Real People. Real Conflict. Real Romance.
in the style of Jane Austen
An Enchantress Novel Book 1
The Earl and The Enchantress
by Paullett Golden
Not all scars can be healed with a kiss.
Sebastian Lancaster, Earl of Roddam, harbors a family secret so dark he has forsaken marriage to hide the past. When fate introduces him to Lizbeth, he believes he has met his perfect match—a woman with whom he can share passion without commitment.
Lizbeth Trethow risks everything to follow her heart until Sebastian’s past returns to haunt them. Desperate to hide the blood on his hands, he sabotages their happiness. Everything depends on Lizbeth unraveling the truth and turning this villain into a hero.
This is the love story of Lizbeth and Sebastian as they battle metaphoric ghosts born of murder and enlightenment to be together.
(only available in steamy edition)
Closed-Door Romance: Sensual flirtation between married couple, light kissing, subtle references to marital intimacy, clean language
Themes & Triggers: Bipolar disorder/manic depression, references to child abuse, mental and physical trauma, post traumatic stress disorder
Tropes: Beauty & Beast, Bluestocking, Tortured Hero, Anti-Hero, Redemption, Scars, Castles & Legends, Grumpy & Sunshine, Coast to Coast, Balls to Beaches, Family Secrets
Romance Genre: Drama
2020 Chatelaine CIBA Romance Award Finalist
2020 American Book Fest Finalist
2019 Reader Views 3rd Place Winner
2019 American Eagle Book Award Honorable Mention
2018 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award
"I loved reading 'The Earl and the Enchantress.' It is an extremely well written novel with some subplots that add to the already intense main plot. The author Paullett Golden has a gift for creating memorable characters that have depth.... I highly recommend 'The Earl and the Enchantress' by Paullett Golden for fans of historical romance novels. It would make a great selection for women’s reader groups as well."
"Romantic plotlines continue well beyond the initial happily-ever-after, offering unexpected twists and further character development. The author adds a few extra ingredients to the romantic formula, with pleasing results. An engaging and unconventional love story."
"Each character was fully developed, robust and very relatable.... This book is well-plotted and well-delivered – an all-in-all excellent first book."
"This is a superb piece of historical romance, brilliantly narrated by Golden, who debuts in style here. Following the story and conversations Lizbeth and Sebastian is a delight, as evidently they delve deeper than mere superficiality. The characterization has been handled pretty well, as Golden weaves in effective foils for almost all characters."
"Liz is one of the strongest heroines you’ll encounter.... I adored this woman! The Earl and The Enchantress is extremely well written for a debut novel. There are some truly romantic moments.... There is plenty of passion, heartbreak, doubt, romance and some interesting, well developed secondary characters. Readers who enjoy a character driven romance will find this a story well worth reading. Paullett Golden is an author I will be following."
"The plot was intricate and very descriptive.... Overall it was a well written book...ultimately an interesting, heartfelt read. This book is for those who enjoy a slow burn, angsty read with ultimately a very satisfying happily ever after."
-Jenna of Reading Rebel Reviews
"I particularly enjoyed the northern setting of this book and Sebastian’s renovated castle. The minor King Arthur plot was also a lovely touch, and the descriptions of the library fulfilled my book-loving dream. The storyline fits the genre well."
-Rosie Amber of Rosie Amber Reviews
"'The Earl and the Enchantress' is everything you want in a romance novel, coupled with an unexpected yet satisfying journey into deeper themes. The surprising twist as a reader is the traditional formulaic romance novel is shattered. The ‘happily ever after’ isn’t achieved with the marriage of the characters occurring halfway through the story, but instead through a true test of their relationship. The writing itself is flawless (even my old university English teacher, who deducted a letter grade per error, couldn’t find fault with this novel). The verbiage is at times highly intellectual, which provides a delightful challenge for the educated mind. Every character is dynamic. Even the stodgy mother-in-law shows growth."
"Stunning prose, full-bodied characters, feverish love scenes… this book should be on every romance reader’s keeper shelf! Golden’s skilled characterization and the slow build of sexual tension makes this Georgian-era romance an enthralling read. The well-developed secondary characters and substantial historical details add texture and depth to an already gripping story. This is a story not only about falling in love, it’s about staying in love while preserving one’s individuality, a story about enlightenment, and about woman empowerment. A book that keeps the reader enthralled up to the last page."
-Tina of The Prairies Book Reviews
"An uplifting read, romantic and heart-warming, with a nice feel for the period and sympathetic protagonists. Every fan of historical romance will surely enjoy this!"
"Anyone looking for an author that weaves into a story, realistic characters, a powerful setting, and historical facts should read Golden."
-Elise of Crime Spree Magazine
"Golden is a good writer. She knows how to structure plot, how to make flawed characters sympathetic and lovable, and has a very firm grasp on theme. Also, she had some great lines."
-Danielle of No Apology Book Reviews