I am so pleased to be welcoming Jane Lark to my blog. Today’s guest post is focusing on historical romance so make yourself comfortable and prepare to swoon.
The Illicit Love of a Courtesan Inspiration
by Jane Lark
The Illicit Love of a Courtesan was inspired by the memoirs of real Regency courtesan, Harriette Wilson. She published her stories in 1825 in a kiss and tell series.
But there was one man Harriette wrote about who stood out from the others. A man she fell in love with. It’s their relationship which captured my imagination.
What I loved when I read it is how it mirrored what people might do today so well. At first she didn’t know his name, she’d just seen him in a park, and she kept going to the park and walking about it in the hope of bumping into him. Once she knew who he was and where he lived, she would walk past his house and go and stand near it, in the hope of seeing him – if you didn’t do that as a teenager, my group of friends did.
Then one day she caught his eye in the park, and thought he’d been looking at her, and later she saw him ride past her house, through a window, and ran up to her roof terrace to see him turn around and ride back again.
When she writes about the moment they finally meet, the tone of Harriette’s words change completely, and you can hear the intensity of her feelings.
Sadly for Harriette, it didn’t work out how she would have liked, and the man, John Ponsonby, was no hero; he left her to begin a relationship with her thirteen year old sister. A story she did not include in her memoirs. Yet she did not stop loving him; in the 1980s numerous unopened letters from Harriette to John were found in the Ponsonby’s attic.
But when I read this section of Harriette’s memiors, I knew I wanted to give a courtesan a really passionate and intense love story, so I wrote The Illicit Love of a Courtesan.
You can follow Harriette’s real story on my history blog.
The Illicit Love of a Courtesan
In the eyes of the ton, Ellen Harding lives a charmed life – she is the beautiful, exquisitely adorned mistress of Lord Gainsborough. But on the inside, behind her glamorous façade, she is empty – a vessel – deaf to the voice of morality and blind to shame. Unable to escape the gilded cage she has been trapped within.
Kind, gentle Edward Marlow could prove to be her salvation… With one look he gives her hope. With one touch he sets her senses alight.
Lose yourself in the passionate intensity of this stunning debut from exciting new talent Jane Lark.
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Jane is qualified to the equivalent of a Masters Degree in People Management and is fascinated by the things that craft people’s personalities, so she has great fun exploring these through characters. She lives in the United Kingdom near the Regency City of Bath and has just bought her 400 year old dream home. History has always tempted her imagination and she loves researching and also exploring ruins and houses to get ideas. She equally loves a love story. Jane has always aspired to writing a historical novel so when she was thirty she put it on her ‘to do before I am forty’ list. She completed her first novel ten years ago, never sent it anywhere then started the next. She’s not stopped writing since, and escaping into a mental world of fiction is a great painkiller to help fight off her Ankylosing Spondylitis.