A Fallen Lady

❰KINDLE❯ ❀ A Fallen Lady Author Elizabeth Kingston – E17streets4all.co.uk Six years ago to the outrage of her family and the delight of London gossips Lady Helen Dehaven refused to marry the man to whom she was betrothed Even shockingly her refusal came on the heels of her Six years ago to the outrage of her family and the delight of London gossips Lady Helen Dehaven refused to marry the man to whom she was betrothed Even shockingly her refusal came on the heels of her scandalous behavior she and her betrothed were caught in a most compromising position Leaving her reputation in tatters and her motivations a mystery Helen withdrew to a simple A Fallen PDF \ life in a little village among friends where her secrets remained hers alone For reasons of his own Stephen Hampton Lord Summerdale is determined to learn the truth behind the tangled tale of Helen's ruin There is nothing he abhors so much as scandal nothing he prizes so well as discretion and so he is shocked to find when he tracks Helen down that he cannot but admire her Against all expectations he finds himself forgiving her scandalous history in favor of only being near her But the bitter past will not relinuish Helen's heart so easily How can she trust a man so steeped in the culture of high society who conceals so much And how can he so devoted to the appearance of propriety ever love A Fallen Lady.A Fallen Lady

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 364 pages
  • A Fallen Lady
  • Elizabeth Kingston
  • English
  • 06 October 2014

10 thoughts on “A Fallen Lady

  1. says:

    Read for the URR New Year 2018 Reading Challenge Enemies to Lovers They only held hands as the cart pulled away letting the distance pull their arms straight before the grasp was broken Helen kept her arms outstretched the emptiness of her hands saying all the things that she could not voice Too soppy you say? But what if I tell you that this scene doesn't take place between the heartbroken heroine and the hero but in the moment of the separation between the heroine and her closest female friend? And indeed female friendship takes the lion's share of the first half of the book the relationship between Helen the titular Fallen Lady the scandalous Frenchwoman Marie Anne the Irish maid Maggie and Emily whose deafness makes her a burden and an embarrassment to her noble family is what immediately caught my attention and makes A Fallen Lady a much different beast than many other HR and a lot of romance in general really where other women women that aren't the heroine that is are often seen as obstacles towards the heroine's HEA instrumental in making it happen or they're simply kept in the background depicted as gaggle of geese without much sense or purposeIntruding in the life of this little group comes Lord Summerdale bent on determining once and for all the truth of the story behind Helen's fall from grace a truth that while not explicitly stated at this point in the story is all but evident to the readers but simply unimaginable for Stephen and in his mind Helen's unseemly past behavior says it all about the matter of her broken engagement in fact his snooping around has nothing to do with giving voice to Helen's truth that she's guilty of her own ruin is something he has no doubt about he merely wants to make sure that view spoilerthe poor scorned gentleman she left so abruptly is a sound business partner hide spoiler

  2. says:

    Content warning sexual assault One of the most feminist romance novels I've yet read Lady Helen Dehaven is Completely Fed Up With Patriarchy Specifically men who refuse to believe that she made the right decision to break an engagement after a horrific trauma Stephen Hampton Lord Summerdale is tasked by Helen's brother to find out what happened which to Helen is yet another insult and she's not wrong She's built a life with her friends and found a goal worth living for and she doesn't need any condescending interference from outsiders especially men thank you very muchThe story of how they become friends and then lovers is an often painful read because Kingston doesn't shy away from showing the damage that's inflicted on women by sexism and by individual men including Stephen himself hurting Helen He's not a bad guy but he hasn't done any of the work to unpack his own attitudes and realize how much he fundamentally doesn't trust Helen as a competent expert on her own life It takes a fairly nasty incident to shock him out of his complacency and start to grow which he does unevenly and I appreciated how Kingston showed his difficulty and didn't just give him one aha moment that fixed everything That's not how unlearning worksThe female friendships in this novel are powerful and lovely Recommended if you want a historical romance that aggressively engages with sexism and comes out the other side with hopeContent warning Sexual violence described in detail by the character who experienced it

  3. says:

    I've given this a B at AAR so 45 starsThis second book from new author Elizabeth Kingston is miles away – both chronologically and geographically – from her first one The King's Man which was set in medieval Wales A Fallen Lady is a Regency set in a uiet English village and I am pleased to say that Ms Kingston is as much at home with the social conventions of the early nineteenth century as she was with the brutal turbulent times of the thirteenth centurySix years earlier Lady Helen Dehaven suddenly and unaccountably ended her betrothal even after she and her fiancé had been discovered in a compromising position Ruined in the eyes of an unforgiving society Helen flees her brother’s home after he dismisses her one attempt at an explanation and settles in a small village where she lives in relative obscurity but among friendsBut now Alex the Earl of Whitemarsh wants to find his sister and in a case such as this there is only one man to whom he can turn Stephen Hampton the Earl of Summerdale is the keeper of society secrets a man who knows everyone and everything and who can be relied upon to use that knowledge with the utmost discretion Alex gives Stephen to understand that he wants to find out if Helen will consider a reconciliation and also suggests that maybe Stephen will be able to find out the truth of what happened six years agoStephen Hampton is young rich good looking and extremely well respected with a reputation for upstanding propriety He might not then be the best person to go looking for a fallen woman but his friend’s reuest comes to him at a propitious time Increasingly uncomfortable with the demands of his position and of the endless round of tawdry secrets and intrigue into which he is so often drawn Stephen is keen to get away from London for a while The prospect of a sojourn at his estate in Herefordshire – which is close to the village of Bartle on the Glen which Helen has made her home – is thus an attractive oneHelen is naturally suspicious when Stephen appears making it clear that while she would love to see Alex and his new wife she is not prepared to do so at any price Her brother didn’t believe her years ago when she told him the truth and she was deeply indelibly hurt by that At first Stephen judges her as society has judged her but there is something about Helen that draws him and he can’t resist seeking her out coming to realise that there is to her situation than meets the eye and that society has condemned her unjustly The pair develops an unlikely friendship finding pleasure in each other’s company even as they tread warily around one another – and for the first time in his life Stephen discovers a sense of belonging; with Helen with her friends and the society in which she livesA Fallen Lady is a gently moving story in which there is no overarching plot or major action; the romance IS the story and it’s by turns funny tender and incredibly poignant The two leads are well developed complex characters whose roles are slightly reversed; Helen is the one with the dark past and Stephen is the peacemaker possessed of a warm sunny disposition even though he too has some demons of his own to exorcise Their romance moves at a leisurely but believable pace given what Helen experienced in the past and while Ms Kingston doesn’t write overly explicit love scenes she has imbued the relationship with a wonderful degree of longing and sexual tensionStephen is a truly lovely hero; warm funny and protective when he falls he falls hard and it’s clear he is prepared to do anything for Helen even if it means making a sacrifice of his own reputation and good standing Helen is rather difficult to like however and even though the trauma she suffered makes her thoughts and actions completely understandable it is almost heart breaking to read the way she holds back from Stephen while he gives her so much of himselfThat’s the only reason I’ve given A Fallen Lady a B rather than an A Otherwise it’s a compelling and beautifully written story about characters I came to genuinely care about Elizabeth Kingston has well and truly cemented her position on my radar and I will definitely be looking out for whatever she comes up with next

  4. says:

    Review written July 4 201738 Stars A good one but not as great as Kingston's newer medieval A Fallen Lady is a earlier written HR from Elizabeth Kingston A author who already impressed me when with her great two medieval year 12xx Welsh Blades historicals An author who gives you characters with strong feelings and a pretty cool temperate mood We are not dealing with just normalOnce again a very well narrated audiobook by the great and formidable Nicholas Boulton Summary 10 hours Regency romance I mostly enjoyed a lot A Fallen Lady is truly a bit different I could even use a strong word as uniue compared to most historicals I read Slightly heavy dark very emotional with a lot of melodrama but all time also engaging Sometimes there in the middle was it honestly a bit lengthy and I wanted to happen faster Nevertheless are these strange characters Helen and Stephen and their story overall very intriguing Not as good as the two medieval I did earlyer but A Fallen Lady truly hooked me regardless of some shortcomings « Six years ago to the outrage of her family and the delight of London gossips Lady Helen Dehaven refused to marry the man to whom she was betrothed For reasons of his own Stephen Hampton Lord Summerdale is determined to learn the truth behind the tangled tale of Helen's ruin » I'm not sure I would manage to do books like this one too often I honestly need fun light bantering and romantic sweetness but now and then is this emotional style a excellent romance fiction to spend time with Longing for by Elizabeth Kingston and narrated by Nicholas Boulton — A excellent audiobook combo I LIKE good well told stories to remember — Sincerely recommended

  5. says:

    I've given this an A for narration duh and an A for content at AudioGalsIn A Fallen Lady Elizabeth Kingston and Nicholas Boulton leave the political intrigue and the rolling hills and valleys of medieval Wales behind them and head East and a few centuries into the future to end up in Regency era Herefordshire for this story of a young woman who refused to endure the censure of society and her family and left both of them behind her in order to carve out a new life for herselfSix years earlier and aged just seventeen Lady Helen Dehaven jilted her fiancé without explanation even though they had previously been found in a compromising position In refusing to marry him Helen risks irretrievable damage to her reputation and being shunned by society but when she attempts to explain the situation to her brother he dismisses her as hysterical and her explanation as wild and incomprehensible Young as she is Helen is stunned by his lack of faith in her and leaves home settling in the small village of Bartle on the Glen in Herefordshire where she owns a small dower house She makes a life for herself there becoming popular with the villagers who are all very protective of her It’s not easy – Helen was born into luxury and has had to learn to keep house for herself and she lives practically from hand to mouth – but she is independent and mostly content especially in her friendship with Marie Anne de Vauteuil the former mistress of a nobleman and another “fallen” woman who lives in the villageYou can read the rest of this review at AudioGals

  6. says:

    35 stars Helen named for the face that launched a thousand ships only to be left shipwrecked The story starts slow very very slow but picks up steam half way through with escalated tension and unveiling of secrets upon secretsSix years ago 17 year old Lady Helen Dehaven became a fallen woman It would have been a trifling thing that she had given her virtue to her betrothed before they were wed but her true sin was that she had then refused to marry Henley her fiancéWith her reputation in tatters Helen removed herself from society to the country house she had inherited from her grandmother When her brother her only remaining family came home to England and demanded an explanation for her rush and foolish like decision he got what he deemed “wild stories” Alienated from a very disapproving brother and society at large Helen settles to a uiet life in a small village where her secrets are safe where she finds friends and relative peace But six years later her uiet life is disrupted again with appearance of Stephen the Earl of Summerdale who came to seek Helen apparently at a behest of her brother to find the truth of what happened six years ago and to promote reconciliation There were other reasons for Stephen’s presence but these would remain secret until later as would many other secrets Their revelation is painfully slow and the sheer number of them and drip drip speed of their exposure is the main reason for my lower rating It seems nobody is forthcoming enough and has the willingness to talk and listen On the other hand in Helen and Stephen the author created such complex and multilayered characters that is on par with some of the best romances I read Both are generous carrying and ultimately likable people but they also are hiding inside walls and even walls some are not even recognized by them until later Each had been wounded in both love and family relationships and it shaped their characters and outlook in life Their romance develops slowly and very convincingly Combine this with an excellent writing and I'm definitely looking forward to Kingston's next story

  7. says:

    I had such high hopes for this book given my enjoyment of Kingston's previous books especially the amazing The King's Man In two of Kingston's books she truly excelled at emotional stories that grabbed me from start to finish What happened here? A Fallen Lady is an angsty and at times dark read with some heavy themes of sexual violence and the old fashioned theme of shunning a ruined woman For the first uarter of the book I was convinced I was reading another stellar effort from Kingston and I was eager to see how this author in particular would explore the characterization of a fallen woman I am sorry to say that the best work on this issue comes in the first uarter of the book From that point on new story lines emerge that offer ever new obstacles and sources of misunderstanding for the main couple I had significant difficulty getting my bearings every time a new source of tension emerged to tear Helen and Stephen apart and at around 60% I gave up trying to figure out where the story was goingIn Fair Bright and Terrible Kingston did a very nice job depicting a difficult woman Eluned never truly becomes likeable in the way readers might expect a romance heroine to behave but she is always complex and ultimately understandable in her cynicism and distrust of people Here though Helen tells us she is difficult via internal musings but in reality she is an incomprehensible mess of confusing behaviors and emotions Helen's behavior jumps from love to hate from trust to suspicion and from desire to repulsion for much of the novel and in the end it is exhausting I see myself as a heroine centric reader with wide latitude for the so called difficult women of the world but this book left me confused The last chapters were especially problematic with respect to Helen's actions toward her husband and unfortunately the tacked on happy ending epilogue felt forced I had no real belief that Helen and Stephen were going to be able to sustain a happy life together based on everything preceding the final words of the bookI gave this a generous three stars for Stephen who is an understanding kind and patient man and for the old fashioned feel of the book Too many historical romances today elide the realities of the regressive views on women's sexuality and this book felt historically accurate in its depiction of sexual s Overall though it was not an enjoyable read and I am thankful that I have read other Kingston books because if this had been my first it may have been my last

  8. says:

    Slow burn romance with two people who really deserved an HEA Helen is fabulous and I adored her strengths Her BFF Marie Anne is eually great and this was one of the best non wallpaper historicals I have read in AGES

  9. says:

    I returned to this book so many times in 2018 It has much promise A lot of good writing But by God I was bored Something indefinable was missing for me I simply ceased to care about any of the characters and thus the romance Reached about 60% and decided life is too short and gave up for good Thought Kingston’s medieval effort was excellent though Not sure why this fell so flat for me

  10. says:

    I just read on Elizabeth Kingston's website that this was actually her first book written in 2002 and put away for years before she brought it back out for polishing and publication All I can say in that case is that she's been an excellent writer for a long time even if we readers are only just discovering her with this book and the first one she published The King's ManThe heroine of A Fallen Lady Lady Helen Dehaven broke off her engagement six years before the story begins under circumstances that have branded her in the oh so kind judgment of Regency England as ruined She lives hidden away in a small village with a few good friends nearby but far from the aristocratic society in which she grew up She is estranged from her only remaining family her brother Alex so when Stephen Hampton Lord Summerdale arrives in the village in search of her and claiming to be an emissary from Alex Helen is suspicious of his and her brother's motivesThe truth of Helen's ruination is much horrible and heartbreaking than almost anyone knows and she's very self protective and closed off as a result Stephen starts out judging her as society has judged her but as he gets to know her he can't help feeling that society's conclusions and her brother's have been wrong He finds himself falling for her too wanting the sense of belonging that comes from befriending her and becoming enmeshed in her circle With her he feels a belonging that he's never experienced before either with his dysfunctional verbally abusive family or in the upper class society that respects him but always keeps him at arm's lengthSeeing these two lovable but flawed people make their way to each other on a bumpy emotional journey is the essence of this novel There is no big plot no major action but it's a compelling story beautifully and poignantly written with characters I truly came to care aboutSoa medieval romance and now a Regency I wonder what's next for Elizabeth Kingston? A Western romance? Something set in Victorian times? Whatever she writes and whatever time period it's set in I'll be waiting anxiously to read her next book

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