Julia Maitland knows that her duty to her family requires her to make a prosperous and advantageous marriage to a suitable mate. Her mother keeps throwing Julia at titled prospects, wanting to be mother-in-law to a nobleman. When visiting the home of a young man that Julia's father proposes as a match, Julia finds her attention and possibly her heart, caught by his younger brother. Unfortunately, with no title and no estate, marriage to Kit is not in her future. A trip to visit her aunt in Bath brings suitors and adventure, resulting in a trip to Dorset. Smugglers and courtship bring drama to Julia's life. Can Julia make her family and her heart both happy?
Janet Aylmer's latest novel of Regency romance starts off abruptly, with the feeling that the first few chapters of the book are missing. Throughout the story, back stories are referenced, leaving the reader feeling that they missed a previous book. The plot, while jerky and unbelivable at times is still interesting, and manages to hold the reader's attention, despite some faults. This story could easily be twice as long, with more development of the storyline, and the intriguing, secondary characters more fully fleshed out. While lacking in some areas, Julia & the Master of Morancourt still proves itself as a lively romp in the Regency era.
From the author of Darcy's Story comes a novel of romance, family tragedy, and intrigue in a volatile England at the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
Julia Maitland had an idyllic childhood with her brother and younger sisters on her family's estate in rural Derbyshire. Upon reaching marriageable age, she looked forward to everything that her new status could bring: the excitements of her first “season” in society, a choice of handsome suitors, and—hopefully—a blissful future with a man she cherishes.
But Julia's prospects take a disastrous turn with the sudden and unbearably tragic death of her soldier brother in the war against Napoleon and the loss of her father's investments. Within the span of a few weeks, she finds herself in London, then fashionable Bath, and ultimately chasing smugglers through the countryside in coastal Dorset. Yet through all the drama and turmoil she keeps alive her hopes for happiness and a love passionate, powerful, and true.