Feature book: The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding
The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding by Viveka Portman is an erotic novella that will draw you in immediately. Lady Jane Fielding is happily married to Lord Jacob Fielding and they have two daughters. Life is good until Jacob is injured in a horse riding accident. When it appears that he will no longer be able to father children they are faced with a dilemma. As he has not sired a son, his heir is his brother, Arthur. Jane has always hated Arthur for his womanising, gambling and general unpleasant demeanour. Jacob shares her opinion of him and does not want to see him succeed him as Lord Fielding.
At first they are able to put Arthur off through the possibility that Jane was pregnant before the accident but as the months stretch, he returns. Jacob then asks his single cousin, Matthew to come and stay with them. He then proposes that Jane lay with Matthew to conceive the heir they need. Both are opposed to this until Jacob manages to convince them it is the only way. Jane soon feels her desire for Matthew grow and enjoys the act of love with him. Jacob is very uncomfortable knowing what has happened and there is a new and unwelcome tension between the trio.
This tension escalates when the morning after becomes even more awkward through the arrival of the uninvited Arthur. When Arthur is injured and no longer appears to be such a threat the trio are faced with a new problem. Jane still needs to give birth to a son to completely eliminate the threat of Arthur but she and Jacob now have time to attempt to conceive again. Does this mean that Matthew is no longer needed and exactly how do they all feel about that possibility? Is it a real possibility that the trio could continue their arrangement indefinitely?
This story contains three very progressive historical characters, who not only have modern views on sex and relationships but also on the role of women in society. They are very likable characters and garner much support from the reader as they attempt to find a path through the issues they face. This novella flows well and you can read it very quickly, however, the story will stay with you. So find a relaxing sunny spot and enjoy a brief reprieve from life.
Reviewed by Tracey T
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.