Book 2 - Magic Locket series
The Abashed Authoress
William, Lord Rivendale, is at his wit's end. His young daughter has steadfastly refused to speak since she witnessed her mother's unfortunate death. But she loves to read – especially a series of books written by an anonymous "lady of quality." Desperate for a way to reach his mute child, William seeks out the author – only to discover that she is just as enthralling and delightful as her stories.
A shy, sweet-natured young lady, Theresa Barlow prefers the make-believe worlds she creates in her books to the tumultuous trials of real life. After surviving a disastrous Season, she has vowed never to marry – the last thing she needs is a man in her life. She sees William as a clever, charming companion - but most definitely not as a suitor. That is, until scandal surrounds her – and he resolves to stand by her!