When a runaway heiress runs into trouble, she may end up exactly where she belongs in this brand new series by USA Today bestselling author Syrie James…
Brainy and college-educated, American heiress Alexandra Atherton will do anything to avoid marriage to the English peer her mother has chosen for her--even abandon the life of privilege she's always known. But as her escape goes horribly wrong, Alexandra must invent a new identity to gain the help of a handsome stranger.
Thomas Carlyle, the Earl of Longford, sweeps in and out of London disguised as a humble artist, earning just enough to keep his ancestral Cornwall estate afloat. When Alexandra crashes into his life, she awakens feelings and desires that he vows will stay buried. Despite himself, he needs this beautiful newcomer, for his sisters have run off another governess.
Alexandra is surprised to find she thrives in her new position at Longford's home. But as she grows closer to Thomas and his sisters, and her relationship with the emotionally guarded earl unleashes their hidden passions, the truth Alexandra's been forced to hide may end up coming between her and the only man she's ever loved.
About the Author
Syrie James is the USA Today bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Runaway Heiress; Nocturne; Dracula, My Love; The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë; The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen; Jane Austen's First Love; Forbidden; The Harrison Duet; and the international bestseller The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. An admitted Anglophile, Syrie loves all things British and 19th century. Her novels have hit many Best of the Year lists, won the Audie Romance Award, and been designated as Library Journal Editor’s Picks and the Women's National Book Association’s Great Group Read. Syrie lives in Los Angeles and is a member of RWA, JASNA, and the Writer's Guild of America. Visit Syrie at www.syriejames.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This smart, unrepentant and brave Victorian heroine will inspire and delight! When “Dollar Princess” Alexandra Atherton dares to defy her scheming mother’s plan to marry her off to a foppish British peer, she decides that her only chance at freedom is a total break from the restrictive confines of her privileged life, becoming a runaway heiress. Her ill-thought-out escape from London goes terribly wrong at every turn until she meets a handsome young man, Thomas Carlyle, who hires her as governess to his younger sisters. Unbeknownst to each other, they are both living double lives – she to facilitate her freedom – he to support his crumbling estate in Cornwall. What started as a business arrangement gradually evolves into something that neither expected. Being a big fan of romance stories set in 19th-century England featuring young ladies who defy social strictures, I was immediately attracted to the smart, unrepentant, and brave heroine, Lexie. Having the story set in Cornwall was also a plus for me and I enjoyed the lush descriptions of the manor house and gardens in which she resides with Lord Carlyle and his sisters. While the attraction of the hero and heroine was immediate, their romance simmered, growing into the most satisfying aspect of this delightful romance. I am happy to recommend it to those of you who crave a happily-ever-after escape. Resplendent with charm, romance and surprises, fans of Downton Abbey and Jane Austen will be enchanted. Laurel Ann - Austenprose.com