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Thomas “Scout” Rankin has made a good life in Seattle. But, he chose not to be like his father. Now, he wanted a family of his own, and his friend Beth had talked him into a mail-order bride. The Wallins were like family to him, but to have his own family would be a dream come true.
Ada Williamson had grown up knowing her parents didn’t want her. After all, they had her perfect sister. Melinda was beautiful, talented, and very selfish. It was only the two of them now, and the only life they could have would be if Melinda married.
Ada arrives in Seattle to give Thomas news about her sister, only everything goes wrong, and she keeps the information to herself. But, of course, secrets never stay buried forever. I enjoyed Regina’s Frontier Brides series, and this series continues from that. Loved the characters…new and old…in this book.
Lady Larissa Dryden, daughter of the Duke of Wey, has promised her two younger sisters, Callie and Belle, and her best friend, Petunia “Tuny” Bateman, that they all agree to find men to marry this Season. So naturally, Larissa will do her best to try and find men for the others, as she’s always put her sisters first. But, of course, she doesn’t expect to find a match herself… Will the ingrained training of her late mother and grandmother keep her from a man that wouldn’t meet their standards?
Crown Prince Otto Leopold Augustus “Leo” was doing what he often did when he met the beautiful young woman in the hallway…pretending to be his twin brother, Frederick. They had been removed from their homeland and are fighting to regain it. Leaving Italy, they now hope to find help with England’s king.
If you haven’t read Fortune’s Brides, I highly suggest that series. Not only is it a great series, but these books are connected. Meredith and Fortune, the cat, join these characters; three of them are daughters from a match Meredith made, as they search for happiness and to help this royal family gain back their homeland.
Captain Frederick “Fritz” Archambault, Count Montalban, is Leo’s twin brother. Fritz’s job as Captain of the Imperial Guard is to protect his brother and father…the king and the crown prince of Batavaria. Ever since his father gave him a title as a count, it seems these young English ladies were always after his attention, which brought him to the place of hiding with Callie.
Lady Calantha “Callie” Dryden hated large gatherings. She was an observer, a listener, which brought her behind the palms at this particular ball when she heard two men talking about conspiring against Leo and Fritz. And, then in a situation her father misinterpreted.
Callie has always been overlooked, invisible, and now that talent has Fritz wanting her to help him identify the men she overheard. How can she refuse his outrageous suggestion when it means helping Fritz, Leo, and their country?
Another excellent story in this series. I’m looking forward to book three already.
Drake, Earl of Howland, has made Grace-by-the-Sea his home. His father left the family in a poor state. His mother wasn’t pleased, feeling her station far above this beautiful village. A new earl and widowed, Drake felt not only the weight of his finances but the care of his precious nine-year-old daughter, Miranda.
Rosemary Denby was determined to get the job as governess for Lady Miranda. And she did accomplish her mission. Soon, she found a girl of her own heart. A young girl that she could teach that the world was hers to do anything she wanted. Even teaching her how to hunt for fossils as her uncle had done for her. She didn’t expect the earl to be such a wonderful man.
Excellent series with heartwarming secondary characters. Maudie Tully and her tales of mermaids and trolls always brings a smile to my face. The unique spa guests and those whose stories have already been told. A series worth taking the time to read from book one.
Viscount Robert “Rob” Peverell family had a summer home in Grace-By-The-Sea called the Lodge. They didn’t go there often. Seven years ago, Rob had gone there with his father and brother; boredom quickly overcame him. He met some local boys, and one day he’d met a local girl. And then they left the Lodge, and he hadn’t returned since.
Hester DenbyTodd had enjoyed her summer with Rob, who had given her a false last name, and she’d done the same. He’d left quickly and broken her heart. She had married and had a daughter, although her husband was killed in the war. Now, seven years later, Rob has returned. And her heart still mourned that summer. But, she had learned how dangerous he was to her.
The series begins with Hester’s brother’s story in The Matchmaker’s Rogue, Larkin Denby’s story. Full of fun and unique characters and fabulous storylines.
Captain Quillian St. Claire, formerly of His Majesty’s Navy, has just been told that someone is out to kill him. Boney’s orders. The bearer of the news then told him she’d be protecting him. A woman. A beautiful woman who sings like a Siren of the sea. Quill has been alone and taking care of himself most of his life…until now.
Mademoiselle Marie-Louise Fortier, “Ree”, is alone in the world. Her music helps support her and gets her into the places she needs to be in her work for the War Office. She lost everything from her father to her homeland to the tyrant. Now, she’s doing all she can to stop him.
Grace-by-the-Sea has been having an epidemic of couples falling in love. Must be in the spa waters. Quill never felt at home and Ree hasn’t had a real home since she was eleven. Together, this little town can heal and bring people together. I’m going to miss visiting this town and the people. Such an endearing series.
Widow Kate Tremaine’s husband died a year ago, leaving Kate and her son, Danny, to run their hotel in Yellowstone Park. Kate loves the beauty around her and does all she can to protect the natural wonders...and the animals. Poachers are a real threat to the dwindling numbers of bison.
Lieutenant William “Will” Prescott got a second chance eight years ago after the Army demoted him. He’ll never forgive himself or forget what he had done. Will doesn’t expect anyone to forgive him or to have more than the Army in his life. Right now, he’s in charge of five men as they guard an area of Yellowstone. Thankfully, Kate agrees to help him, and his men learn of the dangers to avoid with all the geysers around.
Kate and Will work together to protect the land, and they both hold their past close to them. It’s time they both look to the future and let God’s love and forgiveness heal them. I loved this story; stayed up into the wee hours of the morning because I couldn’t put it down until the end.
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Nathan Hardee had once been a part of society in Tacoma. Then, after his father’s death, he left. Ran away. And found a life more fitting. Meeting Waldo, he found a new life on the mountain as a guide. A place that he felt closer to God and found contentment. Until the day he took on a new client for a climb to the summit.
Coraline “Cora” Baxter was going to climb to the summit for two reasons. First, her mother wouldn’t push her to marry. Second, it would hopefully help the women’s suffrage movement be noticed and allow women to vote. But, she found so much more on that mountain…and with Nathan.
Another page-turner I couldn’t put down. The author writes in such a way that you can see the mountain, the flowers, the valleys. Feel each step up the mountain. Wonderful characters and story. The first two books in this series were terrific. I definitely would recommend reading the whole series.
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Lady Emily Capers Series
Adele's fortune is gone, along with her marriage prospects. Now she is devoted to securing her charge's happiness. When she meets Jerome, she dares to dream of love again. But after learning his true motives, that love comes to a test. Can she forgive his past and reform his heart...to make it hers forever?
Claire believed herself sensible in marrying a well-to-do viscount rather than a penniless second son. How deeply she regretted it! Now their fortunes are reversed, and Richard's plan will help settle her debts and secure his inheritance. Yet it may yield something even more precious: a chance to be courted by the captain once more.
The Master Matchmakers Series
Wedding bells will ring when downstairs servants play Cupid for upstairs aristocracy
Wealthy heiress Eugennia Welch thought herself perfectly content, living alone with her treasured books. So why, pray, did she find herself wishing for companionship--male companionship at that? Then, as if in answer to her prayer, Kevin Whattling strode into her drawing room, announcing his intention of marrying her. And once the handsome suitor began to court her, Eugennia soon understood the charms of proper romance...even though she suspected Kevin loved her fortune more than he did her.
AND THE CORINTHIAN
Dashing Kevin knew that marriage to an heiress was all that stood between him and Debtor's Prison. Soon, however, he found Eugennia's reserved demeanor masked an enchanting young woman who took a childlike delight in shopping with him for fripperies, and a womanly fascination in waltzing in his arms. He never expected to find love with Eugennia. Until he lost his heart to her...
**Traditional Regency Romance Novella originally titled “A Place by the Fire”; previously published by Zebra
Katherine Collings has never been more distressed. With no means and few prospects, she is financially beholden to her stepsister, Constance, who stands to inherit a large fortune--if she marries before she turns twenty. Fearing for her own future, Katherine decides to play matchmaker, and begins to spy on Alexander Wescott, Lord Borin, the object of her stepsister's devoted affection.
A man of the world, Alex has always been more interested in becoming a spy than in taking a wife. So imagine his shock when he discovers that someone has been spying on him! Determined to prove his talent for subterfuge, he makes it his mission to track down the culprit. But he's puzzled when the trail of clues leads him straight to the Collings' household...and delighted when it leads him into the arms of beautiful Katherine.
Thanks to the kind ministrations of her dearest friend, spirited Eloise Watkin has been transformed into the perfect lady--radiant, alluring, and ever-so-slightly mysterious. Now she has a coterie of ardent admirers and every hope of making a splendid match...unless, that is, someone finds out about a certain scandalous episode in her past. But wicked Jareth Darby, the shameless rogue who led her astray, is safely out of the country, or so Eloise thinks, until he suddenly turns up--as impossibly handsome as ever--and intent on renewing their acquaintance.
...MEETS HIS MATCH
Jareth Darby cannot resist the deal proffered by his upstanding brother: an estate and the fortune to maintain it will be his if he can gain the forgiveness of every woman he's ever wronged! Jareth sets out to charm each one of them and meets with his usual success, until he approaches Eloise Watkin. All grown up and damnably beautiful, the green-eyed minx makes it perfectly clear that Jareth will have to earn every ounce of her clemency But what Jareth doesn't foresee is that the day will come when he'll want far more from Eloise than her pardon...he'll want her love.
Cassie Bentbrooke has no interest in the ton. The daughter of a noted astronomer, she is content with studying the heavens through her father's telescopes--especially since his academic success has not provided much by way of wealth. But Cassie's ward Liza Kearney longs for the magic of one Season...and Cassie is determined to give it to her.
Easier said than done. For Cassie's brother has returned from the Continent to claim his inheritance, and handle the meager purse strings. And privateer Devon Sebastien has arrived in London with his own agenda--recovering the jewels his uncle hid in the Bentbrooke home during the Terror. Fulfilling Liza's dreams may be possible, but Cassie soon realizes that guarding her own heart from a certain devilishly handsome Frenchman may not be--and that love will blaze a trail through her life brighter than any comet in the dark night sky...
When Celia Rider's inheritance is stolen, she immediately suspects her irresponsible pea-goose of a stepmother, Patrice. Determined to uncover the truth, Celia poses as a governess to Patrice's neglected son, hoping to glean some clues. As rumors abound regarding Celia's sudden disappearance, the devastatingly attractive and unflappable Brandon Pellidore takes this unsettling family matter into his own hands...
Brandon soon suspects that the drab garments of a governess disguise none other than the utterly bewitching Celia. Unmasking the beauty, he engages her in a daring plan to catch a thief. Yet as passion grows, Brandon must confess to Celia the dark legacy that has earned him his dubious reputation, and the terrible choice that loving him demands. Undaunted, Celia vows to follow her heart, no matter how painful the journey. For only then can she claim the man--and the love--that is nothing short of perfection...