A Change of Fortune (Ladies of Distinction, #1)

Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father her fianc and her faith Now masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner governess at large she s determined to find the man who ran off with her fortune reclaim the money and head straight back to London br br Mr Hamilton Beckett much to his chagrin is the catch of the season and all the eyes of New York society all the female ones at least are on him He has no plans to marry again especially since his hands are full keeping his business afloat while raising his two children alone br br Eliza s hapless attempts to regain her fortune unexpectedly put her right in Hamilton s path The discovery of a common nemesis causes them to join forces and before she knows it Eliza has a whole retinue of people helping her Eliza s determination not to trust anyone weakens when everyone s antics and bumbling efforts to assist her make her wonder if there might be more important things than her fortune and independence br br When all of Hamilton s and Eliza s best laid plans fall by the wayside it will take a riot of complications for them to realize that God just might have had a better plan in mind all along

Gentleman of Her Dreams (Ladies of Distinction, #0.5)

When Miss Charlotte Wilson asks God for a husband she decides He must want her to pursue Mr Hamilton Beckett the catch of the season The only problem She s never actually met Hamilton Fortunately one of her oldest and dearest friends Mr Henry St James who has returned to New York after a two year absence does know Hamilton Much to Henry s chagrin Charlotte immediately ropes him into helping her meet Hamilton However none of her plans to catch Hamilton s eye go as she expected and she is even more confused when her old feelings for Henry begin to resurrect themselves In the midst of the mayhem Charlotte always seems to cause she wonders if the gentleman of her dreams might be an entirely different man than she thought

After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own, #1)

Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself Unfortunately when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer she finds herself without an income br br Mr Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed When Oliver witnesses his ex not quite fianc e causing the hapless Harriet to lose her job he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner br br Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can t make her fashionable She ll never truly fit into Oliver s world with its fancy dinners and elegant balls but just as she s ready to call off the fake relationship a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages

A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction, #2)

Miss Arabella Beckett has one driving passion to help the downtrodden women of America Naturally she supports the women s suffrage movement and eagerly attends rallies and lectures across the country On her travels she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need that goes sadly awry and lands both ladies in more trouble than they can manage An independent sort Arabella is loath to admit she needs help and certainly doesn t need help from an arrogant narrow minded knight in shining armor br br Mr Theodore Wilder private investigator extraordinaire is on a mission A mission that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country By the time he finally tracks down Hamilton s sister Arabella he is in a less than pleasant mood When the lady turns out to have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak he soon finds himself at his wit s end br br When they return home to New York circumstances force their paths to continue to cross but the most peculiar feelings growing between them certainly can t be love When the trouble Arabella had accidentally stirred up seems to have followed her to New York and threatens her very life the unlikely couple must face the possibility that they might have landed in the most peculiar circumstance of all love

A Talent for Trouble (Ladies of Distinction, #3)

For years Miss Felicia Murdock s every thought and action have been in pursuit of becoming a minister s wife When the minister she d set her sights on has other ideas she decides something in her life needs to change and soon before she wastes any more time pretending to be someone she s not If that means spreading her wings and embracing a more lively way of life who s to say nay br br Grayson Sumner Lord Sefton has had his fill of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a respectable New York gentleman Prompted by friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed in love Miss Murdock he is surprised to encounter an adventurous young lady with an unfortunate knack for stumbling into troublesome situations br br Just as Grayson decides he s had quite enough of her antics his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in Felicia s life endangers her As they work together to extricate themselves from this latest complication will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping each other out of trouble

In Good Company (A Class of Their Own, #2)

After growing up as an orphan Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen Unfortunately her playfulness and enthusiasm aren t always well received and she finds herself dismissed from yet another position br br Everett Mulberry has quite unexpectedly become guardian to three children that scare off every nanny he hires About to depart for Newport Rhode Island for the summer he s desperate for competent childcare br br At wit s end with both Millie and Everett the employment agency gives them one last chance with each other As Millie falls in love with her mischievous charges Everett focuses on achieving the coveted societal status of the upper echelons But as he investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the children s parents will it take the loss of those he loves to learn whose company he truly wants for the rest of his life

A Match of Wits (Ladies of Distinction, #4)

After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost fiancee Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the i New York Tribune i Quite pathetically bedraggled he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family Although she no longer has feelings for him Agatha realizes by hook or by crook she ll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home br br Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha Once they arrive in New York Zayne realizes Agatha s determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own When she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor the lengths to which they ll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics br br Everyone else may think them a match but nothing could be further from the truth until Agatha finds herself in real trouble Have these two stubborn too smart for their own good people been meant for each other all along

Playing the Part (A Class of Their Own, #3)

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan s interest turns threatening Lucinda s widowed friend Abigail Hart is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson s estate to hide out br br Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there s much more to him than society knows br br Lucetta who has no interest in Abigail s matchmaking machinations has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram But when she can t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house it ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays

At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd, #0.5)

After Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff s father lost the family fortune in a poor investment decision she finds herself banished from the fashionable set within New York society and directly into the wallflower section Taking on work as a social secretary in order to help with family expenses she spends her time penning out invitations to all the most sought after events wondering if her life will ever improve br br While languishing one evening at a ball given by one of the esteemed New York patriarchs Wilhelmina is appalled to discover that Mr Edgar Wanamaker her oldest and dearest friend and the first gentleman to offer her a marriage proposal has shown up at the ball unexpectedly having been absent from New York ever since she rejected his offer years before

Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd, #1)

Miss Permilia Griswold the wallflower behind The Quill gossip column knows everything that goes on in the ballrooms of New York When she overhears a threat against the estimable Mr Asher Rutherford she s determined to warn him Away from society s spotlight Asher and Permilia discover there s more going on behind the scenes than they anticipated