I am delighted to be today’s stop on the book tour for; Cassandra by Linda O’Byrne. I love the sound of this book and the cover is absolutely gorgeous, I can’t wait to share it with you all plus I have an exclusive book excerpt to tempt you with. Firstly, thank you to Zoe at Zooloo’s Books tour for the invite.
about the book
Cassandra by Linda O’Byrne.
Genre: Regency, Historical Romance
Many years have passed since the dramatic events of Pride and Prejudice.
In The Cousins of Pemberley series we follow a new generation of heroines – cousins with lives as different and interesting as those enjoyed by their mothers.
Cassandra Wickham, daughter of a flirt and a scoundrel, an innocent abroad in a world where money can buy you anything, even a bride.
When danger threatens and the man she thought she could rely on fails her, there is only one place she can turn to
for help –
Surely the Darcy’s will protect her, no matter what happened in the past to divide the two families?
Coming March 2022: Miriam – Book 2 in The Cousins of Pemberley series.
As the doctor’s sister lowered the light from the lamp and the room fell into darkness, Cassandra felt a swell of hope. By tomorrow, after a good sleep, she was sure she would feel much better, even if not fully recovered.
The hours passed in a haze of heat, nightmares disturbing her sleep, causing her to cry out for help. She was in a church, held against her will by hard hands – a faceless person was pushing a ring onto her hand and bells were ringing and people were laughing mercilessly and shouting that she was married, married, married! A great red face loomed above hers, cruel lips plundered her mouth and she twisted and turned, determined to escape…..
Once or twice she was aware of cool cloths on her forehead, a firm hand on hers, holding her safe, taking away the fear. She could hear distant voices, muted and vague, but she knew Richard Courtney was there and in her fevered dreams she was not scared of him, she was running across a bright green lawn, wind in her face, holding out her arms to the man she loved. Then, at last, the dreadful heat and dreams faded away and she found herself waking; the room was cool, tshe pillow smooth under her cheek and apart from a great weakness, she knew she was better. She gasped a little as she tried to open her eyes and her hand was taken and held between two warm, firm palms.
“There, there, she is coming back to us, Susannah! I thought we had lost her, but God has returned her to us.” It was Dr Courtney’s voice, but he sounded odd, almost hoarse, as if very tired. “How are you feeling, Miss Wickham?”
With an effort Cassandra finally opened her eyes. It was early morning, she could tell from the sound of the birds singing outside her window. She turned her head to find Dr Courtney and his sister standing next to her bed, smiling down at her. “Better, thank you,” she whispered, realising her throat was dry and burning. “I have been asleep, I think.”
“Indeed.” Richard Courtney released her hand abruptly, as if it burnt him and his sister came forward with a glass of cool water. “The fever was very strong but you have fought it off bravely. My sister here has nursed you most diligently. I do believe we have her to thank for your recovery. Perhaps the wrong person in our family became a doctor!”
about the author
Fiction has always been my go-to world, a place of entertainment, excitement and imagination – I am told that I wrote my first story when I was four about a lady who had twenty children! Sadly it has been lost for posterity.
I have been writing all my life in the time I could spare from having a “proper job”, mostly for children under the name of Linda Blake, stories of ballet dancers, pony riding and talking animals! Not all in the same book!
But my love of romance, a great tendency to say “What if..?” and the endearing characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice have now resulted in a series of books that will take the reader forward to the next generation of heroines.
I am retired, live in Kent and am a keen member of my local drama group. Directing and acting take up a lot of my time – I have been given the onerous task of writing the Christmas pantomimes – but I still need to cope with a large garden, doing daily battle with the heron who thinks my pond is his own breakfast buffet and keeping in touch with friends and family scattered all over the world.
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