A couple weeks ago I read A Sinful Deception and fell in love with the story. Today Geeks features Isabella Bradford, the author of A Sinful Deception,who is sharing a guest post with us about how her character, the rebellious Lord Geoffrey, deals with being the second son, or a “Spare to the Heir”. Happy reading!
Love for a Second Son
I’m so excited for the release this week of my newest historical romance, A SINFUL DECEPTION. This is a story that’s been in my head for a long time, and I’ve always wanted to write a book that includes not just Georgian England, but the farthest corners of the British Empire. My heroine, Serena Carew, was born in India, the daughter of a English nobleman stationed there. While Society considers Serena to be English, her Indian heritage is impossible for her to forget – and it’s also one of the things that Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy comes to love most about her.
But Geoffrey is far too rebellious for an ordinary, well-bred English lady. He’s that peculiar creation of the English aristocracy, the younger son. As the second son of the Duke of Breconridge, he’s the Spare to the Heir, and he’s spent his entire life feeling extraneous, and doing what he shouldn’t.
Unlike their first-born brothers, younger sons were expected to find a career. The acceptable choices were limited: the army (consider the most famous modern second-son, Prince Harry, who has done well as a military officer), the navy, the clergy, or Parliament. The one other course in the 18th c. was perhaps both the most dangerous, but also the one with the most potential for profit: India
Of course Geoffrey chose India. But unlike most young Englishmen who made the arduous journey in hopes of making their fortunes as nabobs (men who acquired fortunes and power through corruption and the East India Company), Geoffrey went because he was restless and looking for adventure. Although a family tragedy called him back to England, his love for India and all things Indian never left him.
Which was why when he first saw the beautiful Serena Carew in a ballroom wearing Indian sapphires, he was at once intrigued. When he learned she spoke Hindi, he was fascinated. And when he kissed her and she reminded him of a jasmine flower, he was already half way in love. . . .
I hope you’ll enjoy A SINFUL DECEPTION. For more about what inspires me, check out my website www.isabellabradford.com and on my Isabella Bradford Facebook page, plus my blog (written with writer BFF Loretta Chase) www.TwoNerdyHistoryGirls.com, Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls, and Pinterest: TwoNerdyHistoryGirls.
About the Author
Isabella Bradford is the author of over forty historical novels and novellas. After getting her start writing historical romance as Miranda Jarrett and a brief respite writing historical fiction as Susan Holloway Scott, the author is back to writing historical romance this time as Isabella Bradford. Her bestselling books have received numerous awards and honors and with more than three million copies of her books in print, she has been published in nineteen foreign countries around the world. Her most recent historical novels have been set in 17th century England, in the decadent, politically-charged royal court of King Charles II.
Isabella is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with her family in a book-filled house outside of Philadelphia, PA.
Geeks In High School thanks Isabella for sharing with us ! You can also read our review of A Sinful Deception!