The Earl with the Secret Past

“There really is a wonderful warmth to this whole book and the characters definitely added to this.” – Rae Reads

The Earl with the Secret Past is a standalone read, although you might recognise one or two names of secondary characters from other books.

Here are both the Mills & Boon and Harlequin covers – it’s my very first hero-only cover, and I love it! I reckon he has a look of a young Paul Newman about him.

It’s hard to say goodbye, and last year I bade farewell to my series centred around the Beauchamp family. Regular readers will know I enjoy writing stories set in the same Regency world, where familiar faces pop up in a supporting role and so, when I was thinking about what to write after finishing Alex’s story (Christmas With his Wallflower Wife), I decided to write a complete standalone.

I didn’t anticipate how hard that would be.

I’ve been immersed in the Beauchamps’ world for several years and, as I wrote one, the next would be percolating inside my brain and each book therefore started off on familiar ground. This was different and I felt like a fish out of water at first – much as my hero, Adam, does when he discovers his first thirty-six years have been a lie and he enters the alien world of the haut ton as an earl.

In the end, I couldn’t resist including two tenuous links to ‘my’ Regency world in The Earl With the Secret Past – one name and one (very) secondary character – and, as soon as I did, the story began to flow! I wonder if anyone will spot them?

This is a second chance at love story, when Adam meets up again with widow Kitty, the seventeen-year-old he fell in love with fifteen years ago. I adored both Adam and Kitty, whose confidence has been eroded by her past although she is very good at hiding those insecurities. I hope you enjoy it.

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Read an excerpt

Available now from –

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Harlequin Books    Kobo  Mills & Boon

And here is the back cover copy –

An unexpected inheritance

An explosive reunion

Hardworking architect Adam Monroe’s world is shaken when he inherits an Earldom! Thrust into the ton, he bumps into widow, Kitty Fenton – his lost love. Years before, he’d refused to elope with Kitty to save her from ruin, and was heartbroken she’d married so soon after he left. Perhaps fate has given him a chance to discover the truth – after all beneath the hurt the sparks of attraction are as strong as ever…

Praise for The Earl with the Secret Past –

“Between the main and the subplot, I couldn’t read this book fast enough.. ” – DragonRose UK, Goodreads

“The plot brings originality to the rags to riches and second chance romantic tropes.. ” – Jane Hunt, Goodreads

“Another enchanting story by Ms Preston and one I highly recommend…I adore this book very much.” – Gwessie Tee, Goodreads