Mills & Boon True Love Romance, Oct 2018 ISBN: 9780263265347 Order from Amazon UK (print and ebook – disclaimer, I get a small amount of commission if you buy through this link), M&B (print and ebook), iBooks (ebook), Google Play (ebook), Kobo (ebook)
Harlequin Romance, Oct 2018 ISBN: 9781335135339 Order from Amazon US
When opposites attract…
They may find their Christmas miracle!
Needing help to organize the Christmas party of the decade, Victoria Hamilton hires the very unconventional yet very charming Sam Weatherby as her PA. With pressure from their parents, both need each other’s help, and when Sam—normally a banker!—is quickly promoted to fake fiancé until the party is over, neither realizes that in the most unexpected place, they may have actually found true love!
Also released in the UK as a hardback (date , ISBN: ) Also released in Australia in paperback (date , ISBN:).
Behind the Book
This is a fake fiancée book, set in a country house in Cambridgeshire (though it has a lot in common with Blickling Hall for the Long Gallery and the Peter the Great room, and otherwise is a mishmash of various country houses with a Palladian exterior).
You’ll enjoy it if you like Regency dancing, country houses/Downton Abbey, and historical food. Archie gets a walk-on part, disguised as a Labrador.
Victoria is in charge of her family’s country home. When they discover mould on the silk hangings in the ballroom – which will cost a lot to fix – she sets up a week of fundraising events, culminating in a Regency ball. She needs an intern to help with the work; enter Sam, who need to convince his father that he can do an ordinary job (and is therefore fit to take over the family business). But when Victoria’s parents try to matchmake, she panics and tells them that Sam is her fiancé. Sam has his own issues about lying.
Big thanks to the staff of Blickling Hall for talking to me about mould damage and country houses; to my friend Jo Rendell-Dodd for coming with me; and to Gerard Brooks for indulging me in with stately home visits while they were decked out for Christmas.
The book’s dedicated to my friend Jo Rendell-Dodd and to Megan Haslam, my editor, who had a lot to put up with!