The ton calls her Sweet Maria and, even in her fourth Season, eligibles continue to offer her marriage.
They do not know Lady Maria despises the hypocritical ways of Polite Society and is trying to sail away to America!
She agrees to an arranged match to ward off her persistent suitors, treating the engagement as a sham, one to be ended at her convenience.
Then, most unexpectedly, she finds love with a commoner.
Gareth, Earl of Daventon is no stranger to Scandal. Rumour has it that his father had banished his mother for adulterous behavior. He remembers his mother as a sweet, gentle woman and knows the late earl yearned until his last breath to have her back.
Love is a quagmire, and I shall not be caught in it, he decides. But love finds him. The object of his ardour is a mysterious young woman who dresses like a shop girl and behaves like a lady.
Lord Daventon remedies the situation by accepting an arranged match, his betrothed being Lady Maria whom he hasn’t met.
“What can I say but WOW!!! A sweet and clean regency romance. Romantic and makes you believe in true love. Jessica Spencer made me feel like I was part of the story.”
“An enjoyable, readable, sweet and clean Regency romance (as billed). Lord Daventon is sufficiently swoon-worthy, and while Sweet Lady Maria is a little too perfectly perfect, she does have enough flaws and character development to keep her likable. I also enjoyed the secondary characters (especially Gwen!), and really hope the next in the series is about Laura! The settings are lovely and I *loved* the clothing descriptions – simply gorgeous.”
Growing up in the shadow of her parents’ estrangement, Laura has learnt to mask her feelings. She is also unused to company. Her father, though an earl, was a recluse. Now she must go to London during the Season where she will meet her mother – the mother she had pined for and resented in equal measure.
Laura finds herself a success. She has suitors offering for her but is secretly in love with the Duke of Wimberley. She isn’t sure about his feelings. Does it even matter? The duke is most attentive to the beautiful widow, Lady Mannering.
Anthony, Duke of Wimberley is in London to find a wife for the second time. Seven years ago he had made a love match. He knows better now. He is looking for someone who will take charge of the duties of duchess and also be a mother to his daughter. His intention to guard his heart disappears as he comes to know Laura. Before he can proceed to court her, he becomes mired in perhaps the biggest Scandal of all time.
To his utter shock, not only does Lady Laura believe the worst about him, she goes out of her way to thwart him!
“So many twists and turns, unpredictable events. Great read!”
“What will you like? A remarkable story line that grows with every page. Characters that are amazing and the action will keep you hopping with page turning. The many twists and turns are so interesting, and I was holding my breath several times. I don’t know about you, but there are some characters that you just want to reach in and pinch their little heads off. Well this one has a couple that I was turning red in the face for. I truly adore love stories that have this type of ending.”
Author Note: Although this is a numbered series, the books can be read in any order.