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Title: The Earl’s Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter
Series: The Linfield Ladies Series #1
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: February 28, 2021
Genre: Clean Regency Romance
Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Rothbury.
Lord Rothbury is a gentleman-geologist with a turbulent romantic past. After a youthful disappointment, he vows never to fall in love again and makes the decision, instead, to seek out a convenient wife when he returns to England from his geological travels abroad.
Brought together by their close family ties, Cassy and Rothbury collaborate on a geological paper and discover a powerful attraction. Marriage, however, is the one subject they cannot agree upon. But when Cassy’s life is threatened, the two realize that love matters more than their objections.
I was looking for an idea for a Regency novel a few years ago when I came across an article about Mary Anning (1799 –1847), who collected fossils along the Jurassic Coast in the 19th century.
This information sparked my imagination, and after doing some more research, I decided to set a Regency romance in Lyme Regis, the coastal town in southwestern England, where Mary Anning lived and worked.
It was wonderful to highlight Mary’s achievements as she received little recognition as a scientist during her lifetime.
Despite Mary’s low social station, she has become the most celebrated of the 19th century British women who worked in the field of geology and palaeontology. She collected and sold fossils but other than a few letters and one short note on the details of Hybodus, a fossil shark, Mary left no written record of her discoveries. And, unfortunately, the men of science, who published descriptions of the fossils she sold, seldom gave her credit.
Mary’s discoveries included the first ichthyosaur skeleton that was correctly identified. Her brother Joseph discovered the skull and, a few months later, Mary discovered the rest of the skeleton. She searched for fossils in the area’s Blue Lias cliffs, particularly during the winter months when landslides exposed new fossils that needed to be quickly collected before they were lost to the sea.
During the course of my research, I learned that collecting fossils and mineral specimens was a popular pursuit amongst the landed gentry in the early 19th century. It was a topic discussed at dinner parties and other social functions, and women were allowed to participate within informal, nonprofessional venues. I thought this would be a lovely idea for a Regency novel as I had never before read a historical romance about a lady geologist. And so my heroine, Cassandra Linfield, sprang to life fully formed in my mind. She befriends Mary Anning, and the two young women scour the beaches in Lyme Regis together, discovering wonderful natural treasures. And Cassy, of course, discovers treasures of the heart as well…
Sources:Larry E. Davis. Mary Anning: Princess of Palaeontology and Geological Lioness. College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University
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