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A Touch of Silver (The Daring Dersinghams #1) by Lynne Connolly. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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When two worlds collide, an earl and a city merchant have to fight society and the might of the City of London to earn their happily ever after. 

Book 1 in "The Daring Dershinghams" is now available! Read for Free in Kindle Unlimited! 

Gerald Dersingham, the new Earl of Carbrooke, is captivated by the woman who storms into his house demanding an explanation for a letter he had no idea he sent. 

Gerald never wanted to be an earl. He was happier living in seclusion with his sisters. About to become betrothed to the icy daughter of a duke, he meets the vibrant, alluring Annie, who captivates his heart. But if he gives in to his desires, he risks a happy ending for his sisters, and they deserve their chances. 

Annie Cathcart is a widow from the City of London. Finally, she has the chance to achieve her dream of creating silverware for the table. But she needs Gerald's old Shoreditch home to do it. Expecting a stuffy, pompous aristocrat, she meets a man who sees right through her practical exterior to the passionate woman beneath. She wants him more than the house, her respectability, and her independence. 

Annie and Gerald are faced with stark choices when her landlord tries to blackmail her into marriage. 

Either they give in to the pressures forcing them into unhappy respectability apart... or they boldly defy convention in the name of love. 

The Daring Dersinghams 
Book 1 - A Touch of Silver 
Book 2 - A Hint of Starlight 
Book 3 - A Trace of Roses 


Mrs Annie Cathcart inherited a silversmith business from her husband and is determined to protect and grow it for her young sons.  The city of London and it's business guilds can be a difficult place to survive in  but it can also be very helpful. 
Gerald Dersingham is unexpectedly the new Earl of Carbrooke.  He has triplet sisters who should have found husbands by now if he had done his duty.  This new title and the wealth that goes with it will force them all to change. 
Our heroine is a very capable and protective woman who puts her family above everything. 
Our hero has a guilty secret that affects the whole family.  It's time to push past it. 
A lovely historical romance with unusual characters that I have fallen in love with. As this is the first in the series I know we will be meeting them all again.  I look forward to reading the rest. 


I was born in Leicester, England, and lived in our cobbler’s shop with my parents and sister. It was an old house and most definitely haunted, but I didn’t find out until I left that my great uncle had hung himself in the living room! But I think our ghost might have been older than that. It was built on the site of the old Roman cemetery, and the land had been constantly inhabited, being in the center of town. Then, when the council bought the house from us to build a road, my grandfather retired and my father went and worked for the Post Office. My mother was a sample machinist; that is, she worked with designers on the prototypes (models or samples) of garments. So I was very well dressed! We bought a relatively modern house in the country, and my mother was blissfully happy. It’s all very well living in a large old house, but it’s a dreadful task to keep it clean and warm!

My mother's side of the family are Romany gypsies, although sadly we haven't any of the old trailers that are so astonishingly beautiful. I was taught to read the Tarot cards, and I usually use two packs; the Rider pack for simple readings and the Crowley Thoth pack for the complex stuff.
I've always had an interest in the paranormal and it's been a delight to be able to put some of this into my novels.

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