Here are her stats:
Age - 30
Married (arranged, though Staveley is wonderful and lets her do whatever she wants without complaint...most of the time.)
Hair - Golden brown
Eyes - Hazel
Mother of 3 - 2 girls and 1 boy
Friend to many
If you’ve read any of my books that feature Caroline, you know there are a lot of people in her world who need fixing.
A Scandalous Wife:
Robert Beckford, Earl of Masten (and Caroline’s oldest brother) is more than a little rigid in his life. He is a bit stodgy and set in his ways.
Lydia, Countess of Masten (Caroline’s sister-in-law) has led a troubled life, more so than anyone else in my world. Though she’s been married to Robert for five years, she hasn’t seen him since the day they married.
ENTER Caroline – She wants her brother to be happy and she thinks his wife is the perfect girl for the job. So she manages (a better word that meddles) to bring the two of them face to face and then manages the rest, as best as she can, from the sidelines.
A Scandalous Charade:
Lucas Beckford (Caroline’s second brother) is a charming devil-may-care rake, who goes about life one pleasure to the next.
Lady Juliet St. Claire (sister to one of Caroline’s friends) is a frosty heiress who loves her freedom almost as much as she does her family.
ENTER Caroline – When Caroline notices a spark between her roguish brother and good-girl Juliet, she manages (still a better word that meddles) to foster a relationship between the pair. And when Luke foolishly messes up in the grandest of ways, Caroline still manages to find a way to help the two of them find their way back together.
A Scandalous Secret:
Chester Peyton, Marquess of Astwick (one of Caroline’s friends) lost his heart more than a dozen years ago to a Scottish girl who deserted him.
Lady Hannah Campbell (the sister to one of Caroline’s friends) returns to London, widowed with two sons, which is no easy task as everywhere she goes, she sees reminders of her first love.
ENTER Caroline – As soon as Caroline realizes Chet and Hannah have a past, she sees no reason why they shouldn’t have a future too. So she – yes – manages to find a way to bring the star-crossed lovers face to face once more.
A Scandalous Pursuit:
Alexander Everett, Duke of Kelfield (long time friend of Caroline’s husband) finds himself in a compromising situation with an innocent girl he has long lusted after, and the only recourse is marriage.
Olivia Danbury (Caroline’s cousin) inexplicably finds herself headed down the aisle toward the scandalous duke, which is not the best situation for a girl who already had a fiancé.
ENTER Caroline – Alex and Livvie’s relationship is the one Caroline didn’t fully support. She loves the pair dearly. Alex is her favorite of all her husband’s friends, especially has he has assisted her in managing others’ futures. And she loves Livvie as though she were her sister. But they have so much going against them, she fears both will be hurt in the process – so she stays close, to help in case she is needed.
A Scandalous Past:
Brendan Reese, Earl of Clayworth (one of Caroline’s friends) is widowed and would prefer to stay that way. And he desperately needs to find his traitorous mother’s lost letters that could send him to the gaols.
Cordelia Avery (one of Caroline’s cousin Olivia’s friends) reminds Caroline of herself as she does have a tendency to med…er…fix things and people. One person she has no interest in fixing is the fraudulent Earl of Clayworth, not when the sinful Marquess of Haversham is nearby. How unfortunate for her that only Clayworth’s kisses make her toes curl.
ENTER Caroline – For several books Caroline had a match between Clayworth and Cordie in mind. She adores both of them so dearly that when Clayworth’s scandalous past finally catches up with him, Caroline even teams up with the despicable Haversham in order to save her friends from an uncertain end.
So there you are. A very brief overview of how Caroline has shaped the books in my Scandalous series. As I write my new Heroes Returned trilogy, I’m fairly certain she will find her way inside those books as well. After all, there are a lot of people who need fixing in her world.
~ AVA STONE