When a newspaper advertisement for a bridegroom nets London's most famous actor, a shy, sheltered heiress risks all to be with him in a mad dash to elope, escaping her overbearing family's plan for an arranged marriage. But does the actor with the voice of honey have far too many secrets to make a safe happy match?
A friend's newspaper advertisement for a groom nets the most famous actor in London, Arthur Bex. Shy heiress Ester Croome proposes to elope with the handsome man, who she's secretly loved for two years, in order to escape an impending engagement arranged by her overbearing family.
Trying to outlive the shadow of his infamous slave-trader uncle, Bex needs to marry quicklyto a woman of good character. And smart, beautiful Ester fits the bill. But a harrowing trip to Gretna Green and dangerous abolition rallies prove to be a more treacherous stage than either imagined. Infatuation and a mutual love for Shakespeare might not be enough to bind a couple looking to outrun the chains and secrets of family and the past.
The illustration Am I Not a Man and a Brother?, was the seal of the Society for the Abolition of Slavery in England in the 1780s. The image of the supplicant enslaved man in chains was an effective tool for anti-slavery activists. It was designed by Josiah Wedgewood, 1787.
The New Union Club Being a Representation of what took place at a celebrated Dinner given by a celebrated society includes in picture abolitionists, Billy Waters, Zachariah Macauley, William Wilberforce. published 19 July 1819. Source: Wiki Commons
NPR -MAYA RODALE June 16, 2018 "While this is a historical romance that doesn't shy away from grappling with issues of race, it always keeps the focus on the love and passion blossoming between Ester and Arthur."