“Powerful. Disturbing. Heartbreaking. Smart. Occasionally gentle, often brutal. And always enthralling. An atypical setting, an actual historical event, masterfully layered characters and a sophisticated, seamless narrative — An Untitled Lady is a standout, gripping historical romance, unlike any Regency you’ve ever read.”
Shocking family news forces Madeline Wetherby to abandon her plans to marry an earl and settle for upstart Manchester merchant Nash Quinn. When she discovers that her birth father is one of the weavers her husband is putting out of work—and a radical leader—Maddie must decide which family she truly desires, the man of her heart or the people of her blood.
An earl’s second son, Nash chose a life of Trade over Society. When protest marches spread across Lancashire, the pressure on him grows. If he can’t make both workers and manufacturers see reason he stands to lose everything: his business, his town, and his marriage.
As Manchester simmers under the summer sun, the choices grow more stark for Maddie and Nash: Family or justice. Love or money. Life or death.
Wow! This book was amazing. It was like reading North & South by Gaskell all over again. The characters, the ambience, the fear, it all has that wonderful feeling that I thought I’d never experience again outside of Gaskell’s work, but Nicky Penttila has just blown me away. It moved me to tears, and frustrated me, and scared me. And I loved every minute of it! — Goodreads
Nash … is an exceptionally engaging hero, bristling with opinions and contradictions – an extremely interesting fictional creation, starring in a very highly recommended book.–Historical Novel Society
“Very, very occasionally I stumble across a book which simply takes my breath away… This one is absolutely one of the best historical romances I’ve read in a long time.”
“The writing is wonderful. Great descriptions, great dialogue and a lot of real people and places sprinkled in to bring it alive.”