A fun confection with a romantic spirit and droll English characters.
High-spirited Artemisia Grantley, niece to the Duke of Wentworth, has never made any attempt to conform to the feminine ideal expected of a lady of quality; nor has she ever had the benefit of an unfavourable opinion formed against her.
However, when the Marquess of Chysm enters her life, it seems to her that his lordship is always at hand to witness her shortcomings and bring them to her attention, inciting her temper and leaving her flustered.
As she reluctantly embarks upon her first London Season, a scandalous family secret and a conspiracy that stretches all the way to Napoleonic France threaten to entangle her with the one person she could happily throttle.
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Love is a family affair!
When the beautiful Miss April Hartwood arrives in London to be introduced to Regency high society, she hopes for some fun and frivolity after a life spent in rural obscurity in Cornwall. Unfortunately for her, her grandmother has other ideas...marriage.
Lively and strong-willed, April does not appreciate being compelled to catch a husband. Yet, before long, she finds herself courting the affections of the Duke of Claredon, while struggling with a wholly inappropriate attraction to the insufferable Mr Royce.
In the lead up to Christmas, in the year 1820, a delightfully devious campaign is orchestrated to bring together two people destined for one another, regardless of the obstacles to be overcome and the inconvenient tendency on the part of the protagonists to resist their attraction...until they are finally brought to realise they cannot escape fate, or the meddling of one determined grandmother.
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Brought to you by Manor House Books and bestselling historical romance author DG Rampton, this classic novel has been adapted for a modern readership.
Set in Victorian England, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell was first published in 1854 as a 'social novel'. This adaptation stays true to the dramatic social commentary of the original, while bringing into greater prominence the love story at its core...which is reminiscent of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Uprooted from her idyllic existence in the south of England, Margaret Hale moves with her family to an industrial town in the north, where she develops a passionate sense of social justice upon witnessing the hardships suffered by the local mill workers. Her views often bring her into conflict with wealthy mill-owner John Thornton, who befriends her family. But their turbulent relationship masks a deep attraction that cannot be subdued, and a bond that only strengthens when tested by the vagaries of fate.
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Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer have always provided me with my favourite literary escape, and when my everyday life would get a little too everyday, I'd like nothing better than to enter the charming and witty Regency world they created. It made me happy. And so I decided to keep that world alive in my own writing and make others happy in turn.
To my wonderful readers, some of whom are quoted on this page, thank you! You inspire me to keep writing.
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"Being a fan of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, I had to read this book. I have always held the characters from P&P close to my heart thinking that none could ever come close. I have now been proven wrong, the characters that DG Rampton brings to life in this story are strong, witty and beautifully alive."
"What an utterly delightful novel! I was quite enamoured with our hero and heroine and their tumultuous relationship ... loved seeing these two fall in love against their will, against their reason, and even against their character! ... I highly recommend this novel and author to readers who love Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and traditional Regency romances!"
"Artemisia...a protagonist of whom Jane Austen would have approved, majoring in wit and intelligence...makes for fun reading as you curl up by a roaring fire."
"Still reeling from the beautiful prose and breathtaking romance. A true witnessing of two people falling in love, not mere lust like so many modern regencies. From the very first page I fell in love with Artemisia's character."
"Wonderful story! Very Heyer and Austen-like! I loved the characters and the storyline, it's been a long time since I've read a regency that did not disappoint. I can't wait to see more from this author."
"What a witty, delightful, engaging book! And how refreshing to read a book where the author claims Georgette Heyer to be an influence and the book to actually feel Heyer-like!...light-hearted, fun romp!"
"Full of witty dialogue and dashing characters and I really felt I was transported into the Regency period. Bravo D.G.Rampton."
"Being an avid fan of this genre it was an absolute delight to discover this gem of a book and fab new author. Having devoured Artemisia I eagerly await DG Rampton's next offering (here's hoping we don't have to wait too long!)"
"A wonderfully enjoyable read with a rich and charming styIe! I was completely enthralled with the story and the characters... The Marquess of Chysm was especially thrilling. A fun, witty and very addictive novel."
"I had to give a top-notch review to Artemisia... it was delightful, funny and filled with clever conversation. Two thumbs up!"
"Strong personalities, humour, arguments, revelations...what more could one want? A delightful story with well-drawn characters. An amusing book to pleasurably wile away a couple of hours."