My Review of #Regency #Romance Lady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr. Gray by @JaniceGPreston

Lady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr. GrayLady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr. Gray by Janice Preston

4 stars

Lady Cecily And The Mysterious Mr Gray is a Regency romance and book #3 of The Beauchamp Betrothals series.

Thirty year old Lady Cecily attends the marriage of her brother Vernon. He is the second family member to find love in recent months. The wedding atmosphere is beautiful, but makes Cecily feel disheartened about her own future prospects. She fears she will become the spinster aunt; always the companion, but never the one with a family of her own.

Lost in thought, Cecily is unaware of the wedding guest seated next to her in the church. Mr Gray (later to be known as Zach) is the man who recently saved the life of the bride’s brother. They meet later in the gardens, where Gray sees through Cecily’s inner turmoil. Their conversation flows easily and Cecily find herself opening up about her fears.

Zach is half Romany and his social label has moulded the man he has become. Currently he chooses to live freely, putting a troubled past behind him. But he can’t get Cecily out of his head. However, they can never be together unless he claims his true ancestral rights, but first he must fight for Cecily and face past torments.

This book can be read as a stand-alone; however, to get the most from the series I recommend reading them in order. This way, the reader will have a good understanding of the secondary characters, which will improve with the overall experience. I do like this author’s work; there are always some unusual characters or animals which add to the storyline, making it a memorable read.

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Book description

Love or family…How can she choose between them?Lady Cecily Beauchamp has always put her family first. Until she falls under the spell of the mysterious Zachary Gray–a man of Romany descent. Knowing her family will forbid their match, Cecily steels herself to do her duty and marry someone else. Only she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Zach as the spark between them ignites a passion neither can deny!

About the author

I’m Janice and I’ve been writing emotional, sensual and satisfying Regency romances for Harlequin Mills and Boon (HMB) Historicals since 2014. I love to write books with linked characters, so you’ll often find old friends popping up in my stories!

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#NewRelease My #Bookreview of #RegencyRomance Scandal And Miss Markham by @JaniceGPreston

Scandal and Miss MarkhamScandal and Miss Markham by Janice Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Scandal And Miss Markham is book #2 of the Beauchamp Brides series of Regency romances. It can be read as part of the series or as a stand-alone novel.

Fiery redhead Thea Markham is the daughter of a Worcestershire crystal glass maker. With her father left an invalid after a stroke, Thea and her brother Daniel run the business. But Daniel’s behaviour recently changed and now he’s been missing for five days with no word of his whereabouts.

A stranger arrives at Stourwell Court answering a letter sent by Daniel before his disappearance, but the stranger, Vernon Beauchamp, can see Thea is agitated; when she confesses that she cannot trouble her parents with her concerns, Vernon offers to help find her missing brother.

Thea refuses to wait patiently at home, and disguises herself so that she may follow Vernon. When Vernon discovers her subterfuge a battle of wills occurs, until he reluctantly allows Thea to continue with him as long as she stays dressed as a boy.

The pair travel to Birmingham and Worcester on Daniel’s trail, becoming friends and then discovering that they have stronger feelings for each other.

This is another delightful book in the series and ticks all the boxes of this particular genre.

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Book description

A scandalous journey… 

Glassmaker’s daughter Thea Markham is devastated when her brother Daniel goes missing. Then a mysterious lord turns up asking questions about Daniel and offers to find him. Unsure she can trust the handsome peer, Thea dresses up as a boy and follows him!
Lord Vernon Beauchamp feels his life lacks direction. Meeting Thea gives him a renewed purpose. And when they are thrown together on their scandalous adventure, friendship soon gives way to desire…
The Beauchamp Betrothals.

About the author

I grew up in Wembley, North London, with a love of reading, writing stories and animals. After leaving school at eighteen, I moved to Devon and any thoughts of writing became lost in the hectic rush of life as a farmer’s wife, with two children and many animals to care for. When my children left home for university, I discovered a love of history and of the Regency period in particular and began to write seriously for the first time since my teens.
Real life then got in the way and I didn’t write again until 2009. I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2012 and my first Regency romance was accepted for publication by Harlequin Mills & Boon in late 2013.
I now live in the West Midlands with my second husband and two cats and I continue to write Regency romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon.

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