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Cara Bernay has never fit in. At loose ends in 1881 London, after a near tragedy costs her a job, she befriends a carefree artist. With his help, she begins planning a new life and developing her own artistic talent. But soon Cara finds herself at odds with the artist’s brother—a handsome but arrogant earl forcing his brother back to a “respectable” life. Henry Burke, the Earl of Morestowe, feels the weight of growing financial burdens. His younger brother is the one person who can save their family, and Henry needs him back home. Despite misgivings about Cara’s mysterious background, Henry sees she’s a positive influence on his brother and on Henry’s young ward, and he strikes a deal with her to return with them to their estate. But the family has their own secrets, and when Cara, drawn ever closer to Henry, stumbles onto the truth, she must choose between following her heart and pursuing a bold plan that could bring disaster.

Q&A with Jennifer Delamere

I know an idea is good when…

All the possibilities of where it could lead just blossom in my mind in so many exciting ways. And then my next thought is, “Oh, I hope no one else has thought of this yet, because I want to be able to write it!”

To de-stress, I like to…

Take a walk, preferably in nature. There is a lake near my house with a walking trail around it. In the hour or so it takes to walk the path and admire the view and the wildlife, I can feel my mind relaxing even as my body gets a nice workout. It’s also a great way to work through problems, either in my life or with the story I’m writing. If I’m alone, I pray; if I’m walking with my husband or a friend, we can talk and enjoy the time together.

I stay in touch with the world through…

Twitter, where I probably spend too much time…  But I stay in touch with the REAL world through personal interactions with friends, family, my neighbors, and my church. That’s what keeps me most blessed and grounded.

Three guests at my dream dinner party would be…

I’m going to say W.S. Gilbert, Sir Arthur Sullivan, and Miss Jessie Bond! While writing this series, I enjoyed researching the lives of Gilbert and Sullivan, who wrote famous comic operettas, and Jessie Bond, a lighthearted singer who performed in their shows. They all appear in the first book in this series, The Captain’s Daughter. I’d love to have them for dinner because Mr. Gilbert would be cracking wry jokes, Sir Arthur could entertain us at the piano, and Jessie would share funny backstage stories. A rollicking dinner party indeed!

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Jennifer Delamere’s novels have won numerous accolades, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly, Romance Writers of America RITA® award finalist, and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for two decades. She loves reading classics and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the people and places in her books. A longtime resident of North Carolina, Jennifer can often be found hiking the mountains with her husband or planning their next travel adventure.

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