I travel. Sometimes I travel by boat, plane, or automobile. Sometimes I travel by book. Sometimes I explore the real world. This week I rambled through the Maida Pleasure Gardens with Mary Lancaster and Unmasking the Hero.
The author describes it like this: Maida Pleasure Gardens, the neglected little sister of Vauxhall and Ranelagh, lurk on the edge of London and of the law. Long past their fashionable heyday, the Gardens welcome the hoi polio, the scandalous, the lonely, the desperate, and the criminal, who can all dance anonymously at the public masked balls.
That fails to mention neglected wives, desperate cousins, conscienceless rakes, foolish husbands, card cheats, clever serving girls, lonely widows…well, you get the picture. It was an adventure!
About the Book
He is the core of all my hate – and all my love.”
Two years ago, the charismatic young Earl of Wenning abandoned his bride on their wedding night, leaving her to face the humiliation and inevitable suspicion of guilt alone, while he pursued his diplomatic ambitions abroad.
But the resilient Grace refused to crumble. Setting aside her bewildered grief, she has become a fashionable socialite living on the edge of scandal, surrounded by male admirers. Now, she awaits her husband’s return with a little revenge in mind.
However, a foolish wager has caused her to lose his wedding gift during a masquerade ball at the infamous Maida Pleasure Gardens, and she is worried it could be used against her. And, by the time Wenning comes home, she has befriended a mysterious stranger she met at Maida whom she believes might just serve as her means of revenge.
The earl and the countess circle each other in a wary, dangerous dance where either might win – or ruin what’s left of their marriage. Meanwhile, a more deadly enemy stalks them.
Can the couple rise above the past and unite before death parts them forever?
Find it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099LKGPVM