Truly, My Love (2019) by Donna Cummings

Lord Benedict is trying to evade two besotted misses at a Valentine country-house party. He enlists the help of a lovely young widow, Lady Sommerwood, and they hit upon a perfect solution: they shall pretend they are having a secret affair. Their faux romance quickly leads to genuine passion, but can an affair built on falsehoods possibly turn into true love?

Book 2 in the Matchmaking Earl novella duology!

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Cut from the Same Cloth by Kathleen Baldwin

Aunt Honore is up to her old tricks, only now she’s meddling in her mysterious nephew’s life…

Why does the powerfully built, golden-haired, Lord St. Evert dress like an overdone Dandy? His outlandish wardrobe belies the hard unyielding lines of his face. Whoever he is, he’s ruining Elizabeth Hampton’s desperate scheme to secure a rich husband. Terribly vexing, to arrive at the most fashionable Breakfast Party of the Season wearing a perfectly stunning Chinese silk gown, only to discover Lord St. Evert is clad in unmentionables cut from identical cloth.

Humiliating. And insufferable! Why, the devil, must he show up in fabrics Elizabeth searched so diligently to procure? To say nothing of the long hours she spent secretly stitching her creations together. He must be stopped. She is determined to spy out his perplexing game, and put an end to his interference.

Scarlet O’Hara meets the Scarlet Pimpernel

St. Evert despises pretension of any kind. He cannot abide the self-important airs put on by some members of the Ton and takes pleasure in making a mockery of Brummell’s fashion strictures. Conceited frauds! Hadn’t his grandfather’s snobbery made his mother’s life a misery? All the more maddening to discover that the one woman who captures his interest is the biggest pretender of all. He vows to teach Miss Elizabeth Hampton a lesson she won’t soon forget.

The third book in Kathleen Baldwin’s captivating My Notorious Aunt series.

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Georgette Heyer: Biography of a Best-Seller (2013) by Jennifer Kloester

The groundbreaking biography of one of the world’s best-loved and bestselling authors

Who was the real Georgette Heyer?

Georgette Heyer famously said, “I am to be found in my work.”

Who was this amazing writer who was so secretive about her personal life that she never gave an interview? Where did she get her ideas? Were there real-life models for her ultra-manly heroes, independent-minded heroines, irascible guardians, and clever villains? What motivated her to build a Regency worldso intricately researched that readers want to escape there again and again?

Heyer’s Regency romances, historical novels, and mysteries have surprised and delighted millions of readers for decades, while the woman behind the storieshas stayed hidden…Until now!

With unprecedented, exclusive access to Heyer’s notebooks, papers, and early letters, Jennifer Kloester uncovers both the complex life of a private woman anda masterful writer’s craft that will forever resonate in literature and beyond.

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POLL: Favorite Heyer Spinster Heroine? Showdown

Many of Heyer’s heroines have stayed single well into their twenties, which stigmatized them as “spinsters” at the time. We get to see them relinquish their solitary existences throughout their stories, of course, and it is often all the more satisfying given their long resistance to love — but which of these older heroines is your favorite? 

The last two rounds of voting turned up two finalists. Vote now! 

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Foul Deeds & Suspicious Deaths In Bath (2007) by Kristen Elliott

Take a journey through centuries of local crime and conspiracy, meeting villains of all sorts along the way—cut-throats and poisoners, murderous lovers, assassins, prostitutes and suicides. Among the many tales of wickedness and despair the author records in this fascinating book are:

  • Robbery and revenge in Roman times
  • The brutal uncertainties of Bath in the dark ages
  • The highwaymen, gamblers, and duelists of the Georgian period
  • The Victorian underworld and its notorious cases of prostitution, infanticide, and murder
  • Outbreaks of mob violence
  • Political corruption

Kirsten Elliott’s chronicle of the history the town would prefer to forget is compelling reading for anyone who is interested in the dark side of human nature.

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POLL: Favorite Heyer Spinster Heroine? Round 2

Many of Heyer’s heroines have stayed single well into their twenties, which stigmatized them as “spinsters” at the time. We get to see them relinquish their solitary existences throughout their stories, of course, and it is often all the more satisfying given their long resistance to love — but which of these older heroines is your favorite? This is the final round of voting, and our two finalists will have a showdown next week.

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Jane Austen and Crime (2005) by Susannah Fullarton

Learn which of her characters commit hanging offences, discover who fights duels and what the consequences were, find out what Jane Austen knew of hangings and where she describes them in her juvenilia, and see how poaching is used symbolically in her fiction to brilliant effect. Adultery, elopements to Gretna Green, gambling, suicide, theft and imprisonment are all discussed. Jane Austen and Crime reveals Jane Austen’s personal responses to crimes and punishments in her day, showing why she visited a gaol after writing Mansfield Park, why she gave some of her characters careers in the law, how her approach to crime altered from the juvenilia to the mature fiction, and what she thought and knew of duellers, poachers, elopers and thieves.

This is an essential reference book for all who want to know more about Jane Austen and her world and writing.

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POLL: Favorite Heyer Spinster Heroine? Round 1

Many of Heyer’s heroines have stayed single well into their twenties, which stigmatized them as “spinsters” at the time. We get to see them relinquish their solitary existences throughout their stories, of course, and it is often all the more satisfying given their long resistance to love — but which of these older heroines is your favorite? We’ll vote over the next two weeks, and have a showdown between the two finalists the week after.

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A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian

One reluctant heir

If anyone else had asked for his help publishing a naughty novel, Ash would have had the sense to say no. But he’s never been able to deny Verity Plum. Now he has his hands full illustrating a book and trying his damnedest not to fall in love with his best friend. The last thing he needs is to discover he’s a duke’s lost heir. Without a family or a proper education, he’s had to fight for his place in the world, and the idea of it—and Verity—being taken away from him chills him to the bone.

One radical bookseller

All Verity wants is to keep her brother out of prison, her business afloat, and her hands off Ash. Lately it seems she’s not getting anything she wants. She knows from bitter experience that she isn’t cut out for romance, but the more time she spends with Ash, the more she wonders if maybe she’s been wrong about herself.

One disaster waiting to happen

Ash has a month before his identity is exposed, and he plans to spend it with Verity. As they explore their long-buried passion, it becomes harder for Ash to face the music. Can Verity accept who Ash must become or will he turn away the only woman he’s ever loved?

OUT APRIL 9! The second book in Cat Sebastian’s wondrous Regency Imposters trilogy.

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POLL: Favorite Heyer Working Woman?

While several of Heyer’s heroines are bordering on penniless, only a very few actually work for a living, the times being what they were and opportunities for such being scarce. But of those few… which is your favorite?

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