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1.0 out of 5 starsDon’t waste your money.
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2019
4.0 out of 5 starsThe Thief and Her Earl Steal Hearts
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2017
The Thief Steals Her Earl is a bit different from many historical romance stories. The hero and heroine are both from families mired in scandal. Both families are on the edge of poverty. Simon, the Earl of Cartwright, has become an antiques dealer in order to rebuild the family’s coffers after his uncle and guardian wiped them out. Judith Pengarden lives at Craven House, once a premier brothel run by her mother, now a shelter for abused women run by her older sister. She and her twin have cooked up a plan to steal a valuable antique vase and sell it to help their sister with the house’s finances. The plan fell through and they decide to try again. This one didn’t work either because Judith broke into the wrong house. Later when Judith and Simon meet, she decides that he can help her sell the vase so that she can help her family. As they become acquainted, they begin to fall in love. Their budding relationship is tested to its limits when Simon discovers that Jude has not been honest with him. Jude makes the situation worse when she tries to “fix” the mess she has made. Blaming herself for losing Simon and causing even more scandal for both families, she make one last desperate attempt to set things right. Well, thank goodness for butlers! The last part of the story will have you smiling, crying, and cheering.
The Thief Steals Her Earl is the first book in what promises to be a wonderful series. This is a delightful story with an engaging plot – a dose of drama, some humor, and a bit of mystery. The main characters are well done – strong and smart. The secondary characters are likeable, especially the two younger sisters. I look forward to the rest of the series.
A close knit family with a strict, but caring sister balances the fact their home had dubious beginnings and Miss Judith Pengarden was born on the wrong side of the blanket. When a lack of funds threaten their survival and the good they do Jude and her twin come up with a plan, for one time only – steal an antique vase to sell. Best laid plans go awry when they are unable to sell since the vase was reported stolen. So what else is Jude to do? Attempt another theft of course; but her life may come to a screeching halt when she steals into the wrong home. A family betrayal and lost heirlooms are what forged Simon Montgomery, Earl of Cartwright’s, adult life. His life revolves around retrieving those heirlooms, managing his mother, and making a better life for his sister. A break-in in his home and a garden party may just change his life yet again. Will another betrayal send him back to his shell of a life or will he have grown enough to look past his initial reaction. Oh. My. Word. Christina McKnight has given a hero AND heroine with problems and given a whole new dimension on the “happily ever after” story. Ms. McKnight has me hooked!!
5.0 out of 5 starsChristina McKnight brings us a delightful new series and incorporates some old friends!
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2016
We first met the ladies of Craven House in book 4 of the “Lady Forsaken Series” Hidden No More. All have a unique talent, legal or not. It’s a light hearted story of two people whose love for antiquities (one who collects them and one who steals them) brings them together.
Thinking her family is deeply in debt, Judith, (Jude) Pengarden, uses her “skills” to “acquire” some items that may bring in some quick coin. However, one night she uses those skills in the wrong house and finds herself in a dark holding cell, while waiting for her sibling to have her released she decides it’s time she find other ways to help the family. Simon “Cart” Montgomery, the Earl of Cartwright is looking for items his so called uncle has taken from his townhouse after the passing of beloved father. Being the man of the house he must deal with his mother’s spendthrift ways and try to secure a proper education for his young sister, Theodora, “Theo”. Who you immediately like with her “12 going on 25” personality! (This reviewer can’t wait for her story!) Finding themselves at Lady Haversham’s garden party, Jude and Cart find a shared attraction for antiquities and one another. Cart is smitten right away and in the beginning Jude thinks Cart could be the answer to her prayers, but soon realizes it’s not Cart’s antiquities she’s really interested in as much as it is Cart, the man. However, when Jude is caught by Cart with one of his family’s pictures; Cart walks out of her life, leaving them both shattered. Can their affection for one another overcome the deception?
As Jude and her identical twin sister, Sam, team up to help their oldest sister pay off her debt, their creative plan is probably their worst idea ever. It could land them in jail! Not exactly a place ladies of the ton ever expect to reside. On the up side, there's always the possibility that Jude may run into a certain intriguing lord, again! You'll want to be there to cheer them on!
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2017
Miss Judith Pengarden and her twin sister have discovered that their unconventional family is in trouble with debt. Their older siblings are doing all they can, so now it's up to them to help. Unfortunately Judith only has one talent that can be of any use. She can sneak in and out of places without getting caught. Simon Montgomery the Earl of Cartwright collects and deals in antiquities. He is desperately trying to recoup his family wealth after it was stolen by his uncle. Two good hearted people trying to save their families and getting deeper in trouble instead. A sweet adventure for two innocents.
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2020
My favorite kind of story with extra sparkle. I liked what the main pair noticed in each other and settled into the omniscient narrative easily because of its kind tone. Any reader is sure to enjoy the time spent with Cart and Jude.
I thought this book very well written and all the character's were believable. I enjoyed that it was a book that drew out emotions in me and any author that can do that, in my book, is very creative indeed.
I liked this novel because of the characters - who were all a little crazy -, and the storyline was great with so much drama and Intrigue that was happening with the thefts taking place and Sam with her husband hunting, and just enough humor to keep the reader interested. I would be worried about the Earl's monetary situation though especially with his mother spending way too much - if Jude is smart she'll put that one on a budget far, far away and confiscate the jewelry.