Romance at its finest with this new release from the incomparable Suzanne G. Rogers. This beautifully written sure-to-be-bestseller is an historical romance that will touch your heart as it sweeps you away to an era long gone.
Skylar flees a family scandal in Boston, expecting assistance in society from her English relatives. Once her plans fall apart, however, she is obliged to earn money with her skills as a seamstress. Just when she’s given up on the notion of marriage, her path crosses that of a charming laborer who inexplicably sets her pulse racing.
When wealthy Joe Fiddick hits a patch of bad luck, he seizes the opportunity to do something meaningful by helping a neighbor and her pretty granddaughter with repairs to their cottage. As it turns out, he has more in common with the granddaughter than he realizes…and what they share spells disaster for their budding romance.
Will Joe and Skylar be star-crossed lovers or can the rift between them be mended?
“Let’s start with the window in your workroom,” Joe said. “It can’t open and close properly because the hinges are rusted?”
Skylar nodded. “Yes. I should dearly love to have fresh air, but I cannot seem to force it open.”
He recoiled. “Insupportable! You cannot perspire over a petticoat or suffocate over a seam!”
Skylar couldn’t suppress a giggle. “Or gasp over a gown.”
His eyes crinkled at the corners. “Or faint over a fichu.”
“Or swoon over a sash.”
Joe chuckled. “Or pant over a pantaloon.”
“Or…or…become clammy over a coat.” She wrinkled her nose. “I suppose that last one wasn’t very good.”
“On the contrary, I thought it was splendid. In addition, since I’d just exhausted my cleverness, you win the game.” He made a gesture of invitation. “Will you show me to the window in question?”
“Indeed, I shall. Follow me.”
As Skylar led him into the cottage and down the hall, she had a smile on her lips. Joe was only a laborer, perhaps, but obviously he was possessed of wit as well as good looks. Even though he was poor and lowborn, she imagined he must cause quite a stir in his neighborhood.
In the workroom, Joe unlatched the window, gave it an experimental push, and peered at the hinges. “I’m going to need to pop out the pins on these hinges and sand off the rust. After a drop or two of oil, the window will give you no reason to complain.”
“I hope you’re right.”
When she leaned in closer to examine the hinges, his physical proximity made the fine hair on her forearms stand on end. Her eyes met his and for several heartbeats it was if something unspoken passed between them
She cleared her throat. “I see what you mean about the rust.”
The Star-Crossed Seamstress can be read alone or as part of The Mannequin Series.
Suzanne G. Rogers lives with her husband and son in romantic Savannah, Georgia, on an island populated by deer, exotic birds, and the occasional gator. She’s owned by two Sphynx cats, Houdini and Nikita. Movies, books, and writing are her passions.
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