Title: An Untitled Lady
Author: Nicky Penttila
Publication Date: December 20, 2013
Shocking family news forces Madeline Wetherby to abandon her plans to marry an earl and settle for upstart Manchester merchant Nash Quinn. When she discovers that her birth father is one of the weavers her husband is putting out of work—and a radical leader—Maddie must decide which family she truly desires, the man of her heart or the people of her blood.
An earl’s second son, Nash chose a life of Trade over Society. When protest marches spread across Lancashire, the pressure on him grows. If he can’t make both workers and manufacturers see reason he stands to lose everything: his business, his town, and his marriage.
As Manchester simmers under the summer sun, the choices grow more stark for Maddie and Nash: Family or justice. Love or money. Life or death.
An Untitled Lady is so much different from any Regency Romance that I have read before.
This is not a romance built on fainting ladies and simpering dandys. This is truly a working man's romance. This is a book fraught with issues of classism, sexism, worker's rights, women's rights, lies, deceit, and hosts of other issues that most books of its elk try to pretend do not exist.
I later came to understand that the historical events included in this novel were based on a very important event for Manchester, the Peterloo Massacre.
Where many novels would have made the significance of this factual bit of history an issue; this was not the case for this read. Here is a case where the factual and the fictional blend in seamless grace.
There is also a lot to be said for both the hero and heroine of this story. Yes, you did see that there is indeed an actual heroine here.
That does not mean however that she is not without her flaws, and true to the genre, she is allowed to cut a rather tragic figure at times. She does prove herself to be resourceful and up to the many challenges that are thrown her way...when the chips are down.
The only detraction that comes to mind, has nothing to do with the story at all.
I feel that the cover does this book a great disservice.
This is an awesome look at Regency done differently!
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Nicky Penttila writes stories with adventure and love, and often with ideas and history as well. She enjoys coming up with stories that are set in faraway cities and countries, because then she *must* travel there, you know, for research. She lives in Maryland with her reading-mad husband and amazing rescue cat.
She’s chattiest on Twitter, @NickyPenttila, and can also be found at nickypenttila.com and on Facebook.