He frightened her. It wasn’t that he was an earl—though that was a large part of it—but rather that he was so large, so powerful, so beautiful. In the tea shop, it had been so easy to have a pleasant conversation with a stranger. Her friends had been nearby, laughing and having a grand time. She was always able to be comfortable when she was with Alice, Eliza, and Rebecca. They were as close to her as Clara was, and far more understanding of her.
Now, standing alone with him looming above her, his intense dark-blue eyes assessing her, his mouth set, stern and hard, she found it difficult to speak. Inside, her stomach tightened sickeningly, and for a moment, her mind went terribly blank.
“Goodger writes romances that touch readers’ hearts and bring a smile to their day.”
--RT Book Reviews
The Brides of St. Ives
The picturesque seaside town of St. Ives is home to all manner of treasures . . .
It’s not every day a young woman is offered ten thousand pounds for a few months’ work—especially the plain, shy daughter of a tin mine owner. The only thing special about Harriet Anderson is her extraordinary memory for even the smallest, most obscure detail. So when she’s asked by a gentleman to help restore his once magnificent ancestral home, she simply can’t refuse, no matter how scandalous the position. The money will mean freedom from her callous parents, and a life of independence. Harriet doesn’t imagine dreaming of anything more . . .
Augustus Lawton, Lord Berkley, cares about only one thing: restoring his beloved Costille House to its former, historically correct, glory. His late wife had taken great vindictive delight in transforming the old castle into a modern Victorian nightmare. Harriet’s remarkable memory will be invaluable in repairing it—and in helping him solve his wife’s murder. Yet as they work together, Augustus finds that besides her uncanny gift, Harriet possesses other priceless qualities. And as the castle’s beauty is gradually revealed, he can’t help noticing, so is hers . . .
Praise for the novels of Jane Goodger
“Fun, delightfully romantic—and sexy.” —Sally MacKenzie on The Spinster Bride