One night, they found themselves under some mistletoe.
Now, he owes her a kiss. And she is determined to claim it.
HIS HEART TORN in two, Graham Astor, Duke of Kensington, mourns his wife. As he distances himself from everything that reminds him of happier days lost forever, he comes to realize that there is one thing he cannot run from.
Graham needs a new wife, if only for the sake of his daughter.
DISILLUSIONED WITH LOVE, Rosabel only wishes to not remain a burden to her uncle’s family much longer. After seeing her parents’ love turn against them, Rosabel dreams of an independent life as a governess.
But then a stranger asks for her hand in marriage, and to her utter shock her uncle instantly agrees.
Will Rosabel find love after all? Or will the memory of Graham’s late wife keep him from finding happiness?
*This is not a tale of love at first sight. This is a story of two wounded people, who need to find the strength to face their fears and overcome them in order to find their happily-ever-after. A story filled with drama, joy, emotional turmoil as well as a touch of mystery, that will make you laugh and cry and scream at the characters. A clean Regency Romance with some sizzle!
Love’s Second Chance Series
#1 Forgotten & Remembered – The Duke’s Late Wife
#2 Cursed & Cherished – The Duke’s Wilful Wife
#3 Despised & Desired – The Marquess’ Passionate Wife
#4 Abandoned & Protected – The Marquis’ Tenacious Wife
#5 Ruined & Redeemed – The Earl’s Fallen Wife
#6 Betrayed & Blessed – The Viscount’s Shrewd Wife (coming September 12, 2017)
#7 Deceived & Honoured – The Baron’s Vexing Wife (coming 2018)
More to follow!
Targeted Age Group:: all audiences
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 3 – PG-13
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Well, here is how this book came to be:
In many stories you find the dead first wife, dearly remembered but ultimately irrelevant for the story. In a way that always made me sad because after all, she too was the protagonist in her own story. A story without a happy ending, but with dreams crushed and love lost. And a part of me felt like she deserved to be heard and allowed to tell her own story.
At the same time, I didn't want to write a depressing book full of sadness and tears. I wanted it to be hopeful and inspiring. Something that would honor the dead, and yet allow the survivors to walk on into their future.
Judge for yourself if I did a good job.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
To tell you the truth: I didn't.
As strange as it might sound, I often feel as though I 'meet' my characters just like I would meet new people at the park or the grocery store or the library. I simply happen to run into them and once I realize what an interesting story they have to tell, I asked them to hang around for a little while.
Although her reunion with Georgiana had proved as wonderful as she had dreamed it, new questions had arisen that had kept her awake. Who was the man she called husband? In London,he had been so different from the cold-hearted man who had chosen her for his bride without having spoken a single word to her beforehand.
Feeling the need to clear her mind, Rosabel walked down the corridor to Helen's chamber. Quietly,she knocked on the door, hoping she would not disturb the old woman.Fortunately, Helen had already been informed of her return and was awaiting Rosabel's visit eagerly.
"How have you been,child?" she asked, her own eyes glowing with vitality. "Did you enjoy London?"
Rosabel shrugged. "Too crowded for my taste. I prefer it here."
Helen laughed, "Thank God you do. I wouldn't know what to do without you."
Taking the old woman's hand, Rosabel smiled. "I've missed you too."
"Now, my dear, tell me what happened. How did my grandson treat you?"
Rosabel averted her eyes.
"Ah, something happened!" Helen declared in triumph, eager eyes on Rosabel's face. "Tell me!"
Relating the encounter with Baron Northfield on the terrace, Rosabel felt her own cheeks flush at her own defect of judgment. "He must think me a fool to not have seen it coming,"she whispered. "He looked perfectly scandalized when he came upon us."
"Oh, my dear, sweet child," Helen laughed. "He was not scandalized. If I had to make a guess, I'd say he was jealous."
Rosabel's eyes went wide. "What? Why would you…?"
"Oh, my dear, it is so obvious. He cares about you. The only problem is," Helen snorted, "that he hasn't yet admitted that to himself. But when he saw you with our dear Baron Northfield, I suppose he finally realized what he has to lose." Clapping her hands like an excited child, Helen chuckled. "Oh, Baron Northfield, what would we have done without you?" she mused, then shrugged. "Probably died of old age before that thick-headed grandson of mine had given any indication as to his true feelings."
"But Helen …"
"No, no, no," she shook her head vehemently. "Do not argue with me. Listen." She took Rosabel's hand,drawing her closer. "I know this is not easy for you, but you must not let him get away."
"Let him get away?"Rosabel mumbled.
Helen nodded. "Go after him. Do not allow him to retreat into the shadows. He will never find a way out himself. Go to him," Helen pleaded. "And save him from himself."
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