Lilly Claremont is well used to being at the center of gossip. Being the illegitimate child of a rich businessman never failed to titillate the gossips, and while she cared little about the wagging tongues, she never intended to reinforce their opinions of her by ruining herself completely.
"I enjoyed this story immensely! "
In Victorian England, little Ellie Browning swiftly discovered happily ever afters did not exist and rakes were simply rakes. When the man she had adored for years kissed her and left her heartbroken, and she was forced to marry an elderly earl to save her reputation, she resolved to put any dreams of fairy tales aside.
"Charming, romantic and a little unusual."
Locked behind the walls of Lockwood Manor, Julian Cynfell, the Marquess of Lockwood, whiles away his days writing angry letters, drinking and sleeping. He never expects his solitude to be interrupted by a brazen American heiress. Viola Thompson can't believe her luck when the English lord she has been corresponding with for the better part of a year asks her to visit him. This has to mean an offer of marriage, surely? Finally, Viola will prove to her family and friends that she is more than a ruined woman with no prospects.