THE LAST WORD is coming out July 9, 2019 from Swoon Reads / Macmillan

Where one story ends, another begins.

1861. Miss Lucinda Leavitt is shocked when she learns the author of her favorite serialized novel has died before completing the story. Determined to learn how it ends, Lucinda reluctantly enlists the help of her father’s young business partner to track down the reclusive author’s final papers.

Mr. David Randall is overwhelmed by his workload. He wants to prove his business acumen not only to himself, but also to his late father. He doesn’t have the time for this endeavor, but Lucinda is not the type to take no for an answer.

Their search for the elusive Mrs. Smith and the rightful ending to her novel leads Lucinda and David around the English countryside, but the truths they discover about themselves—and each other—are anything but fictional.

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Praise from Swoon Readers:

“Great voice. Unique premise. … And who can resist a plucky heroine who is determined to help write an unfinished romance novel by her favorite author!” —B.R. Myers, author of Never Once

“A great, clean, romantic, historical novel that all ages would enjoy!” —Stacy.Moon

“It's light, fun, and has a modern flare that many readers will appreciate.” —Cassie Rose

“I adored this story, especially all of the characters and the very fitting humor and modern messages. ... This book was amazing!” —Bluestar

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Samantha Hastings has a New Title coming out Spring 2020 from Swoon Reads / Macmillan

(Official title still undecided)

Sophie and Mariah Carter may look identical, but they are not at all the same. Sophie wants to be an inventor and attend the Great Exhibition of 1851 and Mariah longs to be an artist. But their aunt, Lady Bentley, invites only one sister to come visit her in London for the season. 

Unwilling to be parted, both sisters travel to London and take turns playing “Sophie”. Both Sophie and Mariah pursue their individual dreams and, in the process, discover who they really are. But their perfect plan begins to fall apart as each sister finds a different suitor and both young men think they are in love with the same person.   

From suitors to suits of armor, this charming Victorian coming-of-age story is full of wit, invention, art, and romance.


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