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The Deserted Heart (Unmarriageable #1) by Mary Lancaster. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Welcome to a brand-new series from the #1 bestselling author of the Blackhaven Brides series. Introducing Book One in the Unmarriagable Series! 

Unmarriageable? Or simply unusual? 

There can only be one reason for the proud Duke of Alvan’s proposed visit to Audley Park. He means to offer for Lord Overton’s beautiful daughter, Thomasina, thus saving the family’s waning fortune. In the midst of the hectic preparations for his arrival, Overton’s least marriageable daughter Charlotte remembers to collect her young brothers from school for the holidays. 

When fog forces them to spend the night at the Hart Inn, they are astonished to find the house deserted, save for one other enigmatic traveler who deals most capably with armed intruders. Drawn to their unconventional new friend, Charlotte enlists his help to solve the mystery. 

Amidst the upheaval of the duke’s visit, to say nothing of the chaos caused by Charlotte’s unmanageable pet terrier, the Hart becomes the focus of nefarious doings, kidnappings, and romantic entanglements. For Charlotte is unwise enough to fall hopelessly in love with her sister’s intended husband, and the duke hides too many secrets of his own. 

Will they find their happily ever after with each other? 

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Miss Charlotte Maybury loves to organise and look after her family.  She knows she is the one who will never marry because her sisters are so much more beautiful than her.  Her parents need the money a good match will bring.  Luckily her eldest sister has attracted the attention of a Duke. 
Alexander Moore,  Duke of Alvan knows it's time he married.  He just needs the woman to be tolerable enough to live with.  That is why he is going to visit the family home of a young lady he met in London. 
A mystery on a foggy night will bring danger and excitement.  The lives of those involved will never be quite the same again. 
The families of both of our lead characters play very important roles in this story. 
Lots of fun and a sweet romance. 
I loved it. 


Mary Lancaster's first love was historical fiction. Since then she has grown to love coffee, chocolate, red wine and black and white films - simultaneously where possible. She hates housework.

As a direct consequence of the first love, she studied history at St. Andrews University, after which she worked variously as editorial assistant, researcher and librarian. Although she has always written stories for her own entertainment, she began to make serious efforts toward publication in order to distract herself from a job she disliked. She now writes full time at her seaside home in Scotland, which she shares with her husband and three children.

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