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Lady Ann’s Excellent Adventure

This story was inspired by one of my all-time favorite movies, Roman Holiday. However, every time I watch it, I feel somewhat bereft at the bittersweet ending. I realize it would have been impossible, but I really wanted Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck to have a happy ending together. When I decided to use their wonderful day together as the basis of a story set in the early 19th century, I knew my hero would have to be someone a princess really could marry. So I made my hero and heroine of very high rank (she’s a niece to George III, his father is the king’s cousin), and had their dynastic betrothal arranged when they were children. I packed my heroine off to Europe for most of her life, which explained why the two hadn’t met since they were very young, and don’t recognize each other as adults. All of this allowed my hero to pretend to be someone else while they spent a glorious day together. Hopefully their happy ending is a bit more satisfying than the one in Roman Holiday!

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