Order DISCOVERY OF DESIRE from
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.
Wilhelmina Adams is on an expedition of her own–for a husband. With six sisters, no dowry, and no marriage prospects in her Derbyshire village, Bombay promises a husband and security. But assisting a dangerously distracting 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.
Praise for DISCOVERY OF DESIRE:
KIRKUS REVIEWS, Star Recipient –– "...A tender, layered narrative, shot through with moments of pathos and pleasure... If you like your romance with the sweetness of Mary Balogh's novels or the anguish of Sherry Thomas', this is one to cherish.”
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."
In 1850’s London, the city is abuzz with the tale of Will Repton. The lone survivor of a massacre in Tibet has returned to England a hero, but the traumatized explorer has no time for glory. With only months to prepare for another dangerous expedition, nothing will deter him from his quest, and no one will unearth his secret. Until Will meets Charlotte Baker...
Vivacious Charlotte Baker is on a quest of her own- the discovery of a heroic husband to raise the family name. The Incomparable of the Season has bachelors panting at her dainty, spangled slippers but scandal is sinking the family and no aristocrat will have her to wed. When Charlotte meets Will—quite literally, the man of her dreams—no other man will do. The only problem is, marriage is the last thing on his mind.
The mantel clock is ticking. The tides are changing. What if an explorer’s greatest adventure doesn’t lie across an ocean, but within his own lost heart?
Praise for IN SEARCH OF SCANDAL:
RT BOOK REVIEWS, 4 1/2 Stars –– "Readers seeking a powerful and poignant story that satisfies both their hearts and minds are sure to put this high on their TBR pile. The ending will bring tears to their eyes."
BOOKLIST –– "Lord introduces the first of her London Explorers in this delightful debut... Passionate characters and personal adventures come alive in Lord’s post-Regency series opener."
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY –– "A warm and complex Victorian romance…[the characters’] romantic and intellectual connection, as well as the strongly drawn supporting characters, make this novel worth the reader’s while."
LIBRARY JOURNAL –– "...an emotionally compelling, heart-rending debut."