reading the first book, and I believe that the series would be better when read in order since there are characters and events introduced in the first book that carry over into the second book. For example, I was really puzzled at first about who or what the Widow's Grace was. It turned out that they are a secret society of influential women who help other women who are in bad situations. This series diff This is the second book in the Rogues and Remarkable Women series. I read this book without reading the first book, and I believe that the series would be better when read in order since there are characters and events introduced in the first book that carry over into the second book. For example, I was really puzzled at first about who or what the Widow's Grace was. It turned out that they are a secret society of influential women who help other women who are in bad situations. This series differs from most historical romance books set in the Regency period as most of the main characters are black, including the hero, Daniel Thackery, and his love interest. Daniel is a barrister (lawyer). He was married by proxy to Phoebe Monroe Dunn, a woman he knew only through letters, whose ship sank on the journey from Jamaica. Phoebe had told him that she was bringing him a surprise. Daniel went to the shipping office praying that she had survived. When he asked for Phoebe Dunn, he was handed instead a beautiful black baby girl and told that she was the only person of color left unclaimed. He swallowed his grief and took the child, as he was told she would otherwise be given to the first black person willing to take her - likely a dockworker or a woman of color working the brothels. He thought that she might even be the surprise that Phoebe had told him that she was bringing. His heart was broken - he was a widower who had never met his wife and had only her letters to remember her by. There was another survivor on the ship but he was told that she was taken away by her family... Two years later, Daniel has been awarded an earldom and is now Lord Ashbrook. He attends yet another ball given by his aunt and meets Jemina St. Maur. Does Jemina have anything to do with Phoebe? They were both from Jamaica. Jemina is also working with his aunt in the Widow's Grace rescue group for women in danger. When they meet, she has a bandaged arm - an injury she received scaling a building to a second-floor balcony. I really enjoyed reading the scenes where black people who occupied seats of power freely mingled with the ton during the Regency period as equals, although there was always the need to be wary for political and other reasons. There was a black Duke, for example, and I think his story was told in the first book. Even better than that, though, there were also some real people of color from that time who appeared in the book. The author's note at the back of the book gives more information on them and others. There were a few things about the book that I wasn't crazy about. The most important to me was that Daniel and Jemina's relationship seemed disjointed to me. The Widow's Grace society also bothered me a lot, as it seemed unlikely that women of wealth and high position in society would be sneaking around behaving like cat burglars, scaling balconies, for example, and rifling through desks. They were other alternatives for them, such as bribery, or putting a servant or two in the household to spy. Thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this book. It was my pleasure to read and review it. .

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angela Anderson

    An Earl, The Girl, and A toddler is the second installment of the Rogues and Remarkable Women series. Jemina St. Maur is loyal, feisty, and funny to say the least. She is one of the Widow’s Grace finest agents, yet troubled to her core with the unknown of her past. Nightmares and small remnants of what could be and newfound discoveries, mixed with places where her mind is blank, leads her on a quest for who she is to the point of no return. Unwilling to give up the fight to remember, she learns An Earl, The Girl, and A toddler is the second installment of the Rogues and Remarkable Women series. Jemina St. Maur is loyal, feisty, and funny to say the least. She is one of the Widow’s Grace finest agents, yet troubled to her core with the unknown of her past. Nightmares and small remnants of what could be and newfound discoveries, mixed with places where her mind is blank, leads her on a quest for who she is to the point of no return. Unwilling to give up the fight to remember, she learns that Daniel Thackery aka Lord Ashbrook, her barrister and nephew to Lady Shrewsbury, knows more about her past than he is sharing. For Daniel, it is better for her not to remember. But who is he to be the keeper of secrets and her fate? However, the loss of memory and hidden secrets is a bit much for Jemina. She is determined to know the truth about her past. Not even Daniel, as attractive as he may be, will stand in her way. The quest to finding the truth and uncovering secrets is an intriguingly intense journey with a hint of vulnerability when it comes to matters of the heart for this likable pair. The entanglement pleasured by humor has Lord Ashbrook and Jemina dancing a dance of cat and mouse as they find ways to dance only to a tune they understand. Both in denial of what could be and their awareness of each other is met with a growing intensifying need of one to discover the past and who she is while the other, Lord Ashbrook, is there to protect her from herself and hidden secrets. They soon discover that this battle may be best tackled together verses apart but then there is the matter of TRUST! Can one trust the other? Trust presents itself as being deeper than matters of the heart for Jemina. Both Daniel and Jermina feel love for each other, but is it enough, if they don’t trust one another other with their inner most secrets, especially when it can change their fate and life forever. Daniel is a fighter and will protect his most prize possession, his daughter Hope, at all costs. The secrets that need protecting proves to be a dangerous road for them both. If discovered, is the truth strong enough to bring them together or rip their newfound love to shreds? Vanessa Riley does an amazing job with An Earl, The Girl, and A Toddler. Capturing your attention from the beginning with the shipwreck of the Minerva; Daniel at the docks in hopes of meeting his wife, only to be handed a beautiful young baby girl, and Jemina being held captive at Bedlam with no memories of who she is. Making every word count, Vanessa Riley brings the story of Daniel and Jemina to life with wow factor discoveries, suspense, and unforgettable laughs. The Widow’s Grace missions along with Jemina’s self-indulged missions and subtle comedic action has an amazing balance as the serious matters of race and mental health are so cleverly addressed. An Earl, The Girl, and A Toddle is a must read for regency fans old and new to enjoy while keeping you on your toes as you wait and anticipate the next installment of the Rogues and Remarkable Women series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    2/5 This book... How to properly explain my experience with this book? I think, generally, I was very confused. I have not read the first book in this series, so that may be why I was so confused. I don't think this can be read as a standalone, and you should probably read the first one before this. I feel like I was really missing some context. I can't really fault the book for being part of a series, but I do wish there was more explanation at the beginning. Once I kind of understood what was go 2/5 This book... How to properly explain my experience with this book? I think, generally, I was very confused. I have not read the first book in this series, so that may be why I was so confused. I don't think this can be read as a standalone, and you should probably read the first one before this. I feel like I was really missing some context. I can't really fault the book for being part of a series, but I do wish there was more explanation at the beginning. Once I kind of understood what was going on, I enjoyed the book a lot more. I really liked the focus on race throughout this book. The Hero is Black, and the Heroine is from Jamaica. Themes of race and interracial relationships were explored, which I haven't often read in historical romance novels. It was refreshing and so welcome. I also liked the exploration of the role of women during this time and mental health. The book explored how women often had to fend for themselves in legal proceedings, and they didn't have agency in terms of their mental health. Any sort of mental illness, real or imagined by men in their lives, could get a woman imprisoned and no longer in control of her possessions or life. It honestly made me mad reading about it, and I'm glad that this book discussed it. That's about where my praise ends. I didn't love the characters very much. I didn't like that Jemina consistently hit Daniel whenever she was upset. And I didn't understand why their conflict dragged out for so long. If they had just communicated better with one another, the majority of the conflict within this novel could have been avoided. Conflict fueled solely by poor communication doesn't really do it for me. There were also some things left unfinished in this book, which I'm assuming will be cleared up in future books. So I would just caution people expecting this to be a typical romance book within a series; do not expect all loose ends to be tied up. You'll have to read the next book (I think) to get closure. This book just wasn't what I was expecting. And the parts that I did like, while lovely, didn't make up for the confusion, inconsistent pacing, and general lack of structure the book had. I wish I had liked it more. I'm super willing to check out other books by this author in the future, but this one was just not right for me. note: This book was provided to me by NetGalley and publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Vanessa Riley is doing an amazing job of writing historical romances that center characters of color and really grapple with the complex realities of colonization, enslavement, and colorism that characterized the time period and the immoral source of wealth for many of the British elite. She also includes interesting history at the end of the book for those who want to learn more. (and in case you were wondering, yes there were people of color in England at this time, including among noble famil Vanessa Riley is doing an amazing job of writing historical romances that center characters of color and really grapple with the complex realities of colonization, enslavement, and colorism that characterized the time period and the immoral source of wealth for many of the British elite. She also includes interesting history at the end of the book for those who want to learn more. (and in case you were wondering, yes there were people of color in England at this time, including among noble families!) An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler is the second book in a great series following widows in dire circumstances, often because the men around them want to keep them silent and control their resources. Sometimes by having them unethically committed to an asylum, which is also a thing that really did happen. In this book we follow a widow who has been freed from just such an asylum. She was one of the only survivors of a shipwreck and has amnesia, is unable to recall anything from her former life living as a white woman in Jamaica. Now she is much sought after in society for her exoticism and her twenty thousand pound dowry. The hero is a lawyer and earl who works to help women such as herself. He is also a biracial Black man who faces frequent racism and microagressions. He lost his bride to be in that same shipwreck and is now raising her young daughter. But he has secrets he doesn't want uncovered. I really loved the romance here and the relationship dynamic between the couple. They face many challenges, from conspiracy to racist oppression and must learn to trust each other. This also explores the realities of parenting a biracial child who doesn't look like you, which I can attest still causes challenges today. The book is slower paced and Riley has a unique writing style that can take awhile to get used to, but ultimately I liked this book a lot. And if you want a romance without explicit sex, this is a good option. On page we only have kissing and it takes a closed door approach to sex scenes, BUT Riley does a wonderful job of making the reader feel the chemistry and passion between the characters, which not everyone can do well. I would definitely recommend this. I received an advance copy for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Content warnings include gaslighting, violence, taking a child from a mother, racism and slurs, forced committal to an asylum, etc.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    I enjoyed Jemina and Daniel's journey and it is a journey. This one may be the most Austen-like yet of Riley's books. There are a lot of wheels turning here. At about the 1/3 point I felt like I'd lost where the story was going but I held on and kept reading. That wasn't Riley's fault, it was just a factor of so many moving pieces. To illustrate, we have 1) The Widow's Grace, still helping widows who have been wronged by their families and society; 2) Jemina, an amnesiac who is part of the Widow I enjoyed Jemina and Daniel's journey and it is a journey. This one may be the most Austen-like yet of Riley's books. There are a lot of wheels turning here. At about the 1/3 point I felt like I'd lost where the story was going but I held on and kept reading. That wasn't Riley's fault, it was just a factor of so many moving pieces. To illustrate, we have 1) The Widow's Grace, still helping widows who have been wronged by their families and society; 2) Jemina, an amnesiac who is part of the Widow's Grace, and who Daniel rescued from Bedlam 3) Daniel's job as a Barrister, which is dealing with 3A) all the parts of the job and his concern the Widow's Grace work will impact it while also 3B) dealing with the racism of the Lord Mayor and others; 4) Daniel's deceased fiancee, lost during a storm from the same ship where Jemina lost her memory; 4) Adorable Hope, Daniel's daughter, who he saved after the shipwreck, being told she was his fiancee's daughter; 5) the St. Maur's, Jemina's late husband's family, who may or may cause trouble for her, may or may be responsible for her being at Bedlam, and who were plantation owners and enslaved people on these plantations, which turns Jemina's stomach and she can't remember it!; 6) the side characters who are helping or hindering at every corner. Plus more! In addition to the story detail, Riley doesn't hesitate to address issues facing the Blackamoor population of London during the Regency. Daniel always feels the pressure of knowing he has to be better, he has to be perfect, one wrong step could cost him everything. And in this story, that everything could include his family. The society restrictions and harm to women is also here. Part of the brilliance of the Widow's Grace is how they use the system to right the wrongs. I appreciate all the work this novel is doing, while spinning this romance to its HEA. There was only one piece of this puzzle that I guessed early, the rest just keep tumbling and turning and surprising me at every corner. Riley's language is classic, painting lush pictures in every scene. There is plenty of angst and chemistry between Jemina and Daniel, even as this is a mostly closed door romance. Sexy times are not explicitly detailed, more of a sweep of the ocean of emotion. I think this is a gorgeous book and will definitely be rereading, to discover what details I missed on the first read. I read an e-ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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