In the wake of a duel, Marcel Blake, the Duke of Lear, an infamous rake and gamester, leaves London to visit his cousin in Paris. Here he meets and falls in love with Julie, the British ambassador’s daughter. Thinking she would be horrified if she learned of his reputation, Marcel fights the attraction; but when he is wounded while saving her from the unwanted advances of a less-than-desirable would-be suitor, Marcel finds that she returns his affections.
Ultimately, vengeance conspires against them; at their wedding reception, Julie is maliciously informed of Marcel’s previous life of misdeeds, and she’s led to believe that he only married her to please the king. With this insurmountable gulf suddenly between them, will Marcel prove his reformation, woo his wife, and find happiness with her, or is the sudden desolation in Julie’s heart impossible to overcome? Have Marcel’s games finally caught up to him for good?
Hazel read her first Regency Romance, Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer, when she was seventeen and knew that at last she had found her era.
She had been writing since she was fifteen and had mainly been influenced by authors like Austen, the Brontes and Sabatini, but Georgette Heyer opened up the romance and elegance of the eighteen and nineteenth century and she fell head over heels in love with it.
She devoured her books in very quick succession and wanted nothing more than to recreate her own Regency world. History had always been her favorite subject at school and it was just one small step to portray it in her work.
However, despite today’s trend to produce ‘hotter’ novels, she writes ‘traditional’ Regency Romance and closes the door on her characters when they retire. So much emotion can be conveyed by a mere glance or a single word that she doesn’t feel it necessary to leave the metaphorical door open to convey the emotions of the moment. The merest hint is often sufficient to stimulate the reader’s imagination and to go into detail is totally unnecessary.
Hazel has been married to her husband since 1969 and they share their home with a lovely Labrador named Mollie. Apart from reading and writing historical novels, Hazel’s other ruling passion is animals and, until recently, she was treasurer for an organization that raised money for animal charities.
Hazel loves to hear from her readers and promises to answer all mail. Consequence is her latest release.
Visit her online at www.hazel-statham.co.uk.
I’ve been a big fan of Hazel Statham since I read her book The Portrait. She just has such a way with regency novels and with her words and creation of her characters. I knew when the chance to review this newest book Consequence, I was going to jump on it.
I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Marcel and Julie’s characters were vivid and filled with awesome personality. Marcel flees to France after a duel, and meets Julie. Like Marcel, I feel in love with Julie…she’s such a tender character. They marry, but Julie starts to listen to the rumors of Marcel’s less than perfect past a wild rake, and that they married out of convenience.
Marcel is determined to prove her wrong and show her she truly owns his heart. He’ll do what ever it takes to face the consequences of his past and move forward with his beautiful, loving wife, Julie. If only she’ll listen to him.
I truly had a wonderful time reading this book. I saw myself among the soirees and theater with Marcel and Julie, and Aunt Augusta. It was so fun watching Marcel redeem his past actions and move forward with Julie. This story of trusting, love, forgiveness and redemption will instantly grab you and take you on a ride and by the end, you’ll be ready to pick up another Hazel Statham novel! I love her work and you will, too! Another fantastic 5 book rating in my eyes!
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