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By Heather Hiestand
Redcakes, Book 5
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Genre: Holiday Victorian Romance
Length: 252 Pages
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About the book:
The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap. . .
Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she’d be a widow at twenty-one--let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she’ll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it’s an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair--and the handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the man for the job. . .
Lewis Noble is the cousin of London’s famed Redcake sisters, so it almost stands to reason that he’s just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party--but Victoria is the only one who catches his. He won’t be tied down in her father’s business, but watching other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he’s never felt before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts--for many holidays to come. . .
"Before I realized it, the unusually strong and well-developed characters of The Kidnapped Bride had sneaked up on me and captured my full attention. This is one of the best shorter books I have ever read." -- Delle Jacobs, author of Lady Wicked
"A delightful, sexy glimpse into Victorian life and loving with two wonderfully non-traditional lovers." -- Jessa Slade, author of Dark Prince's Desire on His Wicked Smile
“I did become engaged in London but married in Liverpool very quietly,” Victoria said. “My husband passed suddenly and then--”“And then you had to go into mourning for what, twenty-four times longer than you’d been wed?” Matilda interrupted. “Outrageous, really, these customs of ours.”“Matilda has become quite strong-minded.” Lady Redcake sighed. “She’s working in the family business now. Do you do the same?”Victoria gave into temptation and reached for an apple dumpling. Penelope giggled. With a sigh, Victoria cut the fragrant pastry in half and slid a portion onto Penelope’s plate, though she thought it would have been quite reasonable to keep all of the fruit for herself.“Cousin Victoria has taken charge of me.” Penelope poured cream from a jug over her dumpling, overflowing the plate. “And I’m quite a handful.”Victoria’s fork stopped just over her sugar-iced pastry. “Penelope!”Sir Bartley, Rose’s father, chuckled. “The young lady has just proved her point. You will have a time managing this one. No children of your own?”Victoria shook her head. “No, I wasn’t blessed.”“Pretty girl like you, certain to find another husband,” Sir Bartley said, his ruddy face creasing into a smile. “I’d offer you a son if I had any to spare.”“There’s Lewis,” Rose said. “Our cousin Lewis.”“Who makes the birds?” Penelope asked.“Yes. I thought he was coming down for Christmas.”“I invited him,” Matilda said, with a significant glance at her father.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance.
Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period, and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.
For more information, visit Heather’s website at www.heatherhiestand.com. Heather loves to hear from readers! Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.