“I absolutely adored it! So so so gooood! Emily and Francis make such a sweet couple! The interactions between them were intense and the dialogue was clever.” Reading Romances

“It’s a laugh out loud story with a butterfly emerging out of her cocoon heroine and a scowling hero with a secret. Throw in a clueless ex-bff potential suitor and you’ve got a wonderful debut.” Romancing Rakes


Emily Rutherford is having a very bad day. Of course, having the man you’ve loved forever, announce his engagement to your (now very former) best friend will do that.

Emily is sure nothing good could possibly come out of this horrid situation. But she lets her sisters and Adrian’s cousin, Francis Riley, the delectable but brooding Earl of Dunhurst, convince her a season in London will be just the thing.

Now Emily has a choice: sulk in a corner while her sisters enjoy the glitter of the ton. Or become the belle of the ball, dazzling everyone on an earl’s arm. But as Francis helps Emily get back on her feet, she quickly realizes that a childhood crush is nothing compared to the power of true love.

How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back
Avon Impulse ISBN: 9780062190321




Before sitting down to write this novel, I wrote another – one that got rejected over and over and over again, so I eventually tossed it and decided to start fresh. To begin with, I simply started with the idea of a heroine discovering that the man she loved was in love with her best friend and how devastating that might be for her. Everything else eventually fell into place around that idea. And as I worked on the characters, fleshing out their personalities, I have to say, I fell in love with them. Each has their own quirk or eccentricity, which I believe makes them not only more endearing, but more plausible as well.

During a scene in Francis’ study, Emily mentions The Apology of Socrates – this was one of two books that my husband recommended to me when we first met. The other was A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. Needless to say, I decided that Emily might be more likely to read the former.

Later, when Francis arrives home to find Emily asleep in his study, there’s also a reference to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility which was published the same year in which the story takes place, namely 1811.

As it happens, ‘the giggles’ is a very real affliction from which I myself have occasionally been known to suffer.

The working title for this book was Seducing Miss Rutherford.

When Emily and Francis arrive at the Aielsbury ball, Hayden’s symphony number 94 (nicknamed the Surprise) is playing. It was composed in 1791 and premiered at the Hanover Square Rooms in London on March 23, 1792, with Hayden himself leading the orchestra at the piano forte.

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