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The Seduction of Lady Charity: The Baxendale Sisters by [Andersen, Maggi]
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As a young woman must marry and become engaged in proper duties, art can only be an accomplishment and a recreation.

Despite opposition at every turn, Charity Baxendale dreams of becoming a renowned portrait painter. She is heartened to receive two significant commissions from esteemed family members, and when a rakish Scottish baron commissions her to do his portrait, she dares hope she is one step closer.

When Robin, Lord Stanberry, with whom Charity has had a long friendship, asks her to marry him, she must choose between marriage and her career. Robin is heir to a dukedom, and Charity fears that not only would she be unsuited to life as a duchess, but also that her burgeoning career might end before it begins. And besides, Robin has made no mention of love.

After his uncle and heir die, Robin becomes the Duke of Harwood. Never having expected such an event, he feels himself unfitted for such a position. He was perfectly content living as a viscount in Tunbridge Wells, writing a manuscript on ornithology. Now he must leave all that he loves. He’d hoped to have Charity at his side by the time he took his place at Harwood Castle, for her pragmatic nature and strength of character would be of enormous help to him. Should he have thrown himself at her feet and declared an undying love? Charity would have seen through it, for that was not the sort of friendship they enjoyed. But her refusal has brought him lower than he’d thought possible. Can he change her mind, despite the distance that now lay between them?
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Ms. Andersen has created a wonderfully intriguing cast of characters. THE SEDUCTION OF LADY CHARITY can stand alone but readers might find themselves returning to the first book of the series just to see what they might have missed from Ms Andersen's original stories.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1422 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Maggi Andersen; 1 edition (19 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EKMM1A0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,147 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Andersen’s novel, he Seduction of Lady Charity is the fourth book in the five book series of The Baxendale Sisters, did not disappoint me.

Charity Baxendale is an artist. When the first portrait Lady Charity has ever painted, that of the Marquess of Brandreth, is unveiled at Brandreth Park it receives a mixed reaction. Her friend, Robin Lord Stanbury offers her his sincere congratulations, although he does not take her aspiration to put art before all else seriously.

Robin’s uncle, from whom he will inherit a castle and estate in Northumberland as well as becoming a duke proposes marriage to her. Charity refuses his proposal. No matter what society thinks of her Charity is determined to put art before all else, including a London Season and marriage.

Charity receives commissions, including one from the notorious rake, Lord Gunn, a ‘larger than life’ Scottish baron, whom she paints in his tartan kilt. Delighted with it he invites her and her family to view the unveiling at his ancestral seat Craigsmere Castle in Scotland.

Andersen delights the reader with her descriptions. “The late afternoon sun turned the stone of the western wall to honey. Apart from that patch of warmth, however, the castle lay in shadow, a grim stone edifice, adorned with turrets and crow-stepped gables, overlooking a restless grey sea.”

The Seduction of Lady Charity, set in the reign of George IV is a well-researched historical romance with a cast of believable characters. Andersen never fails to please.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Friends to lovers romance 23 May 2016
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I hate being first to review a book but here goes. This book is the fourth in a series about sisters who have biblical names (taken from the famous 1 Corinthians 13 love chapter). I must state that I haven't read any of the others but this book does stand on its own. Our h in this one is Charity, and she is an artist. She longs to establish herself as a portrait painter but understands what she is up against, given the time period. She has painted a few minor pictures but wants to take on more. Charity is very friendly with her Viscount neighbour, the H. They have lots in common and get along very well. Just as this novel starts, the H learns that his uncle, a Duke, is dying and so he is to inherit the Dukedom unexpectedly, because his cousin is also dead. The H proposes to the h before he leaves to go to his uncle's estate but he is very business-like and the h consequently turns him down. They correspond whilst he is away but he stops replying and the h doesn't hear from him for a number of weeks. She told him to find someone else to be his wife and he briefly starts looking once he is the Duke. It's an interesting take on the 'friends to lovers' theme but it works very well. There are weeks of separation of the main characters but this helps both of them to realise their feelings. I love the fact that the H is not a womaniser and wants to make a decent marriage so that he can find love and friendship.

+++Minor Spoilers+++
There is a young debutante that the H shows interest in briefly but it isn't over done. The same with the h and a few possible suitors. For those that consider this important - there is only one brief sex scene - within marriage.

I really enjoyed this book and how the development of the relationship is realistic. I expect that other readers will say that this book is boring because of it, but I really don't agree.
3.0 out of 5 stars OK story, but needed more character development 10 March 2017
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This is an OK story, with a likeable couple -- but it was too short to have enough character development. The couple just didn't spend enough time together for their friendship to turn into love. I also had a problem with him taking so long to understand how important it was to her to continue her painting career. If he truly loved her, he wouldn't have expected her to give up something she loved so much.

I will say that her father has improved with each sister's story so far. He was absolutely awful in the first story, to the point he was going to force his eldest daughter to marry a despicable man (who was known to be very cruel to women, had raped a young girl, and was suspected of murdering his first wife). He was still pretty bad in the second story, but finally started getting better in the third story. In this story, he seems to have finally realized that his daughter's happiness should come first. It will be interesting to see if he is still nice in the last daughter's story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific love story and fourth installment of the Baxendale Sisters series. 17 July 2016
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This is the fourth story of the Baxendale sisters and I have loved all of the books so far. The h in this book is Charity and the H is a neighbor and family friend, Robin, who has been Charity's best friend since they were children. Charity doesn't want to marry because she wants a career in art and is afraid a husband would not allow her to have the freedom to do as she likes. Robin has decided Charity would make the perfect wife for him and he is willing to let her continue her art plans even as his wife. Then he learns he is to inherit a Dukedom from his uncle and must move to a county as far north as his home county was south. He will be living a three day journey away from Charity and her family and his wife would have to take on the responsibilities of being a Duchess which would not include being a working artist. Before he leaves to take on his new life he asks Charity to marry him but she says no.
At first they stay in touch with frequent letters but Robin thinks if he stops writing Charity maybe she will miss him more. She interprets this as he has forgotten about her and isn't interested to continue their friendship. In the mean time she has had some success with painting portraits and is receiving more job offers. One is from a Scottish Lord who is famous for being a rake. He is very friendly whenever Charity is around and she starts to wonder what he is up to. When Robin hears the Scottish Lord is hanging around Charity he wonders what is going on too.
There is a subplot of one of the married sisters having twins, Mercy is 17 and becoming a beautiful woman and men are starting to notice her, and a lady from France shows up with a four year old child and says she was married to the previous heir before he died and her son is the true heir to Robin's title.
So who will Charity choose? Will she want Robin if he isn't a Duke after all? Is the French woman lying? Will Charity choose to move to Scotland with the Scottish Lord? Will Mercy get herself compromised before she even gets to come out at the next London season? And will Charity get to continue to paint or give it all up to become a wife and mother?
This book seemed to go really fast and I enjoyed every moment of it. The writing is good, grammar is good, no editing problems that I noticed. Very mild bedroom scenes of marital relations.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow with confusing character development 10 December 2016
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Slow with confusing character development. No one seemed to be able to make up their mind about what they wanted or what they thought. Way too much time was spent on h redundant thoughts. I love stories that continue on through a family. This one failed to hold my interest.
5.0 out of 5 stars Improvement 5 December 2016
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There is such a definite difference in this book in the series compared to the first book. The author has grown considerately as have her characters. I greatly enjoys this book and look forward to reading the next book as the series continues.

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