The Defiant Lady Pencavel

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In 1796, Lady Melwyn Pencavel has been betrothed to Griffin Lambrick since she was a child—and she hasn’t seen him since. Now almost one and twenty, she defies being forced into an arranged marriage. She aspires to be an archeologist and travel to Italy during the upheaval of the Napoleonic Wars. Griffin Lambrick, Viscount of Merther, resents these forced nuptials as well.... More

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About Diane Scott Lewis

Diane Parkinson (writing as Diane Scott Lewis) grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, joined the Navy at nineteen and has written and edited free-lance since high school. She writes book reviews for the Historical Novels Review and worked as a historical editor for The Wild Rose Press from 2007 to 2010. Her first novel, The False Light, a French Revolution historical adventure with romantic elements, was released in April 2010. Her second novel, Elysium, was released in April 2011. This adventure, with mystery and romance, takes place on St. Helena during Napoleon’s exile. Her sequel to The False Light (renamed Escape the Revolution), Without Refuge (Hostage to the Revolution), was released in March 2012. More historical novels were published between 2013-2017.
She lives with her husband and dachshund in Western Pennsylvania.

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penwoman reviewed on on Aug. 22, 2018

The Defiant Lady Pencaval is a satirical eighteenth-century farce with a cast of larger than life characters.Betrothed while a baby to thirty-two year old Lord Lambrick when he was at Eton twenty year old Melwyn Pencaval hopes that if. she agrees to marry him, he will die early and leave her a rich widow.Talented Ms Scott-Lewis sprinkles the novel with well-written word pictures: “…breathes in the brisk air, the welcome scents of boxwood and lavender. The March spring blooms were starting, peeling off the greyness of winter. Lady Pencaval loved her home, yet more often of late it seemed a prison…” Outspoken, unconventional Melwyn doesn’t want to marry. She asks her father why she should care what a herd of stale biddies think of her because she won’t conform to society’s dictates.Griffin Landrick, Viscount of Werther, son of stuffy, traditionalist, unimaginative parents believes females should be kept firmly in their place otherwise they tended to spiral out of control. The only things Melwyn and Griffin have in common is their mutual antipathy and interest in antiquities.This ‘tongue in the cheek’ novel will amuse you from beginning to end. Review by Rosemary Morris
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
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