The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After

The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After

For the past seven years, Viola Branham has enjoyed the luxury of traveling the world as an independent woman, and confining her awkward past to a distant, if painful, memory. But now she has been summoned home to England over a stipulation in the will of her late uncle, the Earl of Ellsworth, one that decrees she lose everything unless she reconciles with the man who...

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Title:The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After
Author:Victoria Alexander
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The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After Reviews

  • AnnMarie

    The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After is the 4th primary book in The Lady Travelers Society series by Victoria Alexander. I haven't read any of the previous books but I easily followed the story and can say that this book can be read as a standalone one. That said, now that I have read it and thoroughly enjoyed it, I want to read all of the others.

    Violet Hagan was caught in a compromising situation through no fault of her own and ended up having to marry. The man she married, James

    The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After is the 4th primary book in The Lady Travelers Society series by Victoria Alexander. I haven't read any of the previous books but I easily followed the story and can say that this book can be read as a standalone one. That said, now that I have read it and thoroughly enjoyed it, I want to read all of the others.

    Violet Hagan was caught in a compromising situation through no fault of her own and ended up having to marry. The man she married, James Branham (Heir to the Earl of Ellsworth), was somebody she had had a crush on for the longest time. She never dreamed she would end up married to him, but she didn't mind in the slightest. That is until after her wedding night she heard him telling his Uncle that he fully expected them to live separate lives and had no intention of changing his lifestyle. In a pique of anger, she told him that she was fine with that and that she never wanted to see him again.

    The next 6 years of her life she spent travelling in Europe at the expense of her husband. She matured and became a much-admired woman. James' Uncle passes away and she needs to return to England for the reading of his will. It turns out that he has always hoped that James and she would make a go of their marriage so he makes a stipulation. James won't inherit anything if he doesn't spend 3 years as a married couple with Violet, one that convinces everybody that theirs is indeed a happy, proper marriage (even if it isn't). They are both shocked but willing, albeit begrudgingly to agree to the stipulation. Their time together will be monitored by 3 dear elderly women, the ones that started the Lady Travelers Society.

    What follows is a fun, romantic telling of how they cope with spending time together. How they deal with their past and how they learn how each has changed over the years. Can Violet forgive James and can they both agree that three years together is something they can manage? Can they be friends, or will Uncle Richard's hopes of them falling in love come to fruition? A lot of questions I know, and you will have to read the book to find the answers.

    James and Violet are fabulous characters. Violet is such a well-travelled woman and has won many a friend during those travels. She is well rounded now and speaks many languages, a very independent woman. James was a bit of a rogue in his younger days and although he has calmed down he is still a charmer and consummate flirt. He hasn't used those skills in a long time though and enjoys using them on Violet.

    The other characters, Uncle Richard and the three elderly ladies were a delight to read about too. Richard with his beyond the grave matchmaking and the cheeky loveable women make this book lighthearted and cheerful. I really did enjoy reading it and happily recommend it. There are so many lovely moments from the story that I would love to mention but that would give too many spoilers, so I shall just stay quiet and hope if you read the book you will find them as enjoyable as I did.

  • Cheryl

    What an absorbing read this was! I enjoyed that the story started immediately, no slow build up to the main event. After six years apart, Violet had changed significantly. She was now more worldly wise and independent, Violet knew her way around several places abroad and had many friends. James, too, had changed, he was much more responsible and now appeared to want a real marriage with Violet, but could she trust him? There follows quite an amusing trail around various countries. This was a

    What an absorbing read this was! I enjoyed that the story started immediately, no slow build up to the main event. After six years apart, Violet had changed significantly. She was now more worldly wise and independent, Violet knew her way around several places abroad and had many friends. James, too, had changed, he was much more responsible and now appeared to want a real marriage with Violet, but could she trust him? There follows quite an amusing trail around various countries. This was a very entertaining read that kept my interest until the end. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Tracy Emro

    James and Violet Branham’s marriage started in scandal, when he was caught kissing Violet at his engagement party to another woman. They married two days later and the morning after, Violet overhears James telling his uncle Richard, the Earl of Ellsworth, how he expects married life to proceed. He intends to carry on as he always did and have them lead separate lives. Violet interrupts and is enraged, she thought (hoped) that James shared the same feelings she had for him and her heart is

    James and Violet Branham’s marriage started in scandal, when he was caught kissing Violet at his engagement party to another woman. They married two days later and the morning after, Violet overhears James telling his uncle Richard, the Earl of Ellsworth, how he expects married life to proceed. He intends to carry on as he always did and have them lead separate lives. Violet interrupts and is enraged, she thought (hoped) that James shared the same feelings she had for him and her heart is crushed to learn that he doesn’t care. In a fit of anger she declares that she NEVER wants to see him again and spends the next six years traveling the world and avoiding him. But when his uncle dies and places certain conditions in his will, James and Violet will have to decide if they can live as man and wife for the next three years or lose everything except the title.

    To make it fun, Richard had enlisted the help of the woman he loved and lost – Ophelia “Effie” Higginbotham to oversee the conditions he has set for them, in turn she enlists her widowed friends Gwen and Poppy to help her. James and Violet learn of the wills stipulations together with Effie – they will have to cohabitate for Two Years, Ten Months, Two Weeks and Five Days, spending no more than 14 days apart per year, they must be seen together at least three times a week and there can be no negative rumors or gossip about them. If they succeed, they will inherit Richard’s fortune and properties, if they fail, James will have the title and nothing more. Violet agrees, but when the truth of how they ended up married comes out – she is furious and leaves James.

    James has decided that Violet is the woman for him, admits that she always was and he was a fool to let her go, he plans to win her and when she leaves, this time, he follows. They traipse from Paris to Florence to Athens and many of the rumors he has heard about her over the years are debunked and they really get to know each other and fall in love, but when Violet has to decide whether or not she can really trust James, she puts not only their love, but James inheritance in question.

    I thought this was a nice addition to the series and SPOILER ALERT – don’t read anymore if you don’t want to know!!

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    I would have given it five stars if James had been faithful during their time apart – especially after learning the truth of their first kiss – I just couldn’t forgive him – I am glad Violet did, but it just felt like she was a doormat – she remained faithful and had the means to tell him to stick it and not agree to the terms of the will, instead she feels like she was partly to blame for not encouraging him to reconcile (WTF)!

    Anyway, it was a well written, amusing second chance romance with a lot of witty banter, likable characters, a slow burn romance and finally a hard won HEA. While I was not thrilled with James’ cheating, it was glossed over and was not a focal point of the story, but cheating is cheating and that is a huge turn off for me in romance novels, so that was an automatic minus one star for me. If he could have kept it in his pants – this would have been a 5 star read for me. This is the fourth book in the series, but it is actually a prequel of sorts and can definitely be read as a stand alone.

    *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*

  • Janet

    Six years ago Violet was kissed on a balcony at a ball unfortunately everyone saw her through an open curtain & the handsome man was about to become engaged to someone else. So James & Violet were soon married, the morning after her wedding she overheard James & his uncle Richard talking & she decided to leave to travel. For the past six years, Violet has enjoyed the luxury of travelling the world as an independent woman, and confining her awkward past to a distant, if painful,

    Six years ago Violet was kissed on a balcony at a ball unfortunately everyone saw her through an open curtain & the handsome man was about to become engaged to someone else. So James & Violet were soon married, the morning after her wedding she overheard James & his uncle Richard talking & she decided to leave to travel. For the past six years, Violet has enjoyed the luxury of travelling the world as an independent woman, and confining her awkward past to a distant, if painful, memory. But now she has been summoned home to England over a stipulation in the will of her late uncle Richard, the Earl of Ellsworth, one that decrees her husband will lose everything unless they reconcile. She & James have no choice but to try to comply to the terms of the will.

    This is the fourth book in the series but is easily read on its own although the matchmaking skills of Gwen, Effie & Poppy are a delight throughout the series. This was a lovely well written romance with plenty to make you smile. James & Violet were a delight & their verbal sparring hugely entertaining. The pace is constant throughout but is gentle in tempo. I thoroughly enjoyed it as it took me from London to Paris to Florence & Athens. James & Violets’ relationship changed & grew throughout the book with no bolts of lightning just the gradual realisation of how they felt

    My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

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    3.5 stars

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    A true lady traveler!

    I had a whole lot of trouble identifying with Violet Hagen and James Branham, heir to the Earl of Ellsworth. After being married to "avoid scandal," I admire that under difficult circumstances Violet hied off to the Continent and grew into the woman she wouldn't have if she'd been left to languish as a "responsibility."

    Then when James inherited his title, it came with conditions attached. Violet and in his will James' uncle stipulated that James and Violet had to live as

    A true lady traveler!

    I had a whole lot of trouble identifying with Violet Hagen and James Branham, heir to the Earl of Ellsworth. After being married to "avoid scandal," I admire that under difficult circumstances Violet hied off to the Continent and grew into the woman she wouldn't have if she'd been left to languish as a "responsibility."

    Then when James inherited his title, it came with conditions attached. Violet and in his will James' uncle stipulated that James and Violet had to live as man and wife, presenting themselves to society as a reconciled couple, with no hint of scandal.

    Personally I thought Uncle Richard should have not played Cupid from beyond the grave. Violet should have stayed on the Continent and made her life there. But Violet was very attached to Richard, and it seems she'd always loved James. Forgiving him is entirely another matter.

    To me James just never seemed to be true enough for Violet. All that boyish charm made me want to gag. Violet did lead James a merry chase around Europe. But James was still a tad to self satisfied for my taste.

    As an aside, I will say I was pleased with Cleo's outcome.

    I loathed Violet's mother and her sister Caroline, and I hope the sister has her comeuppance at some time in the future. Violet's mother is a bully, and the apple obviously didn't fall far from the tree with Caroline.

    The revelation about the circumstances around "the kiss" does somewhat speak to me and Violet and James' story ends as a romance should. However the spark was not there for me.

    BTW, I did rather like the cover.

    A HARLEQUIN - Romance ARC via NetGalley

  • Deniz

    3.5 Stars

    Sweet and fun

  • Cathleen

    This series has been interesting in time period and travel details. The plot was different than what I had come to expect.

    I had a difficult time engaging with the the main characters. Years of running away, and hurt feelings have caused a strained marriage. I was rooting for them to become reconciled but became impatient along the way.

    Sadly, I liked this one the least in the series.

    I received a free ARC from Netgalley.

  • Rachel K

    2.5 stars.

    The hero often amused himself at the heroine’s expense and he was far too smug. Do I believe in the HEA? Yes. But I still didn’t like him...and I had to rewrite her past in my head in order to continue reading.

  • Leigh

    Guess the time period this historical romance is set in by the cover?!

    Spoiler: 1890...

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