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Scottish Irregular Weddings + the Release of “The Earl Claims His Comfort”

Clandestine/Irregular Weddings in Scotland A clandestine wedding plays a key role in solving the mystery that occurs in my latest Regency romantic suspense, The Earl Claims His Comfort: Book 2 of the Twins’ Trilogy. But exactly what constituted a clandestine … Continue reading

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Scottish Marriages and Elopements in the Regency Era

Those of us who read and write Regency novels have all heard of elopements to Gretna Green. Harking back to 1754 and the introduction of a new controversial Marriage Act in England, Gretna Green flourished as a haven for runaway … Continue reading

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Female Inheritance Laws + an Excerpt & Giveaway from MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs

Under English law, women were subordinate to their husbands. It was expected that she was under the “protection and influence of her husband, her baron, or lord.” The law stated the old adage of “two shall become one.” She was … Continue reading

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Breaking an Engagement During the Regency + an Excerpt & Giveaway of MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs

A popular plot in Regency era romances is the broken engagement, but what was the truth of the situation? Unless the gentleman involved suddenly uncovered a flaw in the morals of his lady, once a man proposed to a woman, … Continue reading

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Promissory Estoppel and the Release of MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs + Excerpt + Giveaway

Marriage by Estoppel One of the possibilities I explored in researching my latest book, MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs was marriage by estoppel as a plot point. According to Investopedia, “Promissory estoppel is a legal principle that a promise is enforceable by … Continue reading

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Breach of Promise in the Regency + an Excerpt & Giveaway from MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Miss Austen brings up the issue of “Breach of Promise Suits” as they apply to Lydia and Wickham. This exchange actually occurs after Darcy’s second proposal (chapter 60) when Elizabeth is asking Darcy when … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Release of MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs with an Excerpt + Giveaway

In my new book, MR. DARCY’s BRIDEs, by mistake Elizabeth disrupts Mr. Darcy’s marriage to his cousin, Anne De Bourgh. Our daring heroine is in disguise (NOTE: I drape her with a heavy veil attached to her bonnet, which would … Continue reading

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