I finished reading Counting the Cost a few days ago. I wouldn't quite call it a romance, at least not if by romance you are looking for that nice, neat, happily-ever-after ending. It is, however, an excellently written historical novel, set in Depression-era New Mexico. If you'd like to read a window on the history of that era, you will want to check it out.
Next up on my reading list is Lydia, debut novel of Regency romance author Wanda Luce. As I've mentioned before, I love Regency romances, so as soon as I heard that my publisher had published one, I volunteered to be part of Wanda's blog tour. That probably won't take place until August, but I'm getting a jump on the book. Here's the back cover blurb:
At six and twenty, the impoverished Lydia Hathaway has endured bleak years of heartbreak, longing for a love that never came. Her deceased father's foolhardiness has left her family bankrupt, and Lydia is eventually left no alternative but to take a position as the companion and governess to Susan Ashcroft of Danbury Park in Surrey. During the first days at her post, Lydia pines bitterly for a life she believes forever lost. Anxious for peace, she rambles one morning across the muddy wilds of the Ashcroft estate where she has a most unimaginable encounter with the notorious Lord Connor Denton. As their paths continue to cross, Lydia falls ever deeper in love with the charming rogue while battling against his growing assault on her heart. In spite of his forward attentions, she considers his behavior toward her as nothing less than idle flirtation. And why should she think otherwise? As the wealthy son of an earl, Lord Denton may choose from among the most beautiful women of England's first circles--none to which Lydia claims inclusion. In spite of her indignation over Lord Denton's rakish maneuvering, she anguishes beneath the reality that he is forever beyond her reach. Tormented in a relentless battle to suppress a love she cannot overcome, Lydia resolves to leave the Ashcrofts and Danbury Park forever. After all, she is nothing to Denton--isn't she?
I'll be interviewing Wanda soon on this blog. (Because I love interviewing historical authors!) And as always, stop by on Tuesday to read a Tuesday Teaser from Lydia.