The Astoria Trilogy
Author: Leigh Maynard
Genre: Modern Gothic Romance
“Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.”
After my mother died, I made it my mission to connect with my only other living relative, my grandfather, Sterling Richmond. She’d fought since I was born to keep me away from him and our family’s legacy—the Victorian mansion set high on a hill outside of Astoria, Oregon. But now I needed to know why. Meeting Jace Blackwell, my grandfather’s hired hand, was just a bonus. He’s everything I’m not—gritty, experienced—but the first time our eyes met, I knew he understood me like no one else ever had. As I began peering below the surface of prestige that had shielded my family’s misdeeds for so long, I was shocked and sickened by what I found—then left reeling from a betrayal I never saw coming.
The first time I saw little miss shipping heiress Greer Richmond, I couldn’t look away. Too bad I learned a long time ago that girls like her don’t end up with guys like me. Still, she somehow managed to get under my skin, and we formed a bond I hoped would hold. But when my secrets and those of Richmond House threatened our relationship, would Greer stay and uncover the truth?
Author’s Note: Richmond House is a slow-burn modern gothic romance that ends on a cliffhanger. Greer and Jace’s story continues in Richmond’s Fall. Please check the author’s website for Content Warnings.
“We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.”
Seven years ago, I promised myself I’d never go back. But now Richmond House was mine, and what awaited me in Astoria even more sinister. Forced to continue my exploration of my family’s sins, I discovered more questions than answers. It wasn’t long before I found myself accused of a crime I didn’t commit, trapped in a web of secrets I hadn’t seen coming and couldn’t escape from on my own.
I knew she’d come back someday, but it didn’t matter. I’d moved on, made something of myself, just like I’d planned to all those years ago. I had everything I’d ever wanted—until Greer Richmond decided she needed me. Until I dropped everything to keep Richmond House from swallowing her whole once again.
Author’s Note: Richmond’s Fall is the second novel in the Astoria Trilogy. It ends on a cliffhanger. Greer and Jace’s story continues in Richmond’s Legacy. Please check the author’s website for Content Warnings.
“Under every guilty secret there is hidden a brood of guilty wishes, whose unwholesome infecting life is cherished by the darkness.”
We promised each other, “no secrets, no lies.” But Greer kept something from me—something big. I drove a wedge between us, even though I already knew I couldn’t live without her. Now I’m on a mission to acquire the one thing she wants most of all—before it’s too late—in hopes it brings her the peace she deserves.
Narrowly escaping death, I woke up in my bedroom at Richmond House to discover I was once again the object of Jace’s scorn. He’s furious I didn’t tell him about my anxiety, that he couldn’t protect me. But with my best friend in town, I feel stronger. And I’m not going to back down—from Jace or whoever else tries to get in my way.
Author’s Note: Richmond’s Legacy is the third and final novel in the Astoria Trilogy. Please check the author’s website for Content Warnings.
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Leigh Maynard writes gothic romance from her homes in Seattle, Washington, and Charleston, South Carolina. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and her cat, Henry. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, skiing, trying to convince her husband she’s “outdoorsy,” and planning vacations to warmer climes.