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Lady Violet Ashcroft grew up sheltered in the countryside, far from the dashing gentlemen of the court—and that’s how she likes it. Here on her family’s beautiful, quiet estate, she needn’t fight off suitors who are only after her sizable inheritance, or play second fiddle to her prettier younger sisters. Love and marriage aren’t for everyone, and sensible Violet would rather spend her days improving her mind than risking her heart. Until a rather dashing gentleman shows up next door…
Ford Chase, Viscount Lakefield, has had it with women. Who’s got time for them, anyway, when there’s important work to be done? Fresh out of Oxford, Ford is ready to devise his first world-changing invention. All he needs is some peace and quiet on his neglected country estate, where there is no family to nag him and, most especially, no women to distract him—until he’s thrown into the company of the intriguing Lady Violet…
The Marquess of Cainewood and his siblings are eminent members of King Charles II’s merry English court. But Jason, Colin, Kendra, and Ford are also family—which means they’re loud, argumentative, and always meddling in each other’s lives. As the four Chases find their own happily ever afters, they help and hinder one another through the ups and downs of first loves that just might last forever…
Both Violet and Ford are charming…this breezy summer read will satisfy
[Royal's] rapidly growing fan base.
Lauren Royal introduces us to the eccentric and enchanting Ashcroft family in
her newest novel.…This delectable romp is sure to be just the confection
readers need for a sweet night's read…the utterly adorable characters and
the addition of real historical personages as well as a sweet love story is
guaranteed to charm.
—Kathe Robin, Romantic Times BOOKclub
Royal deftly mixes brief appearances from historical figures and fascinating
period details into the plot of her latest engaging romance, and the delightfully
unconventional cast of characters gives her the chance to display her gift for
—John Charles, Booklist (American Library Association)
Lauren Royal treats readers to another winning novel, filled with laughter and
humor…sensual scenes that sizzle, and another eccentric family fans will fall
in love with. I just can't describe how much I enjoyed and recommend this story;
you'll just have to get a copy of your own and sit back for an evening of fun.
You won't want to put Violet down until you reach the end.
—Carol Carter, Romance Reviews Today
Fans of Amanda Quick will find this romantic pair to be exactly their cup of
—Amanda Killgore, Huntress Book Reviews
…The first book of a delightful new series, this zany romp is full of humor
and characters you wish lived next door. I love the way Ms. Royal has blended real
historical facts throughout this adorable read.
—Kathy Baker, Waldenbooks
A delightful story starring two, for the most part, endearing, brilliant eccentrics.
—Midwest Book Review