Jane Charles has lived in the Midwest her entire life. As a child she would more likely be found outside with a baseball than a book in her hand. In fact, Jane hated reading until she was sixteen. Out of boredom on a long road trip she borrowed her older sister’s historical romance and fell in love with reading. She long ago lost count of how many fiction novels she has read over the years and her love for them never died. Along with romance she has a passion for history and the two soon combined when she penned her first historical romance. What turned into a hobby became a passion, which has been fully supported by her husband, three children and three cats.
Compromised for Christmas (Tenacious Trents Novella - Book 1)by Jane Charles
Lady Elizabeth craved excitement and adventure and convinces her uncle, who has lived a more adventurous life than anyone else she knew, to let her work for
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Compromise for Christmas, a novella, first appeared in anthology, A Summons from His Grace. It later appeared in a compilation, Scots, Spies & Salacious Lies. It is the first of the Tenacious Trents.
Lady Elizabeth craved excitement and adventure and convinces her uncle, who has lived a more adventurous life than anyone else she knew, to let her work for him. A few years later Elizabeth was established in Tuileries Castle, a servant in Napoleon's court known as Lisette Renard.
John Phillip Trent has been working in the stables of Tuileries as Jean Pierre Bouvier for the past two years. His only English contact being Lisette Renard, a lovely blond lass, who he desired but kept at a professional arm's length.
When Lisette receives a summons to return home for Christmas their cover is compromised and the two find themselves escaping the palace and France, knowing they could very well never see each other again and must face the truth of how they truly feel for the other.
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I reread this short novella as part of the anthology "A Summons From the Duke of Danby." The duke has a stack of special licenses, and he wants his grandchildren married before Christmas. He summons them all home in various ways and does his darnedest to get them together with just the right mate. Elizabeth Whitton just happens to be a spy in the household of Napoleon when she receives a letter from her grandfather calling her home. He also expects her to bring her French husband (a fiction she created). With her cover blown, Elizabeth and the fake husband (John Phillip Trent) have to get out of France and make up a believable story that will allow them to keep spying after this whole episode is over. There is action, romance, and humor as they make their way back to England and deal with the Duke of Danby.