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The Professor’s Lady + Giveaway!

The Professor’s Lady by Holly Bush

Publication Date: January 25, 2022

Series: The Thompsons of Locust Street, Book 3
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Meet the Thompsons of Locust Street, an unconventional family taking Philadelphia high society by storm…

1870 Kirsty Thompson is determined to begin her own business bringing beloved Scottish fabrics and yarns to Philadelphia but first she must meet the men and women who weave the plaids and spin the wool. How will she ever escape her protective older siblings and sail to Scotland?

Albert Watson is a medical doctor focusing on research, especially that of Joseph Lister and his sterilization techniques. He speaks at universities in America and in England while visiting his London relatives. As he prepares to sail for just such an engagement, Kirsty Thompson boards his ship to beg him to take her with him. What’s a gentleman to do? Albert cancels his trip across the ocean to escort Miss Thompson back to Philadelphia and finds there is danger afoot for her and her family.

Soon he comes to realize there is also danger for his heart, even for a man who rarely pulls his nose from a medical journal. He finds himself unable to put Miss Kirsty Thompson out of his thoughts, where they belonged, because certainly a beautiful, ambitious, and charming young woman could have no interest in him. Or could she?

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Okay, Y’all. Can I just be candid with you for a second? I was never a fan of the romance genre, be it in movies or books. The closest I could come to tolerating a romance before becoming a book reviewer was Robinhood and Maid Marian. Or maybe…maybe…Arthur and Guinevere. (I would add the Tudor Era here, but I don’t exactly equate King Henry VIII with romance.) With that said, Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours introduced me to Regency romance novels, which I fell in love with (see what I did there?) and thus introduced me to the impeccable writing skills of Holly Bush.

First of all, The Professor’s Lady is the third book of “The Thompsons of Locust Street” book series. (Don’t mind me, just buying up the first two books as I am writing this review.) The first thing that hit me was the depth of the characters. Not every author can flesh out unique, three-dimensional human beings. Have you ever set a novel aside two chapters in, because the characters are as flat (and about as interesting) as cardboard? Not so with Ms. Holly Bush. Kirsty Thompson is independent and headstrong, while at the same time being wonderfully kind and vulnerable. (She also tends to make less-than-awesome decisions, which makes her my BFF. I love me a character with quirks.) And Albert! I absolutely adored Albert. There were a couple of times that I wanted to grab him by his fancy collar and tell him to “man up, already!” But he is a knight in shining armor and the wannabe-princess in me loved him dearly.

The story itself moves along at a quick pace, with the plot weaving seamlessly in and around the storyline. The scenes are expertly set, and the novel is equal parts romance, tension and adventure. The Professor’s Lady is an absolute gem of a novel, and you simply must read it immediately.


About the Author

“Love always has something to say. Sometimes it shouts from the highest hill, and sometimes it whispers so softly one must listen closely to hear. Do not turn away. It is a rare and precious commodity. Treasure it.” The Gentrys of Paradise

Holly Bush’s historical romances are set during the turbulent and transformative years of the late 1800’s. The first two books in her newest series, The Gentrys of Paradise, released in the spring of 2017 and began with the novella Into the Evermore where readers meet Virginia horse breeders, Eleanor and Beauregard Gentry. The following books feature their children, Adam, Matthew, and Olivia. For the Brave is Matthew’s story and is the first full length book of the series. Olivia’s book, For This Moment, released in the spring of 2018. The final book, For Her Honor, is now available.

The Crawford Family Series following the fortunes of the three Boston born Crawford sisters and includes Train Station Bride, Contract to Wed, Her Safe Harbor, and companion novella, The Maid’s Quarters. Cross the Ocean and Charming the Duke are both British set Victorian romances. Fan favorites stand-alone historical romance novels include Romancing Olive and Reconstructing Jackson. Holly’s books are described as ‘emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance.’

She also writes General Fiction under the name of Hollis Bush.

Holly makes her home with her husband, one happy Labrador Retriever and a clever Jack Russell rescued from the pound, and two difficult cats in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at, on Twitter @hollybushbooks, on Instagram, and on Facebook at Holly Bush. Follow Holly on her Amazon author page to receive new release updates and on BookBub to check out her reviews and get sale information.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 9
Review & Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner

Tuesday, May 10
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, May 11
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Thursday, May 12
Review at Booked on Lattes

Friday, May 13
Excerpt at Lisa Everyday Reads

Monday, May 16
Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads
Excerpt at Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance

Tuesday, May 17
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Wednesday, May 18
Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Thursday, May 19
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Friday, May 20
Excerpt at CelticLady’s Reviews


Enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on May 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Professor’s Lady Tour

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