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A Most Unusual Situation

(The first book in the Gravesmeres series)
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"This is a breezy period romance, with all the right ingredients for those of us who are fans of Georgette Heyer and her ilk. It's humorous and smart, a quick and fun read." ~ Reader review

"Exciting, well developed characters, carefully detailed backgrounds and scenery, exacting dialogue and a plot that twists and turns it's way to a most satisfying ending makes this book one you won't want to put down until you finish it!" ~ Reader review

It's 18th century London, where an Earl loses a vast sum of money to his good friend, a Duke. To settle the debt, the Earl suggests that he marry his fourteen year old daughter to the Duke's twenty-one year old son. The marriage takes place the next morning. She is terrified, and he is furious. Calling her an ugly dowd, he leaves immediately after the ceremony on the Grand Tour and does not return for four years. When he returns, two adults who have barely met, and don't even recognize each other must build a marriage. Can these two strong and determined personalities learn to overcome the resentments of the past, and convert the misunderstandings of the present into a passionate love affair on which they can build a life?

If you love a sweet romance with no sex, this version is definitely for you! If you like sex with your romance, please buy "A Duchess Enraged", the "After Dark" (sexy) version of the same story.

The novel is based on actual history, that of the Earl of March and Lady Sarah Cadogan. The historical details can be found in my blog at The Earl of Cadogan did marry his daughter, Lady Sarah Cadogan, to the Duke of Richmond's son, the Earl of March, sight unseen as a way of settling an enormous gambling debt he owed the Duke. They were married the day after the agreement was made, and the infuriated Earl of March departed on his Grand Tour immediately thereafter, not to return for four years. You can read the details on my blog, Because I like ladies with ships on their heads (see my blog also), I placed the costumes a few decades later in the 18th century, but attitudes towards marriage and the Grand Tour changed relatively little in that time.

Genre: Historical Romance

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February 2014 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: A Most Unusual Situation: A Traditional Version Georgian Romance (The Gravesmeres Book 1)
Author(s): Alicia Quigley
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