Brought together in the aftermath of a severe storm, Nick and Rose come from very different worlds. His family own a prosperous and rapidly expanding shipping company, she is the daughter of the local doctor. A romance seemingly doomed before it starts, with an underlying theme of rescue, in one form or another.
After witnessing his mother’s grief at the loss of his father, Nick Drummond resolved never to cause someone he loved such distress. Even the happiness of his siblings would not sway him ~ until he met Rose.
Rose Archer was almost content, assisting her doctor father in a tiny fishing village in the north of Yorkshire. To experience the world beyond, a tantalising dream ~ until she met Nick.
Unexpectedly, the impossible becomes possible, and the renounced ~ desired above all things, but the shipwreck that brought them together, may yet tear them apart. Will Nick learn to trust his heart, or will his love for Rose remain forever hidden?
Exploring the seedy underbelly of Regency London was another fascinating area of society I fell upon, while writing this book, and again, was an unexpected twist. In Love on a Winter’s Tide and A Love Unquenchable, my heroines become involved with a disregarded, although not quite forgotten sphere of society. A Hidden Rose delves a little deeper, touching on what is often described as the oldest profession. By 1819, despite a long-standing ban on keeping a brothel, they continued to exist. Thus, precise locations of bawdy houses remained vague, and patrons never revealed their whereabouts. Moreover, the trade was not touted as such, relying on an owner being canny enough to circumvent the law, advertising his, or her, establishment as a bar or gaming hell — the ‘serving wenches’ simply a bonus. A woman lost and alone would prove easy prey for an eagle eyed proprietor – and had very little chance of escape or rescue. To many who would otherwise starve – it seemed a roof, a bed, and a meal was a worthwhile trade-off.
As I was finishing this novel, I decided I would like to name the series it is part of. Linen and Lace kept pestering at me and I realised it fitted perfectly. My five couples hail from a cross section of Regency Society, yet despite their diverse backgrounds, and the rather unconventional way each met their spouse, belong to a close circle of family and friends, all of whom married for love. J.F. Holland, fellow author, and generous friend penned a toast, which is now at the beginning of each book.
The Linen and Lace Clan
An exclusive club, only accessible to the fortuitous few.
Those who – no matter their differences in money, title, background or position – marry for love. In an era when status, influence and wealth are bolstered under the guise of marriage, you are like rare gemstones – admired and envied. May your mutual respect, and true affection for one another, be the beacons by which you navigate the rough and the smooth of life’s journey. Therefore, whether your clothing be of the cheapest linen or the finest lace, may the blend of either or both bring the richest and happiest union.
Although, sad that this is the end of a series, it may not be goodbye…
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