I recently completed the final edits for Holding the Line, with the usual mixed emotions. It’s tough to be parting from these characters for the last time, but I’m excited because I’m one step closer to sharing this book with readers! Many readers have told me they are excited for Rose’s story. As with the other books in this series, telegraphy will play an important role. There is also a certain book called The Spinster’s Guide to Love and Romance, which has been entrusted (unwillingly on her part) to Rose’s possession.
Here’s what it’s about…
A widow at just 30 years of age, Rose Finlay is determined to put all ideas of marriage and family behind her and pursue an independent life. But when she notices a young woman about to be led astray by a roguish aristocrat, bitter memories from her past arise, and she feels compelled to intervene. The unintended consequences of her efforts will ultimately force Rose to reexamine her life in a new light.
As the overseer of his two widowed sisters’ financial and domestic affairs, John Milburn carries heavy responsibilities for a single man. But he’s faced with his biggest challenge when his headstrong niece falls prey to the attentions of a powerful man who could ruin both her and her family.
When Rose and John join forces to protect his niece, they put everything they hold dear—including their growing attraction—in jeopardy.
I love this story because…
I think if anyone deserves a happy ever after, it’s the stalwart, kind, honest, and resourceful Rose. Although Rose is genuinely happy that her dear friends have made good marriages, she has no dreams of romance for herself. But she finds a kindred soul in John Milburn. They bond over many things, including a love of books and, ironically, a desire to remain single due to troubles past and present. It was very satisfying to see their story unfold.
The book will be released on December 6, 2022, but you can preorder now at BakerBookHouse.com for 40% off and free shipping!
CROSSED LINES releases on August 31! I’m excited to share this book with readers. To celebrate, I’ll be having a book signing and tea party on August 29, 3:30-4:30 pm in the party room of The ParTee Shack, 5300 Fayetteville Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603. Tea and treats will be provided. There will be a book reading, Q&A, and a few surprises. If you are in the area, I would love to see you there!
Coming up in 2020: A new series, called Love Along the Wires, about telegraphers in Victorian London. Did you know that telegraphy was one of the first occupations where women were basically on par with men, working right alongside them? In the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, countless women made a good living in this career. In this series, they’ll find plenty of challenges and success in the workplace–and romance, too!
Here’s the cover for Line By Line, the first book in the series.
Alice McNeil plans to travel through life unencumbered by love. A seasoned telegrapher, she’s just acquired a coveted position at an important firm and is living her life’s dream. But when she meets Douglas Shaw, the company’s ambitious junior director, her resolutions face challenges she could never have imagined. They form a friendship, seeing in each other the same integrity and driving work ethic. Despite the increasing warmth of their feelings, both are determined to keep things strictly business. Anything else is not in their plans. However, Alice accidentally raises the ire of a vindictive coworker. When the man lays plans to destroy Alice’s livelihood and reputation, Douglas discovers his own career and so much more are also on the line…
I’m excited to be able to share this new series with you!