His heart is a fortress… And she’s trespassing!
After losing all he holds dear in a horrific fire, Max Aldersley, Earl of Rivenhall, shuns the world—until he catches Effie Nithercott digging holes on his estate! He banishes the intrepid archaeologist and the unsettled feelings she rouses within him. But she returns even more determined and infuriatingly desirable than before! He wonders just how deep she’s prepared to dig—so far she’ll reach the man beneath his scars?
Social Distancing Regency Style
By Virginia Heath
Hi and thanks for hosting me today. These are certainly strange and difficult times and as I type this I am stuck indoors as the government have ordered social distancing measures here in London. I’ve got to be honest and say I’m finding the restrictions difficult because writing can be such a solitary profession, I really look forward to my usually daily trip out.
That said, I also feel a little invaded because I like to write in peaceful silence and thanks to my husband now having to work from home until the measures are lifted, and my son home again too because they have closed his university, actual silence is thin on the ground. So talking about REDEEMING THE RECLUSIVE EARL today on release day is strangely ironic because social distancing and invasion are key themes of the book!
Physically and mentally scarred from a horrific fire, and languishing in a pit of despair, my hero Max is trying to hide from the world at his newly inherited estate Rivenhall Abbey. He’d be happy never to see or speak to another soul again.
Unfortunately for Max, that isolation is constantly invaded by intrepid and slightly odd local archaeologist Effie, who has spent the last few years excavating the grounds of Rivenhall and has no intention of stopping anytime soon. On the cusp of an amazing discovery Max banishes her from his land so she resorts to digging by lamplight through the night to thwart him.
Over time, they agree an uneasy truce which blossoms into an unlikely friendship and then the real fun begins. Because Effie is a force of nature with big ambitions for her work and Max finds himself dragged reluctantly kicking and screaming back into the world…
Thank you, Virginia Heath and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.