What secret in Harry’s past changed a celebrated war hero into a drunken wastrel? Is he already too far along the path to ruin, or can becoming the next Saint of Seven Dials—and the love of the right woman—transform him back into the man he always had the potential to become?
Harry Thatcher’s long-awaited (and much requested) story!
Harry Thatcher, once a celebrated war hero, returned to England a dissipated wastrel and avowed lifelong bachelor. In hopes of preventing Harry from degenerating into the most disreputable rake in Regency London, his best friend persuades him to take up the mantle as the Saint of Seven Dials, a role Harry adopts wholeheartedly. But even his friends don’t know the secret in Harry’s past that first set him on the path to ruin. Most assume it was his battlefield injury that transformed him from a valiant soldier into the embittered, reckless man he is now, but long before that injury, there was a woman…
Xena Maxwell was a most unusual woman, even at nineteen, when Harry first met her, clad in breeches, in a rough-and-tumble Army camp on the Peninsula. Heedless of convention after traveling the world with her scholarly father, Xena could fight and shoot as well as most men and was every bit as gifted at repairing wounds as she was at causing them. Harry’s fascination and Xena’s disregard for propriety landed them in a marriage neither intended, disgrace for Harry and exile for Xena. Her ship foundered before reaching England, however, and Harry was never the same again…
Now, just as he’s coming into his own as the newest Saint of Seven Dials, Harry finds himself face to face with the wife he’s believed dead for the past seven years. Will her miraculous survival prove an answer to prayer or a curse upon them both?
Book 5 in the Saint of Seven Dials series
Praise for Gallant Scoundrel:
“Although it’s part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand alone book. But why would you want to do that when each and every book preceding it is as exciting a book as this one! …an absolutely wonderful story, the romance flows throughout it, but you also have the excitement of Harry’s outings as the Saint…It’s a very emotional, fast paced book that I absolutely recommend. Once you have read it you might just find yourself buying the rest in the series if you haven’t read them already.” ~Goodreads reader
“well worth the wait… Brenda Hiatt writes in a style that has the reader feeling the characters highs and lows’ their frustrations, despair, and longings. Gallant Scoundrel will keep the reader on their toes; just when you think you have the next action figured out you’ll be given hints that will add a new layer to the action.” ~Goodreads reader
“Well plotted and well delivered. Thank you Brenda for another winner in the Saint of Seven Dials series. I originally picked them up because, when I lived in London, I used to hang out around Seven Dials, and I miss it. This series has given me a new appreciation for Seven Dials history and a found love for the Regency period.” ~Amazon reader
“a feel good read…my favorite of the five novels – as always the characters are well developed and interesting” ~Amazon reader