The Workhouse Doctor by Sara Fraser, a pseudonym for author Roy Clews, a former Marine Commando and Foreign Legionnaire turned historical novelist, is the 2nd novel in a duology of historical drama with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 2001 by Severn House. The story is a sequel to The Surgeon’s Apprentice (recapped in the preface), an historical suspense drama exploring the practice of medicine during the 1840s in northern England, continuing the saga of the changing fortunes of an increasingly disillusioned aspiring trainee doctor and the daughter of one of his patients, whose family is being forced into ruin and disgrace by a venal creditor.
This one continues from the new POV of the heroine, now appointed as headmistress to a workhouse through the scheming of her family’s creditor, who has an unsavoury personal interest in her, as she strives to improve the lot of the impoverished children living under the harsh conditions imposed by its unscrupulous owners, also patrons of her family’s former doctor, who had his own glimpse of the dark secrets they would prefer to conceal.
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My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts is the 1st novel in the Highland Spies series of f/m historical romantic comedy with suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.
The series takes place in the early 17th century during the reign of King James I of England and VI of Scotland, starring English spies of the Walsingham family (apparently meant to be related to historical Elizabethan spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham) and the Scottish highlanders encountered as part of their secret missions.
This one stars a stubborn laird suspected of being involved in a plot against the Crown, and the Lady who goes undercover as his son’s new governess to infiltrate his household and discover the truth.
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My Fair Lord by Wilma Counts is the 1st novel in the Once Upon a Bride series of f/m Regency historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s Lyrical Press imprint.
This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The series is centred around a group of women, friends since their schoolgirl days bonding over books, who each find their happily ever after.
The story is a reverse take on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion (adapted as the musical My Fair Lady), starring an earl’s daughter who takes her stepsister’s challenge to transform a simple dockworker into a society gentleman for the marriage mart.
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The Smile of the Stranger by the late British author Joan Aiken, best known as an award-winning supernatural fantasy author who was awarded an MBE for her contributions to children’s literature, is the 1st novel in the Paget Family Saga series of f/m Regency historical romance with Gothic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.
This was originally published in 1978 by Doubleday, and this reprint is based on the later Warner paperback edition. The series is apparently a hybrid of Regency romance and Gothic suspense, starring various members of a family either encountering or escaping danger even as they uncover various truths of the heart.
This one focuses on the Continent-crossing adventures of an expat Englishwoman fleeing her home in Italy, fending off unwanted advances before reaching the relative safety of her first Season in London, which may turn out to be the most dangerous situation of them all.
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All the Queen’s Players by British expat author Jane Feather is a standalone f/m historical romance novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline’s Eternal imprint.
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The story takes place during the reign of Elizabeth I and is an intrigue-filled coming-of-age, starring a naïve newcomer lady-in-waiting who is a cousin of spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham, who finds herself acting as his agent—serving first one queen, and then another, as a budding relationship with an unsuitable courtier results in her being banished to wait upon Mary, Queen of Scots.
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