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The Earl's Prize; Harlequin Historical #684
     

The Earl's Prize; Harlequin Historical #684

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by Nicola Cornick
 

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Although exiled to a life of genteel poverty, Miss Amy Bainbridge was a well-bred lady of honor. But when she found herself the recipient of a surprise windfall, her whole life changed! Not only did she reenter society, she also gained the attention of London's most notorious gambler--a rogue determined to claim her as his own!

Joss, Earl of Tallant, was

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Although exiled to a life of genteel poverty, Miss Amy Bainbridge was a well-bred lady of honor. But when she found herself the recipient of a surprise windfall, her whole life changed! Not only did she reenter society, she also gained the attention of London's most notorious gambler--a rogue determined to claim her as his own!

Joss, Earl of Tallant, was everything Amy despised in a man, but she was utterly intrigued by him. He certainly wasn't interested in her newfound fortune, so why was this renowned scoundrel pursuing her with such intent? And why was she finding his amorous attentions all but impossible to resist...?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780373292844
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Series:
Harlequin Historical Series , #684
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.82(w) x 6.62(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

For the first 18 years of her life Nicola lived in Yorkshire, within a stone's throw of the moors that had inspired the Bront� sisters to write Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. One of her grandfathers was a poet, and her family contained teachers and avid readers who filled the house with books. With such a background it was impossible for Nicola not to become a bookworm.

Nicola went to school in a historic building that had originally been the dower house of a stately home. It was the sort of school that taught girls how to find a rich husband and how to get in and out of a Rolls-Royce gracefully.

Unfortunately Nicola did not pay enough attention to the bit about the rich husband and has therefore never had the chance to practice the bit with the Rolls- Royce. She was too busy reading. It was also at school that Nicola developed her love of history, English literature, and French, due to some truly inspirational teachers.

Meanwhile, Nicola spent her evenings reading piles of romances and historical novels and watching costume dramas with her grandmother. Her grandparents were very influential to her and also taught her canasta, ballroom dancing, and how to grow rhubarb, all of which she is determined to incorporate in a historical romance one day.

At 18 Nicola went south to study history at London University and during her holidays did a variety of jobs, from sticking price tags on shoes in a factory to serving refreshments on a steam railway. When she left college she had to settle for something far less interesting in order to earn a living and worked as an administrator in a number of different universities. She moved to Somerset and livedfor seven years in a cottage haunted by the ghost of a cavalier.

Nicola met her future husband while she was at university, although it took her four years to realize that he was special and more than just a friend. Her husband, being so much more perceptive, had worked this out much sooner but eventually an understanding was reached.

This lack of perception also meant that Nicola did not realize for years that she was meant to be a writer. She wrote bits and pieces of novels in her spare time but never finished any of them. Eventually, she sent in the first three chapters of a Regency romance to Mills and Boon and, although they were rejected, she found she had become so addicted to writing that she could not stop. Happily, her third attempt was accepted and she has never looked back.

Nicola loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted by email at ncornick@madasafish.com or via her web site, http://www.nicolacornick.co.uk.

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The Earl's Prize; Harlequin Historical #684 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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nj2az More than 1 year ago
I havn't read a romance novel in a very long, long time. This was a great way to come back to romance. Sweet story, and i loved the historic aspect of it. I could really picture the characters and setting.