Samantha Hughes is desperate to escape the clutches of her uncle, and posing as a male Pony Express rider may be her way out. How hard could it be to imitate a man for a few months? When she meets tempting Valerian Fitzpatrick, she realizes just how hard a path she’s carved for herself. When her uncle tracks her down and threatens Valerian, Samantha runs off again, fearing for his safety and afraid he won’t want to ever give up his freedom for her.
England, 1859. When ex-army captain Justin Thornhill places an advertisement for a wife, the mysterious lady who answers isn’t quite what he was expecting. “For this impressive Victorian romance, Matthews crafts a tale that sparkles with chemistry…an excellent series launch.” -Publishers Weekly
England, 1860. An impoverished Victorian beauty is unexpectedly reunited with the now beastly earl who once broke her heart. Will they finally find their happily-ever-after? Or are some fairy-tale endings simply not meant to be?
Would you risk everything to protect the one you love from relentless greed?
After the death of her mother, Charity Bohdan vowed to carry on her work—providing free treatment to those who are sick or injured. What started off as patching up wounds soon took a very different direction when she was being called to treat young women who’d been brutally raped and left pregnant. She knows the risks involved with treating and re-homing these women, but she can’t turn them away.
When Charity is called to treat a drunk’s wounded hand, she expects to find some elderly station hand. Instead she finds a handsome, young man, who isn’t drunk at all. As she tends to his injury, she can’t ignore the feelings he stirs inside her when their skin touches.
Avarice Licciardi has spent his life working for his father—a greedy, loveless man who has destroyed everyone in his way. But when Avarice meets Charity, a woman with the touch of an angel, he discovers there’s something he craves much more than his father’s money. He wants this woman to be a part of his life.
As they spend time together, talking of Irish legends and going on picnics, Avarice begins to win the beautiful woman’s heart. But then his father orders him to retrieve some hidden papers at Charity’s estate. He refuses…until his father threatens to go get the papers himself. Avarice is determined to protect Charity from this brutal man—even if that means deceiving her.
What Avarice finds at her estate is a hidden tunnel with incriminating mysteries far greater than hidden papers. Together Avarice and Charity uncover secrets from the past that sicken their souls as an evil, greedy man threatens to tear them apart in his search for the evidence hidden at the Bohdan estate.
When Priscilla Phipps offers four mail-order brides jobs as a way out of their unwanted marriages, she sets up a firestorm, especially when cattle baron, Adam Whittington, learns that one of those brides was to be his. The Phipps woman was also stirring up a cauldron of controversy with her rabble-rousing newspaper. What Adam doesn’t count on is falling in love with the redheaded firebrand who’s dividing the town and alienating every cattleman in the area
Every man in her life rejected her. The only woman he ever loved betrayed him. Can these two put their pasts behind and find love? Not if Governor Jon Cromwell has his way. When Sarah Ashley arrives in Victoria, B.C. to open a mercantile for the manufacture of bloomer costumes she turns his colony topsy turvy and Jon can’t decide whether to seduce the stunning suffragette into sweet submission or send her away to preserve his colony. But Sarah didn’t liquidate her savings and sail all the way to Victoria to have her dreams dashed. She will establish her business despite Jon’s unfairly imposed obstacles… and a longing heart that tempts her to surrender her principles for one night of passion with the insufferably-handsome rogue.
Gavin Douglas joins a Scottish mission as a carpenter to escape painful memories of his wife’s death from a back-alley abortion she tried to keep secret from him. The last thing he expects to find in Africa is instant attraction to a native.
For the past year, Zenda has devoted her time to Claymore Missionary, secretly erasing everything taught to her tribe’s children to prevent them from becoming whitewashed. Nothing else matters except claiming her tribal identity as a woman. But before her eagerly awaited rite of passage can take place, Gavin lays his own claim on her body, igniting desires she can’t face losing.
Gavin is horrified to learn of the physical transformation—and associated risks—she insists on undergoing. When he realizes his biggest loss may be yet to come, his only mission is to teach Zenda pleasure.
Daughters of Africa ~ African women who shaped the world and the men who love them
Margaret is intelligent, independent-minded, and passionate about her own concerns. But how does she carve a niche and an identity for herself within the repressive constraints of Victorian society? This sequel to Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South takes off from the concluding scene in its retelling on the BBC miniseries. It is a Victorian feminist bildungsroman (coming-of-age novel) couched in romance.
Gaskell wrote Margaret Hale as a character blossoming into one who did not fit the mold of the typical woman of her time. She exudes a natural self-assurance and a brooding intelligence that butts itself against John Thornton, the virile alpha male who is, nevertheless, vulnerable.
Margaret of the North focuses on how Margaret whittles away at Victorian repression—both self-imposed or socially-dictated. She marries John Thornton and confronts not only her place in a rapidly changing society but also her growing awareness of her persona as a woman with compelling sexual, familial, and self-actualizing needs. One who wants a voice and makes a mark.
The romance is not only in the love between John and Margaret but also in the adventure and excitement Margaret undergoes as she discovers herself, a journey that happens quietly and mostly internally.