Tag: Victorian romance author

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


Victorian Advice on DIY Christmas Decorations

Hanging the Mistletoe by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1860.
(Private Collection)

For many Victorians, homemade Christmas decorations were far preferable to those bought in a store. Why spend good money on glittery trinkets when you could make something much more meaningful yourself? An article in the 1887 edition of Household Words advocates for doing just that, declaring:[…]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


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


A Grave but Cordial Thank You: 19th Century Advice on Thanking Gentlemen Strangers

Der Beobachter, 1880.
(Met Museum)

Victorians had plenty of advice on how and when a lady should offer a word of gratitude, especially when that gratitude was in response to a service rendered by a gentleman stranger. Some believed that it wasn’t fashionable for ladies to thank strange gentlemen for small courtesies—e.g., holding doors for them or giving up their seats on a crowded public conveyance. To do so was considered unpolished and countrified. Better that ladies say nothing and accept such little services as their due.[…]Continue Reading


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