The Road to Baguio

The opening scenes of Channel 4’s Indian Summers shows British families making the journey up the foothills of the Himalayas to Shimla, the Crown’s summer capital. There they will relax in the temperate climate: “dance and forget,” as one Indian observer says. “A hotbed of political, social and romantic intrigue set amid rolling hills,” the Guardian wrote, “no …

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Screw upon a Screw: Sex Education in the Gilded Age

As you might imagine, this post is sexually explicit. You have been warned. When I started writing historical romance set in the Gilded Age, I needed to know what level of sexual ignorance I was dealing with. Did doctors of the day believe in “virginity tests”? Did they understand a woman’s body and how to bring it pleasure? …

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