Miss Whittier Makes a List

Miss Whittier Makes a List

Carla Kelly / Feb 26, 2020
Miss Whittier Makes a List She s making a list and she s checking it twice for the perfect man The number of lords in London s marriage mart is sorrowfully short so when Miss Whittier meets the perfect match it s only a matte
  • Title: Miss Whittier Makes a List
  • Author: Carla Kelly
  • ISBN: 9780451181534
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • She s making a list and she s checking it twice for the perfect man The number of lords in London s marriage mart is sorrowfully short, so when Miss Whittier meets the perfect match, it s only a matter of checking off her list to find an eternal love.
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      • Carla Kelly

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Although Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest and first writing success is Western American fiction specifically, writing about America s Indian Wars Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National Park Service as a ranger historian at Fort Laramie National Historic Site did she get serious about her writing career Or as she would be the first to admit, as serious as it gets Carla wrote a series of what she now refers to as the Fort Laramie stories, which are tales of the men, women and children of the Indian Wars era in Western history Two of her stories, A Season for Heroes and Kathleen Flaherty s Long Winter, earned her Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America She was the second woman to earn two Spurs from WWA which, as everyone knows, is all you need to ride a horse Her entire Indian Wars collection was published in 2003 as Here s to the Ladies Stories of the Frontier Army It remains her favorite work The mother of five children, Carla has always allowed her kids to earn their keep by appearing in her Regencies, most notably Marian s Christmas Wish, which is peopled by all kinds of relatives Grown now, the Kelly kids are scattered here and there across the U.S They continue to provide feedback, furnish fodder for stories and make frantic phone calls home during the holidays for recipes Carla Kelly is some cook Carla s husband, Martin, is Director of Theatre at Valley City State University, in Valley City, North Dakota Carla is currently overworked as a staff writer at the local daily newspaper She also writes a weekly, award winning column, Prairie Lite Carla only started writing Regencies because of her interest in the Napoleonic Wars, which figures in many of her Regency novels and short stories She specializes in writing about warfare at sea, and about the ordinary people of the British Isles who were, let s face it, far numerous than lords and ladies Hobbies She likes to crochet afghans, and read British crime fiction and history, principally military history She s never happier than talking about the fur trade or Indian Wars with Park Service cronies Her most recent gig with the National Park Service was at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site on the Montana North Dakota border Here s another side to this somewhat prosaic woman She recently edited the fur trade journal of Swiss artist Rudolf F Kurz the 1851 1852 portion , and is gratified now and then to be asked to speak on scholarly subjects She has also worked for the State Historical Society of North Dakota as a contract researcher This has taken her to glamorous drudgery in several national archives and military history repositories Gray archives boxes and old documents make her salivate Her mantra for writing comes from the subject of her thesis, Robert Utley, that dean of Indian Wars history He told her the secret to writing is to put your ass in the chair and keep it there until you re done He s right, of course Her three favorite fictional works have remained constant through the years, although their rankings tend to shift War and Peace, The Lawrenceville Stories, and A Town Like Alice Favorite historical works are One Vast Winter Count, On the Border with Mackenzie and Crossing the Line Favorite crime fiction authors are Michael Connelly, John Harvey and Peter Robinson And that s all she can think of that would interest anyone Carla Kelly is quite ordinary, except when she is sometimes prevailed upon to sing a scurrilous song about lumberjacks, or warble Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in Latin Then you m


    286 Comments

    1. Having read poor reviews of this book, I feel compelled to leap to its defense Yes, Hannah Whittier is young but it s a historical, folks, seventeen is normal for the era but I disagree heartily with those who found her naive and idiotish She s not naive, she s young and hell, I m nearly twice her age and I d be just as lost if someone dropped me on a ship I found Hannah to be gutsy and pragmatic, someone who tackles a problem head on and without complaint.I found Spark s transformation a revel [...]


    2. Loved it Of course, you have to leave reality at the door before you enter, but still a very engaging read It had all the elements I love in a traditional regency romance Swashbuckling hero Feisty, yet lovable heroine Laugh out loud moments view spoiler Especially when she meets Wellington, darns his socks, and tells him he should trim his toenails hide spoiler I enjoyed the conflict between the two That aspect felt very real to me Her faith, versus his her struggle with having to leave her fai [...]


    3. This story was a tough one to rate I finished it days ago and I am still thinking about it On the one hand, it is a refreshing look at Napoleon s War from a side I haven t read before with two very unusual characters On the other, the plot creaks and tilts the last quarter of the book Regardless, MISS WHITTIER MAKES A LIST was a wonderfully written book of truly memorable characters You will find it on my keeper shelf.I love that Ms Kelly s world does not center on balls and the ton Captain Sir [...]


    4. Miss Whittier Makes a List was my Holy Grail of Carla Kelly books despite my best efforts, I could never seem to track down a copy So when I got this in a lot of ten Regency novels, I couldn t wait to read it.And ultimately, while I was interested by the premise American Quaker heroine On a British war ship I love Napoleonic naval stories , I was left feeling uneasy at the end I d compare it to my sense of dissatisfaction with some of the Mary Stewart books I read last summer while there technic [...]


    5. This one started off well In fact, I liked the book the entire time our couple was at sea, which is than half the book, despite Hannah s immaturity and Daniel s gruffness I liked the way their relationship developed and I thought their time aboard ship was realistically depicted But it started to fall apart for me when Daniel told Hannah he was in serious like with her I thought it a modern expression and an odd thing for a gruff sea captain to say And it got worse from there When our couple w [...]


    6. If you love regencies historical romance even a fraction as much as I do, you re supposed to love Carla Kelly And I very much WANT to love Carla Kelly I ve tried to love Carla Kelly I can even readily see why nearly all of my fellow bookworms DO love Carla Kelly For whatever combination of reasons, though, I just haven t been able to fully enjoy and connect with her books I can objectively see why they re considered high quality, but they just don t happen to click with me Maybe it s the general [...]


    7. This is my first Carla Kelly book I ve had this on my wish list forever.I finally got it and had the urge to read a historical romance I really enjoyed the writing The story is set in the early 1800 s The language is somewhat modernized, which I appreciated A couple of words didn t seem to fit picky and bored.I noticed very few other out of place words phrases I don t think that it was a big problem.I got into the story very quickly The terms describing the ships and the crew was fascinating Han [...]


    8. My review contains spoilers and they re mostly my thoughts for , visit Punya ReviewsThe latest Carla Kelly that I read, Miss Whittier Makes a List, was one of those I was finishing up from her Miss series Well, there s no series titled like that but she s got quite a few older Regency romances having titles with a Miss this or that does this or that if this even makes any sense to anyone P facepalm Sooo, I liked how it was, the storyline, the characters too However, not as mind blowing as I had [...]


    9. Cute and sweet heroine is very young but not annoyingly immature Hero is abrasive but not cold hearted The wartime setting and the human cost of war are at times moving, but do not drag the book down too much.My main complaint and some might think it s nothing, but it s throughout the book and drove me nuts is that the Quaker heroine had no concept of the subjective form of the second person She used the objective form thee for everything Thee is sitting and Is thee cold kind of things It s like [...]


    10. LOVED IT It was so good WOW I could not put it down Yes, I read, or rather listened to it on kindle and finished it in 2 days I loved it There were a couple taking the Lords name in vain, however it was sailors and she had a WAY toned down The story was intriguing, and I loved the love story The sacrifice and the end OH how I LOVED THE END


    11. Hannah Whittier, a young Quaker girl, is traveling to Charleston to be married To her dismay, her ship is first attacked by the British, whose Captain forces a young American boy to join his crew, and later by the French who kill almost all the passengers and destroy the vessel The young woman manages to escape and is saved by the same British crew lead by Captain Sir Daniel Spark.What went wrong for me in Miss Whittier Makes a List The two main characters, Hannah and Daniel I normally don t min [...]


    12. synopsis hannah is on her way to her brother s place in charlotte charleston to help once her niece or nephew is born the ship that she is on is borded and some of the men are pressed by the english captain hannah doesn t like it, and speaks her mind as he is leaving, the captain kisses her, and warns the captain of hannah s ship that the french are on the waters, and are not asking questions about what country the ship belongs to later that night, hannah s ship is attacked, and she is the only [...]


    13. So while I m aware that in the time period this book takes place in it was not unusual for a 30 year old man to marry a 17 year old girl, it still was a major ick factor for me, and one that try as I might, I just couldn t get past But it wasn t the age difference in and of itself that bugged me I ve read books with that kind of age difference before and been fine It s that I felt like Captain Spark was steamrolling Hannah into marrying him While I like male leads who speak their minds rather t [...]


    14. Miss Whittier Makes a List is one of Carla Kelly s older books, now reprinted with a stunning new cover I like Kelly s books so I bought it hoping it would be up there with so many of hers that I have really enjoyed It was her other stories of Regency England that introduced me to the important historic Napoleonic wars and their significance affecting Europe and beyond I liked the book, but it is not one of my favorites of hers A major con for the story was the annoyance of Quaker Hannah always [...]


    15. A Gem There is something special in this Carla Kelly keeper It is an adventure, wrapped up with a love story in the beginning chapter of US history President Madison is accused of political ignorance by hero Captain Sir Daniel Sparks for not understanding that any neutral shipping was fair game to French and British alike with the Napoleonic War on Our h Quaker miss is feisty from the start and calls the captain a despicable beast for his raid on the Molly C for her crew She demands US rights bu [...]


    16. 2.5 5 3 stars C I enjoy a swashbuckling historical romance and this one had some great moments Unfortunately, although I liked many of the character I couldn t quite suspend belief to the point that I could buy into the HEA A 17 year old Quaker girl and a lifetime career Navy man just couldn t work for me to that extent I didn t dislike the story but it didn t resonate with me the way most of Ms Kelly s stories do For a fun, fantastical swashbuckling tale that also requires suspension of belief [...]


    17. Yet another proof of Carla Kelly s ability to tell a story with superior plot and historical authenticity The main characters were a surprise and delight I laughed so many times as the Quaker girl Hannah had to learn through mishap how to survive on a British fighting ship and I loved reading the growing feelings between her and the captain A hardened lonely sailor who breathed duty and honor met his match in a feisty young girl with a strong moral compass Their adventures were exciting and thei [...]


    18. A Quaker miss ends up on a ship of the British Navy, plaguing the captain with her good cheer A delightful read, it contains one of my favorite moments of comfort in a romance view spoiler After assisting the doctor to attend to the wounded after a sea battle, heroine returns to the deck and, shivering from shock, is comforted by the captain simply standing in front of her, giving her human touch while blocking the sight of the battle from her eyes For some reason, I thought it incredibly poigna [...]


    19. This was a touching story full of adventure, peril, and romance kind of in that order.I loved the historical detail and the author s obvious knowledge of the workings and life on a tall masted wooden ship of yesteryear.I also liked that the romance wasn t rushed and the propriety of the day wasn t violated mostly.The heroine was sweet and innocent, though strong and spirited rising the to challenges that faced her.This was my first Carla Kelly novel and it was a winner for me.


    20. Good, especially the ship life experience But ending was silly, out of character, and pretty much a downer overall.



    21. There are many of Carla Kelly s books that I love, but it feels like each one has an issue that prevents me from giving the book five stars In this one, it was the totally unrealistic hijinks of the heroine and her quaker friend toward the end Add in the heroine telling the Duke of Wellington to trim his toenails and I was ready to mark this book down to a 3 Also, this was another Kelly book which featured a very young heroine I prefer historical romances with heroines that are a little older I [...]


    22. One of my favorite Carla Kelly books This is a common trope but the hero is just so charming He really takes her on her own terms and encourages her to be exactly who she is, without objectifying her or taking advantage of her in any way And did I mention that he s adorable A million stars.


    23. Cute book Slightly or unbelievable, but that s OK I enjoyed it No sex stuff or very little The age difference between the protagonists was a bit disturbing, but I guess that was the culture back then And the ending wasn t the best it could be.


    24. Kelly stepped up the plate for this one Real people with real passions, a surprise twist and, of corse, a happy ending Loved it.


    25. Whenever I am feeling cheated by the amount of straight MEH or so so books, I choose a book that I know for sure will not disappoint me And that is the case of any book by Carla Kelly This author is amazing Any reader who likes to read clean regency romances should try at least one of her books The reference to the title is so sweet I love Hannah s list even if it may be a bit childish but specially because it has such a big impact on Captain Spark, who from the beginning is a sweetheart I am no [...]


    26. A list Yet another cliche I had been avoiding in this genre But the author is Carla Kelly, and I should have trusted her to work the magic again She even made me overcome the age gap issue which is always a deal breaker for me Not even Jane Austen nor Georgette Heyer managed to persuade me but oh wonder of wonder, CK did it This one was a tear jerker, the war CK ruined me for any other stories set in Napoleonic war era, she scratches you with the tragedy of the war and the romance and everything [...]


    27. Well, as Quaker English nobility romance novels go it s no Flowers from the Storm And as Carla Kelly naval captain hero regencies go it s no Mrs McVinnie s London Season That said, I always remembered Miss Whittier Makes a List fondly, largely for the warm, appreciative dynamic between the gulp feisty American lead and the grim British naval captain It s also astonishingly sensual for an early Carla Kelly What memory papered over was how painfully young Hannah was she agonized very little over a [...]


    28. On one hand, it is perhaps one if the most lovingly accurate portraits of what life would have really been like on board on of His Majesty s ships soon after the American Revolution Without in any way beimg dull or footnotey in any way either On the other hand, this rollicking good story devolves swiftly and rather dramatically at the end.Suddenly a type of reality is turned into fantasy, as the heroine weeps into Wellington s horse yes That Wellington , he finds it adorable and all the Kings me [...]


    29. Charming regency romance where American Quaker Hannah Whitier is shipwrecked and saved by a British vessel that impressed several of her former ships sailors Love blossoms between Captain Sparks and Hannah as she grows from a shy teenager to an able bodied member of the crew Was it believable, no Did it matter, not a all Carla Kelly loves her characters and ultimately makes you fall in love with them as well Brave and conflicted, she captures all of their flaws and insecurities making them endea [...]


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