By Georgette Heyer
"*A fateful mistake...*
When Elinor Rochdale forums the inaccurate trainer, she finally ends up now not at her potential employer's domestic yet on the property of Eustace Cheviot, a dissipated and ruined younger guy at the verge of death.
*A momentous decision...*
His cousin, Mr Ned Carlyon, persuades Elinor to marry Eustace as an easy company association. via morning, Elinor is a wealthy widow, yet unearths herself embroiled with a global secret agent ring, housebreakers, uninvited site visitors, and homicide. And Mr Carlyon won't allow her depart ...
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Her publisher was ecstatic—his delight measured in increased fortune for her and less agreeably in persistent demands that she write faster. Her stories ran counter to the accepted male narrative of domination bolstered by various fantastic devices with which to restrain female characters. Not that she was averse to an occasional bondage scene. After all, their bookstore had always sold books by Anonymous that were kept behind a screen in a back room. The risqué books and magazines bound in innocuous bindings had generated excellent sales.
Mr. Edding’s Facts and Fantasy was a typical example of the cheap serial fiction that boomed after the abolition of the Newspaper Stamp Tax in 1855. But what increased the volume of her readership so remarkably was the additional female audience. Perhaps it shouldn’t have been so surprising. It was, after all, an era of sweeping social changes, many of them specifically directed toward women’s rights. There was increasing ferment for women’s suffrage, and reforms in marriage, divorce, and inheritance laws had over the past fifty years broadened the scope of female self-determination.
St. Vincent to bed in the course of his persuasion campaign. Was she a screamer? He smiled. He rather thought she might be. Chapter 5 AT THE SAME time Groveland was contemplating making love to his adversary, the object of his musing was seated across from her friend, Sofia Eastleigh, and explaining in a voice of contained fury, “You can’t imagine the high-handed, barefaced gall of the man! His Grace, the esteemed duke of every profligacy on the face of the earth, said to me with shameless arrogance, ‘Your property stands in the way of my project,’ as if I should instantly capitulate because my bookstore happens to be in his way and his wish is my command!
The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer