Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice: Excerpt TWO

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Welcome to my tour stop for THE ROSE GARDEN TOUR for
Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice
by Heidi Ashworth
Roses in the Miss Delecourt Series
It all begins when the Dowager Duchess of Marcross sends her grandson, Sir Anthony Crenshaw, to accompany her niece, Miss Ginny Delacourt, to their country estate to check on the roses. The Dowager is concerned since her neighbor is keen on stealing cuttings from her spectacular rose garden for Rosehaven, his rose-inspired country home. On the way, they have a carriage accident and are held up by highwaymen but it isn't until they are quarantined at Rosehaven for the pox that Ginny's and Sir Anthony's love begins to bloom.

Thus the series begins...

Heidi Ashworth, the author, has a beautiful rose garden and each stop is showcasing one of her roses. Here is mine:

Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice
(Miss Delacourt #6)
by Heidi Ashworth
Adult Historical Romance
Ebook, 274 pages
April 24th 2014 by Dunhaven Place Publishing

Mr. Colin Lloyd-Jones and his friend, Sir Anthony Crenshaw, make a pact to avoid the fair sex during the course of an entire season in order to nurse their wounded hearts. As they shake hands on it, they have no idea that one would soon be off on a trip to escort a young lady to the country and the other soon to fall head over heels in love with Miss Elizabeth Armistead. Sadly, Miss Armistead is only interested in those she trusts not to become so besotted with her beauty that they cannot see her true self. Prior to meeting Colin, she had only met one man fitting that description and she has promised to be his bride. However, Mr. Cruikshank is not due to arrive in London for a full month. Can Colin convince Miss Armistead that he loves her for more than her beauty before her betrothed's ship arrives on British shores?

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Excerpt 2:

She supposed it was to avoid the debacle of their last waltz that he took such great care to hold her at arm's length. Yet, she wished he would grasp her so tightly that she could not be faulted if she were to rest her cheek against his chest, her head tucked under his chin while he spun them about the room. There was a peace she felt in his arms that was unlike any she felt, even in the embrace of her papa, in whose presence she felt like a child no matter her years. The mere existence of her intended husband served only to remind her that she must lend her strength to others whilst fearful that the strength demanded should run out before it was no longer needed. As she compared one circumstance to another, she was astonished to learn that, in the arms of Mr. Lloyd-Jones, she was exactly enough.

They spoke very little as the room turned about them. Their eyes met frequently, whereupon they smiled at one another with no constraint, almost as if they had been acquainted the whole of their lives. She was aware that there were others in the room but, presently, her mother and aunt seemed to her as inanimate as the sofa upon which they sat and Miss Lloyd-Jones became one with the pianoforte. Even Katherine, who moved about the room so that her presence always came as a bit of a surprise, soon faded into the scenery. All of it seemed perfectly natural, none of it new or in the least startling, until the music came to an end and Elizabeth found that her cheek was indeed against his chest and his chin rested on her head, their joined hands no longer stretched out but folded in and resting against his heart.

She came to herself as if from a dream and was appalled to find that, as she drew her head away, a few of her curls stuck to his chin. "Oh," she breathed, "I do believe I fell asleep," she claimed in hopes that such a minor lapse in propriety would deflect the others from the knowledge of one far greater.

"Of what did you dream?" Mr. Lloyd-Jones asked quietly, his gaze so intense she felt scorched by it.

Heidi Ashworth, author of the popular Miss Delacourt series, including the award-winning Miss Delacourt Has Her Day, is a busy wife and mother who's grateful for a bit of peace and quiet in which to write. An unapologetic anglophile, she is determined to return to England to see the home of Jane Austen, a landmark she missed during her first trip across the pond, though she knows Lord Byron's house to be a suitable substitute. She's smitten with books, chocolate, and roses, not necessarily in that order, and is never averse to a round of Guitar Hero.
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  1. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.


  2. Awesome excerpt, and I love the rose picture! It is so beautiful :)

  3. I absolutely love the cover on this, thanks so much for sharing the excerpt with us!