Mariana Gabrielle is a professional writer, editor, and designer living in Denver, Colorado. As well as Regency romance, under the name Mari Christie, she also writes mainstream historical fiction and poetry.
Royal Regardby Mariana Gabrielle
When Bella Holsworthy returns to England after fifteen years roaming the globe with her husband, an elderly diplomat, she quickly finds herself in a locale more perilous than any in her travels-the Court of King George IV. As the newly elevated Earl and Countess settle into an unfamiliar life in London, this shy, not-so-young lady faces wicked agendas, society's censure, and the realities of a woman soon to be alone in England.
Unaccustomed to the ways of the beau monde, she is disarmed and deceived by a dissolute duke and a noble French émigré with a silver tongue. Hindered by the meddling of her dying husband, not to mention the King himself, Bella must decide whether to choose one of her fascinating new suitors or the quiet country life she has searched the world to find.
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I started this book in the morning and kept reading until it was finished. It was that good! Bella and Myron have finally come home after 15 years of traveling the world. Myron, the much older husband, is not well and wants to ensure Bella's future and happiness. He sets about choosing her next husband, which fascinated me. I can't think of another book that had that particular story line. The story moves very quickly and left me wanting more at the end. I am hopeful that Mariana continues with this series!
Bella Holsworthy has much to be thankful for - having escaped an abusive family by marrying a much older gentleman (a gentleman she came to have a deep affection for) & having that husband teach her how to have confidence in herself. All while living at sea for fifteen years. Now back in London due to her husband’s failing health has Bella’s old insecurities of the ton warring with her confidence. Myron, Baron Holsworthy, knows he is not long for this world and wants to die knowing he has done everything he can to protect Bella from fortune hunters upon his death. There’s one he would warn her away from & one he would push her towards. Charmed by a rakish Duke & wooed by a charming Frenchman but staying loyal to her husband has Bella in a constant state of confusion. Evil rears its ugly head with the help of a deceitful maid, a kidnapping, interference from her ailing husband & the king have Bella fleeing. But will she flee to a life of loneliness or can her happy ever after find her and who will it be with? A character yelling, heart stopping story by the talented Mariana Gabrielle. Just when you think Bella’s going to get her HEA Ms. Gabrielle turns you around. Love Bella’s strength, her devotion to her ailing husband, the hero being broadsided by his feelings and the final twist of the story. Looking forward to Ms. Gabrielle’s next tale!
Royal Regard by Mariana Gabrielle Bella Clewes, Baroness of Holsworthy was never considered a pretty woman and people enjoyed telling her so. She hated Society and the one good thing about being sold as a bride to a much older man was that she got to sail away from all of it. Now after fifteen years away, Bella and Myron return to London due to his failing health. The strong woman she had become while away...was once again quiet and unsure. Adolphe Fouret, Duc de Malbourne and Nicholas Northope, Duke of Wellbridge...both started to try and charm Bella. Only one of them cares more for the true woman she is. The other knows she is soon to be a very rich widow. Bella just wants to remain a good wife and caretaker to Myron. This was a very unique story and I found it to be a definite page turner. Grabbing you and holding you from beginning to end. Bella is still a married woman and yet many around here seem to forget...or just ignore...that. Myron knows he is not long on this earth and wants to find Bella a protector. The prequels are to follow: Shipmate is Bella and Myron's story. 'Tis Her Season is Charlotte's story, Bella's cousin. A Rose Renamed is John's story (Bella's brother) **Sexual content and language
I once swore I'd never root for another rake, jackanape or hulverhead, much less a beef-headed lobcock, but that was before I met the charming Nicolas Northrop, Duke of Wellbridge! The author shows her genius for character development by reconciling his vulnerable side with his penchant for seducing married women. I admit it; I'm cup-shot! The author's meticulous research on Regency England is reflected in the dialog and in the detailed descriptions of food and drink, clothing, fashion, card games, dances and outings. We are invited into the king's palace gardens and to a masked ball, ideal settings for practicing the art of flirtation and learning the limits of proper behavior. Of course, these limits are not always observed, and the action reaches a peak when two dukes stray out of bounds.
Bella is a breath of fresh air! London is in need of her unstinting wit, although I think the matriarchs of the ton may not agree. Lol I don't think she is ready for the attention she gets from the rogues of London. As a matter of fact, I think she would rather be just about anywhere but London for the season. Her husband has the King's ear and so they must remain. She must deal with 2 suitors, both waiting out her husband's failing health. Two Dukes no less. Both very forthright, both handsome, both vying for attention she does not want to give. Her husband, Myron, being much older, only wants to protect her, he has settled his fortune on her at the time of his death and he wants to make sure she does not fall into the trap of a fortune hunter. His protective instincts prove true. But who is the rogue and who is sincere? Her cousin Charlotte is not helping matters. Her head is full of romance. Will Belle be safe? Will Myron live long enough to see her with the proper Duke? No spoilers here! I really liked the twists in this story! They were written well enough to keep me guessing, though some things were quite obvious, I never knew what might befall the heroine of the story next! Poor Bella, she just wanted to live in the country, away from the gossips and rakes and the people who talk of nothing but hair and dresses. This book had delightful characters, some of which need their story told, in my opinion, but that may be a sign of a great book, wanting more.