I don’t think so, do you? Even today when everything is so much more relaxed, there’s still very much a class system, especially in England. When Lord Lucan (allegedly) murdered his children’s nanny back in the seventies in mistake for his wife, he disappeared off the face of the earth, expounding endless conspiracy theories in the process. He couldn’t have done that alone, unless he did the honourable thing and topped himself. It’s widely believed that some members of his exclusive club banded together to help him because, yep, he was one of them.
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it.
Imagine how much worse it must have been back in Regency days if a person didn’t happen to be socially acceptable. It didn’t matter if you didn’t have two farthings to rub together, just so long as you were born into the right family. Talk about the luck of the draw!
In Forgotten Heiress, my upcoming release from Samhain, I deal with this issue. Eloise is the daughter of a banker. I’ll pause for a minute and give you a chance to get over the shock. Back with me now? Right, I’ll carry on. Eloise’s old man might have been a wealthy banker, but that didn’t help much. Add in the fact that Eloise was illegitimate and…well, her chances of being accepted by society were zilch.
Eloise doesn’t care. She's quite content to remain in the country with her dad, ride her horse and play the piano. Then along comes the handsome heir to a dukedom, who lavishes attention on Eloise for no apparent reason.
Her neighbour Harry Benson-Smythe’s suspicions are aroused and he wonders what the devil the rogue thinks he’s playing at. When Eloise’s life is endangered at the hands of her aristocratic admirer, Harry rides to rescue the woman he’s fallen for. But he’s already engaged to someone else—someone suitable in the eyes of his family—so even if he can save Eloise there can be no future for her and Harry, can there…
Forgotten Heiress available from Samhain Publishing and all on-line retailers from February 19th.