A step back in time. A step away from bad behavior.
Tucked away in the middle of nowhere, a tiny Gloucestershire village holds society’s deepest secrets. There is no signage leading to the place, and only the most through of maps lists its location. It is the Resort of Last Resort, without the foul-tasting mineral water and deep tissue massages.
The original “celebrity rehab” center was founded in 1806. Rumor has it than exchange for an unknown sum, the village agreed to be the repository for the rebellious sons and daughters of Great Britain’s finest families. Rakish young men and wayward young women are forced under house-arrest to eat healthy food, live humbly, and give up their excesses. A quiet month in the country is the prescription, a last chance to reform and focus on their futures.
But sometimes twenty-eight days isn’t quite enough…
Book 1: Schooling the Viscount
Captain Lord Henry Challoner is a young viscount who’s left his ambition on the plains of South Africa. Wounded in the First Boer War, he’s come home and wishes he were anywhere else, until his desperate father sends him to Puddling-on-the-Wold to rusticate and recalibrate. How can Henry have any fun without any alcohol, or worse yet, any women? Kept under house arrest under the watchful eye of his draconian housekeeper and earnest local vicar, he’s bored enough to begin speaking to sheep until he literally stumbles across schoolteacher Rachel Everett.
Rachel knows she’s not on Henry’s improvement plan, but can’t seem to avoid or repel him no matter what she does to keep him at arm’s length. Could it be that she quite enjoys being in his arms, even if it’s against all the Puddling Rehabilitation Rules? Can Rachel circumvent the town fathers and Henry escape his personal jailors and demons?
Book 2: Seducing Mr. Sykes
Lady Sarah Marchmain—Sadie to her few friends—a headstrong duke’s daughter, does not care for the man her father insists she marry, or any man, really. After coming to literal blows over her impending nuptials, Sadie finds herself incarcerated in charming Puddling-on-the-Wold until she “sees reason.” She couldn’t be happier to get away from her loathsome family, especially after she meets the local baronet’s son, Tristan Sykes. There is something about the brooding man that unexpectedly intrigues her, even if her heart is as hard as a South African diamond.
Tristan, however, knows his history. His own grandmother might have married his grandfather when she was locked up in Puddling, but he has no interest in marriage, nor does he wish to bring any scandal on the Puddling Rehabilitation Foundation. They narrowly averted a lawsuit last year, and his father Sir Bertram was so shaken he’s removed himself to Paris, leaving his son in charge of the governing board.
Tristan can’t let his father down. But how can he resist redheaded Sadie Marchmain when she turns up around every corner of his ancestral estate?
Book 3: Redeeming Lord Ryder
Lord Jonathan Haskell Ryder has spent the past year trying to make life right for the victims of a railway accident he feels responsible for. As owner of an iron foundry—amongst many other businesses—Jack always considered himself a different kind of baron, one who didn’t just rely on his inheritance but made efforts to be useful and modernize the United Kingdom. But after a casting defect causes a bridge girder to collapse and fall along with the train upon it, he realizes he’s been too ambitious with far too many interests to oversee properly. He’s sold the foundry and other businesses and distributed the proceeds to the people who were injured in the carriages. But money cannot replace those who were killed.
Now he plans to rest in Puddling-on-the-Wold for a time to contemplate his future. A quiet month in the country with no distractions might help ease his guilt and depression, and help him figure out how to go forward.
He’s found every living person involved in the accident but one—a young woman who has simply vanished off the face of the earth. He’s paid her parents her share anyway, even though he was unable to apologize in person.
Jack never expects to find her in the cottage across the way, another Guest whose family has despaired that she will ever be normal again. Nicola Mayfield’s physical injuries have healed, but she’s lost her power of speech. While her thoughts are just as lively as ever, she can’t seem to put them into words. A chance encounter with her handsome neighbor makes her want to flirt and flutter again. But what will she do when she finds he’s the cause of her troubles?