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.
“My nephew tells me your dowry is small. A pity. The daughter of so gallant an officer should be in better circumstances.”
“I beg your pardon?”
“Shocking of me to speak so bluntly of pecuniary matters, yet necessary, for I must make the most of this opportunity while I am alone with you.”
His fiery gaze alarmed her. “Please step back, my lord.”
He obeyed, although one hand stretched toward her. For a moment, before he lowered it, she thought he would force his unwelcome touch on her. “I ordered my man of business to make enquiries. Now, why should I not favour someone so pretty who is also part of the family? If you consent to be my wife, I will be a considerate husband who indulges you.”
Be his wife? Could he be serious? Georgianne stood as straight as a ramrod, her head held high. Although he appeared amiable he aroused her suspicions.
“Miss Whitley, I respect you for not falling into maidenly hysterics.”
Although she had left the schoolroom only three months before, she knew it was extraordinary for a peer of the realm to suggest marriage to an insignificant Colonel’s daughter. She frowned. “What do you want of me, my lord?”
“To be blunt, I need an heir of my body.”
“Why? You have an heir.” No sooner did she ask the question than she reprimanded herself. In response to the earl’s indelicacy, she should have ignored his frankness.
The earl coughed gently. “I do not care to speak ill of anyone. I hope you understand I only do so because I want a son to replace my nephew who is my heir.”
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.
Rosemary will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.