It is all arranged. Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, second daughter of the Duke of Buccleuch, is expected to make a most propitious match. But on the night when her betrothal is to be announced to all of polite society, she makes her escape and instantly becomes the subject of gossip.
Gill Hornby’s Miss Austen is a historical fiction book that centers around famed author, Jane Austen and her lesser-known sister, Cassandra. In Spring of 1840, Cassandra arrives in Kintbury with a mission that she has secretly undertaken to protect the legacy of a beloved sister. This involves searching for letters that have been long forgotten in the vicarage of the Fowle family, letters once written by Jane.
The story opens up in 1873 where George is an old woman. Knowing that her death is not entirely too far off, she reminisces about her earlier life.vThe story alternates between her childhood in the early 19th century and her life as a disgruntled married woman in the year 1831. As a married woman, George Sand has done the unthinkable and made an agreement with her husband where they remain married but live separate lives.
The proud and beautiful young Mahelt Marshal lives with her two indulgent parents, William Marshal, 1st Earl Pembroke and Isabelle de Clare, 4th Countess of Pembroke. She is something of a favored child and the apple of her father’s eye. Throughout the entirety of her childhood, her parents were forbearing and rather easygoing when it came to her.