Author: Shelly E. Powell
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From seasoned author Shelly E. Powell comes another pure romance, Shades of Pemberley. Taking the beloved characters from Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, we continue in the life of Lydia Wickham. As seen through the eyes of Lydia and George Wickham’s oldest daughter, we carry on with Lydia’s shameless, yet usual tactics to get what she wants.
Relatable to many will be the idea of not fitting in with one’s family, or worse, fitting in all too well. But then, what wouldn’t we all do for love? Or family?
Shelly has been writing since elementary school when she crafted stories and plays to be performed for her class. As her interests have expanded, we are pleased to enjoy her forays into the regency era with larger than life characters with memorable plot lines.
Her cheeks burned deeper under his stare despite the soft breezes that kept coming. He really was offering his help. She didn’t know what sort of scheme he had in mind or what she had in hers, for that matter, but his was the only offer of help she had ever received to stop her mother’s destructive ways. Mr. Worth would still be under her scrutiny. He was still a swaggering man who held his own secrets, but what choice did she have? She would make a friend out of him, and she decided right then and there that she never wanted him to think of her as one of those Wickhams.
“You may call me Kelsey.”
“Well, then, Lady Kelsey.” He took her hand and brushed a quick kiss on her knuckles. “I am at your service.”
Six years after the death of George Wickham, Lydia is once again determined to catch a husband, but when her oldest daughter, Kelsey, realizes her mother is resorting to her usual, shameless tactics, Kelsey is determined to put an end to the pattern. Yet, stopping her mother seems impossible. Perhaps the only way to save the infamous Lydia Wickham from her own impropriety and spare her family from ruin is to distract her with what she craves most: the attention of a fine gentleman. But when fine gentlemen are scarce, what can Kelsey do but make one up? Unfortunately, the only person willing to help her is the handsome but swaggering Nathaniel Worth, a man with all the telltale signs of trouble. As Kelsey reluctantly confides in Nathaniel and pulls him into her schemes, she can't help but notice his kindness, charm, and incredibly dark eyes, but she'll never admit she's in love. Despite her best efforts, all Kelsey has done is proven to herself she is much more of a Wickham than she ever wanted to be. How can she give her heart to another when she cannot trust herself?