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To Unlock Her Heart by Rosie Chapel

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To Unlock Her Heart is a Regency Romance by Rosie Chapel

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Relief seemed at hand when, after suffering a year of abuse at the hands of the Duke of Aldwych, Grace Aldeburgh was caught with him in an extremely compromising situation. Instead of rescue, Grace was shunned by her family, ignored by her friends and ostracised by Society. Now, rarely leaving her home Grace has accepted that it will be years, if ever, before she is free of the stigma attached to her name by the duke’s heinous actions. To shield herself from further pain, Grace locked away her heart, burying it so deeply that she wasn’t sure it could ever be found.
Out of the blue, Grace is granted a boon. She inherits a house in the tiny village of Oak Stanton, a place where nobody knows her and, Grace wonders, whether this is her chance to start afresh; a new life far away from her tormentor, and the malicious whispers of the ton.
Arriving in Oak Stanton, Grace becomes acquainted with Giles and Billie Trevallier, the Earl and Countess of Winchester, and Theo Elliott ~ the doctor for this little hamlet ~ their warm welcome, a balm to her aching soul.
Theo knows of Grace and is intrigued to meet the woman whom Society treated so harshly. A budding friendship between the two soon blossoms into something far more enduring but, for them to have any chance at happiness, Grace knows she must share her darkest secret with Theo, expecting that once it is revealed, he too will condemn her. Theo, however, is no fair-weather suitor and, already irrevocably in love with Grace, is resolved to be the man to unlock her heart.
Unfortunately, just as a fairy tale ending seems within reach, a chance encounter precipitates a chain of events that will have tragic consequences. Determined to reclaim what he considers his prize, the duke has one of his henchmen follow Grace, tracing her to her new home and jeopardising her longed-for happiness. After a failed kidnap attempt, the duke’s quest culminates in an acrimonious confrontation with Grace and suddenly the reason for his venal pursuit of her becomes agonisingly clear.




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Rosie Chapel authorAfter a scandal, a year in the making and two years in the suffering, Lady Grace Aldeburgh is ignored by her family, and doubts that she will ever be welcomed back into her once large circle of friends. All remain unwilling to be tarnished by even the briefest association with one who has been shunned, abandoning Grace to a lonely existence and one that seems to have no respite.
Suddenly there is a light at the end of a long and very dark tunnel, in the form of a bequest. A house in the small village of Oak Stanton, far from London and the wagging tongues of Society.
With no idea what prompted her Great Aunt to bless her with such a gift and wholly incapable of looking after herself, Grace wonders whether this might be her salvation, a refuge where no one knows her or the gossip that surrounds her — a place where she can start anew.
On her arrival in Oak Stanton, Billie and Giles — the Earl and Countess of Winchester — as well as Dr Theodore Elliott, befriend Grace, their warm reception soothing her troubled mind and slowly bringing her back to life.
Theo Elliot knows all about Grace and has long wanted to get to know this woman whom Society ostracised. As they become closer, Grace realises that she will have to bare her soul to Theo fearing he too will turn away. Theo, however, has no such intentions, having fallen deeply in love with Grace and is resolved to be the man to unlock her heart.
Unfortunately, just as Grace dreams that her happily ever after might somehow be possible, an unexpected meeting triggers a series of regrettable events that will have deadly repercussions.

(Rosie Chapel, January 2017)

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Once Upon an Earl by Rosie Chapel

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Once Upon an Earl is a Regency Romance by Rosie Chapel

 

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As we all know love has a habit of striking at the most inopportune moments and that sometimes fairy tales happen when we least expect them.

Giles Trevallier, 5th Earl of Winchester – tired, cold and very wet – was lamenting his decision to try to outride the storm. Escaping from the hustle of the city, Giles was looking forward to a few months of peace and quiet, while he managed his vast country estate. Now all he wanted to do was to get home, change into dry clothes and sit in front of a roaring fire with a hot meal and a large tumbler of whisky.
Fate, however, had other ideas and was about to intervene in the guise of a bedraggled female, who literally dropped at the Earl’s feet, soaked to the skin and more dead than alive; her sudden appearance turning his neat, orderly and, to be honest, rather boring existence completely upside down.
Waking, briefly, in an unfamiliar room and in the arms of a very tall and dangerously handsome stranger no less, the young woman has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there. Under the tender care of the Earl’s household, she slowly starts to recover, eventually recalling that her name is Willow, although everything else continues to elude her.
Following discreet enquiries into his unexpected guest – whose face haunts his every waking moment, Giles is shocked to discover that she is rumoured to be responsible for a fire that destroyed her family home and that her father’s body is presumed to be one of those recovered from the ashes. Suddenly this most respectable Earl is faced with the possibility that he is harbouring a criminal.
While trying to unravel the mystery surrounding her, Giles realises that he is falling hopelessly in love with Willow, who unbeknownst to him is fighting similar emotions. And as with anything involving the heart, a thoughtless word or gesture has a tendency to thwart even Fate’s best-laid plans.
Have Willow and Giles any chance of a happy ever after or will all manner of obstacles, such as misunderstandings, whispers of scandal, secret documents and foreign agents force them apart?




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Rosie Chapel authorOnce upon a time, quite some years ago, at the edge of a sprawling country estate in a quiet part of southern England and in the middle of a storm, Giles Trevallier — Earl of Winchester — comes upon a young woman lying in the road unconscious and thoroughly drenched. Unaware that his nicely ordered and comfortably mundane, existence was about to be turned on its head, as all fairy tale heroes do, Giles rescued her.
Unfortunately, when the young woman regains consciousness, she cannot tell them who she is or why she was wandering alone, so far from the nearest main road. She is a puzzle and one that the Earl has an unexpected desire to solve.
After arriving in such a pitiful state, it is no surprise that the young woman falls desperately ill and it is some days before she is out of danger. Under the care of his staff, not to mention the watchful eye of Giles himself, she slowly recovers, eventually recalling that her name is Willow, but all else eludes her.
Careful investigation suggests that she is the daughter of a Viscount whose home was recently destroyed by a fire that, apparently, also took his life. A fire that the rumourmongers are determined to blame on Willow on the, rather shaky premise, that she seems to have disappeared into thin air.
As the mystery surrounding Willow begins to unravel, Giles realises that he is falling irrevocably in love with this frail, yet spirited beauty and is determined to protect her at all costs. Unbeknownst to him, Willow is battling similar feelings, but as we all know, the course of true love rarely runs smoothly.
The obstacles strewn between the couple and their fairy tale romance suddenly seem unsurmountable, for as her memory begins to return, Willow and Giles are faced with more questions than answers, and both fear that what will be revealed may yet tear them apart.

(Rosie Chapel, January 2017)

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