• A Well-Trained Lady

  • Seasons of Change
  • By: Jess Heileman
  • Narrated by: Janna Fox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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A Well-Trained Lady

By: Jess Heileman
Narrated by: Janna Fox
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Publisher's Summary

Everything has changed. Except her heart. 

Arabella Godwin is an Incomparable in London Society - elegant, wealthy, and meticulously trained. Yet, she has nothing to show for her efforts aside from her pretentious reputation and a collection of disappointed suitors. When her plan to secure a promising offer of marriage is temporarily delayed, she must bide her time in the company of an estranged childhood friend - the much-too-endearing, but regrettably untitled, Augustus Brundage. 

As the friends’ tattered relationship returns to familiarity, Arabella must prevent herself from fully regressing into the carefree, impressionable young lady who once foolishly trusted Augustus with her heart. To make the same mistake again would ruin everything she has worked for - and certainly more. 

But can a heart be so easily trained? 

*Heat Level: Mild/Sweet

©2020 Jess Heileman (P)2021 Jess Heileman
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  • Categories: Romance

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Captivating

This is my first book by Jess Heileman and I loved it!! I could not stop listening! Throughout the story I thought I knew what would happen next, but with each new twist and turn, I gave up and just enjoyed the story and characters. This book has joined the ranks of being one of my favorite reads this year. If you like clean Regency romance that will keep you on your toes, this is the book for you!

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Clean, excellent story and narration!

Will definitely read more from this author! Clean and sweet story, with intrigue! Excellent narration by Janna Fox! Will look for more books narrated by her!

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Such a fun one!

This is a great groupings of stories. I love all the author's in this group. This one shines!

It is fun to see a world where the daughter chooses the right thing, instead of the acceptable thing. So much in life we do what is expected, and by doing so we lose it others are hurt. What a great story of redemption and courage!

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Engaging

Characters were true to their own strengths and weaknesses. The story line was most believable for early England. I’m glad to find another author who writes clean romance.

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Engaging Regency Romance with a great narrator!

Another amazing Regency romance by Jess Heileman! I listened to the audiobook version and loved it. The narrator was fabulous and did a wonderful job bringing each of the characters to life. I loved the way she voiced the male characters especially, and Bella’s snooty mother. The story was completely engaging and I couldn’t wait to see how it all would turn out.

Arabella Godwin has been trained since she was little to be an Incomparable. Her mother’s tactics though are cruel and deceptive. Bella is beautiful, but she’s left a trail of broken hearts in her wake. She’s never forgotten her childhood friend Augustus and his cousin Ruth, but misunderstandings separated them seemingly forever and now she has the opportunity to secure a wealthy marriage to a titled gentleman. When her father secretly arranges for her to reconnect and stay with Augustus’ family for a time, will she open her heart once again to her friend or will she maintain her well-trained facade?

I loved the way Bella changed as she spent time with her friends. She went from a stuck up, too proper young lady to a warm, charming, kind woman. Augustus is the epitome of patience. He was so kind, funny, and romantic. I loved the picnic by the sea and their subsequent walk. I was broken hearted when Bellla’s mother showed up. There were so many twists and turns in the story and I wasn’t quite sure if this would end in a happily ever after. There’s humor, tragedy, and swoon-worthy romance, as well as those soul cringing catty scenes that expectedly accompany ton gatherings.

This is one Regency romance that’s a must read or listen! Content warning: small brief mentions of murder and suicide. I received a complimentary audiobook from the author. All opinions are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review. 4 1/2 stars/5

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I love a happy ending.

I was happy to listen without having to worry about graphic descriptions of sexual acts. However, the narrator made the listening less pleasurable.

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what a wonderful surprise

I admit the description of the story did not entice me as much. But the book is well worth it. The story is so interesting and the characters are well fleshed out. People aren't just the good ones and the evil ones. They feel like real people, all with virtues and failings. Except one person who is pure evil, but it's perfect.

The reading of the story was also delightful!! The way the narrator changed her voices with each person was better than most I've heard and she tells the story with just enough feeling without overdoing it.

I highly recommend this story!!!

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Twists I didn’t see coming and very enjoyable!

I really enjoyed this audible book. The narrator was spot on! I’m now a devoted fan of this author and will be looking for her new books. There is a bite to her story with a moral compass and sweet romance. I wasn’t expecting the story line and where it turned which I loved. I would totally recommend this book.

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Love the Narrator, story, and plot!

This was an absolutely great story! The Romance was sweet and genuine and clean, that I would love for my family to not be ashamed to listen to! This is probably my favorite book I have read on Audible so far!!!
I hope you all enjoy it!

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Kept me anxious until the end!

I read this book and loved it, so I was excited to listen to it as well. Really loved the narration and the way she brought this skilled conversation language to life! My favorite thing about Jess Heileman‘s writing is the dialogue she creates. Love it!