Welcome to Sommer-by-the-Sea, a vibrant village nestled on the rugged northeast coast of England, 15 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne. Here, the world is centered on the country village and the lives of the landowning and professional families. Sommer-by-the-Sea is populated with aristocrats, gentry, self-made men, shop owners, local workers, and servants, a cross-section of the people of the time. Steeped in history dating back as far as the Vikings, the villagers are proud and celebrate their heritage.
Everyone from the elite summer residents to the year-round residence keep businesses flourishing and gossip thriving. As with any small town, there are challenges and successes, secrets, disagreements, and feuds. There is no shortage of romance, mystery, drama, and even a murder or two.
Graduates of the Sommer-by-the-Sea Female Seminary have a unique education. Along with the usual studies available, the head mistress has nurtured each woman’s innate ability and helped them develop into the women they are today. This shared unique experience has kept the graduates close.
Each lady has her own story to tell as she is called to action and must demonstrate she is smart, strong and sensible and must challenge the accepted definition of a “woman’s place.” For these women, arranged or political marriages will not do. If she chooses a husband, it will be for love, on her own terms, and with a man who will accept her as a partner.
It is with pleasure I introduce you to The Ladies of Sommer-by-the-Sea, and their stories.
Book 1 – The Lady and Her Quill
Her mind kept telling her to stop loving him, but her heart couldn’t let him go.
The two authors take on a writing challenge based on a story of stolen gold taken from the newspaper headlines all to determine the better writer. While researching the story, Lady Alicia is captured by the thieves’ ringleader. Can Lady Alicia turn this mystery into an award-winning story? Can Justin save his real-life heroine? Can they both overcome their own challenges for a happily ever after?
Book 2 – The Lady and the Spy
With each encounter her heartbeat quickened. With each encounter his need for her grew stronger.
After an arranged marriage, she is not playing her father’s games. She’s through with men. He doesn’t play games. For him, revenge for his family’s murder is the only thing worth winning. Thrown together, can they work together to win the game, and possibly a happily ever after?
Book 3 – The Lady and Her Duke
Could she use her skills as a lock pick to crack the secrets to the family legend as well as unlock his heart?
Lady Katherine Thornton has no interest in men after an indiscretion at her disastrous Season in London five years ago. No man is trustworthy. Instead, she indulges in her fascination for gears and all things mechanical, and how they work. She is able to accurately draw and even identify areas for the improvement. Her unique drafting skill is an asset to her uncle, Bennett Sutton who is automating his textile company, Sutton Textile. She has no need for anything else.
Lord Ian Wallace the 4th Duke of Blackhall is a retired military officer. An accidental duke after the death of his father and brother in a shipwreck, he is content knowing his title and estate will pass to some distant relative. He strongly believes industrialization is the way of the future. All his energy is focused on his silent partnership with Sutton. He is enthralled with the man’s tenacity and their plans for industrialization. He needs nothing else.
Sutton, agitated when he’s injured in a duel, makes Lord Wallace pledge to marry his niece and protect a family treasure. Thinking the wound is superficial, Lord Wallace placates Sutton and agrees to the marriage even though he has never met his niece. The following morning, Lord Wallace wakes to find an engagement announcement in the papers and Sutton murdered. Neither had any interest in love until they joined forces to find a murderer, blackmailer, and traitor… then the sparks began to fly.
Release scheduled for the end of May 2022
About the Author…
Ruth A. Casie writes historical romance adventures with enough emotional and physical action to ensure they will be your next favorite adventure. Set in the British isles in a time when a woman’s abilities were barely recognized, Ruth’s tales are full of strong women and the men who deserve them. You’ll be in the thick of things with her characters as they face ‘edge-of-your-seat suspense, mind boggling drama, and heart melting emotions. Grab your favorite cup of tea, or an ale if you prefer, and join her heroes and heroines as they race across the pages to find their happily ever after.