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Release day: Lady Lovett’s Little Dilemma

2 July 2012

Today is the official release of Lady Lovett’s Little Dilemma by Beverley Oakley (ebook, Total-E-Bound). Here’s the blurb:

Eight years of marriage have not dimmed Lady Cressida Lovett’s love for her husband – but the birth of five children has cooled her ardour.

With rumours circulating that the kind, dashing and seemingly ever-patient Lord Lovett has returned to the arms of his former mistress, Cressida believes her choices are stark: welcome her husband back to the marital bed and risk a sixth pregnancy she fears will kill her, or lose him forever.

With the astonishing discovery that methods exist to enable the innocent Cressida to transform herself into the vixen of her husband’s dreams without expanding her nursery, she seeks to repay the woman responsible for her empowerment … only to discover her unlikely benefactress was, and perhaps still is, her husband’s mistress.

Beverley dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

My last story featured a fiery, feisty heroine so this time it was fun to write about a sweet, passive, happily married heroine. As was normal 200 years ago, Cressida is not equipped with the vocabulary or knowledge to begin to explain that while she wants to continue her loving relationship with her husband she can’t bear to be intimate when she knows the consequences may well be another pregnancy. Therefore, when her awful, jealous, bullying cousin tells her that her hitherto faithful, adoring Justin has returned to the arms of his former mistress, Cressida believes it’s her fault. When she stumbles upon the means to please both her husband and herself, she inadvertently stumbles upon a 20-year-old mystery. It’s now that she uses her sweet nature – and hidden determination – to secure someone else’s happy ending. By the end, Cressida has proved she doesn’t have to change her sweet and gentle nature to get what she wants – and that she has surprising depths of courage, daring and spontaneity.

You can find out more on Beverley’s website, or buy  Lady Lovett’s Little Dilemma here.

All ARRA members who comment on this article will go in the draw to win an ecopy of Lady Lovett’s Little Dilemma. This giveaway closes on 23 July 2012. (The winner of the giveaway is Aimee )

  1. aimskye permalink
    15 August 2012 8:23 am

    I was lucky enough to win this! Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it, go and get yourself a copy!!


  2. 4 July 2012 6:53 pm

    Thanks, Kaetrin, yes, I thought it must have been a fundamental point of conflict between otherwise loving couples 200 years ago, too.

  3. 4 July 2012 1:10 pm

    This does sound fun. I like reading about couples who’ve been together a long time and need to re-ignite the spark. Plus, the birth control thing would have been a big issue back then. Please count me in. 🙂

  4. 3 July 2012 4:38 pm

    Thanks Barbara and Aimskye for the congratulations. Release days are always huge days… launching your baby into the world – except this story is about making sure that after five babies there are no more to launch for a while.

  5. aimskye permalink
    3 July 2012 1:22 pm

    Congrats Beverley on your release day. This certainly sounds different and intriguing.


  6. Barbara permalink
    2 July 2012 8:42 pm

    Sounds a good story and a bit different

  7. 2 July 2012 8:34 pm

    Thanks, Lynette and Vanyel – twists are my specialty. Nevertheless, I always have difficulty in making my blurbs sound interesting because the resolution is different from what is suggested by the conflict … but at the same time I can’t give too much away in the premise.

  8. Vanyel permalink
    2 July 2012 7:45 pm

    Normally the first part of this plot would drive me insane but this one manages to be interesting. Nice to see something different in a twist

  9. lynette williams permalink
    2 July 2012 4:06 pm

    well this seems like a good story something different

  10. 2 July 2012 11:20 am

    Thanks Cathleen and Louise. I had great fun writing it. My tagline is: ‘Women trapped by Convention” and I try very hard to make their reactions believable within the confines of their times. Unlike modern women who can act with a great deal of freedom without consequences, my heroines have to tap into very different resources.

  11. louiseforster permalink
    2 July 2012 10:28 am

    Hi Beverley, Love the sound of this premise. An intriguing twist. I’ll have to read it. 🙂

  12. 2 July 2012 10:03 am

    I like the premise of this story and the way the heroine handles it. When I read a historical, I enjoy it if the woman is a woman of her time.

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