About The Author

Sydney Jane Baily

Sydney Jane Baily completed her first novel at the tender age of 17. Thankfully, that manuscript resides in an undisclosed secure location. After spending years as a book editor, Sydney is thrilled to be crafting her own stories of a bygone era. She resides in New England with her family—human, feline, and canine.
 

The Defiant Hearts Series

An Intriguing Proposition

Following her father's untimely death, eldest daughter Elise Malloy discovers that the family home is collateral for a mysterious loan. With no record of payments made from her father's accounts, whoever was paying the bank has now stopped, and foreclosure is imminent.
 
Desperate to keep the news from her grieving, funds-starved family, Elise answers the bank summons and faces Michael Bradley, an old flame who still owns her heart. When Michael extends an unseemly dinner invitation, Elise invents a nameless suitor as an excuse to refuse.
 
Now, to save face, she must produce him.
 
Jonathon Amory, Esquire, seems the perfect choice, until her long-desired relationship with Michael unexpectedly catches fire, and Jonathon makes it clear he will stop at nothing to destroy her family and lock her into a loveless marriage.
 
REVIEWS:
"...a glittering tale of star-crossed lovers, threatened by a web of lies... a great new book in a new series." ~Adrienne deWolfe, Bestselling Author of Scoundrel for Hire

An Improper Situation

Boston lawyer Reed Malloy is on a mission–deliver two orphans to one Charlotte Sanborn of Spring City, Colorado. He's not prepared for Charlotte's shocking refusal to raise her own kin, or for the fire her irresistible beauty and bold intelligence ignites within him.

With her chestnut hair and striking green eyes, Charlotte could be the catch of Spring City. Instead, she lives in solitude and wears her independence like a suit of armor. It will take some firsthand persuasion if Reed is to complete his legal duty and, perhaps, explore more tantalizing issues.

When Charlotte forsakes everything familiar in her life, traveling across the country with her two young charges to confront the children’s grandmother—and when 2,000 miles of America’s heartland no longer separate her from Reed—she is welcomed into the high society of the Boston Brahmins. But as scorned women emerge and sinister forces threaten, she finds herself dealing with unforeseen intrigue that could rip apart her tenuous bond with Reed.
 
REVIEWS:
"…the ending was perfect... Many wonderful characters including nasty villains and villainesses. I had a hard time putting it down!" ~Lady McNeill, Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books

An Irresistible Temptation

Disembarking the train at the tiny town of Spring City, Colorado, classical pianist Sophie Malloy didn't expect to be knocked into the street by a dusty cowboy with a devastatingly sexy grin.
 
Riley Dalcourt—the dusty cowboy—is stunned. At first sight, he knows Sophie is the woman for him, right down to her purple unmentionables. Unfortunately, he’s already engaged. Honor bound, he’s determined to go through with his commitment. Yet he simply can’t stay away from the sweet-tempered beauty who has entered his life so unexpectedly, or forget her when she leaves just as quickly.
 
Traveling from San Francisco and the dangerous Barbary Coast, Sophie and Riley reunite while pursuing their individual dreams that, if fulfilled, will pull them apart forever.

An Inescapable Attraction

Eliza Prentice didn't anticipate finding herself fevered and hitching a ride aboard a stifling boxcar. Escaping Jack Stoddard, a murdering gambler who kidnapped her over an unpaid debt, was bad enough. Worse, the concerned man kneeling beside her is the only man she ever loved... and betrayed.
 
Thaddeus Sanborn has always loved Eliza, despite her betrayal. Now heading east, the last person he expects to find is Eliza and discover she is running from the same man he is desperately trying to avoid.
 
But escaping another broken heart proves more difficult for Thaddeus when pent-up passions become an all-consuming inferno, and Eliza disappears—again.
 
Aboard Stoddard's riverboat, against her will, Eliza faces an all-or-nothing game with Thaddeus's life hanging in the balance.