The Caversham Chronicles Series
BOOK BLURB: What would you do to save the ones you love most?
Sold into slavery by the men who were supposed to kill her, Angelia Gualtiero must now convince the man who purchased her to help her. Lia would do anything to save her little brother from her murderous aunt, even marry a man she knows wants nothing more than use of her body.
Marcus Renfield Halden, Ninth Duke of Caversham, needs an heir to secure his legacy and the futures of his young sisters from a desperate cousin whom he suspects of targeting him in pursuit of the title and fortune. When he sees a woman running from her guard in a market in Tangier, he is at first captivated by her beauty. After Ren learns her story, he’s in awe of her bravery. He then makes Lia an offer she cannot refuse.
Her brother for an heir.
What neither expected was to fall in love.
‘Caversham’s Bride’ is set in 1819. Locations include Genoa, Tangier, London and the hero’s merchant ship.
REVIEW: Here’s the thing. Sometimes I just ‘stumble’ on an author or a story and I can’t even know how I did it, and if I love what I ‘discovered’ then there’s nothing that can hold me back from spreading the word and telling you guys all about it.
That’s exactly what happened to me with this author and her Caversham Chronicle series.
In the first book we are following Ren, a Duke that is like no other dukes I’ve read about. He owns a shipping company, and is a Captain of his own ship too!
He finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery and an international intrigue that is one of the best plots I’ve read in a while.
Lia is one of those heroines you will literally jump out of your seat as you read of her predicament and root for her as she risks her life for her baby brother who is in jeopardy.
This story starts off with drama, and is filled with intrigue that will have you at the edge of your seat, but more than anything it is the characters that held me spellbound. Without a doubt this is a character driven plot, with a fast and furious pace that will have you turning pages and dreading the end at the same time, because you just don’t want it to end.
I’m over the moon for discovering this author! This is a well-written and plotted and story with brilliant characters and killer dialogue. Highly recommending the entire series.
BOOK BLURB: She’s loved him all her life.
Lady Elise Halden knows how to get a horse to bend to her will with a gentle touch and subtle coaxing. But she’s learning that bringing the new Earl of Camden to heel is nothing like training a horse. If she has any hope of reining in the Earl’s affections, she will need a plan. With help from her friend Lady Beverly, and her sister-in-law the Duchess, Elise sets out to win her indifferent Earl’s heart.
He’s admired her from a respectable distance.
As young men, Michael Brightman and his best friend swore sisters were off limits. This promise was made solely to protect his own sisters from his friend’s charming, rakehell ways. The Duke of Caversham’s little sister was always a precocious minx to avoid, till one day Michael realizes Lady Elise is all grown up and the things he wants to do with the lady are surely going to upset the friendship with her brother.
Together they discover that physical evidence doesn’t equate truth, and trusting the heart is sometimes the hardest lesson to learn.
‘Already His’ is set in 1822. Locations include London and the English countryside.
REVIEW: I find myself adoring the characters in this book as much as I adored Ren and Lia in the previous one. I also think that this one is a bit more on the humorous side as it made me laugh out loud on many places.
In the second book in the Caversham Chronicles we get reacquainted with Elise, Ren’s little sister, the one that’s a tomboy and horse mad. I wasn’t that impressed with her in Lia and Ren’s story, but Ms. Raven made sure I had enough of her background in this book and that was fortunate as I came to admire her greatly.
And then there’s our hero, Michael, a very best friend of our heroine’s brother, Ren. Oh, Michael, Michael, Michael! I loved you from the start, even though you made me want to slap you around a few times, you were someone who was determined to learn his lessons the hard way, but once you realized your ‘folly’ I admired your tenacity in correcting it.
Here’s another thing I loved in this story: the age difference between the couple was significant, yet the author handled it so beautifully.
Once again I find myself loving the fast pace this author sets for her stories, as well as the prose and dialogue which kept me intrigued and ‘glued’ to my Kindle.
By the way, all the stories in this series were written in such a way that you really don’t have to read them in order as they can be read as stand alone.
BOOK BLURB: She was running to adventure, he was running from destiny.
Lady Sarah Halden stows away on the wrong boat when she thinks to enter a sailing race with her brother. She lands in the company of Lucky’s business partner, Ian Ross-Mackeever, heir to the Earl Mackeever. Sarah finds the gruff captain handsome and desires him in ways she’d never wanted a man before. With the help of a salacious little book filled with erotic images, Sarah decides to seduce her captain. At the halfway point of the race, instead of simply letting her return home with him, Lucky forces Sarah and Ian to marry.
Ian Ross-Mackeever doesn’t believe in family. His own father sends him away when he is a boy to live in a different country with his grandfather who despises him and aunts who don’t know what to do with him. He is immediately sent away to school where he becomes friends with Lucky Gualtiero, a young man whose family is everything Ian’s is not.
After a rocky start upon discovering his stowaway, Ian warms to Sarah’s presence in his life during the voyage home from New York. Her sense of adventure and unwavering love for family forces Ian to embrace her affections and the possibilities of a future with her at his side. Sarah shows Ian that running from destiny is more difficult than accepting fate, and every day spent not cherishing and loving those who love you is a day wasted.
‘Loving Sarah’ is set in 1835. Locations include Liverpool, the hero’s clipper ship Revenge, New York, London, and Surrey.
REVIEW: In the third installment of her Caversham Chronicles series, Ms. Raven takes us on an adventure with another of Ren’s sisters, Sarah.
Sarah is feeling that life is passing her by and she craves some excitement before she permanently and purposely forces herself ‘on the shelf’.
Her plan to stowaway on Lucky’s ship goes terribly awry and she is looking at ruination to her name.
Ian Ross-Mackeever has big plans for himself and he’s mapped out his future that in no way includes marriage, nor children; well, not for a few years at least. He has dreams that one day he’ll pay off his debts, build some fast ships and together with Lucky, his best friend, he’ll be ready to become an Earl.
I loved the complexity of both of these characters. They both craved freedom of choice, yet in the end Sarah’s actions took that choice out of their hands, and while neither expected love to find them, it had other plans. They both had a lot of issues that needed resolving before they could enjoy each other and their new found love for one another.
I also liked the curve ball the author threw me. I was shocked by it and it really blindsided me.
Oh, and then Ms. Raven brings in Ren and Lia, along with Lia’s brother Lucky and Elise and Michael too. It was such a treat to catch up with them all and see where they are with their lives.
Sandy Raven has a knack of telling her stories with huge emphases on her characters, making them feel, act and come across those pages as real as they can possibly be.
I enjoyed them immensely as she brought me to tears, both laughing and crying.
COMING IN FALL of 2014!
BOOK BLURB: Lucky Gualtiero arrives in Baltimore to visit a highly recommended shipyard that builds the speedy clippers named for that town. He is surprised to find the architect designing these ships for this builder is a young woman whose intelligence and independence spark more than just his intellectual interest.
Mary-Michael Watkins married the elderly owner of the shipyard to take advantage of the education and position in society which he provided. But the one thing her husband cannot give her is the child of her heart. As he realizes his illness is going to take him, he tells his wife that if she wants a babe, she will have to go outside the marriage.
Mary-Michael chooses the English Captain to father her child, with the intent to raise the babe as her husband’s. Except Lucky is completely unaware of this. As a man to whom family, loyalty and love are more than mere words, he’s beyond angry to discover he was duped into fatherhood. Now, as the village in which she was raised accuses Mary-Michael of murdering her husband in order to be with the English Captain, it’s Lucky that must come to her rescue and save both Mary and their child.
PRE-REVIEW: LOL! I have yet to read this book, but man if Ms. Raven has written only half of what I liked in the previous three, I know I’ll be in for a ride and I’m chomping at a bit to read Lucky’s story!
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AUTHOR BIO: Sandy Raven has a husband who spoils her rotten, and kids that are just a hair’s breadth away from perfect. She’s addicted to House Hunter’s International and has never missed an episode, though she acknowledges that she could never live in most of those countries because the bathrooms are just too small. She is also addicted to Starbucks’ Chai Latte, and never passes up an opportunity to have one.
Sandy grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast with sand between her toes and perpetually frizzy hair. Which is why she now lives in the middle-of-nowhere Virginia, in a place with minimal to moderate humidity (for perfect, non-frizzy curls,) rolling hills and farmed forests. The only downside to that is the temperamental satellite internet and the closest Starbucks being a thirty minute drive away.
Home is a small, renovated farm house she shares with her hero husband, and more cats, dogs and horses than she cares to admit to. She’s a long-time member of RWA, and is a member of VRW and the BeauMonde. Second to writing is her love for her horses. She practices natural horsemanship, and loves to ride her barefoot Tennessee Walkers on the trails and in the woods around her home.