Artist John Waterfield has taken Regency London by storm with his dashing portrait of Mrs Danforth. Suddenly, he’s the talk of the town.
So it’s no great surprise when the handsome young Viscount Penrith decides to have a portrait, too. But when he challenges Waterfield to paint him in “a state of disarray”, John’s peace of mind begins to unravel. Does Penrith detect the secret desires that John has spent his life repressing?
In defiance of his own fears, John accepts the commission, and his stunning portrait Lord Penrith reveals the passion that he is unable to express in any other way. Rumors about an illicit relationship between the artist and the peer begin to fly, and it is not long before blackmail enters the picture. John’s livelihood–even his liberty–would be at stake if the truth should come out.
Set against the rigid class distinctions and glittering privilege of 19th century London, Restraint tells the story of two men trying to be together in a society that forbids their love.
Restraint is a 150,000 word historical social drama with a strong romantic core. Anne Hawley lives, writes and rides a bike a lot in Portland, Oregon.