Historical Romances

The Christmas Chevalier

 (Christmas Masquerade Book 1)

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The Christmas Chevalier

Alvy Lexington has bought himself the best Christmas present in the world. True, the draughty flat on a dingy stretch of the Thames has none of the welcoming holiday warmth of his family’s West London townhouse. That is the entire point! No one who knows him by his given name will ever set foot here. When his old friend Laura Jacobs needs somewhere to spend the holidays, Alvy knows he should keep his distance, but… But Laura makes him do incautious things. Like offering her a job—since when did he manage a printing press?—and inviting her to a certain Christmas Eve masquerade.
Laura knows the lush London of the Lexingtons is only a temporary escape from her grey days as a governess. But she is determined to enjoy this glittering winter wonderland while it lasts, especially her dance with an angel of a man at the masquerade. Why, his French chevalier costume practically glows! While she daydreams about her white knight, an unexpected business opportunity with Alvy makes her hopeful of a new independent life. But first, she is going to have to come to a real understanding with her illusive old friend.

I moved from the US to England because I fell in love with the Victorians’ peculiar blend of glamour and grime. After a decade of exploring historical excesses in a prim scholarly fashion, I realized that fiction is the best way to delve into that period’s great female-focused and LGBT+ stories. Weaned on the high-seas romances of the 1990s, I’ve lost none of my love for cross-dressing cabin boys but any tolerance for boorish heroes. I’m delighted to now have a whole raft of quirky and queer characters to cheer for on their quest for Happily Ever After. I frequently break off writing for an Earl Grey tea (milk not lemon).

CHRISTMAS MASQUERADE An LGBT+ novella series

London, 1880. Christmas Eve.

One magical masquerade ball is about to set three unexpected romances dancing off in a direction the holiday revellers never expected—and never needed more.

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