Someone to Care by Mary BaloghWhat it's about: Two years after the death of her husband, 40-something former countess Viola Kingsley throws caution to the wind when she runs away with Marcel Lamarr, a womanizer whose reputation is well-known to the Regency ton.
Is it for you? If you like unexpected heroines, you'll root for this mature and endearing widow as she pursues a second chance at love.
Series alert: This is the 4th book in the Westcott series, following Someone to Wed.
The Bride Takes a Groom by Lisa BerneWhat it’s about: Wealthy heiress Katherine Brooke needs a title; aristocratic Captain Hugo Penhallow needs cash. This could be the perfect marriage of convenience, but it could also be the start of something much more meaningful.
Series alert: Fans of Lisa Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty will enjoy cameos by characters from earlier books in this series, You May Kiss the Bride and The Laird Takes a Bride.
Reviewers say: “An elegant, poignant, and joyful romance and a must-read for Regency fans” (Kirkus Reviews).
Beneath a Prairie Moon : a Novel
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Banned from high society in the wake of her father's illegal activities, Abigail takes an unlikely job tutoring rough Kansas ranchers on the subjects of morals and manners to make them better candidates for mail-order brides before falling for a man who disdains city elitism. By the award-winning author of Bringing Maggie Home.
A Scandalous Deal by Joanna ShupeStarring: Aspiring young architect Lady Eva Hyde, who has had the misfortune of not one but three dead fiancés; Phillip Mansfield, a hotel magnate in New York City who reluctantly agrees to let Eva oversee a construction project.
Why you might like it: You'll root for ambitious Eva as she goes after her dream to be a successful career woman in Gilded Age society.
Series alert: This is the 2nd entry in the Four Hundred series, following A Daring Arrangement.
The Importance of Being Wicked by Victoria AlexanderWhat it’s about: Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, has hired an architectural firm to repair his fire-damaged ancestral home. Much to his surprise -- and later his delight -- attractive widow Miranda Garrett shows up to manage the project.
Series alert: This 19th-century romance is the 2nd book in the Millworth Manor series, following What Happens at Christmas.
You might also like: The Mistress’ House by Leigh Michaels, another historical romance set at a country house.
The Seduction of Elliot McBride by Jennifer AshleyWhat it’s about: Abandoned by her fiancé at the altar, Juliana St. John instead marries her childhood sweetheart Elliot McBride, who has just survived brutal years abroad. The two immediately depart for the Scottish Highlands, where they begin to restore Elliot’s run-down castle -- and where Juliana helps to heal his wounded heart.
Reviewers say: “A richly emotional treat for fans of tortured heroes” (Booklist).
Series alert: This is the emotionally intense 5th installment of the Highland Pleasure series, which begins with The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie.
Somebody to Love by Kristan HigginsStarring: Parker Welles, a down-on-her-luck heiress (and single mom) who heads to Gideon’s Cove, Maine, to renovate and flip a property she inherits; James Cahill, the lawyer who helps Parker with the construction in more ways than she expected.
Reviewers say: “A near pitch-perfect blend of comedy and touching emotion” (Kirkus Reviews).
You might also like: Some Like it Hot by Susan Andersen, another contemporary romance set in a small town with a charming cast.
The Next Always by Nora RobertsWhat it’s about: In Boonsboro, Maryland, architect Beckett Montgomery has set about restoring a historic inn to its former glory -- which might just give him a chance with bookstore manager Clare Brewster, the young widow on whom he’s had a crush since high school.
Read it for: an idyllic small-town setting, charming characters, and a heartwarming tale of second chances.
Series info: This contemporary romance is the 1st in a trilogy; the 2nd is The Last Boyfriend, followed by The Perfect Hope.
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