The Duke’s Refuge URWA’s Great Beginnings Contest 2017- finalist
Georgia Lennox only wears pink. Ever since her papa left, she’s relinquished her pantaloons and boyish ways to gain her mama’s approval. Desperate to prove her worth, Georgia sets her cap to marry nobility. However, on the day she’s convinced the Earl of Claremont will propose, a letter arrives and she’s packed off to the Leeward Islands to care for her ailing father. Georgia believes the Earl will come for her, but she never anticipates being captivated by the island’s schoolmaster, Harrison Wells, or re-establishing a relationship with her dying father. Now, she must decide whom she intends to please, her mother, herself, or God.
Harrison is haunted by the memories of his deceased wife and hunted by the subsequent women who aspire to be the next Duchess of Linton. Desiring anonymity, he finds sanctuary in the Leeward island of Nevis. He’s willing to sacrifice his ducal title for a schoolmaster’s life and the solace the island provides. That is until unrest finds its way to Nevis in a storm of pink chiffon—Miss Georgia Lennox. The woman’s shallow ambition to marry well infuriates Harrison, but island life has a way of revealing a person’s character. God opens Harrison’s eyes to see Georgia’s true self, and he discovers his heart can grow to love again.
Although her husband was declared dead during the Napoleonic wars, Abigail Emerson still fantasizes about Nick’s return. However, when she discovers him alive, their reunion is far from the fairy tale she envisioned, especially after Nick tells her to presume he’s still dead and marry someone else.
Nicholas Emerson never meant to be discovered. The night terrors he battles now spill over into his days, but he must fulfill one last assignment for the War Department before he can isolate himself up North. Unfortunately, his last mission returns him to his hometown to investigate the near-poisoning of Lady Etheridge, the Countess of Sudham, and Abby’s closest neighbor.
Abby’s not about to let Nick’s nightmares drive him away again. His return proves that even though God had been silent, he’d been listening and working all along. Her tenacious spirit fights for their marriage, even through instances where Nick awakens clutching a gun between his shaky fingers.
Katherine Jenkins flees for her life after declining her cousin’s proposal of marriage. Left for dead on the side of the road, she’s taken in by the Earl of Alton’s family, who mistakenly assume she has amnesia. Katherine clings to the pretense in order to hide her identity, until a dark stranger sneaks in through her bedroom window. When the handsome attacker turns out to be the son of the Earl, Katherine finds herself captivated, but now she must navigate through the web of deception of which she’s entangled.
Stephen Hartington has life all neatly figured out. He’s ready to propose to London’s most logical choice for a bride. But when he climbs in through the window of his parent’s house, he didn’t expect true love to strike. Especially, not over his head with a candlestick. Although Katherine’s intriguing and compassionate, she’s a complete unknown. As this beguiling woman captures his heart, Stephen struggles with whether to follow logic or trust God.
Meanwhile, the clock is ticking. Will they admit their love before her cousin discovers her location?
To Choose Blessing
When well-bred women cross Andrew Whitmore’s path, they move their daughters to the opposite side of the street. Andrew can’t escape his scandalous past until he joins his friends from Eton on a hunting trip and encounters an alluring young woman from a small village. When he sees his own goodness reflected in her eyes, Andrew indulges himself by letting her believe he’s a saint. And why not? He’ll be gone in a fortnight.
Ella Grant loves her small town, but it holds few prospects for a husband. Until the kindhearted and strikingly handsome Andrew Whitmore wanders into her life. True love knows no bounds until she travels to London for the season and discovers the sordid truth about the man who captured her heart. Is her love strong enough to cover his tainted past? Can she help his wounded heart choose blessings instead of curses?