Welcome to the Spotlight for Valentines From Bath Box Set by The Bluestocking Belles. This post features Candles in the Dark by Caroline Warfield. Read below for the blurb and an excerpt from the book. Hope you get the chance to add something new to your TBR pile!
Valentines From Bath
The Master of Ceremonies announces a great ball to be held on Valentine’s Day in the Upper Assembly Rooms of Bath. Ladies of the highest rank—and some who wish they were—scheme, prepare, and compete to make best use of the opportunity. Dukes, earls, tradesmen, and the occasional charlatan are alert to the possibilities as the event draws nigh.
But anything can happen in the magic of music and candlelight as couples dance, flirt, and open themselves to romantic possibilities. Problems and conflict may just fade away at a Valentine’s Day Ball.
In five original stories, Jessica Cale, Sherry Ewing, Jude Knight, Amy Quinton, and Caroline Warfield bring you Valentines From Bath. 25% of proceeds benefit the Malala Fund.
Blurb: Candles in the Dark by Caroline Warfield
Doug Marsh and his candles bring light to many, none more than Esther. They may light the Assembly Rooms even as his love lights her life.
Doug Marsh knew what the army expected of him. Invalided out, he struggles to run his uncle’s candle-works and look after those dependent on it. A contract with the Bath Assembly Rooms would go a long way toward succeeding at both of those things. The plight of a young woman is a distraction he doesn’t need.
Esther Hopkins, formerly ‘the Honorable’, has no time to mourn the life denied her by a single mistake. A woman alone with a new-born son to raise needs work, and she is determined to make it on her own. If only she could stop yearning for the sturdy arms and kind blue eyes of the man who rescued her from starvation and enlisted the entire Marsh Candle Works to her support. But Sergeant Marsh shows nothing but benevolent interest in her welfare. Why should he care for a fallen woman?
In the normal course of things Esther is far above Doug’s touch. Can he find the courage to court her and still take care of business at the same time?
Genre: Historical Romance
He put a calloused finger to her son’s cheek, and a beatific smile transformed his harsh features. Had she thought him a bit attractive? When he smiled like that any warm-blooded woman would be tempted to throw her virtue over the back fence. The lines around his eyes revealed a vein of gentleness, and his harsh features softened into something solid and dependable. For an insane moment, she wished that gentle finger caressed her cheek too and yearned to feel the blue eyes look at her as they did her son.
“The little one seems to be thriving,” he said, taking the seat across from her.
“Thanks to you.” It was simple truth. His help stood between her son and starvation. She could deny this man nothing.