Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes wanted to be a writer since knowing what one was. Her first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007, and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell, making her total sales fifteen. Recently, she added two novella sales to that collection, as well as having her first book with Baker/Revell, Lady in the Mist, picked up by Crossings Book Club, and six of her books chosen for large print editions by Thorndike Press. She has been a public speaker for as long as she can remember; thus, only suffers enough stage fright to keep her sharp. In 2002, while in graduate school for writing fiction, she began to teach fiction in person and online. She lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and probably too many cats.
Family Guardianby Laurie Alice Eakes
If anyone learns that her perfume business is
Surrounded by the most beautiful scents and potions in the world, The Honorable Miss Clarissant Behn toils away, unconcerned with romance. She doesn't spend her days planning a wardrobe for the Season or wonder who she will marry. Against all conventions and Society's rules, Miss Behn spends her days engaged in trade.
If anyone learns that her perfume business is the source of her family's prosperity, the scandal will ruin both her business and her chances of marriage. Years ago she loved her sister's forbidden betrothed, Tristan Apking. But he disappeared five years ago and is presumed dead.
But when Tristan returns to England, alive and mysteriously prosperous, keeping secrets could cost Clarissant his love and possibly their lives. Overcoming his deep sense of loss at her sister's heart seems to be an impossible feat. Juggling everything for everyone else, Clarissant tries to keep the balance while finding love and happiness for herself.
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Reading this novel was such a treat. I thoroughly enjoyed following all the twists and turns that Clarissant went through as she struggled to keep her family's good name while having to push aside her deep feelings of seeming unrequited love. I highly recommend this work to any lover of mystery and romance. A truly well-written novel and a wonderful read.
Every so often if one is lucky, they will come upon a rare jewel when they least expect it. Finding FAMILY GUARDIAN by Ms. Eakes was one of those lucky finds. *** The Honorable Miss Clarissant Behn is much too busy to spend her days in leisurely pursuits like most young women of her class, she¿s secretly and busily working in trade. Clarissant had been blessed with a `nose¿ when she accidentally stumbled upon the means to save her family from poverty. For the last three years, through the efforts of her perfumery business she managed to hide from society the source of her family¿s sudden prosperity. Now her older sister Rowena was insisting it was time for Clarissant to marry but the only man she had ever loved was once her sister¿s betrothed, Tristan Apking. Unfortunately, Tristan had disappeared six years ago and was presumed dead. *** Without any warning Tristan reappeared very much alive, as handsome as ever, and very prosperous. Clarissant was torn between wanting to spare Tristan the heartache of discovering the faithlessness of her sister, as well as hiding her love from the man who would only view her as his little sister. **** This was a sweet story with a heroine that will positively steal your heart. Clarissant was a remarkable twenty-three year old young woman who was the family guardian in more ways than one. She was blessed with the `nose¿ of a perfumer and used it to her advantage in order to save her family. Only a few family members knew of her sacrifices with most thinking that the family¿s prosperity was at the behest of her elder sister¿s advantageous marriage. It was a great subterfuge that hid Clarissant¿s secret and let everyone think what a marvelous person Rowena was. It was also an effective lie that worked well in easing the heartache Clarissant was determined to shield Tristan from should he ever discover that the girl he¿d dreamed of as so angelic - selfishlessly marrying to save her family - was really concerned only with saving herself from poverty. *** Along with the lovely romance Eakes crafts a well-plotted secondary story of a traitor desperately trying to silence Tristan from revealing him that balanced well in keeping a bit of intrigue while wrapping up the story nicely in revealing Clarissant¿s secret perfume factory. This was well written, lively and for those traditional Regency die-hards like myself -- one lovely jewel you won¿t want to miss. ***Marilyn Rondeau, RIO - Reviewers International Organization