Eliza Morrison is livid. She was treated poorly by a boorish man and now she is the one facing a tattered reputation. If the gossip does not die down, her London Season will be for naught. When the guilty man has the audacity to arrive at her townhouse a week later, what else is she to do but slap him soundly? There is just one problem, she’s got the wrong man.
Every time James Baldwin visits London, he regrets not having taken after his father’s side. That way he would never be confused for his cousin, a cad if there ever was one. He has high hopes that this trip will be different, that is until he meets the open palm of his host’s beautiful daughter.
Facing ruin because of the same man’s misdeeds, can a marriage of convenience protect both of their reputations? And will it still be convenient if their hearts become involved?
This Clean & Wholesome Regency Romance novella is sure to touch your heart and leave a smile on your face.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Writing gives me the opportunity to mix two of my favorite things, history and happy endings. There is nothing more satisfying for me than creating stories which allow readers to escape life for a while and return with a smile on their face.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
This story started with the idea of how the couple met, and then I had to think about what types of people would find themselves in such a situation.
London, May 1818
James Baldwin stepped out of his hired hackney and looked up at the brick townhouse of Isaac Morrison. It was not as large as the grand houses of Grosvenor Square, but still very respectable for the home of a mere “mister.” Especially one who had inherited a mountain of debt, to go with his dilapidated estate, less than three decades earlier.
Mr. Morrison’s success in turning around his estate and then building his wealth was what brought James to his doorstep. The older man had turned mentoring young estate owners into something of a hobby and James hoped to become his next beneficiary. With several exchanged letters, and now an invitation to his townhouse, James felt like his prospects were promising.
The large front door opened only moments after James sounded the knocker and a liveried footman welcomed him into the entrance hall. While the servant went to announce his presence, James took the opportunity to look around the tastefully decorated hall. As he leaned in to examine a seascape painting, the telltale sound of shoes scuffing along the hardwood floor informed him that he was no longer alone.
As James turned, he came face to face with a stunning young woman with honey-colored hair and fiery, brown eyes. He moved to speak, but before he could open his mouth her palm made contact with his cheek. The force behind the slap made his eyes water and shocked him speechless. By the time he recovered, his assailant had turned on her heel and fled down the corridor, never saying a word.
Patricia prefers theaters to movies, jazz to pop, and books to just about anything else (besides her family, of course).
She spent her younger years water skiing, scuba diving, and exploring more than a dozen different countries. Now she is on an even greater adventure with her husband and three children; all of whom are masters at making sure that life is never dull.
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