Set in 1838, Precarious Fortunes brilliantly exposes life in Europe’s leading spa town of Harrogate, where many conventions of the period were being audaciously replaced by a more liberal and risqué attitude. Miss Angela Burdett-Coutts, a young heiress reputed to be the richest woman in England, is heading for Harrogate to seek respite from the unwelcome attention of dishonourable suitors and scroungers in London. At the same time, a captain in the 11th Light Dragoons is despatched to the northern spa town on a secret government mission. A chance meeting between the captain and Miss Coutts sparks the beginning of an intriguing adventure as the pair weave their way through a perilous web of deception, abduction and extortion.
Publisher: Mandy Townsend, June 2016
What a great idea it was to merge fact and fiction in this story. I really enjoyed it.
Fascinating to learn how people went to Harrogate not only for the waters but the nightlife as well. Captain Townsend was a great character who served his country well and Miss Angela Burdett – Coutts would surely be always grateful to him.
The Author Ian Townsend. An excellent first novel from someone who obviously did a lot of research for the story. I hope he has started the next one.