Amy Corwin


The Unwanted Heiress

THe Unwanted HeiressPublished: Revised and republished in 2013. Originally published in 2008 by The Wild Rose Press as I Bid One American

Archer Family Regency Series: Book 1

An American heiress nobody wants; a Duke every woman is after, and a murder no one expects. 

When Nathaniel, Duke of Peckham, meets Charlotte, he’s suspicious of her indifference.  Too many women have sought—and failed—to catch him.  However, Charlotte is more interested in dead pharaohs than English dukes.

Unfortunately, a debutante seeking to entrap Nathaniel gets murdered, and his reputation as a misogynist makes him a suspect. On impulse, Charlotte comes to his aid, not realizing that her actions may place her in danger, too.

Both are unaware that a highwayman interested in rich heiresses is following Charlotte, and that another debutante lies dead in Nathaniel’s carriage.

Some nights just don’t go as planned.

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Included in Book Utopia's list of best novels for 2008!

Fallen Angel Reviews --

Nathaniel and Charlotte work as a couple. I Bid One American is a charmingly original Regency Romance with characters readers won't soon forget. --Kimber for Fallen Angel Reviews

Romance Reviews Today --

 I BID ONE AMERICAN is an engaging tale that is sure to please many readers as it did me.  Make sure it’s on your summer reading list!  --Amy Cunningham for Romance Reviews Today

Long and Short Reviews gave it 5 books!  This was a great read and Ms. Corwin has written an outstanding novel.   You can read the entire review in their blog at:

The Romance Studio gave I BID ONE AMERICAN  4.5 hearts and you can read the entire review on their website: TRS I Bid One American Review   Overall rating: The plot is as convoluted and entertaining as the Archer family. I really loved this tale, the mystery alone would have kept me hooked, but I got a great Regency as a bonus. ---The Romance Studio


     In this scene, Charlotte isn’t about to take Lady Beatrice’s veiled insults without a fight—even if it means insulting a duke…


     Charlotte held her breath and eyed both of her companions with trepidation.

     As anticipated, Lady Beatrice missed the dry note in her comment.

     “That is Your Grace, Miss Haywood.” She corrected her with a condescending smile. “The Duke of Peckham. I suppose Colonials have difficulties with the niceties of British Society.”

     “Oh, I do apologize, Your Awful Graciousness. It is so difficult to keep all these minute class distinctions straight. We Americans are so inclined to believe that rubbish about all men being created equal, aren’t we?” 

     Charlotte noticed the duke appeared to be strangling. His shoulders positively shook with suppressed emotion.

     She watched him, unsure whether to laugh or take a few rapid steps backward.

     His odd expression could either mean he felt amusement or the strong desire to choke the life out of her. In her experience, some men were so affected by her sense of humor that they found the latter course nearly irresistible. Especially her last guardian, Lord Westover.

     She stepped back.

     Lady Beatrice slipped her hand through the duke’s arm. “If you’d care to return, I believe they’re starting another waltz, Your Grace. You did promise this one to me, didn’t you?”

     He began to pull away, but she clung more tightly, her smile thinning. “I—” he said.

     “Come,” Lady Beatrice said in a playful, arch tone. “You know you promised. Surely you would not break your word to a lady?”

     The duke cast one last glance at Charlotte before he shrugged, clearly giving in to good manners. “As you wish.”

     Lady Beatrice nodded at Charlotte. “Miss Haywood, don’t stay out here too long. The nights are damp. You don’t want to catch something.”

     “No, indeed.” Charlotte gave a rather elaborate shiver. “I most certainly do not want to catch anything. Here, at least. Heaven forbid.”

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