BOOK BLURB: Dutiful, practical Lydia knew that her father, a wealthy commoner, planned to announce her engagement to a nobleman at their Christmas house party. But she didn’t expect her prospective fiancé to be in love with another woman!
Anthony wasn’t usually so reckless. But something about the unknown lady’s sweet manner and pansy brown eyes made him want to share a bit of juicy gossip with her. Everybody knew Lord Danville needed to marry an heiress to save his family from financial ruin. Nobody but Anthony would mention it to the heiress herself.
To fix the mess he’s created, Anthony must woo Lydia on his noble friend’s behalf—and Lydia will have to decide between duty and desire.
“Miss Lydia Potts closed the door of the small Rose Parlor behind her and leaned her back against it. She shut her eyes. She would not cry.
Through the door she could hear the lively sound of the Sir Roger de Coverley, the country-dance now in progress. A babble of voices and drumming of dancing feet softened the sharp sound of the fiddles.
She would not cry. She had no reason for it. Perhaps she was feeling unwell. But it could not be because of the lavish dinner or the strong spicy scent of pine and ivy garlands wound around the grand staircase. That, at least, had all been perfect. Mr. Potts had spared no effort to entertain his Christmas houseguests—only the best of everything for the gentlemen and ladies who made up the cream of the Ton.
No, her distress had been caused by what she’d overheard a moment ago in the ballroom.
“So, Lord Danville is to offer for Miss Potts? Well, she is quite dazzling! Her dowry is, at least. How her golden guineas must sparkle,” said young Lady Agatha to another debutante as they waited their turn in the dance. “Far brighter than her eyes, since she’s barely passable to look at.”
The other girl sighed behind her upraised fan. “The poor man! Everybody knows that he has been in love with Juliana Stenwyck for years.”
“Oh, well, that would never do! The Danvilles and the Stenwycks haven’t a penny to bless themselves with. But to be forced to marry someone whose papa is In Trade!” Lady Agatha had shuddered delicately.
That was when Lydia had told her dancing partner—what was his name?—that she had been feeling unwell and slipped off to the Rose Parlor, which for tonight had been designated as the Ladies’ Retiring Room.
But she would not cry. Lydia was perfectly fine.”
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Sadly, however, I couldn’t see a way to make a living writing the romantic and exciting stories that filled my head. Instead, I wrote other things: Newspaper articles, public relations releases, legal briefs.
Now I’m a work-at-home mom, writing the stories I’ve been dreaming about for so long. They’re mostly light-hearted and fun. I’m an armchair time-traveler, so writing stories set during the English Regency period is the perfect way to enjoy history, romance, and delightful adventures all at once.