Letter from Ella Quinn
Hello to everyone and thank you to Jennifer for having me on her blog.
I’m Ella Quinn and I write fun, smart, spicy Regency romances where families are very involved with my hero and heroine. My current series is The Worthingtons. The series starts off with eleven children and two Great Danes.
My latest book is The Marriage List. Lady Eleanor Carpenter, her twin and her sister-in-law have planned their come outs for years. Their latest addition to the plan is a list of attributes a gentleman must possess to marry any of them. Needless to say, the restrictions Polite Society places on young unmarried ladies makes it difficult to actually discover if a gentleman meets all the requirements.
Polite conversation between a young unmarried lady and a gentleman did not typically touch on personal subjects, politics, or topics with any depth to them. Nor were a couple left alone to converse for long. There were carriage rides to Hyde Park (the Park) in an open carriage with the vast majority of the ton present and an expectation that the lady and gentleman would stop and converse with everyone they knew. A lady could walk with a gentleman as long as a chaperone was present. A lady could not be in a room alone with a gentleman without being ruined and having to wed. Except for the waltz, dances gave a couple little opportunity to do other than flirt, and one could not dance with the same gentleman twice at the same event. So what was an enterprising and determined young lady to do to try to ferret out the information she wanted? Well, if she wanted to know if the man liked large dogs living in a house instead of the kennel, she could arrange for the dog to be accidently let loose in the hall as he was admitted into the house. If her family was very liberal, they might allow her to ride with her sisters in the Park early in the morning (attended by a groom) knowing the gentleman would be there as well. What ideas do you have?
The Marriage List
(The Worthington Brides)
by Ella Quinn
GENRE: Historical Romance
By popular demand, USA Today bestselling author Ella Quinn returns Regency England’s beloved extended family, The Worthingtons, for the first in a sparkling new spin-off series! Determined to tame the marriage market on their own terms and make advantageous love matches, three confident sisters draw up a list of qualities they expect their new beaus to meet. But as they are about to discover, people are hardly ever perfect and the road to love is far more thrilling and interesting than they could ever have imagined…
As part of a large, rambunctious family, Lady Eleanor Carpenter has gained some knowledge of what makes a successful marriage. She’s even compiled a list of essential qualifications in a potential husband. John, the Marquis of Montagu, seems of good character (check), with money enough to support a family (check). But what of the many other requirements on her list?
Montagu, meanwhile, believes the key to a comfortable life lies in marrying someone quiet and docile. Yet the one lady who captivates him could hardly be more different to what he envisioned. Lady Eleanor is as opinionated as she is lovely, determined to improve working conditions for coal miners, even at risk to her own safety.
From evenings at Almack’s to carriage rides in Hyde Park, this Season will contain many pleasures—and a few surprises that compel both John and Eleanor to rethink their expectations. For one thing is certain: love will not be defined by any list . . .
“Good morning,” he called, hoping Lady Eleanor would be happy to see him.
“Good morning,” the three ladies said at the same time.
They were in the same order as they had been before, allowing him to ride to Lady Eleanor’s side. “As you see, I am able to rise earlier.”
She smiled politely. “When you are not working too late.”
He thought she was teasing him, but the expression on her face told him nothing. “Yes.” He glanced up at the sky, as if he’d not noticed it before. “It promises to be a lovely day.”
“It does.” They walked the horses through the gate. “The later spring flowers and shrubs are beginning to make an appearance.”
John hadn’t particularly noticed. He should have if he was going to talk about flowers and the weather. “Are they?”
“Yes.” She nodded. “The lilac in our garden is starting to bloom. It is almost the end of April.”
“Eleanor,” Lady Madeline said. “I am for a good run. What about you?”
Lady Eleanor glanced at him. “We come early so that we can gallop. You may join us if you wish.”
As she spoke, the mares were already increasing their speed. He had not even answered when the horses began to canter. Damn, she had an excellent seat. He urged Aramus faster. “Come on, boy. You don’t want to be beaten by a mare.”
“Blast it, they’re fast,” St. Albans said.
John’s gelding broke into a gallop. He’d almost caught up to them when the ladies reined in next to a giant chestnut tree, all of them smiling broadly. He wanted to be the one to make Lady Eleanor smile that way. He thought about telling her she rode well, but that might sound even more stupid than he wanted her to think he was. She had to know she was an excellent rider. “That was exhilarating.”
St. Albans had gone to Lady Alice and said something that made her laugh. John needed to think of something witty to say. Once again, he wished he’d spent time on the Town. But he hadn’t wanted to leave his father as Papa’s health declined. “Are you up to another gallop?”
“Yes.” Finally she gave him a real smile. “I’d like that. To the willow.” She took off again, fluidly moving as one with her horse.
“Drat the woman,” he muttered to himself as he rushed to catch up with her again. This was going to be a lot more work than he thought it would be.
USA Today bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side (political science professor and lawyer). Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.
She is married to her wonderful husband of almost fourty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, a Great Dane named Lilibet, and a cat named Winnie. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true lived on sailboat for three years. After cruising the Caribbean and North America, she completed a transatlantic crossing from St. Martin to Southern Europe. She’s currently living in Germany, happily writing while her husband is back at work, recovering from retirement. She expects to be back on the boat in 2022.
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