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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Blog Tour: In Her Dreams by Katherine Givens

Today I have author Katherine Givens taking over the blog. Katherine is the author of In Her Dreams, a Regency novella that was just released. Today she's going to talk about what else? Courtship and the Marriage Market in the Victorian Era! This is sure to be an interesting post!

In Her Dreams is Katherine's debut novella, which is published with Harlequin Australia's imprint Escape Publishing. She is working on a number of other projects and always has ideas flooding her head.

In her spare time, Katherine loves to read about history, craft jewellery, and play with her ornery kitten named Bucky.

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Courtship and the “Marriage Market” in the Victorian Era
Katherine Givens

     Courtship and marriage in the Victorian era were taken seriously. At one point, it was even deemed the “marriage market” by London society. Women were groomed for the “marriage market” from a very early age. In the upper rungs of society, young women learned how to become accomplished. She learned how to do needlework, sing, dance, and to be familiar with literature. She learned French and possibly other languages. Grasping the rules of etiquette were a must. This education and training was meant to produce the ideal wife and mother.

     The steps of courtship took place in several different venues. A ballroom is the most obvious, given the various books in the historical romance genre. Soirees, country dances, and outings to theatres were other convenient places for a man and a woman to act out their courtship. Once marriage seemed to be the likely prospect of a courtship, the rules of propriety were lowered a bit. But only a bit. A woman and her suitor could go unaccompanied for rides in an open curricle in Hyde Park. Also, two to three dances could be allowed at a ball or soiree.

     One of the most unfortunate things about the “marriage market” were spinsters. If a woman could not nab a husband, she became an old maid. She was a burden to her family, both socially and financially. After three Seasons in London, a woman faced the danger of becoming a spinster. She needed to hurry and find a husband fast if she wished to avoid this social stigma. A woman could be a spinster at the age of twenty-four, so that didn’t leave much time.

     Courtship and the “marriage market” play a vital role in my debut novella In Her Dreams. The ideal woman is portrayed by Angela Vernon, an obedient and timid woman. Her sister, Evangeline, is the exact opposite. She scoffs at the rules of propriety and the man courting her. On the verge of spinsterhood, cynicism is a luxury she cannot afford. With a proper duke and dashing, mystery man vying after the Vernon sisters, the rules of courtship are illustrated in a fun, flirty way.

A flirty, fun, mix-and-match romance about two sisters who are betrothed to the wrong men…

Evangeline Vernon is a woman on the verge of spinsterhood — until the prim and proper Duke of Manchester steps in. Her family is pleased with the match, but the duke is not the passionate man Evangeline craves. Her heart belongs to an alluring, golden-haired gentleman, perfect in every way…except one: he doesn’t exist.

Angela Vernon is everything a proper, well-brought-up woman should be. She knows her place and understands society’s expectations — which include not being jealous of her sister and not coveting her sister’s suitor. But how can she bear the heartache of watching the only man she loves marry not only her sister, but a woman who doesn’t see past his exterior to the man he is beneath?

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