While this is a series about the Westcott daughters and their indomitable Governess, Miss Tibbles, each book can and does stand well on its own. Lady Barbara wagers that she can successfully masquerade for one night as a barmaid in London. But how could she know that in that single night she would lose both her heart and her innocence to the notorious Lord Farrington?
Kihlstrom has written yet another gem. This book contains everything a reader could want--humor, dastardly villain, passion, an achingly vulnerable yet strong hero, and a trusting, spirited heroine. The mixture is heady and delightful. Another engaging romance by a master of the genre. This riches-to-rags and back story is bold in its depiction of society and its ways of love. If you want adventure, intrigue, and just some good fun, pick up this book. It'll fill the bill. Kihlstrom once again delivers a delightful Regency read.
This one has a heroine who is soft hearted and caring and a hero who believes he is not deserving of these qualities.
Rebecca, for all her kind heartedness does not lack grit. I love this series and cannot wait for the stories of Penelope and the irrepressible Miss Tibbles. Curl up and enjoy an excellent read. No man is ever going to tell Penelope what to do--no way, no how, not ever! To avoid marriage she is willing to enter into a false betrothal with a man who despises marriage as much as she does, only to discover it seems she loves the one man who cannot love her. Note: This is the book with Uncle Frederick--a character who was considered somewhat controversial at the time.
I think I loved writing those seven books more than any other series I have written and I have enjoyed them all! One of the things that really intrigued me about Only Beloved was that the hero is 48 and the heroine is A lot of historical romance focuses on very young characters. Did you deliberately set out to write a book about an older couple? I knew it was coming from the start. The Duke of Stanbrook, who opened his home as a hospital, needed to be an older man.
Otherwise readers might have asked why he was not off fighting as the others had been. So he is every bit as wounded as the rest of them. He is very much a part of the Club all through the series. He has given a great deal of himself to the other Survivors and so of course had to have his own story and chance at happiness. She has a larger part in Only Enchanting as sister of the heroine.
She had given up all her own hopes and dreams as a young woman in order to raise her younger sister after their mother ran away with a lover.
Now she is 39 and alone. Putting her together with the duke made sense. Having an older hero and heroine was just another challenge to be faced, and remember—I love a challenge.
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Many of your books feature a marriage of convenience trope, which is totally my catnip. Can you tell me what appeals to you about writing that trope? Oh, I love writing marriages of convenience. When one writes historicals, the problem or challenge! Ladies were set about by chaperones and rules. People did not fall into bed together as freely as they do now. In a marriage of convenience everything is made easy. The couple is in an intimate relationship almost from the start. They live together and can have sex with each other whenever they want.
Perhaps more important, though, I like this theme because it gives a perfect opportunity to have a relationship grow from indifference or even open hostility through all the stages that lead through acceptance, tolerance, friendship, attraction, falling in love and so on to being deeply in love. It gives all sorts of opportunity for conflict and misunderstanding and passion and all the other forces that drive a plot forward to the inevitable happy ending. Did you always want to write regencies or have you ever thought of dabbling in another genre?
I always wanted to write.
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As a child, whenever anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I used to answer that I wanted to be an author. I wrote long, long stories. I wish I had kept a few!
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Finally, though, the need to write reasserted itself. I tried my hand at Harlequin romances, mainly because I thought they would be easy and lucrative. Deservedly, the two I sent in were rejected. I discovered the wonderful Regency and Georgian romances of Georgette Heyer during a maternity leave how I missed them up until that point I have no idea since I had always been a voracious reader and knew immediately that THAT was the sort of book I wanted to write myself.
It took me a while, of course, to discover my own voice and style, but that is indeed the sort of book I have been writing ever since. I read numerous other genres, but I have no wish to try any other myself. I think my voice and vision are perfectly suited to the era in which I set my stories. My favorites are usually the ones in the book I am currently writing. If I am creating a hero and heroine and can say to myself that I like them but not as much as so-and-so and so-and-so, then I had jolly well better stop writing to discover what is wrong with the ones I am in the process of creating.
But then the trouble with that is that I keep remembering others I could add to the list. I suppose if I must single out one couple, I would go with the obvious—Wulfric, Duke of Bewcastle and his eventual wife, Christine.
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Wulfric seems to be the all-time favorite hero of mine with readers. He was powerful, cold, aloof, a bit mysterious in those books and was characterized largely by his ever-present quizzing glass and his silver eyes. I loved writing his book, especially after getting past the difficult task of finding just the right heroine for him. The ever-cheerful, klutzy Christine was so obviously wrong for him when she popped into my mind that I knew she was perfect.
The first book begins after the death of Humphrey Westcott, Earl of Riverdale. He left no will, but that poses no problem. His year-old son becomes the new earl, who will make sure his two sisters and his mother are well looked after and receive their portions of his vast fortune.
His guardian is the very toplofty, very indolent Duke of Netherby. The widow, however, knows of a young woman her husband had long supported at an orphanage in Bath, presumably his daughter with a mistress. That bigamous second marriage, then, is void, and his three children are illegitimate. A second cousin inherits the title and the only legitimate daughter inherits the unentailed properties and vast fortune.
The whole Westcott family is thrown into turmoil and must reassess their relationships and their whole concept of family as eight of them deal with the new reality in stories of their own.
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