Can such an unlikely pair find happiness together? Henrietta Raemon, illegitimate daughter of Henry VIII, longs to go to court to be closer to her half sister, the queen. Her husband is there to protect her, if only Etta can conquer her pride…and surrender. Lady Catherine Grey was one of those — a young woman who unfortunately did not share the characteristics of her brilliant older sister, Lady Jane Grey.
The miniaturist Levina Teerlinc actually did live at the Tudor court, working for both Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, and her father was indeed the artist Simon Benninck. Whether she had a brother or not I have been unable to discover, so I have taken the liberty of inventing one for her.
She painted Elizabeth on several occasions, and Lady Catherine Grey too. Dr John Dee did go to live in Mortlake, near the church, where he had a vast library of scientific books, and the site of Mortlake Manor, once lived in by Thomas Cromwell, was eventually demolished and built on by the brewery. Wealthy and titled, one of the most notorious rakehells in town, Seton had every heiress hurling herself at him. So his sudden kissing of captivating, unconventional Letitia took them both by surprise….
So I made this romantic address the setting for my Regency trilogy, of which this story is the third part, because I felt such an appropriate name ought to be celebrated for the th Anniversary. There is, in fact, a previous story — One Night in Paradise — concerning the distant ancestors of my Regency characters, set in Elizabethan times when the palace was still in use.
They are, of course, as unashamedly romantic and imaginative as their writers and readers — just one of the reasons why working with them is such a joy. Plagued by a mysterious sickness, Crow warrior Night Storm captures the witch he believes cursed him. But his anticipated revenge dissolves when he realizes that beautiful Skylark might be the only one who can provide a cure….
What a joy it has been to create two sequential historical romances that include Native American heroes and heroines from the Sioux and Crow people. Thank you to all who reviewed my last story, Running Wolf, and who wrote to tell me how much you enjoyed hearing the story of my warrior woman. For, as anyone who has ever suffered a life-altering injury or accident knows, it is sometimes impossible to return to the life one led before. In this story I have blended real medical conditions with the mysticism of the Plains Indian tribes in the s.
I hope readers will indulge my blending of science and spirituality and enjoy the adventure of Night Storm and Skylark.
To help you keep time with the Crow people I have added a moon calendar at the back of the story. Each tribe called the moons by different names.
This is my interpretation of appropriate names for the moons in each season. Return of the prodigal highlander! Highland Scots have a long and successful history of emigration to North America. Jacobites on the run, impoverished lairs and dispossessed crofters alike sought fame and fortune in the New World in their droves during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in a bid to escape persecution or poverty. Some failed, some returned home, but many, like Alasdhair my hero, carved out a very successful life for themselves. At the same time entrepreneurial Glaswegian merchants were taking advantage of the favourable Trade Winds to cross the Atlantic quicker than their English counterparts.
Their clippers laden with consumer goods difficult to obtain in the New World, these canny Scots willingly granted the plantation owners credit with which to buy their goods — something their English counterparts were reluctant to do. Returning with a cargo of tobacco and, sadly, in many cases slaves , the Tobacco Lords, as they came to be known, became rich on the proceeds, and by the middle of the eighteenth century completely dominated the trade.
It was a logical step for plantation owners such as Alasdhair to enter into a business deal with these distributors, ensuring the best price for his own produce. As a historian and writer of historical romances, authenticity matters a lot to me. They visit Inverary at the time the present-day castle was being built. Having risen from penniless orphan to Member of Parliament, David Tanner Smith is no longer the quiet boy Faith once knew.
With the first spine-tingling kiss, their old friendship is transformed. And in its place is an explosive mix of illicit encounters and forbidden desire…. For both readers and writers, sometimes secondary characters get stuck in our heads. Where did they come from and what will happen to them? I also knew that he would fall in love with Faith, the youngest Wellingford daughter — sister of Sarah, heroine of The Wedding Gamble — a girl far above his station. But how could they find a happy ending? In Stolen Encounters with the Duchess, Davie has become that leader, and is still in love with the girl he met when he was just beginning his career.
When they meet by chance ten years later he is an influential force, while Faith is a new widow, estranged from her family and Society. Although painfully aware that she is still far beyond his touch, David vows to reawaken in her the joy, optimism and self-confidence years of being a scorned, neglected wife have crushed. But love is a force that resists being contained…. Living in a gray world of silhouette, Lord Taris Wellingham conceals his fading eyesight from society. He has long protected himself from any intimate relationships. Plain twenty-eight-year-old Beatrice-Maude Bassingstoke does not expect to attract any man, especially not one as good-looking as her remote traveling companion.
The passion they unleash surprises them both. Following a disastrous incident at a house party, Lady Isobel Jervis is exiled to the country to avoid further scandal.
At the imposing Wimpole Hall, she meets architect Giles Harker. He is as eye-catching as the elegant house, but shockingly arrogant — and infuriatingly dismissive. Despite himself, Giles is strangely drawn to the haughty Isobel, and stuns her with a secret kiss in the gardens. As the illegitimate son of an infamous scarlet woman, he knows love can be dangerous.
Their growing attraction could come at the cost of both their reputations. Haunted by war, Sir Zander de Bricasse is no longer the idealistic youth who left his sweetheart to join the Crusades.
Years have passed and he now fully expects to find Elaine married to another. Instead, he discovers she is in grave danger…. Fleeing from a murderous earl, Lady Elaine is rescued by a mysterious knight — her beloved Zander! She's never forgotten his promise to wed her, but to restore their lost love she must help this brooding, tormented stranger heal the wounds of his troubled past. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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Fabulous story Loved it I did not read this story when it first came out despite being a huge fan of Louise Allen's writing More fool me! I should have trusted Ms Allen. This is a gorgeous story of a love lost, denial, danger and reputation. I adore the way this writer writes beautiful, slightly damaged heroes and the determined, noble heroines that rehabilitate them. A wonderful Sunday afternoon spent reading what feels like a most unexpected treat. Louise Allen deftly intertwines dangerous temptation, forbidden desire and outrageous scandal in her enthralling new historical romance, Rumors: Scandal Comes to Wimpole Hall!
Having had her reputation tarnished by a group of scoundrels who had been intent on teaching her a lesson, Lady Isobel Jervis found herself banished to the Cambridgeshire countryside to rusticate with her Cousin Elizabeth and her family in the opulent splendour of Wimpole Hall. However, she soon learns that life is far from quiet in the countryside! Born on the wrong side of the blanket to a woman whose lascivious romantic exploits and brazen sensuality had earned her the sobriquet of Scarlet Widow, Giles had been determined not to make the same mistakes which his mother seems unable to stop making.
Having accepted a commission to work in the majestic grandeur of Wimpole Hall, Giles is looking forward to creating his next masterpiece. The last thing he needs is to find himself embroiled in a scandal with an innocent like Isobel Jervis. Yet, the devastatingly attractive architect quickly begins to find himself unable to stop the fiery Miss Jervis from intruding into his thoughts… After their first calamitous meeting, Isobel had initially written Giles off as a rude and boorish individual, but she had soon changed her mind when she began to see another side to the handsome Mr Harker.
Although Isobel had hardened her heart and vowed never to marry, she is surprised by the depth of her feelings for Giles. But how can she possibly even contemplate a future for the two of them when there are so many obstacles standing in their way?