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HaBO: The Hero’s Uncle Sounds Like a Piece of Crap

Help a Bitch Out!Ready for a fun filled day of HaBO-lation? I've got reader requests for books they're looking for, sans title or author, or many details. It's fun for everyone! 

Our first request is from Sukkasini, who is looking for a book with all kinds of death in it. Like whoa: 

Good day. First I would like to thanks in advance for any reply or suggestion. I am trying to remember this book I read while I was in school and I have tried numerous book sites, amazon, shelfari and good reads but no leads. I was told I could email and probably you could help me out.

So here goes: I read the story a couple of years ago (2005 or 2006) but I'll try to remember as much as I can. The story is set in the old days (around 1900 century). It begins when the the heroine's house is under attack and the hero saves her but but she doesnt realize that and she hits him on the head with her brooch which leaves a scar. The villian that attacked her house is the hero's uncle. (The heroine does not know that but the hero does).

After some time they meet at the King's palace and she protects him by not telling the judge he was there when her house was attacked. The hero's mom tries to separate them and try to get them killed them at various points through out the book.

The hero is either from Scotland or Ireland and the heroine is from England. He is banished from the England due to his temper but the heroine follows him to his place. I think they call it Isles or something. The hero's sister marries the best friend but the uncle kills her. The hero's father was killed by the mom, uncle and a guy disguised as a monk. I think the heroine's name is Genevieve Flemming and the hero's name is Alex or Ally (I dont really remember) and the best friends name is Davey.

I hope it sounds familiar to someone. The story was really good. Thanks in advance.


How is it that Wretched Uncles who kill lots of people never get caught? I don't get that. Wouldn't someone notice that all the people Wretched Uncle didn't like were all dead one after another?

Wretched Uncle aside, do you recognize this book? Help a Bitch Out! 


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  1. 1
    LML says:

    Okay, not really.  It sprang to mind following all that murderous intent.

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    Ova says:

    Could it be What I did for a Duke by Julie Ann Long?

    The search function on that site is kind of genius.

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    PetiteJ says:

    It’s not What I Did for a Duke.  That’s one of my favorites and there aren’t any similar details.  No murder, no scars, hero is a Duke of England, no visit to palace, etc.

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    Dibs says:

    I think I started to read this.  Tudor?  Elizabethan?  The heroine was handmaid to the Queen’s Lady in Waiting.  The Queen was pregnant and demanding.  Maybe Georgian then?  I know, I know – hints followed by guesses.

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    Dibs says:

    Another guess – Patricia Veryan?

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    ijinx says:

    This sounds like some Bertrice Small mess.

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    Sukkasini says:


    Thanks for helping me out. Its not What I did for a Duke by Julie Ann Long. The names look the same but the plot is different. I also looked at Patricia Veryan books on fantastic fiction and it doesn’t look like any of her books either :( .
    I have to look at Beatrice Small books to see if its there.

    Ohh about the uncle everyone knows he’s bad and he’s an outlaw its the mother that is truly evil and the characters don’t find out till the end. :)

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