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The Fragrant Aether

By Patrick Gooch


The Hope Trilogy: 2
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

What is he doing in Bath? A question Dr. Marius Hope frequently asks himself. From The Wells he had set out for Guilford: his aim, to ask Elizabeth Conyers` father for her hand in marriage. But swept along by everyone`s wish to visit to the celebrated spa, Hope now finds himself called upon to extricate Richard `Beau` Nash, the renowned Master of Ceremonies, from an unwelcome dilemma. His insatiable gambling habits have led him to resort to a little sleight-of-hand – and it`s about to rebound upon him.

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What is he doing in Bath? A question Dr. Marius Hope frequently asks himself. From The Wells he had set out for Guilford: his aim, to ask Elizabeth Conyers` father for her hand in marriage. But swept along by everyone`s wish to visit to the celebrated spa, Hope now finds himself called upon to extricate Richard `Beau` Nash, the renowned Master of Ceremonies, from an unwelcome dilemma. His insatiable gambling habits have led him to resort to a little sleight-of-hand – and it`s about to rebound upon him.

Coming to Nash`s rescue, leaves Hope confronting other issues. Speaking out against the barbaric trafficking of slaves in nearby Bristol, he antagonises the Society of Merchant Venturers, the trade`s biggest investors.

Moreover, the consequences mount for the doctor when he foils a scheme by members of the Society to take control Bath`s affairs. Their wrath leads to reprisals when their true motives are revealed.

As with `The Wells`, the first book in the Hope trilogy, many of the characters, and the incidents depicted in `The Fragrant Æther` are taken from recorded history. This novel offers a more colourful interpretation of eighteenth century happenings in this celebrated corner of Somerset.

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  • Format : Paperback | eBook
  • Publication Date : September 13, 2016
  • Language : English; 340 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1-910282-83-0
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 9 inches | 229 x 159mm

About The Author

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Born in London, Patrick Gooch has enjoyed an interesting and varied career. He studied the history of art and went on to lecture at the Central School of Art and Design in London. He has also worked for many years as a marketing professional for international companies. One of his roles was chief executive of a British government-inspired trade council. Later, at the request of the Spanish government, he established and managed Foods From Spain, a campaign to promote Spanish foods and wines in the UK. For his service, he was awarded the title Commander of Civil Merit by King Juan Carlos. Thereafter, he joined his wife's trade development company, which specialized in providing marketing support for governments of countries exporting their goods to Britain. It was while traveling to all parts of Europe and Central and South America that he began writing.

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