Phillipa Frencham is all set to marry her childhood best friend, Hector, though she can't help but think that there is no passion or love beyond that of for a sibling in their relationship. Not one to want to break a promise she is all set to marry him until she meets Lord Damien Delmare and discovers true passion. As one of the forward thinkers of her day, Phillipa despises the way in which women are treated, and has her own ideas about how things should work, much to the shock of Hector and Damien. But things are heating up in the war against Napoleon and her bravery may be the only thing saving the people she loves.
One of the things that struck me as interesting about this book is the way that the author uses words that are contemporary to the age and not used so much now. I found that that did add to the setting and made it richer but there was one case where I thought that it may lead to confusion. For most of the book Napoleon was referred to as 'The Corsican'. I didn't have any problem understanding that it was Napoleon the characters were referring to, but then again part of my degree focused on French history particularly the 100 years of political change that Napoleon was a part of (The French had 7 political regimes in that time, involving 3 monarchies, 2 emperors and several republics). I don't think not knowing would make much difference to the story but it could help!
What I found interesting was that I didn't actually decide what future I wanted for Phillipa until quite late on. At first I was definitely wanting her and Hector to decide they were crazy about each other, but actually the way that the characters were written made it clear that they had a great amount of affection for one another, but no passion, and it was then that I realised that Phillipa deserved more as a character.
And along comes the mysterious Lord Delmare. The chemistry between himself and Phillipa was believable and strong (though all they did on page was kiss), and I found that the turmoil inside Phillipa's head was both reasonable and supported. Though I genuinely didn't know which way she would go until she made her decision, something I feel the author should be commended for, it isn't all that often that I am kept on my toes like that.
In fact, many of Phillipa's outcomes surprised me, including where she ended up in the story. I hadn't seen that one coming at all. And I don't think that any of the characters did either! One thing that particularly struck me about Lady Phillipa's Peril though was the mystery surrounding Venitia and her soon to be husband, Horatio...I really want to know what's going on there!
Travelling to her fiancés estate for her forthcoming marriage, Lady Phillipa Frencham counts herself as the happiest of young women. She is to wed Lord Hector Thurston, Baron of West Mead. The only bane in her life is her treacherous brother-in-law to be, Lord Demetrius who takes every opportunity to seduce her. How can she tell Hector of his brother’s ardour for her? To do so could result in a duel and ruin the wedding, even tear the family apart. However, she is unaware that Hector too may not be all he seems; and who is the new comer, the charming Lady Amaryllis Wilbraham? On her arrival at the Manor, Phillipa receives a threatening note, ‘Marry at Your Peril’ which Hector casually dismisses as a poor joke. Enter the Duke of Denfordshire, who immediately enchanted with Phillipa, is determined to make her his own. Phillipa in turn fights with her heart, and her conscience, as danger besets her from all sides.
About the author:Thank you for having me here today. My main loves are writing, painting and singing. I began work as a PA but to my joy was spotted by an agent in London and had an exciting career as a singer, meeting and singing with some wonderful people. Singing meant a lot of travelling both in the UK and abroad. At one time, I toured Germany and Turkey singing for the American troops, which was a fantastic experience. But then, my husband and I wanted a family, so I said good-bye to the singing career, although I did the occasional gig. Having children is such a precious time, and I would say to anyone, treasure it, it goes so quickly and before you know it, you’re waving them off to Uni or pursuing their own dreams and their own homes. I have always had a deep interest in psychology for various reasons, and especially the area of neurosis arising from abuse. Later, I was to study how we could use our body, mind and spirit to relieve pain and overcome some life-threatening diseases. One important thing here is, I always told my patients to continue with medical treatment along with the complementary and spiritual methods, for I believe medical research and medication is also a gift from God, Spirit or the Universe, as each of us wishes to name it. I have loved writing from a child and during the years of study, research and treating some wonderful people, whom I called my friends, I would write at night, mainly short stories, and reams of poetry. I wanted to learn how to write self-help books for my clients, so I took creative writing courses at university, which led to writing a novel. So self-help novels turned to fiction but even so, I hope the novels help the reader through their own challenges, as the characters experience love, loss, passion, jealousy, illness, joy and conflict, even the threat of death. At present, I am writing the third book in the series ‘Lady Phillipa’s Peril’ and also putting together some ideas for the self-help book. This has been so enjoyable thank you.
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