Lord Fenton's Folly

by Josi S. Kilpack

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Lord Fenton is a gambler and a dandy, and he will be stripped of his wealth and position unless he rises to his responsibility—one of which is to marry. Far from being a giddy groom, Fenton chooses the unobjectionable Alice Stanbridge simply because he had known her as a young girl and his mother feels Alice would make a good wife.

Alice, however, has harbored feelings for Fenton since their first meeting years ago, and his proposal is a dream come true. Not only would a match with the most-eligible bachelor in London secure her future, but it will also give her a place of distinction and admiration. Had anyone admired Alice for anything before now?

When Alice learns that she is not only an unwanted wife, but a demanded one, however, she closes her heart. Only when Lord Fenton faces the greatest trial of his life does he begin to find love beyond the folly. Could a great love come from a beginning such as this?

Book on CD: unabridged, 8 discs, approx. 9.75 hours, performed by Cassandra Campbell

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PublishedShadow Mountain (October 6, 2015)
Pages336
Audiobook NarratorCassandra Campbell
Runtime9 Hrs. 42 Min.

About the Author

Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack is the author of twenty-five novels—including the twelve-book Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series—one cookbook, and has been part of several coauthored projects and anthologies. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children.

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Reviews

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(based upon 18 reviews)

disappointed
By , Submitted on 2017-04-15

I cannot agree with the "squeaky clean" stamp of approval.
Similar to what J. Olsen said, when I pick up a "Proper Romance" I don't expect to ever be uncomfortable with the content...I was with this one :(

Not what I want in a "proper" romance.
By , Submitted on 2017-03-21

As a longtime fan of Josi's culinary mysteries, I was eager to read her venture into Regency romance. I love her first book in this genre, "A Heart Revealed". That kind of sweet, clean romance is what I expected here. Though the story is good, as well as the writing, I struggled with how much focus there was on Fenton's notice of heaving bosoms, tempting curves, and his wish for consummation of the marriage. Not what I expect when I choose something from a series labeled "Proper Romance", or from an LDS author, publisher, or bookstore. I don't want my mind repeatedly taken there in what I thought would be a "clean" read. Based on the glowing reviews written here, I might think I was alone in this, but I know of several others who were of the same opinion about this book--they just don't write reviews. I felt at least one of our voices should be heard.
Josi's next book, "Forever and Forever", was a masterful work which I highly recommend, but this is one that I cannot.

Best regency romance ever!!
By , Submitted on 2016-10-03

I have read numerous regency romances from Desert book and this is my favorite that I have ever read in my lifetime!! I still continue to read Regency romances which all are very good and wonderful and awesome but this one is by far my favorite!! I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read this one I read it with my 14 year old daughter, we laughed, we cried we blushed, it was wonderful! Thank you Josi for the best regency romance book ever!!

Hearts revealed in spite of secrets and mistakes, wager won in the best way!
By , Submitted on 2016-05-16

This was an interesting read. There is a flashback at the beginning, and then shown the present. Alice is coming out for a season, and Lord Fenton (Charles) is a London Dandy, very sought after in town. Alice still harbors tender, perhaps rather deep dreams of loving Charles in her girlish memories of him as her champion. She hopes to meet and see him in town.
Lord Fenton, Charles has been pretending for so long all for the eyes of those around him that he doesn't know who the real Charles is anymore. His friends are always silly and foolish. He doesn't admire his Father in the least, but harbors tender feelings for his mother, and always looks out for her.
As they muddle through and engagement, each trying to feel out the other, but somehow offending and sparring with each other when they aren't in public, or overheard, they are both unsure exactly what they have gotten themselves into.
Secrets are let out, and all kinds of repercussions and changes happen. Of course changing hearts, or rather eyes that see the truth of who they both are as they are presented with those problems, and figuring out what is really 'real' for them both, the desire to be seen and known for their true selves with loving eyes by their spouse, was the beautiful part of the story. Definitely attraction and come chemistry, but also the tender emotions that bind.
Lovely story!

Hearts revealed in spite of secrets and mistakes, wager won in the best way!
By , Submitted on 2016-05-16

Romance, Clean
This was an interesting read. There is a flashback at the beginning, and then shown the present. Alice is coming out for a season, and Lord Fenton (Charles) is a London Dandy, very sought after in town. Alice still harbors tender, perhaps rather deep dreams of loving Charles in her girlish memories of him as her champion. She hopes to meet and see him in town.
Lord Fenton, Charles has been pretending for so long all for the eyes of those around him that he doesn't know who the real Charles is anymore. His friends are always silly and foolish. He doesn't admire his Father in the least, but harbors tender feelings for his mother, and always looks out for her.
As they muddle through and engagement, each trying to feel out the other, but somehow offending and sparring with each other when they aren't in public, or overheard, they are both unsure exactly what they have gotten themselves into.
Secrets are let out, and all kinds of repercussions and changes happen. Of course changing hearts, or rather eyes that see the truth of who they both are as they are presented with those problems, and figuring out what is really 'real' for them both, the desire to be seen and known for their true selves with loving eyes by their spouse, was the beautiful part of the story. Definitely attraction and come chemistry, but also the tender emotions that bind.
Lovely story!

Josi has done it again!
By , Submitted on 2016-05-12

Lord Fenton's Folly is a fantastic read that endears you to the characters, and tugs at your heart as they make some foolish blunders and choices in their relationship which they have to either try to fix or live with the consequences. The journey that they take and the growth that they make as humans is an enjoyable journey for anyone who reads it. I loved the relationship that Alice forms with Fenton's mother, and how that helps everyone be able to see one another as they truly are. I highly recommend this book!

Thoughtful
By , Submitted on 2016-05-05

Once again, Kilpack has created a romance that has more depth than most. Her characters feel real with real strengths and weaknesses who make both good and bad decisions and have to live with the consequences. Lord Fenton for the first time in ten years is forced to grow up in order to retain his position as heir to the Earl of Chariton (his father). He even signs a contract agreeing to learn how to manage his property as well as marry. But after ten years of hiding behind his drinking and ridiculous behavior, refusing to let anyone see the real him, Fenton doesn't know how to find a bride. As a result, he takes his mother's advice and proposes to Alice Stanbridge by letter. At first, Alice is thrilled as she remembers the boy she once had a crush on, but when it becomes apparent that he does not care for her and hides behind his drinking and absurd behavior, she puts up walls of her own. With walls firmly in place it appears that all Alice and Fenton are capable of doing is arguing, refusing to let the other in. But when Fenton's mother becomes ill and leaves London with Alice for company things begin to change. And at Foxcroft, Fenton's mother's property, Alice realizes that there is more to the family than she ever imagined. And as Fenton begins to face the consequences of his parents' decisions, he realizes that he just may need Alice more than he would have ever thought.

I found the slow-growing romance here remarkably believable as both Fenton and Alice are forced to deal with the walls that Fenton has put up and doesn't know how to take down. Both are uncertain and want to protect themselves and as a result they shut each other out for quite awhile. The struggles that the characters go through facing both their own poor choices as well as the poor choices of others makes for great character growth, which I always enjoy reading. Not only is this book full of the period details that I so love, but full of characters great and small who shine through so clearly. Kilpack has done a wonderful job creating a clean, thoughtful, brilliant read for those who enjoy not just a romance, but a romance with depth.

A wonderful Regency Period Romance
By , Submitted on 2016-04-16

The first word that comes to mind after reading this book is "proper." The book tells the story of not only a couple married for convenience, but also of society of that time. I would recommend reading this after 'Sense and Sensibility' or another similar book. A lot of the book focuses on what high society expected of nobility at the time. The book is also SQUEAKY CLEAN. I could probably clean my bathroom with this book. I think it could have used a little more (clean) passion. Overall, a great read.

I personally had a few things that bothered me while reading the book. The book is of a slower pace, and much of the story is told through the musings and thoughts of Alice and Lord Fenton. Pages upon pages of the two of them thinking about dresses, feelings, and what the rooms look like. A slower read

Overall, a great book. If I have the time, I will read more books from this author.

Fun, Clean Romance!
By , Submitted on 2015-10-26

Lord Fenton lives a carefree life and has a father who foots the bill. His father gets tired of Lord Fenton's ways and gives him an ultimatum. One of the conditions he needs to meet so he won't lose everything is to get married. His mother likes Alice and they met briefly in the past so he proposes. She starts to wonder at his behavior towards her and when she learns the truth, she shows him that she's not going to cower in his presence, which, of course, makes for some great drama and dialogue! As the story unfolds, family secrets are revealed which create huge changes in their relationship.

This is one of those books that was hard to put down once I started reading it! Lord Fenton is not very likable at first but he's charming enough that I wanted to give him a chance. Alice, on the other hand, is very likable from the beginning. I liked that she also showed how tough she was and that she wasn't going to let him walk all over her. Both characters grew throughout the story and so did their relationship.

This is the second book Ms. Kilpack has written in this genre and I have loved them both! They are different from the regency "norm" and I have enjoyed her unique take on characters and situations from that time period. I know there will be a happy ending but the road isn't easy so I have no idea how it will unfold. I'm hoping that she will stick with this genre for many years to come!

I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.

This Regency Romance Stands Out From the Others!
By , Submitted on 2015-10-16

This is not your typical regency Romance, and with that I think I really liked it for it's uniqueness. As for main characters in the story, we have Alice who is looking for someone to love her for who she is, and she is a strong woman. I loved how Alice handled the hardships in her life and how she handled her new husband who wasn't always actively trying to be part of their marriage. Lord Fenton, Charles, is quite the character. At first he is painted as quite the dandy who is always making foolish choices to embarrass his father. As the story rolls along, many truths come out that explain his choices and who he really is. We discover these truths right along with poor Alice who is confused about how Charles is acting. Let's just say that Alice is very patient with the man.

I love Charles's mother, Lady Chariton. She is a saint of a woman who has been putting up with her husband's infidelities all of their marriage. She loves her son and is very loving and kind to her new daughter in law. I warmed instantly to her and how kind she was to Alice. Alice never knew her own mother who died in childbirth when she was born, so Lady Chariton touched Alice's heart from the beginning.

The Romance: wow it's a struggle all of the way! It is a rough start once Alice realizes why Charles asked her to marry him. Their banter is mean and sometimes funny, but it also made me feel so sad and uncomfortable for both of them. Their marriage starts out with no love, but soon both Alice and Charles can't stop the attraction they feel for each other. This is where I really started liking the romance/story, but it doesn't come until about 3/4 of the way into the story...so be patient!

There are many surprises that are revealed around this same time in the book, which I will not tell you about, but you may be able to figure it out sooner. I had my suspicions about them earlier. The good thing is, the family surprises bring Charles and Alice together as a couple. It helps Charles realize much about his father, mother and himself. I can assure you that there will be tears here as you read. This was my favorite part of the book when so many tender feelings are shown for many "things". I wish I could say more but don't want to spoil it for you. The ending is very satisfying and also has my favorite line in the book, "Within the essence of connection she realized there was purpose in the waiting." You will understand about that line, and hopefully you will agree that reading Lord Fenton's Folly is worth every minute it takes to read this clean, and proper romance.

Good clean romance
By , Submitted on 2015-10-12

This is a regency romance novel. I loved the characters. especially Alice. Lord Fenton took sometime to like him. The plot was interesting and kept me wanting to see what would be next.

It is a clean read. Lots of drama.

Alice is a young girl when we meet her. She wants a garden for herself at age 7. Lord Fenton helped her to get it.

Then years later we see Lord Fenton a dandy in ton. He drinks, gambles and his father threatens to make his cousin his heir to the Earl and properties. If he does not stop his bad habits and marries. He needs to prove himself.

Alice has still found her puppy love for him still. So she accepts his marriage proposal. Then finds out it will be in name only. She is hurt.

The first half of the book is interesting look at the ton. But I love the part when they start bickering and the rest of the book. The more you see why the characters act the way they do and understand each other better. Has some twists that I did not see coming.

I like Josie S. Kilpack stories and would read more of her books.

I was given this ebook to read for free and in return I agreed to give a honest review and be part of it's blog tour

Another winner from Josi Kilpack
By , Submitted on 2015-10-06

Lord Fenton became a favorite character of mine in A Heart Revealed. He was so over the top and flamboyant that I could not pass up the opportunity to read his story. This book is a stand alone, even though Fenton is a minor character in the other book.

Alice has had a crush on Lord Fenton since she was a girl. He helped her succeed in her goal of getting her own garden when the grown ups wouldn't listen to her. He immediately became a hero and she never forgot him.

Lord Fenton is a player. He keeps up a fun loving facade to hide deep emotional wounds. There is a reason to each of his actions, but even he tires of the game.

Fenton and Alice are a wonderful couple, the problem is that they are caught up in the games they are playing and can't see it. The banter between the two of them is fun to read. I enjoyed every minute of it. They hide behind arguments to keep themselves emotionally detached.

Event though the marriage in this book was rushed, the getting to know each other and romance was not. Both Alice and Fenton experience healing and understanding before they found happiness with each other.

There are some psychological issues that they are facing. I liked the progression that they both experienced. Neither came into the relationship as a perfect person. Both needed work.

I continue to love Josi Kilpack's books. She has always done a wonderful job at pulling me into her story. Her characters seem like real people. This book is no exception.

Love this Regency Romance!
By , Submitted on 2015-10-06

You can't go wrong with this book for two reasons. Number 1, it's one of Shadow Mountain's Proper Romances, and every one of them that I have read are amazing! And number 2, this book is by Josi Kilpack and you can't go wrong with any of her books, she is simply amazing!

This book is about Lord Fenton, he was a minor character in Josi Kilpack's last proper romance A Heart Revealed (which I highly recommend you read!) This book shows off even more of his crazy personality, but I love that you also learn why he is the way he is and you are able to see that he was a human, only doing the best that he could do. Lord Fenton is a well-written character and I really loved seeing the London Season through his eyes, and I had to laugh at the lengths that he would go through simply to annoy is father. But all of that annoying gets to his father, and he ends up demanding that in order for Lord Fenton to continue to be his heir and the Lord Fenton at all, he must shape up, and one of the demands is that he must get married.

Enter Alice Stanbridge. She has had a large crush on Lord Fenton since he was kind to her when she was a child. Now during her first season, she has hopes and dreams of running into him and him realizing that he loves her and sweeping her off of her feet. But as Alice is soon to find out, dreams are not always what they seem to be. I loved Alice as well, especially at the beginning before her eyes are really opened to her situation and also to Lord Fenton's situation. There was such an innocence to her character that really lasted all through the book.

Lord Fenton chooses to marry Alice, but it's out of duty to wed, and figuring that she will be as good a match for him as any. He hardly knows her, there has been no time for him to fall in love with her. And when she finds out, that's when the fun begins. The verbal sparring between these two is a bit crazy, they both know just how to hurt the other and they really rise to new heights to do so. Until the time that they both realize just how much they need the other.

This book is an awesome specimen of Regency Romance. I love that like all of the Proper Romance books, it's completely clean and romantic. You won't want to put this book down until the very end!

I've read it twice already!
By , Submitted on 2015-10-03

I've been really impressed with Shadow Mountain's Proper Romance line, and Lord Fenton's Folly is a great addition-I've already read it twice. There's plenty of romantic tension without the sex common in many romance novels.

Alice's story tugs at your heartstrings. When she discovers that Lord Fenton's proposal is without love, you can't help but feel sorry for her. The fact that she sticks with it to help her family is courageous. Her interactions with him really make for an entertaining story. Many of those interactions are also sad. The idea of marriage purely for convenience with one or both partners going elsewhere for love (or lust) sounds like it was fairly common.

Lord Fenton was a bit hard to take at times, but it was easier knowing that it was all a reaction due to his father's actions and there is much more to him inside. I enjoyed reading about his growth throughout the story.

If you like clean romance set in the Regency period, be sure to check out Lord Fenton's Folly and the other books in the Proper Romance line.

LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT!
By , Submitted on 2015-10-02

Another GREAT Regency Romance from Josi S. Kilpack!

I so feel for Lord Fenton--wanting to be his own man, harboring resentment towards his father, trying to please is mother, holding back feelings for Alice in case he takes after his father--thinking he knows what he needs to do and then wondering if he made the right choice--SUCH GOOD WRITING!

And Alice--I so adore her! She is in love and has been for a very long time and then HE chooses HER--can life be any greater?! But only to find out that it is all just a ruse--But she is not going to back down--She will become the woman that women will envy-----even if it breaks her heart.

But life and comforts get all turned upside down and question arise when Alice accompanies Lady Chariton to Foxcroft---

Such a fabulous story!

Curl up with this FANTASTIC READ to escape into another time and another place! LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT!

Remarkable character growth
By , Submitted on 2015-10-01

For a book with a dandy for the hero, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! The backstory to Alice and Lord Fenton's connection is seriously sweet, but their reunion leaves much to be desired... Their struggles with each other, family, and society are so real and because we learn the motivations behind their choices, it's easier to understand their characters. The way Alice and Fenton finally bond and let go of antagonizing each other is worth the wait. Their romance is then allowed to flourish amid personal tribulation and surprising revelations. I don't want to give anything away! Really, what made this story come alive for me is how the mannerisms, strength, and compassion of both Alice and Fenton is shown through their actions rather than described in the narrative. Moments of humor and heart touching scenes round out the balance for a highly recommended read!

(Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing and Ebooks for Review for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

Tugged at my heart strings
By , Submitted on 2015-09-30

This regency romance tugged hard at my heart strings. Lord Fenton has always taken it for granted that he would one day be earl when his father dies. Since he hates his father, he has gone to great lengths to displease him by acting like a foolish peacock in public. When he goes too far, his father threatens to disinherit him unless he proves himself responsible. Marriage within six months is on the list of stipulations he must accomplish if he wishes to remain heir.

I really loved the romantic tension between this couple. Alice’s heart has belonged to Lord Fenton since he was true to his bargain to give her a garden when she was 10 years old in exchange for not tattling on him for setting the field on fire. But he has no intention of letting feelings such as love and passion rule him in regards to marriage. So Alice builds walls around her heart to match her fiance’s, and a tempest builds between them. The bantering and fighting between the two is heartbreaking, yet energizing as tension mounts and the reader bites off her nails waiting to see who will win…or if a truce will be called. I loved reading about this engaging, quirky couple who tangled their emotions with my heart. It’s one of my favorite romances this year.


By , Submitted on 2015-08-11

This clean romance was a cute read. I enjoyed how these two first met and then again out they became reaquainted. The character growth, especially with Lord Fenton, was great to see. Many of the twists I didn't see coming, but loved how they played into the storyline. There was a little bit more talk of controlling passions than I personally like, but it was still a clean, proper romance that anyone who enjoys a good love story will enjoy.

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