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When Lord John returns from the Battle of Waterloo nursing a serious wound and a case of melancholia, he is hopeful of beginning a happier phase in his life. His sights are set on the lovely Miss Lindsay, his country neighbor’s daughter. But to his mystification, he keeps getting distracted by her family’s governess—a little dab of a thing who is not at all what she seems.When Lord John returns from the Battle of Waterloo nursing a serious wound and a case of melancholia, he is hopeful of beginning a happier phase in his life. His sights are set on the lovely Miss Lindsay, his country neighbor’s daughter. But to his mystification, he keeps getting distracted by her family’s governess—a little dab of a thing who is not at all what she seems. His determination to solve the mystery of Miss Haverley begins to seriously undermine his interest in Miss Lindsay, who is confident he is about to offer for her. In the face of this, how can he pursue his interest in the family governess? Not only must he solve this dilemma, but he must discover what the petite woman is hiding. When Miss Haverley begs him to resist satisfying his curiosity because such a course could bring her harm, his dilemma doubles. He is more determined than ever to rescue her from whatever demons she is trying to escape, for Miss Haverley alone seems to have the power to stir him to passion and hope for a new life. ...

Title : Lord John's Dilemma
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ISBN : 25041257
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Number of Pages : 212 Pages
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Lord John's Dilemma Reviews

  • Vintage
    2019-04-26 08:23

    Improvement on the first in the series, Lord Grenville's Choice. Lord John, the younger son, is back from the war and rescues a cute little redhead governess on her way to her first job. She's not what she appears to be, but they never are.Her female employer and her daughter, a hopeful partner for Lord John, are both satisfyingly unpleasant and get a little comeuppance at the end.It's a soft spun romance: pleasant characters, well written for the most part, the characters aren't wildly anachronistic which means we have one chaste kiss rather than up against the wall, redneck mother sex.

  • Candace
    2019-05-05 11:29

    John and DeliaMajor John Lambeth is returning home from the Peninsula and from fighting at Waterloo. Miss Delia Haverley has suffered a carriage accident on her way to her new position. Major Lambeth offers his assistance in getting Miss Haverley to Lindsay Hall. They encounter each other two more times. Each time they meet, the attraction between them grows. Will Delia's secrets destroy their budding romance? Will Major Lambeth's melancholia overshadow their feelings for each other?This is a well written novel. The history is lightly touched in the story. There were times when I felt the words melancholia and melancholy were over used. I also felt some of the subplots were too neatly tied up. The plot was simple but intriguing. The description is superb. This is a light, easy breezy read. I would enjoy another book by this author.

  • Jane
    2019-05-24 06:26

    I'll start by stating that I have not read the first book in The Grenville Chronicles series, nor have I read anything else by this author before. The only reason this book caught my attention, was one of those free ebook deals a few weeks ago that I've ordered to my e-mail. (It no longer is free, sorry. But maybe it'll be free again sometime in the future?)Surprisingly, I enjoyed this simple, yet sweet story with a love triangle more than I anticipated that I would. In a way I was reminded of Georgette Heyer's work since Vandagriff kept the romance part actually quite clean (the first kiss came very, very late in the book) and I enjoyed the fact that the hero and heroine actually got to know each other a bit before they came to the conclusion that they're attracted to each other. However, you can't really compare it to Heyer's work in those ways since the hero and heroine actually didn't get to know each other all that well before they thought that they're ready to marry each other. But it was a sweet clean romance in those aspects at least.What I didn't enjoy, was the fact that Lord John thought about marrying another woman for quite a big portion of the book. I'm not a fan of these love triangle-ish plots, BUT I did appreciate the fact that he didn't offer for her before admitting to himself that he's actually interested in a redheaded governess who most probably isn't a governess but a Lady in hiding.All in all, it was still a rather enjoyable read for me that I even dare recommend to regency romance fans that are looking for a simple and clean story without any of those pffputting tingling nether regions. :)This review and more can be found on The Book Challengers.

  • Debbie Brown
    2019-05-26 11:19

    I've read a handful of Ms. Vandagriff's novels, and they never disappoint. This one was particularly interesting because of the hero's struggle with "melancholia" throughout the story. Other elements are less unusual, especially when the neighbor's governess who catches his eye is actually a damsel in distress hiding from an evil uncle who wants to marry her off to an equally evil marquess. I love all of these characters, both the admirable ones and the not-so-admirable ones. We have the tormented Major John Lamberth (Lord John of the title) returning to his brother's home after surviving Waterloo and encountering the formidable and diminutive Miss Delia Haverley (the aforementioned damsel in distress). We have the neighboring household where Miss Haverley works, with the snobby Lady Lindsay; her eldest daughter Miss Marianne Lindsay, who is angling for a proposal from Lord John; Miss Leticia Lindsay, who proves to be more forthright than her more artful older sister; and the mischievous youngest sisters who are Miss Haverley's charges, Molly and Mariah. We also have the rest of Lord John's family, with his older brother Alex and his wife Felicity (salt-of-the-earth types), and his younger sister Annabella (a drama queen) and her husband Alan (a London doctor). There are other characters, as well. Every one is convincingly drawn and has some impact on the storyline as it develops.While I appreciate the realism of Lord John's battle with depression, I am not so pleased with the less realistic "cure." This story implies that falling in love will chase the blues away rather than being a temporary fix for a more complicated problem. I would be curious to know how the inevitable relapses are faced when the couple is married and the glow of new love has dimmed a bit. But that would be beyond the scope of the HEA here so I shouldn't complain. Otherwise, this is a clean, well written Regency romance.

  • Whitebeard Books
    2019-05-04 07:29

    I enjoy good progressive stories. This second in a series is every bit as good as the first volume and has some of the same characters in a later chapter in the family's lives. Ms Vandagriff has done it again and again, I can't wait for the next in the series. I like the characters and the time frame. Please keep at it!

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    2019-05-02 08:19

    Sometimes this girl is just in the mood for a good regency romance. This book fit the bill perfectly. Imagining those lovely dresses, walks in the garden and taking tea is all part of the regency charm.Lord John is tired. After facing the atrocities of war, he is longing for a quiet life in the country to lift his spirits and rejuvenate his soul. Now he needs to find a wife who shares the same desires. Lord John thinks he knows what he wants but then he meets Miss Haverley and he becomes distracted by her loveliness and charm. He knows there is more to Miss Haverley than meets the eye. She is hiding something and he is determined to find out what and why.Miss Haverley is a mystery and there are things about her that just don't add up. She has everyone wondering. Especially Lord John. He is determined to unravel her secrets because she is the sunshine and light to his darkness.I enjoyed this book and it's characters. It was a gentle, easy read and I was quite content to stay in the English countryside with Lord John and Miss Haverley. I need to pick up the first book in this series because I'm so curious about Lord John's brother and his story. This book can stand alone though. I don't think you need to read the first to be fully invested in the second. It's just my curiosity now, driving me to read the first book. I know where I'll go when that regency mood hits again!

  • Lisa(Bookworm Lisa)
    2019-05-15 08:23

    3.5 StarsThis book is a sweet regency romance that is great for the times when you want a romance story to get lost in for a little while.Sir John has recently returned from the Battle of Waterloo. He was injured and decided it was time to settle in the country of the Land he had fought for. He suffers from melancholia and just wants to find some peace in his life. He has his path figured out. He will come home and marry the local girl, Miss Lindsay, who has had a crush on him since she was a young girl.It doesn't take long for him to realize that his plans and not what he wants. He meets the governess of the Lindsay family and knows that he wants more from life. He wants a happy marriage with a woman he loves and admires.Delia is hiding from her uncle who wants has promised her to a man who only wants her inheritance. The job of governess protects her identity and is the last place her uncle will think to look for her.The story is pretty straightforward. A couple who do not want to find each other, but do at a very inconvenient time in their life. The dilemma of falling in love and knowing that you can not have the person of your affections.The book is very clean and can be read an enjoyed by anyone of any age who enjoys a light regency romance.

  • Alisa
    2019-04-29 10:31

    On his way home from the war, Major John Lambeth is looking forward to the peace of his family's country estate in Lincolnshire. Then he comes across a carriage accident and a damsel in distress. Only she isn't really in distress and she clearly isn't who she says she is. He is curious and determined to solve the mystery of "Miss Haverley's" true identity.Lady Cordelia Frensham has escaped her cruel uncle, the new Earl of Sudbury, who would marry her to the highest bidder, and has secured a position as a governess for the Lindsay family. She is using the name Delia Haverley to keep her true identity a secret. It is assumed that Lord John will marry his brother's wealthy neighbor, Miss Lindsay who has had a crush on him since she was a young girl. But the more time he spends with "Miss Haverley," the less interested he is in Miss Lindsay. Both John and Delia are very likable and it's fun to watch their friendship develop, but the ending felt rushed.This book stands on its own, but if you read the first book in this series, "Lord Grenville's Choice," it is fun to watch Alex's and Felicity's relationship as it has grown since the first book.Content: CleanSource: Review copy (opinion is 100% my own)

  • Allie
    2019-05-16 11:11

    I like this new to me author-for a light, fun, Regency read

  • Sarah
    2019-05-07 09:26

    First thing I have to say about this book is that the cover is horrible. Not meaning to offend whoever designed it but it is rather cheaply done and makes the book seem somewhat tawdry as a result. But since I love Vandagriff's work I overlooked the silly cover and dove into the story.It was a very pleasant read and reminded me of a Georgette Heyer story. The plot is a rather well used familiar story. An Heiress in hiding because she is being forced to marry by her abusive guardian. A gentleman who doesn't need her money falls in love with her and the whole situation is found out and solved happily. Sorry I just ruined the whole thing.... right....This was a fun read not because the plot was new and full of twists but because it was sweet and reminds the reader that being honest with who you are and what you want in life will make you happier in the end. The beauty of the romance is in how simply it blooms.The book is clean and leaves you happy. It isn't a deep book that is going to leave you thinking about it long afterward. It is a lite romance perfect for a lazy morning's entertainment.

  • Jennifer Thompson
    2019-05-23 06:24

    I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable. Though the book isn't a long one, the author put just enough into each character to bring them all to life. The attention to detail makes them all well-rounded, each with enough of his or her own history to know them better than one might expect. I found these characters to embody an authenticity that was easy to relate to. I enjoyed the balance of strength and weakness that each displayed, along with the vulnerabilities and sensibilities.I also really liked the storyline, and the way it all tied together so well. The story was easy to follow, yet hard to put down. The era was interesting, the customs and practices of the times were genteel, yet the gossip and everyday issues were still as much a part of daily living as they are today.If you don't have a tremendous amount of time to sit down and read a long book, this one is a satisfying and enjoyable read, without all the time commitment of a longer book. Yet, even if you have tons of time to read, it is still too worth it to pass up.Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

  • Tori
    2019-05-24 08:23

    3.5 stars... "Miss Haverly" is on the run and in hiding from her cruel guardian uncle who is trying to marry her off to the highest bidder. Major/Lord John has just returned from war and is hoping for a quiet life in the country. When they meet both of their lives change forever...This book started off strong. I didn't want to put it down and I was really rooting for Miss Haverly and Lord John. However, the ending was lacking. It was good, but really just summed up and rushed. I felt like I was missing details and it all just ended as quickly as possible. If a situation takes 20 chapters to develop, it shouldn't take 2 to resolve. However, other than that, I really enjoyed the book and the characters. I recommend it to anyone who likes regency era stories. :) *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jen
    2019-05-02 12:11

    I have had the pleasure to review Lord John’s Dilemma, and what a dilemma it was! This book was very engaging and easy to read. I found myself excited to see what would happen next. It seems all of society would assume that Lord John will marry his betrothed, but when he happens upon a lowly governess in a predicament he begins to question everything about his own life and his future. His obsession regarding the governess whom he believes to be hiding something begins to overtake his thought processes and leaves him in quite the tailspin. Lord John must decide how to proceed amid controversy and family drama. I would have enjoyed a more climactic ending, however I thoroughly enjoyed this love story about how to proceed in getting what you may desire while overcoming the obstacles within your path.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-16 08:25

    Meh. It wasn't TERRIBLE, but it wasn't great, either. The conflict is quickly resolved, and there's a bit too much insta-love for me.

  • Shash
    2019-05-25 11:17

    Lord John has a few dilemmas in this story. I really liked him, and ached for him as he battled with melancholia. I admired his strong desire to do something for those that served in the war. He is a good man, and I was so happy to see good things happen to him.Miss Haverly is kind and caring. I was impressed with her willingness to leave the privileged life she knew and work as a governess. And she did it without complaint, even when Mrs. Lindsay was awful to her. I loved the way things worked out in the end.There is a wide array of supporting characters. They cover the whole scale as far as likability goes, and add a lot to the story. And there’s even a monkey. :)This is the second book in the series, but stands alone. I haven’t read the first one, but really want to read Alex and Felicity’s story now. Loved them!I listened to the audio book. The narrator did a good job, and it was easy to tell who was speaking.

  • Lillian Cummings
    2019-05-09 08:34

    John is back from Waterloo, he was wounded yet he has travelled a great distance to get home. On the way he meets a young lady Delia that is the new governess for his neighbours but there is something about her that has gotten his attention. Delia hopes that she will be safe here and that no one will find her but her new employer is awful and eventually she throws her out for being the one that Lord John keeps on turning too.John has no idea that she has been thrown out as he has his own worries as he thinks that she no longer cares for him and that she is about to marry another. Will John find his way back and win her heart? Can Delia get away from her past for good and be with man that she loves no more secrets?A great read.

  • Mandi Murphy
    2019-05-20 11:13

    Clean and fun to readI enjoyed this story. It was very clean and a little exciting and relaxing to read. I did find the author's apparent need to drown her tale in words that were difficult to understand without the constant use of a dictionary very distracting and annoying. I don't really think an inspirational romance is the right place to flaunt your intelligence. The dialogue was sometimes awkward and the story could have used a bit more editing. But all in all I did enjoy it and I would certainly recommend it to readers who like a light hearted romance without the graphic sex and innuendo that many have.

  • Laurel
    2019-05-01 07:16

    Very enjoyable!I liked the H and h very much. They were believable characters that I genuinely cared about. They also had a very good chemistry & dialogue. Their respective problems/challenges added to the plot and were written in a way that was engaging--not off putting. I highly recommend.

  • Elda
    2019-04-27 05:32

    A wonderful angst filled love storyI enjoyed reading this story. I'm a sucker for love stories during this time period. I was almost hesitant to get this for fear it would be full of explicit sex. But this was a good clean read. It also addressed the issue of so called "battle fatigue" in a very delicate and respectful way. This author is now on my list of favorites.

  • Cheryl Adamkiewicz
    2019-05-24 04:32

    Good but ...This book was an easy read with a very good basic plot but it could have been so much better. With more beginning scenes of the real hardships that both main characters went through and a more drawn out and less fabricated ending. Its as if the author just got to a prescribed number of pages and then threw the ending together.

  • Tressia Avellar
    2019-05-05 05:18

    Mystery Miss steals the heart of Lord JohnThis was a good clean reading book, but not so that you would be put to sleep by it! It was funny and light hearted at times and still had the truths and hardships of the times like war and such. It was a well written love story, I enjoyed it!

  • Kathy
    2019-05-21 05:11

    Another good book by this author. Cordelia has run away from her uncle after he tried to force her into a marriage with a man she didn't like. Now she is a governess working under a false name. Her carriage brakes down on the way to her new position. Lord John rescues her and a friendship is started.

  • Karen
    2019-05-15 05:19

    Regency take on a war hero with PTSD & a heronine hiding from a debauched forced marriage.There are delightful moments between the governess & her charges, real moments of connection & understanding when the hero shares his burden and a young woman who displays quiet gentility, a hidden gem that draws the emotionally fractured out.

  • Beverly
    2019-05-24 11:10

    Good as a read aloneA war hero rescues a damsel in distress. From there are several chance meetings, plus a niggling feeling that there is more to the lady than meets the eye. I found this to be a simple, uncomplicated read, perfect for picking up in the middle of the night when I couldn't get back to sleep.

  • Maria Thomas
    2019-05-22 04:35

    I felt like took forever for Lord John to figure out what we knew from the beginning and the ending wrapped up a bit too tidily. But it kept me entertained listening to it while weeding my flower beds and it was clean.

  • Libby Reynolds
    2019-04-29 10:30

    Just enough suspenseEnjoyed this book. It told enough about the hero and heroine 's anguish and fears without going into long drawn out explanations. It did not have graphic sex which gets tiresome. I would let my teenage daughter enjoy this book.

  • Linda
    2019-04-25 09:19

    Delia an heiress in disguise, Lord John a hero returning from warHiding from an evil uncle Delia passes herself off as a governess. Lord John return I war hero saves the day. An enchanting romance with HEA.

  • Silly Blonde
    2019-04-27 11:20

    My very favorite of all of GG’s books. Lord John is the best character I’ve come across in a very long time. I also own the audio and I believe it’s time for another listen. It just makes me happy! (-;

  • Irene
    2019-05-21 04:11

    A waltz among the Daisies!Funny, endearing characters! A light-hearted damsel in need of rescue, a suffering hero searching for a light through the darkness. So much about this book that I enjoyed.

  • Gabriella
    2019-05-07 04:28

    Very cute romance with a HEA. Good for a light read.