England, 1860. An impoverished Victorian beauty is impulsively reunited with the now beastly earl who once broke her heart. Will they in spite of everything find their happily-ever-after? Or are some fairy-tale endings simply not meant to be?
A PROUD BEAUTY
When the tragic death of her gamester father leaves her destitute and on my own, society beauty Sylvia Stafford finds work as a governess in a merchant’s household in Cheapside. Isolated from the trendy acquaintance of her youth, she resigns herself to lonely spinsterhood…until a mysterious visitor convinces her to temporarily return to her former life–and her former love.
A SCARRED BEAST
Colonel Sebastian Conrad is no longer the dashing cavalry officer Sylvia once fell in love with. Badly scarred right through the Sepoy Revolt, he has withdrawn to his estate in rural Hertfordshire where he lives in near complete seclusion. Brooding and tormented, he cares nothing for the earldom he has inherited—and even less for the faithless beauty who rejected him three years before.
A SECOND CHANCE
A week together within the remote Victorian countryside is the very last thing either of them ever sought after. But if fate intervenes to reunite them, will a beastly earl and an impoverished beauty in spite of everything find their happily-ever-after? Or are some fairy-tale endings simply not meant to be?
The Lost Letter is a sweet (i.e. clean) standalone Victorian romance of approximately 50,000 words.