Saturday, 19 May 2018

New Sunday Snippet

Regency Wedding Dresses

This week for my Sunday Snippet, I’ve chosen a short section from what was my first published novel, Dangerous Deceit. Set in the Regency of 1813, I was reminded of it by the Royal Wedding today as some of it takes place in the town of Windsor!

Here’s the blurb:

Lydia Hetherington is uninterested in society balls or marriage, until her brother's friend, Lord Marcus Sheldon, rides into her life to unseat her from her horse and unsettle her heart.

An undercover spy for the government, Sheldon is equally unsettled by Lydia.

Complicated by a French spy, her friend's unrequited love for Lydia's brother, James, and a traitorous villain, Lydia gradually finds her emotions stirred by Lord Sheldon. But what is his relationship with the beautiful Lady Smythe and his part in an old scandal?


Lydia swung round, expecting to see Agnes after all, only to find Lord Sheldon surveying her with what looked like admiration tinged with concern. She grabbed the discarded dress and held it in front of her, feeling the hot flush creep up her neck and face.

“Oh, I do apologise, Miss Hetherington.” The deep voice sounded less apologetic than Lydia would have liked. “I was certain this was the room I was directed towards. Pray forgive me.”

Lydia forgot her blushes as she saw the amusement in his eyes and was determined to remain unconcerned. “Think nothing of it, my lord. I am used to strange men bursting into my room uninvited. Did not James bring you up?”

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Hywela Lyn said...

LOL I love her veiled sarcasm, and the pictures are fascinating. Hope you enjoyed the Royal Wedding as much as I did - such a romantic and happy occasion!

Ed Hoornaert said...

She has a wicked tongue and a ton of self-possession.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Lyn! It was quite moving especially when the bride was entering by herself to that gorgeous music.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

She's young but determined, Ed!

Iris B said...

I like her return. Very witty :-)

Aurora Springer said...

A witty exchange.

Jenna said...

A witty rejoinder, however, let's hope Lord Sheldon doesn't repeat that to anyone or her reputation is toast! Fun snippet! Tweeted

Veronica Scott said...

Enjoyed the banter, she kept her head pretty well given the situation! Loved seeing the dresses in the photo!

Charmaine Gordon said...

Delightful and written so well.

My snippet today is titled "More C.R. Grows Up"

Christina Ochs said...

Love how well she keeps her composure. I thought Windsor looked absolutely gorgeous!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Iris!

Glad it came across as such, Aurora!

Don't worry - she remains pure, Jenna!

Thanks, Veronica - I love that style of dress!

Many thanks, Charmaine!

Thanks. Didn't it just, Christina

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Great banter. Love the period dresses in the photo.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Karen!

Diane Burton said...

Fun snippet. I like her sharp tongue. Wonder how he'll deal with it.