The Upper Tens Fishbowl of 19th Century England
Members of society in 19th century England lived life very much in a fishbowl. With only ten thousand people in the upper class, every nuance of conduct was under scrutiny. An improper lingering glance, the purposeful flick of a fan, and even the ill timing of a social call would set tongues wagging. Furthermore, servants would most certainly report the salacious details of any scandal undiscovered by one’s peers. Inadvertent infractions of written and unwritten rules of conduct served to trip up even the most proper of ladies and gentlemen.
This is the setting of my Victorian romance, The Ice Captain’s Daughter. As Miss Jillian Roring travels to her first Season in London, a kidnapping attempt sends her into the arms of Mr. Mackenzie Logan, the most jaded bachelor in England. When Logan and Jillian unwittingly violate the rigid rules of propriety in Victorian-era England, he is obliged to make her an offer of marriage. Because she aspires to be more than an obligation, Jillian refuses the match. Logan thereafter follows her to London to woo her properly, but his scheming ex-fiancée has other plans. Can Logan convince Jillian that his love for her is real or will the cruel gossip and sharp tongues of London society tear their budding relationship apart?
The parties, balls, clothes, and social activities that characterized the Season lent the Victorian era glamour and gaiety, but the devil was in the details. Personally, I’d much rather write about 19th century England than live in it. Although Jane Austen wrote about the Regency era, she remained single her entire life. Perhaps she felt the same way?
~ S.G. Rogers
The Ice Captain’s Daughter is available for the Kindle at Amazon ($0.99).
S.G. Rogers has lived in some of the most romantic places in America, including La Jolla, California, Asheville, North Carolina, and currently Savannah, Georgia. She’s owned by two hairless cats, Houdini and Nikita, and lives on an island populated by exotic birds, deer and the occasional gator. Tab is her beverage of choice, but when she imbibes, a cranberry vodka martini doesn’t go amiss.
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