The Year with No Summer is drawing to a close, bleeding into a harsh winter that promises snow, ice and continued hardship. London, so rich with life and bustle, is quiet beneath the ice, buried in a cold few can ever truly recall happening before. Many of the ton are taking their leave for the Christmas holiday, abandoning the soggy streets of London for even chillier country roads. Milton Grandby, Earl of Torrington, believes that now is the perfect time to introduce his new bride, Adele, to his ancestral hunting lodge and seat of his Earldom in Northumberland. A private getaway nestled in glistening snow can lead to all sorts of enjoyment… and hopefully, an heir.
With excitement in the air and Christmas fast approaching, the newlyweds make plans to travel north. While no family will be invited to the Torrington lodge, the Earl will bring his valet, Alonyius Banks, and Adele will be accompanied by Alice Simpkins, her rather grumpy lady’s maid.
Yet when The Lord and His Lady arrive at Torrington Park sans their needed companions, things take a decided turn and quickly become intimately awkward. While Milton is more than happy to play lady’s maid to his bride, the close confines and frigid air bring secrets to the front—and mistrust to the surface. As the duo learns more about each other’s pasts, they discover struggles and misunderstandings abound. Can they look beyond their flaws and allow the spirit of the season and the gift of giving to thaw the sudden ice between them? Or will their first holiday away doom their new-found devotion? The budding romance of their servants may provide the answer in The Christmas of a Countess.
After four Seasons and no prospects, Lady Samantha is resigned to spinsterhood in THE PASSION OF A MARQUESS. Her aunt, Viscountess Chamberlain, insists they sail to Italy to find a marriage-minded European aristocrat. His mines having suffered a multitude of disasters, Ethan Range, Marquess of Plymouth, needs to secure an Italian invention to help alleviate fires. He’s none too happy to find Lady Chamberlain traveling on the same ship. He knows her secret and is incensed she’s able to hide Samantha’s true past from the ton. While on deck, the marquess confronts Samantha. Offended by his claims, she slaps the man before a wave washes them both overboard. Forced to save each other, they end up as castaways on a deserted island. Although they face perils a plenty, they have more to fear from one another than from hunger, weather, and pirates. Can they realize the mistakes of the past are not their own?
The illegitimate sister the Earl of Trenton, former maid Lily spent two Seasons attending balls and learning about the ton. Now she finds herself courted by four aristocrats—probably for her dowry—and the subject of gossip rags. Concerned by what he's reading, the earl invites her to spend the summer so he can hear her side of the stories—tales Lily may need to embellish to get her way. William Overby has spent most of his life toiling at Wellingham Imports. Despite his poverty-stricken past, his position as a clerk has afforded him a satisfying life—until he’s reintroduced to Lily. The idea of courting Lily is suddenly paramount. But will Lily consider his suit now that she’s elevated in Society? Lily's tales may reveal more in what she doesn’t tell in THE DESIRE OF A LADY.