In the first book of her dazzling new series, bestselling author Ella Quinn introduces the soon-to-be Earl and Countess of Worthington–lovers who have more in common than they yet know. The future promises to be far from boring…
Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day–or rather, the night–with the most compelling man she’s ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster.
Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle–or family–is too much for a man who’s discovered his heart’s desire…
“Oh, the tangled webs we weave…especially when our hearts are involved. Three Weeks to Wed is a delightfully heartwarming escape into the sparkling world of the Regency. Ella Quinn weaves magic.” –Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author
Book Review by Melissa Snark
Regency Romances are a weakness of mine so I’m always happy to lose myself in a whirlwind English courtship. Three Weeks to Wed by Ella Quinn was a delightful and well-written read. I found the author’s style flowed easily while her language choice provided that touch of historical flavor without slowing the pace. The characterization was good. Both Grace and Matt were appealing and interesting, and as a couple they shared excellent chemistry.
Now this isn’t a thriller–a blackmail plot was about the most intrigue the story had. However, but it was a story about love and large families, of which it had plenty. Potential readers need to be aware of what they’re getting but I can’t fault the story for lacking the elements of other genres. It did have wonderful setting and charming dialogue, as well as all the trappings of a historical romance with one notable deviation… The heroine chooses to make love to the man she loves–believing that it will be her only shot ever at knowing the pleasure of his caress–willingly and without being married.
I’ve read some of the other reviews and was taken aback by readers who felt the hero wouldn’t have married a woman of “ill repute” following a one night stand. Egads, people have been falling head over heels in love for centuries and sex is a natural consequence. Regardless what historical romance would have you believe. It may have been regarded as scandalous but in any era there will be people who are courageous enough to live their lives with goals of happiness and fulfillment. The establishment be damned.
Oh, any “hero” who would take a woman’s virginity and then refuse to marry her… Well, he’s no hero of mine. Keep that jerk out of my romance novels, please. Matt was a solid and honorable gentleman in his conduct.
My primary issue with the story centered around the lack of tension. I would’ve preferred a more drawn out romance and a few solider barriers to the couple getting together. All in all, it was an enjoyable story. Thank you, Ms. Quinn.
“Yes, my lady.” He nodded, tapping the side of his nose. “You were never here. Don’t expect to see anyone else in this weather. You and your servants will sleep warm and dry tonight.” He pointed to the door next to the stairs and within easy reach of the common room. “I’ll put you in this parlor for dinner.”
She gave him a grateful smile. “Thank you. That will be perfect.”
Susan, one of Brown’s daughters, showed Grace to the large chamber at the back of the inn on the first floor. She handed the girl her cloak to dry, then shook out her skirts. “I’ll call for you when I am ready to retire.”
“Yes, my lady. Anything you need, just pull the bell.” Susan bobbed a curtsey and left.
Grace glanced around. Although she had stopped here any number of times on family outings, she’d never spent the night. The inn had been in the Brown family for several generations. The building was old, but it was clean and well maintained.
She took a book and Norwich shawl from her large muff before descending the stairs to the parlor. Although it was early, not much past two o’clock, Mr. Brown had closed the shutters, and a fire was lit, as well as sufficient candles to brighten the room.
An hour later, warm and dry, she was engrossed in Madelina, the latest romance from the Minerva Press. Over the storm, sounds of another carriage arriving could be heard. Grace lowered the book, wondering who the newcomer could be.
The inn door slammed opened. Moments later, Mr. Brown’s agitated tone and that of another man, a gentleman by his speech, reached her.
Her heart skipped a beat. Worthington? Could it really be him? She hadn’t heard his voice for four years, but she’d never forget it.
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Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them. She has just finished her first series, The Marriage Game, and her new series will start in April 2016.
She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and granddaughter, one cat and a dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America.
She loves having readers connect with her.