Novella Review: Once Upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt

Novella Review: Once Upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth HoytOnce Upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #12.5
Published by Forever Yours on November 14th 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon
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three-half-stars

A stand-alone novella from New York Times bestselling 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 fiancee, 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 artistocrat himself . . .

Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He's drawn to her sharp mind, 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.

I’ve only read one full-length novel in Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series (Dearest Rogue) but I loved it. So why I’m dragging my feet on reading the rest of the series I have no idea. But I have been reading the novellas, and this is the most recent (and probably last) novella in the series. Once Upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt was sweet, and left me a bit emotional.

Once Upon a Maiden Lane is about Mary Whitsun who is a maid. On her day off, she’s shopping in the bookstore, and Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, mistakes her for his fiancée, Lady Johanna Albright. Before Mary knows what’s going on, she’s claimed as Lady Johanna’s long-lost missing twin sister, and moving into the Albright household. Oh and Mary is suddenly engaged to Henry, and neither of them can deny their attraction to each other.

Mary was a really sweet woman, but I also loved that she wasn’t a pushover either. Mary was just so easy to love, and sympathize with her struggles to adapt to this new world she’s suddenly living in. I also could empathize with Mary’s feelings of loneliness, and how much she wants a family. Henry was wonderful, too. He’s not a rake at all, and he loves his mother and sisters greatly. He’s a bit relieved when he realizes he doesn’t have to marry Johanna, because she feels like a sister to him. Henry definitely liked Mary, though, and I loved seeing their romance progress. It was genuine, if a bit rushed.

Once Upon a Maiden Lane was more emotional than I was expecting, though, and there were times I was near tears. But, of course, this has a happy ending, and I definitely need to read more from this series. Elizabeth Hoyt is a fabulous writer that historical romances fans need to read.

three-half-stars

7 Responses to “Novella Review: Once Upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt”

  1. Nick

    I need to pick up something by her at some point this year. She’s one of those big HR authors that I’ve been a little scared to start reading since I worry I won’t love her books. But I have to give her a chance. This novella sounds like a really sweet story too!

  2. Rowena

    Ooh, I have this one but haven’t gotten around to reading it. Will have to change that in the new year. Thanks for the review, Quinn. This sounds lovely.

  3. herding cats

    I enjoyed this one, too. And, yes, got more emotional than I expected. I really wish the series had ended with this one and not the Christmas novella. It wasn’t quite as good as this one I didn’t think.

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I really liked this one too and I loved the happy ending which wasn’t as tied up in a neat bow as I expected. This one really made me want to read the whole Maiden Lane series! I absolutely loved Mary in this one and I loved how she handled the complicated situation at the end.

  5. Lover Of Romance

    I really liked reading your thoughts on this one, I do adore this author and this series is so much fun. I just love the trope here, definitely a story that would suit me.

  6. Angie

    I have read two books in this series. The very first (where I believe Mary Whitsun was introduced,) and one of the most recent. The second one I read was much better than the first, so it seems for me at least, her writing has improved over time.

    I glad you enjoyed this one. Great review.

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