A stormy encounter in the park sets Baron Chiddingly firmly against the newly arrived heiress from India. But Miss Winsford in company is charming, and his friend Fitz is enchanted by her unconventional manners. A startling revelation at the lady’s come-out ball changes everything.
Chiddingly hopes to fund his search for a racing champion, but his pursuit of Penelope Winsford is hampered by the wild antics of her horse-mad sister Persephone. When his new stallion is endangered, there is hell to pay, and not only for the horse!
Is there any way through the ensuing disastrous tangle?
Targeted Age Group:: Women
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was taken by life in the 18th century in India, and intrigued by the wealthy nabobs who returned rich from there. I was also very interested in horse breeding in those days, which was when the British thoroughbred began to come into its own. A friend’s son loaned me lots of books about horse racing and horses from which I learned what I needed to use. To thank him, I took his surname for Chiddingly’s trainer Tidmarsh.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I was driving around Sussex one day and saw a signpost : Chiddingly Stud. Immediately I had the basis for a story. The Chiddingly Stud was the concept – a horsemad hero who was into breeding race horses. That led me to invent his perfect heroine, equally horsemad and as thoroughly ill-tempered as he is himself!
About the Author:
Elizabeth Bailey is the author of historical fiction, including 18 romances for Harlequin Mills and Boon and the Lady Fan mystery series with Penguin’s Berkley Books. She is now publishing backlist and new books for herself. She also writes contemporary women’s fiction with a supernatural edge.
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