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Saturday, April 26, 2014

My Favorite Book Couple with Maggie Robinson


Maggie Robinson is a former teacher, library clerk and mother of four who woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely compelled to create the perfect man and use as many adjectives and adverbs as possible doing so. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives with her not-quite perfect husband in Maine, where the cold winters are ideal for staying inside and writing hot historical romances. Her books have been or will be translated into French, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Russian, Japanese, Thai, Dutch and Italian.

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I think I have too many favorite book couples to count, but I recently re-read Georgette Heyer's delightful Frederica, featuring a 24 year old sensible sister in charge of her lively family and the Marquis of Alverstoke, a jaded gentleman who thought he'd never find a woman to suit him. The book is very full of family members on both sides, and it is through dealing with them that the couple falls into friendship and, finally, love.

Mention Baluchistan Hound to any Heyer reader and they will remember to what lengths the marquis goes to keep Frederica and her family out of scrapes. Alverstoke is used to raising eyebrows but never a finger to help anyone but himself, but somehow it's impossible for him to resist Frederica. Quote:

Then came Frederica, upsetting his cool calculations, thrusting responsibilities upon him, intruding more and more into the ordered pattern of his life, and casting him into a state of unwelcome doubt. And, try as he would, he could discover no reason for this uncomfortable change in himself. She had more countenance than beauty; she employed no arts to attract him; she was heedless of convention; she was matter-of-fact, and managing, and not at all the sort of female whom he had ever wished to encourage. Furthermore, (now he came to think of it), she had foisted two troublesome schoolboys on to him, which was the last thing in the world he wanted!

There's nothing I like better than a man who thinks he's seen and done everything until confronted by a woman who wakes him up to the world around him. Frederica is heartwarming and hilarious in turns, and highly recommended!



Rich, handsome, darling of the ton, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. Until a distant connection, ignorant of his selfishness, applies to him for help. Plunged into one drama after another by the large and irrepressible Merriville family, Alverstoke is surprised to find himself far from bored. The lovely Charis may be as hen-witted as she is beautiful but Jessamy is an interesting boy, and Felix an engaging scamp. And, most intriguing of all, their strong-minded sister Frederica, who seems more concerned with her family's welfare than his own distinguished attentions ...

Frederica is a typically spirited, delightful, pulse-quickening historical romance from the author whose enormous devoted readership continues to this day.

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Ever since Mary Evensong’s elderly Aunt Mim got sick, Mary’s masqueraded as the owner of the Evensong Agency, finding housemaids, husbands and solving pesky problems for the peerage. Someday she’d like to shake off her silvery wig and spectacles and be the young woman she truly is. But desperate clients are waiting for “Mrs. Evensong” at the office.

Like a scandalous Scottish baron. Honor forbids Lord Alec Raeburn from explaining the suspicious circumstances surrounding his wife’s death, but he knows who’s responsible. He just needs to hire an actress to lure the scoundrel into a trap.

After listening to Raeburn’s story—and seeing him in his kilt—Mary knows the perfect person.

Letting her red hair down, she heads off to the Scottish Highlands to pose as a seductress, but soon finds herself with more than her virtue at stake in a tug-of-war between two powerful men. She could wind up in danger—or in the heart of the highlander.

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 Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 copy of a Georgette Heyer book + In the Heart of the Highlander

To Enter: 
  • Please leave a comment or question for Maggie.
  • Choice of eBook or print copies.
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48 comments :

  1. Love this book, Maggie. Recently re-read it and it's as fresh and charming as ever. Great choice!

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    1. Anna, I love a book that makes me laugh, plus a dog of uncertain pedigree=a win!

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  2. Hello Maggie! I've wanted to read The Heart of a Highlander but haven't gotten it yet. I know many love Georgette Heyer but I haven't read anything by her yet though I have several of her books.

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    1. Heyer may take a bit of getting used to, but most of her books are so much fun!

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  3. Great post and thanks for the recommendation. Love your books

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  4. Thanks so much for having me here to share! Heyer is one of the few authors I can reread with such pleasure, even if I know how the story ends. ;)

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  5. Hi Maggie! I was about to mention how Anna Campbell is always extolling the virtues of Heyer books when I saw she was the first to comment on your post. Figures! *grin*

    I have yet to read a Heyer book. (Yes, I know. Where have I been?) I think this may be the one that I download and take to the beach with me in June. Love the sound of it! :)

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    1. *gives PJ stern look* Download or else! You really won't be sorry. :)

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  6. Love, love, love Georgette Heyer, Maggie. Great memory: My hubby presented me with a full boxed set of Heyer's romances upon the birth of our first child, a son, while I was in the hospital. Surprised me beyond words and pleased me immeasurably. Quite a gift, huh? In any event, this is a great prize for a giveaway...plus your very own wonderful story. Thanks for your participation on this tour and for this post! jdh2690@gmail.com

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  7. Hmmm....wonder how it happened that I have never read Georgette Heyer or Maggie Robinson? What rock have I been living under? Note to self: place Maggie's books on my buy list!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  8. I've not read Georgette Heyer before thanks fir the recommendation.

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    1. Lori, she's kind of the godmother of modern historical romance.

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  9. I have also been hiding underneath a rock since I have never read anything by Georgette Heyer. I have read your books, Maggie, and love them. Thanks for the recommendaton and the givveaways. If I win, I would like to have print copies, please.

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  10. I have also been hiding underneath a rock since I have never read anything by Georgette Heyer. I have read your books, Maggie, and love them. Thanks for the recommendaton and the givveaways. If I win, I would like to have print copies, please.

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  11. In The Heart Of The Highlander is one of my favorite Highlander books. I haven't read Frederica yet but look forward to doing so.Thanks for being part of this tour.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thanks so much, Carol! If the winner's already read it, I can offer another book from my backlist. :)

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  12. Congrats to Maggie on her new release! I'm also one that has Heyer in the TBR pile but I'm sad to say they are a bit dusty! Gotta go dig them out :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Highlander actually came out last October, but in August and September, 2 more Ladies Unlaced books will be released into the wild--The Reluctant Governess and The Unsuitable Secretary. There both a lot of fun (I think).

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  13. Thanks for bringing this author to my attention. Apparently I have also been missing out on another great one!! And that goes for you too =D

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  14. I've got your book on my wish list, Maggie, since I adore highland romances. But I've never read a Heyer book. I was a bit afraid to admit that until I saw PJ's comment above, so at least I don't feel all alone being Heyer-less. ;)

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Marcy, you can't read everything, LOL. But I do hope you give Heyer (and me!) a try!

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  15. Georgette Heyer is the author that first introduced me to romance, so her books hold a special place in my heart. :D

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    1. Me too, Barbara. Once I read one, I had to read them all!

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  16. I love the story of both books. It's funny how lately I haven't been reading many historicals, but when I look at my reviews of historicals, they are usually 4 stars and up.
    Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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    1. Historicals are in a bit of a downswing, according to industry "insiders." But I love them and prefer them to any other genre.

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  17. After reading the previous comments, I don't feel quite a bad admitting I've never read Heyer.

    I do have In the Heart of the Highlander and love it!!

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    1. Thank you, Glenda! Mary and Alec were such fun to write.

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  18. Georgette Heyer's books were the reason I fell in love with romance all those years ago, and Frederica was one of my favorites.

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    1. Me too! I'm reading her biography right now. :)

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  19. I have not read Georgette Heyer's books before and to be honest, never heard of her. This though has made me want to read her books now...sounds so interesting.

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    1. Sandy, it's all closed-door romance, but so witty and fun.

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  20. Sounds and looks like a very interesting read.

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  21. I have not read Frederica, it sounds wonderful. I do enjoy Georgette Heyer's books.

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  22. I love hist-rom but haven't read Ms Heyer's books. Would love to win a copy.

    I'm a big fan of your books!

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  23. Heyer is actually one of my favorite writer!

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  24. I really enjoy Georgette Heyer books. I haven't read any of your books yet, but I'm going to check them out!

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  25. Haven't read Georgette Heyer's books before

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  26. Never read that one either, but your new release looks fabulous, something to look forward to!

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