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The Stranger I Wed

The Doves of New York, Book 1

New to wealth and to London high society, American heiress Cora Dove discovers that with the right man, marriage might not be such an inconvenience after all. . . .

Cora Dove and her sisters’ questionable legitimacy has been the lifelong subject of New York’s gossipmongers and a continual stain on their father’s reputation. So when the girls each receive a generous, guilt-induced dowry from their dying grandmother, the sly Mr. Hathaway vows to release their funds only if Cora and her sisters can procure suitable husbands—far from New York. For Cora, England is a fresh start. She has no delusions of love, but a husband who will respect her independence? That’s an earl worth fighting for.

Enter: Leopold Brendon, Earl of Devonworth, a no-nonsense member of Parliament whose plan to pass a Public Health bill that would provide clean water to the working class requires the backing of a wealthy wife.  He just never expected to crave Cora’s touch or yearn to hear her thoughts on his campaign—or to discover that his seemingly perfect bride protects so many secrets…

But secrets have a way of bubbling to the surface, and Devonworth has a few of his own. With their pasts laid bare and Cora’s budding passion for women’s rights taking a dangerous turn, they’ll learn the true cost of losing their heart to a stranger—and that love is worth any price.

April 23, 2024

“Prepare to be dazzled! Scintillating and deeply romantic, The Stranger I Wed is another winner from Harper St. George. Fans of historical romance will find themselves enchanted by the rich, sensual storytelling, and look forward to what comes next in this fabulous new series.”

- India Holton, international bestselling author of

The Secret Service of Tea and Treason

“From the moment I picked up The Stranger I Wed, I was glued to the pages. This swoony and tender marriage of convenience has all the wit, emotions, and chemistry I love about Harper St George’s writing, but it also felt new and I can’t wait to see where Harper will go next.”

- Evie Dunmore, USA Today bestselling author

“Gilded Age New York meets Victorian London in Harper St. George’s dazzling new series. The Stranger I Wed is strong, feminist, and scorchingly sexy. This is historical marriage-of-convenience romance at its swooniest. I couldn’t put it down.”

– Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author

“Harper St. George never misses! The Stranger I Wed delivers everything I love about historical romance—a marriage of convenience that erupts into a red hot passion; two characters who grow to love and respect each other; and a thoughtful discussion of political and social issues that are still relevant to this day. In one word, The Stranger I Wed is magic!”

– Liana De la Rosa, author of Ana María and the Fox

“The Stranger I Wed by Harper St. George is a delicious start to a new series, with all of my favorite things—a marriage of convenience, scandalous family secrets, and feisty American heroines who bring too-handsome aristocrats to their knees. A fantastic, fast-paced read by one of the best historical writers around!”

– Joanna Shupe, USA Today bestselling author

“The Stranger I Wed captured me from the first page with the tenacious Cora Dove and kept me enthralled with a deliciously simmering romance. There is nothing I love more than a strong female lead and Cora is a woman after my own heart. This story has all my favorite things in a marriage of convenience: snappy banter, palpable yearning, sizzling chemistry, and ultimately, a passion that cannot be denied. A fabulous start to an exciting new series. Harper St. George is one of my must-read historical romance authors.”

- Adriana Herrera, USA Today bestselling author

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