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I love History, Romance, the Regency, Food, Family, Faith and Friends.

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Island Queen

A remarkable, sweeping historical novel based on the incredible true life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies.

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New York Times Book Review said, "Island Queen provides an incisive interior view of some of the thorniest aspects of West Indian colonial culture: the roots of color and class privilege, the implications of concubinage and common-law marriages, and the participation of some free people of African ancestry in slavery. Evocative and immersive, Riley's narrative bears that weight with grace; discovering Dorothy's story is a singular pleasure."

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Island Queen has been optioned for an adaptation to Television by Longboat Pictures with Julie Anne Robinson, Adjoa Andoh, and Victoria Fea as executive producers. 

Vanessa Riley

I write Historical Fiction and Historical Romance (Georgian, Regency, & Victorian Eras) featuring hidden histories, dazzling multi-culture communities, and strong sisterhoods. My books have been reviewed by the AAMBC, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Publisher Weekly, and the New York Times. 

You're welcome here. Enjoy the fellowship and the research. I put my heart into everything that I care about, and I seek to bring hope and inspiration to the world and onto every page.


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Now in Stores - An Earl, The Girl, and An A Toddler

Vanessa Riley infuses the ballroom settings of Regency England with hints of Demerara Island and Jamaican flair in Rogues and Remarkable Women, her series revolving around The Widow's Grace, a secret society of widows battling society to regain their money and a chance at love everlasting. In this sweeping, swoon-worthy second installment, as a shipwrecked woman searches for her memories after being imprisoned in Bedlam, she becomes entangled with a conflicted Lord who doesn't know he holds the answers...

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The Rogues and Remarkable Women series has been reviewed in the New York Times, NPR, Publisher Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, and more.

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Now in Stores - A Duke, The Lady, and A Baby

When headstrong West Indian heiress Patience Jordan questioned her English husband's mysterious suicide, she lost everything: her newborn son, Lionel, her fortune -- and her freedom. Falsely imprisoned, she risks her life to be near her child -- until The Widow's Grace gets her hired as her own son's nanny. But working for his unsuspecting new guardian, Busick Strathmore, Duke of Repington, has perils of its own. Especially when Patience discovers his military strictness belies an ex-rake of unswerving honor -- and unexpected passion . . .

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A Duke, The Lady, and A Baby has been reviewed in the New York Times, NPR, Publisher Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, and more.

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