We'd like to welcome Pia Tapper Fenton to the blog! Pia's here to tell us about her novella, Marry in Haste. Over to you, Pia.
Like many others, I’ve been a fan of Regency novels since I first discovered Georgette Heyer in my school’s library and fell in love with her domineering heroes and forthright heroines – so much more fun reading about those than doing homework. After many years of trying to write one myself, I am therefore thrilled that my Regency novella “Marry in Haste”, published by DC Thomson’s My Weekly Pocket Novel, will be in the shops on 1st October. I hope it will be the first of many!
“Marry in Haste” is the story of Amelia Ravenscroft, who has been forced to accept the position of unpaid housekeeper to her aunt, Lady Marsh. Because Amelia is destitute, Lady Marsh’s son Bernard thinks she is fair game, however, and she is desperate to escape his increasingly lecherous advances. While attending a ball with Lady Marsh, she happens to overhear Viscount Demarr tell a friend that he needs a wife immediately. She decides to take her chance and, defying convention, she proposes marriage to him. They strike a hasty bargain which both begin to doubt soon after, but by then they are already on their way back from Gretna Green. There are many trials and tribulations before they discover that although they married in haste, they will not have to repent at leisure.
Thanks, Pia! It sounds great, just the sort of thing to brighten up a dull autumn day.