From 2011 to 2015, I had the pleasure of writing six Christian romances for the Love Inspired Historical® line. Though many of my previous books had inspirational themes of grace and forgiveness, I enjoyed the opportunity to explore them more deeply with chaste romance stories in the tradition of my beloved Jane Austen. Once again, I worked with amazing editors and
joined a community of kind, supportive and very talented authors. I also enjoyed the challenge of writing a longer series of connected book than I had tried before. Recently the publishing rights to most of those books reverted to me, allowing me the fun of reissuing them in a new way that I hope will reach more readers!
Rebecca, Grace, Hannah, Leah and Evangeline became lifelong friends while enduring the hardships of childhood at a harsh charity school. Now employed as governesses, they care for other people’s children, never expecting to know the blessings of loving marriages and families of their own. But when they encounter five special gentlemen who have suffered their own misfortunes, these humble governesses may become Cinderella brides!
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The Nobleman's Governess Bride
Jane Eyre Meets Prince Charming!
Loyal Rebecca Beaton stands up to formidable Sebastian Stanhope Viscount Benedict when he opposes an engagement between his younger brother and her former pupil. Sebastian soon discovers the gallant governess is a match for him…perhaps a perfect love match!
Rebecca’s friend, Grace Ellerby is desperate to hide her golden beauty, which has brought her nothing but trouble. In her dowdy disguise, gentle Grace is the perfect governess for Lord Steadwell’s daughters, who were heartbroken when their last governess eloped. But when Rupert is in danger of making a loveless marriage and saddling his daughters with a dreaded stepmother, Grace must risk everything to prevent it. Will a midnight kiss at a masked ball lead to scandal and ruin or will two wary hearts find their happily ever after at last?
"The Baron's Governess Bride reminded me of the romance that can be found in novels by Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë and all of those classics! " ~ Between the Pages
The Earl's Honorable Intentions
Adversary or knight in shining armor?
When Colonel Gavin Romney returns home wounded from Waterloo, his children’s governess, Hannah Fletcher, is determined to help the earl recover so her beloved charges will not be orphaned , as she once was. She hopes to persuade Gavin to give up the army and devote himself to raising his young family. Though the earl made a vow to a fallen comrade that he would see Napoleon captured and brought to justice, his growing attachment to his children and their capable, caring governess threatens his resolve. Can a wounded warrior become the devoted family man his children and Hannah need?
“Hale transports the reader to a distant time and, for me, a distant place, the stuff dreams are made of.” ~ Award-winning inspirational author Louise M. Gouge
The Duke's Marriage Mission
How could a governess refuse a duke?
Irrepressible Leah Shaw arrives at Renforth Abbey to teach the Duke of Northam’s invalid son for one year, the longest she ever stays in one position. At first His Grace, Hayden Latimer does not want Leah to stay for a single day, let alone a year. He fears she will endanger the boy by allowing him too much freedom. But when Kit grows healthier and happier thanks to Leah’s care, Hayden changes his mind and desperately seeks a way to keep her at Renforth Abbey. Marriage might be a solution, but Leah is not tempted by the duke’s title or fortune. Her hard-won independence means more to her than anything…except perhaps love? Leah fears her heart may be entrapped by her growing feelings for Hayden and Kit. Or will she be free to love at last?
“A delightful addition to the series.” ~ RTBookReview
The Gentleman's Bride Search
Could she teach him to win another woman?
The time has come for strong-willed Evangeline Fairfax to leave her position as governess to the Chase children so she can oversee the founding of a new charity school. But the children’s father, mill-owner Jasper Chase has made no effort to hire a replacement. Evangeline decides to take matters into her own hands by finding her employer a wife. Jasper is livid when he discovers Evangeline has organized a house party and invited several eligible young women. He only agrees to cooperate with her matchmaking efforts if she will give him lessons in courting. Jasper proves a promising pupil, but his lessons with Evangeline soon persuade him that there is only one woman he wants to marry!
"It will make you cry, it will make you laugh, and it will touch your heart. Run out and get a copy." ~ Glenda Parker
Snowbound with the Baronet
A Second Chance to Say Yes?
The last person Lady Cassandra Whitney expects to encounter on a snowy road to Bath is the one man she’s never succeeded in banishing
from her heart. Her reasons for refusing Sir Brandon Calvert ’s proposal four years ago are not what he believes. But how can she tell the rigorously truthful baronet that she
deceived him? And how can she bring herself to reveal shameful family secrets? When a fateful blizzard strands them together in a small
farmhouse, warm affections are rekindled. Can the flame of true love burn bright enough to light the way for two lost hearts to find each another again, before the snow melts
and they must go their separate ways?
The Captain's Christmas Family
The Best Gifts are Always Unexpected...
Napoleon himself never gave Captain Gideon Radcliffe as much trouble as Miss Marian Murray. The fiercely protective governess won't rest until she gains permission for the daughters of his late cousin to stay on at Gideon's newly-inherited estate. He agrees to let Cissy and Dolly remain at Knightley Park for Christmas. But by springtime they - and Marian - must go. Marian is prepared to believe the captain a tyrant, but the truth is far more complicated. Gideon is a kind yet solitary man who sees the Navy as his only sanctuary. Can Marian's unwavering faith and the children's Christmas cheer convince him he's found a safe harbor at last?
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