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Arabella’s Assistant by @judylynnichkha1 is a recommended read #historicalromance #romance #bookish
Title Arabella’s Assistant
Author Judy Lynn Ichkhanian
Genre Historical Romance
Publisher The Wild Rose Press
Lady Arabella Warwick possesses a passion for cuneiform, a wish to never marry, and an empty reticule. Unfortunately, she also has an ailing mother who needs expensive care. In Victorian England, there is only one way for a lady to raise much needed funds: marriage.
Gabriel, Baron Brynley, knows his nefarious cousin, the Viscount Justin Manning, would never court an impoverished bluestocking like Lady Arabella, no matter how lovely. She must figure into the lawsuit Gabriel has brought to claim his relative's titles. But how? He's determined to find out.
Soon Arabella and Gabriel bond over an obsession with the Epic of Gilgamesh. As their attraction to each other grows, so does the danger from those who oppose them. With so much at stake, do they dare risk love?
Gabriel pivoted, expecting to see Arabella, but the space was a wash of lonely trees. He took a step forward just as nausea and dizziness speared through him. Though it felt like moving through molten sand, he stumbled on as an odd heaviness began dragging him downward. Another step, and the stinging in his torso flamed.
A glint of white, gold, and pink, almost covered from sight by a hillock of decaying leaves and green sprouts, caught his attention. Forcing his legs to advance, he staggered toward it, his feet unusually clumsy over the litter of foliage and roots.
He shouted, or thought he did, but Arabella did not move. As he flung himself to the ground beside her, he reached out to cup her cheek, willing those beautiful amethyst eyes to open.
A terrible bright stain of red painted the side of her gentle head crimson.
The world flipped again as the silk of her golden hair slipped through his numb fingers. The damp earth, loamy and dark, reached up to drag him down beside her. He closed his eyes and sighed.
Arabella was his epic love.
How stupid of him not to have realized it while there was still time.
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Judy is a sort-of-retired litigation attorney, a current homemaker with a propensity to ignore any and all chores, and the mother of an outrageously comedic teenage boy and a fur-baby named Chocolate-the-Dog, so named because he thinks he’s a cat.
Judy has been writing stories since she first learned to read and has stories constantly going through her head. With a passionate interest in archeology, most especially the alternative kind, she still hopes to one day uncover the true history of the world.
As a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Art History, when she ventures away from books it is to find the nearest museum or purveyor of High Tea.
She has lived in four states and Marseille, France, and currently makes her home in North Carolina, which she loves except for the bugs, snakes, and humidity.
Visit her at www.judylynnichkhanian.com for excerpts, information, newsletter, and tales both small and tall.
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