Shunned No More

Shunned No More

by Christina McKnight

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A Lady Shunned by All...

Lady Viola Oberbrook only wanted to forget the ill-fated early morning duel that took the lives of two young, wealthy, promising men of the ton and sent her fleeing for her father's country estate. Eight years later, she has her life in order: a fulfilling business, a few trusted friends, and no plans to return to London society. What she doesn't expect is to come face to face with her past.

A Lord Betrayed by One...

Brock Spencer, Earl of Haversham, only wants vengeance. Recently returned from his military service to the King, his plans include repairing his family estate, finding a bride, and destroying the girl responsible for the untimely death of his twin brothers. What he doesn't anticipate is falling in love with the only woman who should never be part of his future.

An Impossible Match, Destined to Be...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149353958
Publisher: La Loma Elite Publishing
Publication date: 05/21/2014
Series: A Lady Forsaken , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 5,347
File size: 850 KB

About the Author

Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. Currently, she focuses on Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

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Shunned No More 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Shunned No More is the first book in the A Lady Forsaken Series by Christina McKnight. This was one of those books that really makes you feel emotional for its characters, even the supporting characters. Viola has spent the last few years since the death of the twins hiding from London society and at times using an alternate name. Brock has so many regrets plus thoughts of revenge towards Viola. Both of these characters go through such a complete transformation as they move past their past. I enjoyed the friendships within the story. Brock had Harold and Viola had Ruby. Their friends know how to handle them and keep them in line. I was pretty jealous of their friendships. I would love to see Harold and Ruby get together. Maybe in a future book? There were some things that are still left open, but I think that may be on purpose since is only book one, so it leaves opportunity for conflict in upcoming books. I fell for these characters, and I'm really looking forward to future books! The ARC Shunned No More by Christina McKnight was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Peachey04 More than 1 year ago
A delightful historical romance filled with tragedy, guilt, deception and mystery. A well written story that flows nicely and has remarkably detailed characters that have great interactions. Viola and Brock both ran away, each for different reasons. They must both face their past fears before they can move forward to find peace and contentment,. She is full of guilt, he is full of hatred and seeks revenge but they are attracted to one another! Can they deal with the past tragedy to find happiness in the future? Very enjoyable story. Gifted a copy for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept my interest but moved slow to get to where it was going.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy of an ARC for an honest for netgalley. As I started reading it, I said to myself I am pretty sure I have read this book years before and lo and behold I did, and unfortunately, I had to do it again.. Not that it is horrible mind you, at first I was intrigued, so once committed I decided lets carry on, I did say I would after all. I can not say that it was a great love story, because they truly did not spend enough time together. Not fighting, nor getting to know one another, so how would they develop feeling towards one another.. They may have been attracted to each other, but that was it. So it is a great leap of faith that I find that they fell in love, how I ask myself? They hated each other. And with reason, so again when did get to develop such strong feeling? There were a lot of unanswered issues in the book. Also, what happened to all of the villains?
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of the re-released copy of this book. After causing a duel that resulted in the senseless deaths of two twin brothers vying for her attentions, Lady Viola Oberbrook retires to her father's country estate. Over the eight years she has been away building a successful horse farm she secretly operates behind her man of business, Viola finds contentment, if not real happiness, in her seclusion from society. Brock Spencer, the new Earl of Haversham and brother to the deceased twins has recently returned from fighting Napoleon, and now he seeks to rebuild his family's neglected estate, find a bride, and destroy the girl who caused his brothers' deaths and his father's heartbreak. When Brock turns up at Viola's farm, she panics and lies about her identity. The attraction between them is undeniable, but how long can she keep her identity hidden? What other secrets are swirling around Viola's farm? How long must she pay for the mistakes of her past? What will Brock do when he discovers the woman he has fallen in love with is the one woman he has vowed to never allow in his heart? This story differs from the usual historical romance in that it is less about two people falling in love than it is about two people evolving and letting go of old hurts in the face of people constantly reminding them of the people they used to be. For eight years, Lady Viola has committed herself to atoning for the silly, empty-headed, vain and destructive girl she used to be by living quietly and financially supporting an orphanage for children hurt by gun violence, but the London rag sheets have kept her name in the press. Her own father refuses to stand up for her when his mistress castigates her for her behavior of nearly a decade ago. Brock clings to the notion that he must avenge his family's tragedy, when doing so ensures that he denies his own ability to move forward in his own life and seek out happiness. Unfortunately, while Viola and Brock's story is unique and interesting, the story as a whole feels incomplete there are many unresolved threads such as what ultimately happens to Hampstead and Rodney, as well as what role, if any Lady Darlingiver played in her son's activities and how the ton ultimately responded to the events that unfolded at the book's conclusion. Overall, while I think it could have perhaps used an additional chapter or two, i enjoyed the book and plan to read further into the Lady Forsaken Series.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
"Shunned No More" by Christina McKnight is book one in the "A Lady Forsaken" series. This is the story of Lady Viola Oberbrook and Brock Spencer, Earl of Haversham. This was a nice clean easy read! Viola was a total different person about eight years ago when she was a young lady who attracted a lot of suitors. Two were twin brothers that had a dual over her...sadly they ended up killing each other. This of course put the town against Viola and she left the town. Viola started a horse business with the help of her father. Now eight years later she does nothing but working in the country on her horse business. Brock is the oldest brother of the two that were killed in the duel. Brock was not around for the duel and has never actually met Viola. So when he comes to her to buy some horses he doesn't know who she is. Viola also tries to keep him from knowing who she is. But they is an attraction between the two. Will this attraction lead to something else? Can they overcome the past to be together. This was a nice start to this series...can't wait for more. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Shunned No More by Christina McKnight is Book 1 in a 4 Book series, "A Lady Forsaken". Lady Viola Oberbrook is a lady shunned by society due to a scandalous duel by twin bothers, leaving both young men dead. Brock Spencer, Earl of Haversham, is out for revenge, after having served his King and country. Now, he is seeking vengeance against the young lady, Viola, for the deaths of his twin brothers. A historical romance with much to offer readers. Revenge, guilt, remorse, a touch of mystery, hatred, and tragedy. Can Brock and Viola, face their past to find peace, forgiveness and a HEA? Or lose the love of a lifetime due to past naivety and guilt? Steady paced with twists and turns, flawed characters and an interesting storyline. Well worth the time to read! I can't wait for the next installment of "A Lady Forsaken." Fans of Historical Romance, vengeance, flawed and guilt-ridden characters, will enjoy, "Shunned No More". A unique tale! Ms. McKnight is an amazing storyteller, one who draws her readers into the story, and be able to relate to the characters' circumstances. A great read! Rating: 4 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR
BJTodd More than 1 year ago
Shunned No More (A Lady Forsaken, Book 1) by Christina McKnight This is the beginning of A Lady Forsaken Series with some pretty unique storylines. This one is about a young debutante (Lady Viola) who considers herself entitled and treats attracting men as a game until something deadly occurs. She is shunned by the ton and retreats to the country, supposedly, never to be seen or heard from, again. After many years, things occur that force her to attempt to reenter society. There were many strings of this story brought together for an HEA I wasn’t sure would be possible. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice clean Earl meets Girl regency romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. Not only did it captivate my attention through the entire book but it made me think of my own personal trials and errors. This book drew me in and me me feel like I was watching it unfold in real life. A must read! Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much. Great author. Can't wait to read the rest of the series and other of her books.
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ECD More than 1 year ago
I love the overall story that was sad and thought provoking. Even though it ended on a happy note there were several character situations that were not address. I did enjoy reading this book however, there is room for improvement. I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read. Kept my attention. Made me love the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in one night. Very good...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should have been proofread by an English teacher or someone who knows good grammar and to catch the sentences that are not clear because of missing words. Other than that, the book is very repetitive so gets to be boring at times. Where did the names come from? Almost none of them were Christian/English. Profanity and cursing were unnecessary. So was the short amount of sex. The book would have been better without any of it. A lot of things just didn't make sense. Finally, the book was pretty well written but not what I would call good. I will not read another. But, that's because it's really a silly book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story and the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lady Vivian is overjoyed that twins are fighting a duel over her until it turns out badly when both young men perish. She spends years away from society trying to change her character, sympathies and outlook. When the older brother returns she is caught in her past with revenge on many people's minds. The book is a page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very ,uch!
Dizneyfreek More than 1 year ago
AWFUL! Don't bother with this one! Viola, in my opinion, is a nut case and not believable. I dumped this - thank goodness it was free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Olivia and Brock live in an era of strict social expectations while secrets are everywhere. Hypocrisy is the norm. Emotions run high, forgiveness and deception try to keep them apart
Teri_D More than 1 year ago
This book starts with a young and foolish Lady Viola, who as a debutante, inspired a duel between two brothers that did not end well for either. She has been spending the years since that event in seclusion, raising foals and helping disadvantaged children. Brock returned to his estate to find a wife, fill the barn with foals and seek revenge for his brothers' death. When he met Lady Viola while purchasing the foals, he was unaware that it was the same women responsible for their deaths. My heart hurt for Lady Viola. While she inspired the duel, the bothers were responsible for their own actions. She tried to work hard, give back and live her life without trouble. She did not want romance in her life, yet her father thought it was time for her to re-introduce herself to society and find a husband. She was so trusting of those close to her and did not want to go back to the life of the ton. Sadly, the choice was not for her to make. Christina McKnight brought all of the characters to life with her words. At one point, and I won't share which one, I actually cried. It's rare that an author can do that to do with his/her words. I loved this book and hope that you will to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Lord this was a boring book...just like the other ones in the series...Frankly if it was not free I would not have read it. The story line was OK but did not develop. The characters were waffling most of the time and the final plot was totally unrealistic. Just because one is an author that does not give one license to liberally write words and a book without any value for the reader.