The Not-Quite True Fairytale of the Gilded Age

As a romance author, I’m constantly on the lookout for inspiration for future books. While perusing a fabulous copy, although I will admit my copy is a little…grimy, of “King Lehr” and the Gilded Age by Elizabeth Drexel Lehr, I thought I’d finally discovered a real fairytale come to life. However, it turns out that […]

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Flagler

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In Good Company

After spending her childhood in an orphanage, Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen. Unfortunately, her enthusiasm for her job tends to bring about situations that have employers looking askance at her methods. After her most recent dismissal, Millie is forced to return yet again to an […]


The First Queen of the Gilded Age – The Mrs. Astor

The First Queen of the Gilded Age – Mrs. William Backhouse Astor II The Mrs. Astor In the aftermath of the Civil War, New York society found itself facing a dilemma of epic proportions. Their small world of carefully chosen, socially acceptable, families was coming under attack by none other than the pesky nouveaux rich. […]

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The Gilded Age

Since all of my novels are set during the Gilded Age, I thought it might be fun to add little tidbits here about that time in our history. The Gilded Age epithet first came into being thanks to Mark Twain and a book he coauthored in 1873 titled The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. […]


After a Fashion

Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income. Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his […]

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A Match of Wits

A Match of Wits

After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancée, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his […]


A Talent for Trouble

For years, Miss Felicia Murdock’s every thought and action have been in pursuit of becoming a minister’s wife. When the minister she’d set her sights on has other ideas, she decides something in her life needs to change–and soon–before she wastes any more time pretending to be someone she’s not. If that means spreading her […]

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A Most Peculiar Circumstance

Miss Arabella Beckett, defender of the down-trodden women of America, is returning from her travels in support of the women’s suffrage movement when she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need. But things go sadly awry, and both ladies soon find themselves in dire need of rescue. Arabella, always loath […]


A Change of Fortune

Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. After losing her family, her fiance, and her faith, the disappearance of her fortune is the last straw. Now, masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner, governess-at-large, she’s determined to find the man who ran off with her fortune, reclaim the money, and head straight back to London. Much to […]

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Gentleman of Her Dreams

Gentleman of Her Dreams

When Miss Charlotte Wilson asks God for a husband, she decides he must want her to pursue Mr. Hamilton Beckett, the catch of the season. The only problem? She’s never actually met Hamilton. Fortunately, one of her oldest and dearest friends, Mr. Henry St. James–who has returned to New York after a two-year absence–does know […]