Was that realistic?
In the wake of the television series, Downton Abbey, there has been an argument in the British media about whether wealthy landowners treated their servants well. I find that rather a silly argument as it assumes all landowners behaved in the same way. They didn’t. Obviously I did a lot of research before starting to write the Long Livery Hall series and I discovered that there were good employers as well as bad. Which is logical when you think about it.
One of my distant ancestors was the lodge gate keeper at a large country house in nineteenth century Cornwall. When he became too old for the job, he and his wife were given a cottage on the estate and a small pension – at a time when pensions were very rare for poorer country folk – and his son was given the lodge gatekeeper’s job. I modelled Sir John Windlesham on that enlightened employer.
And so to the first book in the new series. Sir John and Lady Windlesham have a major problem – their daughter, Virginia, can’t get enough sex and she latches herself onto any well-endowed man who will take her to his bed. Book One in the series opens with Virginia lying naked on her back with a virile estate worker between her legs. Naturally, I leave nothing to the reader’s imagination as I describe their sexual coupling.
To learn more, keep an eye on the Whiskey Creek web site and look for details of the first book, due out in May.