"The Sons of the Aristocracy" Book 2
widowed

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Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9893973-6-0
iBooks ISBN: 978-0-9893973-3-9

See the April 2014 issue of InD'Tale Magazine for the
3-1/2 star review

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The Widowed Countess

"When twin brothers love the same woman, is two times the romance worth double the trouble? Especially when one is a ghost?"

Clarinda hasn't seen her late husband's identical twin since she slapped him for his insolence all those years ago. The horrible things he accused her of still ring in her ears. But she'll just have to learn to put all that behind her now. Because while the child she's carrying might be the next earl, it's Daniel Fitzwilliam—the man she secretly loved before she married his brother—who will assume the duties of the earldom until the heir is of age.

Daniel has loved Clarinda since her come-out. Circumstances—and an untimely case of mistaken identity—cost him his chance with her once, but he's not about to let that happen again without a fight. When she's out of mourning, he fully intends to properly court her...if she'll have him, that is.

Soon, Daniel and Clarinda find themselves dealing with the arrival of the dowager countess, the appearance of the late earl's disgruntled ghost, and the rather fishy circumstances surrounding his death. Can they overcome everything that stands between them and find their way back to each other? Or will their second chance at love end as badly as their first?

Excerpt

Daniel scanned the room and noted another paneled door. Striding toward it, he suddenly felt overwhelmed by the sense that he wasn’t alone. Pausing, he glanced around. When he was sure there was no one else in the room, he continued to the door and peeked in. The huge bath featured its own fireplace and a device in which water could be heated for bathing. The tap at the bottom hung over the edge of the largest copper tub Daniel had ever seen.

“Two can bathe in there,” a familiar voice said as Daniel stared at the bathing tub. “Never tried it myself, but I recommend you do.”

Startled, Daniel glanced around, sure no one was physically in the room and yet ... “Who’s there?” he asked, thinking a footman must have arrived with the first of his trunks.

“Who do you think?” David’s voice replied, a bit indignant.

Damnation! Daniel spun around to find his brother leaning against the wall, his arms crossed in front of his body in the stance he used when he was in casual conversation. “David?” Daniel whispered, blinking a few times to be sure he was indeed seeing and hearing his brother.

“Aye,” his twin replied. “Thought I would welcome you to my old world before I left for my new one.”

Daniel wondered if perhaps his gnawing hunger was playing tricks on his mind. He could swear his brother stood against the wall and was regarding him with that mischievous look he used when he was playing a trick on him. Deciding David couldn’t be standing in front of him, Daniel gave the room another quick glance and strode into the bedchamber. He nearly tripped over David’s outstretched boot.

“God in heaven,” Daniel breathed as he backed away from this twin brother.

“I couldn’t tell you if He is or He isn’t,” David murmured with a shrug. “As you can see, I haven’t made it there yet,” he added, uncrossing his arms and walking toward Daniel as if he intended to join him in the bedchamber. “How was your trip?”

Staring at his brother as if he couldn’t believe what he was seeing, Daniel shook his head.

“That bad?” David offered, his hands moving to clasp together behind his back. “You made it here in record time. I was going to visit you at your apartments, but I thought you should get a good night’s sleep before I ... paid a call,” he added uncertainly. Perhaps it was nervousness that made him shift his weight from one leg to the other.

“How thoughtful of you,” Daniel managed to get out before he gave his head a quick shake and turned away from what he had decided was a figment of his imagination.