The Grace of a Duke

The Daughters of the Aristocracy

Book 2
Linda Rae Sande
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They say time heals all wounds ... but what of those left by love?Having barely survived the fire that killed his family, Joshua Wainwright reluctantly begins his reign as the new Duke of Chichester. He is still recovering from his burns when he returns to Wisborough Oaks, the family seat in Sussex where the fire occurred. With reconstruction underway and a backlog of estate business to complete, the very last thing Joshua can handle is the sudden appearance of Lady Charlotte, the daughter of the Earl of Ellsworth.

Once betrothed to Joshua’s older brother, Charlotte has spent her entire life training to be the Duchess of Chichester. Now that the man she was supposed to marry is dead, Charlotte is determined to marry Joshua, for despite the horrific scars that require him to wear a mask over one side of his face, she has secretly loved him since her coming-out. Never mind that her father has arranged a betrothal to the Earl of Gisborn!

The duke has no idea it was Charlotte who arranged for his medical care and transport to London after the fire. Given his scars and the gossip mongers in London who refer to him as “His Grace with half a face”, he’s determined to spare Charlotte from having to marry him, even if she feels duty-bound to do so. But Charlotte, hiding a hideous scar of her own, will do whatever it takes, including seduction, to secure a marriage to the man she loves.

Will Joshua’s apparent indifference send her into the arms of the earl who has come to claim her? Or will Charlotte choose a different path? Love proves it can heal even the deepest wounds in "The Grace of a Duke".
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About the author

A self-described nerd and lover of science, Linda Rae spent many years as a published technical writer specializing in 3D graphics workstations, software and 3D animation (her movie credits include SHREK and SHREK 2). An interest in genealogy led to years of research on the Regency era and a desire to write fiction based in that time.


Now running the front office of a busy print shop, she’s developed an appreciation for pretty papers and spends time using them in her scrapbooks. She can frequently be found at the local cinema enjoying the latest movie. During the winter, she enjoys junior hockey and the San Jose Sharks, and an indeterminate number of tropical fish live with her year-round. She makes her home in Cody, Wyoming. See her upcoming books on her website: www.lindaraesande.com.

 

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Linda Rae Sande
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Published on
Apr 20, 2013
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780989397308
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English
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Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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Book 3
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks... but what about his mistress?Henry Forster has loved only one woman his entire life. Sarah, a farmer’s daughter, bore him a son when he was merely the nephew of the Earl of Gisborn. Despite Henry’s numerous proposals, Sarah has refused to marry him, claiming he must seek a wife suitable to his rank. And now that he’s inherited the earldom and needs a legitimate heir, he is determined to find a biddable wife but keep Sarah as his lover and his young son in his life.

Lady Hannah Slater, the daughter of the Marquess of Devonville, decided long ago that men have no regard for their wives and only ever love their mistresses. Husbands, she thinks, are for fathering children. Her large dog, Harold MacDuff can provide protection, but she wants desperately to have a child. So when the Earl of Gisborn offers for her hand, she readily accepts.

When the earl doesn’t bed her on their wedding night – he thought it inappropriate to take her virtue in her childhood bed – Hannah is upset and makes her displeasure known while the two are on their way to Oxfordshire. In an effort to appease her, Henry agrees to the proviso that he bed only Hannah until she is with child – then he can resume his relations with Sarah. He is unaware that his true love has set her sights on a different future – one that doesn’t include him.

It will take the antics and devotion of man’s best friend to teach Henry and Hannah that sometimes love is right in front of your nose in "The Seduction of the Earl".
Book 1
 A kiss is just a kiss ... or is it?Having just inherited a viscountcy, George Bennett-Jones knows he must find a bride, preferably the daughter of an aristocrat; his mistress insists on it. Through a series of lessons, she instructs George on the finer points of meeting and pleasing a woman. 

When George spies Lady Elizabeth Carlington dancing with the Earl of Trenton, it's love at first sight. But the auburn-haired beauty is quite sure the earl will offer for her hand, and she has every intention of accepting; even if his kiss has left her feeling as if she was kissed by her best friend's dog! 

When Elizabeth mentions the unfortunate kiss during the ball's supper, George implies there is an art to kissing, innocently offering to replace her poor first impression with a proper kiss. Intrigued, and unaware that George is a viscount and a secret patron of her charity, Elizabeth accepts his offer at the next ball. George is more than happy to accommodate her. His kiss has the daughter of a marquess so stunned, so amazed and so aroused, she requests that he demonstrate the pleasures that can be had in a marriage bed. Knowing he has only one night to court the woman who has captured his heart, George sets out to prove himself while promising he will leave her virtue intact. 

Will the evening of pleasure he has planned for Elizabeth convince her to accept his hand in marriage? Or simply leave her with a vivid memory of what she will be missing should she accept the earl's marriage proposal? The lessons of a mistress prove invaluable in The Kiss of a Viscount .
Linda Rae Sande
There’s nothing quite like going home for the holidays ... but first, you have to get there.

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.

Linda Rae Sande
A viscount's son struggles to meet a deadline to marry in TUESDAY NIGHTS. THE WIDOWED COUNTESS features twin brothers—one is a ghost—who love the same woman. An earl's daughter accepts a dare to teach the groom in the stables on how to be a gentleman, not knowing he's an earl's son in MY FAIR GROOM.


Time proves to be a problem for a viscount's son who has promised to marry by a certain birthday in TUESDAY NIGHTS. The girl he has loved for years would be a perfect wife except she's been hired by his sister to be a governess! Meanwhile, his best friend wants desperately to marry his childhood sweetheart but is thwarted by Society's expectations. Will love prevail?


When an earl dies unexpectedly, his twin brother inherits the earldom and THE WIDOWED COUNTESS. Now if only his brother's ghost will leave them alone. Seems there's a possible murder to solve as well as some skeletons in the closet that need to be buried. Meanwhile, her best friend finds married life to a randy earl a challenge both in and out of the bedchamber.

A double-dog-dare has an earl's daughter accepting the challenge to teach the groom in the stables on how to be a gentleman. He agrees to the plan. How hard can it be when he's really an earl's son? Meanwhile, his best friend struggles with finding the perfect woman to make his countess. When his attempt to marry the daughter of an aristocrat fails in spectacular fashion, he decides instead to pursue the commoner with whom he once spent an evening at a coaching inn. He'll end up with far more than a reluctant bride in MY FAIR GROOM. 

Linda Rae Sande
Two RONÉ Award nominees begin and end this boxed set of Regency romances. In THE KISS OF A VISCOUNT, George-Bennett Jones finds himself in love with Lady Elizabeth. His competition for her hand is the blond, blue-eyed Gabriel Wellingham. An earl, he's determined to gain the hand of the daughter of his most powerful political opposite, David Carlington, Marquess of Morganfield. George has been tutored by his mistress, though, and employs the lessons he has learned in an attempt to gain the upper hand in his quest for Elizabeth's hand. Lady Charlotte has to take matters into her own hands when she travels to Wisborough Oaks to marry Joshua Wainwright in THE GRACE OF A DUKE. The newly-minted Duke of Chichester is still recovering from burns and has no intention of subjecting a woman to what most in the ton refer to as "His Grace with half a face". When it appears someone is trying to kill him, Joshua sends his estate manager to London to find out who would benefit from his death. The appearance of another suitor for Charlotte's hand, an earl she has known since childhood, has the duke realizing he may have missed his opportunity to marry the perfect duchess. 

In THE SEDUCTION OF AN EARL, Lady Hannah agrees to marry Henry Forster, Earl of Gisborn, despite knowing he has a son with his childhood sweetheart—and still loves her. Hannah has her dog, though, and merely wants a child of her own to love. An inventor and farmer, Henry is pinning the future of his earldom on a prognostication claiming the upcoming growing season will be too cold and rainy to grow crops. Determined to modernize, and to save a maid from a rake, Henry discovers Hannah and Harold MacDuff are rather resourceful and intelligent. It will take man's best friend to teach Henry a thing or two about women.
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