Charlotte Caulfield has spent her entire life feeling all alone, despite being surrounded by the members of a theatre troupe. On the night she first steps onto the stage, she experiences both mind numbing terror and hope - but her dreams of pursuing a career in music are quickly dashed. Thrown out into an alley simply for singing a song, she is hurt and frightened. Driven from her hiding place in her terror, she falls at the feet of a man who will change her life.
Lord Clayton Corsair had never again expected to see the angel who captured his soul when she sang the one song as an understudy. He'd attended the theater as a favor to his godparents but was so distracted, afterwards he couldn't have told anyone what the play had been about. The moment the petite singer had lifted her eyes to his and he'd seen the terror and need in them, he'd been unable to think of anything else.
He only returns to the theater to retrieve a forgotten fan - but when a scream shatters the silence of the night and a hysterical woman flees from a nearby wagon, he has no choice but to offer his help. And it isn't until he carries her to a circle of light that he realizes not only that she's hurt, but who she is. Shocked to discover that this is the angel herself, he promises to take her to safety, but by the time he returns with a carriage, she has disappeared.
His life has already begun to shift, then it flips again when she reappears the next day. Clayton soon discovers that she may sing like an angel, but she fights and curses like a wild animal.
Will he truly be able to change her life, or is his godfather correct in saying that women are offered few choices in their world? Can a titled man understand the reality for a woman born to a lower class? Can she accept that he has no use for titles, or the silly expectations of the society he has been born into?
Charlotte will need to learn to trust, and to stop making assumptions about his intentions, but it's hard when he treats her like a little girl in some ways, yet maintains a proper and polite distance in others.
Despite their instant mutual attraction, Charlotte and Clayton are determined to keep their baser needs from each other. Will that make them miss the opportunity to find what they've both been searching for?
With the help of Eleanor Summers and her students, Charlotte learns that life does offer choices - as long as she is willing to open her heart and take a chance.
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Miss Eleanor Summers runs an exclusive finishing school, made special not only by the caliber of her clients, who include such notable members of Victorian society as Lord Edward Wintercrest, Lord Lucas Huntington and Headmaster Charles Lloyds, but also by the types of lessons she provides to her pupils.
Her clients come from all stations in life, but they all have one thing in common: a deep passion for what she can teach her students. For every girl who sits in a classroom, bends over a chair to have her bottom reddened, or stands with her nose to the wall to contemplate her behavior, is special. These women need more than a husband to fulfill all their needs - they need a firm and loving Papa, as well.
After searching for over a year, Lord Maximilian Hollister believes he has not only found the girl he's been seeking, he's certain he's found the very woman he's been looking for his entire life. The question is, will Alexandria Bannister agree with him?
Can she find it in her heart to trust the words she's memorized from her only legacy from her father - letters now singed and faded? Can she admit to the deep and shameful desires her new journey is arousing in her? When Lord Hollister enrolls her as a pupil, is she ready to be the newest student at Miss Summers' school? And will her classmates be able to help her understand that the lessons she learns there will serve her well?
The school does not merely provide an education - it also provides a choice; and a chance to discover how passion and the need to serve can lead to the kind of fulfillment Alexandria would never have dreamed of before she entered this unique establishment.
From best-selling Victorian ageplay author Maggie Ryan comes the first book in her new 'Lessons in Submission' series; a detailed glimpse into Miss Summers' School, where discipline is harsh but the rewards delicious. As fans of her 'Women of Wintercrest' and 'Hunter's Ridge' books will recognise, this is a spin-off of those series, with some familiar - and plenty of new characters.
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