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(The Blue Orchid Society #2)
By Jennifer Moore
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
June 7, 2021 by Covenant Communications
Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other’s differences: The Blue Orchid Society.
After an extended stay in China, Lord Benedict has returned transformed to his family’s estate, where an encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined, leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she’s unexpectedly drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.
Benedict walked with his father back to the main floor. His head was spinning with all the new information. All his new responsibilities. He felt inadequate and frustrated and discouraged. He could never manage the duchy the way his father and Maxwell had. And he dreaded returning to his old life, his old lifestyle.
The duchess rose when they entered the conservatory. She wore black mourning weeds and a necklace of shiny jet stone. Over her face was a heavy veil, which she pushed back as soon as she saw them. She took Benedict’s hands. “Oh, there you are at last. Surely you’re ready for some tea after such a long council.” She motioned to a servant, who hurried away.
Benedict kissed his mother’s cheek and took a seat at the wrought-iron table. Behind him, an orange tree blossomed, its fragrance wafting through the heated air, reminding him of the citrus flavoring in his favorite Chinese dishes.
The duke sat on the other side of his wife.
“How are you today, Mother?” Benedict asked. His mother looked pale, the bags under her eyes darker. Maxwell’s death had been especially difficult for her.
“Well enough, dear.” She batted away a corner of her veil with a sweep of her hand. “I’ve had a letter from Mariah this morning.”
Benedict felt a jolt of sadness at the mention of his brother’s wife. “How is she? And little Rose?”
“As well as can be expected,” his mother said. “They remain in Somerset for now, and they’ve promised to visit at Christmastide.” She shot a look at her husband. “If only your father could leave his business affairs alone, we’d be home in Somerset as well.”
Benedict realized he was also responsible for his brother’s widow and their daughter. Each new duty felt like another brick loaded onto his shoulders. How could he possibly do it all?
Other Books in the Series
(The Blue Orchid Society #1)
By Jennifer Moore
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
May 1, 2020 by Covenant Communications
Lady Sophronia Bremerton is a far cry from the typical debutante, but she’s the toast of London’s upper class for one simple reason: she’s a society columnist for the London Illustrated News, and the gentry loves seeing their exploits printed in the gossip pages. But Sophie has bigger plans – she aspires to be an investigative reporter. When a stuffy ballroom at yet another Season proves to be nothing more than the usual rumor mill, Sophie seeks respite in the library alongside four other young women who, for their own reasons, are also looking for escape. As the conversation turns to their secret ambitions, the women form a sisterhood and a bold plan: they will make their dreams a reality, no matter the obstacles. Thus begins the Blue Orchid Society.
Hearing of a murder in a London rookery, Sophie seizes the opportunity to prove her skills. Detective Jonathan Graham doesn’t believe a civilian, a noblewoman at that, should be anywhere near a murder investigation, but Sophie insists on helping bring the killer to justice. Her investigative prowess doesn’t go unnoticed by the police, especially Jonathan, who can’t decide whether this intrepid reporter is a thorn in his side or the woman of his dreams. But as the case grows more complicated and dangerous, their very lives – and their hearts – may be at risk.
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About the Author
Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. She suffers from an acute addiction to 18th and 19th century military history and literature. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.
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