Phew! I knew if I didn't do this early I'd run out of time.
Lady Leonora is a character in InkyRose
's series of fictional mysteries. As I understand it (unfortunately I haven't yet had the time to read much in the series), it is a matriarchal alternative universe. On a purely aesthetic level, as a character Leonora jumped out at me because of her copper-colored hair and the fact so many artists had previously put her in peacock-feathered attire (it was way too much fun designing her 1920s-inspired gown here). However, Leonora, as an impoverished aristocrat with her own scandalous burlesque club, seems to enjoy having relationships without ever giving her heart away. This made her a perfect counterpart to Captain Jack Lawton. Lawton married fellow Virginia aristocrat Lucilla Burgess in the 1760s, and she died shortly after in a smallpox epidemic. Lawton vowed to never love again, though he has spent the last ten years developing quite a reputation as a ladies' man.
So we'll pretend it's the winter of 1778-79 and the American Army is at winter camp at Middlebrook, NJ. There's a ball at General von Steuben's house and the magnificently beautiful Lady Leonora (turning everyone's heads but about whom no one knows a thing) wafts in. Courtly Captain Jack offers her his arm and ... well, you get the picture.
Captain Jack Lawton was created by James Fenimore Cooper but this version is mostly mine ...