From country girl to actress of the stage, one woman dares to live her dreams — but is she brave enough to open her heart…?
Monica Danes always wanted more than the village of Biddlestone had to offer. After a failed courtship to a man of her parents’ choosing, she fled for the city of Bath and never looked back. Today, Monica is the undisputed queen of the theater — a wealthy, independent woman. But when she is called home in the wake of tragedy, Monica returns—intending to leave again as soon as possible.
Thomas Ashby has been a groom at the Danes estate since he was a boy—and has been enamored with Monica for almost as long. He knows he isn’t a suitable match for his master’s daughter, despite the special bond he and Monica have always shared—and their undeniable attraction. But now that she’s returned, Thomas has one last chance to prove himself worthy—and to show Monica a life, and a love, she won’t want to give up...
Victorian Bath & Me
Guest Post by Rachel BrimbleI am lucky enough to write Victorian romances for eKensington/Lyrical press as well as contemporary romance for Harlequin Superromance. People often ask me if I prefer one to the other and I can honestly say, I love both sub-genres equally. More than that, I love that I get to alternate between them! My latest release, What A Woman Desires is the third book in my series with eKensington (The Seduction of Emily, The Temptation of Laura), although they can all be read stand-alone. Each book is set in and around Bath, England. Bath is steeped in history and a great source of inspiration and information. I read voraciously about the Victorian era for research, but to have access to buildings that are from the Victorian age and beyond is an opportunity too good to waste. I live very close! So far I have used the fabulous Royal Crescent, The Pump Rooms, Pulteney Bridge and The Theatre Royal, but there are many, many other famous attractions in Bath that I intend to use in the future. The majority of What A Woman Desires takes place in a little village called Biddestone, which is right in the heart of the English countryside, approximately twelve miles outside Bath. Biddestone is a beautiful, old-fashioned village with a central pond and old-world pubs…and ten minutes drive from where I live :) Setting books in real places adds so much fun to the whole process––largely because I get to do a lot of walking and visiting in the name of research. I really hope you gain a good sense of Bath if you are nice enough to try one of my Victorian romances. As for my next book, which I am busy writing right now, I return once more to Bath. My books aren’t about the dances and balls, but instead, focus on the lower classes way of life and finding the hero and heroine their ultimate happy ever after. My research for this next book is focusing on the children’s boarding houses during the late 1800s and I am absolutely loving it. My heroine, Jane, is sweethearts with a feisty centre…watch this space!
Author Bio: I live with my fantastic husband, our two young daughters and my beloved black Labrador, Max in a small market town near the famous Georgian City of Bath. Having always ‘played’ with writing, I didn’t seriously sit down and write toward publication until I became pregnant with my second daughter – then I told myself to get my butt in the chair and get on with it before she grows up and I’m forced to get a real job! Lots of short stories followed as did lots of rejections! I took a few distance learning courses, joined some online writers groups and basically, learned my craft. Finally deciding short stories weren’t working for me (they are an art form in themselves!), in 2006 I decided to embark on my first novel and voila Searching For Sophie was born! Since then, my other books have followed each year. And when I’m not writing? You’ll find me with my head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with my family. And in the evening? Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused.
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