Excerpt: A Lady’s Plight by Katy Walters



Lady Isabella Winton waits years to marry her fiancé, but Lord Alexander Fitzroy, a reformed rake, always finds an excuse to delay the nuptials.

With the marriage set for the next month, Fitzroy tells her he is needed in Belgium almost immediately. He warns her it may be dangerous for her to accompany him.

Isabella suspects he is bluffing. Brussels is the centre of a social whirl. She looked forward elaborate dinners and extravagant balls. Fearing Fitzroy may have returned to his rakish ways, she insists on travelling with him.

Isabella is unaware that Lord Everard Ladness, heir to a dukedom, is obsessed with her and will go to any lengths to possess her.

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Meet the author:

I live in a Sussex village near to the Regency towns. Before writing a novel, I visit one of them to soak up the elegance of the architecture, trying to enter the atmosphere of those far-gone times. Whilst walking through narrow cobbled streets, I imagine horse drawn carriages rollicking past, of ladies in Empire fashion, of feathered bonnets and velvet pelisses, of nankeen breeches and starched cravats. Even today, the same bay fronted shop windows replete with mullioned windows yawn over narrow pavements. The only changes being the wares; an empire dress swapped for a top and miniskirt. Best of all, is stepping down rickety steps into an oak beamed tearoom, with a leaning floor, where log fires crackle in open grates, the air filled with the rich aroma of tansy and cinnamon cakes.

Katy has a BA(Hons)Psych, BA Eng.Lit and Creative Writing, MA. Hon Doc. for research into complementary methods of pain control.

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‘I insist; I would love to purchase it for you.’

Isa hugged her. ‘I do not think Mrs. Wallis could cope with any more.’

‘Nonsense, she has so many seamstresses. I declare —’

‘But, the cost—’

‘Tush, papa is over generous with my allowance; he will not even notice it. Why I lose more at cards of an evening than I would pay for half a dozen dresses.’

Thrilled, Isa gave her a hug. ‘Well, I did have my eye on it.’

‘Well so it shall be. I shall order it from Mrs. Wallis. Now choose a flowered headdress – or what you will.’

As Henrietta made for the counter, Phillipa said, ‘I cannot match a Duke’s daughter, but I would love to buy you a pair of slippers and a bonnet.’

‘No, I insist, I will be most upset if you decline.’

Isa laughed. ‘My, I am being spoilt, when I leave here with all the boxes, papa will have an apoplexy. He’ll think he has to pay for it all.’

As the girls wandered around the enticing stands, they were unaware of a male observing them. Lord Everard Ladness, a rakehell licked his lips. He saw them nearing the dressing rooms. The Lady Isabella continually spurned him for that bastard Fitzroy. Well now he had the perfect opportunity; she was his, always had been; he’d marked her out for his wife when she was a mere child. Now she would be his.


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  1. It sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing the excerpt – it definitely helped to make up my mind.

  2. Sounds Like A Book That Will Keep You On Your Toes!!

  3. This sounds like a book I would really enjoy!

  4. I love this genre. I don’t read a lot in the warmer months, but I love to cozy up and read in the colder months. I may be able to squeeze this one in. Thanks!

  5. I don’t know… ha may still have a rakish streak in him. Bet he comes through when the stalker type is revealed though.

  6. This book looks like it would put me in a beautiful place with beautiful people, beautiful clothes and be a great get-away from the real world!! And I love the “About the Author”, too.

  7. Ohhh!! This sounds so interesting!
    I love feisty female characters and she sounds like one I would love to “meet”.

  8. Seems like a great book! The excerpt makes me want to read more!

  9. The excerpt had me hooked! Sounds like a can’t-put-down read.

  10. sounds like a nice read, I wish I had the time to sit and read!

  11. sounds like a fun read!! I love the setting.

  12. This sounds rather enticing! I want to read it!

  13. Oh boy, passion intensified, for sure! Sounds interesting!

  14. I love when guys fight over woman in movies and books!

  15. Sounds like a very interesting book. I love a good romance during the summer.

  16. Sounds like a book I would enjoy!

  17. This sounds like an interesting read! I can’t believe it’s on sale for just 99 cents!

  18. Loved the excerpt. I need to read more. I need to know the lord’s next move.

  19. When I saw the cover, I thought it was going to be a romance but from the description and excerpt, it sounds more like a suspense novel! (Although her gown is beautiful!)

  20. The author has a really interesting education background!

  21. Oh this sounds interesting, I’m dying to know what happens!

  22. I am always looking for new books to read and suggest to my friends. thank you, what a great review. it sounds exciting

  23. I like that the author actually knows what she’s talking about by living in the scenery. I am always intrigued by their culture and love stories that surround it.

  24. I love these kind of books. My kindle is loaded with hundreds of them and I’m not joking. This is another I am definitely picking up. At only .99cents I can’t go wrong.

  25. Looks like a very good read! I am always up for a good romance story ;)

  26. I’m always looking for book suggestions. Thanks for sharing!!

  27. This look like a good read! Putting the name on my list to read this summer while sitting at the pool.

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