On Sale December 23-25, 2017
by Lisa Prysock
Miss Chelsea Careen Stanton is the heiress of Cherrywood Manor and orphaned daughter of a Country Squire. Consequently, she is the ward of relations– relations who have behaved recklessly, placing her inheritance in great jeopardy.
In this tale of social injustice and persecution, Chelsea is faced with few alternatives. She can save the only life she has ever known by marrying Lord Thornbridge. Rory, the Earl of Rosevale, offers her security and position, but hasn’t a loyal drop of blood in his body. He’s a rake; a philandering scoundrel; a rogue of the worst kind! Is it possible to reform a rake?
The other option involves just as much risk and even higher stakes. Chelsea, an avid Jane Austen fan, has been dreaming of a future which includes a loving marriage to someone heroic; like Darcy, of course, with or without a Pemberley. Like Austen, she still believes in true love; with a hopeful heart and a resilient tendency to view everything humorously, honestly, and perceptively. In spite of daunting obstacles, she refuses to do less than see her world, hopes, and dreams without faith; and well, sometimes… through the rose colored glasses of romantic novels. With regard to these traits, some might consider Miss Stanton a tad quirky… and quite the risk taker.
Nonetheless, desperate for a possible way out of what she believes will be a loveless match if she accepts Rory’s offer, she responds to an advertisement for a mail order bride to an appealing Irish American clergyman, widowed father, and farmer: a Reverend Braydon McLane. Never mind the fact she can only cook four things, has led a life entirely of privilege, and has no idea what she’s about to walk into…
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