Ask Aunt Augusta

Dear Aunt Augusta,

Can a tradesman’s daughter, even one educated above her station, find happiness as the wife of a peer? He says that love will conquer all, but I fear it will not survive the scorn of his neighbours and friends.

Yet I truly love him, and I do not think I will ever be happy unless it is with him.


Hopeful from Bath, the heroine of Candle’s Christmas Chair by Jude Knight

Dearest Hopeful from Bath,

Love and happiness can be two sides of the same coin, but it might not always start out that way. If love were but simple and easy, there would be no need for songs or courtship or anything of the like! If love were as simple as meeting the right person’s gaze, it would almost not be worth the effort.

Is it possible for a tradesman’s daughter to find happiness as the wife of a peer? I must say that I do have to agree with him. Yes, indeed, love can conquer all, and if he feels for you as much as you feel for him, I do suggest you go and try to see if matters might work in your favor. Will it be trying? Yes. Will there be talk and gossip? Most likely. Will it be worth it? If you two truly love each other, then yes, it will be, and it will be the single best decision you might ever make for yourself, for the two of you.

I wish you the very best,

Aunt Augusta

Candle’s Christmas Chair by Jude Knight

Minerva Avery has a second chance at love when the young viscount she once lost comes into her father’s carriage making establishment.



Dear authors, if ever you should find that one of your characters has found him or herself in a rather trying position, whether in matters of the heart or matters of fashion or any matter at all, do be a kind soul and write to me. I will endeavor to answer your questions, if you but pen them for me.