This is a captivating romance set in 19th century Dorset. Charlotte Honeyman jilts her long-time swain, and on the spur of the moment marries a stranger. His pride damaged and his matrimonial plans upturned, sea captain Nick Thornton threatens to take revenge. Charlotte's younger sister, Marianne, takes pity on Nick and secretly boards his ship, where she meets with an accident. Nick regards Marianne as the perfect tool with which to get his own back, but in the process falls in love. The rift between the sisters widens, and scandal erupts when it becomes apparent that Marianne is expecting Nick's child. Then fate intervenes to change the course of their lives, perhaps forever.
A novel of Victorian England - Raised in the slums in 1850s London, Celia Laws is a rarity, an educated young woman whose creative skills have attracted notice. But with family to care for, circumstances have driven her to pickpocketing. In Celia’s harsh world, it’s a small step from picking pockets to prostitution. When a young man offers her a fortune to spend a week with him, she takes the money and runs. But Celia’s conscious can’t allow her to forget the money she stole, and she is soon brought face-to-face with her past . . .
Although Celia Laws is only a teenager, she is a proficient pickpocket supplementing her family's meagre earnings in order to survive in the slums of mid-nineteenth-century London. Her mother is from a respectable family, but she was abandoned while pregnant by her husband, and forced out of the family home by a conniving step-mother. Even in their reduced circumstances, however, she did teach her daughter how to read. One of Celia's more daring escapades involves Charles Curtis. He perceives the beauty hidden by rags and dirt, and longs to know the identity of this light-fingered thief. He offers a large sum of money to a local madam to out, but her search induces Celia to runaway to relatives in Dorset. Her sweet Aunt Harriet tries to make Celia into a proper young woman, but her past, and the determined Charles Curtis, catch up to her. The ever-popular Woods offers her avid readers a lovely and thoughtful historical romance that delves into poverty and injustice, as well as the power of attraction.triumphant -- Booklist, September 15, 2011
About the Author
Janet Woods' previous books include "The Stonecutter's Daughter "and "Where Seagulls Soar,"""
The ruling family of Karshal is slaughtered and Azarine swears her revenge. Eighteen seasons later, Lord Cynan is betrayed by those closest to him. Caught up in the intrigue, Jynx and her twin brother flee. With only a wolf to guard her, Jynx is rescued by a band of healers. But the wolf is not what he seems ... Fantasy Romance by Janet Woods; originally published by Belgrave House
Following a romantic shipboard marriage, Joanna Morcant has everything her heart could desire: a dashing new husband and an adorable baby son.But an unforeseen tragedy leaves Joanna destitute and with no choice but to return to her childhood home, the Isle of Portland off the Dorset coast, a place which holds disturbing memories from Joanna's troubled past.Just as Joanna is starting to make a new life for herself and her young son, Toby, the past rises up to haunt her once again. Toby's grandfather, the dissolute Lord Durrington, has vowed to take the child and make him his heir - whether Joanna agrees or not. And he's not the only sinister figure to emerge, determined to cause trouble.But in Joanna's darkest hour, a knight in shining armour will ride to her rescue - and that knight is someone she least expects.
A destructive secret is guarded by a network of lies...until they begin to unravel. 1933. Esmé Carr travels to Australia with her best friend in search of adventure. Left behind is Esmé's adolescent niece. Meggie Elliot has an imaginative and independent frame of mind, but there is mystery surrounding her birth—one she intends to unravel, despite her mother's warnings to leave the past alone. When the truth surfaces it's not what Meggie wants to hear, and Esmé must reconcile the rift between mother and daughter.
A young woman becomes a governess to two grieving orphans in the latest powerful historical romance from Janet Woods
1835. Clementine Morris, despite her youth and inexperience, is hired by Zachariah Fleet to care for his recently orphaned niece and nephew. He tells her he wishes the young children to have more than a governess, and her heart goes out to the grieving infants. Clementine, too, is an orphan, and all alone in the world.
But little does she know that Zachariah Fleet is interested in her for more than just her usefulness as a governess. He believes she is a distant relation of his by marriage, and there is a chance she is a legatee for a useful amount of money.
There are troubles ahead, though, when another young woman turns up with a claim to the inheritance . . . and troubles for Zachariah too. The self-possessed, wealthy businessman has never allowed himself to fall in love, but as he grows to trust Clementine he realises that he may be...
Kavan’s quest is to save his people from total destruction, and he needs the woman destined to be his mate. But Tiana escapes and he sets a trap for her. Once captured, she is captivated. But deceitful traitors cause Kavan to forfeit his life. Eventually a crystal pod appears, and when the sun touches it the two figures inside begin to stir … Fantasy Romance by Janet Woods; originally published by New Concepts
In the 'Swinging' 60s, Janey Renfrew goes to London. There, a group of friends encourage her to paint. She rises above the drug scene, until someone laces her drink and she learns that as a child she'd accused the wrong man of abuse. She intends to find some way to put things right, and Griff, her childhood friend, encourages her in that task as they fall in love. Women's Fiction by Janet Woods; originally published by Robert Hale [UK] as Against the Tide
A moving romance set in the 1920s—Julia Howard is a perfect daughter to her father, a now-bankrupt toy manufacturer who created a paper doll in her image. Julia longs for freedom, but marries wealthy businessman Latham Miller to please her father. Latham soon proves possessive and controlling, and when Julia is reacquainted with troubled war hero Martin Lee-Trafford, the attraction between them grows to love. But when Julia gives birth to a child, she faces a heart-wrenching decision—for if she runs away with Martin, she'll be forced to leave her beloved son with Latham.
He is an Earl who was left at the altar . . . She was his childhood friend, his one true love . . . Now Fate has brought them together again.
December 1816. Ryder, Lord Madigan, has never got over the loss of his childhood sweetheart, Adele: the woman who abandoned him at the altar. The woman who humiliated him and left him a broken man. Now she's come home, a widow.
Wrongly believing Ryder to be dead, Adele has returned to her Dorset village to reunite with her family and pick up the pieces of her life. Despite everything, she has never stopped loving the man she jilted. But can she put right the wrongs of the past, and bring herself to tell Ryder the truth about why she left him – and the misery of her life since then?
Ryder too is keeping secrets from Adele. If the two former lovers are to have a second chance at happiness, they must overcome their pride and admit their true feelings for one another.
It's the time of the Tolpuddle trial and unrest. The Dorset labourers work under terrible conditions for starvation wages. When her mother and stepfather perish in a fire, an illegitimate peasant girl, Siana Lewis, is left destitute, with a young brother and baby sister to support.
Securing a job with the local rector, Siana, with her wit and beauty, will attract the attention of three men. Daniel Ayres - a young man with high hopes and very little else - is her first love, who cruelly betrays her. Francis Matheson, the local doctor, admires Siana's determination and thirst for knowledge. The pair establish a relaxed friendship. Then there's the local squire, Edward Forbes. A sensual and devious man, Edward is used to going after what he wants. He desires the beautiful peasant girl at first sight of her - and will stop at nothing to get her.
A collection of Janet Woods’s stories including: The Seventh Dawn, Body Switch, Spirit of Love, Blind Man’s Bluff, Kirra Kirra, Blackberry Jam, That’s Amoré, Seeing Red, Rogue of Hearts and Magpie Magic. Some are fantasy, some romance and some science fiction. FREE. Stories by Janet Woods; originally collected by Belgrave House
Housesitting for her aunt, kindergarten teacher Ellie Bryce isn't happy when the irascible Patch Morgan and his son arrive on her doorstep, since she'd cast a spell to bring his brother there. Patch has more troubles than he can count and Ellie tries to help, using potions from her aunt's spell book. But some spells are slow-acting—and have unexpectedly hot results. Paranormal Romance by Janet Woods; originally published by New Concepts