Juliet Foster has just become the wealthiest spinster in town. Her domineering and thoroughly unpleasant father has died and left her millions. She's free to be her own woman and seek a life of adventure.
David Winslow, Marquess of Derrington, is in search of a wife who can break the Winslow Curse. Every second-generation heir inherits a restless, defiant nature that can only be tamed by a mate as independent and rebellious as himself.
Miss Juliet Foster is perfectand eager for seduction. But when he wants more than a few nights of passion, Juliet runs like the devil's on her heels. Can the marquess convince her that marriage isn't a trap, but the greatest freedom of all?
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Alice has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and lives in Oakland, California with her collection of neglected orchids and her pet corn snake, Casper.
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Manhattan Island, New York, 1886
The day Juliet Foster became insanely wealthy broke bright and clear. Juliet stared with longing out the window at the sunlight bringing the first warmth of spring to Central Park. The Almighty might have planned the weather to honor her dear, departed father. More likely, God didn't think about Gerard Foster one way or the other. No matter. Juliet's father had never paid much attention to God, either.
Gerard's children had assembled in the lavishly appointed office of his lawyer. Juliet's brother and sister and their spouses perched on their chairs, seeming to hover over Mr. Simms as he put on his reading glasses and opened the will. Juliet braced herself; unlike the others, she knew what was coming.
Mr. Simms cleared his throat. "I hope I've expressed my deep condolences at the loss of your father."
"Thank you." Her sister, Ophelia lifted her handkerchief to her mouth and managed a discreet sob into the linen. Very convincing unless you'd witnessed her make the exact same noise dozens over times of the years.
"He was a very great man, my dear," Mr. Simms said. "All of Manhattan admired him."
Indeed. They'd all discover how much that very night at the party Gerard's partners had planned in his honor. Society might think a celebration so soon after the man's death in poor taste, but Papa had no doubt ordered the thing to demonstrate that even in death, he was still in charge.
"Not only a titan of industry, but a great philanthropist," Mr. Simms went on. "The Foster Museum, the Foster Conservatory. The Foster Sanitarium he even cared for the poor and infirm."
As long as he didn't have to actually meet any of the poor and infirm. Papa had left monuments to his name all over the city the way his prize bulldogs left surprises on the sidewalk outside of their mansion on the park.
"But I don't have to sing his praises to you kind people," Mr. Simms said. "We shall not see his like again for a very long time, if ever."
"Mr. Simms," her brother Richard said. "I hate to seem "
The lawyer wrinkled his brow in confusion.
"We have preparations," Richard went on. "If you don't mind...the will?"
Mr. Simms' expression cleared. "Ah, yes."
The man shuffled the papers for a moment and then began to read. "'I, Gerard Howard Foster, being of sound mind do here on this twenty-fifth of November, 1885 declare this to be my last will and testament for all matters'"
"Yes, of course," Ophelia said. "I don't think we need that part."
Mr. Simms glanced at Richard. "Should I skip it?"
"If you don't mind," Richard answered.
The lawyer looked to Juliet.
"Whatever my brother and sister want," she said. Nothing either of them could say or do would change the important contents of the will.
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MISS FOSTER'S FOLLY by Alice Gaines is a historical romance set in 1886 Manhattan Island, New York and London.What a passionate delightful full of adventure and romace story. It is well written. The plot is interesting and flows easily. The characters are engaging. It has passion, wit, love, romance, sensuality, lust, trust issues, letting go of past disappointments, and learning to truly love. The heroine, Juliet, is tall, comely in her eyes and the eyes of her siblings, independent, determined, wealthy, spinster, rebellious, looking for adventure,seduction with plans to sleep across the continent and no plans of marriage,she believes marriage is just a trap.....but enter David, the Marquess of Derrington. The hero, David, is handsome, restless, defiant, rebellious, looking for a wife who can break the Winslow curse....enter Miss Juliet Foster. While David is determined to win Juliet's heart and her hand in marriage, she is determined not to marry but use him to take her virginity then move on to her plan. What a wild, sexual ride they pursue with twists and turns galore. In the end hearts win out. The secondary characters are witty, strong and help carry the story. If you enjoy a fast paced story with wit,lust,adventure,passion, and just possibly a happy ever after ending you will enjoy this one. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at Carina Press and My Book Addiction and More.
Miss Foster's Folly by Alice Gaines is truly a delightful and passionate historical romance! Set in the beginning in Manhattan Island New York, 1886 and through the travels to London, heroine Juliet Foster becomes a wealthy spinster at age 32 at the passing of her Father. Her father Gerald Foster was an intolerable man, with a nasty disposition. Juliet is determined that she would never marry after seeing her father's misery, anger and emotional neglect to his children after the passing of their mother. She never wants to experience losing as he had. She does so want to experience passion. Her plans are to pass as a widow with her friend, Millicent Rhodes and experience lovers throughout England and beyond. But has a minor inconvenience of needing her virginity broken! That's where the hero David Winslow, Marquess of Derrington, Derry, comes in. She's thrilled upon meeting him and responds so passionately to his touch. Juliet is a very independent heroine and strong too in her endeavors. She's very determined to never marry. David Winslow, Marquess of Derrington, often called Derry, has different plans for Juliet when she blurts out her need to him! He's determined to break the Winslow Curse. As cited in the book, 'Every second generation heir inherits a restless, defiant nature that can only be tamed by a wife as independent and rebellious as he is'. Juliet fits this perfectly. Winslow men who found the "cure" enjoyed long and joyful marriages. Derry has loved and respected his grandfather Hugh and grandmother, Harry, and determined to break this curse. (You will so laugh at the visit from his grandmother Harry). Derry is determined to marry before doing the deed, but Juliet won't have it! With Juliet's stubbornness and escaping to find someone else to do the deed, Derry chases her along and gives in, in hopes she would change her mind and fall in love with him. At times I laughed out loud, and often smiled reading MISS FOSTER'S FOLLY by Alice Gaines. Juliet is resolved to seduce and drive him to distraction so that he doesn't ask for her hand in marriage. There's some fun quirks between them, such as he can only ask her once a day to marry him. Derry was so good to her, a very ideal hero without being overly alpha! You could feel them both falling in love as the story progressed, but no over unraveling or over analyzing it in the book. It moves along as a fast pace and adventurous. As a full novel in ebook, nothing is lacking with building the relationship with Juliet and Derry. The author gives us a chase between them that each time becomes more intense and passionate then the last. Knowing and understanding more about the Winslow Curse would of made it more important in the story. He does recite a letter from his grandmother, that gives a little insight and requirements of his wife, to his pursuit because of the curse. Its Derry goal, but he falls for her adventurous and fun qualities quite early and throughout the book. It's a totally 'good feel' read, one that will make the reader feel that cheer that the hero and heroine posses. Long after reading this book, the reader will recall scenes and smile in remembrance. It would be a awesome to re-visit Juliet and Derry with Juliet's friend, Millicent Rhodes, to read more about her own HEA (Happily Ever After). Her background as an orphan with no family, and having been a charity case at Miss Sedgewick's Academy for Young Ladies, which Ju