In romance novels, carriages are more than just a mode of transport. These rockin’ conveyances move the story along. Whether they provide the means for a gentleman to woo his lady on a scenic ride to the park or they serve as the meeting place for late-night trysts after the opera, they are always versatile. In Juliana Gray’s Top Pick! debut novel, A Lady Never Lies, which won our August Seal of Excellence award, the invention of the horseless carriage is a major plot point and bone of contention between the hero and heroine. It got us thinking: If we were alive in ye olden days, what sweet ride would we want to see pull up to the curb?
We can't deny it, a luxury ride does get a lot of attention. True today as it was in the Regency. Who’d want to be courted a by a man driving a busted buggy when she could have someone who pulled out all the stops — like Lionel Walter, Baron Rothschild? Now there was a man with presence. He trained a team of zebras to lead his carriage, and, as we all know, animal print never goes out of style.
Whatever chariot sets your soul a’fire, our modern historical heroes (mostly) had the means to choose the pick of the litter. Here’s an overview of their choices and what they would signify to a discerning lady.