Bring together a self-determined daughter of New York’s High Society, a Duke with a penchant for thoroughbred race horses and strong women, along with a horse racing syndicate that will stop at nothing to get what they want, set in both New York and Great Britain in the time of Queen Victoria, and you have First Past The Post.
The story begins in New York with Eva McKenzie and her friend Lily at the horse auction in Sheepshead Bay. There she meets a fascinating Duke whom she finds a little too charming for his own good. He sets her instincts alight in warning. On the other hand, the Duke conversely finds that Eva is one of the most stubborn, infuriating, and attractive women he’s ever encountered. After a fire breaks out and a horse-napping occurs, Eva trusts the Duke even less and suspects him of being complicit with a rumoured Trans-Atlantic horse racing syndicate.
Eva and the Duke begrudgingly join forces and travel across the Atlantic Ocean only to find themselves in the crosshairs of the horse syndicate and two steps behind their every move. Through a Cunard journey across the Atlantic Ocean, to a devastating train wreck, to the upper class thoroughbred races, this story is a romantic adventure set within the backdrop of Victorian England and its not-so-royal underbelly.
Follow the Duke of Wiltshire and Eva Chanler McKenzie through multiple continents, in high society drawing rooms, down dark alleys, and you will find yourself cheering them on while they search for the truth about the horse syndicate and their budding feelings for one another.