To the East India Company, he is the ideal explorer: unwed, uncomplaining, strong as an ox and profitable. There's nothing Seth Mayhew can't find–until his sister disappears en route to India.
The expedition is the first he fears he may fail, until he discovers a valuable and irresistible ally sailing on the same ship to Bombay...
But Wilhelmina Adams is on an expedition of her own–for a husband. With six sisters, no dowry, and no prospects in her Derbyshire village, Bombay promises a husband and security. But assisting a dangerously distracting explorer won't improve her prospects...
It’s an inevitable partnership, but the winds of fate are ever changing. Adventures that begin in the bazaars of Bombay can diverge to the slums of London and patchwork fields of England. And at each port of call, Seth and Mina will have to risk everything to unearth the heart’s greatest prize.
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING...
KIRKUS STAR REVIEW: "If you like your romance with the sweetness of Mary Balogh's novels, or the anguish of Sherry Thomas,' this is one to cherish..."
RT BOOK REVIEWS - 4 STARS: "Continuing her Explorer series with an emotional romance with unforgettable and unconventional characters, she captivates readers and ignites their imaginations."
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: “[A] charming Victorian-era tale of romantic destiny… Lord incorporates entertaining and evocative period language while crafting an original story that transcends the historical-romance formula...The action soon returns to England for a tangled but satisfying finale."
...A crew of voyaging botanists en route to India through the hostile Tibetan plains is detained at a remote Catholic mission. On an uneasy Christmas Eve, their worst nightmares are realized when a band of marauders descend on the mission with murderous intent. In the massacre’s aftermath, only three survive: Will Repton of London, the week-old infant of the French missionaries, and a lost explorer who will do anything to avenge the dead.
Will believes the attack the result of native aggression, the quest for the orphaned child draws explorer, Seth Mayhew, to Bombay, India, and a lost explorer who knows the reason behind the attack, steals a dead man's name to deliver his own justice to the killers. But before the truth can be revealed, each must undergo an adventure through their own uncharted hearts.