Rowena Harcourt-Spence has a secret known only to her diary. She loves Laurence Radley, the brave and cultured eighth Earl of Conniston.
Their shared pleasure in watching her half-sister Amabelle dance through her first London Season has deepened her love but his inexplicable offer for Amabelle shatters her dream. When her sister indignantly refuses him, their irate father orders Rowena to make her accept. Fearful the Earl might withdraw his offer he further orders Rowena to maintain the Earl’s interest at her aunt, Lady Tiverton’s summer ball.
Burying her sorrow, Rowena determines to obey. She is horrified to find a fellow house guest, the exotic Araminta Neave, daughter of a wealthy East India merchant attracting his attention. Then news arrives that Amabelle has run away.
The Earl’s fury alarms Rowena but worse awaits her at home. Endless questions arise. How will she survive another blow? Will Amabelle be found and relent or will the Earl transfer his affections to Araminta? Is there any hope for her own happiness?
Caroline was born in Durham City but has lived in many different parts of the country before finally settling in Norfolk.
Aged eleven, she began writing stories for the school magazine and has continued whenever work, marriage and raising three children have allowed. She started writing (almost) full time during a creative writing degree with the Open University. Caroline’s favourite activity, other than writing, is walking with her husband and two cocker spaniels.
‘Follow Me’, a romance set in the Peninsular War, was her first novel. The modern ‘Pulling Up The Weeds’ was next, before she began the acclaimed Regency Belles series, currently: ‘Rowena’, ‘Araminta’, ‘Harriette’, ‘Beatrice’, ‘Imogene’ and ‘Louise’, published in April 2019.
‘Rosalind’, the seventh book in the series will also be released in 2019.