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Saturday 6 April 2024

My Spotlight Guest: Rosemary Morris The Viscount and the Orphan

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The Viscount and the Orphan
by Rosemary Morris

This classic historical romance erupts in 1703 England.

Gabriel, Viscount Cavanagh is bankrupt, his fortune wasted on mistresses, extravagance, and gambling. Orphaned, emotionally neglected, deprived of his inheritance and his own person by his grandfather, Adam Maynard, his only option to avoid disaster is acceptance of an arranged marriage proposed by Adam, a ruthless merchant prince.

Adam summons his sixteen-year-old ward, wealthy Dorinda Davenport, from boarding school to be Gabriel’s bride. An orphan, she yearns for love. Well-educated, but naïve, she clings to her fantasy of a happy-ever-after marriage to a gentleman as handsome, and charming as her favourite fictional hero. Gabriel is the romantic hero of her dreams, but bitter disillusionment follows the wedding.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Humour, Arranged Marriage, Great Characters
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 October 2022
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I look forward to a new Rosemary Morris, and I have devoured this one.

I very much enjoyed Rosemary's Regency series, but this is something different - set in the time of Queen Anne, when arranged marriages were, if anything, more rigidly adhered to, amongst the aristocracy at least, and the expectation of love a mere fantasy. Or was it?

You will find realistic research, charming friendships, redemption and development for hero and heroine in this novel. Rosemary Morris's trademark humour is evident also. The bedroom door is opened a little, bearing in mind this novel explores a marriage, in a way that is tasteful and necessary to the plot.

Having raced through it, I'm going to go again and savour the best bits.

5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2023
I continue to be amazed about the detail and research that must go into making this written within its genre, I will look for the next one hopefully published soon!

4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 February 2023
Miss Morris's novels are delightful, entertaining reads, ideal for curling up before a cosy fire, or stretched out in the sun on a summer's day.
Set during Queen Anne's reign we have something a little different to the usual 'Jane Austen' Regency era, which makes a nice change.
A delightful read, with equally as delightful characters.

(taken from the author's Amazon page)

There is a gigantic canvas for a historical novelist to choose from. 

I am a multi-published historical novelist whose novels are set in the reign of Charles II’s niece, Queen Anne Stuart, who reigned from 1702 to 1714, and the ever popular Regency era. I have also written a mediaeval novel set in in the reign of Edward II.

I chose those periods because each of them affected the course of history. If the Duke of Marlborough had not won The War of Spanish Succession, and The Duke of Wellington had been defeated by Napoleon at The Battle of Waterloo, the history of Britain and that of Europe would be different. Defeat would also have had far-reaching consequences for the rest of the world. If Edward II had won the Battle of Bannockburn, it is feasible that he would have conquered Scotland and, perhaps, as it is claimed, he would not have been murdered.

The more I read about my chosen eras the more fascinated I become, and the more aware of the gulf between the past and present. Those who lived in the past shared the same emotions as we do, but their attitudes and way of life were in many ways very different to ours. One of the most striking examples was the social position of women and children in in bygone ages.

My characters, are of their time, not men, women and children dressed in costume who behave like 21st century people. 

Research of my chosen eras sparks my imagination. The seeds of my novels are sown, and from them sprout the characters and events which will shape their lives. 

I was born in Kent. As a child, when I was not making up stories, my head was ‘always in a book.’ 

While working in a travel agency, I met my Hindu husband. He encouraged me to continue my education at Westminster College. In 1961 I and my husband, by then a barrister, moved to his birthplace, Kenya, where I lived from 1961 until 1982. After an attempted coup d’état, four of my children lived with me in an ashram in France.

Back in England, I wrote historical fiction, joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association, The Historical Novel Society, Watford Writers and on line groups.

Apart from writing, I enjoy classical Indian literature, reading, visiting places of historical interest, vegetarian cooking, growing organic fruit, herbs and vegetables and creative crafts. 

My bookshelves are so crammed with historical non-fiction, which I use to research my novels, that if I buy a new book I have to consider getting rid of one.

Time spent with my five children and their families, most of whom live near me, is precious.

The second editions of my historical novels and my new ones will be published by Books We Love.

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