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Ruined (Regency Retold #1)

Ruined Regency Retold The duke of Ashton sits at the Opera at Vauxhall Gardens bored out of his mind and plans murder He curses the day that brought the little governess destitute and sad at his door eight months ago

  • Title: Ruined (Regency Retold #1)
  • Author: M.C. Frank
  • ISBN: 9781514378762
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • The duke of Ashton sits at the Opera at Vauxhall Gardens, bored out of his mind, and plans murder.He curses the day that brought the little governess, destitute and sad, at his door eight months ago, to upset his careless if a bit meaningless existence How could he have guessed the terrible, evil secrets she was hiding And now that he knows all, the truth appears wilder,The duke of Ashton sits at the Opera at Vauxhall Gardens, bored out of his mind, and plans murder.He curses the day that brought the little governess, destitute and sad, at his door eight months ago, to upset his careless if a bit meaningless existence How could he have guessed the terrible, evil secrets she was hiding And now that he knows all, the truth appears wilder, even despicable than even he could have imagined He hadn t counted on losing his heart to her, of course, but he did.What he doesn t know is that a tendril of the shadows of madness and sin that followed Beatrice to his door is still out there, looking for something to devour.The only one who can save him from the darkness is the girl herself, but he knows he ll never see her again He who once prided himself on his indifference to other human beings, feels his chest constrict with pain every time he even thinks of her Beatrice, smart, gentle, kind hearted, lovely.Ruined A perfect blend of darkness and light, this Regency retelling of Jane Eyre will break your heart as well as uplift it.Reader Reviews for RuinedThis book reminds me of These old shades by Georgette Heyer You are a terrific writerand your characters are beautifully written I enjoyed it a lot and now youhave a fan EyregirlI am so hooked SamLovely story compelling twist on a classic, beautifullywritten prose, believable and great pacing TheresaThis is an interesting take on a classic tale and M.C Frank writes it very well Her turn of phrase is lovely and thedetailing is particularly good NBRobertsThe writing was gorgeousand everything from the setting to the character developmentwas pretty muchperfect I loved it It was so beautifully written and grabbed me rightfrom the very first paragraph It truly was such a wonderful experienceto get to know Beatrice and Dominic ThisBookish Endeavor on youtube

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    1. M.C. Frank

      Welcome to the engrossing world of M.C FRANK s books, where characters aren t going to have an easy time of it They will find themselves in icy cold dystopian worlds where kissing is forbidden among other things , or in green forests ruled by evil Sheriffs If they re in Jane Austen s England, they have to be running away from a traumatic childhood, or if they are in our contemporary world, they re scared they ll die before they have finished high school That sort of thing.Don t worry, though, she knows we all need a little hope and joy in our lives, so there s a good dose of those as well in everything she writes.M.C Frank writer, reader, designer, physicist and teacher, to name a few has been living in a world of stories ever since she can remember that s before she knew how to write She started writing them down when she could no longer stand the characters in her head screaming at her to give them life, and while those first scribblings weren t exactly good nor were they books, although she insisted on calling them that , they were enough for her to discover her passion in life.She got her university degree in physics a few years ago yes, she s like Sheldon, only a bit crazier and is now free to pursue her love of reading and writing, as well her free lance job as editor in chief She lives with her dude in a home filled with candles, laptops and notebooks, where she rearranges her overflowing bookshelves every time she feels stressed.Which is often, since as you might have noticed she doesn t pick the easiest subjects for her novels Learn about her and her New Adult, Young Adult, scifi, Greek mythology and historical novels at mcfrankauthorWebsite mcfrankauthorTwitter mcfrank_authorInstagram mcfrank_authorTumblr litlereddollFacebook Page M.C Frank M.C FrankYoutube M.C Frank

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    1. What a romance! There were moments when I couldn't take my eyes off pages. I am pretty sure that once or twice even my breath quickened. Say what you want but I swoon when I think of Ashton ;-) I had a great time reading it. Passion, a little drama, pain from the past, love which shouldn't happen. Really, I can tell, M.C. Frank has a potential.Ok, I admit the book has flaws. The Regency world isn't bad but it could be better. Beatrice fainted and cried a little too often (view spoiler)[(even as [...]


    2. "It takes true courage, integrity and selflessness to turn yourself into a person that the world would be the wealthier for possessing."Ruined is a perfect book for all the lovers of Regency or historical romance!After his cousin's death, Dominic Halifax not only inherites the title of the duke of Ashton but is also obliged to take care of his young ward, Adelina. He's looking for a governess for her, however the spoiled girl scares off all candidates. Until Dominic decides to hire Beatrice Devo [...]


    3. So, I'm a big fan of retellings, but I've only read about Cinderella and Ariel and other disney princesses. I was beyond excited when I first heard about M.C. Frank having written a retelling of Jane Eyre. Fast forward a few months and here I am reading it. I read it in two sittings and my God! Was it amazing! I can't even begin to explain how much I love Jane Eyre, but this book was not as much like the classic as I expected. The author kept all the good stuff in and made the book equal parts h [...]


    4. Such a darkly beautiful retelling! While Miss Devon was a bit to emotional for the time period, I loved her character, and her relationship with both Ashton and Adelina. The writing style is fast paced, and works well with this story. I loved the tension and suspense every time Beatrice spoke with Ashton. And all the drama! So much happened before, and after they meet! I loved all the emotions going on in this story! *I received an ecopy from the author for review. This has no affect on my revie [...]


    5. A must-read for all the Jane Eyre fans!"Ruined" tells a story of miss Beatrice Devon, who, despite of her young age, starts working as a governess of the Duke of Ashton's young ward. The Duke's bad reputation is widely known, but is it possible that sweet, kind Beatrice hides her own dark secret? And is it true that love can conquer all?I love how the classic characters came to life in this story. They're really well-written, and thanks to the change of perspective, we can see inside both Beatri [...]


    6. Once again, I have dove into a genre I rarely read because of a book written by an author I admire, and once again I'm thoroughly impressed and glad I gave it a chance.  Ruined is a perfect book for all the lovers of Regency era, or historical romance, or romance in general - not usually my cup of tea but thanks to M.C. Frank, I think they're growing on me. After his cousin's death, Dominic Halifax suddenly inherits the title of the Duke of Ashton, and by a shocking move in the former's wil [...]


    7. I cannot express my gratitude for being among one of the lucky candidate who received an ARC from the renowned , generous author Ms Frank herself.Madam I'm quite indebted to you for this endowed pleasure and I hope my words in praise of your impeccable work will make up for it.Ruined as the name suggests ,has completely ruined my heart and mind. The story is a regency retelling of our classic Jane Eyre, mind you reader it may well have incorporated the basic idea from the age old classic but yin [...]


    8. I received a free ARC PDF copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Ruined is a tale set in the period of Regency and is a retelling of Jane Eyre. The story revolves around Beatrice Devon, a down on her luck young lady of nineteen who sets out to seek employment in London. Lady luck smiles down on her and she is employed by His Grace, Dominic Edward Halifax, the 9th Duke of Ashton to be the Governess of his ward, the spoilt Adelina Halifax. How Beatrice deals with the di [...]


    9. This book is exquisite! If you are a fan of Jane Eyre, Jane Austen or historical fiction in general, I highly recommend this book.


    10. 4.5 Stars!Oh my lanta! This was a superb Regency romance story and I could not put it down once I picked it up. The story follows a duke, left to raise a young, spoiled girl after his cousin passes away, who finds a governess willing to help straighten out the girl’s manners and disposition into one of a lady in high-society. The duke finds that this young governess is different from the other women he has hired, or has ever met and slowly learns to understand why she is this way. The two have [...]


    11. "A slip of a girl, ruined, but not broken, who brought light and love into the life of a dark and troubled duke".- I have deliberately not included a synopsis as I want to include as few spoilers as possible, however, there may be some below, so fair warning! -M.C. Frank has created a wonderful homage to the classic Jane Eyre, in her 'Regency retelling', Ruined. It's clear she is an avid fan, as she has chosen some beautiful aspects of the original story to incorporate; my favourite being the ma [...]


    12. I have stumbled across this book by pure accident. I haven’t read Jane Eyre, so I didn’t really know what to expect from it, but I had high hopes.The book tells the story of Beatrice and Dominic, both of them complex characters, fighting with their demons. After his cousin’s death, Dominic inherits the title of Duke of Ashton, but it is also obliged to take care of Adelina. With Ashton looking for a governess for Adelina and Beatrice looking for a place to hide, she accepts the job and car [...]


    13. This is the perfect book for people who love historical/regency romance! It was like reading a tale by Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte. M.C. Frank does a brilliant job of (reverse) retelling the story of Jane Eyre, with beautifully written characters! The story was much darker than I was expecting, but I liked the twist that Frank gave to the classic gothic romance.The story follows the Duke of Ashton as he meets and hires the tiny, demure governess, Beatrice and falls in love with her. But what [...]


    14. That last retelling of Jane Eyre I tried to read, was terrible. I could not find one redeeming quality about it, other than the cover was gorgeous.This book however does not suffer from that same fate. There are some strong triggers in this book about sexual abuse. It's told through flashbacks, and not overly graphic. But worthy of a mention. This was my first M.C. Frank book, I came across her on Instagram and luckily she was searching for book bloggers to read and review her book. It's beautif [...]



    15. This book ruined me, in the best way.Ruined is a regency retelling of Jane Eyre. Jane is now known as Beatrice and Rochester is now Lord Ashton (Dominic). Dominic is a scoundrel, a rascal, the talk of the ton, who has inherited his cousin's daughter. So, he places an add for a Governess to care for the spoiled, uncultured, teenage girl. Beatrice is in hiding from a terrible past and eagerly jumps at the position.The two are headstrong, passionate, and prone to hiding from their feelings. From st [...]


    16. So let me tell this first. I haven't even read Jane Eryet. But what piqued my interest was this is a Historical Romance book.I am fond of anything in the New Adult or Adult Fiction category  (as long as it's under the Romance Genre ). I have read M.C. Franks YA series titled No Ordinary Star series. I fell in love with it and her style of writing which has the right amount of fluff. So I took the opportunity to apply to read and review this book.So this book is a retelling of Jane Erye though I [...]


    17. I received a copy from the author for an honest review and I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart, because it was the most beautiful book I’ve read. The most beautiful retelling of Jane Eyre.The writing was lovely and very accurate and it really felt like reading something that was written a very long time ago. I was engrossed in the story from the very beginning. It was really accurate in descriptions and the vocabulary used and I loved that the blossoming romance between the protago [...]


    18. Okay, so I have to collect myself for a second as I am still recovering from this read It absolutely, ruthlessly crushed my heart! And to be honest, this is exactly what makes it such a fantastic book! For once it is not some lovey-dovey romance novel with a deus ex machina ending where everything and everyone turn out to be perfectly well. All mistakes are forgiven and forgotten and everyone loves each other No, people, this is real. And that means that you will feel uncomfortable, desperate, f [...]


    19. Ruined is a retelling of Jane Eyre as mentioned but let me tell you all and don't exaggerate, I haven't read that book. Ever. So I'm not going to compare it to the original book. Ans well, I don't think there is a need for that too. This book is again a masterpiece from the author. I've read most of her books and I'm seriously a fan of her writing. Her writing is so humble and polished. I will be lying if I say I liked the plot all together. The plot-line was a little predictable and well, known [...]


    20. Rating 4I was drawn to Ruined because I expected a story in the same vein as Jane Erye by Jane Austen and I was not disappointed. Retellings can be a double-edged sword. times they do not live up to expectations. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Ruined as it took me back to a time when I first discovered the likes of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. I time when I closed my Nancy Drew books and opened the classics and stepped into a whole new world. Reading Ruined brought that world alive for me [...]


    21. ***I am leaving this review in good faith after being provided with a PDF copy of the story for this purpose.***This regency retelling by author M.C. Frank was absolutely riveting. I love the regency era, like so many of the bookish ilk I have spent many hours reading, listening to, and watching these stories as they come to life. This particular tale takes on the story of Jane Eyre with full force. We are settled with our protagonist, Beatrice, as she joins the house of the Duke of Ashton. Her [...]


    22. A re-imagining of Jane Eyre, set in the Regency and with roles reversed (i.e. the Jane character has the secret past, not the Rochester). I found Beatrice's motivations difficult to follow - sometimes it was clear that her past and everything she had been told during it was breaking her down; other times it seems as though you were supposed to assume that her strength of character always let her rise above it. The jumps in time in the plot were also confusing to follow; I genuinely thought I had [...]


    23. I enjoyed this book for the most part. The writing was excellent. However, there were a few things that brought down the rating for me (bear in mind, just my own personal prejudices and opinions!). Beatrice, when she wasn't crying, she was running away. This girl cried more than any one person I've ever read! Second, this is one of my pet peeves - there are 26 letters in the alphabet, yet we have Ashton and Adelina and a good guy's name starting with B and a bad guy's name starting with B. It go [...]


    24. This book was excellent. I enjoy historical fiction and particularly historical romance. I liked both Dominic and Beatrice. I enjoyed how the author gave us glimpses into their pasts and showed us slowly how their personalities developed. At times, Dominic gave me a more rakish Mr. Darcy feel and I quite liked that. Beatrice was more of an enigma and reading about her backstory gave a lot of insight into who she is. I think that she is a character many abused children could see themselves in. Th [...]


    25. I wanted so much to like it. Starting was good, though stiffling, then felt off at times. The writing tried bery hard to capture the gothicness and the romance of Jane Eyre. And sadly, it failed on a massive scale. Such poor writing I am struggling to read on and haven’t even reached the second half! Wasting my time, but cannot dnf it either. Sigh.UPDATE:Well, the ending chapters were slightly more tolerable, and redeemed the story a bit in my eyes. For that, I am going to change my initial ra [...]


    26. It’s been a few years since I last read a Regency romance, but as a fan of Jane Eyre, I was intrigued by the premise of this story. And, while the novel was not perfect, I did enjoy reading it, and I commend the author for writing such a lovely story. I plan on writing a more thorough review when I have a spare moment!*A free copy of this book was sent to me by the author for review consideration. This in no way influences the honesty of my review!


    27. First of all thanks to the author for the review copy This book is a regency retelling of Jane Eyre. As I haven't finished Jane Eyre, I can only that the characters are similar. I enjoyed the banter between Dominic & Beatrice. The narrative which is interspersed with Beatrice's past adds a level of mystery to the story.Recommended for romance readers



    28. Jane Eyre is probably my favorite classic, so when I saw this on Tumblr I picked up a Kindle copy, interested to see where it would go.The writing starts off a little jumbled – Beatrice says she’s 19 and two pages later says she just had her 18th birthday, for example. But it improves very quickly as the story progresses and by the end I was so enthralled that I barely took notice of the style. There’s an incredible amount of fainting. And it feels weird to have the love interest refer to [...]


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