Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she’ll be ruined. Again.
No one is more shocked by Willa’s lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.
Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?
About The Author
Diana Quincy is an award-winning former television journalist who decided she’d rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed. Growing up as a foreign service brat, Diana visited many countries and is now settled in Virginia with her husband and two sons. When not bent over her laptop or trying to keep up with laundry, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and dreams of traveling much more than her current schedule (and budget) allows.
I’m pretty sure it involved Dick, Jane, Sally and their dog, Spot. Those early readers are the first books I can remember. When my children started reading, I was a little disappointed that Spot and the gang were no longer used in schools. Still, for nostalgia’s sake, I did manage to find a volume of Dick and Jane stories to share with my two boys. The kids were pretty indifferent to the books, but revisiting the characters as an adult was a lot of fun for me!
What are you reading right now?
I’m listening to the novel, Longbourn, by Jo Baker, while I do my walking. The story focuses on the lives of the Bennet family servants from Pride and Prejudice. I’m also reading Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. I recently finished The Paris Wife, Paula McLain’s fictionalized account of Hemingway’s first wife, which piqued my interest in Hemingway’s works. It also prompted me to read A Moveable Feast, Hemingway’s account of his days in Paris with his first wife, which I found fascinating.
How does your garden grow?
My garden, if we are to be literal, does not grow. Any plants that are still alive inside my house have my husband to thank for dutifully watering them. Any plants that prosper outside of my house have Mother Nature to thank for their existence. If we are talking in metaphors, my garden is my family and my writing. Both are blossoming and, thankfully, thriving far more than my actual plants!
What is the last thing you Googled?
How to spell “Longbourn” correctly and to make sure I got the author’s name right while answering question #2 above.
What makes you cringe?
Cruelty to people, especially children. And really terrible writing, especially when it’s my own!