Runaway Hearts: An American Hearts Romance

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New York 1899. Emma Madding walks up to the door of a remote waterfront cliff house in upstate New York, and into the life of recluse Benjamin Stark. A typewriter girl, she is hired to transcribe his weathered journal and the memories his scarred hand can no longer write down. Stark is a rugged adventurer now back from the Klondike Gold Rush, where he found gold and tragedy, too.

With the public hungry for gold rush stories and guidebooks, he agrees to chronicle his adventures. But for Emma and Benjamin, working together draws emotions that neither can allow. Benjamin tries not to love Emma, for the truth of his past will drive her away. Emma longs for love, but she has her own secret. Love conquers, but cannot protect.

Forced apart, the two lovers must battle a world fueled by money and power.

Originally published as The Typewriter Girl
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About the author

J.L. Jarvis is a left-handed opera singer/teacher/lawyer who writes romance novels. She received her undergraduate training from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a doctorate from the University of Houston. She now lives and writes in New York. For information about upcoming books, sign up for her newsletter at

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Jun 26, 2017
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The Complete Series from J.L. Jarvis

Four Scottish historical romances set during the turbulent Covenanter times of 17th century Scotland


Only an enemy soldier could save her life--and her heart. 

Highland soldier Callum MacDonell battled lowland Covenanters at the service of the King. Now charged with hunting an assassin, his journey would lead not to justice, but to a murderer's passionate Covenanter sister, Mari McEwan. Betrayed and abandoned by the man she loved, Mari faced judgment by a tribunal of her people demanding she name the father of her unborn child, or be exiled from everything she knows.



On their last night together, Highland soldier Duncan MacDonell swears to love his Jenny, and she him, giving themselves to each other with only the Highland moon as their witness.


Jenny's father has arranged a marriage for her. She has never dreamt of disobeying her beloved father's wishes, but an arranged marriage is too cruel a theft of her dream. Left with no choice, she betrays her true love, and he will never know why.


Now home, Duncan is forced to face the woman who betrayed him. As Jenny struggles to honor her duty to family, she cannot deny her heart's longing. Driven by love, Jenny takes a stand to win Duncan back. But their passion will come at a terrible cost.


His battle-scarred heart stands in the way of a love that could heal him.

Alex MacDonell returns home from fighting for clan and king to discover that the girl he once hunted and fished with has become an intriguing young woman. Kenna has adored him for years, but he always treated her like a little sister. When her own brother dies from battle wounds, Kenna is left with no family or home. Alex would love Kenna if he could, but recurring nightmares of acts he committed while hunting down Covenanters now haunt his days and nights. When Kenna comes too close to his heart, he pushes her out of his life--and into the arms of another. Too late, he regrets his impulsive actions. Now he must fight to win her back before she weds another and is lost to him forever.


It was the last thing he expected, and the last thing she wanted.

Newlywed Isobel Shaw lost everything. The king's men seized her property and killed her husband. Turned out of her home, she sets out on foot for her family's estate in the Highlands of Scotland. Highland rake Charlie MacDonell is on his way home. After five years abroad as a mercenary soldier, he has realized he'll never outrun his troubled past. When he meets Isobel on the road, she assures him she'll manage quite well on her own. He admires her stubborn self-reliance but refuses to leave her alone and defenseless. As they travel together, he finds himself wanting more. To his surprise, she's immune to his charms--and he's helpless to hers.

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