Beautiful Miss Penelope Swinton wants to live out her life as a spinster in her beloved Northamptonshire, but with an ailing father and an entailed estate, she must come to London and enter the Marriage Mart. And if she must marry, she is determined to marry for love. In a brief respite from the social whirl of the season, she retreats from the restrictions of the ton to sketch in the park and stumbles over a French spy. When Penelope finds her life in danger, Viscount Beau Wellingham steps up to protect her, however he has secrets of his own. Soon Beau is unable to deny the attraction he feels towards her. Before he can act on his feelings, danger rises again. This time, his life is on the line. With a desperate spy closing in, Penelope must choose the safety of what she has always known or a chance for love. But will she be too late?
Sissy: Her Fateful Debut‘s hero Beau kind of reminded me of the Scarlet Pimpernel–do you remember watching that, Bubby?
Bubby: Sort of. The only time I’ve watched it was on my first date with Mr. Bubby and I must admit I spent more time sneaking looks at him than I did watching the movie. But I do agree that they are similar characters.
Sissy: Wow, Mr. Bubby must have been out to impress you, because I cannot imagine him now watching the Scarlet Pimpernel. For our reader’s benefit, the aforementioned character was a government agent who dressed and acted like a dandy to throw people off. That is what Beau Wellingham (Viscount) does in Her Fateful Debut. In actuality he is all muscled, strong, and handsome man at the core. Penelope discovers this rather quickly and has some trouble controlling her attraction.
Bubby: Who wouldn’t have trouble controlling their attraction? Beau is a handsome, wealthy, intelligent rogue of a man. Luckily, Penelope isn’t without charms of her own. In an era where women were valuable mostly for purposes of ornamentation and providing heirs, Penelope is blessed to have family who are out of the ordinary. She has been educated and encouraged to think for herself, which quite comes in handy during certain parts of Her Fateful Debut. Let’s just say that her childhood fighting lessons from a certain neighborhood vicar’s son end up being rather useful.
Sissy: I couldn’t decide, you know, if I liked the vicar’s son or not. Definitely despised his parents. I found myself becoming extremely irritated with the whole of English society, or the Ton. I can’t abide how tightly they ruled the lives of people and could completely ruin or change the course of someone’s life just because of some random, stupid rules. I got so annoyed I decided I would have behaved very badly, been ruined by scandal, and forced to live my life as a pitied governess or companion. Or more likely I would have been one of the service class and wouldn’t have had to worry about it! Anyway, Penelope was for the most part likeable and endearing.
Bubby: No worries, dearest sister. I and my wealthy aristocratic husband would have let you live with us at our Northhampton estate as a nursemaid. I would never leave you out in the cold!
Sissy: Oh, thanks! I am honored that you would allow me to eat your scraps. Could I have your last season’s gowns to make over too? And I suppose I would be always bringing you your shawl and tea and biscuits and putting hot water bottles at your feet. Not a bad life, really, when one considers the alternatives lone women of that period had. Still angry at England and men.
Bubby: You would eat at the table with the rest of the family and you’d dress better than me, just like in real life. And I’d have a maid for the rest of it. But back to the story. I despaired for a bit there in the middle if Penelope was going to be able to have a spine and make the right decisions, versus the easy decisions, but it all turned out well. I read Her Fateful Debut this week whilst battling a nasty cold and I must say, it was the perfect diversion. Fans of Regency Romance will adore this newest offering from G. G. Vandagriff. It’s a Diamond of the First Water!
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