In 1788, during in the heady days just before the French revolution, Asa Ardleigh, the impressionable 19-year-old daughter of a country squire, has travelled to the city with her older sister, Philippa.
In Paris, they are introduced to the literary salon of Madame de Genlis. It is in this salon that Asa meets and falls in love with the dashing intellectual and idealist, Didier Paulin. Their affair is curtailed when Asa is forced to return to England, but they continue to write.
Meanwhile back at home, no one knows of Asa's liaison. Asa's middle sister, Georgina, has met Harry Shackleford, the most eligible man in London that season. The Ardleigh estate is nearly bankrupt. In Shackleford, Georgina sees the solution to their financial woes, Asa's accomplishments however need some polishing. Georgina therefore employs Madame de Rusigneux, a French Marquise and Asa soon discovers there is more to this woman than meets the eye...
Katharine McMahon is the author of seven novels. She has taught in secondary schools, performed in local theatre and worked as a Royal Literary Fund fellow teaching writing skills at the Universities of Hertfordshire and Warwick. She lives in Hertfordshire.
Season of Light
Author: Katharine McMahon