Julia and the Master of Morancourt: A Novel (Paperback)
From the author of Darcy's Story comes a novel of romance, family tragedy, and intrigue in a volatile England at the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
Julia Maitland had an idyllic childhood with her brother and younger sisters on her family's estate in rural Derbyshire. Upon reaching marriageable age, she looked forward to everything that her new status could bring: the excitements of her first “season” in society, a choice of handsome suitors, and—hopefully—a blissful future with a man she cherishes.
But Julia's prospects take a disastrous turn with the sudden and unbearably tragic death of her soldier brother in the war against Napoleon and the loss of her father's investments. Within the span of a few weeks, she finds herself in London, then fashionable Bath, and ultimately chasing smugglers through the countryside in coastal Dorset. Yet through all the drama and turmoil she keeps alive her hopes for happiness and a love passionate, powerful, and true.
“An original cast of characters. . . . Entertaining. . . . Sumptuous descriptions of Regency-era events and fashions. . . . A treasure trove of Austen-era trivia.”
“JULIA AND THE MASTER OF MORANCOURT is a marvelous ‘Regency Romance’--a story of a spirited heroine, a rich and handsome hero, together with a good helping of mysterious characters, including smugglers and fugitives…The adventures of Julia and her family are sure to provide continuing fascination for Janet Aylmer’s readers.”
“A lively romance in the Regency tradition…Full of interesting historical detail and very entertaining.”