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This is book number 3 in the Rogues and Remarkable Women series.
Critically acclaimed author Vanessa Riley infuses the ballroom settings of Regency England with Jamaican flair her Rogues & Remarkable Women series featuring a secret society of widows battling society to regain their money and a chance at love everlasting. In this sweeping, swoon-worthy final installment, an English spy must follow his neglected wife through the streets of London as she investigates her sister’s death with the aid of the Widow’s Grace. Can they find common ground and learn to work together? This vibrant and inclusive historical romance is perfect for Bridgerton binge-watcher!
Founded by the ton's most ingenious countess, the secret society The Widow’s Grace comes to the aid of ill-treated widows and wives and helps them regain their fortunes, their families, and sometimes discover true love…
For adventurous Jamaican heiress Cecilia Thomas, marrying charming military lieutenant Lord Gantry to save him from danger—and herself from mercenary suitors—was a painful mistake. Instead of a passionate life together, she's stranded at his chilly Mayfair mansion with his unaccepting family. Worse, she finds he is actually a spy dedicated to duty over wedlock—and secrets over trust. So when she hears her sister has been driven to her death, Cecilia is determined to expose the powerful man responsible. Assisted by The Widow's Grace, she flees to Covent Garden with a new identity. But can she elude her formidable husband—even as the desire between them continues to flare even hotter?
Always calm, forever controlled, Gantry has put everything aside to hunt down the traitor who nearly killed him. It’s only when Cecilia leaves that he realizes his real duty should have been to her. As she continually outwits him through London's most perilous streets, Gantry realizes his wife is a resourceful, courageous woman he longs to truly know. But when her pursuit threatens influential enemies, will his and Cecilia's only chance to gain justice separate them once and for all?
RAVES FOR VANESSA RILEY
“Bridgerton fans, if you read just one book on this list, make sure it's Vanessa Riley's terrific An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler.” —Popsugar
“Riley gifts readers a sparkling love story.”
—Entertainment Weekly on A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby
About the Author
Vanessa Riley is an award-winning author of historical romance, mystery, and fiction novels featuring realistic multicultural communities and powerful persons of color. To fuel her interest in the Regency and early-Victorian eras, she made time for attending renaissance fairs and consuming period novels and films while obtaining her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and a master’s in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University, as well as a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Penn State University. A frequent speaker at literary, women's, and STEM events, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her military husband and teenage kid. Visit her online at VanessaRiley.com.
Praise for Vanessa Riley’s Rogues and Remarkable Women Novels
"A sparkling love story with deep wells of faith and feeling...It's refreshing to read historical romance that reflects the true diversity of the era...A Duke, The Lady, and A Baby is about overcoming trauma, a testament to love forged in adversity—a love that both leaves space for and hastens healing. Riley knows how to spin a yarn built on faith and trust, that lilts along with the gentility and reserve of her characters." —Entertainment Weekly
"Readers on the lookout for Black or disabled characters in historical romance will not want to miss this." —The New York Times on A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby
"Smart and witty...Vanessa Riley delivers the perfect historical read." —Julia Quinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author on A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby
"Riley loads her expertly crafted romance with intrigue, droll banter, and steadily building passion." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW on A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby
"With strong heroines, swoon-worthy heroes, and deeply emotional stories, Vanessa Riley is a magnificent voice in historical romance—one not to be missed!" —Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author on A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby
"Riveting from the first sentence to the last. Vanessa Riley's lyrical voice shimmers in this emotional, uplifting tour de force." —Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author on A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby
"Get your fill of scandal, misunderstandings and a secret society to boot." - ELLE Canada on An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler
"Move over, Bridgertons. There’s a new set of scandalous aristocrats waiting to take London society by storm.” —Library Journal on An Earl, The Girl, and a Toddler
"With brilliant pacing, memorable characters, and witty dialogue, the premise elevated beyond our expectations...portrays Black people in a beautiful way that makes us relatable and takes us out of the stereotypical maid and slave roles." —AAMBC on A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby
“Riley's extensive research into people of color during the Regency era adds greatly to the appeal of this page-turning romance. Fans of Shonda Rhimes’ adaptation of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton books will devour this series.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW on An Earl, The Girl, and a Toddler
“Riley dispels the myth of the all-white Regency—people of color rose to the titled elite in this and in many other historical periods—while also refusing to diminish or gloss over an iota of the bigotry and judgment a blackamoor earl would face.”—Bookpage on An Earl, The Girl, and a Toddler