Extras: The Inside Take

The Inside Take

This is where I tell you interesting connections between characters as well as cool historical facts that you might enjoy. But do be aware that these are written for people who have already read each book; the outcome of the books are no secret. Please do not read any of The Inside Take posts if you're wary of knowing who is paired with whom!

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Inside Duchess in Love

If you’d like to see more of Carola, read the novella “A Fool Again.”  Since this book takes place after Duchess in Love, Carola and Tuppy are happily married. Tuppy doesn’t appear, because he’s off fishing, but Carola is happily knitting tiny booties! The Duchess quartet should be read in this order: Duchess in Love, Fool for Love,  A Wild Pursuit, Your Wicked […]

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Inside Pleasure for Pleasure

Josie’s sisters – Tess, Annabel, and Imogen – married in the three books that precede Pleasure for Pleasure. The proper order of the four books is: Much Ado About You, Kiss Me, Annabel, Taming of the Duke and, finally, Pleasure for Pleasure. But they read perfectly well out of order as well. Josie quotes the poet Andrew Marvell to Mayne, teasing […]

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Inside The Taming of the Duke

Cristobel’s songs come from a wonderful collection of seductive verse: Bawdy Verse: A Pleasant Collection, edited by E. J. Burford and published by Penguin in 1982. The songs in his collection date from around 1400-1786; I judged some too wild for our delicate contemporary ears Josie distorts Shakespeare on page 113, as Annabel points out. She’s […]

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Inside Kiss Me, Annabel

Annabel is the second of the Essex daughters to marry; her eldest sister Tess married in Much Ado About You. In that book we learned quite a lot about her husband, Lucius Felton, which explained precisely why he acts with such prompt generosity in this book. Lucius will always use his financial resources to find an […]

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Inside Much Ado About You

After Much Ado was published, a reader named Ashley pointed out that Lucius Felton and Lucius Malfoy, from the Harry Potter series, seem quite similar in their overall appearance, “snake-like” qualities, and the fact that they both carry canes. She also noted that the actor who plays Lucius’s son, Draco, in the movies is named Tom Felton. […]

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