Once upon a time, at least eight years ago, I wrote a series of books called The Bluestocking Brides. The series was set in Suffolk in the years of the Napoleonic Wars and featured the members of a ladies’ reading group and the dashing gentlemen who courted them. I loved the Bluestocking Brides series, especially the Duke of Kestrel and his handsome, rakish brothers. When the series ended there was one Kestrel brother unmarried, Stephen, the youngest, who was only nineteen at the time and last glimpsed losing his clothes and a great deal more in a brothel in Covent Garden…
Flash forward a good few years in my life as well as those of my characters, and the Napoleonic Wars are ended and my Scandalous Women of the Ton are… well… scandalising polite society. As the series ended there were two scandalous ladies who had featured in the books but had yet to find their own Happy Ever After. These were Lady Emma Bradshaw, whose story I told in the novella Lady Emma’s Disgrace, exclusive to this website, and Francesca, Lady Alton.
Poor Chessie. In Notorious, Book 4 in the Scandalous Women series, she made a terrible error of judgement in falling in love with Fitz, the deeply dislikeable Marquis of Alton. But every girl is allowed to make one mistake in love, right? So by the time the Scandalous Women series ended this summer with Forbidden, Book 6, Chessie was a widow and was betrothed to Lord Stephen Kestrel. But what happened in between? When did Chessie and Stephen first meet and how did they fall in love?
All will be revealed on Saturday 22nd December on Not Another Romance Blog when the story of Lady Alton’s Adventure is told! (Oh, and there is a lovely giveaway too!) In the meantime check out the blog for some wonderful short stories on a Christmas theme by a whole host of fabulous historical authors!