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A stand-alone novella from New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Hoyt!

Miss Mary Whitsun is far too intelligent to fall for the rakish charms of a handsome aristocrat. But when the gentleman in question approaches her in a bookshop, mistaking her for his fiancée, Lady Johanna Albright, the flirtatious encounter only raises more questions. Could Mary, a servant raised in a St Giles orphanage, actually be Lady Joanna's long-lost twin sister? If so, Mary has been betrothed since birth - to the rakishly handsome aristocrat himself....

Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He's drawn to her sharp mind, her indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him - ladies simply don't dismiss Lord Blackwell. But as Mary makes her first hesitant steps into society, she can't help but wonder if she truly has a place in Henry's world - or in his heart.

©2017 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 11-15-17

Great book and awesome narration..



OK, this was a really cute novella. It was a love story and a mystery. It was about Mary Whitsun who grew up in the famous Maiden Lane Orphanage and was suddenly thought to be the twin sister of Lady Joanne who had been kidnapped and presumed dead 20 years before. It was the love story between Henry and Mary/Lady Cecilia. He was the Viscount who was promised to the oldest of the twins but when Cecilia was taken the marriage contract fell to Joanna. But she was in love with someone else. It turned out to be a love story about two couples: Henry and Mary and Joanna and John. It was the story where the Viscount went against his father’s wishes and chose Mary over a title. Needless to say, his father disowned Henry.

I was very surprised at who the assassin was. Sure fooled me. I was so far off it was ridiculous. Which made the story a lot more interesting.

There was a sex scene in this but it wasn’t until the epilogue.

As to the narration: I just had to buy the audible to this novella, not bad since it was only $3.98. It was narrated by Ashford McNab and you really can’t get much better than her. Her voices, both male and female, are just awesome and she reads with such emotion. One of my top five favorite.

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Sweet story

I must say this was not Elizabeth Hoyt best of the maiden lane series however still more info and sweet. I guess novellas are hard to fit much into. Anyway sweet. Not as sexually charged as they usually are.

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love this series!!!

I'm in love with being able to hear all the characters from the previous books stay close and support each other. I will be watching for much more to come!

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  • Martha
  • Burkburnett, TX, United States
  • 02-08-18

It wasn't...

I remember the characters and do love them but the story it seemed was cut short. Maybe because Mary was just a servant and tho she got her man the story should of been longer..i was sad that it ended when and as it did. Sorry but the others had such wonderful ends to their stories.. Mary deserved it too.

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At last!

What I loved about this fine but nothing special romance is the ending: spoiler alert! For once, things aren’t resolved so that the happy couple gets back the title, castle, or millions!! I’m so pleased that Ms Hoyt let’s them live in reduced circumstances but still feeling lucky and happy.
The narrator was quite good but too slow. Fortunately one can listen at faster speeds.

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greatly enjoyable addition to Maiden Lane

This book takes place 8 or 9 years after the events in the first Maiden Lane novel. Mary Whitsun is all grown up and working as a nursemaid for Lady Cair when it is discovered she is the long lost daughter of an earl and has been engaged to a Viscount since birth. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Mary get her own story, and other characters from previous books make cameos that didn't overwhelm the plot. The Duke of Montgomery makes a brief appearance and is fabulous as ever. If you read all of the Maiden Lane books and were sad to see them end, this book is a lovely pop-in back into that world. While it certainly helps to know who people were from previous books, it isn't strictly necessary to have read them to understand the plot of this one. There are one or two chapters with cameos that don't effect the plot much and the rest are all new characters. Quite a fun read. My one issue was I felt like Lady Cair lied about Mary's origins, because I seem to remember there being a bit more drama around how Mary came to the orphanage, but it's also been a while since I read the first book to remember exactly.

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Not as Predictable as I thought

Where does Once Upon a Maiden Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 25-30

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mary Whitsum...she's feisty!

What about Ashford McNab’s performance did you like?

She distinguishes voices/characters well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was surprised...no crying...just a OMG! :)

Any additional comments?

I like the orphanage being a part of the storyline.

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great novella

good listening.we...i enjoy all od elizbeth hoyts novels...very enjoyable....i can hardley wait for her next one to arrive

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Short & Sweet & Sexy

Hoyt does a masterful job mixing romance and intrigue onto her unique plot. This short story provides a wonderful future for Mary Whitson, who has been with the Maiden Lane stories from the beginning.

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Nice to hear Mary Whitsun's story

I will take any Maiden Lane I can get at this point! It was nice to hear from many of the past characters as well.

This story while short has some twists and turns. It was sweet and sexy. If you are a Maiden Lane fan - it is a no brainer - get it!