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Escape to a more interesting time and experience the crimes and passions of London’s gilded youth.
Love and the Pursuit of Law
Ivy Smythe is one of the first women to be admitted as a barrister in England. The Honorable Bryan Henderson is the young aristocrat she defends on charges of murdering a prostitute. Together they experience the excitement of London’s Jazz Age and a growing attraction neither can deny.
Love and the Pursuit of Justice
Diana Vanderwell is an American heiress accused of being an accessory to the murder. Graham Wetherington is the young barrister charged with defending her. Can a British barrister and an American heiress survive a criminal investigation and forge a life together?
Love and the Pursuit of Redemption
Margarite Hagen Fusani is the wife of an Egyptian playboy and a former courtesan. James Arthur, the Second Duke of Donovan, has been in love with her since his military posting in Paris during the Great War. When Margarite is charged with murdering her abusive husband, the Duke uses his influence to exonerate her. Can a former French courtesan and a British duke overcome class prejudice and prevail against the criminal justice system to find happiness?
Page Count: 295
Word Count: 65810
Excerpt from Love and the Pursuit of Law
Ivy sat in her office staring into space. As one of the first women called to the bar in England, she had not had time for frivolity. Actually, she had not even had time to think of it. What had she missed? She wondered. Her perusal of the back issues of the Mirror revealed all sorts of changes. Hair was shingled. Dresses were above the knee, loose around the waist, beaded, feathered, and fringed. Hats had been replaced with glittering bands circling the head. Jazz had replaced classical music; the Charleston had replaced the waltz. Young people no longer favored formal dinners and debutante parties, but rather trips to clubs with names like the Gargoyle and the Night Lite.
Ivy sighed, then looked up as a quick knock preceded her father’s entry into the office. Behind him was the most beautiful human being Ivy had ever seen. His golden hair flowed above green eyes flecked with gold, as well as intelligence. His face was angelic. He was tall, slender, but well formed. His expensively tailored clothes showcased his figure. She stared, forgetting to breathe.
“Ivy, I want you to meet…”
Ivy attempted to stand but knocked over her cup of tea, chipping a cup from the bone china set which had been in chambers for as long as she could remember. Liquid spread over her copies of the Mirror. As she bent to blot it, the image of the young man before her stared up from the page with his arm around an equally attractive young woman.
I hate her, Ivy thought, surprised by her reaction. Her father and the young god accompanying him moved forward simultaneously to help her mop up. She quickly turned the Mirror’s page, sending tea flying. Mortified she looked up to find her father eyeing her curiously and the young man unsuccessfully hiding a smirk.
“May I be of some service, Father?” she asked crossly.
“Allow me to introduce myself, mademoiselle,” the young man interrupted haughtily. “The Honorable Bryan Henderson, son and heir of Baron Fitzgerald Henderson.” He flawlessly executed a court bow while adding, “At your service.”
Of course. Ivy retreated to her chair. The devil, masquerading as the most beautiful man on earth. Rich, idle, degenerate. Creating a public nuisance by speeding around London in expensive motorcars taking part in scavenger hunts. What was he doing in chambers? In her office?
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