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About Joanna Maitland
Joanna Maitland is a bit of a history nut who's deeply into the Regency and all things to do with the Napoleonic Wars. She writes widely: romances, timeslip and even vampire comedy. She is also revising and republishing her classic Regencies. You can find out more about her upcoming books on her website at https://libertabooks.com/joanna.
Joanna is a Scot (with part Irish ancestry) though she and her husband now live in England, near the border with Wales. It's a magical area, overflowing with the kind of historical sites to tempt any author's storytelling tastebuds.
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Major Hugo Stratton, a veteran scarred in body and soul. No fit husband for any gentlewoman?
Heiress Emma Fitzwilliam has a fond memory of Hugo Stratton as a handsome young officer with a wicked sense of humour. But the Major Stratton who returns from the wars, years later, is a disfigured and prickly recluse who rebuffs all Emma's attempts to get near him.
When Emma is threatened with ruin, marriage is the only way to save her reputation. She longs to have Hugo as her bridegroom, but how can she persuade him to unbend enough to propose? Especially to a woman in disgrace?
And, even if he does propose, could a marriage between Hugo and Emma ever be made to work?
A revised edition of the novel originally published by Harlequin S.A. in 2002
Lord Jack Aikenhead—charming, irresponsible, a gambler. Past redemption?
Until their arrival in France, in the spring of 1815, Jack and his friend, Ben Dexter, have been mere foot soldiers in the Aikenhead Honours. Operating alone for the first time, they reach Lyons together, where their spying mission becomes even more urgent following Napoleon's escape from exile in Elba. Worst of all, Ben is severely wounded when their work has barely begun.
Jack, the incorrigible playboy, must assume more responsibility than ever before and go on, without Ben, to Paris and beyond. Travelling alone would jeopardise his mission, but his only possible companion is a woman who is forbidden.
If they brave the dangers of enemy territory together, will he be able to resist the temptation she presents?
And will she consent to keep her distance, even if he does?
A revised edition of the novel originally published by Harlequin S.A. in 2009
Kit Stratton, handsome playboy, notorious rake—with a score to settle
After five years in Vienna, Kit Stratton is back England, bent on taking his revenge on Lady Luce, the old harridan who caused his disgrace and banishment.
Marina Beaumont arrives in London, expecting to become the demure companion to a reclusive old lady in her declining years. But on her very first evening, Marina is taken to a gambling hell where Lady Luce loses a fortune to Kit Stratton, the handsomest man Marina has ever set eyes on. And the most dangerous, too.
Unless Kit can be persuaded to forgive the debt, Marina will be sent home in disgrace, and without the wages her family so desperately needs. What choice does she have? Scandalous though it is, Marina must meet Kit Stratton alone to beg him not to claim the debt. Surely a gentleman will be open to persuasion? By a lady.
But Kit Stratton is a notorious rake. Is he a gentleman at all?
And what reward will a rake demand in return for Lady Luce's debt of honour?
A revised edition of the novel originally published by Harlequin S.A. in 2003
Dominic, Duke of Calder—rich, handsome, a power in the land. And a spy
In the summer of 1814, Europe's crowned heads come to London to celebrate the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte. Dominic, Duke of Calder, nominally the British liaison officer to the Russian Emperor, has a more important, secret role—as a spy. For Tsar Alexander is believed to be plotting against England's interests.
Dominic strikes up a friendship with Captain Alexei Alexandrov, a decorated Hussar and the youngest officer on Alexander's staff. Dominic is troubled, both by the enigmatic Russian captain and by the memory of a mysterious lady he held in his arms only a few weeks before. She disappeared like smoke, but she haunts him, first as a Frenchwoman and then as a passionate lady from Scotland.
Even with the help of the rest of the Aikenhead Honours spying band, Dominic cannot fully resolve the puzzles his mysterious lady presents. When he is sent to Russia in the wake of the Tsar and his entourage, Dominic has to operate alone.
Can he find the answers he is seeking in that alien land?
A revised edition of the novel originally published by Harlequin S.A. in 2008
Ben Dexter—wounded, abandoned, a baron in disguise. In the enemy's bed
Ben Dexter, heir to a viscount, is the most junior member of the Aikenhead Honours and Wellington's spy in Lyons in the spring of 1815. When Ben is badly wounded, he assumes the identity of a German traveller in order to survive. He has little choice, for he is sheltering alone in a weavers' household that supports the enemy, the newly-returned Emperor Napoleon.
Ben's nurse is a beautiful silk-weaver. Day after day, her hands caress his battered flesh. Her touch is driving him wild. But she's the enemy. She must not discover who he is. Surely she will betray him?
He has a choice—duty, or desire.
Will he dare to trust her with his life, his mission, and his heart?
An extended edition of the ebook originally published by Harlequin S.A. in 2009
Lord Leo Aikenhead—playboy, rake, irresistible to women. Except one
Leo becomes acting leader of the Aikenhead Honours in late summer 1814, when they are sent to spy at the Congress of Vienna, where most of the crowned heads of Europe are assembling to carve up the continent. Aided by his brother Jack and their friend Ben, Leo uses his reputation as a notorious rake to cover his spying activities.
For once, Leo's success with the ladies is not assured—he encounters Sophie, a woman who is more than a match for him. But there is increasing unrest in France and the Duke of Wellington wants his own spies on the ground there. Wellington orders the Honours' forces to be split—Jack and Ben to France, Leo to remain alone in Austria to defend England's interests.
Can Leo tackle all the intrigue alone?
And how much is he prepared to risk to rescue the woman he loves?
A revised edition of the novel originally published by Harlequin S.A. in 2009
Who's there? Lovers, vampires… A body?
Little Piddling—now renamed Little Piddling sur Mer—is a resort with ambitions.
But odd things keep happening in Little Piddling. Especially among its delectable beach huts. They are a magnet for lovers and other, stranger, visitors.
Take a romantic stroll along the beach after dark and you might encounter more than you bargained for.
Six favourite authors let their hair down on the Piddling sands...
Why would an impoverished gentlewoman masquerade as a sophisticated lady of the ton? Baron Amburley had a jaundiced enough view of women to suspect only one reason. Miss Isabella Winstanley was cold-bloodedly masquerading above her station to land a rich husband! Determined to unmask the upstart, Amburley challenged Isabella to a race.
But as they prepared for the big race, Amburley found himself captivated by the real Isabella. Her frank, open ways and manifest joy were so unlike anything he’d encountered with other women, he soon found himself wishing that he knew nothing of her deceit. For this Isabella was the kind of woman who could haunt a man’s dreams .
La vagabonde des Highlands, Joanna Maitland
Angleterre et Ecosse, 1815.
Depuis la mort de ses parents, Cassie Elliott endure les cruautés de son demi-frère, James, un ivrogne et un joueur. Elle s’en accommode tant bien que mal jusqu’au jour où elle découvre qu’il compte régler ses dettes de jeu… en la mariant de force ! Dès lors, Cassie ne voit plus qu’une issue : fuir. Fuir, même si elle a conscience de n’être pas armée pour affronter les dangers d’une vie d’errance. Livrée à elle-même et exposée à la vengeance de son frère, elle fait la rencontre de Ross Graham, séduisant capitaine qui, après qu’elle lui a confié son histoire, lui offre de la protéger. Une proposition inespérée, qui plonge cependant Cassie dans la confusion : quelle contrepartie Ross Graham exigera-t-il d’elle en échange de sa protection ?
A propos de l’auteur :
Ce que Joanna Maitland préfère dans son métier, c’est « inventer des héros selon son cœur et les faire évoluer dans des lieux et à des époques où elle aurait aimé vivre ». Avec ses histoires, elle nous entraîne dans l’Angleterre tumultueuse de la conquête normande et celle, plus légère, de la Régence.
La vagabonde des Highlands est son quatrième roman publié dans la collection Les Historiques.