Regency Romance: The Ugly Duckling

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Regency Romance: The Ugly Duckling is a short story by Amelia Fernside.

Lady Augusta Stone dangled her legs over the edge of a cliff overlooking the North Sea as the waves crashed into the jagged rocks below.

She ran her hand down the scar that reached from the corner of her left eye almost to her chin. She touched her nose, which was ajar to the right.

Constant reminders, those blemishes, of the day she stood up on the piano bench and tried to leap, like children do. But she slipped and fell. And when she landed on the marble floor, the impact broke her nose and cracked open her face. She was five years old.

And now she was 29 and unmarried, the poster girl for unattractive women who no one wants to love. Years of depression, brought on by the pressures on women because they are judged based on their appearance, had driven her to the cliff. Hardly the stuff of a regency romance.

But Augusta’s brother rescued her that day, and it was a turning point in her life.

The ugly duckling met a man who thought she was a beautiful swan.

They fell in love.

But in typical regency romance fashion, her problems were far from over. Her father, the Duke of Daubeny, said he would not let Augusta marry someone who had no title and little income. Her suitor, the Duke said, could not provide her a life of comfort and ease, and the family’s reputation would be ruined. When Augusta objected, the Duke said he would take her out of his will if she married this “second-class citizen.”

What to do?

“I have a plan,” Augusta told her true love.

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