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by Rosemary Morris
GENRE: Historical Romance
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.
Georgianne repressed a shiver, and simultaneously wondered what it would be like to be the adored, pampered wife of an elderly husband. Yet, she knew she must be cautious. “Earlier on, I overheard Cousin Stanton claim your younger son married days before he died. He said your son had a posthumous child. Is it true?”
The earl shrugged. “After a thorough investigation, both at home and abroad, we have come to the conclusion it is no more than a rumour.”
Footsteps sounded in the hall. His lordship ignored them. Instead, he stepped toward her.
One of his bony hands rested on her shoulder. His lined face drew closer to hers. Colour stained his pale cheeks. “Miss Whitley, forgive me for not approaching your guardian to ask for his permission to address you.” Before she could protest, he spoke again. “Will you do me the honour of becoming my wife?”
Over his lordship’s shoulder, Georgianne saw Cousin Stanton enter the room, his hands clasped over his paunch.
“My lord, we are not alone,” she protested.
The earl let her go.
“Jezebel,” Cousin Stanton’s voice thundered. “Eve tempted Adam with fruit from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. You have deliberately tempted my uncle.”
The earl’s eyes mocked her cousin by marriage. “Strive to be original, nephew.”
Georgianne glared at Stanton. “You are abominable. Instead of offering me your protection, you blame me because you fear for your inheritance.”
“Uncle, pay no heed to anything she says,” her cousin-in-law-said. “Only consider the Whore of Babylon ‘in raiment of fine linen, and silk, and, broidered work.’”
Georgianne cringed, insulted by the Biblical reference.
The earl roared with laughter. “Do not make yourself ridiculous, Nephew. One only needs to look at the young lady to know I am at fault. Anyway, my intentions are honourable.”
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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