Can a sweet icy treat and summer storm reunite the ruggedly handsome emporium owner and the proper society miss (with a highly improper secret) who broke his heart?


Sophia scraped off a tiny flake of lavender ice cream, intending to savor its rich and fragrant flavor. A deep baritone voice, much too familiar, broke into her reverie. “Miss Selkirk, fancy meeting you here.” Sophia’s spoon clattered back into the glass dish. Impossible, she had fled all the way to Bath. Scarcely daring to draw in a breath, she stayed rigid in her seat. Perhaps she could get her sister’s attention. She leaned forward just the tiniest bit and glanced out the window. Blast, her sister and her brother-in-law chased after one of their tow-headed offspring as the other boy trotted along in their wake. Salvation would not come from that quarter. “You know,” the masculine voice drawled, “I can see you. The ice cream is not magical; it did not render you invisible.”
She couldn’t flee. A small group of customers jostled at the door, exclaiming over how much they had enjoyed their custards and Bath buns and arguing over whether to visit the Sydney Gardens or patronize the shops, blocking off her only direct escape route. She could perhaps consider racing through the kitchen and running pell-mell through the alleyway, but she could feel the heat of his body standing directly behind her chair. She had only one option: face him.


A sudden summer storm drives Miss Sophia Selkirk into a confectioner's shop filled with the delicious scents of ice cream and candies. Just as she settled in with her glass dish of delectable ice cream, a shadow falls over the table: the fiancé she jilted without explanation two weeks before has appeared. Can she trust him enough to reveal the secret that sent her fleeing from the only man she has ever loved?
Simon Warren's entire life was jolted the night before the wedding when Sophia sent a brief note informing him she could not marry him. Now, he has tracked her down to this small confectioner's shop, where over two dishes of ice cream, they will grapple with a secret scandal from the past and discover whether their love can overcome all obstacles. 

Praise for

"The dialogue made me chuckle. I adored the fact that Sophia and Simon were both such witty and quick-thinking characters. Honestly, they could have discussed what to add to their grocery list or how quickly the price of tea was rising and still kept my interest. That was how much I enjoyed reading their banter!"
-Long and Short Reviews

Ariadne Alton, lady’s maid par excellence, is in desperate straits. She has just been sacked by her employer and has nowhere to go—until, that is, she sees a letter requesting a bride for Viscount Holt. Not even a haunted estate or rumors of the viscount’s eccentricities will stop Ariadne from securing her husband even if it means concealing her true identity . . .until she falls in love.

James Knighton, Viscount Holt, has no intention of taking a  bride, especially when his mother has seen fit to auction him off like livestock by sending out a proposal letter to a neighboring family. Then he sees Ariadne for the first time and decides marriage could be just what he and his ailing estate need.

Will their new love be strong enough to withstand deception and the estate’s sly ghost?

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