The Story Behind the Story
I love to find an unusual historical gem and use it as a jumping off place for my books. In 1821, “Prinny” ascended to the British throne and became King George IV. He was terribly unpopular with his subjects, many of whom were upset with the way he treated his wife. (They separated shortly after the birth of Princess Charlotte and George restricted her access to their daughter.) His Prime Minister didn’t want him traipsing down to the Congress of Verona since Parliament wanted to maintain control over those negotiations. So, when Sir Walter Scott suggested a Royal Progression to Scotland, the king was encouraged to accept.
But Scotland wasn’t necessarily a safe choice. In 1820, Radicals who were inspired by the American and French revolutions led a week of strikes and unrest. Three leaders were hanged and twenty others transported to a penal colony. The movement went underground but was still simmering with unrest.
When I uncovered this little historical tidbit, I reasoned that before the king could safely go to Scotland, an advance team would need to ferret out any remaining Radicals. Which is how my hero in Plaid Tidings, Lord Alexander Mallory finds himself en route to Edinburgh. He wins a barony in a hand of cards (in Scotland ranks below that of a viscount could be bought and sold!) but doesn’t realize a betrothal comes with it. Alex doesn’t need that sort of distraction while he’s hunting Radicals.
Unfortunately, Lucinda MacOwen‘s brother is mixed up with the Radical cause and has been in hiding since the movement was put down. She hopes her well-connected, 1/2 English husband will be able to arrange a pardon for Dougal. She’ll need to learn to trust Alex enough to tell him about her renegade brother but the fact that he’s not too keen about their pending marriage doesn’t bode well.
4 ½ stars! “Marlowe has penned a wonderful tale, rich in romance and wit. Replete with memorable characters and a touch of Scottish legend, this well-written romance is both poignant and highly entertaining. Not to be missed by fans of Scottish Regency.” ~ Kathe Robin, RTBOOKReviews
For those who like to get a jump on things, I’m offering an ARC copy of my January 2o14 release Between a Rake and a Hard Place! It’s book #3 in my Royal Rakes series. To win, just leave a comment. You can ask a question about Plaid Tidings or we can talk about why guys in kilts are so hot!
Tell me the name of a man you’d most like to see in a kilt. He can be a celebrity or someone in your life. (Actually the DH has great legs. He’d look fantastic in one!)
Who’s your choice to wear the plaid?