A rogue nobleman, a rescued lady, and revenge undone by romance all play a part in New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston’s irresistible novel of best-laid plots, delicious deception, and unexpected passion.
Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle-and teach the duke a lesson in honor.
Learning that Marcus is seeking a rich American bride to save his estate, Josie plots to catch his eye-certain he’ll never recognize the beauty she’s become as the ragged captive he rescued. But Josie doesn’t wager on her marital charade taking a tender turn, as the nobleman she’s despised for years proves to be a very different man than she’s imagined. And there’s no denying his passionate caresses, as she falls deeper under the spell of a husband determined to claim her heart.
My son is coming to visit this week (he’s going to do the tech work as I read one of my own books for posting on Audible), and I’m looking forward to entertaining him at my August dinner party. Thanks to all of you who voted on the napkin ring. I chose the flower to go with the crystal birds I’ve placed on each plate and the white bunny place cards. The centerpiece is a silver candelabra with mixed-size silver candles.The flowers are pink Calandivas. I’ve learned to make lemon curd (and now know why it has so many calories–lots of butter and sugar) which I’m planning to top with fresh fruit and whipped cream for dessert. My sister Joyce, whom I visited in Florida this past weekend, gave me a tricky game to play before dinner. Should be great fun!
The Texan Has a New Cover
THE TEXAN was recently reissued with a beautiful new cover. I had the joy of seeing it featured by my publisher at Thrillerfest and the national Romance Writers of America conference along with other Penguin Random House authors such as Lee Child and Diana Gabaldon. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, click here.
This month I’m giving away an autographed copy of Blackthorne’s Bride AND a $25 gift card from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Register to win until August 31 through my website. Good luck!