At the Stroke of Midnight

Tales From Seldon Park

Book 3
Bethany Sefchick
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Lady Jane Ashford has been known as "Plain Jane" for as long as she can remember.  Never a favorite with the gentlemen of the ton, she has remained on the fringes of ballrooms for years until one night at the height of the season, she encounters a man who is everything she has ever desired - Lord Sebastian St. Giles, the dashing and much-sought-after Earl of Covington - and in an instant, her heart is lost.

Captivated by Lady Jane, Sebastian is determined to make her his, at least until business calls him out of London.  When he returns, he is dismayed to discover that in his absence, his mother has taken it upon herself to select his bride, and she has chosen the worst possible candidate, Jane's half-sister, Lady Elizabeth.

Now as Christmas fast approaches, Sebastian is forced to attend a house party where he is expected to announce his betrothal to Lady Elizabeth.  Except that he cannot forget about Jane, the woman he truly desires.  Unable to resist her, he finds himself spending every spare moment in her company, often times in the dark of night.  Will he find a way to make Jane his by the time the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve or will their fairy tale romance end before it even begins?

This 72,937-word novel is written in the modern, Regency romance style for a slightly hotter and sexier read.  It may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

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About the author

Making her home in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, Bethany Sefchick lives with her husband, Ed, and a plethora of Betta fish that she’s constantly finding new ways to entertain. In addition to writing, Bethany owns a jewelry company, Easily Distracted Designs.

When not penning romance novels or creating sparkly treasures, she enjoys cooking, scrapbooking, and lavishing attention on any stray cats who happen to be hanging around. She always enjoys hearing from her fans at: bsefchickauthor@gmail.com

 

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Bethany Sefchick
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Published on
Nov 10, 2014
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Pages
147
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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Lady Julia Rosemont should be enjoying her first season among London's elite.  However nothing could be further from the truth.  Even though she's the sister to the Duke of Candlewood and has been schooled in all of the dictates of polite society, she's also slightly on the shelf and has lived a rather sheltered life at her family's country seat, Seldon Park, in Sussex.  Then, of course, there is the small matter of her scars.

Garish and all-together too visible, the unusual pattern of scars has defined Julia's entire life, for she cannot remember a time when they were not a part of her.  It seems as if they have always been present, the result of an animal attack when she was a child.  Now a debutante in town, Julia is finding it difficult to navigate the ballrooms of London, where being different is greatly frowned upon.  Thankfully, she has her best friend, Benjamin, to offer assistance on occasion.  That she is also deeply in love with him, and has been for ages, is entirely beside the point and of no consequence.

Benjamin Sinclair, the Duke of Radcliffe, has known both Julia and her brother Nicholas since they were all children.  There is nothing he wouldn't do to protect her.  Except that the only reason she's having a season at all is because he insisted - secretly, of course.  Her misery, therefore, is entirely his fault, and he will do anything he can to ease her pain.  Even if that means becoming her escort for the remainder of the season.  All he has to do is make certain that his heart does not become involved.  For the last thing he wants to do is risk his long-standing friendship with Lady Julia.

However when someone threatens to expose long-kept secrets about both Julia and Benjamin, secrets that could plunge both of their families deep into scandal, both of them must decide whether or not to face their fears.  Including how they feel about each other.  Is love worth the risk?  Can Julia finally catch the duke of her dreams?  Or will Benjamin forever be just beyond her reach?

 

Lady Katherine Oakley, the widowed Countess of Crossbury, has decided that she needs a drastic change in her life.  Considered old and undesirable by much of Society, she has spent the last several years sitting on the edges of ballrooms.  Even her job writing for the gossip sheet, Town Tattler, as the infamous Madame C. brings her little pleasure these days.  At a loss, all Catherine can envision for her future is a life of empty, endless parties and even more empty and endless nights alone.  So when her good friend Lord Candlewood offers to make arrangements so that she might reside one last time at Hollywell, the grand castle that once belonged to her family, for the length of the Christmas season, Catherine eagerly agrees.

French nobleman Julian Valette, cousin of the infamous Comte De La Croix, has grown tired of chasing his thieving cousin across England in an attempt to regain his rightful title.  Instead, he has recently taken up life as a gentleman farmer at the behest of his old friend Lord Candlewood.  While Julian occasionally longs for the sparkle of London, for the most part he is content at Hollywell, his castle by the sea and the activity the nearby village provides.  So when a strange woman arrives at his doorstep claiming to be the dowager Countess of Crossbury and insisting that the castle is, for the Christmas season any way, her home, Julian is more than a little befuddled.  And more than a little attracted.

Can Julian and Catherine sort out the misunderstanding quickly or are both of them stuck with each other through Twelfth Night?  Provided they don't kill each other in the meantime, of course.
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