Bookshelf–Books by Donna Hatch

New Releases

Heart Strings

courting the countess

Heart Strings

 

Rogue Hearts Series

A Perfect Secret

Suspects Daughter

Novellas in Anthologies

Summer House party

Autumn Masquerade ebook

Winter-Collection-6-historical-short-stories

with every heartbeat

Novellas and Short stories

When Bells Ring

mistletoe magic

A Winters Knight - ebook

Fantasy

 


The Stranger She Married, Rogue Hearts Series book 1

The Stranger She Married, Rogue Hearts Series book 1
A Sweet Regency Romance Novel
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When her parents and only brother die within weeks of each other, Alicia and her younger sister are left in the hands of an uncle who has brought them all to financial and social ruin. Desperate to save her family from debtor’s prison, Alicia vows to marry the first wealthy man to propose. She meets the dashing Lord Amesbury, and her heart whispers that this is the man she is destined to love, but his tainted past may forever stand in their way. Her choices in potential husbands narrow to either a scarred cripple with the heart of a poet, or a handsome rake with a deadly secret.

Cole Amesbury is tormented by his own ghosts, and believes he is beyond redemption, yet he cannot deny his attraction for the girl whose genuine goodness touches the heart he’d thought long dead. He fears the scars in his soul cut so deeply that he may never be able to offer Alicia a love that is true. When yet another bizarre mishap threatens her life, Alicia suspects the seemingly unrelated accidents that have plagued her loved ones are actually a killer’s attempt to exterminate every member of her family. Despite the threat looming over her, learning to love the stranger she married may pose the greatest danger of all, a danger to her heart.

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“…. The intrigue held me spellbound until the very end and it was an unexpected ending. I will definitely be looking for more…”– Excerpt from Night Owl Romance read full review here“I don’t think I have ever read dialog that is quite so fresh, varied and robust to the point that it is not only woven seamlessly into the plot, but it almost becomes a living, breathing thing in itself.” -excerpt from Hope Chest Reviews read full review here

” No one creates chemistry between Regency Historical characters better than Donna Hatch. If you want a “sweet” read, but with lots of sizzle, you have to read one of her books.” ~ Carol A. Spradling- read full review here
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*****

The Guise of a Gentleman, Rogue Hearts series book 2
A Sweet Regency Romance Novel

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The widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for freedom and adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret.

A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared accepts one last assignment before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared’s past…or still love him when the truth is revealed.

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“Combining Jane Austen with swashbuckling adventure, The Guise of a Gentleman is a fine specimen of pirate romance!” ~ NY Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley

The Guise of a Gentleman is the 2010 Winner of the prestigious Golden Quill

Praise for The Guise of a Gentleman

This book was fantastic! I think I liked it even better than the first one. Jared is a wonderful and full character. Elise is sweet and brave and everything you could want in a heroine. The action and adventure pull you along, keeping you enthralled through every twist and turn. The side characters are full and fun, making the world of piracy come to life. Jared and Elise’s love is realistic, sweet and powerful. I got so caught up in the story that my heart pounded, tears filled my eyes and I just wanted to reach over and kiss my husband as I read it. I also liked seeing more of the other brothers come to life. I’m not sure whose story I am most looking forward to reading next – can’t wait for the next one!
The Guise of a Gentleman sweeps the reader along in an almost epic journey that begins in the proper, quiet drawing rooms of country manor houses, then moves to a daring high-seas pirate adventure, and back to England for an intense, nail-biting climax followed by a sweet HEA.”

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A Perfect Secret, Rogue Hearts series book 3

A Sweet Regency Romance Novel

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A PERFECT SECRET, book 3 of Donna Hatch’s award-winning Rogue Heart series, is a sweet Regency Historical Romance with a hint of suspense and a happily ever after.

Desperate to protect her father from trial and death, Genevieve breaks off her engagement with Christian Amesbury and marries a blackmailer. After a year of marriage, she flees her husband’s violent domination only to have fate bring her back to Christian. Just when she thinks she’s started a new life of safety and solitude, her husband tracks her down, stalks her, and threatens everyone she loves.

Still brokenhearted over Genevieve’s betrayal a year ago, Christian can’t believe she’s come back into his life–and worse, that she’s done it on the anniversary of his brother’s death, a death that haunts him. Though tempted to throw her back into the river where he found her, he can’t leave her at the mercy of the terrifying man she married.

When her husband torments Genevieve and puts his family in danger, Christian will do anything to protect those he loves…anything except give Genevieve another chance to break his heart.

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Review from A Hope Chest Reviews:A Perfect Secret was a perfect story. I can’t think of a single thing I would have changed. It’s a deeply romantic tale of two people who never stopped loving one another and who risked everything to be together again despite the odds against it. All the characters were wonderful, and there’s just enough suspense to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. This wonderful book, along with her previous works I’ve read, has definitely earned Donna Hatch a spot on my favorite authors list.
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*****

The Suspect's Daughter, book 4 of the Rogue Hearts Series

The Suspect’s Daughter, Rogue Hearts Series book 4

A Sweet Regency Romance Novel

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Determined to help her father with his political career, Jocelyn sets aside dreams of love. When she meets the handsome and mysterious Grant Amesbury, her dreams of true love reawaken. But his secrets put her family in peril.
Grant goes undercover to capture conspirators avowed to murder the prime minister, but his only suspect is the father of a courageous lady who is growing increasingly hard to ignore. He can’t allow Jocelyn to distract him from the case, nor will he taint her with his war-darkened soul. She seems to see past the barriers surrounding his heart, which makes her all the more dangerous to his vow of remaining forever alone.Whitney Nominee 1
Jocelyn will do anything to clear her father’s name, even if that means working with Grant. Time is running out. The future of England hangs in the balance…and so does their love.

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Praise for The Suspect’s Daughter:

“A highly enjoyable read, equal parts tender and mysterious, with characters you’ll cheer for from the beginning to the very satisfying end.” ~ Sarah M. Eden, multi-award winning author

“I loved this book. It took me to my happy place!” ~ Getting Your Read On Book Review Blog

“I love a good, clean romance, but when there’s depth–more “meat” to the story–I’m in heaven, and this book delivers. The reader not only gets a really great, believable romance, but a fantastic story line, full of conspiracy, mystery, and suspense.” ~ Katie’s Clean Book Collection

“Oh what a delicious book! The Suspect’s Daughter is a clean romance but that in no way means it lacks heat.” ~ Reading Is My Superpower Book Review Blog

“From the first pages of this book, I was completely sucked in. I fell in love with Grant and Jocelyn and the type of characters they portrayed. I would recommend this book to anyone.” ~ Rockin’ Book Reviews

“No one creates chemistry between Regency Historical characters better than Donna Hatch. If you want a “sweet” read, but with lots of sizzle, you have to read her books.” ~ Carol A. Spradling

*****

Courting the Countess

Courting The Countess

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Coming October 5, 2016

When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.

Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?

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“Another hit from Ms. Hatch, I really enjoyed this one and look forward to reading it again!” ~ Bookworm Nation

“I had plenty of flutterings in belly with this book!  Oh, the build up and the misunderstanding.  This book has all the things I look for as a reader.  Every time I pick up a book by Donna Hatch, I know I’m in for a treat.” ~ Getting Your Read On Review  

“In the end, I loved how Richard learns to love Elizabeth and the lengths he would go for her. Elizabeth too would do anything for Richard. The ending is absolutely perfect. If you like reading stories of/with Regency Romance, trust issues, a little mystery, marriage not made by love, learning to love, [overcoming] abuse, clean read (Lots of kissing), and finding where you are meant to be then this might be for you! ~ Kindle and Me

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Heart Strings, Book 1 of the Music of the Heart Series

Gently bred young ladies don’t run away from home to find employment, but when forced to choose between marrying a brutish oaf or becoming another man’s mistress, Susanna makes an unconventional decision. Following her passion for music, she flees to London with dreams of securing a position as a harpist. Becoming entangled with a handsome violinist who calls himself Kit, but who seems too aristocratic for a working-class musician, may be more problematic than sleeping in the streets.

Kit’s attention is captured by Susanna’s breath-taking talent, admirable grace, and winsome smiles…until a lawman exposes the new harpist as a runaway bride and a thief. With peril lurking in the shadows, Susanna’s imminent danger not only forces Kit to choose between his better judgment and his heart, but he must also embrace the life to which he swore he would never return.

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Bookworm Nation: This had a fun and unique regency setting, which I loved. Susanna is a gifted harpist and when she realizes her aunt wants to marry her off to an odious cousin, she runs away to London hoping to use her talent and get a job playing in an orchestra. I enjoyed seeing this side of Regency England and it was nice to see a woman of this time stand up for herself and try to make it on her own. Susanna was a likable character, she’s easy to root for and it was great seeing her come into her own. The handsome Kit, the orchestra’s violinist, feels badly for Susanna and ends up taking her under his wing. Kit was great, very charming and always there for Susanna.

*****

Novellas

Summer House party

“A Perfect Match”

a Novella in Summer House Party

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A brand-new tale is the prequel to Christian and Genevieve’s story in A Perfect Secret

Genevieve Marshall attends a summer house party hosted by her best friend who can’t wait to introduce her to a gentleman she wants to marry, Christian Amesbury. After meeting him, Genevieve determines Christian is perfect….for her. Torn between loyalty to her best friend and the yearnings of her heart, she must first escape the attention of a powerful lord who’s obsessed with her and who tries to rob her of any hope for a happily ever after.

Also included in the Summer House Party anthology are novellas by Regency authors Regina Scott and Sarah M. Eden

 

Autumn Masquerade ebook

Unmasking the Duke”

a Novella in “Autumn Masquerade Romance” Anthology

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The last thing Hannah Palmer wants is to flirt with men in a crowded ballroom, but when her sister throws a Masquerade Ball, Hannah can’t say no and takes shelter behind a mask. She dances with a delightful masked man, matching him wit for wit, and falling for his charms. When the glorious evening culminates in a kiss, and they remove their masks, Hannah is horrified to discover the man she’s been flirting with all night is the despised Duke of Suttenberg. No matter how charming the duke was at the ball, and how wonderful the kiss, he is the last man she’d ever accept.

with every heartbeat amazon imageWith Every Heartbeat Anthology

Three short tales by Donna Hatch combined into one collection for print

The Reluctant Bride: Fleeing a looming marriage to a terrifying man, Abby meets a mysterious stranger who makes her a startling proposition that will either save her, or leave her mired in scandal.

Emma’s Dilemma: Horrors! Emma’s favorite Gothic novel is coming true…but reality is not as fun as fiction. The only man she’s ever loved is home from war, but he’s changed in a terrifying way. Emma must decide if she can love a creature of darkness, or reveal his secret and lose him forever.

Constant Hearts: The scandalous Lady Amelia must face her enemies to get aid for a forgotten orphanage. Newly returned from the war, Reed plans to make a new life and forget Amelia. When fate reunites them, the last thing they want is to face the heartbreak that tore them apart. Amelia must choose between honoring her family’s wishes or declaring herself and risking Reed’s rejection.

A Christmas ReunionA Christmas Reunion, the gift of a Second Chance

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Heartbroken at the news that her betrothed has wed another woman, Emily is determined to pick up the pieces of her life and enjoy Christmas with her family.

Newly returned from war, Bennett holds a secret and will do anything to ensure Emily, his only true love, never discovers it…even if it means losing her.

Fate reunites the star-crossed lovers and reveals the truth that will either unite them or drive them apart forever.

The Gift of a Second Chance, published by the Wild Rose Press, is available in digital format everywhere ebooks are sold. Amazon ,Barnes & Noble, or directly from the publisher, The Wild Rose Press.

*****

Winter Collection, 6 historical short stories

“A Winter’s Knight”

A novella in “A Timeless Romance Anthology, Winter Collection”

Six Award-Winning Authors contributed brand new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Winter Collection, a romantic collection unlike any other. Readers will love this compilation of six novellas, set in varying eras, yet all with one thing in common: Sweet Historical Romance.

In A Winter’s Knight by Donna Hatch, a young lady’s fascination with a murdering earl and his dark castle lands her in the heart of an ancient and terrible secret. It will take more than a Christmas kiss underneath the mistletoe to break the curse and find a happily ever after.
Also included are: The Road to Cavan Town by Sarah M. Eden, It Happened Twelfth Night by Heidi Ashworth, An Unexpected Proposal by Annette Lyon, Caroles on the Green by Joyce DiPastena, A Fortunate Exile, Heather B. Moore
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When Ship Bells Ring

When Ship Bells Ring, ebook novella

Born the daughter of a gentleman but now an innkeeper’s niece, Lily loses hope that her true love, an officer in His Majesty’s Navy, will return to claim her as his bride. When his ship returns home, she must choose between risking shame and ridicule by running to him, or waiting like a lady for him to come to her…if he still wants her.

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A Winter’s Knight novella
This novella is also included in A TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY, A WINTER COLLECTION.A young lady’s fascination with a murdering earl and his dark castle lands her in the heart of an ancient and terrible secret. It will take more than a Christmas kiss underneath the mistletoe to break the curse and find a happily ever after.

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Troubled Hearts

Regency Novella Ebook

Desperate to escape her estranged husband and a home enshrouded with death and despair, Julia

flees in the middle of the night. Little does she know, her determined husband is in pursuit. Along the journey, she discovers a telling revelation. But it may not be enough to banish the ghosts of the past and soothe their troubled hearts.

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Review: Troubled Hearts by Donna Hatch is a tenderly sweet story of misunderstanding and redemption…With gentle finesse, Ms. Hatch solves a real dilemma with a fresh, yet subtle voice that soothes Troubled Hearts.

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Troubled Hearts gave us a trio of wonderfully alive characters and a life lesson that will not very soon be forgotten! Well done Ms. Hatch, well done!

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*****

Constant Hearts

Regency novella ebook inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion

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The scandalous Lady Amelia Dasherwood must face her enemies to get aid for a forgotten orphanage. Newly returned from the war, Dr. Reed St. Ives plans to make a new life and forget Amelia. When fate reunites them, the last thing they want is to face the heartbreak that tore them apart. Amelia must choose between her family’s wishes or declaring herself and risking Reed’s rejection.When fate reunites them, the last thing they want is to face the heartbreak that tore them apart years ago. Amelia must choose between honoring her family’s wishes to deny her heart again, or declaring herself and risking Reed’s rejection. Placing her heart at his feet would take the most courage of all.

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Emma’s Dilemma

Regency novella ebook

Horrors! Emma’s favorite Gothic novel is coming true…but reality is not as fun as fiction. The only man she’s ever loved is finally home from war, but he’s changed in a terrifying way. Emma must decide if she can love a creature of darkness, or reveal his secret and lose him forever.

This is a tongue-in-cheek, Gothic-style sweet Regency romance novella about jumping to conclusions, taking a leap of faith, and loving without reservation.

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Mistletoe Magic

Christmas Regency novella ebook
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At the Christmas Eve masquerade ball, Evelyn plans to lure the charming and handsome Michael underneath the mistletoe and show him just how much she likes him. With a single, earth-shattering kiss, she’s certain he’ll finally realize she’s the only girl for him. Little does she know, her childhood friend, Colin, has the same plans for Evelyn. Neither her crush on another man, nor her near escape from falling through the ice in a frozen pond will stand in Colin’s way. They’ll both need the magic of a mistletoe kiss, but only one of them will succeed in their plans.

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The Reluctant Bride

Regency short story ebook
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Fleeing a looming marriage to a terrifying man, Abby meets a mysterious stranger who makes her a startling proposition that will either save her, or leave her mired in scandal.

 

 

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Fantasy

Queen in Exile

A Fantasy Adventure Romance Novel

Queen in Exile is now out of print.

Rumors of war hang over Princess Jeniah’s peaceful country of Arden, a land that shuns both magic and warfare. Following a lifelong dream, Jeniah forms a telepathic bond with a revered creature called a chayim, who is prophesied to save her kingdom. But when a Darborian knight, Kai, comes upon Jeniah with her chayim, he sees only a vicious monster about to devour a maiden, and he slays the beast.

Devastated by the loss of her chayim, and fearing that her magic is evil, Jeniah doubts her destiny. When an enemy invades Arden City, they slaughter the people, storm the castle, and execute the entire royal family except the princess. Rescued by the knight who slew her chayim, Jeniah is now heir to the throne of Arden and the only hope for freeing her people.

On the run and hunted by enemy soldiers, Jeniah must place her life and the fate of her kingdom in the hands of this trained killer. Torn between embracing her destiny as queen of Arden, and her love for a mere knight, she must ultimately rely on her magic to save herself and her people from death and tyranny.

5 stars out of 5!. I would read it again, and have recommend it many friends. It was also nominated for a 2010 Whitney Award. By LDS Women’s Book Review