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Chronicles of the Hudson River Valley Book 1
BY JEAN JACOBSEN
Tragedy brings them together. Will love tear them apart?
In this second edition, you will find an updated and expanded story which is now clean and wholesome. The first edition, The Reluctant Debutante is sweet with a sprinkle of spice.
New York City, 1832. Clarissa Tanner is carefree and lighthearted until the sudden death of her parents. Forced to pay off family debts or lose her horse farm, she’s given one choice: auction off her beloved horses or reluctantly enter 1830s New York Society social season to face the dreaded marriage market.
Nicholas is a man on a mission, searching for his missing brother. Fearing Liam may be the victim of foul play, Nicholas needs to keep a low-profile while conducting his search. He takes a position as a dance instructor, providing refresher lessons to the beautiful but distracted Clarissa.
Clarissa and Nicholas find a connection through grief and movement as they fight their attraction to one another. Will they give in to their desires and find true love or will family obligations keep them apart?
The tortures of anticipation were apparent as Clarissa dressed for her dance lesson. Her stomach felt fluttery as the lesson time grew near. She fussed with the neckline of her dress and patted her hair for reassurance. Beyond the ballroom door, she knew Nicholas was waiting.
He greeted her with a simple “Good evening, Miss Tanner. How was your day?” He was smiling from ear to ear at the sight of her. His eyes crinkled up a bit at the corners where little crow’s feet appeared and that was enough to invoke the dimple in his left cheek.
She smiled, hoping she wasn’t blushing and slightly bent her head forward saying, “Fine, thank you. It was a lovely autumn day, wasn’t it?” then she released a deep calming breath. As her chin came up, their gazes met, and she was lost in the depths of his eyes.
The casual conversation continued for a moment before he asked, “Shall we dance?” He gave a slight bow and Clarissa bobbed a little curtsy.
Their hands touched and she could feel a delicious tingle go right to her toes, again. Despite Clarissa’s previous protests of being a poor dancer, today she felt as if she was a feather floating on air and she nervously smiled and made the next turn. As they quickly moved around the floor, she matched him step for step, turn for turn in perfect sync. Their bodies warmed now by the dancing, she caught the scent of his shaving soap. A little shiver pooled deep inside.
Clarissa moved in slightly closer as she returned from her next twirl. The feel of his warm body close to hers made her head swim and her pulse quicken as they continued the dance.
They were both caught up in the moment. It was so dreamlike. She appeared at ease with her movements, so graceful and light on her feet despite her infirmity. Caught up in the magic and perfection of the candlelight, her essence seemed to draw him nearer to her. He moved his head closer to hers, and in this moment of enchantment, he lightly kissed her lips.
Clarissa paused, as a little squeak of surprise escaped her lips and she stepped back to gain a modicum of decorum, only to be tugged into his embrace once again.
Jean Jacobsen is a romance author who pens sweet with a sprinkle of spice American historical romances that just might have a hint of mystery or a bit of adventure. She pens stories that transcend the heart and always have a happy ending.
On any given day Jean can be found sipping coffee and surfing Facebook for gossip on royals, historical facts for new book research, UFOs, and hand-crafting bookmarks.
After trying on many hats as a corporate payroll specialist, food vendor entrepreneur, professional nail technician, and Tupperware Consultant, she’s finally found the perfect fit as a romance writer!
Jean’s living her own Happily Ever After with an ever-handy and pie eating husband, in beautiful Colorado.
She has hazel eyes and a goofy sense of humor . . . all the rest is subject to change without notice.
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