The Passion of a Marquess

The Sisters of the Aristocracy

Book 2
Linda Rae Sande
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hey say you learn from your mistakes ... but what if they're not your own? 
After four Seasons and no prospects, Lady Samantha is resigned to life as a spinster. Her aunt, Caroline Fitzsimmons, Viscountess Chamberlain, insists they set sail to Italy for a tour she hopes might allow her charge to meet and marry a European aristocrat. 
His mines having suffered a multitude of disasters, Ethan Range, Marquess of Plymouth, is determined to secure a recent invention from an Italian count to alleviate the danger of fires. He's none too happy to discover Lady Caroline traveling on the same ship as he is to Rome. He knows her secret and is rather incensed she's been able to hide Samantha's true past from the ton.
While taking a late-night stroll on deck, Samantha is confronted by the scowling marquess. Incensed by his assertion that Caroline is really her mother, Samantha barely has time to slap the man before a sudden storm sends a wave of water onto the ship, washing them both overboard.

Forced to save each other, the two end up as castaways on a deserted island in the Mediterranean. Although they face perils a plenty during the week they're stranded, they have far more to fear from one another than from hunger, weather, and pirates. Can the two overcome their circumstances and realize the mistakes of the past are not their own? Or will their week on the island lead to more turbulence? The heart may be the best life preserver in The Passion of a Marquess

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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.


A fan of action-adventure movies, she can frequently be found at the local cinema. During the winter, she hosts several junior hockey players and follows the San Jose Sharks. She makes her home in Cody, Wyoming. For more information about her books, see her website: www.lindaraesande.com. 

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Linda Rae Sande
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Published on
Jan 5, 2015
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Pages
328
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ISBN
9780991507566
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English
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Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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"If a maid wants nothing but a husband, how can a brother give her everything?"

The illegitimate sister of the Earl of Trenton, former maid Lily Harkins has spent the past two Seasons attending balls and soirées and learning everything she needs to know to be a proper lady of the ton. She's also garnered a group of suitors—four, in fact—and every one of them has indicated their intention to make her their wife. Trouble is, she can't decide if they're truly fond of her or of her dowry.

William Overby has spent almost his entire life working at Wellingham Imports. Despite his poverty-stricken past in the Seven Dials, his position as a clerk has afforded him all the trappings of the middle class and what he thinks is a satisfying life. That is, until the day he meets Lady Lily. The beautiful blonde, a cousin of his employer, reminds him of a maid he once met at Vauxhall Gardens. A maid he saved from certain ruination. A maid he's been unable to forget since that fateful night. Could Lady Lily be the same girl?

Having read the stories in the gossip sheets suggesting his sister is being courted by no fewer than four aristocrats, Gabriel invites Lily to spend the summer in Staffordshire. He's determined to hear her side of the stories before deciding which man is good enough to be her husband. He wants her to have a life of privilege, after all.

Lily decides a few tall tales told over evening meals should help cast the men in a not-so-flattering light. But what of the young man she met at Wellingham Imports? The clerk who reminds her so much of the honorable man from her past? Can she convince the earl that William is the man for her? A struggle with class and the expectations of her brother may override The Desire of a Lady.

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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".
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”*

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

*Library Journal


Praise for Before We Were Yours

“A [story] of a family lost and found . . . a poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets.” —People

“Sure to be one of the most compelling books you pick up this year. . . . Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you’ll find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann’s legacy.” —Parade

“One of the year’s best books . . . It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel.” —The Huffington Post

“Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.” —Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of Circling the Sun
 A sensual tale-within-a-tale of a baron, a book, and a bride-to-be, THE STORY OF A BARON delights. Lady Evangeline is about to buy the book, 'The Story of a Baron', when Baron Sommers appears with the same intention. With only the one copy available, they agree to read it together -- despite the impropriety -- Evangeline's reputation as a bluestocking could use a bit of scandal. When life begins to imitate art, though, Evangeline wonders about the true identity of the author, Anonymous. What will she discover when she reads between the lines of The Story of a Baron?


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.

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.

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, 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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