Hannah, Lady Beeston, can't say she's sorry that her husband is dead. The past 10 years have been anything but blissful, and seeing as they culminated in her being shot (albeit accidentally), she just can't find it in her heart to be sad. But it leaves her with a bad leg and an uncertain future - two things she isn't sure she can get past. Dr. Graham Alcott is more than happy with his quiet bachelor lifestyle. He spends his days tending to the sick and his nights studying by candlelight.
"chapter 15 &16 are the same. ch16 is missing."
Becky Thorn has been keeping a secret for more than seven years. A secret that, if found out, could destroy her. So before she gets too ensconced in London society, she accepts a position as a governess for a reclusive Viscount and his wife, far away from the town. Stephen Hastings, the third Viscount Hastings, is nothing short of perturbed when the tart Miss Thorn shows up on his doorstep. He is a man with little time and even less patience, who feels his pushover housekeeper is doing a fine job keeping his wards out of his hair. But Miss Thorn thinks differently and needles her way into becoming his governess, and eventually, the object of his affection.
"Great start to this series!"
Benjamin Wetherby, Earl of Glastonbury and heir to the Marquessate of Eastleigh, has just received an urgent letter from home. His father is dying and he must return to England at once. Benjamin is a man bound by honor and duty, to both his country and his family. So, despite his reservations, he leaves his life in New York City behind so he may find a wife and assume his role as the Marquess of Eastleigh.
When Chloe Hawthorne is asked to chaperone her cousin during the London Season, it is with a heavy heart that she departs her home and family in Essex. Though she has been widowed for more than a year, she has yet to move on, and is loathe to do so. But when she meets her cousin's fiancee, Lord Andrew Wetherby, she must choose between honoring her cousin's impending marriage and following her heart.
"Cute Story -- Painful Narration!"
When Victoria Barclay, privileged daughter of the Viscount Grantham, has a life-altering experience as a young girl, it sets the course for the rest of her life. She is determined to make a difference in the world, no matter the consequence, and becomes a highwayman - or woman, as it were - robbing the rich and donating her pilfered gains to the poor. Life-long friend and neighbor, Phineas Dartwell, Earl of Leyburn, suspects his dear friend is up to no good. She's become evasive, and even worse, he cares that she's become evasive.
Thomas Barclay has had a rough year, to say the least. After being jilted by the only woman he ever loved, he's sworn off love for good, along with any semblance of respectability, by attempting to drink away his sorrows. However, when his meddling sister sends him off to the country to pull himself together once and for all, he finds himself trapped with the most vexing and obstinate creature he's ever been forced to encounter.
"Sweet Historical Romance"
Grace Clarke is no longer willing to accept the position of "poor relations". Her sister has married well and taken her under her wing, so with her new connections, it ought to be a breeze to find a wealthy, titled gentleman to help elevate her station in life. Of course she never expects him to find her. Especially not in such a compromising position. But once she gets over her humiliation, she discovers that the duke next door is far more than just a duke.
"not for me"
Esther Whitton has gladly spent the last few months enjoying the quiet calmness of a Yorkshire winter, devouring books and attempting to keep herself from falling for a man she knows she can never have. But when her Great-uncle Danby announces they're all going to London for the season, she decides it's time to step out of her comfort zone and follow her heart before it's given away to another.
Engaged to a reprehensible baron, Bianca Manning knows she must do something to escape her fate. She decides that a Romany camp is the last place her mad fiance would think to look for her. The last thing Emilian Carrol needs is a spirited Englishwoman in his life, but he can't seem to say no when she begs to hide out in his tribe's camp. And maybe she's just the thing he needs to help heal his wounded heart.
"Savory Historical Romance"
Lady Elizabeth Wetherby, formerly Crawley, has married the wrong man, after being duped by his identical twin brother. Now, to escape scandal, she and her new husband have taken refuge at Dunbocan, their Scottish estate. Having been a highly popular and active member of the ton, she worries that being stranded in the Highlands will be a horrible bore. But how can one be bored when a ghost haunts one's home? Michael Wetherby has been in love with Elizabeth Crawley, now Wetherby, since the day he met her. So, when his identical twin brother suggested they trade places one night, he was happy to oblige.
"A bit slow paced"
Two short stories that feature the original Wetherby Bride, and one of Ms. Knight-Catania's most beloved characters, Katherine Wetherby Hart, the Duchess of Weston. The Perfect Kiss, a Wetherby Brides Short Story. The original Wetherby Bride, Katherine Wetherby, is in a tizzy! Her brother's friend, the Duke of Weston, has come for a visit, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't seem to hold herself together when she's in his presence. Rather than face up to the romantic feelings she has for the duke, she decides to play matchmaker.
After attending the funeral of an old school friend, six Regency gentlemen make a pact never to marry, convinced it will save them from meeting the same fate... Rowan Findley can't imagine a fate worse than what his friend suffered at the hands of his mad wife, so he's made the decision to remain a bachelor for all eternity. That is, until Olivia walks into his cousin's drawing room for a Christmas party. Her fiery red hair and sweet demeanor remind him of a night so many years ago that he would never forget.
When Miss Patience Findley discovers, at her first ball of her first Season, just how much her father's scandal has affected her chances of marriage, she resigns herself to being alone and dying a spinster. That is, until she hears that her friends' names have landed in the Betting Book at White's. In a moment of desperation, she asks her reprobate cousin to place a bet on her behalf, in hopes of trapping an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage.
Lady Isabel Whitton has no use for people other than her twin sister - she much prefers the company of her books. So when she discovers that all her cousins from near and far have been summoned to her home, Danby Castle, for Christmas, she isn't pleased. To make matters even worse, the deplorable Mister Lockwell has come uninvited.
"So much Love!"
Melanie Smith has sacrificed everything in her attempt to make it to Broadway - everything including her love life, or any life at all for that matter. But when her best friends practically kidnap her for a six-day Bermuda cruise, she's reminded that there's more to life than auditions and waiting tables.