The Regency time period in England was famous for its social rituals, its etiquette, its class consciousness. Society was built on elaborate rules of politeness. Dukes were addressed as “Your Grace,” whereas Earls had to be called “My Lord.” You weren’t supposed to speak to someone at a ball unless you’d been formally introduced. People rarely used each other’s first names, even in private. The rules go on and on ….
But Miss Alicia Silverwood was raised in the country along with her six brothers, which allows her to be a bit more down to earth. In most ways, she’s a girl of her time. She doesn’t expect love in her marriage. She knows her role in life is to be a wife and mother. But since she has this quality of honesty, she’s able to admit her own desires -- once she discovers them.
Most importantly, she’s able to admit them to herself. Was that harder to do back then, when your every move was dictated by proper protocol? Probably so, but that’s what makes Alicia Silverwood (Lady Dorchester), so compelling to me. It takes a special person to overcome the social restrictions of their time and find their own path to happiness. Especially if it means breaking the rules in such a scandalous way. So maybe honesty is the best policy, at least when it comes to getting naughty.
Juniper Bell is a multi-published author and avid fan of romance novels, the steamier the better. She lives with her sweetie in a cabin in Alaska with no running water and a spectacular view of glaciers. She wound up in the frozen north after leaving her career as a stressed-out Los Angeles TV writer. Luckily, her love for writing survived the move. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her family, traveling, shoveling snow, and dreaming about the day she moves to Hawaii.
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