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Always A Lady (Bandit Creek Book 14) [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Chatham , Carla Roma
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Book Description

Lady Serena Buxton follows her husband from England to Bandit Creek, Montana. Randolph is a partner in the Ellis gold mine, but when she arrives, she is horrified to find that Randolph is missing.

Sheriff Wilson seems to be keeping a watchful eye on her. Why? Douglas King, the mine manager, treats her as if she is already a widow. What does he know? The bank manager refuses her request for access to Randolph’s account. With no husband and no money, what is a girl to do?

Serena has an unsuspected and quite shocking talent. With the help of two enterprising local ladies, Serena prepares for a public performance. But when the news leaks out, she finds the only venue she can secure is in the Men’s Club owned by King. Like it or not, she has no option but to ask him regardless of what terms he may insist on. Billed as Ayesha, Oriental Dancer Extraordinaire, she prepares for her show which she hopes will make enough money for her to stay in Bandit Creek until Randolph is found.

The whole town, as well as a train full of people from nearby Missoula, turns out for her performance. The Club is packed. But who is in the crowd, watching? Will King insist on exacting his fees? And will Serena be reunited with the husband she loves?

Excerpt.

Morgan Hawes had not believed her. How could he not? Her passport was valid and accurately described her. Randolph’s letter was sent to her at Buxton Hall from Bandit Creek. Serena was so deep in thought she paid no attention to where she was going.

Blindly she walked down a set of steps, splashed through the slush regardless of how it soaked her boots and muddied the hem of her skirt. She climbed another set of steps, the hollow sound of her footsteps on the boardwalk echoing in her brain. Raucous laughter filtered into her awareness and she stopped, looked about and found herself outside the Powder Horn Saloon.
How had she gotten here? Before she could recover herself and cross the street to the Golden Nugget, a group of horsemen pulled up in front of her.
“Well, look ‘ee here!” The first rider grinned at her, revealing a mouthful of stained and crooked teeth that reminded her of broken tombstones. “New blood in town.”

“Hello, Fancy,” the second rider said. “You goin’ to share a drink wi’ me before we share somethin’ else?”

The other riders dismounted and gathered around her, jostling Serena until she felt the wall of the saloon at her back. Her mouth was dry. Her heart pounded. She smelled their sour breath, and sweat stained clothes, felt their anticipation and wished she had paid more attention to Sheriff Wilson’s warning.

“Oy, you lot!” Every head turned at the strident tone of a woman’s distinctly English voice. “Jasper, you idiot, you don’t know a real lady when you see one. Cal, you wouldn’t know what to do with one anyway. Tom, Walt, Clarence, stand back and give the lady some room. Clear off, the lot a’ ya.”


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  • File Size: 257 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007K4FX7E
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining! May 17, 2012
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Always a Lady by Victoria Chatham is an entertaining historical novel. Lady Serena travels to Bandit Creek to join her husband, only to discover he's missing and she can't gain access to his bank account. Determined to rely on herself, she must figure out a way to support herself while she searches for her husband. Victoria Chatham has a lovely and easy to read writing style which moves the story quickly and kept this reader up until I finished the book. I'm looking forward to more from this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars light and frothy read May 10, 2012
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"Always a Lady" is a charming Novela set in the fictional town of Bandit Creek, a brainchild of Carla Roma and her multiple collaborators. The town of Bandit Creek is nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. Here you'll meet fascinating residents, learn about the buried town at the bottom of nearby Lost Lake and discover a world of intrigue and excitement. The stories range the years from 1867 to the present, covering all genres and sexual ratings.
"Always a Lady" is a historical fiction about belly dancing in the old west. Yes, belly dancing. A different idea for me. I loved the women of Bandit Creek, the feisty bordello owner, Lorelei Sutton, and Maggie O'Connor, the bakery owner. These two women and Lady Serena turned a difficult circumstance into something remarkable. This was a great introduction to Bandit Creek, but way too short for a story unto its self. I really wanted more from this story. I want to know more. I really wanted more background information on Lord and Lady Serena, more about the town, more about why they were there.
However, all that said, for a novella and the length that it was, it enjoyed the light and frothy read. I give it 4 out of 5 clouds for the category of novela.
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3.0 out of 5 stars nice afternoon read April 22, 2012
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This short and sweet read was a pleasant way to pass a few hours. I was intrigued by the description of the book; after all, I had never read a book set in the West that included belly-dancing...I was definitely ready to see how that all came into play. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more of the belly-dancing involved (more on that later), but did appreciate it when it was there.

I have to say, though, that I found the main characters Serena and Randolph to be a bit boring and flat. While separated they just seemed so wooden and bland. I liked them more together, which unfortunately didn't happen until the end of the book. I will say that I liked how the author portrayed their love for one another. Each loves the other but is unaware of that love. Serena desperately wants children and is saddened that Randolph has shown her with his actions that he does not When it is revealed why Randolph doesn't want a family, it is both heartbreaking as well as revealing. I was glad for at least this aspect of their relationship because it added another, much needed, dimension to both their characters.

For me this story was driven by the secondary characters, who carried far more personality than the hero and heroine. I loved the brothel owner who came to Serena's aid when she found herself stuck in Bandit Creek without any funds. I REALLY loved the old Chinese man who was more wise and crafty than anyone cared to give him credit for. These people made the story what it was and gave Bandit Creek a dose of charm and character. The villain (whose name I won't reveal) was also colorful as well, even if he was a bit cliche.

My favorite part was the ending, when the two are reunited. It was sweet and charming and had a happily ever after as all good romances should.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good read! April 16, 2012
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If you like historical romances you will like this one! The characters are likeable and believable. I found myself identifying with the female characters and what their lives might have been like back then. So different to our modern society. Having said that, the characters were so strong and vibrant that I felt myself drawn into their world. I was sad to see the story end and look forward to the next edition of adventure with Serena and her husband. (He was only involved in the last few chapters so can't wait to see his character expand and grow along with his charming wife). Victoria Chatham has a long career ahead of her if she keeps on writing so convincingly of adventure and romance in historical settings. I give it a big thumbs up. A "jolly good read"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read April 11, 2012
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I liked Serena. She was not only a strong woman, but a good one. I enjoyed the supporting characters who showed that circumstances do not define an individual. It was a good lesson on judging others, but not in the least preachy. The action was well paced and I found it a pleasant story.
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Victoria was born in Clifton, one of the oldest areas in Bristol, England. Clifton was first mentioned in the Domesday Book, written about 1086, as 'Clistone' meaning a hillside settlement. She can certainly attest to those hills, having walked up and down them many a time as a child.

Clifton is known today as much for its Suspension Bridge, built by the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, as its thriving city centre. It is also recognized for its Georgian architecture with its magnificent homes, graceful crescents and sweeping terraces built mostly by and for the merchant venturers whose profit came from the Triangle Trade.

Her grandmother instilled in her the history of her surroundings and she grew up with an appreciation of the elegance of the Regency period. Its style and manners captured her imagination even more so when she read 'Frederica', a novel by that doyenne of the Regency romance genre, Georgette Heyer.

Her very first attempts at writing, in crayon on a wall, were not appreciated but in everything she later came to write she tried to bring a sense of place, of putting her reader in the environment she created so they could see it and feel it.

These days, with her children grown and being retired, she has the luxury of writing full time. When she's not at her keyboard she'll have her nose in a book or my Kindle. She'll read anything that catches her interest, from Regency and contemporary romance to thrillers. Victoria loves horses and dogs, daily walks and gentle yoga. Her musical tastes range from classical to jazz, pop or country and western depending on her mood and what she's doing at the time. Her movie choices are usually feel-good, fun type movies but she also enjoy good action movies.

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