Saved from a Parisian mob, Eugenie is puzzled by her rescuer. Her parents died in Switzerland, and in order to return to England she is forced in 1812 to work in taverns and walk through France, at war with England. When threatened by a Parisian mob a stranger rescues her, and offers to help her reach the coast. Hugues not only does this, he finds her a boat to take her to England and gives her money for the onward journey to her uncle's house in Hampshire. Her Uncle, the Duke of Norwich, and his second wife welcome her, and Uncle Jerome takes her to see her family home, where they discover the bailiff has been robbing her instead of sending money to Switzerland. Leaving his own people to put matters right, he and Arabella takes her to London for the Little Season.
The Duke is concerned by his son George's behaviour. He is a spendthrift and tried to persuade a young heiress to elope with him. He has also broken into the Duke's desk and stolen money. Eugenie is puzzled by George who spends time in the old half-ruined castle beside the modern house. It is later discovered George has copied Government papers and sold them to the French. In London Eugenie meets the Earl of Lyndhurst, who is her rescuer Hugues, an agent working in France. The Duke forces George to return to Hampshire, with two men to guard him, but he eludes them and hides in London. The Earl returns to France to try and undo the harm George has done. Invited to a wedding, Eugenie and the Earl become betrothed.
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.