Hi Maggi here,
I’m excited to announce that my latest standalone Regency will be released on 1st September. Pre-order at 0.99!
The Earl and the Highwayman’s Daughter
Eugenia Hawthorne, daughter of a deceitful highwayman, saves the life of the Earl of Trentham after he’s deposited at her door suffering from a bullet wound. Outsmarting her father, the earl takes Eugenia to live in his beautiful country estate, Lilac Court. But what does he really want from her? It seems there’s a mystery attached to an emerald necklace, which he wishes her to wear at a London ball. Could Eugenia be the daughter of a powerful duke, but born on the wrong side of the blanket? Her mother refused to tell her.
As Brendan, Earl of Trentham, works to bring down a hated foe, he and his sister instruct Eugenia in the ways of the ton. She is beautiful and, despite the cloud over her birth, will be desired by many men. Why doesn’t that prospect make him happy?
“The Earl and the Highwayman’s Daughter is indeed a Cinderella story with Eugenia as our young beauty and the Earl as her “prince.” I was delighted to spend a few hours with the characters while they navigated their way through society’s dos and don’ts, all in the name of hope and sweet romance. It didn’t take me long to care about the characters and I was invested to know what would happen to them.” Books & Benches.
Mounting the step with the warm, plump body in her arms, Eugenia settled on the soft leather squabs opposite his lordship.
He lay back on the seat, eyeing the goose she held on her lap. “I would prefer the goose to travel in a cage at the back of the carriage. She will undoubtedly make a mess.”
She huffed. “Molly is very well trained. But if you continue to glare at her in that fashion, she may well soil the floor.”
His lordship closed his eyes for a moment as pain twisted his face.
“If she does, I shall clean it up,” she said hastily.
He nodded, his face white. Moving him had been unwise. What would happen if he died? Where would she go? When he recovered his strength, what then? Her father as good as said she was to be the earl’s mistress. The thought sent a nervous tremor through her stomach, followed by a fierce determination that it would never be so. Her mother’s experience had taught her that, if nothing else.
Molly honked and ruffled her feathers. “Shush, Molly girl. You’ll like your new home.” Eugenia only hoped she would.
His lordship’s heavy lids rose. How blue his eyes were. “It’s just as well you brought your goose. She might have ended up as your father’s dinner.”
He had her father’s nature down pat, right enough. “You will ensure that Molly is safe from your cook?”
He nodded. “Has your father Romani blood?”
“He never said.”
“What about your mother?”
“A farmer’s daughter, who went into service.” She glanced at him curious about so many things that her head buzzed with questions. “Are there many lilacs at Lilac Court?”
“I imagine so.”
“You don’t know?”
He smiled. “I don’t go about counting them.”
“You never work in the garden then?”
He laughed. “No, I have gardeners for that. How old are you, Miss Hawthorne?”
“I be nineteen almost.”
“I am almost nineteen,” he said.
She studied him. “You look older.”
He shook his head. “No, Miss Hawthorne. I am a good deal older. I was correcting your speech.”
She gazed at him wordlessly. So, he was dissatisfied with her already. “I am almost nineteen,” she said, to appease him.
Apparently she had, for he placed his hat over his face.
#Regency #Cinderella #Historical Romance #Maggi Andersen #New Release #Romantic Suspense