Monday, January 25, 2021

Book Tour and Giveaway: A Detestable Name by Arabella Brown

 
Title: A Detestable Name
Author: Arabella Brown
Publication Date: November 10th 2020
Print Length: 302 pages
Genre: Chaste Regency Romance
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Pitchforked into the title by his brother’s death, the new Lord Newsam arrives at the grim family home in Yorkshire to face daunting challenges. His peevish, self-absorbed mother despises him. The servants are insubordinate. He hardly knows his sisters, for whom he’s expected to find husbands. The estate is ill-run and unprofitable, and the bailiff obstructive. And in the midst of all this, he must find a wife for himself – but the only woman he wants won’t have him. 

To widowed, impoverished Mary Thorpe, the very name of Newsam is detestable: his brother drove her husband to suicide and made her a social outcast. But Lord Newsam insists on rescuing her from penury. The shocking realisation that she is falling in love with him in spite of herself makes her situation even more complicated. How can she let him ruin his own family’s reputation by marrying her? There seems to be no solution – until every objection is swept away by a ball nobody wants to attend and a startling discovery on their return.

Although she now lives in the U.K., Arabella Brown grew up in a small U.S. town. She spent most of her youth in the local Carnegie Public Library (thank you, Mr. Carnegie!), where she learned that intensive reading does more to broaden your horizons than school does. She still reads voraciously and her house is lined with thousands of books. Despite her emphasis on meticulous research, it’s the plot and the characters she particularly loves to create. She enjoys Jane Austen’s and Georgette Heyer’s novels and wishes there were more of them.

Under another name, Ms Brown has published a number of novels set in periods ranging from the 12th century to the 1960’s. This is her first Regency.

I live in a Victorian semi-detached “bungalow” (one story) gentleman’s residence. It was built facing a lane which no longer exists – it was blocked off long before we came – so the only access is from the back, via a narrow lane nobody knows about, a lane only one car wide – with no sidewalks! We have two-fifths of an acre, a huge garden by city standards, much of it a south-facing slope. Everything grows in it luxuriantly – especially the weeds. If you’ve ever read Betty McDonald’s “Onions in the Stew” – that’s what my garden aspires to. My old garden was 1/17th of an acre, heavily shaded, and grew moss, mold, mildew and mud, so coping with this sunny Eden is a little intimidating! No, I can’t do it myself. I do have to have gardeners. Energetic ones.
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46 comments:

  1. I like the cover and the name of the book :)

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  2. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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  3. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  4. I'm looking forward to reading more about how Lord Newsam and Mary's relationship develops despite all the obstacles and unsettled feelings!

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    1. Tell me what you think when you've read it. Someone I know called me at 10:30 PM to tell me how much she was laughing at one part!
      (Arabella Brown)

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  5. Sounds like a great love story, I love historical stories.

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  6. My favorite Genre set in my favorite Historical time period!

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  7. I love the colours of the book cover.

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    1. Now, that's a very good question! The trouble is that I wrote it a long time ago, so I can't remember, but aside from the years of reading Georgette Heyer, it probably took about a year for the actual writing. You have to remember I do have other things to do... (Arabella Brown)

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  9. The book cover is pretty and the colors are appealing.

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  10. David HollingsworthJanuary 25, 2021 at 10:35 PM

    The story sounds interesting.

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  11. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. I like the cover. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  13. I love these old English romances. Great cover.

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  14. Thank you all for the kind comments on the cover. I had a LOT of trouble with this cover and ended up changing cover artists to get it right, to reflect the story. It seems to have been worthwhile. From Arabella Brown.

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  15. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

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  16. I like the book cover and the book sounds like one i would enjoy

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  17. cover is nice!

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  18. What do you think of the book or the cover?

    a very classy cover, hi like it

    THX

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  19. Cover reminds me of Bridgestone but not rich people lol

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  20. I love books set in this particular time period

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  21. I enjoyed learning about the author!

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  22. I think this is an interesting take on a story. Thank you

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  23. The cover does a great job of evoking the feelings from the title.

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  24. This book sounds great and I really like the cover.

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  25. This sounds like it's going to be a good read!

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  26. I love historical Romance, looks great!

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