Review at The Daily Mail Lyn Andrews, Maggie May (2009), about a young woman who grew up in the slums of Liverpool burdened with the name her father gave her, that of a notorious prostitute.Evelyn Anthony, Victoria and Albert (1958; also titled Victoria), about the young Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert.Aileen Armitage, Conflict of Interest (2005 reissue; originally published 1972 as Shadow of Dungeon Wood under the name Aileen Quigley), about a mill town in Yorkshire in 1812 during the Industrial Revolution.Gaynor Arnold, Girl in a Blue Dress (2008), about the widow of a famous writer (a fictionalized version of Charles Dickens) and her memories of their troubled marriage.Lori Baker, The Glass Ocean (2013), about a glassmaker and the daughter of a seaman who meet aboard ship on her naturalist father's expedition to the New World.Mary Balogh, First Comes Marriage (2009), Regency romance about a young viscount who has promised to find a wife by Christmas and three very different sisters; #1 in the Huxtable series.
Martine Bailey, The Penny Heart (2015; titled A Taste for Nightshade in the U.S.), about a young wife whose husband married her for her money, and a slum girl who has vowed revenge after being deported to Australia for swindling the young wife's husband.Beryl Bainbridge, Master Georgie (1998), about a homosexual British physician who volunteers to serve as a medical officer in the Crimean War.Karin Altenberg, Island of Wings (2011), about a British couple who go to St.Kilda in the Hebrides to serve as missionaries in 1830.Peter Ackroyd, The Case Book of Victor Frankenstein (2009), a literary novel which imagines that the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Victor Frankenstein, creator of the Frankenstein monster, were students together at Oxford. Ryder (2008), historical romance about a British agent assigned to smuggle out of Napoleon's France a French noblewoman with an English son; #1 in the Those Scandalous Ravenhursts series.Louise Allen, The Outrageous Lady Felsham (2008), historical romance about a young widow who has an affair with a viscount who turns up in her bedroom in the wee hours of the morning; #2 in the Those Scandalous Ravenhursts series.Joanna Barnden, Running Against the Tide (2013), about a London shipping magnate's daughter who falls in love with an apprentice lighterman in 1800.Jonathan Barnes, The Somnambulist (2008), a darkly comic literary satire of nineteenth century detective novels, about a stage magician investigating a plot to destroy London.Louise Allen, The Shocking Lord Standon (2008), historical romance about a respectable man who discovers the solution to his own difficulty when he assists a naked woman out of hers; #3 in the Those Scandalous Ravenhursts series. Ravenhurst (2009), historical romance about a reckless man who falls in love with his bluestocking cousin, whose drab exterior conceals a passionate nature; #4 in the Those Scandalous Ravenhursts series. Hurst (2009), historical romance about an aristocratic young woman who falls in love with a theatre owner who doesn't believe in love; #5 in the Those Scandalous Ravenhursts series.Louise Allen, The Piratical Miss Ravenhurst (2009), historical romance about a young woman from Jamaica who is kidnapped by pirates; #6 in the Those Scandalous Ravenhursts series.