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    Lisa Manuel

ISBN: 9781933836355

Fortune’s Kiss

by: Lisa Manuel

Moira Hughes’s stepfather has died, and although the bulk of the family holdings must pass to a relative, a codicil to his will secures her and her mother’s future – or so she believes. When their London solicitor denies all knowledge of this codicil, practical, country bred Moira must put aside both pride and propriety, travel to London and press her rights. Once there she resolves to confront her stepfather’s heir, the dashing black sheep of the family whom she believes has unlawfully withheld her rightful share of the family fortune.

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A 2003 Golden Heart Finalist and 2005 Holt Medallion Finalist, Lisa Manuel makes her home in South Florida with her husband. Living where it’s warm and sunny year-round requires lots of research for books set in chilly Great Britain, but Lisa calls that a labor of love. She finds inspiration in traveling, and several trips to the British Isles have certainly helped her develop a feel for craggy hills and windswept moors. Lisa also indulges in hobbies that let her experience life from her characters’ perspectives. Shephard’s pie and traditional Christmas wassail are among her favorite recipes. On weekends you’ll often find her engaging archery in her backyard. A glimpse into her closet will reveal period costumes ranging from a medieval surcoat to a regency day gown. Lisa is also fairly adept at the folding, wrapping, and pinning of the Scottish great kilt. Lisa recently served as vice president of her local RWA chapter, the Florida Romance Writers.
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Moira Hughes’s stepfather has died, and although the bulk of the family holdings must pass to a relative, a codicil to his will secures her and her mother’s future – or so she believes. When their London solicitor denies all knowledge of this codicil, practical, country bred Moira must put aside both pride and propriety, travel to London and press her rights. Once there she resolves to confront her stepfather’s heir, the dashing black sheep of the family whom she believes has unlawfully withheld her rightful share of the family fortune.

Graham Foster, treasure hunter and Egyptian antiquities expert, must leave his adventurous life to return to England and claim the barony left him by a distant cousin. Upon his arrival he discovers his estranged and spoiled family making free with his inherited home and fortune, while a dazzling, dark-haired step-cousin several times removed adamantly accuses him of foul play. There are times he feels his only true friend is his pet African Sun Spider . . .

Coming to a wary truce and teetering on a middle ground of irresistible if imprudent desire, Graham and Moira team up to hunt for her lost treasure. A trail of fraud, deceit and murder leads them through the streets of London and into each other’s arms, and to the most unlikely of conclusions.

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ISBN: 9781933836355
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2008
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4 Hearts! “Lisa Manuel is a very talented author, and she grabs a hold of your attention and doesn’t let go till she finishes the story. The characters are full of depth and vitality, and you feel like you are with them every step of the way. Fortune’s Kiss is definitely one for the keeper shelves.” ~ Zollyanna, Night Owl Romance

“In Fortune’s Kiss, Lisa Manuel has written an entertaining, creative story.… The story is enthralling and entertaining, and the plot is not one I have encountered before, and it held my interest all the way through.… You will enjoy every aspect of this unique and sinfully delicious story.” ~ Carolyn Crisher, Romance Reviews Today

“Fortune’s Kiss is a very well-written Victorian romance with a twist.… The resulting adventure will keep the reader engaged to the end.” ~ Affaire de Coeur Magazine

“Treachery, lies, and murder are all present in this tale of fortunes lost and found. Fortune’s Kiss is a fast paced and easy read that will have readers thinking about what is going to happen next.” ~ Monica Solomon, The Romance Readers Connection

“Ms. Manuel has crafted a cunning story of treachery…. Settle down with some tea and cakes and put up your feet. Fortune’s Kiss is an excellent Sunday afternoon read.” ~ Sabine Maurier, Novelspot

“Manuel deftly explores family dynamics, making Fortune’s Kiss a layered, romantic story.” ~ BookPage

“With the help of some out-of-ordinary characters—including a palm-sized Egyptian spider—and period humor, Manuel delivers a pleasant story about the importance of love and trust.” ~Faith V. Smith, Romantic Times BOOKreviews

“Lisa Manuel’s Fortune’s Kiss has something for everyone to enjoy. Suspense, murder, mystery, even moments of laughter. This was a delightful romantic suspense novel.” ~ Pat, A Romance Review

“. . . fun love story with a nice background of mystery.” ~ Niki Lee, Joyfully Reviewed (April 2009)