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My Dear One

One of only six 2018 debut Romance novels shortlisted by Kobo for their 2019 Emerging Writer Award, and the only Historical Romance.

Two hearts, three lives, one future…

Lady Dianna Marshall’s world is full of glittering possibility, until her father darkens it with word he’s contracted her to wed a man she despises. Her attempt to sabotage the planned nuptials ends in disaster. Forced to flee England before her shameful secret becomes obvious, she boards the Titanic bound for America with a childless couple who’ve offered her sanctuary—in exchange for her unborn child. But when the ship sinks, and her benefactor dies, Dianna finds herself on foreign shores facing desperate choices…

Texas cattle rancher Jake Douglas knows nothing about the British aristocracy, and even less about gilded ballrooms. But he knows a little about honour. And a lot about heartache and loss. So when his cousin’s destitute widow washes up in New York harbouring an expectant runaway, he does the only thing his conscience will allow…

From a lush green British estate, to the windswept Texas panhandle and gritty streets of turn-of-the-20th-century New York, Dianna and Jake battle fate, family, and a society that continues to deny women independence. They also find love, love tested when Dianna is forced to choose between the life she’s been raised to lead, the child she’s come to love, and the man her heart desires…

My Dear One is the 5-Star debut of Deborah Small’s, Dear One series.

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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 – Chapter 1

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