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Lady of Fortune (The Unconventional Ladies # 2) by Ellie St. Clair. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Read Book 2 in the bestselling The Unconventional Ladies series!

With all that stands against them, are they willing to risk everything for their forbidden love?

Lady Julia Stone has everything a woman could ask for — parents who love one another as much as they do her, the ability to live her dreams by managing her own racehorse, and now, a duke who is interested in capturing her affections. So why does she feel unsatisfied?

Why can she not let go of her past love for another man?

Growing up the son of a maid and a groom, Eddie Francis knows how fortunate he is to have achieved his ambitions of becoming a jockey renowned throughout England. But a past secret and a current accusation against his character have him loathing the very nobles he works for, and questioning all he knows to be true.

Everything changes during one fateful race on a Newmarket racetrack, when Julia makes an impromptu decision to disguise herself as a jockey and takes the reins herself. When she is discovered by none other than Eddie Francis, the man she once loved, she must put her trust in him to keep her secret and help her find victory.

With all that stands against them, are Julia and Eddie willing to risk everything for their forbidden love?

The Unconventional Ladies series:
Lady of Mystery
Lady of Fortune


Lady Julia Stone has inherited her love of horses and horse racing from her father.  As a young lady she also had another reason for hanging around the stables,  one that her father would not have been so happy about.  A few years on and she has been given control of one of her father's horses.  There is a big race coming up. 
Eddie Francis has moved on from being a groom in the stables of the Lord his father worked for.  He is now a very well thought of jockey.  He can't help himself from helping a friend train for a race. 
An exciting and fun story where our characters share a mutual love of racing.  Neither of them are typical of the era,  but both are fascinating. 
This is part of a series but can easily be read on it's own. 
I think I spotted who will be in the next book and look forward to reading it.


Ellie has always loved reading, writing, and history. For many years she has written short stories, non-fiction, and has worked on her true love and passion -- romance novels.

In every era there is the chance for romance, and Ellie enjoys exploring many different time periods, cultures, and geographic locations. No matter when or where, love can always prevail. She has a particular soft spot for the bad boys of history, and loves a strong heroine in her stories.

The lake is Ellie’s happy place, and when she’s not writing, she is spending time with her son, her Husky/Border Collie cross, and her own dashing duke. She loves reading — of course — as well as running, biking, and summers at the lake.

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