by Wilma Counts
Genre: Historical Romance
Pub Date: 10/17/2017
Well-bred, well-dressed, and well-read, Henrietta, Harriet, and Hero are best friends who have
bonded over good books since their schooldays. Now these cultured
ladies are ready to make their own happy endings—each in her own
way . . .
Lady Henrietta Parker, daughter of the
Earl of Blakemoor, has turned down many a suitor for fear that the
ton’s bachelors are only interested in her wealth. But despite the
warnings of her dearest friends, Harriet and Hero, she can’t resist
the challenge rudely posed by her stepsister: transform an ordinary
London dockworker into a society gentleman suitable for the “marriage
mart.” Only after a handshake seals the deal does Retta fear she
may have gone too far . . .
When Jake Bolton is swept from the
grime of the seaport into the elegance of Blakemoor House, he appears
every inch the rough, cockney working man who is to undergo Retta’s
training in etiquette, wardrobe, and elocution. But Jake himself is a
master of deception—with much more at stake than a drawing room
But will his clandestine mission take
second place to his irresistible tutor, her intriguing proposal . . .
and true love?
Before moving to Nevada in 1994, Wilma
Counts taught high school English and social studies in Germany to
dependents of American forces stationed there. She loved the kids,
but hated meaningless paperwork. She especially enjoyed her work with
Advance Placement English, Model United Nations, and student
exchanges with a Russian school.
Wilma grew up in Oregon, a product of
the Leave It To Beaver era. She holds degrees in education and
international relations. Having traveled widely, she is keenly
interested in politics and international relations. She freely admits
to being a C-SPAN junkie.
A member of the Romance Writers of
America, she has written two Regency novels and a novella for Zebra.
Willed to Wed is slated for publication in September, ’99, and My
Lady Governess in February, ’00. Her current projects include another
Regency and a novel set in the American West. She contributes a
regular column on grammar and usage to the local RWA newsletter.
Besides her interest in travel and writing, Wilma is an avid reader
and she loves to cook, garden, and gamble—not necessarily in that