Under the Mango Tree by Meredith Bond

Historical romance is one of my favorite genres to edit. This sweet Regency novella by Meredith Bond is set in exotic India.


A good Indian girl peeking out from behind her veil. A handsome Englishman determined to find adventure. Two people dare to dream the impossible.
Lakshmi Rai has never been your ordinary good Bengali girl. Studying with her twin brother has taught her so much more than any young woman from a good family would have normally learned, but when an Englishman enters their garden he has her questioning fundamental rules she’s always lived by.
James Ritchie, the Earl of Huntley, has been forced into an adventure by his dying father. Building a business in Calcutta to save his family finances provides even more excitement than he could have anticipated. But meeting the shy sister of his new business partner turns his world upside down.
Under the Mango Tree is the second Parents Novella of the Merry Men Series and explores the relationship of the parents of Julian Ritchie, the hero of An Exotic Heir. If you love reading about exotic places, different cultures and strong women then you’ll love exploring Calcutta during the Raj in Meredith Bond’s Under the Mango Tree.

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An Exotic Heir


Weaving a web of revenge can be satisfying, but dangerous to your heart.
London society is shallow and cruel, sending Cassandra Renwick running to Calcutta, India, the exotic seat of the British Raj. It’s a fascinating place filled with interesting sights – including the dark and mysterious Julian Ritchie. But she never thought that an even greater heartbreak could be here in this alien and enchanting land.
Julian has always been discriminated against for being only half English. Embittered, he plots an intricate plan for vengeance with the innocent and lovely Cassandra as his pawn. But he soon finds that payback can be painful for the avenger as well when the threads of revenge unwittingly turn into the silken bonds of love.

This is the first book in The Merry Men Quartet, four friends whose stories had to be told.
Look for the other books in the series!
A Rake’s Reward
The Merry Marquis
A Dandy in Disguise

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