In the meantime, though, I can heartily recommend her recent book, one of Avon’s September K.I.S.S. & Teal titles, another story that leaves you doubly gratified for the emotional entertainment it delivers and the stupendously worthy cause it promotes.
Tessa Neville is the sort of woman who prefers to look at accounting books than fashion papers. She has a remarkable head for numbers, and is indispensible to her titled brother; she advises him and keeps his estates profitable. This makes her happy; she’s a sensible, forthright, contained woman; she acted rashly once in her past, and she’s regretted it ever since.
She has no use for dissolute, rakish gentleman, and unfortunately for her, makes that very clear when she crosses paths with the notorious Earl of Gresham, Charles de Lacey. Tessa’s unvarnished opinion of Charlie intrigues him, and he’s amused to think how his casual appearance belies the urgency of his business: his family is being blackmailed.
As readers of the previous installments of Linden’s “The Truth Abot the Duke” trilogy know, once upon a time, long before he was married to the Duchess of Durham and sired his three sons, Charles, Edward, and Gerard, the Duke of Durham took up with a very inappropriate women. They were wed, and the Duke neglected to end that marriage. And he died just as a blackmailer forced him to confess his sins to his sons.
Who may or may not be legitimate. Charles’s is tracking the blackmailer, who happens to have a connection to Tessa. Not only do her untactful words attract him, but she could lead Charles to the man damaging his family name, who in turn can solve the mystery of his father’s first wife. But Tessa’s charm and practicality, her unadorned beauty and steadfastness begin to work magic on Charles’s unused heart. As with his brothers, the search for his family history leads him to love, and his own future.
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