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My Dear One

1912 – An English debutante on the run from an arranged marriage, a widowed Texas cattle rancher whose scarred heart is only outmatched by his conscience, and a love that defies all expectation…

Fleeing an arranged marriage, Lady Dianna Marshall sails on the Titanic with a childless couple who’ve offered her sanctuary in exchange for her unborn child. But when the ship sinks, Dianna lands on foreign shores, destitute, and facing desperate choices…

Texas cattle rancher Jake Douglas knows heartache. He lost his wife and son in childbirth. So when his cousin’s penniless widow washes up in New York in the company of an expectant runaway, he does the only thing his conscience will allow…

From a lush English estate, to the windswept Texas panhandle, and gritty streets of turn-of-the-20th-century New York City, Dianna and Jake battle fate, family, and a society that continues to deny women independence. They also find love, love tested when Dianna is torn between two futures… Britain, and the aristocratic life and family she was forced to abandon… or Texas, and the man who  taught her the meaning of unconditional love…

Shortlisted for Kobo’s Emerging Writer Award  recognizing Canada’s best debut books of 2018, My Dear One is a heartfelt novel of empowerment, and forgiveness, redemption and second chances…of a Love that defies 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 18th, 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