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Secrets of Stonebridge
By Anita Stansfield
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 195 Pages
July 1, 2021 by Covenant Communications


Since the untimely death of her young husband, Regina Everleigh has been consumed by her grief. After more than a year spent sequestered in her rooms at Stonebridge Manor, the once lively young woman is encouraged to venture into town—her first small step toward healing. But Regina is shaken out of her stupor when she makes a most unexpected discovery: a foundling baby girl. Regina is instantly enthralled with the infant and determines that she will claim the child as her own—a deception that seems, in the moment, to be harmless. But when her husband’s cousin Radcliffe comes back into her life, Regina quickly becomes entangled in a tenuous charade.

Radcliffe is immediately taken with both the charming baby girl and the woman he believes to be her mother. As Regina and Radcliffe are drawn together, first as friends and then as something much deeper, the future is bright with unspoken promise. But when the truth of the baby’s parentage is revealed, Regina stands to lose all that she has come to cherish.

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Somerset, England, 1819

Regina Elliott Everleigh awakened to the annoyingly loud chirping of a great many birds outside her bedroom window, and she has to fight the urge to open the window and start tossing her shoes into the trees to frighten the little nuisances just enough to encourage them to go sing their cheerful songs elsewhere.

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