The novellas

Each Mary Kingswood series offers a novella, a shorter book, to add some additional enjoyment for readers. The ebooks are FREE for subscribers to the mailing list, but you can also buy the books in paperback.

The Chaplain: Book 0 of the Chaplain’s Legacy series.

Set thirty years before the first book of the series, set in the age of wigs, ruffles and stiff, brightly coloured brocades for men and women, this tells of how Arthur Nicholson, a ne-er-do-well younger son of a baron came to marry the Lady Alice Atherton, daughter of an earl, and how Arthur’s slightly wobbly moral compass hides a big secret that will mean disaster for the Atherton family.

The Gentleman Farmer: Book 7 of the Mercer’s House series.

A sequel to the series. Contains spoilers, so do not read until you have read book 6.

The Mercer: Book 0 of The Mercer’s House

Harry Fletcher is content with his life as he approaches fifty. His wife died three years ago, but he has his children and his position as one of the richest and most respected mercers in Yorkshire. He has no plans to remarry, but widow Lizzie Haygarth needs a rich second husband, and she fully intends to change Harry’s mind. If she’s to succeed, though, it’s not only Harry she’ll have to convince. She’s reckoned without his family – and love…

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The Captain and the Country Cousin: a stand-alone novella (can also be read as book 2.5 of the Strangers series)

The dashing soldier, the earl’s niece and the secret admirer…

Lucinda Willerton-Forbes is quite content to be the useful unmarried niece, so busy organising everyone else that she gives no thought to herself. As for marriage, she isn’t much bothered because she hasn’t yet met a man who won’t bore her to death within a month. But during a big family celebration, someone manages to enter her locked room every night to leave anonymous love tokens on her pillow. That’s not boring at all, but whoever can it be?

Captain Michael Edgerton isn’t looking for a wife, and Lucinda is above his touch anyway, no matter how beautiful and desirable she is. Besides, she has other, more serious suitors, far more worthy of her. But the more he gets to know her, the more he is drawn into her life and can’t bear to see her throw herself away on someone who only wants to take advantage of her. Protecting damsels in distress will get him into trouble one day.

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Stranger at the Parsonage: Book 0 of the Strangers series

A new parson sets hearts a-flutter when he arrives in the small Shropshire village of Great Maeswood.

Cass Saxby’s heart flutters too, but at twenty-six, with no fortune and a limp from a childhood illness, she has no chance of attracting the attention of handsome Theodore Truman. But a devastating event pushes the thought of romance from her mind — her father, Lord Saxby, is killed in a tragic accident and with no known heir, the family is plunged into disarray. In the midst of her grief, Cass finds consolation from a surprising source. Will tragedy bring her a fairy-tale ending?

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The Clerk: Book 0 of the Silver Linings Mysteries

Off the coast of Cornwall in the southwestern tip of England, the sturdy ship the Brig Minerva is making its way from Dublin to its home port of Southampton. But tragedy strikes: the ship hits rocks and sinks almost at once, with only three survivors. For fiercely independent Ginny Chandry, struggling to hold her family together after her father’s death, the wrecking turns her life upside down. And the most unsettling aspect is injured Jonathan Ellsworthy, a humble clerk looking for work. Is this the moment for Ginny to finally surrender to love? Or does Jonathan have secrets in his past to keep them apart?

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The Betrothed: Book 0 of the Sisters of Woodside Mysteries

Rosamund Winterton is ready to settle down. At two and twenty, she determines to bring a previous suitor to the point. When he proposes and she accepts, her future seems assured. But the death of her betrothed just days before the wedding leaves Rosamund desperate for a replacement, and his younger brother seems ideal. There’s just one problem — Rosamund can’t stand him.

Robin Dalton just wants to carve out a place for himself in London society, and marrying a provincial chit like Rosamund doesn’t come into it. Still, she’s very pretty and there’s a good dowry, so perhaps it won’t be so bad. But marriage is surprisingly difficult, and however did he come to fall in love?

But their fragile chance of happiness hangs by a thread; the constables are suspicious about his older brother’s death, and Robin is the obvious suspect. How can he possibly prove his innocence?

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The Earl of Deveron: Book 0 of Sons of the Marquess

The Earl of Deveron is shocked when his father dies unexpectedly. Left alone to struggle with his new responsibilities, he is delighted when a childhood friend returns to his life to banish his loneliness. But Beatrice Mallory’s intentions are not entirely altruistic, and when she sets out to ensnare her old friend into marriage, he will need to dream up a very clever scheme to escape her wiles.

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Mary: Book 4.5 of The Daughters of Allamont Hall

Mary Allamont was resigned to spinsterhood, quite happy to keep house for her father and unruly brothers, until her step-mother returned to disrupt their lives. Then an eligible match failed when it was engulfed by an old family scandal. Now she’s desperate for any way to escape, but an unexpected proposal might bring her more challenges than she can cope with.

Daniel Merton gave up the possibility of a career or marriage to support his friend, Sir Osborne Hardy, whose life is dominated by his mother and sisters. Now Osborne wants to help a lady in distress, and Daniel is just the man to smooth the way. But if he helps his friend to happiness, must he give up his own chance of love?

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