Do a Crime – get Schooling? No Contest.

Lord of the Night Book Cover Lord of the Night
Rogues to Riches #3
Erica Ridley
history, literary fiction, romance
WebMotion
(20 July 2017)

Unlike proper debutantes, Miss Dahlia Grenville is secretly Robin Hood in a bonnet. Her home for wayward girls has too many dependents and not enough donations. But just as she’s about to pull off the heist of the Season, she tumbles straight into the arms of the handsome detective who has sworn to deliver Mayfair’s mysterious thief straight to the gallows. Highly principled Bow Street runner Simon Spaulding’s world is black and white. There’s no mastermind too clever, no criminal alive who can escape the hangman. Until he realizes the delightful young lady he’s been courting is a liar and a thief. Suddenly, his career—and his heart—are in peril. How can he bring her to justice when it means losing her forever?

And again Erica writes a good historical romance with a modern twist – or at least a feminist twist.

Here we have a nicely brought up young woman not only starting her own school for destitute and desperate young girls but also finding a way to support the school through somewhat illegal means – although she would point out that no-one was actually physically harmed, and anyway, those she took from could well have afforded to donate instead, but didn’t. So almost deserved it….

And we have the start of the Peelers to add to the mix. Which again will intrigue people who like their history and crime fiction…

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When you need to sing!

Lord of Pleasure Book Cover Lord of Pleasure
Rogues to Riches #2
Erica Ridley
history, literary fiction
WebMotion
(2 May 2017)

Nondescript “good girl” Miss Camellia Grenville only ever opens her mouth when forced to sing at her family’s musicales. That is, until the night she infiltrates the ton’s most scandalous masquerade ball on behalf of her sister, and finds herself in the arms—and the bed—of the one man she’d sworn to hate.

Irresistibly arrogant and unapologetically sensuous, infamous rake Lord Wainwright always gets his way. When he accepts a wager to turn his rakish image respectable in just forty days, he never anticipates falling for an anonymous masked lover...or that discovering her identity would destroy them both.

Erica writes the best contemporary Regency fiction around, in my opinion. Her heroines buck against the society rules that surround their lives and find a way to make their passions into a way of life. And at the same time, find a dashing suitor with all the usual requirements of alpha hero.

Opera, in Regency times was far from a respectable place for women to sing in, and yet there were wonderful songs being written. In fact, if you were a Society woman, you only sang in family circles and only very circumspect songs at that. No real opportunity to exercise those lungs and voice. So in this story, the heroine, with the help of her reformed rake, finds a way to sing what she wants, when and where she wants.

 

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When games aren’t helpful

Lord of Chance Book Cover Lord of Chance
Volume 1 (Rogues to Riches)
Erica Ridley
Fiction
Intrepid Reads
March 27, 2017
266

The first book in USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Erica Ridley's new regency romance series, Rogues to Riches! When Lady Luck wins him in a game of chance-and a wee mishap has them leg-shackled by dawn-have the tables finally turned in this rake's favor?

 

Erica Ridley always writes a fluent Regency style novel. Historically correct with speech adjusted to modern understanding.

Here we have 2 very sad specimens adrift in a society where women are wives, servants, or harlots, and society men do not toil for a living.

So an illegitimate daughter of a courtesan cannot be respectably employed, and a man without an income has no recourse but gambling to fund his life and to support his family.

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Regency

Lord of Chance Book Cover Lord of Chance
Erica Ridley
Fiction
WebMotion
March 27, 2017
266

The first book in USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Erica Ridley's new regency romance series, Rogues to Riches! When Lady Luck wins him in a game of chance-and a wee mishap has them leg-shackled by dawn-have the tables finally turned in this rake's favor?

Erica Ridley always writes a fluent Regency style novel. Historically correct with speech adjusted to modern nuances and mannerisms.

Here we have two very sad specimens adrift in a society where women are wives, servants or harlots, and society men do not toil for a living.

So an illegitimate daughter of a courtesan cannot be respectably employed and a man without an income has no recourse but to gamble to fund his lifestyle and to support his family.

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The Duke had an Accident

In these straight-laced early Victorian/Regency times it was very inconvenient, not to mention against society’s convention, to be found with a gentleman, alone and unescorted.
Society’s Doyennes then insisted on a marriage. And so it happened with the Duke and Katherine. They were compromised and thus forced into a marriage neither intended.
Katherine especially intended never to marry. She was far too familiar with the result of marriage – that is children! And before that childbirth.
Her aunt, with whom she lived, acted as a midwife to the poor of her husband’ s parish and Katherine often accompanied her. She saw how many women suffered in childbirth and what was notable was that death in relation to childbirth was mostly in fit young women who had been quite well before becoming pregnant. 

See  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1633559- According to this article in the  Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Puerperal pyrexiai (fever) was a common cause of mothers’ deaths – an infection caused by the insanitary conditions of childbirth. At least 55 women per 1000 per year, died during childbirth between 1800 and 1850. Other medical issues were placenta praevia, placenta abruption and postpartum haemorrhage additionally convulsions related to eclampsia were also found.
Added to this were the high child death rates – in poor populations it was often 20% mostly in the age range 0-5 years. 

[Interesting point here, some cultures don’t name children officially until they have passed a certain designated age from one month in some, to one year in others  - this being the result of the high death rate and the feeling that an unnamed child was not really considered a part of the family]. 

You need to remember the high incidence of disease and its ease of transmission in poor urban areas added to poor sanitation giving infant diarrhea as a cause of death also.
So with this experience you can well see why Katherine would not want to marry and especially not to have children.  And ways to prevent pregnancy were as yet uncommon and far from reliable.
But marriage it was - for both of them - and thereby followed a learning journey for them both about each other and about their own personalities and emotions.

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