A Marquess Is Forever

Tales From Seldon Park

Book 5
Bethany Sefchick
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Lady Diana Saintwood is fed up - with the men of London, a man who refuses to marry her, and her interfering mother.  As she faces what might very well be her last season in London, she is determined to live life to the fullest.  All she truly desires is a few moments of fun for herself before the ever-proper Duke of Hathaway proposes - more out of a sense of duty than for any other reason, of course.  If he ever gets around to the actual proposal, that is.

Lachlan McKenna, the newly named Marquess of Hallstone, is in London for more than one reason.  Lachlan is on a quest to right the wrongs his father has committed over the years before the disagreeable old man passes on and leaves his only son and heir nothing more than a bad reputation.  If Lachlan should find a woman that captures his attention in the process, one who might make a suitable wife, so much the better.  When he encounters Lady Diana Saintwood, however, Lachlan learns two things rather quickly.  One, she is far from suitable wife material, and two, she has completely captured his heart with one witty conversation.

Will Diana choose the wild, reckless path that leads straight into Lachlan's arms or will she do as duty demands and wed Hathaway as everyone - including her mother - expects?

This 111,000-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
May 19, 2015
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Pages
269
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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.
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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