Romance and scandal abound in this warm and witty tale of the young widow Octavia Darcy, whose attempts to secure her fortune and clear her name lead her through all manner of difficulties.
‘I am a woman of independent means, definitely in possession of a good fortune, but I am not in the least in want of a husband!’
So declares Octavia Darcy. Raised as a poor relation, she is sent off to India to be married, only to have her brief happiness as the second wife of Captain Darcy dashed by his early death. But an unexpected legacy leaves her extremely well off and for the first time ever she can decide her own fate.
Suddenly everyone wants to know her and pay court to her. Who can she rely on? Luckily her new-found acquaintance with her Darcy cousins takes her to Netherfield Hall, which has an argumentative but undoubtedly intriguing new tenant…
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‘Those who enjoy Austen will certainly enjoy Aston’s work, as will historical readers who want an engaging plot and characters.’ Library Journal
‘Delightful.’ Publishers Weekly
‘In the mode of Heyer and Austen, Elizabeth Aston…comments on the period with affection, respect and a ready wit.’ Good Book Guide
‘This novel is written with grace, charm and wit…It is an entertaining, engaging and engrossing romp through Regency London that sparkles like the champagne which is opened at the end of the novel’ Historical Novels ReviewAbout the Author:
Elizabeth Aston is a passionate Jane Austen devotee who studied English at Oxford. Her parents named her after the heroine of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. She lives in Oxford and Italy with her family. For more information, go to elizabeth-aston.com.
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Book Description HARPER COLLINS, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: NEW. 9780007241507 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. Bookseller Inventory # HTANDREE0983693
Book Description Harper, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 320 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk000724150X