A bit of background to the Peninsular War? Or maybe a visit to a Turkish yali [seaside mansion] and a peep into a harem. The Basingstoke Canal - or taking the waters at Bath. Or a wander round Jane Austen's garden at Chawton, seen in the picture below.
A scrapbook of facts and details about the Regency period that I use in my stories.
Monday, 28 April 2014
The Captain's Dilemma by Gail Eastwood
Through a recent competition on The Risky Regencies Blog, I joined in a conversation with Regency author Gail Eastwood. And after the competiton closed, Gail informed me I had won a copy of her story, set in 1813, The Captain's Dilemma
THE CAPTAIN’S DILEMMA
by Gail Eastwood
Gail Eastwood’s story is a delightful Regency romance with a
twist. It brings together two people who should be enemies – a French Captain
and an English girl. From the dramatic start, we are drawn in to share the
danger and the excitement of helping this escaped prisoner of war. Merissa is
under pressure to accept her lifelong friend as a husband. He has grown into a stodgy and predictable
young man and she fears life with him would be secure but dull.
The French Captain may be the enemy but he quickly reveals himself
as a man of honour and courage in the face of difficulties. Once Merissa meets him,
she senses a kindred spirit and soon falls desperately in love with him. The dangers
of aiding an enemy in a time of war add another layer to the story, with
interesting details on the treatment of prisoners. And the villain is a
constant and growing threat who so nearly succeeds in wrecking everything. This
is a good and satisfying read, which will take you into the England of 1813. An additional bonus is the lyrical description of the slowly changing seasons, creating a wonderful sense of rural life in that era. For more information about Gail and her books, see : gaileastwoodauthor.com