The Reluctant WidoweBook - 2008
"Vivid and psychologically brilliant. This spirited novel enriches the imagination."-Times Literary Supplement, UK
Young Elizabeth Tudor lives in the shadow of her infamous mother, Anne Boleyn. Declared a bastard and banished from her father's court, young princess Elizabeth has become adept at dodging the constant political games and royal whims that ensure her situation is never secure.
After Henry VIII's death, Elizabeth is taken in by the king's last wife, Katherine Parr, and Katherine's new husband, Tom Seymour. But handsome Tom is playing for higher stakes. Marrying a widowed queen is one thing, but courting the King's daughter and second in line to the throne is another. Seymor pursues the adolescent Elizabeth, as she finds herself dangerously attracted to him. And with her brother's death, Elizabeth faces a perilous and uncertain future with danger encroaching from all sides...
"I doubt if anyone could create more perfectly than Miss Irwin the illusion of a vanished age." -Observer
"Margaret Irwin's books have an unsurpassed colour and gusto." -Times
What readers are saying:
"One of the best-written and most evocative historical novels ever."
"I adored this book from start to finish."
"Her prose is beautiful, perfect, and strangely evocative."
"Lively, amusing...done to a turn!"-Kirkus Reviews
A fateful mistake...
When Elinor Rochdale boards the wrong coach, she ends up not at her prospective employer's home but at the estate of Eustace Cheviot, a dissipated and ruined young man on the verge of death.
A momentous decision...
His cousin, Mr Ned Carlyon, persuades Elinor to marry Eustace as a simple business arrangement. By morning, Elinor is a rich widow, but finds herself embroiled with an international spy ring, housebreakers, uninvited guests, and murder. And Mr Carlyon won't let her leave ...
What readers are saying about The Reluctant Widow
"Delightful and purely entertaining. The plot involves comedy, intrigue, espionage, cloaks and daggers, and things going bump in the night - served with a sauce of witty repartee that is the Heyer hallmark. Unforgettable."
"One of my favorites!"
"A delightfully funny and mysterious romp."
"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." - Publisher's Weekly
A sparkling Regency romance with intrigue and excitement, from the queen of the genre. Eleanor Rochdale finds herself married and widowed within 24 hours, and embroiled in an international spy ring, housebreakers, and murder.