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Release day: Lord Muck and Lady Alice

11 May 2018

Today is the official release of Lord Muck and Lady Alice by Isabella Hargreaves (Stations of the Heart series, book 1) (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

Widower James Forrester of Eldernell Station on the Darling Downs is a self-made man, a wealthy pastoralist and a member of parliament. He escaped from poverty after his family was thrown off their tenant farm in England by their local lord. Sneered at and called ‘Lord Muck’ by the Australian gentry, because of his lowly beginnings and lack of education, James is determined his only child, Nell, will fit into society; and that needs an education fit for a lady.

Lady Alice Lethbridge Arnley wants to escape her demanding siblings who see her only as companion and nurse. Alice breaks free by arranging to work as governess to the children of her cousin, Mary, living on the Darling Downs in rural Australia. She vows never to use her title and connections in her new life. She arrives to find Mary has died and her husband, a wealthy pastoralist, has taken to drink to forget his grief. When he tries to seduce Alice, she flees his homestead in the middle of a thunderstorm.

She is rescued by James Forrester and his daughter, and takes on the twin jobs of educating James’s shy daughter in every accomplishment needed to enter society; and of trying to polish his etiquette.

What happens when James discovers the woman he loves is a member of the aristocracy he despises and of the family that impoverished his? Can Alice save the unrefined man she loves when the forces of colonial society are united to ruin him?

Isabella dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

Lord Muck and Lady Alice is the first book in my new ‘Stations of the Heart’ historical romance series. This trilogy of novellas is a family saga set in rural Queensland during the 19th century. It follows three cousins, members of the Forrester family, who travelled to Queensland to make their fortunes. There, they fight entrenched snobbery, debt, drought, flood and fire to succeed in a challenging and dangerous new world. I’ve drawn on my past research into colonial Queensland, particularly its development and society, to write these stories and I hope readers will enjoy them as much as I‘ve enjoyed writing them.

You can find out more about this book at Isabella’s website or buy it from Amazon.

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