THE PROFESSOR’S LADY BY HOLLY BUSH

The Professor’s Lady by Holly Bush

Publication Date: January 25, 2022 Series: The Thompsons of Locust Street, Book 3 Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian     Meet the Thompsons of Locust Street, an unconventional family taking Philadelphia high society by storm… 1870 Kirsty Thompson is determined to begin her own business bringing beloved Scottish fabrics and yarns to Philadelphia but first she must meet the men and women who weave the plaids and spin the wool. How will she ever escape her protective older siblings and sail to Scotland? Albert Watson is a medical doctor focusing on research, especially that of Joseph Lister and his sterilization techniques. He speaks at universities in America and in England while visiting his London relatives. As he prepares to sail for just such an engagement, Kirsty Thompson boards his ship to beg him to take her with him. What’s a gentleman to do? Albert cancels his trip across the ocean to escort Miss Thompson back to Philadelphia and finds there is danger afoot for her and her family. Soon he comes to realize there is also danger for his heart, even for a man who rarely pulls his nose from a medical journal. He finds himself unable to put Miss Kirsty Thompson out of his thoughts, where they belonged, because certainly a beautiful, ambitious, and charming young woman could have no interest in him. Or could she?

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About the Author

“Love always has something to say. Sometimes it shouts from the highest hill, and sometimes it whispers so softly one must listen closely to hear. Do not turn away. It is a rare and precious commodity. Treasure it.” The Gentrys of Paradise Holly Bush’s historical romances are set during the turbulent and transformative years of the late 1800’s. The first two books in her newest series, The Gentrys of Paradise, released in the spring of 2017 and began with the novella Into the Evermore where readers meet Virginia horse breeders, Eleanor and Beauregard Gentry. The following books feature their children, Adam, Matthew, and Olivia. For the Brave is Matthew’s story and is the first full length book of the series. Olivia’s book, For This Moment, released in the spring of 2018. The final book, For Her Honor, is now available. The Crawford Family Series following the fortunes of the three Boston born Crawford sisters and includes Train Station Bride, Contract to Wed, Her Safe Harbor, and companion novella, The Maid’s Quarters. Cross the Ocean and Charming the Duke are both British set Victorian romances. Fan favorites stand-alone historical romance novels include Romancing Olive and Reconstructing Jackson. Holly’s books are described as ‘emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance.’ She also writes General Fiction under the name of Hollis Bush. Holly makes her home with her husband, one happy Labrador Retriever and a clever Jack Russell rescued from the pound, and two difficult cats in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com, on Twitter @hollybushbooks, on Instagram, and on Facebook at Holly Bush. Follow Holly on her Amazon author page to receive new release updates and on BookBub to check out her reviews and get sale information.

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Monday, May 9 Review & Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner Tuesday, May 10 Review at Gwendalyn’s Books Wednesday, May 11 Review at Pursuing Stacie Thursday, May 12 Review at Booked on Lattes Friday, May 13 Excerpt at Lisa Everyday Reads Monday, May 16 Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads Excerpt at Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance Tuesday, May 17 Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read Wednesday, May 18 Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals Thursday, May 19 Review at A Girl Reads Bookss Friday, May 20 Excerpt at CelticLady’s Reviews

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“Is there a maid able to attend the young lady?” Albert Watson asked the clerk as they checked in to the Hoffman House hotel midday. 

Miss Kirsty Thompson was in a lobby chair, her eyes barely open, with Mr. Clawson beside her. They’d left the Maybelle without event and with no sign of the rough-clothed man or the well-dressed one, but he was not comfortable, feeling the hair on the back of his neck rise every time the doorman reached for the long brass handle of the hotel double doors, fully expecting some attack. He was shaken, he admitted. He’d never been involved with any subterfuge, least of all any dangerous-type maneuvers. But he felt as if he was in the middle of one now. 

He’d been the subject of a rather sour look from the hotel clerk when he requested two of the three rooms have an adjoining door.

“We’re not that sort of hotel, sir, if you get my meaning,” the clerk said.

He leaned forward, feeling his patience fray. “The young lady is a friend. I will not have you besmirch her name. She is under my protection, and there is nothing untoward about it,” he growled. 

“Of course, sir,” the clerk said and handed him the keys. “There are no maids available to help your friend. I’m very sorry. Most of the female staff are gone by now.”

“Very well.”

Albert took a long look around the lobby as he walked toward Mr. Clawson and Miss Thompson, nearly empty at this time of the day, although there were a few couples dressed in fancy clothing, heading to a restaurant or the theater according to the clerk’s comments. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, but then, what did he know about ordinary? He was rarely good at noticing the details of his surroundings, hence his hiring of Clawson, as he was usually absorbed in whatever medical treatise he’d recently read. 

Thankfully, the Hoffman House hotel had a lift to convey them to the sixth floor; he was in no mood to climb that many flights of steps. Mr. Clawson took his key when they arrived at their rooms, and Albert waited for the bellman to light the lamps in Miss Thompson’s room and pull down the blankets. He unlocked the door between the rooms and did the same in the other room. Albert tipped the man and carried his satchel into the other room after locking her door to the hallway. Miss Thompson stood silently and very still, leaning against a desk near the washroom. He cleared his throat. 

“I have gotten us adjoining rooms just in case there is some t-trouble tonight, which I highly doubt as we were very careful making our way here. I’m leaving the k-key to the door between our rooms with you. Lock it once I am on the other side. I don’t believe anyone got much s-sleep last night, and I intend to crawl into bed even though it is very early in the evening,” he said and looked away, thinking about what he must ask her next. “Will you be able to d-d-disrobe without h-help?”

“Oh,” she said and reached over her shoulders to the buttons there. “I can easily touch the ones at the top and at the bottom near my waist, but I won’t be able to reach the ones in the middle.” She looked up at him, her lashes wafting as she did, and whispered, “Perhaps you could undo those.”

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