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A Hint of Starlight (The Daring Dersinghams #2) by Lynne Connolly. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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In the feverish race to discover the transit of Venus, two people find each other instead.

In a starlit garden, Lady Damaris Dersingham meets a man who makes her heart beat faster. But the next day, she is witness to the greatest humiliation of her life, when she is rejected from the Royal Society. That was all Damaris had ever wanted.

The second Dersingham triplet, Damaris is passionate about astronomy. But that’s not good enough for the Royal Society, who rejects her—because she’s a woman. And the man from that starlit garden is none other than Logan, the Duke of Glenbreck, a member of the committee that rejected her.

Discovering the transit of Venus seems ironic to Logan, the Duke of Glenbreck, once he discovers his greatest rival is the most fascinating woman he’s ever met. Damaris deserves better, and Logan will ensure she gets it. The desire he feels for her has nothing to do with it. Truly it doesn’t. When her work is stolen, suspicions arise between them. Did Logan show her work to somebody else? Can she really be in love with him?

Although he has fought his desire for the lovely Damaris, Logan can’t deny it any longer. And when the thief confronts Logan with a stark choice—his work or Damaris’ life—he has to trust his heart rather than his head.


Lady Damaris Dersingham is one of triplets who thanks to the brother's recent inheritance have moved into the highest society in the land.  None of them are feeling very comfortable there.  Damaris is something of a bluestocking.  She loves nothing more than watching and tracking the stars.  She has written articles about it under a pen name.  That is going to cause more than a little gossip. 
Logan the Duke of Glenbreck is in London bowing to pressure from his mother that it's time he got married.  Unfortunately the woman she's picked out, although beautiful doesn't stir him like the tempestuous beauty that causes outrage at a meeting. 
This is great fun.  The age old battle of women trying to prove they are just as intelligent as men.  The gossips will try their best to destroy anyone who upsets the normal way of things. 
All the characters are strong and full of life.  The main family of the series have backbones of steel and need it. 
I loved it and can't wait to read 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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