Wanda Luce
Regency Author 
“Lydia . . . is a delightful new entry to the Regency world of romance. Ms. Luce’s prose is flowing and poetic, capturing the voice of the Regency age in a way I have seen others attempt but fail to achieve quite so fully. The romance between the two main characters, Lydia and Lord Denton, evolves in a charming way. . . . [T]he historical details are never presented as lecture, but woven intricately into the story through the eyes of the characters. But Ms Luce does not neglect that essential element for a romance: strong emotion, both the internal turmoil of the characters and the physical touches of passion, though never crossing a line that would make a reader of sweet romances uncomfortable. . . .
I will definitely be reading more from this author"
--Joyce DiPastena, author of Dangerous Favor and The Lady and the Minstrel
“Look out, Jane Austen, you now have competition! Lydia is written so perfectly that I really thought I was reading one of Austen’s stories. I kept looking at the front cover just to make sure. And now after reading this story, I don’t know who I like better, Mr. Darcy or Lord Denton. They are both dream-come-true heroes! BRAVA to Wanda Luce.”
—Marie Higgins, author of Secrets after Dark and Hearts Through Time
“Wow! This was a great clean book. . . . I am a HUGE Jane Austen fan and while reading this I felt like I was in the midst of all of her stories
. . . Lydia’s character was wonderful. . . . She was honest and not a . . .twittering debutante who was always simpering or falling into the social
mould expected for said females. . . . Lydia easily endeared herself to those around her, especially (wait for it) Lord Denton. . . . There were so
many great moments between [them]. . . . I hope you take a chance and read this one, it was more than worth it to me!! Enjoy! Mrs Luce, I can’t
wait to see what else you have been working on.” —Julie Carpenter
A delightful regency romance that rivals Pride and Prejudice. Governess, Lydia, falls for Lord Denton, but it is a love fraught with despair. In a society of lords and ladies, he could never, if he even loved her, act on his feelings for her. Reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, Wanda Luce weaves a beautiful love story, with dialogue so authentic I felt as if the author had lived in that era. I loved this book and didn't want to put it down. My daughter devoured Lydia in one day. What a sweet romance, perfect for both mothers and daughters.
--Kelly Nelson, Author, OR, USAon January 19, 2012
Cleanly Seductive. Allow me to say simply that such lovely prose, depicting a romance that feels both genuine and fulfilling, must be informed by an equally lovely, fulfilled and genuine author. Here, in Lydia, we see the transcendence of love captured delicately in words. Lydia is a delightfully clean read that allows the beauty of romance -- from new love to that more eternal love that only time can sculpt -- to rise to its full potential above the drudgery of syntax and constrictions of language. Through the author's pen, true emotion can be felt by each reader as a living and personal warmth. Well done, indeed, Ms. Luce. I look forward to your next publication, as your talents, like love itself, will refine and be tempered with each new challenge.
--Byshasta13 on January 7, 2013


Lord Rupert Carrington, heir apparent to the Marquess of Lansdowne and former captain in His Majesty’s Royal Navy, cannot forget the girl he loved in his youth, who died when he left her to fight in the war against Napoleon. Guilt-ridden, Rupert buries his regret by helping the detectives of Bow Street take down criminals. But when Rupert ferrets out a ring of smugglers and is marked for death, the prince regent banishes him from London until the villains are arrested and brought to court.

On the first day of Rupert’s exile to the “wilds of Devon,” he meets Alexandra Dancy, whose beauty, extraordinary courage, and unaccountable oneriness stir in him a degree of affection and admiration he has never before felt for any lady. As fate or Providence would have it, Alexandra and her family, whose property backs his on the other side of a canal, have been hired to provide Rupert’s meals and to care for his house and stables.

When Rupert’s friendship and warm attentions awaken Alexandra’s heart, she suffers the torment of loving a man she believes is of a higher social class than he pretends, and therefore beyond her reach. The impoverished Dancys hide their own aristocratic origins to protect a dark secret known to only one man—Cecil Bedford, a blackguard of the first order, who wields a cruel power over Alexandra and her family. Can Rupert save her from Bedford’s clutches and topple the seemingly insurmountable barriers to winning her love and her hand?
At six and twenty, Lydia Hathaway has endured years of heartbreak, longing for a love that never came. Her deceased father's foolhardiness has left her family bankrupt, and Lydia is eventually left no alternative but to take a position as the governess to Susan Ashcroft of Danbury Park in Surrey. Anxious for peace, Lydia rambles early one morning across the muddy wilds of
the Ashcroft estate, where she has a most unimaginable encounter with the notorious Lord Connor Denton.

As their paths continue to cross, Lydia falls ever deeper in love with the charming rogue while battling against his growing assault on her heart. In spite of his forward attentions, she considers his behavior toward her as nothing less than idle flirtation. And why should she think otherwise? As the wealthy son of an earl, Lord Denton may choose from among the most beautiful women of England's first circles. Tormented in a relentless battle to suppress a love she cannot overcome, Lydia resolves to leave the
Ashcrofts and Danbury Park forever. After all, she is nothing to Denton isn't she?