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Welcome to my tour stop for THE ROSE GARDEN TOUR for
Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice by Heidi Ashworth
Roses in the Miss Delecourt Series
It all begins when the Dowager Duchess of Marcross sends her grandson, Sir Anthony Crenshaw, to accompany her niece, Miss Ginny Delacourt, to their country estate to check on the roses. The Dowager is concerned since her neighbor is keen on stealing cuttings from her spectacular rose garden for Rosehaven, his rose-inspired country home. On the way, they have a carriage accident and are held up by highwaymen but it isn’t until they are quarantined at Rosehaven for the pox that Ginny’s and Sir Anthony’s love begins to bloom.
Thus the series begins…
Heidi Ashworth, the author, has a beautiful rose garden and each stop is showcasing one of her roses. Here is mine:
Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice
(Miss Delacourt #6)
by Heidi Ashworth
Adult Historical Romance
Ebook, 274 pages
April 24th 2014 by Dunhaven Place Publishing
Mr. Colin Lloyd-Jones and his friend, Sir Anthony Crenshaw, make a pact to avoid the fair sex during the course of an entire season in order to nurse their wounded hearts. As they shake hands on it, they have no idea that one would soon be off on a trip to escort a young lady to the country and the other soon to fall head over heels in love with Miss Elizabeth Armistead. Sadly, Miss Armistead is only interested in those she trusts not to become so besotted with her beauty that they cannot see her true self. Prior to meeting Colin, she had only met one man fitting that description and she has promised to be his bride. However, Mr. Cruikshank is not due to arrive in London for a full month. Can Colin convince Miss Armistead that he loves her for more than her beauty before her betrothed’s ship arrives on British shores?
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The Regency era is known to be one of the most romantic of all time. One reason for this is the manner in which people became betrothed. Though regency romance novels abound with tales of formally arranged marriages, it was not a time period known for an overabundance of rigid strictures. It was this very freedom from constraints that made the regency the romantic period we so love. Though it was not unheard of for a gentleman to approach the father of the maiden he favored to beg his permission prior to offering marriage to the young lady, it was not required or even particularly the norm. And though there were bound to be fathers who were incredibly controlling and who wished to arrange the marriages of their daughters, it was most likely a rare occurrence.
Indeed, more often than not, two people met, fell in love (or at least into a state of intense infatuation) whereupon the gentleman would propose marriage and the young lady would accept or reject him. The fact that a young couple were rarely allowed time alone together prior to a betrothal further adds to the romance of their circumstances. A young man might only have a few stolen moments at a ball or during a morning call (such as when Bingley proposed to Jane in Pride and Prejudice), or through a letter (such as the one received by Anne Elliot from Captain Wentworth) to make his intentions known. Getting to know one another happened after the betrothal was official, a circumstance that added a decided air of risk and drama to the proceedings, for what if one married and found they did not suit after all?
Contrary to popular belief, the young lady was not presented with an engagement ring to proclaim her status. Meanwhile, sometimes an engagement was announced in the papers and sometimes it was not. Unless a special license, which allowed the couple to be married anywhere and anytime, was procured, the banns were read in church for three weeks prior to the wedding which likely took place very soon thereafter. Few guests or flowers were part of the event; a wedding was seen as a very private affair and were often attended by only close family. Everything about it was quite casual and a bit ramshackle according to today’s standards, all of which meant elopements were not the dramatic events we often imagine, unless it was believed that the intended groom did not intend to actually make the lady his bride.
In many respects, betrothals and engagements were much like they are today in that, in most cases, it was decided by the bride and groom whom they should marry. Exactly like brides today, Miss Elizabeth Armistead of Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice is a very determined young lady who chooses her husband based on what she wants out of life and cares little what others had to say to the matter.
Heidi Ashworth, author of the popular Miss Delacourt series, including the award-winning Miss Delacourt Has Her Day, is a busy wife and mother who’s grateful for a bit of peace and quiet in which to write. An unapologetic anglophile, she is determined to return to England to see the home of Jane Austen, a landmark she missed during her first trip across the pond, though she knows Lord Byron’s house to be a suitable substitute. She’s smitten with books, chocolate, and roses, not necessarily in that order, and is never averse to a round of Guitar Hero.
– US Grand Prize: $50 Amazon gift card and paperback copy of Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice
– 3 ebooks of Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice (US and open INT to these countries: England, Canada, Belguim, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Italy, France, Japan, and Australia)
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