I spent today trying to prep Saving Foxwood for my publisher. Here’s the cover (tentative until their pro does an official one) and the short and long blurbs:

Short blurb:

Ellen Trent is desperate to save her beloved home Foxwood from being sold, even to the point where she will marry beneath herself. Nicholas is the son of a wealthy tradesman, but he quickly learns to love Foxwood and Ellen. However, his interest in the estate and Ellen’s disinclination to share it, mixed with two stubborn and difficult tempers, create tension and then quarrels which threaten their marriage.


Long blurb:

Ellen Trent returns to her beloved home of Foxwood after she is widowed by the war with France, but the comfort she seeks is short-lived. A few months after she comes home, her father and her eldest brother are killed in a carriage accident, and she discovers that their accumulated debts cannot be settled without the sale of the entire estate. Desperate to keep her home, she agrees to marry the son of Mr. Russell, a wealthy friend of her grandmother’s and a tradesman whose dream is to see his son Nicholas become a gentleman.

Nick is just as hesitant as Ellen about an arranged marriage of this kind. He agrees to consider it only to please his father, who has never before asked him for anything. He knows it’s his father’s dream that he move in polite society, even if it’s not his. When he comes to Foxwood to meet Ellen, he’s prepared for the whole idea to fail. Instead, he falls in love with both the lady and the estate.

As they promise Mr. Russell, after the wedding Ellen and her brother Julian transform Nick from a well-to-do “Cit” to a gentleman in dress, language, deportment, bearing, and manners. The marriage is reasonably happy, given that Nick and Ellen are near-strangers, and all seems to be going well. However, the London beau who helps Nick become part of the ton is also a man who once wanted to marry Ellen himself, and in Nick’s eyes he flirts with her in a way not suitable toward a married woman. Also, Nick discovers in himself an unexpected, eager love for the land, and he begins to make improvements on the long-neglected estate without consulting Ellen.

Tensions build between them, and they discover that, beneath the polite veneer of their lives, both of them are stubborn and have difficult tempers which flare into quarrels and words almost too harsh to forgive. As their marriage totters on the point of breaking, both of them seek a solution to preserve it, but unless they work together and learn to trust each other, they can never be happy and never be able to share the Foxwood they both love.