Miss Millington’s Dilemma (Lake District Brides)
by Vikki Vaught
Publisher & Release: Enticing Pleasures Romance, April 12, 2017
Time and setting: 1815-1816, Lake District, England
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Book Length: 267 pages
Heat Level: 1.5 Flames
When she’s tossed from her home, can she move past her loss and embrace her future, or will fear keep her rooted in the past?
Vikki Vaught’s newest series, Lake District Brides, begins with Miss Lizabella’s Dilemma, a historical novel of a woman’s despair in the aftermath of war. This Regency romance brings you endearing characters to love, and a moving love story of deep sensuality.
Lizabella Millington’s intended goes missing after the Battle of Waterloo. She’s afraid he may have perished on that fateful day. Her fear turns to panic when she realizes she carries his child. Her uncle discovers her shame and tosses her out, leaving her with no alternative but to seek shelter from her beloved’s eldest brother.
Marcus, Viscount Loring, grieves for his brother, who loses his life to injuries received in battle. The last thing he expects is a grieving young woman arriving on his doorstep and claiming his brother’s the father of her unborn child.
Should he believe her tragic tale and offer her succor or turn her away?
Vikki Vaught started her writing career when a story invaded her mind and would not leave. Ever since then, the stories keep coming and writing is now her passion. Over the last six years, she has written almost a dozen romances and is presently working on her next, while fighting off the other future characters shouting my turn!
Vikki lives in the beautiful foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with her husband, Jim, who’s a saint for putting up with her when she’s in a writing frenzy. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her curled up in a comfortable chair lost in a good book with a cup of tea at her side. She also enjoys walking her little dog, Marlee who has captured her heart!
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The innkeeper looked up when Lizabella Millington entered the common room. “Did ye sleep well? Ye must of been exhausted. Ye’ve slept past noon. Would ye like somethin’ t’ eat?”
Lizabella nodded enthusiastically. “Oh, thank you, sir. That’s very kind of you. Could someone give me a ride to Viscount Loring’s estate? I would much appreciate it.”
“Why do ye want to go there?” he asked. “He’s in mourning for his brother and–”
Her head whirled, and she started shaking all over.
The innkeeper lunged forward and kept her from falling. “Here, let me help ye sit. Ye look like yer goin’ t’ pass out.”
She held on to his hand as she sat at the table.
How will I live without him?
Oh, my poor baby.
Steeling her resolve, she asked, “What happened to Lieutenant Dawson? He was stationed near my home. How did he…die?”
“Shot in the gut during the last battle against Bonaparte,” he shook his head, “and he come home to his brother’s house. From what some of th’ servants told me, he was out of his head for weeks. He lingered for a fortnight, but never awoke. He died ’bout th’ first week of August. His lordship’s been terrible upset. Been keepin’ to hisself ever since. Do ye still want to go?”
The man glanced at her protruding stomach with wary eyes. She fisted her hands to keep them from trembling. She’d already raised his suspicions enough by almost fainting. “Yes…yes, I do…I need to go. Can you please help me get there?”
“I’ll take ye meself.” A serving girl placed a bowl of porridge on the table. “Eat yer food, then I’ll take ye in me pony cart.”
Although she needed to eat for the babe’s sake, she found it too difficult to swallow and pushed the food away. The man shrugged. “Come on. I’ll take ye."