THE ENTICING OF MISS STANDISH
A meeting of minds...
But a most unsuitable match!
When ladyâ€™s companion Sara Standish meets Cameron Fitzallen, he has his jacket off and heâ€™s mending mill machinery. He is manly, capableâ€”though itâ€™s most improper for him to set her heart aflutter! He is a mill ownerâ€”tradeâ€”after all. They share the same aim to help impoverished children, but in the eyes of the ton, she must not mix with him. That doesnâ€™t stop her craving his company, or his touch...
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BOOK ONE: THE BLUESTOCKING DUCHESS MARCH 2021
As the eldest son of a minor branch of a great family without any money of his own, while he waited to inherit his fatherâ€™s modest estate, Alex Cheverton accepted a job running the major country property of his distant cousin, the Duke of Farisdeen. Over his six years at Edge Hall, Alex has established a bantering friendship with the feisty, scholarly daughter of the dukeâ€™s librarian. Having known Jocelyn Sudderfeld since she was a pesky brat, Alex is just contemplating whether to pursue his attraction to the enticing woman sheâ€™s become when the Dukeâ€™s son diesâ€”changing everything. To Alexâ€™s dismay, he learns that he is the next legal heir in the direct line stretching three generations back. The Duke demands Alex move to London, so his new heir can be kitted out, trained up, and introduced to the right people of power, influence and family, from among whom he will be expected to choose a bride. Who could never be the lowly daughter of a librarianâ€¦even if the future duke fears he may be falling in love with her...
BOOK TWO: THE RAILROAD COUNTESS
Shut out from doing anything useful by his controlling father, Crispin Dâ€™Aubignon, heir to the Earl of Comeryn, chooses to pursue railroad and canal investments rather than mark time attending boring London Society events. Using a small inheritance whose funds are already under his control, he follows the Parliamentary bills and independently visits proposed routes and sites to decide which he will invest in. Along the way, he meets Marcella Cranmore, business-minded daughter of a railroad tycoonâ€”who believes aristocratic investors are a useless species that must be humored. Miffed at being dismissed so cavalierly, Crispin sets out to prove her wrong...
BOOK THREE: THE ADVENTURER BARONESS
Gregory Lattimar is heir to Baron Lattimar (and brother to Pru and Temper, from A MOST UNSUITABLE MATCH and THE EARLâ€™S INCONVENIENT WIFE.) Since leaving Oxford, Gregory has had to take over the running of the Lattimar estates, a job his reclusive collector father has simply ignores. Checking up on the sources of the antiquities the baron spends vast sums on, Gregory encounters Charis Dunford, the free-spirited daughter of an adventurer who travels the world, selling in a small London shop some of objects he collects in order to fund his journeys. Gregory expects to encounter, if not deference, at least cooperation from the lady who runs the shopâ€”certainly not a dressing down for his ignorance about the treasures her father discovers. Committed to restoring a family reputation already tarnished by his notorious mother and his unconventional sisters, Gregory has pledged to marry an eminently proper Society maiden. The last thing he needs is to find himself captivated by a shopkeeper...
With final edits complete on Alex and Jocelyn’s story, Julia is working on Crispin and Marcella’s book, which is due by the end of November.