“A Little More Scandal”
By Carrie Lofty
If she’s anything, the heroine of my novella “A Little More Scandal” is adaptable. Catrin Jones grew up one of five children in a small village in western Wales. After the death of her quiet, respectable fiancé, and all the talk and sympathy that followed, she struck out on her own and volunteered to become a nurse during the Crimean War.
Three years of warfare, including the snowy, bloody siege at Sevastopol, were enough for Catrin. The ship that takes her home however…sinks. She remains as the only survivor. Penniless but notorious—the curiosity of the moment—she does what she can to survive yet again: by trying to secure an advantageous marriage. She knows her time among the elite is very, very limited.
Luckily, she finds William Christie. “A Little More Scandal” will tell you that story.
Of all the heroines I’ve written, Catrin is the most adaptable but also the most genial and sweet. Some heroines are strong survivors, but they lose their optimism and become jaded. Catrin is exceedingly practical and remains able to laugh at herself.
If she were to show up in our time, she would take things in stride. The woman survived the Crimean War and a shipwreck and the ton! She might need a few days to figure out malls, the internet, and airliners, but she’d get there a lot faster than most. Seeing our “normal” through the eyes of a clever and undaunted young woman would make everything new. Plus, her dry wit would make even something as mundane as a traffic jam entertaining.
Although I love where I live near Lake Michigan, I would definitely avoid taking her on a stroll along its shores. Large bodies of water probably aren’t the best tourist sites for a woman still traumatized by her near-death tragedy. Instead, we would take the train to Chicago and see the sights: tall buildings, priceless art, ancient history, and so many kinds of people. Having nursed wounded soldiers from all over the British Empire, and having wound her way through the Upper Ten Thousand, she knew what it was to get along people from all walks. Chicago would be just another playground of new experiences.
I suppose novelties like television and music would catch her attention, but she’s not a passive person. A TV show would be a pale imitation of the unknown world she’d just entered. Why watch it when she could live it? Why settle for fiction when her experiences were already so colorful. Music—she’d dance, of course.
The only problem with spending time with Catrin Jones in our time is that she’d be missing her rock. Her silent, unflagging support: William Christie. He’s the one she’d want to dance with. He’s the one she’d want to share every new adventure with, no matter the time or place. So as much as I’d enjoy showing our world to the sweetest, most amenable, most clear-headed character I’ve written, she needs to stay where she belongs. In the middle of the 19th century and in the arms of the man she loves.
Rising star Carrie Lofty, author of Flawless and Starlight, continues her Christies family saga with A Little More Scandal, a sensual eBook novella featuring William Christie and the woman who steals his heart.
Self-made industrialist Sir William Christie tempts the scorn of London society by attempting to seduce Catrin Jones, a modest but opinionated battlefield nurse who earned notoriety after surviving a naval shipwreck. His ambition to secure her exclusive story is part of his latest business plan, while her intention is to marry well before her moment of fame expires. With respectability, wealth, and security at stake, they must decide whether love is worth embracing just a little more scandal...
A passion this seductive is more precious than diamonds...
Sir William Christie, ruthless tycoon and notorious ladies' man, is dead. Now his four grown children have gathered for the reading of his will. What lies in store for stepsiblings Vivienne, Alexander, and twins Gareth and Gwyneth? Stunning challenges that will test their fortitude across a royal empire...and lead them to the marvelously passionate adventures of their lives.
Lady Vivienne Bancroft fled England for New York, hoping to shed the confines of her arranged marriage to unrepentant rogue Miles Durham, Viscount Bancroft—though she never forgot the fiery desire he unleashed with his slightest touch. And when the gambling man arrives on her doorstep for a little sensual revenge for her desertion, he is met with Vivienne's dilemma: She must earn her father's inheritance by profitably running a diamond business worth millions in colonial South Africa.
Swept together in an exotic undertaking filled with heated passion and hungry temptation, will Vivienne and Miles discover that the marriage vows they once made are the greatest snare—or the most treasured reward?
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