Second Chance Love: Mrs. Sartin’s Secretary by Wendy LaCapra

Welcome to day three of

Second Chance Love

Meet the Authors Week!

My newest release can be found in the  boxed set Second Chance Loves: A Regency Romance Set, available for free on Kindle Unlimited or in e-book for .99 on Amazon here. I’ve been sharing snippets of my offering, Heart of Decadence, on this blog (Chapter 1 can be read above) and via my posts each Sunday to Weekend Writing Warriors.

So this week, I thought I’d introduce you to the other five stories that comprise Second Chance Loves. The premise of the set is women who are not in the first bloom, who have loved and lost, or in some manner needed a second chance to find love.

Below is an excerpt from Mrs. Sartin’s Secretary:

Constance disturbed Amelia’s reverie with a loud clap. “I believe I just spotted a fresh fish in the pond.”

Amelia groaned. “A quill as yet undipped?”

“A quill I’d like to dip, anyway. I feel suddenly eager to catch up on my correspondence.”

“Or, if you followed your other metaphor, do a little poach—hey.” Amelia rubbed the place Constance had pinched.

“Be useful, would you? Tell me what you think. He’s standing next to a potted palm.”

We’re standing next to a potted palm.”

“The one across the room, silly…to the right of the refreshment table. No, wait.” Constance grasped Amelia’s arm, holding her in place. “Let me guess something about him first. Then tell me if you agree.”

“Your favorite game.”

Far from my favorite, dear. Indulging in my favorite game would have me expelled.”

Amelia snorted. “Arrested, more-like.”

“That, too.” Constance studied her subject.

“Well?” Amelia prompted.

“Judging by the size of his lapels, he’s not often out. He’s not young…but I wouldn’t describe him as old, either. Nearing his thirtieth year, I suspect. He’s uncomfortable, but not completely unfamiliar, with the ton.” Constance tilted her head. “An enigma!” She lifted her shoulders in an excited little shrug. “And here I was, thinking this Season would be dull…”

Poor man. If Constance decided to pursue him, he was already lost. “May I look, now?”

“Of course.”

Amelia followed Constance’s gaze. Recognition arrived in stages, as if the man were a conundrum she’d been tasked to solve, phrase by mysterious phrase.

First, came the vague sense she had been long acquainted with his wispy brown hair. Then, her heart involuntarily softened as she took in his prominent cheek bones. And the last piece? A small, spontaneous smile the moment she identified his straight, thin, incapable-of-holding-up-his-reading-glasses nose.

Reading glasses she hadn’t seen Matthew Bellamy without in years.

The missing spectacles must have been the reason she hadn’t known her secretary at once. And the fact she hadn’t ever seen him dressed for an evening among the ton.

“I’ve reached a verdict,” Constance announced. “Fortune hunter.”

Amelia shook her head, considering Matthew’s investments and the legacy left him by George. “Definitely not a fortune hunter.” A secretary. Her secretary.

Disconcerting possessiveness flared in her chest.

Why on earth had he come?


Mrs. Amelia Sartin helms her late husband’s company and implicitly trusts her Secretary, Matthew Bellamy. However, as she cedes company control to her heir, can Bellamy persuade Amelia he is one thing she cannot leave behind?

Meet the Author:

Historical Romance Author Wendy LaCapra has been reading romance since she sneaked into the adult section at the library and discovered Victoria Holt & Jane Aiken Hodge.  From that point on, she dreamed of creating fictional worlds with richness, intrigue and passion. Her stories have placed in several contests, including the Romance Writers of America®’s RITA® and Golden Heart®. She lives in NYC with her husband and loves to hear from readers. For new release and sale alerts, sign up at

Remember to grab your copy now from Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!


Meet Second Chance Love author Cynthia Sterling here!

Meet Second Chance Love author Tabetha Waite here!

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2 Responses to Second Chance Love: Mrs. Sartin’s Secretary by Wendy LaCapra

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