Innocent Cleome Parker is unprepared for Drake Stoneham, an arrogant gambler who wins her grandfather's tavern in a card game. Her mother is an invalid, and Cleome must keep a roof over her head, at any cost. As the illegitimate offspring of a madwoman, Cleome has always been an outcast, but she convinces Drake to hire her as innkeeper. Although she is drawn irresistibly to him, she fights the desire that threatens to consume them both.
Their daring adventures take them across 1830s England, plunge them into political intrigue in Italy, and inflame the passion between them, drawing them together again and again as copper to a magnet, as a musket ball to a lodestone.
"The Lodestone is the best I've ever read. The author drew me in with warm, compelling characters and kept me turning pages with a fast-paced, richly layered plot. I love the way she weaves history in by involving her feminist heroine in the social issues of her day. Charlene Keel can flat-out write!" Peggy Webb, multi-published author.
"The Lodestone is a well-thought out trip back in time...there is always something tantalizing going on. Perfect book to lose yourself in for a while." Romance Junkies
"This compelling story is filled with rich detail of 1800s England, bringing to life the society intrigues of that time. I highly recommend this exciting and endearing story." Coffee Time Romance
"I was right there with the characters throughout the whole book. I wish I were with Drake Stoneham! Yikes, what a hunk!" -Bonnie W., Woodland Hills, CA
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