Miss Selina Stubbs signs the contract of her life with her father—her perfumes in every major shop in London, in exchange for marrying the reluctant son of the Duke of Hampford.
Lord Theophilus, the courtesy Marquess of Cheswick, has no desire to wed the daughter of a London merchant. He wishes to go to Africa and study the animals there. But his father, the Duke of Hampford, desperately needs her dowry.
After the wedding, Selina gets to know Theophilus and learns of his care for wounded animals. Together they plan a daring rescue of a lion from the Tower of London. Selina decides to make a new bargain…this time for love.
PRAISE FOR SAMANTHA HASTINGS
The Last Word
A Junior Library Guild Selection
“Witty, spirited, and utterly swoon-worthy. … Filled with fierce feminism, impeccable period detail, and a charming romance that’s sure to stay with readers long after the last word.”―Addie Thorley, author of An Affair of Poisons
“Great voice. Unique premise. … And who can resist a plucky heroine who is determined to help write an unfinished romance novel by her favorite author!” ―B.R. Myers, author of Rogue Princess
“Hastings’ debut is a charming period piece with all the romance and scornful nods to high society any Austen fan will love. Lucinda moves beyond the cliché of being a young woman who chafes at the restrictions of a sexist world, as she’s elevated by her true passions―numbers and accounting. The Last Word is the perfect read for anyone who wants to spend a few hours in Victorian England in the company of a girl who understands that the entire country is being led by a Queen.” ―Booklist
“Refreshing … Lucinda, a young Victorian woman with a modern sensibility well ahead of her time, has plenty of pluck and determination. Hastings’ breezy prose and crafty plotting will leave readers racing to uncover her own last installment.” ―BookPage
The Invention of Sophie Carter
A Junior Library Guild Selection
“I loved reading about the bond between these sisters. The romances were super cute.” ―Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King and The Shadows Between Us
“A delightful read and just what I needed right now. Readers are sure to be as smitten with the Carter sisters as their suitors are by the end of this utterly charming novel. Highly recommended.” ―Miss Print
“Hilarious, with many laugh-out-loud moments as the twins try to dupe everyone into thinking they’re the same person. … It has the exact right amount of balance.” ―Allisa White Books
A Royal Christmas Quandary
“A delightful, romantic romp of a book—perfect for readers who like their holiday romance to come with a sprinkling of royal glamour.” —Rosalyn Eves, author of Blood Rose Rebellion
“A delightful foray into the Victorian era, A Royal Christmas Quandary will charm readers from page one. With endearing characters, a sweet romance, and fascinating details about Queen Victoria and the royal family, this story is sure to become a new Christmas favorite.” —Joanna Barker, author of Otherwise Engaged
“An exciting and romantic romp through Victorian England. … A delicious blend of history, humor, and romance.” —Esther Hatch, author of A Proper Scandal
The Girl with the Golden Eyes
“This was an intriguing murder mystery, all the more fascinating because it’s inspired by some real figures from history. Definitely recommend for those wanting a cozy mystery grounded in the Victorian era—with a dash of romance, as well.”—Sam Taylor, author of We Are the Fire