Eileen Emerson writes of a time when challenging the status quo could (gasp!) get one’s vouchers to Almack’s revoked.

Yet that’s often what her heroines do in pursuit of their happily-ever-after.

Though a fan of everything Regency, Eileen loves characters who find the social mores of the time restricting. Like birds fluttering against the bars of their cage, they seek the freedom that will allow them to soar.