Driven into exile years earlier, due to family scandal, Declan Sinclair is called home, devastated to discover his brother has been murdered and he’s the new Duke of Darington. When clues point to the man he blames for both his exile and his brother’s death, Declan resolves to ruin the culprit. If only the daughter of the man’s business partner, lovely Lady Alethea Swinton, didn’t tempt his resolve.
Lady Alethea Swinton has cultivated her pristine reputation in the hopes of winning her father’s praise. When her childhood friend returns, Alethea finds she’s willing to court scandal and defy her father to help the handsome Declan uncover the truth behind his brother’s death. Until she realizes Declan’s redemption will mean her family’s ruin.
I absolutely love this book. The new Duke of Darrington, Declan, considered a Mulatto, his father’s second wife was a beautiful, kind, young lady, Declan’s Mother. He was the second son, his nearest neighbors, were a Powerful, bitter, Earl’s twins, Finley, and Lady Alethea. Now, after 12 years of building up his Sugarcane Empire, he has returned, upon finding his brother, Albert, the Duke, is dead. Declan is determined to find out how he died. The Earl has warned his grown children to stay away from the new Duke, alluding to an unsubstantiated rumor, that he has been involved with privateering! This is the problem between the Twins, and Declan, his father was accused of Swindle, put a gun into his mouth, and killed himself. Yet, at the time his partner was the Earl! Lady Alethea loves her father, what, and who will she chose to believe, once she recognizes her feelings for Declan?
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Captivated at Christmas: Holiday Tales with Earls, Lords, and Charming Scots by Julie Johnstone
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Publication Date: November 27, 2017
Give yourself the gift of romance this holiday season, brought to you by USA Today bestselling author Julie Johnstone. Enter the glittering, glamorous, and sometimes treacherous world of Regency England, where true love awaits in the arms of an honorable Scot, a dashing earl, and a roguish baron. Put on your slippers and become the bold heroine with the spirit and the heart to capture her Prince Charming and receive the Christmas kiss she deserves!
CHRISTMAS IN THE SCOT’S ARMS
Laird Liam MacLeod wishes to marry for love, but scheming lasses are making it hard to do so. Given the opportunity to escape to London for the holidays, Liam takes it with a halfhearted hope that perhaps English ladies will be different. But the calculating debutantes leave him with little faith—until he meets Cecelia. She’s beautiful, witty, and knows nothing about his fortune. With a tattered reputation and a duty to marry well to save her family from ruin, Cecelia cannot pursue the longings the honorable, handsome Scott awakens in her. But Liam is more tempting than she could ever imagine, and when presented the opportunity to marry a duke who could save her family or the laird she now loves, Cecelia decides to follow her heart instead of her head. That is, before Liam reveals a secret that may well prove charming Scots are the most dangerous rogues of them all.
THE REDEMPTION OF A DISSOLUTE EARL
The Earl of Hardwick lost his soul and his heart the day he chose his fortune over the woman he loved. Charlotte Milne trusted in happily ever after until her knight turned out to be wearing rusty armor. Separated by disloyalty and pain, each of them struggle to bury the memories of the other. But then a mandatory summons from the Duke of Danby sets them on a path of collision at Danby Castle. With the tides of irrevocable change rising, Drew must find a way to show Charlotte that even the most selfish of rakes can be redeemed by love, and he must do it before the woman of his heart becomes the wife of another.
SEASON FOR SURRENDER
Lillian Lancaster would rather catch the plague than a husband. Unfortunately, her inheritance hinges upon her marrying a lord. Commanded by his grandfather to immediately marry or become penniless, the marriage-adverse Lord Edgeworth decides the perfect choice would be a woman who wants nothing to do with him. What starts as a marriage of convenience becomes quite alarmingly inconvenient when desire flames and dangles the promise of something more than either dared to imagine. Now, Lillian and Edgeworth must decide if they are courageous enough to risk their hearts and surrender to love.
So light a fire, snuggle in with a cup of chocolate or tea, and let the magic of these three stories cast a holiday spell upon you!
Christmas in a Scot’s Arms
The talented Julie Johnstone takes her Medieval series (Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts) and brings it forward to the year 1815.
Liam MacLeod, descendant of Iain and Marion MacLeod, is now Laird and visiting London to meet with his sister’s intended when he comes to the rescue of Miss Cecelia Cartwright.
Miss Cecelia Cartwright has the misfortune of ruined reputation, a father who put the family in financial ruin and a mother who demands Cecelia must marry for money. Which makes her encounter with the impoverished Laird Liam MacLeod hard to bear as she is fascinated by the Scotsman.
Ms. Johnstone does a remarkable job giving us a glimpse into the future for descendants from her amazing Highlander Vows series!
The three novels which make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family between 1886 and 1920. Galsworthy’s masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women. This is the only critical edition of the work available, with Notes that explain contemporary artistic and literary allusions and define the slang of the time.
After years in the United States, Jane returns to the tranquil Scottish estate, Elvie, where she’d spent a magical childhood. Memories of Elvie have always summoned the image of Sinclair, the rakish man she had once dreamed of marrying, but now that she is home, she finds Sinclair a different man. His charm has a purpose, and Jane can no longer trust him or herself.
I highly recommend everything Rosamund Pilcher has ever written. She will become a Modern Day Georgette Heyer.
I recommend all of her books! You must Read September, and Coming Home! Awesome Books, that you will never forget!
Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centres on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new step-sister enters Molly’s quiet life – loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.
Wives and Daughters is far more than a nostalgic evocation of village life; it offers an ironic critique of mid-Victorian society. ‘No nineteenth-century novel contains a more devastating rejection than this of the Victorian male assumption of moral authority’, writes Pam Morris in her introduction to this new edition, in which she explores the novel’s main themes – the role of women, Darwinism and the concept of Englishness – and its literary and social context.
This is a true Classic, the movie is also a Must See, with a young Keeley Hawes! Awesome!
Three determined young ladies vow to give three of London’s worst rakes their comeuppance ― but when these rogues turn the tables, who truly learns a lesson in love?
Once upon a time, the notorious Viscount Dare charmed Lady Georgiana Halley out of her innocence ― to win a wager, no less! ― and now he must pay dearly. The plan is simple: She will use every seductive wile she knows to win Dare’s heart…and then break it. But his smoldering gaze once again tempts Georgiana to give in to desire ― and when he astonishes her with a marriage proposal, she wonders: Is he playing yet another game…or could it truly be love this time?
At his death in 1547, King Henry VIII left four heirs to the English throne: his only son, the nine-year-old Prince Edward; the Lady Mary, the adult daughter of his first wife, Catherine of Aragon; the Lady Elizabeth, the daughter of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and his young great-niece, the Lady Jane Grey. These are the players in a royal drama that ultimate led to Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne–one of the most spectacularly successful reigns in English history.
Must Read! How sisters could turn on each other, with a father, as brutal as Henry the VIII, it’s no wonder they turned out, as driven as they were, to hold on to The Throne of England!
I highly Recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!
Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon–the towering novel of the twentieth century’s most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies–the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era.
Another Classic! An Absolutely Must Read! I highly Recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!
It was strictly business as Adrian Spence claimed the woman his brother desired. A hasty wedding, and Lilliana Dashell was his—sweet revenge on the father who disinherited him and the brother who let it happen. Their wedding night is a revelation as passionate, innocent Lilliana ignites fires Adrian tries desperately to deny. By day he is a stranger. By night he is the lover of her dreams, and she a shameless wanton in his arms. But Adrian is determined that no woman will ever possess him. And Lilliana knows that her only hope of taming this very dangerous gentleman is to unlock his deepest mysteries and open his shuttered heart to love….
This is an Awesome series! I highly recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!