When I posted an excerpt of The Rake’s Irish Lady a few days ago, I mentioned that this particular romance had a theme. Shades of college English class…urgh. I never did like picking apart and analyzing classics of fiction.
But prejudice is a common failure of humanity — as we see in the news every day — and the historical prejudice between England and Ireland, Catholic and Protestant, this group against that group against another group, kept eating away at me until I wrote a story about it. Bridget, the heroine, is half Irish/half English, and her loyalties are divided. Colin, the hero, is English through and through. The story takes place in 1804 — not long after the Irish rebellions of 1798 and 1803.
A grim subject for a romance? I don’t think so. The way to dispel prejudice is through love, so it couldn’t be a more appropriate topic for a love story.
I’d like to know what you think, and I’ll give a Kindle copy of The Rake’s Irish Lady to one lucky commenter.
ONE WILD NIGHT . . .
Widowed and lonely, Bridget O’Shaughnessy Black indulges herself in a night of pleasure. After all, she’s in disguise. And the baby girl? An unexpected blessing…until an old flame claims the child as his own to force Bridget to marry him.
ONE DETERMINED LADY. . .
Many women pursued Colin Warren, but only one climbed in his bedchamber window. When Bridget does it for the second time, she doesn’t have fun in mind. Colin is unfit to be a parent, and yet he has no choice but to acknowledge the little girl.
RISKING EVERYTHING FOR LOVE
Circumstances force Bridget and Colin together, yet grave differences divide them. Can love bridge the chasm that keeps them apart?