Finally, here’s a bit about Book 3 – The Mysterious Governess – in my Daughters of Sin series about the intertwined lives of Viscount Partington’s legitimate and illegitimate daughters.
As Lord Partington cannot keep and clothe such a brood, his lovely, baseborn daughter, Lissa Hazlett, is forced to go to London to become a governess. While her half sister, proud and vain Araminta is feted as London’s most beautiful debutante, Lissa is worked to the bone by the social climbing Lamonts. At first she is employed to teach the two youngest daughters, however the son of the family, cold, ambitious Cosmo, begins to exploit Lissa’s talent for portraiture.
Araminta, meanwhile, is horrified to learn of the existence of someone who strongly resembles her but soon discovers there are advantages to lending Lissa her clothes in order for her half sister to expedite Cosmo’s portrait commissions. Why? Because Araminta now has someone to spy on her behalf, and as she has got herself into some deep water with a couple of very dangerous gentlemen, having a scapegoat up her sleeve is not a bad thing.
The Mysterious Governess follows Dangerous Gentlemen and is full of romance and murky intrigue, as London’s Regency ballrooms become the battleground for some very serious sibling rivalry.
Two beautiful sisters – one illegitimate, the other nobly born – compete for love amidst the scandal and intrigue of a Regency London Season.
Lissa Hazlett lives life in the shadows. The beautiful, illegitimate daughter of Viscount Partington earns her living as an overworked governess while her vain and spoiled half sister, Araminta, enjoys London’s social whirl as its most feted debutante.
When Lissa’s rare talent as a portraitist brings her unexpectedly into the bosom of society – and into the midst of a scandal involving Araminta and suspected English traitor Lord Debenham – she finds an unlikely ally: charming and besotted Ralph Tunley, Lord Debenham’s underpaid, enterprising secretary. Ralph can’t afford to leave the employ of the villainous viscount much less keep a wife but he can help Lissa cleverly navigate a perilous web of lies that will ensure everyone gets what they deserve.
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