Book: Gabriella (A Regency Romance) by Brenda Hiattcategories: Book, Historical Romance, English Romance, Pygmalian, My Fair Lady, Regency Romance
Brenda Hiattabout this book: In high school and college, I was very into Greek and Roman mythology. One myth that always fascinated me was the tale of Pygmalion and Galatea, where the sculptor (Pygmalion) creates a statue of a woman so beautiful, he falls deeply in love with her. The goddess Aphrodite is so moved by his love that she brings the statue, Galatea, to life. That myth was the basis for the play "Pygmalion," which in turn was the basis for the musical "My Fair Lady." I think it was after watching "My Fair Lady" for the fifth or sixth time that I decided to write my own take on the Pygmalian story—and Gabriella was the result.
Instead of uncouth flower girl Eliza, my Gabriella is the daughter of a country veterinarian—in other words, a nobody—coming to London under protest for her debut. The Duke of Ravenham, by contrast, is at the very pinnacle of Polite Society. When he loses a wager, his "payment" is to bring the unlikely miss into fashion. In the process, of course, the Duke loses his heart to his new "creation." Gabriella was great fun to write. It became my first published novel and cemented my love for both the Regency genre and romance in general. If you haven't read it yet, I hope you'll give it a try!
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