Kathryn Albright grew up in southern California where she sets many of her sweet western romances. A Golden Heart finalist and recipient of the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, she writes historical romance that celebrates courage and hope against all odds with a dash of adventure.
Her enjoyment of historical romantic fiction began as a teenager when she was given the novel Ramona ~ set in southern California after the Mexican-American War. A few thousand books later, she still enjoys reading romance set in the past. (She also loves fairy tales and all things Disney.)
Kathryn's past includes careers as a nurse and an obstetrical sonographer where daily she witnessed many "happy ever afters" and miracles.
Kathryn's latest western historical romances for Harlequin are "sweet" although her earlier stories were not. Please check her website if you are wondering what brought on the change ~ Why Sweet?
Along with her writing, Kathryn also judges for the Romance Writers of America Rita contest for published writers and the Wisconsin Romance Writers FabFive contest for unpublished writers.
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Gloria Palmer has always done the proper thing expected of her as the daughter of a shipping tycoon. The approval of her family and friends mean everything. And yet, when the perfect suitor offers for her… she hesitates.
Colin McDougal has little use for those living on the fancy side of the trolley tracks. He is too busy managing the family pub and, in his spare time, writing down the lively tunes in his head. So, when Miss Palmer asks for his help to prepare for a music audition, he is flummoxed. What does he know of highbrow music?
But with each practice session, their feelings for each other grow. When it comes time for Gloria to make a choice between what is proper and what she desires, will she realize that if music can cross class lines, it might also be able to harmonize two hearts.
Gloria Palmer: Privileged, 19-year old daughter of Stephen Palmer and Emmeline Davis Palmer. Heiress of the Davis Shipping Company. Younger sister of Theodore “Tad” Palmer. Dreams of becoming a concert pianist.
Emmeline Davis Palmer: Mother to Gloria. Interested in her own agenda—finding a husband for Gloria so that her daughter will stay close to home.
Stephen Palmer: Father to Gloria. Step-son to Mary Godwin Palmer (Grandma Mary). Traveled east to secure a shipping arrangement for his father’s cattle and ended up meeting and marrying Emmeline. An astute and loving father.
Sandra: 18-year old cousin of Gloria on her mother’s side. Lives in town. Athletic. Fun.
George Wellbourne III: Ambitious financial advisor of Davis Shipping. Social climber. Wants to marry Gloria to secure a permanent place in Davis Shipping.
Colin McDougal: 25-year old, oldest son of Ian and Maggie McDougal. Helps in the family pub—bartending, playing the piano, and whatever else is needed. Enjoys writing down tunes that pop into his head. Dreams of having his music printed by a publishing house in Tin Pan Alley.
James McDougal: 17-year old younger son of the McDougals. Looks up to his older brother. Helps out in the pub.
Patrick McDougal: 26-year old cousin. Helped run the pub. Estranged after family argument. Master brewer for the tavern.
I enjoy envisioning my characters and the setting as I write. To see some of my ideas, please check out my Pinterest Page at http://www.pinterest.com/kathrynalbright
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