a traditional Regency romance
Lord Howell, Viscount Munro, has almost given up on finding a bride. The ladies of the ton only want him for his title, mocking him behind his back for his tongue-tied ways. So when he hears of Ellena Trenton — beautiful, unjaded, and trained to know her duty — he takes the chance to claim a wife who might accept him as he is.
Ellena believes herself fated to repeat her parents’ joyless marriage. When her ambitious father negotiates her betrothal to Lord Howell, without her even having met him, it seems her worst fears are about to come true. She journeys reluctantly to Munro, but a carriage accident leaves her stranded overnight in a woodland cabin with a handsome stranger. Her inexperienced heart blooms at the first show of kindness by a gentleman. How she wishes she could choose such a man for herself!
Torn between duty and the stirrings of real feeling, Ellena faces a new challenge when her unscrupulous cousin, driven by greed, stirs up trouble with the viscount. With both her engagement and any hope of a happy marriage at risk, a desperate Ellena decides to take matters into her own hands, with disastrous results.
Lord Howell finds his betrothed a lot more trouble than he expected. What is worse, he suspects her heart lies elsewhere. If only they had had a chance to make a proper first impression … But, maybe, just maybe, they can start again.
The manuscript is complete, revised, and ready for submission.
Awarded 2nd place in the historical romance category of the Rudy writing contest, September 2021.