Australian Anna Campbell has written ten multi award-winning historical romances for Grand Central Publishing and Avon HarperCollins, and her work is published in 18 languages. Anna is currently finishing her second trilogy of Dashing Widows novellas (Pursuing Lord Pascal, Charming Sir Charles, and Catching Captain Nash). Her website is www.annacampbell.com
One of the fun things about writing a romance is putting characters together who on the surface have absolutely nothing in common, but who at a soul-deep level are the perfect match. Meet Amy, Lady Mowbray, and Gervaise Dacre, Earl Pascal. Amy is a famous expert on diseases in beef cattle, a woman convinced she’ll never ‘take’ in London because she’s quirky and practical and only interested in farming. Pascal is the king of society and has long been acknowledged as London’s handsomest man. But when these two meet, the attraction is immediate, even if it takes Amy a while to accept that this gorgeous creature is falling for her prosaic self. The path of true love may not be smooth, but eventually it reaches the altar of St. George’s in Hanover Square - the opening scene of Charming Sir Charles, the next book in my Dashing Widows series (out 27th February), opens with their wedding. These letters date from the weeks before the wedding, when Amy has returned to her estate to make arrangements for her absence on her honeymoon.
Warrington Park, Leicestershire
Friday, 10th April 1829
Pascal House, Fitzroy Square, London
Sunday 12th April 1829
Check out Amy and Gervaise's love story in Pursuing Lord Pascal.
Golden Days…Famous for her agricultural innovations, Amy, Lady Mowbray has never had a romantical thought in her life. Well, apart from her short-lived crush on London’s handsomest man, Lord Pascal, when she was a brainless 14-year-old. She even chose her late husband because he owned the best herd of beef cattle in England!But fate steps in and waltzes this practical widow out of her rustic retreat into the glamour of the London season. When Pascal pursues her, all her adolescent fantasies come true. And those fantasies turn disturbingly adult when grown-up desire enters the equation. Amy plunges headlong into a reckless affair that promises pleasure beyond her wildest dreams – until she discovers that this glittering world hides damaging secrets and painful revelations set to break a country girl’s tender heart.All that glitters…Gervaise Dacre, Lord Pascal needs to marry money to rescue his estate, devastated after a violent storm. He’s never much liked his reputation as London’s handsomest man, but it certainly comes in handy when the time arrives to seek a rich bride. Unfortunately, the current crop of debutantes bores him silly, and he finds himself praying for a sensible woman with a generous dowry.When he meets Dashing Widow Amy Mowbray, it seems all his prayers have been answered. But his mercenary quest becomes dangerously complicated when he finds himself in thrall to the lovely widow. Soon he’s much more interested in passion than in pounds, shillings and pence. What happens if Amy discovers the sordid truth behind his whirlwind courtship? And if she does, will she see beyond his original, selfish motives to the ardent love that lies unspoken in his sinful heart?
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