Ellen & Marcus
This story was actually the first I wrote in the series. I wrote it a long time ago and didn't know what to do with it, so I put it aside. After I wrote The Social Tutor, I pulled this one out again and adjusted a few things, giving Lucas a larger part. But Ellen's character has always been close to my heart.
Ellen is in love with Marcus, but he's never even considered her as a match. While I'm grateful this isn't how my personal love story, with my husband, started, I did go through this in high school. I think a lot of people have experienced a similar thing, caring deeply for a person who has no idea. I wove that experience, those feelings of hope and sadness, into a Regency arranged marriage.
This book has received some mixed reviews. A lot of the conflict within its pages are internal. There's no grand adventure or immediate danger the characters face. Yet I love this story, and others have, too. I think because it offers some measure of catharsis to read it, to experience those feelings of caring where there isn't a return of that feeling, and then the triumph of a love returned at last.