Bitchery reader Quizzabella writes:
I read the book around the year 2000 but it was second hand so probably
published earlier than that.
The plot centred around the son of an English nobleman in the 1800’s (?)
who had an affair with a woman of good breeding and either killed or wounded
the husband of the woman (who turned out not to love him at all – cue all
women are evil bitches lament). He goes off to either America or Australia
and sets up a farm. One evening when he’s drunk his friends sign him up for
a mail order bride service.
The heroine is a fiesty red haired Irish girl who gets sent off to mr moody
trousers because her evil employer attacks her and she fights back. She
thinks she’s killed him after whacking him over the head with something
heavy and takes the place of the other mail/ship(?) order bride. Love and a
rather unattractive rape -but it’s ok because she liked it – scene ensued.
The “hero” had a ruby tie pin that he sells to buy the heroine a dress (I
think it was lavender and was depicted on the cover of the book).
I think the heroine ended up being a school teacher and having a child of
her own and there was an older and a lot more sensible man employed by the
hero who liked the girl in a paternal sense and tried to talk some sense
into the male protagonist.
If anyone knows what this book is then I’d love to re-read it.
This sounds like a compendium of WTFery – anyone know this book?