A new Regency from Marina Oliver
When his half-brother is injured, Silas determines to take his place and go back to England to claim John's inheritance. They are almost the same age and look alike. Silas's mother Jenny was John's wet-nurse, and still lives near the Priory. He sails on the same ship as Gerard Holbeck, ex-army, his widowed mother and sister Fanny. Gerard is to take over the management of his father's flourishing import business, and Silas considers Fanny, wealthy heiress, would suit him very well. Fanny, however, dislikes his attentions and tries to avoid him.
Silas discovers his estate in Shropshire is almost derelict, due to the debts and other problems he and John left behind twenty years ago when they were banished to India. His aunt, Lady Charlotte, and cousins Lucien and Amanda, are not welcoming.
Amanda and Fanny become friends in London, where Lady Charlotte is bringing out Amanda. While Fanny is accepted in many houses, she cannot attend Almack's, open only to the girls from the best families of the ton. Amanda falls in love with Gerard, but he is a Cit. Marriage between them is impossible. It is less impossible between Lucien and Fanny.
When Mrs Holbeck is killed in an accident, Lady Charlotte takes Fanny back to her own home near Shrewsbury, along with Amanda. Silas, however, is still obsessed with Fanny.
About the Author
Most writers can't help themselves! It's a compulsion. Getting published, though, is something really special, and having been so fortunate myself I now try to help aspiring writers by handing on tips it took me years to work out. I've published over 60 titles, including four in the How To Books' Successful Writing Series, and Writing Historical Fiction for Studymates.
I have judged short story competitions, been a final judge for the Harry Bowling Prize and was an adviser to the 3rd edition of Twentieth Century Romance and Historical Writers 1994. If you want to find out more about your favourite authors, consult this book. I once wrote an article on writing romantic fiction for the BBC's web page, for Valentine's day.
I have given talks and workshops for the Arts Council and at most of the major Writing Conferences, and helped establish the Romantic Novelists' Association's annual conference. I was Chairman of the RNA 1991-3, ran their New Writers' Scheme and edited their newsletter. I am now a Vice-President.
As well as writing I have edited books for Transita, featuring women 'of a certain age', and for Choc Lit where gorgeous heros are the norm.
I was asked to write A Century of Achievement, a 290 page history of my old school, Queen Mary's High School, Walsall, and commissioned to write a book on Castles and Corvedale to accompany a new circular walk in the area.
Most of my Regencies written under the pseudonym Sally James are now published in ebook format as well as many others of my out of print novels which my husband is putting into ebook format. Our daughter Debbie is helping with designing the covers. For details of all my books and my many pseudonyms see my website.