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My Dear One

Shortlisted for Kobo’s Emerging Writer Award recognizing Canada’s best debut books of 2018..

English heiress Dianna Marshall wants for nothing—except the right to choose her future…

Two hearts…

1912. No one defies the Earl of Ansmall. And no one knows that better than his eldest daughter, Dianna. She’s spent nineteen years learning well the value of grudging obedience. But when the earl arranges her marriage to an elderly duke of questionable morals, she can no longer sacrifice her heart on the altar of her father’s pride. She pays a heavy price for her rebellion.

Three lives…

Widowed Texas cattle rancher, Jake Douglas, understands sacrifice. And loss. He has the scars on his heart and a lingering regret to prove it. Which is why he’ll never remarry. But when his cousin’s penniless widow washes up in New York harbouring a pregnant runaway, he does the only thing his conscience will allow.

One future…

Compelled into a marriage of convenience, Dianna and Jake soon realise they have more in common, than not. So when long-held secrets surface close to home, and longer-held traditions reach out from across the Atlantic, they discover that the only thing more heart-wrenching than wedding someone you don’t love, is being married to someone you do…

From the lush green English countryside, to the windswept Texas panhandle, and gritty streets of turn-of-the-20th-century New York, My Dear One is a novel about family… their secrets, their lies… their unbreakable bonds, and power to shape an individual’s future… and the individual’s power to break free, and reshape a family, when unexpected love blossoms in defiance of all expectation…

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Praise for My Dear One:  

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend

August 10, 2018

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I recently purchased and read this book. My first Historical Romance & I was pleasantly surprised. I identified easily with the characters and found the story moved forward at a good pace.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book

July 28, 2018

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This is such a beautiful story. Well written and heartfelt. Highly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
May 28, 2018


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I loved this book, great characters and many exciting plot twists! Can’t wait for the next one in this series.

July 23, 2018

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I recommend this book. I enjoyed it so much! It is a wonderful story with many twist and turns! Beautifully written!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read – well written, intriguing from the start

July 16, 2018

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Loved it! Bought the paperback, couldn’t put it down.

July 5, 2018

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Very much enjoyed, can’t wait for the book

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My Dear One – Prologue

Prologue   September 1892 France Mother Marie-Jocelyn closed her eyes and pinched the bridge of her nose with her thumb and forefinger. When she looked again, the small notations in the ledger had not changed. With a sigh, she laid aside the quill. A month, maybe two, and she would be forced to close the …

Dianna Marshall’s Ancestral Chart