And guess what? The first book in the Ladies of Dunbury series is almost finished. 87,213 words so far. The end is almost in sight.
I know I've been talking about this for almost four years, but for those of you who are new to the blog or have simply forgotten what this is all about, here's a general recap.
Henry Wade, if you remember, made his appearance in LADY OLIVIA'S UNDOING in the Reluctant Grooms series. He and Olivia were in love when they were younger and not permitted to marry. Henry lost a duel to Reginald Leighton and his punishment was to leave the country so he joined the Army. Thirty-five years later he returns.
And that's where the story begins. The Ladies of Dunbury series starts in 1807 when Henry returns from the wars. Right from the get-go, Henry's life is not what he expects.
The governess bears a striking resemblance to Olivia. And Olivia is not who expected her to be. His nieces are charming, impeccable creatures who only wish to buy new clothes and fall in love. But the men they love are commoners. Not acceptable for someone in Henry's position.
Henry is indefatigable and nothing gets him down. Even when suffering from bouts of Solder's Nerves and relapsing malaria. Even when he's falling in love with the governess and doesn't realize it. Even when people try to kill him. Henry Wade realizes there is nothing more important than his family and he will do anything to protect them.
So there you have it. The new book.
In this story, (as well as the others) you'll see where I've woven in characters from the other series, most notably Robert Carlton (THE DUKE'S DIVORCE) and Richard Gaines (THE CAPTAIN'S COINCIDENCE). And as I move forward with the new series, you'll read more of the old character's backstory and what leads them into the Reluctant Grooms.
Anyway, that's where I am and what I have been doing. I'm planning to release the new book on September 1.
Here's the cover.
After nearly forty years in the Army, Henry Wade, the Marquess of Dunbury, finally returns to
London to officially claim his father’s title, hopefully to reunite with his long lost love, and to exact revenge on the man who ruined his life. Add six orphaned nieces into the mix, and suddenly, Henry’s life is upside down. Marrying them off seems like a fine plan, but finding suitable husbands for them is an impossible task.
wish to marry for love.
Anne Gallagher (c) 2016