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Georgianne Whitley’s beloved father and brothers died in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte. While she is grieving for them, she must deal with her unpredictable mother’s sorrow, and her younger sisters’ situation caused by it.
Georgianne’s problems increase when the arrogant, wealthy but elderly Earl of Pennington, proposes marriage to her for the sole purpose of being provided with an heir. At first she is tempted by his proposal, but something is not quite right about him. She rejects him not suspecting it will lead to unwelcome repercussions.
Stanton’s cheeks purpled. “Stoop to marry a brazen hussy who tempted you?”
Georgianne peered at Stanton. While she felt sorry for him, knowing he was fighting for his inheritance, nevertheless, she opened her mouth to protest. He spoke before she could offer her defence. “You are shameless. I will not permit scandalous behaviour in my household. Words almost fail me at the sight of you standing close to my uncle with one of his hands on your shoulder.”
Her temper rose.
His lordship raised an eyebrow. “I wish words failed you now.”
The reverend gentleman’s cheeks reddened. “Uncle, I will not create a scandal by breathing a word to anyone about you being alone with this jade, so there is no need for you to feel obliged to wed her.”
The earl held up his hand to silence his nephew. “Enough! You are contemptible.”
“Yes, you are contemptible.” Georgianne echoed his words, appreciative of the earl’s swift defence but still wary of his motives.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I write historical fiction, so I am fortunate to be only a 20 minute train journey from London, which offers so many possibilities for research about times past. So many things spark my imagination. During the last two years I took an open tour bus ride around London. Amongst the sky scrapers and modern buildings Old London can be discovered, including the street which J.K.Rowling used as a model for Diagon Alley in her Harry Potter series.
For as long as I can remember, I enjoyed studying history, reading historical non-fiction, historical fiction and its sub-genres. I enjoy novels in which the characters’ behaviour is appropriate for the era in which they lived.
The more I read the more fascinated I become, and the more aware of the gulf between historical periods and my own. Our ancestors shared the same emotions as we do, but their attitudes and way of life were different to ours. One of the most striking examples is the position of women and children in society in bygone ages.
I don’t think it is possible for a novelist to be 100% accurate about life in former ages. However, the characters in my novels are of their time, not ones dressed in costume who behave like 21st century women. Of course, it is almost impossible to completely understand our ancestors, but through extensive research I ensure my characters observe the social etiquette of their lives and times.
My previously published novels, set in the early 18th century and in the ever popular Regency era, and my previously unpublished historical fiction will be published by Books We Love as e-book editions and paper books.
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