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Follow the Heart

Book 1 of The Great Exhibition Series
ISBN-10: 1433677202
ISBN-13: 978-1433677205
B&H Publishing Group
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Follow the Heart is a lovely, satisfying romance, rich in period detail and populated by memorable, realistically crafted characters whose lives and trials tug-hard at the reader’s heartstrings.”
Romantic Times four-star review, May 2013

Kate and Christopher Dearing’s lives are turned upside down when their father loses everything in a railroad land speculation and they’re shipped off to their mother’s brother, Sir Anthony, in England with one edict: marry money. At twenty-seven years old, Kate is no debutante . . . and has the stigma of being passed over by eligible men many times—and that was before she had no dowry. Christopher would like nothing better than to make his own way in the world; and with a law degree and expertise in the burgeoning railroad industry, he was primed to do just that—in America.

Though their uncle tries to ensure Kate and Christopher find matrimonial prospects only among the highest echelon of British society, their attentions stray elsewhere… to a gardener and a governess.

While Christopher has a chance to make his own way in life—which would enable him to lay his affections where he chooses—he cannot let the burden of their family’s financial situation crush his sister. Trying to push her feelings for the handsome—but not wealthy—gardener aside, Kate’s prospects brighten when a friend of Sir Anthony’s, a wealthy viscount, shows favorable interest in her. But will marrying for the financial security of her family be the right thing to do, when her heart is telling her she’s making a mistake?

Mandates . . . money . . . matrimony. Who will follow the heart?

Research materials used for Follow the Heart:
The Crystal Palace, and Its Contents; Being an Illustrated Cyclopaedia of the Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations. London : W. M. Clark. 1852.

Newcombe, S. Prout. Fireside Facts from the Great Exhibition : being an amusing series of object lessons on the food and clothing of all nations in the year 1851. London : Houlston & Stoneman. 1851.


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