Ally used to be a fun-loving, confident woman… right up until the supposed love of her life broke her heart. Now she's down in the dumps, her only bright spot is hanging out with her best friend and roommate, Chris. It doesn't help that she's got a bit of a crush on him.
Chris is charming, handsome, and sometimes an over-confident flirt with a history of not seeing what's right in front of him. Like Ally. He's a bit of a player, always looking for the woman to fill a missing piece inside himself. But he can't help but think that he might've found her, too bad she's his best friend and totally not interested in him.
When fate and a missed text bring their feelings to light, can they see what's right in front of them? Will they finally find the piece they didn't know was missing?
Maybe with the help of an odd little holiday, they'll find out!
Demure and self-deprecating the beautiful young Nolita Walford has been left all but penniless after the tragic death of both her parents in a coach crash and, envious of Nolita’s unassuming beauty, her unsympathetic aunt, Lady Katherine, despatches her to work as Governess to Bettine, the eleven year old daughter of the Marquis of Sarle.
Feeling frightened and apprehensive, Nolita says a tearful farewell to her favourite horse, Eros, and her beloved home where she has been so happy and sets off for an unknown and uncertain future.
Nolita is dismayed to find that young Bettine is not only a Lady and heiress to her American grandfather’s vast fortune but also a spoilt little madam who is almost uncontrollable.
Miraculously, Nolita’s love of horses and gentle humble approach wins over her pupil, to the astonishment of the Marquis, who regards Nolita with new respect and admiration.
But just as Nolita has taken Bettine to her heart and lost her own to the handsome Marquis, a ruthless American gang kidnaps her and Bettine, threatening to kill them unless they receive a ransom of one million dollars.
Now all hope of life – and of love – seems lost as Nolita sends out little white doves of prayer to the one man who can save them from a dreadful fate.
INTRIGUE. TENSION. LOVE AFFAIRS:
In The Historical Romance series, a set of stand-alone novels, Vivian Stuart builds her compelling narratives around the dramatic lives of sea captains, nurses, surgeons, and members of the aristocracy.
Stuart takes us back to the societies of the 20th century, drawing on her own experience of places across Australia, India, East Asia, and the Middle East.
Somerled Sinclair returned after five years to his Scottish castle home to find it shrouded in mist — a mist symbolical of the doubts and difficulties surrounding it. Everything, he found, was changed — his mother shocked by the loss of her husband; his brother Torquil — Lord Ardlair — burdened by the desperate struggle to save the estate; old servants pensioned off; and a certain Miss Alison Graham very much in charge. There was a possible solution in Jennifer Oakroyd, whose millionaire father was determined that she should become Lady Ardlair. But Somerled's initial dislike and suspicion of Alison increased when she informed him that she herself was engaged to Torquil, and had no intention of giving him up.
The Sinclair's problems were overwhelming, but in this story they are at last dispelled, to leave a picture of life in the Highlands most satisfying to anyone who, like the author, knows and loves them.
The thunderclouds of World War Two are gathering, sweeping away old notions of class. But still in 1938 there are almost insurmountable barriers to love – and not just those of Social rank. In the Highlands, the lovely Skye is determined to marry her penniless childhood sweetheart, Hector, but her hidebound grandfather forbids it. Meanwhile in London’s Theatreland, Paris and Cannes, Skye’s stepfather Norman worships the voluptuous and volatile actress Carlotta, who is blinded to her own feelings by an infatuation with money, fame and Hector too! Will Skye, Hector, Carlotta and Norman ever grasp happiness? It seems only a fatal accident has the power to seal the lovers’ Fate.
That sardonic curl of the lip, chiselled features to die for, that roguish glint in the eye… Notorious ‘ladies’ man’ Lord Rowley has always had beauties falling at his feet. But none loves him more than auburn-haired Darcia, his lovely seventeen-year-old daughter.So she’s thrilled to be home at last… Not so thrilled that he’s sending her to France posing as a French Comtesse so that she’s untainted by his roguish reputation.But headstrong Darcia has other ideas. Posing as a decorator, she follows her heart into the home and the arms of the magnificent Earl of Kirkhampton, whom she has adored from since childhood, to find her Fate. At last she’s found the Perfection of Love – but how can it be perfect if it’s based on a lie?
After their family mansion burns to the ground, the lovely Erlina Sherwood and her little brother, the sixth Baronet of Sherwood, go to the neighbouring estate to ask if they can stay at Meldon Hall as they now have nowhere to else go. It is just about the only habitable residence in the village left after the Marquis of Meldon on inheriting the family seat disavowed his house and estate and everyone in or near it.Because of his neglect, Meldon Hall has fallen into disrepair and since local workers and even the Vicar have not been paid most of the local houses in the village are falling down and most of the villagers have left the area in despair.Expecting only to find The Hall’s caretaker in residence, Erlina is taken aback to find a strange man sitting alone in the darkness of the shuttered drawing room and after her initial shock she realises that it is the Marquis himself and he has been blinded in a racing accident. Soon she is discover the secret reason why the embittered and blind ‘Wicked Marquis’ has so cruelly neglected his people and property. Meeting his greedy unscrupulous cousin and his beautiful lover, she also realises that there are people in the world who are far more wicked than the Marquis and she suddenly finds that she is falling in love with him.
When facing a hurricane is easier than trusting each other.
Local girl, Savanah Jordan, is still recovering from the surfing accident that left her temporarily in a wheelchair, when she suddenly finds herself caught in a war between her boss and the new Civil Defense Director for Hawaii Island. With a category 4 hurricane almost upon them, Savanah doesn’t have time for Director Race Weston, even if the thought of him does take her breath away.
Race can’t stop thinking about the Safety Manager of Onimura Resort. He finds Savanah Jordan as beautiful as she is confusing. By refusing to follow his safety measures, she is putting everyone in danger, including herself. Why can’t she understand he’s trying to save her? As the storm hits, Race begins to realize nothing is as it seems. Savanah and Race will have to set their differences aside and trust one another if they want to have any hope of surviving the monster hurricane.
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