Crazysauce HaBO Day continues! Darlene Marshall, Duchess Twitterpants (so named long before the invention of Twitter!), asks for your help with a romance mystery that’s been bugging her:
I never thought I’d post a HABO request, being a peer of the Bitchery and all, but I find myself stymied and slightly tipsy, it being Saturday night and really, there wasn’t enough merlot left to put that bottle back now, was there?
Anyway, Sofia B. writes me out of the blue regarding a post I left at SBTB months ago about a book I read in the late 70s/early 80s, a historical where “the hero is the heroine’s father’s enemy. He kidnaps her, rapes her, falls in love, she gets away, he follows her to a leprosarium(!) even though he has a horror of leprosy because it killed his mama and when he gets there he gets down on the ground, groveling, and washes the heroine’s feet amidst all the lepers.”
Aaargh! I can see the scene in my mind, but I can’t remember the novel’s name!
I want to say it was set in Louisiana, which was later home to the only leper colony in the US at Carville. What the hero didn’t know was that leprosy, or Hansen’s Disease, isn’t that easy to catch but it sure can scare the living daylights out of you. I want to say the hero was a pirate, but then, I always want to say the hero was a pirate.
Anyway, it’s driving me crazy now.
Yes. Crazy. That’s exactly what today is ALL ABOUT. Old Skool Romances brimming with crazysauce. Anyone remember this romance?