Book Spotlight | Featuring an Extract with Notes by Jorie on behalf of “The Matchmaker’s Rogue” (Book One: Grace-by-the-Sea) by Regina Scott

Posted Monday, 20 January, 2020 by jorielov , , 2 Comments

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Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!

In [2017] I hosted a similar spotlight & feature for this author – ever since I was first clued into her Love Inspired Historical writings, I’ve been keeping a ready eye out for her novels. I have also started to gather the stories I can find published through LI: Historical ever since the imprint was discontinued. They are starting to repack the stories into dual author or triple author releases now and sadly, I haven’t had the chance to gather those as I thought it was nice to see those coming out for those of us who enjoyed the imprint & were sad to see it go by the wayside.

Fast forward to [2020] and I am proud to host my second spotlighted post for this lovely author & share an extract from the story which is being featured on a January blog tour for PRISM. I personally *adore!* the Regency – an era I have become to know rather well and an era of time where I feel cosy comfortable to keep disappearing inside! I truly get caught up in all the drama of the ton and all the craziness set round matchmakers & those who are hoping for a true match rather than one attached to gaining property, wealth and status (or all three!). It was an era of balls, catty rivarly and beautiful fashion whilst at the same time it had a very conservative spin on society & the expectations of family, friends & peers. And, yet, despite that conservative edge to the Regency – I still find myself able to carve out certain niches of romantic joy i the writers who keep writing the Regency in ways I love to read about it!

When I first read the premise of “The Matchmaker’s Rogue” and saw the cover art which accompanied it – boy! did I feel like swooning into a wicked good read! I had wished this might have been available to review for the tour as it looks dearly #unputdownable! I’ve queued the book to be requested at my local library as they’ve been blessedly receptive this past year to my purchase requests and I am hoping this one might become added to their card catalogue in February! I’ll have to keep everyone posted in case it becomes one of my next #libraryreads!

For now – brew yourself a cuppa of your favourite tea & enjoy getting to know a bit more about this story & the latest release by Ms Scott! I am truly hoping by year’s end, I can finally say I’ve read a handful of her Love Inspired Historicals & The Matchmaker’s Rogue! As this New Year’s 2020 for me is about seeking out the authors I’ve previously featured and finally getting the chance to have their stories alight in my hands to be read!

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The Matchmaker's Rogue by Regina Scott

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Published: 8th January, 2020 | ISBN: 978-1657611467

Grace-by-the-Sea: Where romance and adventure come home.

Polished Jesslyn Chance has one of the most enviable positions in the little Regency coastal village of Grace-by-the-Sea. She is the hostess of the spa, arranging introductions and entertainments and playing matchmaker to the ladies and gentlemen who come to take the waters, promenade through the shops, and dance at the assembly. But when a rogue returns from her past, Jess finds herself suddenly at sea.

Always an adventurer, Larkin Denby left Grace-by-the-Sea to right the wrongful death of his father. Now he’s back on a mission: to identify the mysterious Lord of the Smugglers who allegedly sails from Grace Cove and takes England’s secrets to France. But Grace-by-the-Sea is the perfect little spa town, run by the still oh-so-perfect Jesslyn Chance. When the village’s future is threatened, Jess must work with Lark to solve the mystery and protect the town’s own. In doing so, the matchmaker of Grace-by-the-Sea may just find that the best match for her is the rogue who stole her heart years ago.

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Enjoy an Extract

from The MatchMaker’s Rogue:

One of the reasons Jesslyn Chance loved the village of Grace-by-the-Sea is that it rarely changed. The same hot mineral water had been bubbling out of the limestone cliffs since before the Romans had landed in the little horseshoe-shaped cove below. The same families fished from the cove, farmed the chalk Downs above, worked at the spa, married at St. Andrew’s Church, and had babies who grew up to marry and have more babies.

For the last hundred years, the same sorts of people, from young misses nervously awaiting their come out to venerable military gentlemen nursing war injuries, had come to drink the spa waters and bathe in the sea. The village had grown up to cater to the needs of its guests, boasting shops and conveniences few of its size ever managed. It was all very civilized.

Until you introduced a rogue.

She didn’t notice him when he first strolled into the Grand Pump Room. The columned space, which served as the social center of the spa, was already crowded. She could only catch glimpses of the light blue walls and bronze wall clock across from her.

And she had been busy welcoming the other arrivals—a pair of spinster sisters, hair pulled back from their wrinkled cheeks; a weathered-faced general who’d served in India; and a mother and daughter fresh from London, their pale muslin gowns proclaiming the latest fashion. She guided the general to Lord Wesley Featherstone for conversation and pointed out an eligible bachelor to the mother and daughter, who promptly inveigled an invitation.

She thought perhaps the elderly sisters might enjoy her aunt Maudlyn’s company, as her aunt had yet to take up her place at the harpsichord in the southwest corner of the Pump Room. But her tiny aunt positively vibrated with excitement, standing on the toes of her black leather half boots.

“It’s him,” she whispered to Jess as they stood behind the tall desk holding the Welcome Book that listed everyone who had ever visited the spa. “The pirate.”

Oh, was it pirates today? She’d thought it trolls now. Maudie was given to odd fancies like that. She’d once proclaimed their friend Abigail Archer a mermaid in disguise, and she was equally certain Napoleon’s agents were hiding in the Vicar Mr. Wingate’s wardrobe. Her tendency to whimsy was one of the reasons the Spa Corporation had made Jess the official hostess of the spa a year ago instead of her older aunt. The other reason was pity, but Jess chose not to dwell on that.

“And where is this pirate?” she asked, attempting to look serious. “Do you mean Admiral Walsey there by the fountain? I could see him with a cutlass between his teeth.” Perhaps twenty years ago. The four stone of pounds the good Admiral had gained since then might prevent him from climbing the ropes these days.

Maudie shook her head so hard her grey curls bounced against her round cheeks. “Not the Admiral.” She pointed at the man approaching through the crowd. “Him.”

“Oh.” It was all Jess could manage as she took in the confident strut, the cocky smile, the gleam in those brown eyes. Him? Now?

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Don’t you just love small townes which never quite change or feel like they are changing from one season to the next unless you insert someone new to the scene? There are places which feel as if they have this innate symmetry with time – where nothing outwardly seems to progress in the towne itself as each new season replenishes itself through a new year – until of course something rather remarkable seems to re-shift the balance or open your eyes to something new & different about a place you feel as if has become caught in the void of where time disperses whilst you’re busy living your own life.

I loved how she becomes introduced to the Rogue – is it another whispered rumour? Another set of gossip running into the the polite society of this towne or is it something more?

You can almost readily see her expression as she turnt to see this ‘pirated rogue’ and the geniune curiousity developing on her face as she took in his appearance but also, the person of whom was drawing the most attention out of one of the most ordinary of days,… and that dear hearts is what finally hooked my eye and I knew I wanted to be reading this novel!

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What do you love most about reading romances set in the Regency?

Do you fancy a wicked good drama &/or comedy with a rogue?

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About Ms Regina Scott

Regina Scott

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t sell her first novel until she learned a bit more about writing. Since her first book was published, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She now has more than forty-five published works of warm, witty romance.

She loves everything about England, so it was only a matter of time before she started her own village. Where more perfect than the gorgeous Dorset Coast? She can imagine herself sailing along the chalk cliffs, racing her horse across the Downs, dancing at the assembly, and even drinking the spa waters. She drank the waters in Bath, after all!

Regina Scott and her husband of 30 years reside in the Puget Sound area of Washington State on the way to Mt. Rainier. She has dressed as a Regency dandy, learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research, of course

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This blog tour is courtesy of: Prism Book Tours

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2 responses to “Book Spotlight | Featuring an Extract with Notes by Jorie on behalf of “The Matchmaker’s Rogue” (Book One: Grace-by-the-Sea) by Regina Scott

    • Hallo, Hallo Ms Scott!

      I apologise I haven’t been able to keep up with my comments this January! :) I am finding such lovely ones awaiting me tonight, such as this one you’ve left for me! I had such a lot of fun hosting you for the second time – I am truly hoping this is finally the year I can start reading your stories. Bless you for visiting with me and for giving me a big smile. I love we both mutually delight in reading the Regency – I daresay, I’ll never tire of my affection for that era in History!! Laughs with mirth.

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