When You Wish Upon a Duke (Wylder Sisters, #1) by Isabella Bradford

When You Wish Upon a Duke (Wylder Sisters, #1)

In a sparkling new series filled with irresistible charm and sizzling romance, award-winning author Isabella Bradford introduces us to the eldest of three Wylder sisters—unruly country girls whose passion for life leaves their London suitors breathless.  Raised in the Dorset countryside, Lady Charlotte Wylder doesn’t care one bit about well-bred decorum. The dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty would rather ride a horse than attend a stuffy ball. S...

Details When You Wish Upon a Duke (Wylder Sisters, #1)

TitleWhen You Wish Upon a Duke (Wylder Sisters, #1)
Release DateJul 31st, 2012
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews When You Wish Upon a Duke (Wylder Sisters, #1)

  • Jess the Romanceaholic
    I'm a sucker for a good "arranged marriage" story, and this one did not disappoint. I really enjoyed how March and Charlotte had, if not "love" at first sight, at least attraction and compatibility from the start. The biggest conflict in their relationship actually came from the fact that Charlotte tried so hard to be a "proper" Duchess, and as such was ashamed of her own passion. March's own attitudes towards the "proper" way to treat his Duches...
  • Lisa
    Lady Charlotte Wylder thinks her life is fine--she lives in the country with her mother and two younger sisters and a tree climbing cat. So when a solicitor arrives one night to talk to her, and not her mother, she knows it must be something life altering. Charlotte does not think it is going to be a summons from her fiancee... the one she never knew she had but has been engaged to since she was a baby. Still, she dutifully goes with her family t...
  • Caz
    I was going to give this one 3.5 stars, but I knocked it down to 3 because of something stupid towards the end.Charlotte Wylder and the Duke of Marchborne have been betrothed since they were children, although it comes as rather a shock to Charlotte, who knew nothing about it until she was eighteen. But she and March are both young, attractive and wealthy and are well disposed towards each other from their first meeting; it's clear that before lo...
  • Funmbi
    I spent all day reading and living in Bradford's world and I enjoyed every moment! Charlotte, 18, is firstborn to a wealthy but loving aristocratic family. Her father, the Earl of Hervey, dies when she's 4, and remaining family retreats from society to a country manor. One day, in the middle of the night, Charlotte's life changes: a gentleman arrives informing her she's to be married to the Duke of Marchbourne, to whom she's apparently been engag...
  • Kagama-the Literaturevixen
    Charlotte Wylder lives with her mothers and sisters out in the country after her father died while she was a child and her mother sought to to protect her children from the wicked ways of the ton. Life is nice but a bit dull...All that changes when they are informed that before he died,her father contracted a marriage for Charlotte with the Duke of Marchbourne so the family and especially Charlotte is amazed and overjoyed at this turn of event.Th...
  • Sarah
    When You Wish Upon a Duke is the first book in Isabella Bradford's series about the three Wylder sisters. Charlotte is the oldest of the sisters and since the death of their father she has had to look after her heartbroken mother and her younger siblings. The family have been living in the country for years and Charlotte is a happy tomboy, much to her mother's distress. It comes as quite a shock to Charlotte when a solicitor arrives to organise t...
  • Katie Michaels
    I had high hopes for this book. It started strong. The hero and the heroine are crazy about each other right off the bat. They want the same things; their path to happiness is clear. But as they move forward in what seemed like a pretty straightforward love story, they completely screw themselves up.After the death of her father, Charlotte grew up in the country with her mother and sisters. She had no idea he had arranged a marriage for her until...
  • Lady Wesley
    Isabella Bradford -- real name Susan Holloway Scott -- knows her history. I have long enjoyed the blog she writes, with the incomparable Loretta Chase, www.twonerdyhistorygirls.com. Having written many historical novels, including several set in Restoration England, she has now set her hand to historical romance set smack in the middle of Georgian England.I was prepared to be impressed, but alas this was not to be. When You Wish Upon a Duke is a ...
  • Janga
    When You Wish Upon a Duke is a book that will make readers smile, but it is lifted above the status of a merely amusing book by the detailed look it offers of the domestic life of a duke and duchess in Georgian England. From descriptions of Charlotte’s quarters in the ducal mansion to the clothes she wears and the food served to the ducal couple, the setting is vibrantly rendered. I especially liked the scene where the duke asks Charlotte to ca...
  • Jonetta
    Lady Charlotte Wylder learns she is betrothed to the Duke of Marchbourne the day before she has to leave for London to prepare for her wedding. She's been raised in the Dorset countryside and is less than thrilled at the prospect of leaving her carefree lifestyle for the trappings of London society, not to mention a prospective husband she's never met. Lord Marchbourne, or March as he's called, is a bit anxious himself to see this young woman he'...
  • steph
    4 stars (I would have given it 4.5, but the adventure plot right there at the end I thought unnecessary and took away from the story) Confession time here: I love arranged marriages/marriage of convenience books. I love seeing the couples meet, marry and then start to slowly fall in love. Here was no exception. Charlotte is every inch a Earl's daughter and March every inch a Duke but from the moment they first meet and then later after they are m...
  • Ning
    เปนเรืองทีเกียวกับหนุมสาวคูหนึงทีพอของทังคูไดทำการตกลงใหเปนคูหมันคูหมายใหตังแตยังเดกนางเอกกเปนฝังใส ๆ ราเริง เปนเดกชานเมืองสวนพระเอกกจะเปนคนในเมืองทีคอน...
  • Rachel Knowles
    Written by one of the two nerdy history girls, this book is set in 1760 and, as you would expect, includes some nice little historical details. It is written in an easy-to-read style and comes with a satisfactory happy ending. I did find it hard to believe that a lady in Georgian dress could physically climb a tree, but I let that go. The reason I didn't like this book more was because the central theme of the book seemed to be the resolution of ...
  • afra
    ✨ Review ✨3.5 starsThis books is history romance book. I loved how the writer wrote the story but the story was fine, it somehow pointed out mostly to the characters making love. I personally liked the beginning of the book more than the ending. I don't think I'll continue reading the other books of this series.
  • Starbubbles
    This was likeable-ish enough. This is the second book I have read from Bradford and I really wish there was another adjective she could use for his member. I mean, can "cock" be the only term used for male genitalia appropriate for this time frame? Charlotte and March were a good enough couple. I guess. The tree-climbing shenanigans were at least fun.
  • Sammy
    Its a sweet historical story , about how a stern duke & country girl , how both of them handle the changes & grow more wiser as well as more in love with each other. its good for a quick read without all the major dramas.
  • Shawna
    2 stars – Historical Romance 2 ½ stars – Historical Romance
  • Ivy H
    This was a cute loving romance. The hero was such a gentleman and the heroine was a fiesty little hoyden who was perfect for him. What began as a marriage of convenience quickly turned into love. There were some funny moments too with the heroine's silly aunt and all of her prudish rules about how a young lady should behave.
  • Mary Partridge
    I really enjoyed this book and I am getting to like Isabella Bradford more than I thought I would.
  • Zinnia
    I wouldn’t read again
  • Victoria
  • Smc
    Read 1 - unfinished
  • Audrey
    It's overly sweet and can't help but feel much is in his teen rather than his late twenties. Nice quick reading but can't stand the over the hill sweetness and "young" feel of the characters.
  • Michelle
    From almost the beginning I could not take this book seriously.
  • Dahlia (yadkny)
    Her parents had the kind of marriage she desperately wished to have...Raised in the country and away from society's demands and prying eyes, Charlotte Wylder and her sisters live a meaningful life of love with their mother while still dealing with the tragic death of their father. However, Charlotte's father wanted so much more for her than becoming a country spinster and had arranged a match with the son of a Duke. The arrangement may have come ...
  • Tina
    Charlotte and March were likeable enough, and I look forward to the next book in the Wylder sisters series.
  • Bea Charmed
    I'm not a big historical romance fan; I glommed them in middle school and high school, but not so much since then. Every now and then though I do read one. The blurb for this one immediately caught my eye and the cover is lovely, despite the missing head (what IS with all the headless covers these days?) I'm glad I took a chance; I loved this book and I expect I'll be re-reading it. I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series.Charlotte...
  • Phoenix77
    Arranged marriage stories are one of the staples of Historical Romances, yet I’ve never been the biggest fan of them. Yes, the circumstances of the romance are the same as any plot type, with two strangers coming together and falling in love. However, when the marriage is an absolute for the couple then I sometimes get the feeling that they aren’t so much falling in Love but falling into a companionship with benefits. From my personal library...
  • Melissa McHugh
    This was the first book I’d read by Isabella Bradford (a pseudonym for Susan Holloway Scott), but I was pleasantly surprised. I love books set in the Georgian period, since the Regency period feels, at time, over done. Ms. Bradford has a long way to go before she matches my other Georgian period author, Elizabeth Hoyt, but she does an admirable job of telling a good story.Charlotte Wylder has lived in relative obscurity before returning to Lond...