Welcome to the third month of my 2012 Historical Romance Reading Challenge! Something new from last year is that I'm keeping the sign up open all year long so others can jump in and join us at any point during the year.
This is March's post were you will be getting information about this month's giveaway and this is also were your going to link up your reviews using the Linky Tool at the bottom of the post. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Now on to the good stuff:
There will be one winner this month.They will be winning this lovely bookmark:
from Miss Bohemia and a ebook copy of
When Ross Quentin, the navy's most successful frigate captain, is ashore during the Peace of 1802 he rescues admiral's daughter Bella Richmond from highwaymen. They should be a perfect match and Ross proposes. Foolishly, she rejects him, only to discover what a terrible mistake she has made. Too late, she is lured into a trap, abducted and taken on board a merchantman bound for France. Ross purses in the admiral's sloop. In stormy seas, can he save the woman he loves?
"By all the seas, Miss Richmond, are you telling me you've had a change of mind?"
How could she answer him? Yesterday she would have welcomed his suit. But now, her duty as a daughter took precedence. "Please I don't think you understand. If I could marry, I would. There's no other for me."
"My father needs me!"
"You can't sacrifice your happiness for an ageing parent!"
"He needs me now!"
"And I need you too, Miss Richmond, more than any woman I've known. There must be some way we can resolve this. I could make Witton my home if that's what you want, as long as I can be with you."
"Even if we lived at Witton, what will happen when you go back to sea?" Her hand flew to her mouth, as if to hide the words she had just spoken, but it was too late. The real question had been asked.
He took another step back. "This is nothing to do with your father, is it?"
The tension spread from her shoulders the length of her spine. She couldn't move, she couldn't speak, she could barely breathe.
"You're terrified of being left alone, aren't you? Is it something to do with your mother? Did she detest the months, or was it years, she had to wait alone for her husband's return?"
Bella stiffened, as if a huge spring inside her wound up tighter and tighter. He had discovered her secret fear. And the ease with which he and been able to uncover her vulnerability shook her to her very core. As an only child, she had constantly been at her mother's side throughout her formative years. She had been loved, indulged, and pampered, while her mother had grieved silently for her absent husband. Now years later, her inner fear exposed, helplessness swept over her, and left her drained of emotion.
Quentin looked into her eyes. "You may be content to bury what's between us somewhere deep in your memory, but I'm not. I want you to be my wife. I can't promise I will never return to the sea. As an admiral's daughter, you know you cannot expect a sailor to make such a vow. My feeling for you, Miss Richmond are genuine, but do not ask me to choose between you and the sea. My love for both is inseparable. I asked you to share my life because I thought you understood me. I am but an honest sailor with salt in his veins and true love in his heart."
1. This giveaway is going to be international. YAY!!
2. You must link your review that was posted in the month of March to the linky tool below to be entered.
Here is the Linky Tool you will be using this month to link up your reviews for March. The review has to be posted on your blog in March 2012 in order to qualify for this months giveaway: