Courting the Stationmaster’s Daughter by @julidrevezzo is a Pot O Gold event pick #romance #giveaway
Title: Courting the Stationmaster’s Daughter (Camden Girls, book 1)
Author: Juli D. Revezzo
Genre: Historical romance/ Sweet romance
After Honorine Camden is jilted, leaving her stunned and sparking a scandal in her tiny London borough of Wallflower, she’s devastated. But when she overhears her father, the stationmaster, talking about arranging a party for their newly-minted underground railway station, she volunteers to help. Although she’s intrigued with the handsome assistant stationmaster, Shane MacIntyre, she never expects to fall head-over-heels in love with him. Unfortunately, one tragic accident might derail everything.
Sweet music filled the air.
Honorine weaved her way through the crowd that formed while the man played, pausing at Shane’s side.
He nodded along to the music.
The man continued to play, and Honorine thought his dark eyes scowled at Shane.
When he finished, the crowd applauded.
Honorine clapped politely and Shane offered the man his hand. “Capital job, sir! Fine work. I’d like to propose something to you, if I may.” He nodded to her. “My lovely companion and I are organizing a luncheon for this very station, and we’re in need of a musician to play for us. Would you be available, Mr…?”
“Wood.” Mr. Wood nodded to her and Honorine noted his hat was in fine shape.
“Mr. Wood, we’ve decided on the afternoon of December second. Would you be available to play for us then?”
“For compensation, of course,” Honorine said. “And any of the food of which you care to partake.”
Mr. Wood narrowed his eyes a little, hesitant.
Shane again took the lead. “I’d also be happy to provide you a recommendation after the fact, should you wish it. And as my companion said, your normal fee.”
Mr. Wood blinked. “Well then, I believe I can accommodate you, sir.”
He and Shane shook hands.
“If you would give me your address—” Shane pulled a small notebook and a calling card from his breast pocket, along with a pencil. “—I’ll send you all the details as soon as possible.”
The man accepted and leaned against a post to scribble out his address before handing Shane’s pencil and notebook back. A slight red tint colored the man’s light cheeks.
“And I apologize for my choice of song, sir,” Mr. Wood said. “I didn’t mean to offend you, you understand. I’m not used to strangers following me, and well—honestly?—I thought you were just a rummy ole cove, up to no good ‘n toying with me.”
“Hence, why you scowled at me. I see. I didn’t mean to startle you.”
Shane raised a hand, cutting him off. “Think nothing of it, Mr. Wood. I enjoyed your performance.”
When Mr. Wood struck up his next tune, Shane left him to his work in favor of Honorine.
“What did he mean,” she asked, “apologizing for his choice of song? What about it would offend you?”
“The song he chose was about an Irish highwayman. A nasty character who drinks too much and whose lover turns on him. He ends up in the gaols.”
Honorine shuddered. “But you don’t object to it.”
“Not at all. I like the song.”
The music, then, was one more item off her list. “Have I told you you’re a genius? But don’t think Mr. Wood’s performance is going to get you out of yours.”
“What do you mean?”
“I still expect you to tell our audience a story.”
Shane laughed and she bid him good day, feeling much better about the whole situation. No matter what her mother wanted, they may succeed yet.
“Oh, Honorine.” He reached into his coat pocket and pulled forth his small notebook. “I know my Da will have some of me mum’s recipes and I thought they might suit for the menu. I won’t have time to write him. Would you mind doing it for me? His address is in here.”
He folded the small notebook into her hands. His touch warmed her and reminded her of his arms enfolding her earlier.
She blinked at the small black leather cover. “I—” He wanted her to take his prized possession?
He tapped the book. “You’ll find his address about halfway through my book. Tell him who you are and what we need. I’m sure that will suffice. ” He offered her a few shillings to cover the cost. When he dropped them into her hand, he remained there, stroking her palm.
Shivers chased over her skin.
“You can keep me informed of his reply. And don’t worry. My father isn’t as rough as I am.”
Honorine scoffed but his voice had dropped a pitch and she wondered if he saw how his touch affected her.
The little hairs on her arm rose as he drew the stroke up her wrist. “It’s just my father, so a few lines will do. You needn’t fret over it as if it’s a formal request to the queen.”
Just his father, he said. He might as well be asking her to write to Victoria!
A train’s wheels squeaked and smoke billowed up the station steps. Shane paused for a few seconds, as if he watched the train approach, though all Honorine could see from here was a trickle of smoke.
He still held onto her hand.
“But …” Her voice faltered and she swallowed, hard. “Don’t you need this book?”
Her question pulled his attention back to her and he shrugged. “Not at the moment. I trust you’ll return it to me. Send it with your father, if your mother disapproves of us meeting again.”
“Bother what Mother thinks.”
A small smile curled his lips. “How shocking, young miss! Very improper of you.” He kissed her hand and stepped away.
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Juli D. Revezzo loves fantasy and Celtic mythology and writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. She is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Stewards Wars and Celtic Stewards Chronicles series, the historical romances, Camden Girls series, Vesta's Clockwork Companions, House of Dark Envy, Watchmaker's Heart, and Lady of the Tarot, and more. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.
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