George Frobisher, the future Earl of Chadleigh, was thunderstruck when, at the age of seventeen, he accidentally glimpsed Miss Olivia Henshaw emerging naked from her bath the day of his sister's wedding. That vision of a Venus, his Venus, would fuel his fantasies for years to come.
Ten years after the wedding, Olivia Henshaw had resigned herself to a spinsterhood caring for her ailing uncle in a cold and dark castle in the Scottish highlands. She had no expectations of anything but a cozy visit with her best friend Felicia Leyton when she accepted her invitation to an intimate house party in the countryside.
No one at the Leyton's Yorkshire abbey could have guessed what would transpire when fantasy finally meets reality. read more
Paula Schwartz wrote and published more than two dozen Regency romances, writing as Elizabeth Mansfield. Under various pseudonyms she also wrote an American immigrant family saga, A MORNING MOON (as by Paula Reibel), and two American history romances, TO SPITE THE DEVIL (as by Paula Jonas) and RACHEL'S PASSAGE (as by Paula Reid). Paula Schwartz was born in the Bronx and went to Hunter College. She started teaching Drama and English as a junior high school teacher, then a high school teacher and finally a college teacher. She was married and had a son and a daughter. She wrote plays and humor pieces before starting her career as a novelist and shortly thereafter, in 1973, she began writing full-time. Paula Schwartz died in December 2003. An interview with the author, from 2001, is posted on the All About Romance website at http://www.likesbooks.com/mansfield.html. Some of the details in this bio were extracted from that interview.read more