Perhaps the title might be misleading as 'mistress' can mean something else - in this case it means the young lady who becomes the wife of the owner of the Hall.
However, after following some of the posts I have discovered that for a book to be considered a Clean Read by many of the members it should not include any sort of sexual activity outside marriage. This is unrealistic nowadays as many couples prefer not to marry but live together and, indeed, raise a family as well. Would some readers avoid a book labelled a Clean Read because it might be considered to be disapproving of modern relationships? My books are all historical - my 'Clean Read' books are all Regency - where sex outside marriage was not the norm for the upper classes. Therefore I am not being unrealistic having most of my heroines chaste until marriage.
A Clean Read book must not have any dubious moral content (not sure what they mean by that), I'm assuming no incest or paedophilia - but it's possible they would consider same sex relationships as 'of dubious moral content'. I don't write about same sex relationships but do read books by Patrick Gale - so would not want to be considered homophobic by being part of this group. Rather like the UKIP party - their leader is not racist in any way, but unfortunately his party does attract extreme right-wing members. However much I agreed with UKIP ( and I don't support their wish to leave the EU), I could not join a party where I might be sitting next to a Nazi or Fascist.
I'm wondering if by being a writer associated with Clean Reads I will be considered to have the same extreme views as some of the members. I prefer the name 'Sweet' read to describe my Regency romances - this tells the reader they have no four letter words and no explicit sex - but they are romantic and sometimes a few passionate embraces do take place.
What do you think? Am I right to be worried readers will think I agree with all the views of this group?
I want to let readers - who pefer their books to be without anything graphic - know several of my books fit their criteria but have no wish to be thought of as narrow-minded.
I would love to know your opinion - and if my interpretation of a Clean Read is, in fact, correct.