The Heir and The Enchantress by Paullett Golden
Release: March 13, 2021
Available in Paperback & eBook (Audio coming in April)
ABOUT THE BOOK
Some love matches begin with marriage.
Hazel Trethow is infatuated with a notorious rake despite her father’s plans to betroth her to the heir of a wealthy barony. Her scheming to find a love match for her dearest friend and herself turns into a scandal that could ruin them both.
Harold Hobbs returns home from business in India with a plan to save his family from ruin. He does not anticipate his father’s plot to wed him to Miss Trethow. When he meets his intended, sparks fly.
This is the love story of Hazel and Harold as they find love in the most unlikely of places.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paullett Golden is a Houston, Texas native who now divides her time between Northumberland, England and her hometown. She has been a university professor for over 20 years. When an oncologist told her she had three months to live, she decided it was time to fulfill her dream of being a novelist. As a survivor, she focuses her attention on writing. Her novels have hit the Amazon bestseller list multiple times and have won literary awards. She loves historical fiction of all kinds as a way to travel to a different time and place. All research comes from authentic resources of the era and from scholarly and peer-reviewed articles from researchers specializing in the time period. Though she may take liberties with the fictional aspects, she does aim for the fiction to reflect the mores, culture, laws, and environment of the time. When not writing, she can be found in her butterfly garden, on a racetrack, or in the gym.
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Read an Excerpt:
“If we set the wedding for Monday,” the baron continued, “that will encourage the guests to stay a few days longer, allow travel time for family to arrive, and permit time to secure the common license from the bishop—a quick trip to the Diocese of Exeter to meet with Lavington will do the trick. I had hoped to set it for Friday, the morning of the soiree, but your mother helped me see reason.”
Ah. Harold understood. The mention of a wedding startled him at first, so jarring from the original conversation of contracts and investments, but on further thought, it made sense. Driffield had agreed to marry Miss Trethow after all. Sensible to host the wedding at Trelowen, see it all through, have the guests present as witnesses, and turn gossip into excitement—and how much more exciting to share tales of witnessing the union of a love match than to claim to have spent a week under the same roof as a rake and his mistress.
Clearly, his father had been hard at work the day prior. Investment gathering and wedding planning. All completed while Harold rowed the ladies across the lake, recovered from an afternoon chill, and supped with the guests.
“I assume you have something appropriate to wear?” Eugene asked.
“To the wedding?” were Harold’s first words in the conversation. “I hope I won’t be expected to attend the ceremony, only whatever breakfast or tea Mother has planned for afterwards.”
The baron stared at his son with mouth agape. “But of course, you’ll be attending the ceremony. You’re the bridegroom.”
Had Harold been holding the coffee cup, it would have slipped from his fingers onto the rug. Thankfully, he held only his composure, which slipped instead. “I beg your pardon.”
Eugene’s smile returned. “The dowry couldn’t be refused. We’ll not easily find its equal. It took some convincing, but in the end, he saw reason, saw the noose tightening, as it were. When a man sees the end of the rope, sees his opportunity for investing closing, the ruination of his daughter, the ruined future of his son, scandal…Well, it makes a man realize that the aid of a dear friend is the only solution. Now, the scandal will be silenced, and the son will look forward to a future of far more wealth.”
Harold heard the words but could not understand them. Perhaps his father intended it to be that way, or perhaps Harold was so stunned he could not make sense of any words spoken.
Gripping the arms of his chair, Harold asked, “Whom am I marrying, exactly?”
Harold Hobbs is heir to Baron Collingwood, and a very dutiful son, even to the point of leaving his home at the tender age of seventeen to travel to India, where he spent three years accomplishing his father’s business. Now that he is home, Harold is looking forward to beginning the courtship of the young lady he’s been expected to marry. To Harold’s horror, his father is a changed man, one who’s planning a wild scheme to earn a fortune, by fair means or foul. The baron needs to woo investors, and he forces Harold to be part of his plot. When Harold rebels, and tries to institute a sensible plan to turn the family fortunes around, his father is having none of it. Since Harold is still shy of reaching his majority, he is still under his father’s thumb.
Hazel Trethow is determined to marry for love, despite her father’s wish that she marry the son of his lifelong friend, Baron Collingwood. She’s excited to attend a house party at the baron’s home, though, as she looks forward to meeting some gentlemen, perhaps one who may be her future husband. When Hazel attempts to assist her good friend in secretly meeting a man, she has the bad luck of being the one caught in a compromising situation. When the cad refuses to marry her, leaving her to face ruin, the baron forces Harold to step up and offer marriage. The baron is not being kind, as his son in marriage comes at a substantial financial cost to Hazel’s father.
A hasty marriage takes place during the house party, and two virtual strangers are now tied together forever. Both Hazel and Harold are unsure about the other, yet are very mature for their young years, and are determined to make the best of the situation. THE HEIR AND THE ENCHANTRESS takes us from the newlywed’s initial awkwardness to flirtation to liking to friendship to attraction, and finally to love. The road getting there is not smooth, as outside situations strain the new tenuous happiness. Harold is a stellar young man, his only fault being too obedient a son. I loved watching him finally maturing even further and taking a stand. Both fathers of the newlyweds are awful people, especially Harold’s. Along the way to happy ever after, we meet a couple of delightful secondary characters, Harold’s grandmother, Nana, and his best friend, Patrick, who add some delightful moments. THE HEIR AND THE ENCHANTRESS is truly an enjoyable read, with the lead characters a couple to love and root for. The romance and passion unfolds beautifully, and is some of Paullett Golden’s finest writing. ~Rose
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