How to Cross a Marquess

How to Cross a Marquess

by Jane Ashford

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"A refreshingly different, sweetly romantic love story [readers] will long remember."—Booklist for Brave New Earl

The Marquess of Chatton and his neighbor Fenella Fairclough have known each other all their lives. They refused to marry each other years ago when their parents demanded it, and they won't concede now—even if circumstances have brought these former enemies much closer than they ever could have anticipated...

The Way to a Lord's Heart:
Brave New Earl (Book 1)
A Lord Apart (Book 2)
How to Cross a Marquess (Book 3)

Praise for Jane Ashford:
"Absolutely delightful...strong characters and interesting obstacles... a must read."—Night Owl Reviews for Brave New Earl
"Wonderfully diverting...I give Last Gentleman Standing an enthusiastic recommendation."—Fresh Fiction for Last Gentleman Standing
"Expertly crafted...another triumph of nuanced characterization and sparkling wit."—Booklist for Nothing Like a Duke
"Vivid characters and lively plots...Conveyed with warmth and tenderness."—Publishers Weekly for Lord Sebastian's Secret

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492663423
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: The Way to a Lord's Heart , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 18,409
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely. She's written historical and contemporary romances, and her books have been published all over Europe as well as in the United States. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Find her on the web at and on Facebook. If you'd like to receive her monthly newsletter, you can sign up at either of those sites.

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How to Cross a Marquess 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
thereadingrebel 8 days ago
This Rebel Reviews This book wasn’t what I thought it was going to be and not in a good way. In fact, it reminded me of a bad hallmark movie that couldn’t decide what genre it wanted to be. This looked like it was going to be a passionate enemy to lovers’ romance. It was such a big let down in that department. It was clean or fade to black romance which has nothing to do with the hero and heroine having a passion for each other which the author seemed not to understand. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice have one of the best enemies to lovers romance ever and it is a clean book. Also, they really didn’t stay enemies for long and then all of a sudden they liked each other and have secretly always liked each other. Plus most of this book isn’t even on the hero and heroine. It is the hero’s friend who is matchmaking and the heroine’s nephew who is misunderstood or the friend’s charity case he picked up somewhere. The writing isn’t bad but nothing special. The plot was everywhere and I mean everywhere. A lot of the events seemed to happen out of order and at 80 percent all of a sudden something happened that made no sense with what was happening in the already confusing and everywhere plot. Plus I hated the ending so much because most of it focused on setting up for the next book. Thank God I will not have to read it. Rating: 2 stars Content: Clean Romance
Historical_Romance_Lover 4 months ago
Roger and Fenella, friends since childhood, were told by their parents to marry. Both of them refused and went their separate ways. Fenella to Scotland where she grew a backbone courtesy of her grandmother and Roger went to London where he got married. Roger is single again and Fenella is back from Scotland when they cross paths again. As they did before they went their separate ways, they continue to butt heads. But circumstances bring them together and they realize that they might not hate each other after all. But enemies are lurking around and putting a damper on their romance. Can these two find their way back to each other? I really enjoyed this third installment to the Way to a Lord's Heart series. All of the antics of the H/H and the supporting characters had me riveted to my seat. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Anonymous 4 months ago
I had a hard time feeling involved in this book. Although their parents had tried to match Fenella and the Marquess of Chatton up when they were young, both had forcefully rejected that idea. Fenella had fled to Scotland to stay with her grandmother where she came into her own. Now she’s back and her neighbor, the Marquess, is a widower and surprisingly attracted to Fenella. He seems rather a clueless sort but, eventually, he and Fenella get married and then have to deal with mysterious threats. It all seemed quite contrived. I didn’t feel any real connection between these two except for the how the author wanted them to be together. The threats to Fenella come out of the blue and just didn’t feel at all believable. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
RobinLovesReading 4 months ago
Years previously, Roger, the Marquess of Chatton, was nearly forced to marry Fenella Fairclough. Although close friends for years, they had no desire to marry and Fenella fled. Roger did indeed marry, but that was definitely not a love match, and due to odd circumstances, his wife died. In the prologue of this story the Arthur Shelton, the Earl of Macklin has gathered several men who have suffered loss together. He has a very odd role of a matchmaker, although he doesn't want to be viewed as such. He would rather be viewed as someone who can change things for people when he sees a need in them. Roger wasn't the best person for most of his life, spoiled as he was. However, with his experiences, he has changed and become a better man. Fenella was my favorite in this story, however. She experienced far more than her fair share of abuse and ridicule by her father, in fact, her entire family. However, she showed remarkable strength and fortitude, proving that she was not only a capable person, but someone deserving of love and happiness. When Roger and Fenella get a second chance, the story becomes truly heartwarming. Roger tried so very hard to honor the memory of his wife, as unhappy as he was. However, he must face the fact that he is indeed quite drawn to Fenella, and must cope with feelings of guilt and self-recrimination. While these two are carving their path toward a warm and happy future, the story includes other memorable characters. There is, as mentioned, the Earl of Macklin, but also Roger's mother, and a couple of teen boys who, in their own ways, affect change with regard to what might happen with Roger and Fenella. The story takes a bit of a turn when it comes to an element of mystery when Fenella's life might be in jeopardy. With the romance, characters and scenarios, this proved to be an excellent book. I really did enjoy How to Cross a Marquess, as I have the previous books in The Way to a Lord's Heart series. Many thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
georgia1 4 months ago
The heart often does not recognize what it wants. Especially when it involves two young people who are being pushed together by their parents to marry. Roger, the Marquess of Chatton had taken off to avoid that marriage but ended up with another wife, Arabelle, who was truly not a good match. After her death he comes back home, where his neighbor Fenella, who he did not marry comes home as well. Fenella had grown up with a verbally abusive father and had run to her granfmother's in Scotland and become a stronger person. Now when Roger sees her he cannot believe how she has changed and speaks her mind. Of course there is a matchmaker in the mix and it is a journey on the road to a happy ending. Can these two childhood neighbors now find they are attracted to each other and find happiness? A delightful story with some suspense and sweet kisses that will keep your attention until the end. I read this through NetGallery and the publisher. Lori Dykes
Noire 4 months ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. How to Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford s the 3rd book in her the Way to a Lords’s Heart series. It can be read as a standalone. In order to settle an old land dispute the fathers of Fenella Fairclough and Roger Berwick, Marquess of Chatton decided to arrange a marriage between the two. When Roger announces he’d rather wed a sodding sheep Fenella flees to her grandmothers in Scotland and Roger stomps off to London and makes an unfortunate marriage. Years later the two meet again and circumstances find them having to spend time together. An Older and slightly wiser widower Roger comes to realise that the sparks that fly between them may not be enmity at all. Witty banter a mystery to solve and the spice of danger will keep you intrigued till the very last page. More sweet than steamy. Publishing Date August 27, 2019 #NetGalley #HowToCrossAMarquess #JaneAshford #SourcebooksCasablanca #HistoricalRomance #Bookstagram
DebbieLTD 4 months ago
This book is about second chances, forgiveness, and following your heart. I am not sure exactly if I loved this book or not. The first part of the book dragged a little for me. But by the end I was engrossed and did enjoy the story. Fenella and Roger had been thrown together by their fathers when they were younger, told to marry and settle a land dispute. Taking matters into their own hands, Fenella and Roger refuse and each "escape" the pressure of their parents. Roger soon finds himself in an extremely unhappy marriage to someone who did not want to marry him. Due to odd circumstances, his wife has died. Fenella and Roger are once again together, only this time their feelings for each other are very different. Can the two overcome a revenge plot, vindictiveness, and even her family to be together? Lots of interesting characters, and a few side stories that do make the book enjoyable. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Robindpdx 4 months ago
This was a well-written, entertaining book. The Marquess of Chatton and his neighbor Fenella Fairclough have known each other for years, and their parents tried to make them marry each other. Now they are seeing each other in a new way and they are starting to question what they thought they knew. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by this author.
pinkcowlandreads 4 months ago
Lady Fenella Fairclough and the Marquess of Chatton were childhood acquaintances when their fathers decided to force them into a marriage. Being young and stubborn they rejected each other and the idea of a marriage between them. After five years, time spent in Scotland, a marriage, widowhood and ailing parents, thees two are forced back into each others company. They have grown up and now see the other for their true worth… it it not too late for them to find happiness together? Perhaps with a little help they will make it work this time! This is Jane Ashford’s third instalment in The Way to a Lord’s Heart series. I read the second book, A Lord Apart and this past April. Though this is part of a series, and it was nice having the background knowledge from the other book I had read, this book can stand alone. One major highlight of the series and the connecting factor is the delightful Lord Macklin, who is trying to help his band heartsore lords find love and happiness. I enjoyed this book of second chances and forgiveness. I found that the characters had won and developed into people who truly deserved to find happiness together. How to Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford is due to release August 27th, 2019. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
DebDiem 4 months ago
How To Cross A Marquess is a fabulous historical romance by Jane Ashford. Ms. Ashford has provided readers with a well-written book packed with an outstanding cast of characters. Roger, Marquess of Chatton, has lost his wife and blames the neighbor he grew up with. Fenella had a crush on Roger growing up, but when their parents tried to force marriage on them she escaped to Scotland to her grandmother and stayed for years. Roger and Fenella's story is loaded with drama, humor, spice, action and suspense. I enjoyed every page of this book and look forward to reading more from Jane Ashford in the future. How To Cross A Marquess is book 3 of The Way To A Lord's Heart Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
AmyHi 4 months ago
Book 3 in her The Way to a Lord’s Heart series tells us of neighbors Roger and Fenella. Roger is a widower who feels guilty over his wife’s death. Fenella is a woman who defies her father and her family. We see the reoccurring character Lord Macklin who is trying to help Roger over the death of his wife. This was a great second chance at love story. I can’t wait to read the next in the series A Duke Too Far coming out in April 2020. I hope by the time the series ends we see Lord Macklin married (perhaps to Roger’s Mom?) as well as young Tom settled. I received this ARC for my honest review.
CaroleBurant57 4 months ago
I had a hard time getting into this story, the first few chapters just seemed to go on and on, repeating itself. The second half had a bit more action at least. I also prefer a bit more steam in the stories I read but then that's just me! I know some readers who prefer a very clean romance. Fenella and Roger are both wonderful characters but I just felt no spark between them. It's understandable that they both needed to do some growing up before they decided to get together, their story is filled with misunderstandings, accusations and heartbreak. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well, they all fit nicely in the story with each their own role. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Pokeybooboo 4 months ago
How to Cross a Marquess is the delightful third installment of Jane Ashford's The Way to a Lord's Heart series. If you haven't read the first two, no problem; this one stands alone just fine. You will want to go back and see what you've missed. I really enjoyed the prior book. The fathers of Roger, The Marquess of Chatton and Fenella Fairclough wanted them to marry. Both objected; Fenella ran away to Scotland, and Roger went to London and entered into a contentious marriage. Now a widower, Roger returns home to Northumberland. Fenella also returns to take care of her ailing father. She is no longer the same quiet and unassuming young lady she was when she left. Reunited, they begin to feel a deep attraction. Throw in a play, a snake obsessed nephew, "Fairy Godfather" Lord Arthur Macklin and his unique young friend Tom, and attempts on Fenella's life, and you end up with a sparkling Regency romance with great characters. I loved the interactions between Roger and Fenella. Roger was an interesting hero. Bitter after the death of his wife, he placed blame on Fenella and other people. He occasionally acted like the bratty young child he once was. He wasn't particularly articulate, with words just pouring out of his mouth without thought. When he did give thought to his words, he couldn't get them out like he wanted. Fenella was now a very strong woman, but it was heartbreaking the way her father and other family members treated her. It was so obvious that Roger and Fenella needed each other, and I loved it when their love bloomed. Their banter was funny and sweet. Though they have passion for each other, it's all behind closed doors. With such a fun story, you don't even miss it! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Roger Berwick, the Marquess of Chatton, has recently been introduced to a number of aristocratic men who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Roger’s home is Chatton Castle in Northumberland, which he shares with his widowed mother. Roger had been married to Arabella, but she died from a fever. Today, he is riding along the shore when he encounters a young woman on horseback. Her name is Fenella Fairclough. Theirs are neighboring estates and they have argued many times over the years of where the property lines lie. When he was a child, his mother had wanted him to marry Fenella, but as she grew up, she acquired a sharp tongue and he does not like it. She and Arabella had been good friends before Arabella passed away. Fenella’s older sisters are married and as Fenella isn't, she became her father’s caregiver when he had a stroke. Fenella’s 10-year-old nephew, John, has been sent to her for the summer. The man accompanying the boy is very adamant that John is of a delicate nature and needs special treatment. John hates this. But a friend of Roger’s comes to visit and he brings with him a young orphan boy named Tom, whom he has taken under his wing. Tom and John becomes friends and John gets to sneak out and find adventures that young boys need. Roger returns home from his ride to find his mother chatting with Mr. Benson who is organizing the annual local pageant where locals take part and dress as someone from Roman times. Roger does not volunteer as he has no interest in participating, but learns that both he and Fenella are getting roped into doing so. When Fenella’s father dies, she finds herself at the mercy of her evil brothers-in-law so Roger suggests they go to Gretna Green to get married. Now, they are very happy, but there is someone out there that does want to see their happiness. To what lengths will this person go to break them apart. I like Fenella and Roger and their love is true. I find Jane Ashford’s books can be rather “busy” with plots and sub-plots going on. I know many readers find this exciting, but I would like to see less because sometimes less is more. In addition, I am not a fan of books where characters are putting on a play. In my opinion that's overdone and somewhat childish. On a plus side, I was pleased that this book wasn’t as erotic as many others are today. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
nelriv 4 months ago
This wasn't the book for me, not that it was a bad book but just moved to slowly, not hot enough for me and drama was all over the place and some characters just really had no purpose. I liked Fenella she was the best part of the story for me, Roger bored me. The book doesn't deserve a two star but there would be no way I would give it more than a three and that was pushing it for me. rcvd an ARc at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions