Escaping from Bath and the news that her former love is about to marry another, Isabel, the young widowed Marchioness of Axbridge, accepts an invitation to her cousin’s house party. Yet, instead of finding respite, she stumbles into a domestic crisis of majestic proportions: The kitchen servants have succumbed to influenza.
If that weren’t bad enough, her former sweetheart arrives with his fiancée, seeking shelter from the increasingly hazardous snow storm. Trapped inside Charnock Hall with a volatile mix of house guests, including abolitionists and slave owners, Isabel wishes she could hide below stairs for the duration. But, alas, she cannot. While helping in the kitchen, Isabel is cornered by her cousin’s disreputable friend, Marcus Bateman, who challenges and provokes her at every turn.
At last, the storm subsides. However, the avalanche of repercussions cannot be undone. Caught in the grip of the terrible winter of 1813, will Isabel’s greatest threat come from the weather, her abolitionist views, or from falling in love again?
“Refreshing Regency at its best. by Tessa B”
I am loving AMBS not because it is written by my daughter, Alissa Baxter, but because it is such an delightful book. When one has two daughters and they each have two sons called Max (Faro’s Daughter), Miles (Black Sheep), Jack (Cotillion) and Hugo (The Unknown Ajax) you can see how much we all enjoyed the Georgette Heyer books. Alissa’s new Regency is so refreshing and entertaining. The wit, conversation and humour in the relationship between Marcus and Isabel is so easy despite the serious subjects of slavery and female rights, which are interwoven into the story. I hope Amazon publish my review. If you are a fan of Regency romance you will be delighted by A Marchioness Below Stairs.