Over the years, I have done a great deal of research, and my six bulging binders crammed with information on everything from types of carriages to women’s undergarments will testify to that. Since I spend so much time reading and writing about England, London, Bath and country estates, I thought about who my favorite British couples are. There are many, but I decided to write about one couple from real life, a book, a movie and TV show.
Let’s see how my list matches up with yours.
Book: When I asked who readers and other authors favorite British regency couple were, the same couple came up over and over. Amazingly enough, they are also one of my favorites. Devil Cynster and Honoria from Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens are a couple who stick in your mind long after you’ve closed the book. They make an appearance in the rest of the Cynster family series, but their own love story sets the bar for romance. If you haven’t read it, do. You will not be sorry.
Movie: Who could surpass Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? No one. There are heated debates all the time about which movie is better, the Colin Firth one or the Kiera Knightly one. I opt for Kiera’s movie. As hot as Colin Firth is, Matthew Macfadyen really does it for me as Mr. Darcy. And I love the faces Kiera Knightly makes. They are a wonderful couple together, and I thought their scene presence made the movie.
TV Show: Did you really think I would miss Downton Abbey? Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley were the ultimate ‘in love’ couple on the show. Yes, yes, I know Lady Sybil and Tom Branson were spectacular, crossing social class lines, but Lady Mary succumbing to Matthew, and his proposal, took the prize, I thought. Yes, I hated that they killed off Matthew and Lady Sybil, but then, no one asked me in advance if they should do that. I would have said no.
Real life: Of course you knew my answer would have to be Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband . . . . oh yes, the future King of England, William, the Duke of Cambridge. William and Kate just mesmerize me. They look so happy, not a common thing among royal marriages. Not counting the current queen and her long time love, of course. Their two children are adorable, and I love seeing pictures of the family together, doing ‘normal’ family things. Since we have no royalty here in the US, I was forced to ‘adopt’ UK’s royals. I hope my UK friends don’t mind sharing.
And that is my list. I could easily come up with many other book couples, including a few I’ve written myself, but this is a good, solid list, and I hope you enjoyed reading about them.
Who are your favorites?
USA Today bestselling author CALLIE HUTTON writes both Western Historical and Regency romance with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, a daughter-in-law, twin grandsons and her top cheerleader husband (although thankfully not all in the same home!). Living in the Midwest provides plenty of opportunities for Callie do pursue her interests: researching history, meeting readers, spending time with her adorable two year old twin grandsons, and discovering new adventures. Callie loves to hear from readers and welcomes the opportunity to become friends, both in person or virtually. Find her online: www.calliehutton.com and sign up for her newsletter at: https://app.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/p1n5h1
ABOUT DENYING THE DUKE:
Four years ago, Alex, a second son, had planned a life together with Lady Patience. However, when Patience was betrothed to his brother, the heir, Alex left his family’s estate and joined the military.
Alex returns to assume the title Duke of Bedford when his brother unexpectedly dies. He is unprepared for both his new responsibilities and the reunion with Patience. The horrors of war are a heavy burden, and when he learns that Patience never married his brother, he is stunned.
Patience withstood the bullying of her fiancé and her father for four long years. She refuses to marry Alex just because he’s the duke, especially if he no longer loves her. How would that be better than what she has already endured? Promises made in their youth are not enough to overcome the changes life has wrought for them but love can grow and transform, if only Patience could believe that.