From ugly duckling to beautiful swan Eliza Hammond has always been quiet and reserved-hardly the best qualities for finding the man of her dreams and living happily ever after. A new heiress, Eliza is financially secure, courtesy of her aunt's fortune, but even great wealth has its drawbacks since every greedy, fortune-hunting bachelor suddenly finds Eliza irresistible. To help her best friend, Violet takes Eliza's romantic dilemma into her own hands, enlisting the social skills of her brother-in-law, Lord Christopher "Kit" Winter. Kit helps transform Eliza into a stunning belle, certain to attract a worthy beau.
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May 30, 2006
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Excerpt from The Wedding Trap by Tracy Anne Warren
London, February 1820
This business of acquiring a husband is going to be far from pleasant, Eliza Hammond decided from her place on the saffron-and-white-striped sofa in the upstairs family drawing room of Raeburn House.
Considering this would be her fifth Season ' a lowering realization indeed ' she knew she would need all the assistance she could get, despite the immense fortune her late aunt had quite unexpectedly left to her only six weeks ago. At least she knew she would be able to count on the steadfast support of her dear friend, Violet Brantford Winter, Duchess of Raeburn. Perhaps with Violet ' s assistance, the process would not be as dreadful as she feared. Then again, thinking of the assorted ne ' er-do-wells and fortune hunters already vying for her hand, perhaps it would.
' There is Mr. Newcomb, ' Violet stated as she reviewed the current selection of Eliza ' s prospective suitors. ' He seems a very pleasant sort of gentleman with a genuine interest in the arts. '
' Yes, he was most attentive when we happened upon each other at the gallery the other day, ' Eliza agreed, recalling the man ' s even features and straight auburn hair, a shade that had put her in mind of a glossy-coated Irish setter. ' He demonstrated a definite command of the great masters. Perhaps he has an interest in historical subjects as well. '
' What he has is an interest in card playing, followed a close second by a love of the dice, ' interrupted a deep, smooth male voice that never failed to send a pleasurable tingle down Eliza ' s spine no matter how firmly she tried to suppress it.