This week’s book of the week is actually a collection of enchanting short stories from bestselling author Eloisa James!
A Midsummer Night’s Disgrace
Eloisa revisits the scintillating world of the Essex Sisters with a story featuring a young lady, Cecilia Bellingworth, who has decided she would rather ruin her reputation than endure further speculation about whether her children will be ‘silly’, like her brother, Billy. After two failed seasons, Cecilia decides she will dress as she likes (in a scandalous red dress!) and flirt outrageously (with a scandalous pianist!). Fortunately, a gorgeous musician at the Duchess of Ormond’s house party presents the perfect candidate for scandal . . .
Previously published in the Essex Sisters Official Companion Guide.
Elias Hempleworth-Gray has one thing and one thing only of value – his title, Earl of Leyton. Determined to leave England and the scandal of his gambler father behind, Elias hopes to turn his fortunes around and come back a respectable man to claim the only woman for him, Miss Penelope White. But Penny has other plans for the man she has loved all her life . . . plans that include a masquerade, a stolen kiss and a lost shoe.
Previously published in the Fairy Tale sampler.
When she was sixteen, Miss Violet Leighton spent one blissful month romping around her family estate with Rothwell Talcott – thirty days of shared kisses, culminating in a very illicit afternoon in a berry patch. As Rothwell leaves for his grand tour, he gives his word of honour that he will return for her. Four years and seven refused proposals later, Violet is about to give up and marry when he finally returns. Now the Duke of Cambridge, Rothwell wants to make her his duchess. But how can Violet trust the man who stole her virtue – and then broke her heart?
Previously published in The Ugly Duchess.