When Eleanor Tennant was called to look after her niece Belinda, she swore she’d help her find the perfect suitor. Unfortunately, Belinda prefers the attentions of Geoffrey Barkwith, a handsome, notorious rake with an unsavoury reputation. In a letter to an advice columnist for The Ladies’ Fashionable Cabinet, Belinda asks the woman – should she go after her heart’s desire? Her response is yes!
Eleanor, furious with this advice, goes in search of the mysterious Busybody. She finds out that the wretched woman giving such public encouragement is not a woman at all, but a man!
Candice Hern is the award-winning author of historical romances set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the era. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to help bring her books to life.
Readers who enjoy the traditional Regency romances of Georgette Heyer, Barbara Metzger, and Carla Kelly will enjoy this witty short story (approximately 10,000 words) by New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern. Lydia Bettridge is a young woman suffering the pangs of unrequited love. To capture the
attention of Geoffrey
Danforth, the man who has stolen her heart but barely notices
her, she has resorted to desperate measures with a seemingly clever plan. By
engaging the help of Phillip, a friend of her brother's, to play the
love-smitten fool in public, she hopes to pique the interest of her unnamed
love. But when Geoffrey himself shows up to take Phillip's place, all her
careful planning is turned upside down. What's a girl to do but to make the
best of it?