Dorothea Sandham, trapped as unpaid companion to her distant cousin, Leticia Grayson, reluctantly pays an intrusive condolence call on a grieving young widower, Sir Tate Bancroft. Having lost his bride in childbirth, and goaded by the bullying of "Vicious Letitia", Tate proposes a marriage of convenience to Dorothea. She agrees, but only so that she might care for his infant daughter while he returns to duty in the struggle against Napoleon. The marriage turns quite inconvenient, however, when Tate returns with a gorgeous widow in tow and finds Dorothea in the arms of a charming French count.
About the Author
Catherine Moorhouse is the pseudonym of Dorothea Jensen and Catherine Allen. Both women were Jane Austen fans, and felt that they could write a better faux Austen novel than those which were popular in the 1980s. Despite the fact that they lived hundreds of miles apart, together they wrote three romantic comedies set in Regency England, under the pen name Catherine Moorhouse. Adriana, Louisa, and Dorothea were published in 1983 and elicited excellent reviews. Collaborating again nearly thirty years later, Dorothea and Catherine recently revised the Catherine Moorhouse Regency Trilogy and adapted the three romantic comedies as E-books. In doing so, they discovered that collaboration is far easier today, using computers, e-mail, and the internet, than it was three decades ago, using typewriters, carbon paper, and the U.S. Mail.