Who Is The Ice Captain? Did you know 19th century England used to import their ice? An enterprising New England businessman, Frederick Tudor, started the frozen water trade in the early part of the century. Ice was harvested from the New England area, and shipped to locales such as the southern U.S., South America, the Caribbean, and India. Mid-century, Eric Landor formed the Wenham Lake Ice Company (Massachusetts). This Wenham Lake Ice was much prized in England as being exceptionally pure and clean. Ice was much less expensive to import from Norway, however. In the ‘60’s, a lake in Norway was renamed Wenham Lake, and imports of “Wenham Lake Ice” into England resumed.
This ice trade is the backdrop for my new Victorian romance, The Ice Captain’s Daughter. Jillian Roring is the daughter of an ice merchant nicknamed the Ice Captain. The year is 1899, and she’s en route to her first Season in London. Jillian is determined to marry for love, but a failed kidnapping sends her into the arms of the most jaded bachelor in England. When Logan and Jillian unwittingly violate the rigid rules of propriety in Victorian-era England, he is obliged to make her an offer of marriage. Because she aspires to be more than an obligation, Jillian refuses the match. Logan follows her to London to woo her properly, but his scheming ex-fiancée has other plans.
Can Logan convince Jillian that his love for her is real or will the cruel gossip and sharp tongues of London society tear their budding relationship apart?
Excerpt from The Ice Captain’s Daughter:
“We are not in agreement, sir. I refuse to enter into an engagement with a man in love with someone else!” Jillian exclaimed.
“Have you lost your mind?” Aunt Letty exclaimed. “Love has nothing to do with marriage, on the whole.”
“I… I have no objection, Miss Roring,” Logan said.
Jillian gave him a searching look. “Forgive me, sir. Your offer is honorable, but motivated by obligation. I aspire to enter into more than an unobjectionable union.”
“If these events between you and Mr. Logan become known, Jillian, this may be the only offer of marriage you will ever receive,” Sir William said.
“So be it,” Jillian said. “I will not marry unless the man has a true and abiding affection for me and I for him in return. My mind is made up on the matter and I won’t discuss it further.”
Suzanne G Rogers
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The Ice Captain’s Daughter is available for the Kindle
Originally from Southern California, S.G. Rogers has also lived in Asheville, North Carolina and Laurel, Mississippi. She earned her first black belt in taekwondo from martial arts champion Billy Blanks. Currently residing in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, S.G. Rogers writes historical romance, fantasy and romantic fantasy stories. She’s owned by two hairless cats, Houdini and Nikita, and lives on an island populated by exotic birds, deer and the occasional gator. Tab is her beverage of choice, but when she imbibes, a cranberry vodka martini doesn’t go amiss.
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