Spotlight & Excerpt: Inventing Vivian + Giveaway

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Inventing Vivian
(The Blue Orchid Society #2)
By Jennifer Moore
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
June 7, 2021 by Covenant Communications

 

Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other’s differences: The Blue Orchid Society.

After an extended stay in China, Lord Benedict has returned transformed to his family’s estate, where an encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined, leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she’s unexpectedly drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.

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Excerpt:

She’d agreed to attend the opera with the Blue Orchid Society ladies, knowing how Hazel loved the music, but in truth, she could hardly sit still. The thrill of her sponsorship for the exhibition

hadn’t abated one jot since Professor Wallis’s offer the day before. The moment the man had left, she’d run to her father, and in her excitement, she was hardly able to put the news into words. She’d dashed off notes to her close friends immediately after, and within an hour received four letters overflowing with congratulations.

Vivian’s cheeks ached from grinning.

Sophie leaned forward in her seat, peering down as well. “Just think, he could be here at this very moment.” She whispered the words, not wanting to disturb the others seated around them.

“If he is, I doubt he has a main floor seat,” Dahlia said in a quiet voice.

The young ladies lifted their collective gazes toward the opposite gallery, studying the faces across the hall. Among the group of women, speculation about the identity of Vivian’s sponsor had become the primary topic of conversation.

“I wonder if he’s an opera lover,” Hazel said.

“Tell us again every single hint the professor gave about your mysterious patron,” Elizabeth said.

“He is titled,” Vivian said. “That is all I know.”

“And unmarried,” Sophie reminded her. “He said so in his letter.”

“I believe the professor referred to him as His Lordship,” Vivian said, trying to recall. “But I may be mistaken.”

“You’d have definitely remembered if he’d mentioned His Grace,” Dahlia said. “Besides, I don’t know of any unwed dukes.”

“Perhaps he’s a widower,” Elizabeth offered.

“I wager he’s a kindly older gentleman who always wished for a daughter,” Hazel said.

“I imagine a quiet scholar who is timid in company and spends all of his time surrounded by books,” Dahlia said.

“Either is possible,” Vivian muttered. She continued scanning the other opera attendees. The idea that he might be sitting here in this very hall was almost more than she could take. How was she to bear not knowing the name of the person who had made her hopes into reality?

Her gaze caught on a person facing her direction, and she started. It was Lord Benedict. And he was looking straight at her.

The man’s mouth curved into a smile, and he lifted his chin in a silent greeting.


Other Books in the Series

Solving Sophronia
(The Blue Orchid Society #1)
By Jennifer Moore
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
May 1, 2020 by Covenant Communications

 

Lady Sophronia Bremerton is a far cry from the typical debutante, but she’s the toast of London’s upper class for one simple reason: she’s a society columnist for the London Illustrated News, and the gentry loves seeing their exploits printed in the gossip pages. But Sophie has bigger plans – she aspires to be an investigative reporter. When a stuffy ballroom at yet another Season proves to be nothing more than the usual rumor mill, Sophie seeks respite in the library alongside four other young women who, for their own reasons, are also looking for escape. As the conversation turns to their secret ambitions, the women form a sisterhood and a bold plan: they will make their dreams a reality, no matter the obstacles. Thus begins the Blue Orchid Society.
Hearing of a murder in a London rookery, Sophie seizes the opportunity to prove her skills. Detective Jonathan Graham doesn’t believe a civilian, a noblewoman at that, should be anywhere near a murder investigation, but Sophie insists on helping bring the killer to justice. Her investigative prowess doesn’t go unnoticed by the police, especially Jonathan, who can’t decide whether this intrepid reporter is a thorn in his side or the woman of his dreams. But as the case grows more complicated and dangerous, their very lives – and their hearts – may be at risk.

 

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About the Author

 

Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. She suffers from an acute addiction to 18th and 19th century military history and literature. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.

 

 

Tour Giveaway

 

One winner will receive a print copy of Inventing Vivian by Jennifer Moore and a $25 Amazon gift card. (US only)

 

Ends July 21, 2021

 


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One Reply to “Spotlight & Excerpt: Inventing Vivian + Giveaway”

  1. This sounds like something is really enjoy. Thank you for a chance to win a copy. I best find book one first though.

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