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1838 – Turkey
A recent graduate of England’s most exclusive—and unusual—boarding school, Lady Portia Blythe has been accepted into the Praetorienne—though not without reservations from those who head the queen’s all-female secret guard. Determined to prove herself as part of Queen Victoria’s protection detail on a diplomatic mission to Constantinople, Portia stumbles into a secret arms auction. She discovers Jack Harding working a case, and he joins her in uncovering the purveyors of this devastating weaponry as well as a sinister plot to assassinate the queen and start a war.
With trouble at every turn, Portia draws on her training, marvelous gadgets, and her courage. Though troubled by self-doubt, she protects the royal entourage, leads their flight across Europe, and thwarts assignation attempts. She must trust in allies—former and new—and her prayers for God’s help to escape the threats, prevent full-blown war, and safely escort the queen home for her coronation.
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1837 – England
Lady Portia Blithe’s life really started when she was offered admission to Saint Scholastica’s, England’s most exclusive boarding school. Graduates of Saint Scholastica are always selected to serve as ladies-in-waiting to the queen. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world the school teaches more than deportment. Alongside dancing and conversational French, students are trained to guard the queen’s life. They are the Praetorienne.
On the cusp of graduation, Portia and her classmates are introduced to Princess Victoria, the next in line for the British throne. Everyone knows the elderly king will not live much longer, and for the first time in three centuries, England will have a female monarch. It’s a heady opportunity for princess and Praetorienne alike. But when it appears there is a plot afoot to kidnap the princess, Portia has to make certain that Victoria lives long enough to claim her throne.
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1901 – New York
Pressured into staging her play for the residents of Tuxedo Park, college student Julia Wren resigns herself to mingling with the upper crust. Though she knows some of them are unhappy she’s there, she never imagined she’d actually be in danger or that she’d have to join forces with wealthy Robert Malcolm to find out who is behind the threat.
Even though they’re from different worlds, Robbie’s captivated by the feisty young playwright—and he won’t see her hurt. As they work together to solve the mystery, love begins to blossom. Will they be able to overcome their different social standings and catch the culprit before the curtain falls on their romance?
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1954 – New York
With skill and imagination, Gemma Gaines has landed a job writing radio dramas for Consolidated Broadcasting Company at the famous Rockefeller Center building. But Gemma’s worried her imagination might have gotten the best of her when she thinks she hears a behind-the-scenes murder. Later, when her boss is found dead in his apartment, she can’t keep herself from working on the case. With the help of Erik, her Secret Service boyfriend, she gathers clues and compiles a complex cast of questionable characters, until the real-life drama reaches a finale that no one saw coming.
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1950s – New Jersey
Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground in the post-war boom of their little corner of suburbia and they eventually grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until…
Gemma Gaines gave up mystery solving years ago, but when friend is killed in a hit-and-run, all the instincts honed by years in the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society tell her this may not have been an accident. Then she finds that her friend slipped some cryptic notes into her handbag and she’s convinced murder has been done.
With the doggedness of the great Girl Detective herself, Gemma follows up on the clues. Real-life mystery solving isn’t as tidy as it is in novels though, and before she knows it, her roommate has been kidnapped and it’s all her fault. With the help of a handsome new neighbor – who may be more than he seems – she is soon on the trail of a counterfeiting ring that would like nothing more than to see her put out of circulation for good.
The American Heiress Brides Collection
Meet nine young women in America between 1866 and 1905 who have been blessed by fortunes made in gold, silver, industry, ranching, and banking. But when it comes to love, each woman struggles to find true love within a society where “first comes money, second comes marriage.” What kind of man can they trust with their greatest treasure—their hearts?
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Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love–Jane Austen style.
Simply Lila by Suzie Johnson, based on Lady Susan
Yearning to find a real-life hero, a wallflower must learn to live outside the pages of an Austen novel.
Fully Persuaded by Niki Turner, based on Persuasion
A brokenhearted artist struggles with the shame of her family s bankruptcy and the return of her first love whose proposal she d spurned because he was poor.
Mansford Ranch by Dina L. Sleiman, based on Mansfield Park
An aspiring novelist with a keen eye for character must determine who is worthy of playing her own leading man.
Sense and Nonsense by Lisa Karon Richardson, based on Sense and Sensibility
A would-be missionary is determined to make it to Ceylon, but when her funds disappear, she has to accept help from the man she most wants to avoid.
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1802 – England, Traveling
When Miss Lydia Garrett’s guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related – and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge. The clues point to the former Earl’s first naval command.
In 1758 the Earl spirited away and hid the magnificent Peacock Throne at the behest of the Indian royal family. To draw out the murderer, Anthony and Lydia agree that they must locate the throne. However, they are not the only ones interested in the Peacock Throne. Marcus Wiltshire, agent of His Majesty’s intelligence services, has received hints that Bonaparte intends to return the throne to India and leverage its mystical significance to foment rebellion and cut England off from her most important trading partner.
When the amateur sleuths join forces with the professional agent, the quest for the throne leads them around the globe on an adventure steeped in danger, treachery, and romance.
The American Dream Romance Collection
Meet the faithful dreamers who helped build the foundation of the new American nation—from four brothers in Colonial Connecticut determined to make something of their lives, to a colony of Quakers in North Carolina resolute in their faith, to settlers in the northwest frontier staking their claim in hostile territory. Watch as nine romances develop and legacies of faith and love are formed.
The Unscripted Courtship
1901 – New York
Pressured into staging her play for the genteel residents of Tuxedo Park, college student Julia resigns herself to mingling with the upper crust. But she never imagined she’d have to protect herself from danger lurking in the production. Or that she’d have to join forces with wealthy heartthrob Robert Malcolm to do so. Even though they’re from different worlds, Robbie’s captivated by the feisty young playwright—and he won’t see her hurt. Together they work to discover who’s out to get Julia. But as their love grows, will they be able to overcome their different social standings before the curtain falls on their romance?
The Magistrate’s Folly
Colonial – Virginia
Merry Lattimore is innocent. . . But when she fails to prove her case, she’s convicted of larceny and sent to colonial Virginia as an indentured servant. Now she must find a way to survive an ocean away from her beloved home in England. . .and a way to silence her heart. She couldn’t help but recognize the magistrate, Graham Sinclair—her first love until he disappeared from her life. Far from healing old wounds, his sudden reappearance has brought nothing but fresh hurt. Ever since condemning Merry, Graham is haunted by her memory. When he discovers her innocence, he obtains a pardon and pursues her. But by then Merry is embroiled in a new mystery—one that Graham won’t let her face alone. Together they hunt down a killer to save a friend. . .and their future.
1868 – New York
After the loss of her lower right leg following a violent robbery, Emily Forbes gave up her expectations of a husband and family of her own. Instead she has focused on becoming a renowned opera singer. At last it seems her dream is within her grasp. She overrides her brother’s concerns about her disability and heads off to New York. While promoting the production she hears a familiar name: DeKlerk. Soon she’s digging through one of her brother’s old cases. The only case he never closed. Samuel De Klerk is a respected physician.
After serving in the Civil War and witnessing the devastating effects of privation and war on fellow soldiers’ physical and mental well being, his clinical interests turned to diseases of the mind. He’s now a doctor to the mad—an alienist –with little time for frivolity. He agrees to invest in the opera in his sister’s memory, but when he catches Emily prying into the past, his life is upended again. As they work to solve a case gone cold and bring a murderer to justice, tolerance for each other turns to mutual respect. Can love be waiting for them in the final act?
Vanishing Act (Charm And Deceit Bk 2)
Civil War – Washington D.C.
Juliet Button doesn’t even believe in ghosts, but she believes in supporting her makeshift family of misfits. Having spent years as assistant to her uncle, an illusionist, she now has all of the skills and know–how she needs to make an audience believe the impossible. So, she begins a career as a medium by the name of Miss Avila. She wants nothing to do with a detective with the power to destroy the life she’s built, but when President Lincoln’s youngest son is kidnapped, and the first lady comes to her for help, she can’t refuse, even if it means facing Pinkerton agent Carter Forbes, who knows far too much about her already—and possibly falling in love.
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1861 – California
Grant Diamond is a professional gambler on the run from his past. When he comes across a wagon wreck, the chance to escape his pursuers is too good a gamble to pass up, and he assumes the identity of the dead wagon driver. His plan takes an unexpected turn when local heiress Lily Rose mistakes him for the missionary she had asked to come work with the Wiyot Indians. Seeing Eureka as a promising place to lay low, Grant plays along. Before he knows it, he’s bluffing his way through sermons and building an Indian school. But with a Pinkerton on his trail and a rancher rousing fresh hatred against the Indians, Grant fears the new life he’s built may soon crumple like a house of cards.