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Janet Aylmer married John and lived in the beautiful city of Bath in the west of England for nearly 30 years. Janet and John have four children and three grandchildren.

Janet was born in Peterborough, England. She was brought up in the county of Surrey before moving to London to go to college.

Interests and Hobbies

Janet enjoys Regency romance and other novels, particularly those by Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, and likes most books about history and the way the world works. She enjoys visiting the theatre and cinema, and listening to music.

She enjoys travel and meeting new people, and she has visited (in no particular order) ten states in the USA, as well as France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Raratonga, Japan, Hongkong, Malta, Sweden, Singapore, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Martinique and St Lucia.


Janet is a member of the Jane Austen Society, the Society of Authors and the Historical Novels Society

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Pub Date: 2009-04-21 Pages: 240 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins US From the author of Darcys Story comes a novel of romance. family tragedy. and intrigue in a volatile England at the end of the Napoleonic Wars Julia Maitland had. an idyllic childhood with her brother and younger sisters on her familys estate in rural Derbyshire Upon reaching marriageable age. she looked forward to everything that her new status could bring:. the excitements of her first season in society. a choice of handsome suitors . and-hopefully-a blissful future with a man she cherishes. But Julias prospects take a disastrous turn with the sudden and unbearably tragic death of her soldier brother in the war against Napoleon and the loss of her fathers investments. Within the span of a few weeks. she finds herself in London. then fashionable Bath. and ultimately chasing smugglers through the c...

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wonderfully charming regency romance 21 April 2009
By Amy M. Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm not a big romance reader, but the one type of romance I can read is of the Regency variety. Up to this point I've only read Georgette Heyer regency romance novels and absolutely adore them. This novel is very Heyer-ish, though without Heyer's signature wit. It's a nice, easy read and at 240 pages, it can be devoured in one sitting, which is what I did. This book is also great for the romance readers that don't necessarily want bodice rippers...it's definitely PG rated. But for the others who don't mind a little lovin', don't worry, the love story isn't boring!

I was very happy to hear that Ms. Aylmer is planning on two more novels after this, depicting the lives of Julia's two sisters - Sophie - spontaneous and full of life and the sweet, docile, Harriet. I am very much looking forward to reading about Sophie in particular - I love the naughty ones!

I very much recommend!
Julia and the Master of Morancourt 1 Feb. 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I wish I would have read this novel by Janet Aylmer first before Dialogue with Darcy. It would have given me a bit of background drama going on with three Maitland sisters. Julia, the eldest daughter, was being forced to marry one of two gentlemen by her mother. She liked neither of the men and as their personalities were discovered, she was resolved to marry neither of them. She however finds the second son of one of the quite her preference. Her father, being sickly, sends her off to her Aunt Lucy in Bath. Her aunt is Julia's mother's sister. Having no children of her own, her wealth was left to Julia's brother David. David was killed in the war against France. Now she brings her nieces to her to spoil and indulge them. While she is in Bath, the second son arrives, but now has inherited fortune, home, and land from his godmother. Julia and Aunt Lucy travel with Christopher Douglas, now the Master of Morancourt, under the pretext of aiding him in his need to remodel the Castle. With strange events going on in Dorset that Julia and Christopher have almost figured out, Julia is called back to Derbyshire because of her father's illness. When she returns, her mother insists that she accept the son of the of the Earl and Countess at Cressborough Castle, but he has married another. Her mother then states that she needs to accept, Jack Douglas, the eldest son of her father's friend, Harry Douglas. Mr. Maitland and Mr. Douglas reach the agreement that Julia will marry his son. Julia is upset that her father would make her marry someone she doesn't love, but is resigned to do what she must. To her surprise she's not upset about marrying Mr. Douglas' son!
Regency romp 30 April 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In rustic Derbyshire, Julia Maitland would be the first to admit she had a near perfect childhood along with her younger sisters and her brother. Perhaps the only down part is her brother is fighting for the British against Napoleon and though she supports the cause she fears for her sibling. Still she looks forward to her first season in society where she hopes to make a match with a handsome caring gentleman who finds her attractive.

However, Julia's lifestyle and season collapses when her father's investments fails followed by the news that her brother David died in combat. While the family grieves and adjusts to poverty, the patriarch suffers from depression and a weak heart leading to his wife's desperation to make a suitable match for her oldest daughter as options are limited by society. Thus Julia ends up in London and Bath. That is followed by a trek to Dorsett with her Aunt Lucy where the previously docile country miss joins Kit chasing after smugglers, French agents, traitors, and love.

This Regency romp focuses on the accepted restrictions that the females of a family of quality are allowed and what duty must be done within these limitations. For instance although Julia's mom would prefer to grieve her loss of her son; compounded by her husband's health, having three daughters to marry, and the financial depression she heroically does what she believes is good for the family. The story line is fast-paced as Julia gets into one misadventure after another. With her sisters, wild Sophie and gentle Harriet, to go, Regency readers will look forward to future exploits by the Maitland siblings.

Harriet Klausner
3 1/2 stars 2 April 2010
By Dannyfiredragon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Julia Maitland lived a nearly perfect childhood with her siblings in Derbyshire, she only worries when her brother takes off to fight against Napoleon. Julia's biggest wish is to make a match during her first season. But her whole life turns upside down when a financial investment of her father fails, followed by her brother's death. It is now the role of the oldest daughter to save her family, with a suitable match, from poverty.

Ms. Aylmer delivers with JULIA AND THE MASTER OF MORANCOURT an interesting Regency romp that is a joy for every die-hard Regency fan and reminds me a little bit of Georgette Heyer's story-telling. Ms. Aylmer draws a perfect picture of the limitations the females of higher standing have to live with in Regency times. Additional to the Regency elements she adds mystery elements and a good dose of historical details. One can see that the author did her research well and knows what she is writing about.

In my opinion the characters aren't complex enough and they had a lot more potential than what they became, that is the reason why the book didn't get a higher rating.

It looks like there will be also stories for the other two Maitland sisters, the wild Sophie and the gentle Harriet. It will be interesting to see what their stories will be like.

JULIA AND THE MASTER OF MORANCOURT is the perfect book for all lovers of traditional and tamer versions of Regency romance. You will definitely enjoy this book.
Great dialogue 26 Aug. 2012
By S. Schaffer - Published on Amazon.com
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the dialogue and the premise of the story. I did feel it was lacking a bit in some of the descriptive elements. I could have used a few more connections for descriptions of areas, the woods, the sea, the cliffs, the boats, the smugglers. A little bit longer novel perhaps. I couldn't put it down however once I started reading.
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