Lady Elinor's Wicked Adventures
This lively Victorian adventure has a wonderfully different and colorful backdrop that is sure to charm readers along with the quick pace, mystery and likable characters.
–RT Book Reviews
Marek directs an entertainingly large cast of characters through cobblestone corridors, archaeological digs, a surprising subplot of class war and French-Italian rivalry, sparring rival lovers, and more than one happily ever after. She keeps the pace at a pleasing trot and fully commits to the romance of travel in the Victorian era.
Do you think of the Victorians as rather stuffy, pompous people, draping cloths to hide the legs of the piano and swooning in horror at any breach of propriety? Well, such people may have existed, but there were others. Far more exciting others.
The other Victorians were intrepid travelers and bold adventurers. They were insatiably curious about the world around them—both its past and its future. They would dare anything.
It is among these other Victorians that you will find my heroes and heroines.
In the first book of my Victorian Adventures, Lady Elinor’s Wicked Adventures, Lady Elinor (Norrie) and her family, accompanied by Lord Tunbury (Harry), travel to Italy to explore the ruins of ancient Etruria. In the process, they defy dangerous antiquities thieves, help a Garibaldi supporter escape from the French army in Rome, and find true love.
I had a wonderful time writing Harry and Norrie’s romantic adventures, and I hope you will enjoy reading about them. An exerpt is available here.
Next comes the story of Norrie’s sister, Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey. She travels with her parents to the ruins of ancient Nineveh on the Tigris River, right across from Mosul. It’s not an easy journey for them, traveling on horseback across the Taurus Mountains and on rafts down the Tigris River, and further adventures await. But Lady Emily has met a young Frenchman who has been assisting the archeologist working at Nineveh, and things look promising between them.
PS. In my Bits and Pieces blog, I talk about some of the weird and wonderful people and things I discover in my research. And sometimes about food. Please stop by for a visit.