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Miss Chelsea Careen Stanton is the heiress of Cherrywood Manor and orphaned daughter of a Country Squire. Consequently, she is the ward of relations– relations who have behaved recklessly, placing her inheritance in great jeopardy.
In this tale of social injustice and persecution, Chelsea is faced with few alternatives. Option one–: She can save the only life she has ever known by marrying Lord Thornbridge. Rory, the Earl of Rosevale, offers her security and position, but hasn’t a loyal drop of blood in his body. He’s a rake; a philandering scoundrel; a rogue of the worst kind! Is it possible to reform a rake?
The other option involves just as much risk and even higher stakes. Chelsea, an avid Jane Austen fan, has been dreaming of a future which includes a loving marriage to someone heroic; her Darcy, of course, with or without a Pemberley. Like Austen, she still believes in true love, with a hopeful heart and a resilient tendency to view everything humorously, honestly, and perceptively. In spite of daunting obstacles, she refuses to do less than see her world, hopes, and dreams without faith, and sometimes through the rose colored glasses of romantic novels. With regard to these traits, some might consider Miss Stanton a tad quirky and quite the risk taker.
Nonetheless, desperate for a possible way out of what she believes will be a loveless match if she accepts Rory’s offer, she responds to an advertisement for a mail order bride to an appealing Irish American clergyman, widowed father, and farmer: a Reverend Braydon McLane. Never mind the fact she can only cook four things, has led a life entirely of privilege, and has no idea what she’s about to walk into.
She arrives in America, believing this new situation is an answer to her prayers, only to discover she is in for far more than she bargained. For starters, and among the least of her problems, Braydon McLane doesn’t recognize her name or the letters; he never placed an advertisement for a mail order bride; and he failed to meet her at the train station. She just added being a homeless foreigner to her already lengthy prayer list.
Rising to the challenges, Chelsea is convinced Elizabeth Bennet, in the same circumstance, would first have tea, followed by a brisk walk in the countryside; and then perhaps, sit down upon her trunks, amidst hat boxes and satchels, and write a heartfelt letter to someone she could trust with her sentiments.
Oh wait, is that the sound of rain? Mrs. Bennet would consider rain and this undeniably unique situation, an opportunity for romance from the very gates of Providence! Chin up, Chelsea girl!
Lisa M. Prysock is the author of more than seventeen novels, including a devotional. She enjoys sharing her faith in Christ with readers. A fan of Austen herself, she hopes readers will enjoy this STAND ALONE from ‘The Lydia Collection’ about a hopelessly romantic Austen fan and woman of courageous faith. Married to her husband for more than twenty years, Lisa genuinely believes that in every good husband, there is a Darcy hero in there somewhere.
Emily Parker is a sassy young private investigator in the affluent small town of Paradise Valley, who has been uncovering clues that her late husband was not who he said he was. Her business is growing, as is her relationship with the handsome police detective, Colin Andrews.
A captivating series, full of romance, mystery,and intrigue. Think “Stephanie Plum” meets “NancyDrew”.
OTHER BOOKS by Debra Burroughs
Paradise Valley Mysteries Boxed Set #1, includes The Scent of Lies, The Heart of Lies, The Chain of Lies, and a Bonus Short Story, The Edge of Lies.
The Lake House Secret, a Jenessa Jones Mystery: Book 1, With her life going from bad to worse, reporter Jenessa Jones is drawn back to her small hometown by a homicide investigation that ends up pointing the finger at someone close to her heart.
The Stone House Secret, a Jenessa Jones Mystery: Book 2, Reporter Jenessa Jones is knee deep in a scandalous murder investigation when her police detective boyfriend’s ex-wife comes back to town and throws a monkey wrench into their budding romance.
The Boat House Secret, a Jenessa Jones Mystery: Book 3, Caught between her old flame and her new love, reporter Jenessa Jones must do some fancy footwork to stop a murderer who is set on killing her to kill the story she’s chasing.
The Gate House Secret, a Jenessa Jones Mystery: Book 4, Jenessa’s nemesis digs up a long-buried secret and threatens to expose it. She is soon rocked to the core by a scandalous murder that threatens everything she holds dear.
***The Paradise Valley Mysteries***
The Scent of Lies: Book 1
The Heart of Lies: Book 2
The Edge of Lies: A Bridge Short Story between Books 2 and 3, the storyof Evan & Emily
The Chain of Lies: Book 3
The Pursuit of Lies: Book 4
The Color of Lies: a Bridge Short Story between Books 4 and 5, the story of Colin & Miranda
The Betrayal of Lies: Book 5
The Harbor of Lies: Book 6
The House of Lies: Book 7
(*Most enjoyable if these books are read in order.)
Three Days in Seattle, When LA photographer Kate McAllister flies to Seattle in search of her missing sister, she finds irresistible real estate agent Ryan instead. Soon the two are entwined in a vengeful murder plot — and a simmering love affair…. (A light Romantic Suspense in the Emerald City)
The nerve of some people.
When grade school teacher Lily Thistle finds the body of a local womanizing garbage man washed up on the beach in her new town, she becomes suspect number one.
Can this teacher turned amateur sleuth narrow down who wanted him dead and get the hot chief of police to recognize her as something other than a murder suspect?
This culinary cozy mystery includes two yummy recipes: Rose’s Marionberry Muffins and Whiskey-laced Chocolate Chunks.
This book is a clean read suitable for most readers. This book set in a small seaside town is perfect for fans of cozy mysteries featuring an amateur sleuth.
Bella Amaud is about to lose everything. Her shop, her home, and her fragile financial security.
Then she finds out the man she is falling for, Owen, is the businessman at the center of all her problems.
Owen has secretly long to belong—somewhere—anywhere—his whole life. When he decides to do the right thing for his long-lost brother, he ruins any chance of putting down roots and the family he longs for.
Yes, sometimes doing the right thing does backfire and life explodes around you.
Get The Shop on Main, the charming first book in the heartwarming Comfort Crossing series. Join Bella and her best friends, Jenny and Becky Lee, as they navigate life and love in the small southern town of Comfort Crossing, Mississippi.
First: ‘Whatever it Takes’. While studying in London, Australian-born Lisa falls in love with fellow trainee teacher Liam. Can their fledgling relationship withstand the strain of Lisa’s return to Sydney, which throws her into the path of her former lover?
Second: ‘Sisters and Rivals’. After struggling to deal with a string of broken relationships caused by the flirtations (and more) of her sister Tessa, Linda hopes that, with Tessa now engaged, she is secure in the love of her boyfriend Harry. Will Tessa once again use her insidious charms to lure Harry away from her plainer sister?
Sophie’s only trying to get to her family’s cabin when the snowstorm knocks her off course and directly in the path of the sexiest man she’s ever seen. They’re forced together during the duration of the storm and it would be a fantasy come true if only he wasn’t so grumpy.
Trapped together during the storm, secrets are revealed and a bond is forged. But when reality comes knocking will the spark they’ve discovered be enough?
Mark is clumsy when it comes to romantic gestures, and he stands to lose the girl he adores because of it. Everything changes when he finds handwritten notes in the old desk he’s using at school with advice about writing a perfect love letter. At first the notes seem coincidental, but Mark soon realizes they are being written directly to him – sometimes magically appearing while he’s staring at the paper! Who is haunting him with these notes? Why? And if Mark follows the ghostly advice, will it work?
Winner! Silver Place in the RBRT 2016 Book Awards for Best Fantasy Book!
Genuine Fakes, an auction company that sells “authorized copies” of famous paintings, arranges to hold six charity auctions of fakes during a voyage to Alaska. Million-dollar originals will be displayed next to the Genuine Fakes during each auction—six opportunities for international thieves to steal a valuable piece of art. The president of Constellation Cruise Lines, Emily Schultz suddenly needs her new crack security team to guard the paintings.
When one of the fakes gets stolen from the buyer’s cabin, a discrete search for the missing canvas begins. The stakes rise when a body is found next to the missing fake, and the investigation suddenly takes a deadly turn. The investigators learn more about “Glacier Blue” and realize it’s no ordinary work of art. The painting’s special secret already provoked one murder, and it gets easier to kill again.
Emily begs Kayla and Steven to work for a few days before their wedding on Glacier Bay. They expected a stress-free cruise up the Inside Passage of Alaska, filled with glaciers, wildlife, and stunning scenery, but an art heist and murder might interrupt their romantic plans. To ramp up stress levels, Steven’s ex-wife, Cynthia, shows up for the cruise on the arm of Steven’s school chum—and Kayla feels hate-at-first-sight.
The young couple must entertain future in-laws while trying to outsmart murderous outlaws. As the ship navigates through icy waters, truth lies hidden from plain view, like the treacherous underwater portions of dangerous icebergs. Greed, jealousy, and envy generate potent motives for murder.
This epic tale of good versus evil examines the age-old question of “why me” that all earth-bound travelers must ask. The Corporeal Pull is a story of love that transcends both time and the mortal plane. This action-packed love adventure will invite you in and leave you breathless!