- N. N. Light
His One and Only Lady: A Sweet Historical Regency Romance is a BHW pick #regency #historicalromance
Title: His One and Only Lady: A Sweet Historical Regency Romance (Daughters of Desire (Scandalous Ladies) Book 4)
Author: Collette Cameron
Genre: Historical Romance, Sweet Regency Romance
Love comes easily to some. Others have to fight for it…
Purity Mayfield doesn’t entertain romantic notions. She knows marriage isn’t a possibility and has accepted her lot in life is that of a governess. She’s good at her job, too. So, when she sees a little girl being mistreated by her so-called caretaker, Purity doesn’t hesitate to step in and help. Unfortunately, the girl’s cynical and entirely too attractive father is neither grateful nor impressed by her intervention…
Theran Rutland had—and lost—one great love. He has no intention of seeking another. So, romance is the last thing on his mind when the beautiful Purity accuses his sister-in-law of abusing his daughter. But when her allegations prove true, Theran offers Purity a governess position. Imagine his surprise when he starts to develop actual feelings for her…
When all is said and done, Purity and Theran might have a shot at happily ever after. But only if a jealous, vengeful rival and a shocking revelation about Purity’s past don’t ruin everything first…
Secrets, scandals, and sigh-worthy romance.
This sweet, wholesome historical romance by a USA Today bestselling author will have you sighing as you escape into the past to cheer Purity and Theran on to their much-deserved happily-ever-after. If you enjoy reading lovable rogues, spinsters, class differences, and opposites attract clean historical romances with a pinch of mystery and inspiration, a dash of humor, and soul-searing emotion, then you’ll adore Collette Cameron’s captivating DAUGHTERS OF DESIRE: SCANDALOUS LADIES series. Settle into a comfy reading nook with your favorite beverage for a page-turning, entertaining Regency world adventure you can’t put down.
Though this book can easily be read as a stand-alone, most readers prefer to read the series in order.
That man is an ogre! What an impossible predicament you find yourself in, Faith. I know how much you anticipated your new position as an amanuensis for Lord Kellinggrave. He only retained you because he lost a wager, you say? I do believe his lordship is a despicable knave for misleading you. For what it is worth, I applaud your intrepidness and gumption. Do not let the scapegrace chase you away. I know you, Faith, and you shall make an excellent scrivener. His lordship shall learn as much if he puts aside his masculine prejudices. I hope to visit you and Chasity, Joy, Mercy, and Faith soon. My tenure with the Ceddes family is ending as Pomeroy is off to Harrow and the girls to boarding school this autumn—the poor dears. After eight years, I’ve grown very fond of the children and shall miss them dreadfully. But alas, time ticks relentlessly onward, and I must search for a new position even while I’m at the Mumfords’ house party. I shall pray I never have an employer as impossible as your Lord Kellinggrave. ~ Miss Purity Mayfield, in a letter written en route to the Mumfords’ to Miss Faith Roth
Mottford Hall, Essex, England Home of the Earl and Countess of Mumford 22 August 1818 — Mid-Morning
Bliss. Pure, sublime bliss.
Purity Mayfield tilted her face into the sun’s soothing rays and gave a contented sigh. Humming the ballad she’d sung to her wards that morning, she relaxed into the comfortable, cushioned chaise lounge—one of several in the cozy garden. Apparently, none of the other houseguests who’d arrived over the past couple of days had discovered this magical retreat yet.
To be honest, she wasn’t exactly one of the elite haut ton guests. Nevertheless, she felt as privileged as one at that moment. Glancing around the isolated enclosure, Purity smiled.
Her cherished privacy might be partially due to the ten-foot-tall beech hedge surrounding the charming square and its distance from the manor house. She’d accidentally come upon the hedgerow’s arched opening while walking the greens farthest from the opulent mansion.
A few feet from her, across the verdant grass paralleled by rust-colored brick pavers lay a square pond. An angel wearing a strategically placed loincloth for modesty’s sake topped a two-tiered burbling fountain.
For the moment, this enchanted haven was all hers to enjoy. No quieting energetic children, wiping noses, gently but firmly reminding her charges to mind their manners, or doing the often unreasonable bidding of her employers.
For a few coveted minutes, it was just Purity, the fish, a few bees, and a mild August morning sun.
She eyed the entrance with a mixture of trepidation and expectation.
Surely this heaven was too perfect to last.
The reluctance of the upper ten thousand to part with their plush mattresses before noon also likely explained why no others had joined her in this picturesque retreat.
That was perfectly fine with Purity.
More than fine, in truth.
In general, the upper class had little use for servants except how the menials made their elite lives more comfortable and convenient. Respect, consideration, and basic politeness were reserved for those of the same social standing as members of le beau monde—not the lower orders.
As a governess, Purity fell somewhere between the servants and the family she worked for. She wasn’t included in either, and it made for a rather lonely existence—apart from her time with the children in her charge.
As accomplished as she was at appearing subservient and compliant, there were moments she had to bite the inside of her cheek to keep her ungracious opinions to herself or stifle a disrespectful, if honest, retort.
Her current employers, the Viscount and Viscountess Ceddes, were challenging on the best day and intolerable on a bad one. She’d long since learned to recite in her head, “a soft answer turneth away wrath,” over and over.
Never mind how much she might fume after a disagreeable encounter. Her position, and thus her future, depended on an acquiescent and submissive demeanor.
Neither trait came naturally to her.
Buy it Now:
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/His-One-Only-Lady-Historical-ebook/dp/B09TV5QW83
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/His-One-Only-Lady-Historical-ebook/dp/B09TV5QW83
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/His-One-Only-Lady-Historical-ebook/dp/B09TV5QW83
USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author COLLETTE CAMERON® scribbles Scottish and Regency historicals featuring dashing rogues and scoundrels and the intrepid damsels who reform them. Blessed with an over-active and witty muse that won’t stop whispering new romantic romps in her ear, she’s lived in Oregon her entire life, though she dreams of living in Scotland part-time. You'll always find a dash of inspiration and a pinch of humor in her sweet-to-spicy timeless romances®.
WANT A FREE BOOK?
Join Collette's VIP Reader Club and receive her entertaining newsletter, The Regency Rose: bit.ly/TheRegencyRoseGift (Copy and paste the URL into your browser, then click to be taken to the sign-up form.) Be the first to know the latest news, contests, releases, and enter her giveaways!
Social Media Links:
Follow Collette on Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/colle... Follow Collette's blog: https://collettecameron.com/blue-rose... Follow Collette on Facebook: http://facebook.com/collettecameronau... Follow Collette on Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/collettecame... Follow Collette on Instagram: https://instagram.com/collettecameron... Follow Collette on Pinterest here: http://www.pinterest.com/colletteauthor/