Deception in Emeralds (Book Four: Ransomed Jewels Series) by award-winning and best-selling author Laura Landon.
Publication date: March 14th, 2017
Publication date: March 14th, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance/Mystery and Suspense
ABOUT DECEPTION IN EMERALDS:
BARNABY LINSCOTT, under orders from the Crown, must apprehend or kill one of England’s most elusive villains. The means to accomplish his mission are anything but clear, but his mind is resolved. The man has already murdered three government agents, and Barnaby vows he will not be the fourth, though he has little to lose. That is, until he meets the partner assigned to carry out his deadly mission.
LADY MILLICENT CHANDLER has lost everything. Her beautiful Cliffside Manor has been burned, her parents, her brother Thomas, and her sister Polly all murdered. When her trusted servants bring her their suspicions that her handsome neighbor is directly involved, she knows exactly what she’ll do. She will accept his proposal of marriage. And take her revenge.
DECEPTION IN EMERALDS EXCERPT
Millicent had tossed and turned for hours, unable to go to sleep. How could she sleep when Barnaby had disappeared? How could she sleep when she didn’t know if he was safe, or lying dead somewhere in the dark?
She held her breath again and listened. Not a sound except the constant settling of a house several hundred years old. She listened again, then threw her covers back and got to her feet.
She refused to open the door and look down the hall. She would not give in to the impulse to go to his room to check if he’d returned without knocking on her door. If he had, she’d be sure to give him a piece of her mind in the morning.
Not that she could have slept anyway. Not after the night she had, suffering Radburn’s company for hours in a ballroom full of people who disapproved of her very presence there.
Millicent’s skin still crawled from his touch, and her temper was still on edge from the way Radburn had paraded her through the ballroom, as if she were some priceless jewel on display.
Even her friends and neighbors who’d come to celebrate her good fortune seemed to have changed their minds by the end of the evening. And the disappointment on the faces of the three men who’d been her father’s closest friends was even more distressing. Oh, how she wanted to pull them aside and tell them that everything they thought about her was a lie.
Her mother’s beautiful face appeared before her, and, without bidding them, tears filled her eyes and spilled down her cheeks. She thought of Polly’s energy and exuberance for life. Knowing that her sister would never experience so many of life’s choicest moments ripped Millicent’s heart from her breast.
And perhaps most painful of all was the loss of her brother. She and Thomas had always been close. No doubt because it had just been the two of them for so long before Polly was born. Or maybe because he had always looked out for her—always been there when she needed him.
She closed her eyes and envisioned his handsome face. He never lacked for female admirers. Never had a shortage of—
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Laura Landon enjoyed ten years as a high school teacher and nine years making sundaes and malts in her very own ice cream shop, but once she penned her first novel, she closed up shop to spend every free minute writing. Now she enjoys creating her very own heroes and heroines, and making sure they find their happily ever after.
A vital member of her rural community, Laura directed the town’s Quasquicentennial, organized funding for an exercise center for the town, and serves on the hospital board.
Laura lives in the Midwest, surrounded by her family and friends. She has written nearly two dozen Victorian historicals, thirteen of which have been published by Prairie Muse Publishing and are selling worldwide in English, one in Japanese, and several in German. Two are Scottish historicals.
In October 2012, Laura experienced an amazing day when Amazon’s Montlake Romance published not one but three of her newest novels. Two of these have been optioned for publication in Russia and Turkey. Several are also available in German. By 2015 Montlake had published six of Laura’s Victorian historicals.
Always beautifully set and with a mysterious twist or bit of suspense, Laura’s books average over a million and a half pages a month read by her loyal readers.
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