Once Upon a Time in Bath

The Brides of Bath Book 7 · Harper & Appleton
8 reviews

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Lord Appleton may be a bit of a rake but he’s never been one to lose his head at the gaming tables. Yet he loses everything on a night of which he has no memory. How will he dower his sisters? Where will they live when the vile man who bought his debts forces them from their house in Bath? Lord Appleton will do anything to reclaim their house and avoid hurting his family—even if it means having to marry a peculiar heiress.

When Miss Dorothea Pankhurst arrives in Bath with her ailing father—and the four cats she’s never without—she is ignorant of the ways of Society, having never left her father’s significant estate in remote Lincolnshire. Then the kindly Lord Appleton and his gracious sister take her under their wing. She is immediately smitten with the handsome viscount and thrilled beyond measure when he asks for her hand in marriage.

After the murder of a young dealer at the gambling house where Appleton played, Dot and Appleton grow closer as they work together to find the killer. But they’re not fully aware of the sinister forces trying to pull them apart . . .

8 reviews
Debbie Borthwick
September 1, 2020
This is an enjoyable romance with mystery & intrigue mixed in. I loved seeing past characters from Brides of Bath books that I’ve read, and meeting some new to me. Part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. Forrester and Dot’s romance blossomed over the course of the book and even though he wasn’t that likeable to me in the beginning, he did grow on me as he matured. I recommend this book, I was gifted an ARC and I am volunteering my honest opinion.
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Peggy Collins
October 27, 2020
Henry Wolf is a friend to apparently no one, and never has been. He seems to have a particularly strong dislike for Timothy Appleton, and he sets a plan in motion to ruin him. When Timothy loses everything to Wolf, he needs a plan. The solution? Marry an heiress. That or sacrifice Annie to marry Wolf. When Dot and Timothy, or Forrest as she come to call him, meet, they are not the perfect match. They spend time with each other and both families, become friends, work to solve a murder, and fall in love. This is an entertaining romance with characters that are easy to love (except for Henry Wolf, who is even more evil than we know). I loved watching Dot bloom and Timothy mature. Mr. Pankhurst is a charming man, caring and funny. The interaction between Dot’s cats and the children is cute. I enjoyed this delightful story and the wonderful surprise at the end. I recommend this one and the Brides of Bath series. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.
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Cats and brides! I just couldn't really connect with Dot and Appleton. Forrester Timothy Appleton, recently elevated to Viscount Appleton, rushes to make the aqauintance of the strange, cat loving ...

About the author

Cheryl Bolen is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of more than three dozen romances. She’s also an Amazon All Star author. She’s written for Harlequin Historical, Kensington Books, Montlake, and Love Inspired Historical, and has published independently through her Harper & Appleton imprint. Many of her books have placed in contests, including the Daphne du Maurier (romantic suspense) and have been translated into nine languages. She was Notable New Author in 1999. In 2006 she won the Holt Medallion, Best Historical, and in 2012 she won Best Historical in the International Digital Awards, a competition in which she's had five other titles become finalists in Best Historical categories. Her 2011 Christmas novella was named Best Novella in the Romance Through the Ages contest.

A former journalist and teacher, Bolen adores reading about dead Englishwomen. She is married to the retired professor who captured her teenage heart when they were undergraduates. Their favorite pastimes include watching college sports and traveling, especially to England—often accompanied by their grown sons.

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