The series is set in the mid eighteenth century. Richard and Rose meet, fall in love and marry, but are beset by problems engendered by Richard’s past life and his ownership of the staff agency Thompson’s, which is not only a staff agency, but a spy network and private army.
Richard Kerre, Lord Strang is heir to the great earldom of Southwood. After his twin brother Gervase fled England from a scandal, Richard became determined to wreak his revenge on society. A series of outrageous scandals has made his name notorious. Then he meets Rose, and his whole world changes.
Rosalind Golightly is the daughter of a country gentleman, and has lived all her life in Devonshire. She is reconciled to spinsterhood, having reached the ripe old age of 25. Until, that is, she meets Richard.
The stories are told from her point of view. Imagine that Rose is sitting at a table telling you about her history. Fine lace is falling over her elbows, she’s wearing an elegant confection of blue silk, and she has a happy, reminiscent smile on her face.
Every new cover features the lovely artwork created by Joanne Renaud, a very talented artist and a fellow enthusiast of the eighteenth century.
Yorkshire – the first Richard and Rose book
A spooky old house, murder and two people who find the love of a lifetime.
Passion, murder and unexpected love wait for Richard and Rose in Yorkshire.
When Rose Golightly accompanies her family on a visit to their cousins in Yorkshire she finds the once great Hareton Abbey is run down, ruinous. The only other guests at Hareton are the Kerre brothers, intimidating and haughty leaders of society.
A double tragedy throws Rose into the company of Richard Kerre, Lord Strang, when he is seriously wounded in the coach accident which leaves two people dead. They discover that what at first appeared accidental was in fact a deliberate act of sabotage. Rose and Richard set out to solve the mystery, and find passion in each other.
But Richard is to marry the frigid Julia Cartwright in a few weeks, and has deliberately closed his heart to love. He has turned his thoughts away from passion—until he meets Rose.
Love will not be denied and after a taste of Rose, Richard refuses to let her go.
“Yorkshire” finalled in the 2003 EPPIES.
Scandal, murder and passion – an ordinary day for Richard and Rose.
When Richard and Rose visit his family estate in Derbyshire to celebrate the christening of their firstborn, Rose comes face to face with some hard realities about the powerful Kerre family. The vast majority of them are far from delighted with Richard’s choice of wife. Plus, they think a man who shares his bed with his wife every night must have something wrong with him.
Rose is driven half mad by Richard’s overly careful love for her. Somewhere underneath that smooth, sophisticated surface lies the passionate, intense lover she longs for—and she takes steps to seduce that savage lover back into her bed.
Their joyous occasion is marred by the theft of a valuable necklace. Richard’s family looks to him to solve the crime—but something isn’t adding up. Evidence pointing to two trusted servants seems too convenient…and then they’re murdered.
From the tangle of jealousies, secrets and desperate lies, Richard and Rose once again dance on the edge of danger to achieve justice—without dragging the family name into public scandal.
Richard and Rose Short Stories
The Unexpected Samaritan is set before Richard meets Rose, and is a glimpse into the life he led before. He comes to the rescue of two old friends. A Question of Honour explains why Richard leaves his home earlier than expected, to arrive at Rose’s home in Devonshire before their wedding. His mother’s machinations to drive them apart start here. Barbara’s Wedding is a deleted chapter from Hareton Hall. It describes the wedding of Rose’s best friend, and shows how the relationship between Richard and Rose is developing. Farewell Richard and Rose explains how I came to write the books, and their publication adventures, from the early days of epublishing to their eventual home at Samhain. I also tell you how Richard came to be. He wasn’t the character I imagined at all! Will there be more adventures for Richard and Rose? I honestly don’t know. I have some ideas, but so far, I’ve not developed them further. Would you like to see them?