Romance, Historical


19th Century
Mr. Dale and the Divorcee
Author: Sophie Barnes
Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance

He's a respectable barrister...
She's the most scandalous woman in England...

Wilhelmina Hewitt knows she's in for a rough ride when she agrees to help her husband get at divorce. Nothing, however, prepares her for the regret of meeting Mr. Dale on the eve of her downfall. No other man has ever sent her heart racing as he does. Unfortunately, while she’ll soon be free to engage in a new relationship, no respectable man will have her.

James Dale would never pursue another man’s wife. Or a woman reputed to be a deceitful adulteress. Furious with himself for letting the lovely Mrs. Hewitt charm him, he strives to keep his distance. But when her daughter elopes with his son, they're forced into a partnership where passion ignites. And James soon wonders if there might be more to the divorcée than meets the eye.

Sealed With a Yuletide Kiss
Author: Sophie Barnes
Genre: Holiday Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

Allow yourself to be swept away as you count down to Christmas with this collection of twenty-four romantic short stories. From friends to lovers and instant romance to secret identities and so much more, these treats are sure to fill you with warmth this holiday season. So grab a hot drink, settle into your favorite spot, and indulge in the magic of happily ever afters.

Story titles:
December 1: A Drunken Christmas Escapade
December 2: A Royal Affair on Christmas Eve
December 3: A Duke Surrenders His Heart on Christmas Eve
December 4: A Highwayman Proposes on Christmas Eve
December 5: Caught in a Snow Storm on Christmas Eve
December 6: Rescued by a Duke before Christmas
December 7: A Kiss for Christmas
December 8: A Christmas House Party
December 9: Underneath the Mistletoe
December 10: Snowed In on Christmas Eve
December 11: An Unexpected Guest Arrives for Christmas
December 12: At the Christmas Ball
December 13: Trapped in a Carriage on Christmas Eve
December 14: By the Stroke of Midnight
December 15: The Duke Proposes on Christmas
December 16: A Scandalous Dare on Christmas Eve
December 17: A Secret Christmas Rendezvous
December 18: Stealing a Yuletide Kiss
December 19: A Shocking Revelation for Christmas
December 20: Stranded at an Inn during Christmas
December 21: An Unexpected Encounter with a Highlander
December 22: Reunited on Christmas Eve
December 23: Only a Duke Will Do for Christmas
December 24: A Christmas Wedding Gone Awry

The Widow Wore Plaid
Author: Jenna Jaxon
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance

The Battle of Waterloo made them widows, but each has found new happiness. And Jane, Lady John Tarkington, intends to keep her freedom, even if love—and one particular gentleman—are determined to claim her heart  . . .
It is a truth rarely acknowledged—at least in public—that a wealthy widow is free to pursue a great many adventures. For two years, Jane has privately enjoyed her independence. Why should she remarry, even when the gentleman proposing is as wonderful as Gareth, Lord Kinellan? She entreats him never to ask her again. But as her Widows’ Club friends—now all joyfully remarried—gather at Castle Kinellan, Jane begins to wonder if stubbornness has led her to make a terrible mistake . . .
Kinellan needs a wife to give him an heir, and he wants that wife to be Jane. They are perfect together in every way, yet she continually refuses him. Just as he is on the point of convincing her, a series of accidents befall Gareth and point to an enemy in their midst. He has promised Jane a passionate future filled with devotion, but can he keep them both alive long enough to secure it?   

20th Century
The Twirler Quartet
Author: Claudia J. Severin
Genre: Historical Romance
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Catch It Spinning is the first book in the Twirler Quartet, featuring Yvonne, Debbie, Nancy, and Linda, four baton twirlers from mythical Capital High School set in the real Lincoln, Nebraska beginning in the late 1960s. Join a baby-boomers journey back to 1968. With teen pregnancy rates soaring, MeToo had a different meaning. Against the backdrop of the Vietnam War draft, student protestors battling campus police, drug experimentation, infidelity, infertility, post-traumatic stress and closeted gender preferences, liberated young women sought to establish themselves in the changing world. Twirling Fire, Learning To Twirl and Spinning Sideways complete the series.

Catch it Spinning

It’s 1969. Teenage boys didn’t scare Yvonne. A beautiful girl like her had her pick: the jock, the party animal, the hippie, the poet. But she wasn’t finding true love like her baton-twirler girlfriends. Was it because she’d kept her boyfriends wanting more like a good girl? Or had she craved control too much to let anyone get so close?

Daniel, the boy-next-door, was the least of her worries. He came as part of a twin set with her lifelong best friend, Debbie. But what happens when the gawky egghead she used to play games with starts looking at her differently?

Teetering on the brink of fulfillment a decade later, a medical problem threatened Yvonne’s perfectly manicured marriage. There was a treatment for her malady, but the serious side effects took a toll. Her happiness kept spinning out of reach just like that baton she once tried to master.

Catch it Spinning is the first of the Twirler Quartet. The turbulent late 1960s and early 1970s provide the social unrest that simmers in the background even in a sleepy Midwestern city.

Twirling Fire

When the pig-tailed wallflower is plucked onto the dance floor by Mr. African-American Bandstand, love learns to Watusi.
Can Robert pull baton-twirler Debbie, out of the shadow of her ambitious twin brother and her glamorous best friend? What will her Capital High friends say when she brings around her tall, dark, and handsome beau?

Robert’s own tight-knit family is alarmed when he shows a preference for blondes. One blonde in particular. His father is an important faith leader keeping ethnic harmony in their Midwest community amid the discord of riots rocking the country in 1968.

When their parents decide that their dating is dangerous, they go undercover. Under the covers is where certain danger lies. Soon they are hiding an explosive secret.

Ten years later, they’re living the dream in South Carolina. But old tensions and tragedy ignite close to home bringing them back to defend family and heal old wounds. How can they keep his brother out of prison if her brother fails to save him? Who knew that a twirl around the dance floor would set both families ablaze?

This baby-boomer back to the 1960s interracial teen romance is the second book in the Twirler Quartet series, after Catch It Spinning. Set in Lincoln, Nebraska. Debbie and Robert’s unrelenting attraction and resilience forces their families to find common ground.

Learning to Twirl

Two devout teenagers faced love amid tragedy circa 1969. An Army enlistment during the Vietnam Conflict promised career opportunities but tore their dreams apart.

As a Roman Catholic, Nancy knew better than to succumb to temptation. She was following the example of her two older sisters: one a nun, and the other a wife who’d had three children in quick succession. But when a sweet-talking devilishly-handsome boy began charming her, it wasn’t just her baton that was twirling. It was her heart.

Peter knew he shouldn’t resent his older brother, the golden boy. Terry excelled in sports, academics, and winning friends while Peter was stuck at home milking cows. Their parents expected Peter to hold down the farm when Terry’s world was upended by an accident. Once Peter fell for a beautiful red-haired angel, he knew his prayers had been answered.

Later, while Peter performed his patriotic duty in Vietnam, he discovered his brother was ambushing him on the home front, about to steal his cherished wife and daughter. Did his devotion to the Army’s cause create an unbridgeable rift in his marriage?

Return to the mythical Capital High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, for the third in the Twirler Quartet series that delivers more heartbreak and joy at a time when naïve teenage boys were being drafted, surprised college students were being attacked at protest marches, and the president promised peace and love to the youth of America.

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