Tag: Victorian History

The Winter Companion is a USA Today bestseller!!

The Reader by Charles Baugniet, n.d.
Dear Readers,

My new Victorian romance novel The Winter Companion is a USA Today Bestseller!! This is the fourth book in my Parish Orphans of Devon series to have made the list as a single title. What a great way to end the series! […]Continue Reading


A Convenient Fiction is a USA Today Bestseller!!

The Reader by Charles Baugniet, n.d.
Dear Readers,

My new Victorian romance novel A Convenient Fiction is a USA Today Bestseller!! This is my third book—and the third of the Parish Orphans of Devon books—to have made the USA Today bestseller list this year as a single title. I wasn’t expecting it. My illness and surgery last month resulted in the launch of this novel being a little less robust than with my previous books. What a surprise to find A Convenient Fiction squeaking onto the list! […]Continue Reading


The Value of An Introduction: Vouching for Someone Victorian-Style

Le Follet, 1848.
(Met Museum)

Today, introducing one stranger to another at a social or business gathering is simply polite behavior. But in the Victorian era, an introduction was a thing of infinite value. It was a voucher. A guarantee that the person being introduced was both respectable and worthy of knowing. As Mrs. Walter Houghton explains in her 1893 book Rules of Etiquette & Home Culture:[…]Continue Reading


Flattering by Gaslight: Fashion Advice for Nineteenth Century Ladies

The Ball by Julius LeBlanc Stewart, 1885.

The gas-lit ballrooms of the mid- to late nineteenth century weren’t as flattering to some colors as they were to others. For example, the 1897 edition of Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms warns that pale shades of yellow became “muddy in appearance by gaslight,” while shades of rose simply disappeared. Similarly, most shades of purple, as well as darker shades of blues and greens, were known to “lose their brilliance in artificial light.”[…]Continue Reading


A Modest Independence is a USA Today bestseller!

The Reader by Charles Baugniet, n.d.
Dear Readers,

My new Victorian romance novel A Modest Independence is a USA Today Bestseller! I’m so excited to have made the list again and so very grateful to all of you for your continued support. […]Continue Reading


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