I live in two worlds. The real world where I spend my physical days and nights, and then the Regency world that swims in my head and makes me have to type my stories.
I love both worlds. I often find story ideas by comparing the day I’ve had and thinking about what my day would have been like in Regency times.
For instance, I’ve been away at a conference for several days and I’ve come home to a pretty messy house and loads of washing. So I’ve spent the morning doing the washing, vacuuming and dusting, and cleaning bathrooms. It only took me a couple of hours.
But in Regency times it would have taken me all day! For a start I’d have to heat the water as there were no taps I could simply turn on. The washing would have been done by hand and that in its self would have taken me all day and rubbed my skin raw—no rubber gloves.
I would have had to take rugs outside and beat them thoroughly to get the dirt and dust off and I’m not sure dusting would really have gotten rid of much dust as there was nothing to shift it outside. i'd have simply stirred it all around.
If I had been born a ‘Lady’ I would never have had to lift a hand to clean anything. My servants would have done everything for me, including washing my hair if I’d wanted.
I suppose I could hire a cleaning lady in today’s world, if I wanted (not sure I’d want them to dress me or wash my hair though.)
Rheda Kerrick, my heroine in my new Regency romance, INVITATION TO SCANDAL, released later this month, is a ‘lady’ but she is forced to ‘work’ to save her family home for her younger brother. No house cleaning for her though. Smuggling and horse breeding are on her agenda. It’s such a pity that the extremely handsome, Rufus Knight, Viscount Strathmore, is set on catching a certain smuggler. It’s making Rheda’s life more perilous than she’d wish.
Here is the RT Book Review
RT Rating 4 Stars
With snappy dialogue, lively action, a hero that believes in honor above all and a strong heroine who loves fiercely, Evans’ story will have readers laughing and crying, savoring every scene.
Rheda Kerrich has been helping the townspeople and trying to hold on to the family home for her brother in her own unconventional way, as local smuggler “Dark Shadow.” She has one last shipment to deal with before retirement, but then Rheda gets stuck under a barrel of French brandy and is found by Rufus Knight, Viscount Strathmore.
He is immediately attracted to Rheda, thinking she is a simple village girl. Rufus is in Kent to find the smuggler and decides to seduce Rheda, but he will not rest until he finds the Dark Shadow — the only one who can clear his father of treason. But the closer he gets to Rheda and the truth, the more dangerous things become. (BRAVA, May, 320 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Jill Brager
Think about the day you’ve just had. Compare it to the early 1800’s. How would it have been different for you if you lived in that time? The best answer wins a copy of INVITATION TO SCANDAL. Open internationally, in book or eBook format.