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About Jennie Goutet
Jennie Goutet is an American-born Anglophile who lives with her French husband and their three children in a small town outside of Paris. Her imagination resides in Regency England, where her best-selling proper Regency romances are set. She is also author of the award-winning memoir Stars Upside Down, two contemporary romances, and a smattering of other published works. A Christian, a cook, and an inveterate klutz, Jennie sometimes writes about faith, food, and life—even the clumsy moments—on her blog, aladyinfrance.com. You can learn more about Jennie and her books, and sign up for her newsletter, on her author website: jenniegoutet.com.
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George Clavering is much too young to think about getting married. Yes, his older brother—and even his younger sister—have managed to tie the knot, but he has plenty more years of play and sporting events ahead of him before he need consider such a thing. Even matchmaking becomes a sport when gentlemen bet on the Season’s successes or failures in the club. He will not give them an opportunity to bet on him. Furthermore, why settle down when there are young women like Lady Alice who liven the sport of matchmaking with friendly wagers?
Lady Alice St. Clair is the fifth daughter of the Duke of Carr, and as she is independently wealthy and may do as she pleases, she has no reason to wed. She certainly has no intention of doing so. If the marriage mart offers nothing more than the unattractive boors who have presented themselves at her door for the past five seasons, it should hardly surprise her parents she cannot be persuaded to the altar. True, George Clavering has a full head of dark hair and a smile that is as mischievous as it is attractive, but no lady of character would change her mind for one above-average specimen of the male race.
For both, what began as a friendly bet between two bored guests at a ball turned into an earnest desire to help their protégés find happiness. And if some deeper feelings should stir in George to win Alice’s heart, then he has no choice but to dampen them. After all, Lady Alice has sworn she will not marry, and George has applauded her decision. For him to try to weaken her resolve now would be…unsportsmanlike.
The heart is deceitful above all things. Who can understand it?
When Juliana Issot’s godmother invites her to spend the month of Christmas at a house party in Yorkshire, Juliana feels compelled by affection to accept. Never mind that she escaped Yorkshire at first chance to secure a more glittering match in London and that the only matrimonial prospect back homeis her childhood playmate, Willelm.
Willelm Armitage is a born-and-bred Yorkshireman, and as far as he is concerned, Juliana belongs here, too—here at his side. However, the one time he dared to convince her of this, she speedily gave him the right-about, making him question whether she truly is the right choice for him. After all, if she cannot see how well they suit, why should he force her hand ?
A Christmas house party with pudding, games, charades, riding, and carols turns out to be just the thing to remind Juliana of how much she loves Yorkshire. But when her nostalgia slips into love, will she be able to admit that Willelm knows the longings of her heart better than she knows her own?
Other books in A Christmas Match Series:
A Wish for Father Christmas by Laura Rollins
A Sleighride Kiss by Jen Geigle Johnson
A Yorkshire Carol by Jennie Goutet
A Mistletoe Mismatch by Sally Britton
A Tangled Wreath by Laura Beers
* These books can be read out of order.
Theirs is not a love match. She’ll make sure of it.
Kitty Stokes never imagined she’d be so weak as to sacrifice herself on the altar of family obligations, but when the only alternative to marriage with Lord Hayworth is to play nursemaid to her brother’s children, Kitty reluctantly agrees. On her wedding day, she’s certain she has made a grave error, but it’s too late to back out.
Phineas Hayworth refrained from setting eyes on his new bride before their wedding day—the price he forced himself to pay for being so mercenary as to wed the sister of a wealthy merchant in a bid to save his estate from ruins. Her beauty, therefore, comes as a shock, as does her icy treatment, which he feels he deserves. He swears an oath he will not approach her for an heir unless the invitation comes from her.
As Phineas sets out to put his estate in order and present his new wife to Society, he finds her more enchanting than he could have hoped for, even in a love match. Kitty continues to hold him at arm’s length, although he suspects her feelings for him run just as deep. As Phineas’s love and desire for his wife grows, the oath he swore her begins to suffocate. It soon becomes clear that while he’d once been prepared to settle for a loveless marriage, he will not abide an unrequited love.
His Disinclined Bride is a sweet/clean regency romance, stand-alone novel about arranged marriage, and book seven in the Seasons of Change series. ♥
Other books in the series include:
Book 1: The Road Through Rushbury by Martha Keyes
Book 2: A Forgiving Heart by Kasey Stockton
Book 3: The Last Eligible Bachelor by Ashtyn Newbold
Book 4: A Well-Trained Lady by Jess Heileman
Book 5: The Cottage by Coniston by Deborah M. Hathaway
Book 6: A Haunting at Havenwood by Sally Britton
Book 7: His Disinclined Bride by Jennie Goutet
She needs a champion. He needs one less person to worry about.
Selena Lockhart comes with neither dowry nor connections, and she knows better than to expect Society to give her a welcome—especially after her father gambled away his fortune, precipitating the family’s sudden fall from grace and Selena’s betrothed to break off their engagement. It therefore comes as no surprise that her new neighbor, Sir Lucius, treats her with disdain. Why should he look beyond appearances when her own promises so little?
Sir Lucius Clavering is not married, but he may as well be, considering he is expected to escort his widowed mother to watering holes, round out the numbers at his married sister’s dinners, and come to the aid of his scapegrace younger siblings. It doesn’t help that single women and matchmaking mamas jostle each other to claim his face, fortune, and title so that he’s left without a moment’s peace.
When Selena shows up at Lucius’s doorstep looking for help, he is sure it’s another ploy aimed at cutting up his prized bachelor existence. Although his prejudice does not last long, Lucius fears his first reaction might have ruined his chances with her. How can he save her from Society’s teeth when she continues to hold him at arm’s length?
A Fall from Grace is a sweet & clean Regency romance about a companion-governess (who borders on spinster) and a determined bachelor (who borders on rake). ♥
She’s capable of many things—including driving him mad.
At the start of their London Season, Philippa Clavering discovers her friend Susan is being pursued by the wrong gentleman and decides to turn Susan’s head to a worthier suitor. Not one to shrink from what she views as her duty and gift, Philippa sets plans in motion to bring about the happy ending her friend deserves. What she does not expect is to have Susan’s older brother watching—and criticizing—her every move.
After a respectable number of years on the town, Jack Blythefield is at last contemplating the idea of settling down. What he seeks is a compliant wife to provide him an heir or two and make his home comfortable while he spends his evenings at the club, where a man can get some peace. What he does not need is a termagant who sets his life on end with madcap schemes which invariably involve his unwilling assistance.
However, when the reputation of Jack’s family is threatened, Philippa is the one he turns to. And as her most determined suitor grows assured of his conquest, Jack must decide if a comfortable and docile wife is truly what he seeks or if he should throw down the gauntlet of his heart before Philippa closes court.
Philippa Holds Court is the second in the Clavering Chronicles series, after A Fall from Grace, and it is a clean & wholesome Regency romance, written in the traditional style. ♥
Wealthy French aristocrats don’t date single moms… do they?
Is there such a thing as Prince Charming? Chastity didn't take a teaching job in France to find hers, but a woman can dream, n'est-ce pas? If the widowed father of one of her students—the Viscount Charles Jean Anne Monorie de Brase—is the best local example of princes, Charming or Otherwise, Chastity is ready to put aside any thought of falling in love again.
She's had enough of his arrogance and would prefer him to keep his distance, yet it seems there is no avoiding each other. With the ongoing pressure of a repentant ex-boyfriend, a nefarious drug dealer, and an art heist that spans the decades, Chastity and the viscount are thrown together by circumstances she would soon rather forget.
As the bond between Charles and Chastity grows, they must decide if their love is enough to bridge the gap between their disparate worlds, and if happily ever after can exist outside of fairy tales.
A clean, modern romance set in France.
* Trigger warning: this book contains violence in the form of an off-screen murder that is more hinted at than described. There is also some description of teenage drug use. Neither the violence nor the drug use are glorified.
The Christmas Ruse is a short six-chapter novella that you can either purchase or get for free by signing up for my newsletter on the home page of jenniegoutet.com. Thanks for reading my books!
April promised her dying father she would study painting in Paris, but friends are few, her budget is tight, and her landlord increasingly won’t take "no" for an answer. Then she meets Victor.
Victor is as chivalrous as he is wealthy, and if it weren't for him, April would have already left the City of Light behind. Too bad Victor still has eyes for his ex-girlfriend, who is now back on the scene and wants to get married.
Although April and Victor swore to remain just friends, magical Paris seems to weave a different spell. The more their connection deepens, the more it becomes difficult to keep a proper distance. Or to remember why they should.
A clean & wholesome romance
* Trigger warning: this book contains two attack scenes with moderately violent descriptions and an underlying sexual menace. The attacks are stopped before it goes too far and the scenes do not last long. The violence is in no way glorified.
You'll never get back to normal, mama. You have to find a new normal.
Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother is a unique book because it's written by over 30 moms and a few dads who understand what you are going through right now. The grief, the reality that life will never be the same for you again, and the torture of missing the milestones over the years - these are things that these authors know and understand. But they also know that with time comes healing, hope, and encouragement.
This book is meant to be the hug you need from other mamas who know exactly what you're going through. Each author shares their experience and story, the lesson they learned, and their tips for helping you survive this suckiest of times in your life.
The book includes all of their stories of loss, love, pain, grieving, support, forgiveness, and survival. It also includes a special interview with Sean Hanish, director of the incredible movie Return to Zero.
If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a pregnancy, infant, or young child, you need this book to help heal. It's not only helpful to grieving mothers, it's helpful to caregivers, counselors, nurses, and others who are supporting mothers who have lost a pregnancy or infant.
Contributions by: Alexa Bigwarfe, Amy Hillis, Anna Whiston Donaldson, AnnMarie Gubenko, Christina Russo-Sporer, Dana Weinstein, Heather O'Brien Webb, Jennie Goutet, Jessica Watson , Kathy Glow, Kathy Radigan, Katia Bishops, Kelly DeBie, Kelly Powell, Kristi Bothur, Lizzi Rogers, Marcia Kester Doyle, Rachel Raper, Regina Petsch, Sandi Haustein, Sarah Hackett, Sarah Rudell Beach, Sheila Quirke, Starr Bryson, Stephanie Sprenger, Suzanne M. Tucker, Tova Gold, Wendy R. Smith. Includes special contributions from Sherokee Ilse, Dr. Jessica Zucker, Sean Hanish (Director/Producer of “Return to Zero”) Will Chippich, Eric Bothur, and David Webb.
If you've ever traveled to Paris or dreamed of setting foot on its cobblestone streets, you'll enjoy escaping into this collection of short fiction and nonfiction stories about France's famed capital. From culinary treats (and catastrophes) to swoon-worthy romantic encounters (and heartbreaking mishaps), this anthology takes you on a journey through one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Visit this cosmopolitan metropolis through the eyes of Parisians, Francophiles and travelers who fell in love with the city and still hold a piece of it in their hearts. That's Paris is a glimpse into living, loving and laughing in the City of Light.
So fasten your seat belts and prepare for landing – you'll be arriving soon in Paris through the pages of this humorous and heartwarming book!
A portion of the proceeds from this anthology will be donated to the literacy charity Room to Read. Thanks for your support!
Interview with the Editors
There are so many stories about Paris. What makes this book unique?
The charm of this short story collection is the variety of voices from people who, for the most part, have spent a considerable amount of time in the City of Light. Stephen Clarke, author of best-selling book A Year in the Merde sets the tone in the foreword, reminding us there is always more to write about Paris!
What types of stories will we find in this anthology?
From humorous essays to Paris love stories, this book has it all. There are foodie anecdotes, tales of family secrets and friendship, stories set at sidewalk cafés. That's Paris is perfect for those who have visited Paris or would love to one day.
After Hemingway and the Lost Generation, how does it feel to be a modern-day author writing about Paris?
Some of the stories in That's Paris are set in the same places featured in A Moveable Feast. Paris hasn't changed much in all these years! It still inspires us to write.
Ce roman a été entièrement réédité afin de supprimer les problèmes de traduction et de grammaire existants pour garantir une expérience de lecture agréable.
Elle veut son indépendance. Il veut récupérer ce qui lui revient de droit. L’un d’eux devra rendre les armes.
Eleanor Daventry s’est vu léguer une fortune, mais son héritage s’accompagne d’une condition : l’obligation de se marier. Intrépide et indépendante, elle préférerait devenir une enseignante que de prendre pour époux un homme pour lequel elle n’a pas d’affection.
Stratford Tunstall vient seulement de découvrir que son prédécesseur a légué la terre du domaine non inaliénable à miss Daventry. Bien que cynique au regard de l’amour, l’homme reconnaît une solution pragmatique quand il en voit une. Miss Daventry et lui doivent se marier, et Stratford ne perd pas de temps pour faire sa cour — avec pour résultat : un désastre sans nom.
À la lumière d’une proposition si insultante, Eleanor s’enfuit à Londres où elle atterrit à son insu dans la demeure des plus proches amis de Stratford. Mis désormais constamment sur la route l’un de l’autre, Eleanor ne peut s’empêcher d’admirer le talent de Stratford pour les excuses, qu’importe le nombre de fois qu’il se voit devoir en faire. Stratford finit par reconnaître que, à l’encontre de toutes ses prédictions, Eleanor rencontre un franc succès avec la bonne société. Quelle bonne fortune! Maintenant, si seulement ses prétendants ne ressentaient pas le besoin de venir le voir en quête de conseil.
Quand des forces combinées menacent la réputation d’Eleanor, Stratford réalise que ce n’est pas seulement sa dot dont il se soucie. D’une façon ou d’une autre, il va devoir convaincre Eleanor que son intervention pour la secourir est inspirée par l’amour.
When God calls her, she answers reluctantly, and must first come to grips with depression, crippling loss, and addiction before being restored. Providence takes her by the hand as she marries her French husband, works with him in a humanitarian effort in East Africa, before settling down in France and building a family.
Told with honesty and strength, Stars Upside Down is a brave, heart-stopping story of love, grief, faith, depression, sunshine piercing the gray clouds—and hope that stays in your heart long after it’s finished.