The very handsome and very bored Lord Trowbridge knows something is missing in his existence. When he is asked by a friend to escort the seemingly quiet Miss Sophie Edwards to her first ball, he has no idea she possesses the key that will unlock him. It is her secret weapon.
Once he sees his own inner workings, his life unfolds in a different manner. He will do anything to capture the love of his “angel.” Unfortunately, his old life and the shibboleths of the ton stand in his way. As he wades through these afflictions, Sophie is courted by another man. Who will she choose? How can he possibly show his love for her in a way as original and unique as she is? What are Sophie’s feelings for him?
Praise for Lord Trowbridge’s Angel
“Vandagriff’s recipe for spinning a delightful story with so many unexpected twists and involvements is truly masterful.” ~willsand
“Ms. Vandagriff is a master of description. She understands men and women and the nuances between them.” ~ L. Glenn
“Vandagriff is quickly becoming an esteemed name on the shelves of regency romance. Lord Trowbridge’s Angel is sweet, humorous, and of course romantic, and you’ll become an instant fan.” ~Heather Moore
I realize that I am one of those rare people in the world who gets to live a life full of passion, romance, suspense, angst, fulfillment, humor, and mystery. I am a writer. Every day when I sit down at my computer, I enter into a world of my own making. I am in the head of a panoply of characters ranging from a nineteen-year-old Austrian debutante (The Last Waltz) to a raging psychopath (The Arthurian Omen) and four women at once in The Only Way to Paradise. Then there are the feisty heroines of my Regency romances . . .
I am a traditionally published,award-winning, best-selling writer who has recently gone Indie. I enjoy genre-hopping, having published a genealogical mystery series, two women’s fiction novels, an historical epic, two suspense novels, five Regency romances, and a couple of non-fiction offerings.
With a BA from Stanford and an MA from George Washington University in International Relations, I somehow stumbled into finance. But, once my husband was through law school, I never wanted to do anything but write and raise kids. Now the kids are gone, but (even better) there are four grandchildren who provide my rewards for finishing a manuscript.
Aside from the grandchildren, my favorite things include: Florence, Italy; snow storms; Oreos; real hot chocolate; sweaters; Sundance Resort; lilacs; and dachshunds.
The Enduring Appeal of the Regency Romance
By G.G. Vandagriff
Many of my readers ask the question: Why have you forsaken all else to write Regency romances? The reason: Because I love them. Because they make me happy. Because they are my go-to reading when I want to relax and escape. And because readers love them.
Ever since Jane Austen took up her quill, this form of literature has delighted readers with its irony, wit, and light romance. It is a “comedy of manners.” Georgette Heyer took up where Austen left off, creating a delightful body of work that is read just as repeatedly as Austen’s work. Heyer is the modern day Austen.
What is the appeal of the Regency? Part of it is that it is a well-defined period that could be labeled a fantasy world. Readers know the rules. It has its own dialogue. Fashions are strictly defined. The arbitrary rules of the ton are set. Social mores are understood. When a writer undertakes to write this form, he/she must follow the rules in order to recreate that authentic world that his/her readers are expecting.
The other hallmark of a true Regency is wit and irony. They are elegantly funny. They can make you laugh out loud. Some of Georgette Heyer’s books (notably These Old Shades and The Corinthian) make me laugh until tears run down my face. Recreating that wit and charm is a joy and a challenge. I want my readers to laugh or at least be tickled by my Regencies.
So, I write Regencies to celebrate the absurd, to make people laugh, to warm their hearts, and last of all to carry them back to a time when love affairs were conducted before the industrial revolution. No trains, no cars, no telephones, no Internet, no e-mail, no texting. And yet, despite the lack of all these things, Regency heroes and heroines managed to fall in love.
Make room in your life for joy!
G.G. Vandagriff published traditionally for twenty years before deciding to publish her Regency romances as an Indie author. She has written The Duke’s Undoing, The Taming of Lady Kate, Miss Braithwaite’s Secret, and Rescuing Rosalind
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