on November 21st 2016
He has just inherited his father’s estate upon returning from a long stint in the Army. Will he inherit smoothly
Now he faces a more terrifying prospect—he must marry right away or lose his inheritance.
Shawn William, Duke of Worthington, cousin to the Prince Regent and ruler of Fairbanks, has seen many things during his time in the Army. Death and dismemberment, pain and suffering, but nothing has prepared him for his return to life as a civilian. Haunted by the ghosts of his past and battling the inner demons that keep him from restful sleep, he must still find time to choose a Lady as his bride, as commanded by the Prince Regent.
Although there are dozens of eligible maidens in beautiful Fairbanks, he only has eyes for one—the ravishing Lady Elizabeth Dowling. Another man wants to pay court to her, but he’s willing to do whatever it takes, even a fight to the death, if it means that she will be his bride…
Will Duke Shawn finally meet his match in the form of the waspish older gentleman who has already asked for Lady Elizabeth’s hand and been denied?
Can Lady Elizabeth discover the true reason for her reluctance toward the handsome Duke of Fairfield before he chooses another bride—perhaps even her own sister?
This is a clean historical regency romance novel.
Elizabeth knew that it was her duty to marry and to marry well. She was quite sure that her beautiful younger twin sisters would catch the eye of two apt suitors during their first season. Why, the first ball had been tremendous. They had danced with every available bachelor and were already well on their way to becoming betrothed to someone or other. They would be Ladies before any of them knew it.
For now, the two of them were switching off, tightening their bodices, lacing up their boots, chattering excitedly about the return of the Duke of Worthington. He was now in charge of a great many lands, they said, because of the death of his father.
“I wouldn’t mind catching his eye,” Janelle, one of the twins, was saying, her eyes sparkling with excitement. “But I know he is quite old.”
“Old! He is but in his early thirties at most!” her third sister, Katherine, spoke up, turning her head from where she had been examining herself in the mirror. She looked back at herself after speaking, running her tongue along her teeth and pursing her lips, admiring her make-up job. “That’s not old. Lord Foundleton…now that’s old.”
Elizabeth pulled a brush through her long blond locks, picturing old Lord Foundleton in her mind. He was a craggy old boot, with skin like an elephant and hair to match. It made Elizabeth giggle to think he would flirt with the young ladies at the ball, which he did, frequently and without reservation.
“How rude,” she said with a smile.
“But true and you know it, sister.” Katherine gave her a returning smile. “You are the closest to the Duke’s age. Perhaps he will choose you.”
“Imagine that!” Jillian jumped up and down, clapping the brush she held in one hand into the other repeatedly. “I would be related to a Duchess! Would I get anything for that?”
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