I’m very pleased with the cover for the latest Regency romance in the series The Eardleys Of Gostwicke Hall. It’s the fifth novel — Henry’s story.
Regency romance — The Lady And The Adventurer: Win My Heart
Henrietta (Henry) is the youngest of the Eardley sisters. At just 18, she’s getting ready for her season, but isn’t looking forward to it.
She knows that she must be presented, but she doesn’t want to be railroaded into marriage like her sisters, Anne and Catherine.
Although her other two sisters, Melly and Elaine, made good matches and seem happy, Henry has just come into a small inheritance. She can’t see herself marrying within the next few years. She’s much more interested in her horses than in children.
A snippet from The Lady And The Adventurer: Win My Heart
Here’s a snippet from the second chapter of The Lady And The Adventurer: Win My Heart.
Henry’s become engaged, but hasn’t yet told her sister, Catherine…
She well knew that she should have told Catherine a month ago, but she been waiting for the right time. Why was she such a coward, when it came to facing Catherine?
Primarily it was because she knew that she had made a grievous mistake. A mistake that stood fair to ruining her life.
When she’d returned to Gostwicke Hall from the Woolston-Marriott house party, she’d left immediately for London. On arrival, she sent for Lord Mortney, and accepted his proposal. Then she’d sent him to Gostwicke Hall to beg Catherine to approve the marriage. She also asked Mortney’s mother to put the engagement announcement in the newspapers.
Initially, Henry was pleased with herself. When she decided to do something, it was done. Within three days everyone knew that Henry had become engaged to Lord Mortney. Henry was satisfied that she’d well and truly got her revenge on Frances and Robert Lovett.
It took another whole week for Henry to realize that she’d done precisely what she’d sworn to herself never to do: she was well on her way to being married.
Catherine’s letter commanding Henry to present herself at Gostwicke Hall had been masterful in what it didn’t say. It was crisply polite, and Catherine maintained her politeness for several days. Then she and Henry had an enormous row.
Deciding that retreat was in order, Henry left for Sommerforth Abbey, to stay with her sister Elaine, the Duchess of Sommerforth. She’d been successful in avoiding Catherine ever since.
By the time that Henry knew that she’d made a monstrous mistake, Mortney had left for India. She couldn’t marry him. She had to call off the engagement. But how could she send him a letter which was likely to arrive in India before he did? Or long after… Indeed, the letter might never arrive, and Timothy Blicker, Lord Mortney, of the broad shoulders and amiable disposition, would go on thinking himself engaged to Miss Eardley, with her handsome dowery and connections to the Duke of Sommerforth and wealthy Lord Delmere.
The Lady And The Adventurer: Win My Heart is coming soon.
The Eardley series: all the novels can be read as standalones
All the novels in the series can be read as standalones.
Here’s a list of the novels in the series which are available now.
Her sister Catherine believes that Elaine's hair tells you everything that you need to know about her. It's flame-red. When Sir Oliver Destry trifles with Elaine, she decides on revenge. Elaine soon discovers the truth of the old saying that if you want to make the gods laugh, just tell them your plans.More info →