I wonder if the father of Elisabeth Rossiter (Chance Encounter) is the biggest villain in your novels? There is more gruesome in Heartless, but then he is not the father of your heroine. There are many bad, gaming, incurring debts fathers, but this as you say, ‘takes the cake’. Most of your young positive characters are wonderful fathers, so are the mothers, but with rare exceptions the previous generation of mothers is not very positive.. Of course there are exceptions. But all the dramatic moments of mothers encountering unexpected, unwanted daughters in law!