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    Elizabeth Housden is a romance writer from the South of England. You can find out more about her previous work on her website.

    Her new novel, ‘The Gentlemen Go By’ is due to be released in the next few weeks, and we have been given a sneak preview at the book cover… see below for our exclusive cover reveal…

    A bit about the book…

    The date is 1788 – the year before the French Revolution that spells the end for many a French aristotcrat.  Tension is permanently in the air and France will soon be changed for ever.  In England, however, Edward, the young Earl of Roxford is dead, caught by a stray bullet in a foreign land, fighting for his country.  A widower for several years he leaves behind his only child, his adopted daughter, the Lady Sophia Catesby, only 19 years old but, on reaching the age of majority, she will be a considerable heiress. 

    To protect her from fortune hunters and to keep her as long as possible from the clutches of his loathed younger brother, William, now, of course, the new Earl of Roxford, Edward inserts a clause into his will.  If he dies before she reaches 21 years, Lady Sophia is to become the ward, and reside, chaperoned, in the house of Edward’s first cousin and best friend, the Marquis Jacques St Aubin at his home on the Isle of Wight. 

    Furious at having to leave her lively London freinds, Sophia has no option but to agree to the demand and accompanied by her nurse and ladies’ maid, with much reluctance but a degree of curiousity about this unknown cousin, they leave for the Isle of Wight.

    She is met from the boat that ferries her to the Island by Jacques’ clerk, the young Robert Havering, unusually familiar and a very unservile servant.  Her guardian is not there to greet her.  He is away somewhere on his sailing boat but Robert tells her he will be home very soon – probably by the next morning.  Sophia has to curb her curiosity for although he sounds deadly dull – a farmer and a magistrate, probably middle aged and set in his ways, albeit an heir to a dukedom, nonetheless her father has chosen him to care for her over many others who could fulfil that role.

    She is to be very surprised – pleasantly surprised.  But who really is Jacques?  One thing is for sure he is not in the least dull or middle aged.  Sophia’s life is to be changed for ever but in the background is her dangerous Unlce William, who cares for nothing but money.  And there is a clause in his late brother’s will that might just, if handled properly, make him a fortune.  Sophia is a pawn and in danger but as yet, she does not know it…

    and here is the cover reveal…



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