A Poor Relation

A Poor Relation A woman of mysteryWhy would an impoverished gentlewoman masquerade as a sophisticated lady of the ton Baron Amburley had a jaundiced enough view of women to suspect only one reason Miss Isabella Winst

  • Title: A Poor Relation
  • Author: Joanna Maitland
  • ISBN: 9780373293094
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback
  • A woman of mysteryWhy would an impoverished gentlewoman masquerade as a sophisticated lady of the ton Baron Amburley had a jaundiced enough view of women to suspect only one reason Miss Isabella Winstanley was cold bloodedly masquerading above her station to land a rich husband Determined to unmask the upstart, Amburley challenged Isabella to a race But as they prepA woman of mysteryWhy would an impoverished gentlewoman masquerade as a sophisticated lady of the ton Baron Amburley had a jaundiced enough view of women to suspect only one reason Miss Isabella Winstanley was cold bloodedly masquerading above her station to land a rich husband Determined to unmask the upstart, Amburley challenged Isabella to a race But as they prepared for the big race, Amburley found himself captivated by the real Isabella Her frank, open ways and manifest joy were so unlike anything he d encountered with other women, he soon found himself wishing that he knew nothing of her deceit For this Isabella was the kind of woman who could haunt a man s dreams.

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    About “Joanna Maitland”

    1. Joanna Maitland

      I am a Scot, born and raised in Glasgow, one of the friendliest places in the world Unfortunately, there were not many career opportunities in Scotland at the time I left University, and so I migrated to London Living in England didn t stop me from hankering after the glorious wildness of the Scottish mountains and lochs, but short visits were the best I could do I have always been a history fan, fascinated by the detail of how our ancestors lived I try to imagine the effects of working by candlelight rather than electricity, and how they coped with all that coal and water carrying, all that horse dung in the smelly, unswept streets I marvel at the idea of scythe men creating a bowling green lawn, or seamstresses hand sewing every stitch of a spider gauze gown And I shudder at the extravagances of the rich, who could gamble away tens of thousands of pounds at a sitting, while the working poor subsisted on only a few shillings a week.Like most writers, I have always scribbled At school, I concocted a handwritten magazine with tiny writing that hardly anyone could read I wrote stories and poems for school magazines and competitions As an exchange student in France, I wrote reams of letters filled with pretty wild imaginings and some bad poetry in rather suspect French.When we were living abroad, I started writing children s stories My children liked them, of course, but the publishers didn t Then one day, I found Mills Boon historicals, and I was hooked I used to write on the commuter train to London and back, for about two hours a day It was very peaceful in those days most commuters were hiding behind their newspapers, and mobile phones hadn t been invented At one stage, I spent several journeys playing piquet against myself with a miniature pack of cards, in order to be sure that all the scores I was quoting in my story were possible My fellow passengers looked curiously at me out of the corners of their eyes, but nobody ever broke the silence to ask what on earth I was doing Just as well, probably What could I have said It took me nearly nine years of rejections to get one of my manuscripts accepted It was published in 2001, as A Penniless Prospect, and short listed for the New Writer s Award of the Romantic Novelists Association I m still writing Regencies, but I ve been studying medieval history since I stopped working full time, and I m now planning stories set in that period, too.When we moved away from London commuterland a few years ago, we did try to find a new home in Scotland, but it didn t work out We settled near the Welsh border instead It s an ideal location The countryside is full of medieval history ruined castles, Offa s Dyke, cathedrals and churches, black and white villages and some of the scenery reminds me of Scotland.I have now indulged my love of Scotland a little by writing a book set there Bride of the Solway When I was researching the story, I spent some time in the Border country, visiting the ruined castles and admiring the spectacular scenery You can see pictures of some of the settings I used in the book here and read some of the romantic background There are also tales about Gretna marriages and the perils of the Solway on my research snippets page I found it all fascinating, and I plan to write stories set in Scotland.

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    1. While traveling to London, Lord Amburley rushes to the rescue of a lady he believes to be in distress. he is distressed to find that not only is the lady a servant of some sort, she doesn't need his help. Instead, she snaps at him and comforts the supposed accuser. Amburley leaves in a huff, angry at this sharp-tongued woman. Isabella Winstanley, dressed in shabby clothing, is traveling to London with her young relative, Sophia. Along the way, Isabella stopped to visit the poor soldiers and orph [...]


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