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Clumsy Grace Penworth is an impossible young lady. She can't sing, she doesn't play the piano, and can't embroider or paint. In fact, she has none of the accomplishments required of a young Regency lady. All she can do is write critical essays, and when she is sent off to London to find a husband, she means to use the chance to meet with her publisher.
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A chance collision between her carriage and a curricle belonging to the Duke of Standen brings her into close contact with the Duke, and both are affected by the meeting. Grace is invited for a visit to the Duke's estate as the guest of his grandmother, and is followed there by her publisher who proposes marriage to her. When she turns him down, he begins a smear campaign against her, that incidentally results in increased sales of her book of essays. When she is accused of treason, the Duke proposes marriage to her, to protect her. After a hasty marriage, she is arrested at their wedding breakfast, and taken to the Tower of London to await trial. It is then up to the Duke's lawyers to try to extricate her from this trouble so she can live happily ever after with her husband.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Regency era Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   marriage of convenience spurring real love Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by authorities/family If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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