“Your novel-writing…it is a recent endeavour?”
“I have scribbled stories since I was a young girl. Apparently, I am much like my Great-Aunt Henrietta, who was also an author. She published her books anonymously as her acquaintances would have been scandalised had they known she wrote novels for the Minerva Press.”
“How many books have you written?”
“Only two Gothic stories. But after reading Miss Austen’s work, I have been inspired to write more realistic tales. I am determined to avoid wicked counts and haunted castles going forward.” Her forehead puckered. “The villains in Gothic novels are frequently counts, you know, and I have developed such an aversion to them that if I ever met a count in real life, I would run a mile, screaming for my life.”
His lips twitched. “I trust your dislike of counts does not extend to viscounts?”
She observed him candidly. “That remains to be seen. You are the very first viscount I have ever encountered and therefore carry a great weight upon your shoulders.”
“Oh, yes?” He raised an eyebrow.
“Mmmm. To only have a “vis” standing between yourself and infamy must be a vastly difficult thing to bear.”
He laughed. “I have no hope then. The Villainous Viscount has quite a ring to it. But I wouldn’t mind being featured as your villain. Rogues in fiction are always the more interesting characters.” He contemplated her for a moment. “Would you tell me more about the book you are writing?”
The young lady hesitated. “I am trying to pen a novel in the style of Pride and Prejudice, with a hero in the mould of Mr Darcy.”
“Ah! Mr Darcy was most uncivil when he first met Miss Elizabeth. I will bear that in mind when I engage with you.”
“Yes, Miss Linfield?” He smiled at her.
“I was not inviting you to be uncivil to me!”
“No. I don’t aspire to be badly treated. I like gentlemanly heroes.”
“But you have just told me that your next hero is going to be like Mr Darcy.”
She shook her head. “Mr Darcy proved most gentlemanly towards the end of the book.”
He smiled again but made no reply, and Miss Linfield straightened her shoulders. “You are quite provoking, sir. I think I will make you the villain of my next book.”
He gave a crack of laughter. “There are definite claws behind your gentle façade. I like you.”
“Well, I am not sure if I like you.” Her hand flew to her mouth. “Oh, dear! I am as rude as Mr Darcy.”
“I value frankness.”
She cleared her throat. “Yes… Well, I had better leave before I am tempted into even greater incivility.”
And with a slight smile and a curtsey, Miss Linfield left him on his own.
The Viscount’s Lady Novelist
by Alissa Baxter
Publication Date: April 26, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Linfield Ladies, Book 2
Harriet Linfield is a lady novelist who has been disillusioned by love. She sets out to write more realistic tales about the emotion when she returns home to Linfield Court for the summer. Vowing to avoid any romantic entanglements along the way, she focuses instead on her writing and her plan to turn the estate she inherited from her uncle into a refuge for orphans.
Oliver, Viscount Wentford, is determined to restore his family fortunes. But his plans for the estate he inherited are in direct opposition to the wishes of Harriet, his new neighbour. Upon meeting her, Oliver is amused when, in response to his provocative comments, she informs him that she intends to make him the villain of her next book. But his amusement swiftly turns to dismay when circumstances align to show him in that exact light.
When an enemy comes back into Harriet’s life, she sees that love isn’t as clear-cut as the romantic tales she pens. But will the viscount manage to discard his villainous mantle to become Harriet’s real-life hero?
“A charming love story set in the English countryside that’s grounded in impeccable research.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“Alissa Baxter’s writing is period perfect.” ~ Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Matrimonial Advertisement
“This book is gorgeous!” ~ Rachel Burton, author of The Tearoom on the Bay
“A truly traditional Regency romance, with lots of witty banter, very reminiscent of Georgette Heyer. Recommended for anyone who likes a completely clean traditional Regency, with strongly authentic writing, historical accuracy and a satisfying romance. Baxter’s writing is excellent, and her dialogue, manners and settings are true to the era.” ~ Mary Kingswood, author of traditional Regency romances
“While immersing the reader in the mores and life of the Regency era, Alissa Baxter manages to write strong, independent heroines whom modern-day women will cheer and root for. Plus the addition of little details that wrap around the plot and the characters make reading her books all the more special because you never know when you might land on a little Easter egg morsel in the beautiful and engaging prose. Historicals with heart and engaging characters that read real—that’s what you get in Ms Baxter’s books.” ~ Zee Monodee, USA Today bestselling author
About the Author
Alissa Baxter was born in a small town in South Africa and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. At the age of eleven, she discovered her mother’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels. The first Heyer novel she ever read was Sylvester and she was hooked on Georgette Heyer after that. She read and reread her novels, and fell totally in love with the Regency period and Heyer’s grey-eyed heroes!
After university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she began writing her first Regency novel, before moving to England, which gave her further inspiration for her historical romances.
Alissa has lived in Durban and Cape Town but she eventually settled in Johannesburg where she lives with her husband and two sons. Alissa is the author of two chick-lit novels, Send and Receive and The Blog Affair, which have been re-released as The Truth About Series: The Truth about Clicking Send and Receive and The Truth About Cats and Bees.
Alissa’s Linfield Ladies Series features women in trend-setting roles in the Regency period who fall in love with men who embrace their trailblazing ways… at least eventually. The Viscount’s Lady Novelist is the second book in this series, following on from The Earl’s Lady Geologist.
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Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
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