by Susan Lodge Publish: Apr 04, 2018Historical RomanceRomantic Suspense
Esmie Elstone is thrown into panic when she hears of Captain Rockford's return. But she is determined that the days of him interfering with her life are over. Destroying her chances of a happy future on his last visit, had resulted in her being foisted on her Aunt for a third pointless season in London.
To alleviate the boredom of society life, Esmie helps run a discreet betting enterprise under the guise of a sewing club. But there are some things you just shouldn't wager on, and Esmie's integrity is soon put to a dangerous test.
Richard Rockford had known Esmie almost all her life. As neighbours, her father, Admiral Elstone, had depended on Richard to keep an eye on his daughter when he was away at sea – a responsibility he had always taken on willingly. But her cruel and thoughtless actions, from the day he had left four years earlier, had shaken him. Now, he was back, and he wanted answers.
But when Esmie tumbles into a treacherous conspiracy, can he really turn his back on her?
BIOGRAPHY If someone asked Susan Lodge for her wish list it would start with a Star Trek holodeck.
A great admirer of the works of Patrick O’Brian and Georgette Heyer, her destinations would start with a voyage on Jack Aubrey’s frigate (preferably avoiding times of conflict). Next would be dinner with some of Heyer’s memorable characters; Hugo Darracott and The Marquis of Alvertsoke, would be among them.
Susan writes historical romance set against the backdrop of Nelson’s navy and injects a fair dose of humour into her stories. She loves sailing ships, chocolate and spell checks, and always wanted to be an astronaut.
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