SWEPT AWAY: How Historical Fiction Takes You to Another World

By Jessica Eissfeldt

Note from Mary Balogh: Knowing that I have been too busy finishing writing my newest book to post any blog pieces lately, writer friend Jessica offered to write a guest blog for me. I was delighted! I hope to be back with a blog of my own next week as the book is finished. And thank you, Jessica!

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time? I know I have. And I think that’s why historical romance is so appealing.
Because whether you’re flipping the pages of a paper novel or touching the screen of your e-reader, the experience is the same. That experience of being so immersed in the story that it feels like you’re really there: strolling along in a moonlit rose garden with a duke, or taking tea in a lady’s finely appointed drawing room.
And if you’re the adventurous type (like me), perhaps you find yourself riding on a cable car in San Francisco, or exploring the canals of Venice in a gondola.
Whatever the tale, these new experiences are just waiting to be discovered; beckoning you, enticing you, entreating you to pause, to sit down and to spend time between the pages of a good book.

Image 22Books are companions. Ones who you can visit any time of the day or night, ones who can take you on far-flung journeys through time, no matter where you are.
In fact, I can remember when I traveled in Europe I stayed in different hostels along my route. And usually at each hostel there would be a shelf or two in the common room where I’d find dog-eared paperbacks or sturdy hardcovers.
And more often than not, on those shelves, there would be a liberal sprinkling of historical romances. Ones by authors like Mary Balogh or Nora Roberts, stories that create such a strong sense of connection within the reader to the characters, times and places presented in the books.
That’s the fun and the joy of reading a new novel, isn’t it? And when I read, in those hours curled up on the couch, I feel like I get to live the experiences of the heroine — her joys are mine; her sorrows are mine; and so by the end of the story, I feel like I’ve been a part of something grand, romantic, magical, mystical or maybe even mysterious.
Of course, there are also those tried and true comfort reads, as cozy as a warm blanket on a chilly night. Those stories that, though you know the ending by heart, you still love to read over and over because they wrap around you like a hug, familiar and dear. Like a great friend.
In fact, sometimes I’ve forged such a strong connection to the world inside the book I’ve just finished that it takes a little while for me to come back to myself and my surroundings. Sometimes I wish I could have just one more waltz on that parquet dance floor or one more moment galloping through the woods on horseback.

Image 12So that’s what I do. How? Well, maybe I’ll go visit a place mentioned in the story. Perhaps I’ll buy a piece of clothing that reminds me of the heroine. Or I might even spot an attractive man on the street who, to my eye, looks like the hero of the last story I just finished reading. That way, I can live a little longer inside the world of the novel.
How about you? What’s the latest romance you’ve gotten caught up in? Have you ever visited a place from a novel, or bought a piece of clothing that reminded you of one of your favorite heroines?

About the guest blogger, Jessica Eissfeldt:

Jessica’s readers share that they are inspired by the dreamy and nostalgic feel of her fiction and love the romantic, magical imagery. Her fiction has been published in both the U.S. and Canada. She holds a degree in English literature and journalism and lives in Canada. www.jessicaeissfeldt.com

To one randomly chosen person who makes a comment below before the end of Monday, March 31, Mary Balogh will send a signed copy of her two-in-one edition of A COUNTERFEIT BETROTHAL/THE NOTORIOUS RAKE.

80 thoughts on “SWEPT AWAY: How Historical Fiction Takes You to Another World

  1. Many times while reading a book I think how lovely it would be to return to the historical time and place….and then common sense hits me and that thought goes away.

  2. My books are my best friends in times when things are pretty tough!!!..They are my escape route, too, LOL!.I love just to imagine myself in a simpler time…

  3. The smell of the paper draws me in and then I wish there was 800 more pages so I can live it just a while longer. The best stories are always too short!

  4. Oh my goodness, this is exactly how I feel about reading! I love learning about life way back then. And going back again and again to revisit old friends, or visiting them in other novels of a series is exciting.

  5. I love to read historical romance because it takes me to a different place and time I love when an author can make me feel as if I am actually there with their well worded descriptions of the gowns and places. I feel as if I am the heroine and I fall in love with the hero and imagine the love felt between the two
    Thanks to all my favorite authors for some of the greatest times of my life

  6. I get drawn into the storyline in all of the historical romances that I read. All of a sudden I’m the heroine in the story and when I come to my senses I wish that I could travel to that time period.

  7. Everything in your blog resonates with me. It’s nice to know that other people think the same way I do! LOL I remember as a young teen reading Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMaurier. I was caught up in the danger, the intrigue, the windswept coast, the moors…..I lived it and breathed it. Never in a million years did I think I would actually see THE Jamaica Inn! A decade and a half later, on a bus tour, we slowed down as we passed it. I did get a photo, somewhat blurry, but I KNOW what it is! I missed out on about an hour of the tour after that. I was still back at the Inn in my mind. Still, I get shivers!

    Mary Balogh’s writings do what you describe in your blog. I am THERE. I can picture the hero, smell the flowers, hear the rustle of long skirts as they brush the stairs I am climbing, taste the tea, hear the delicate tinkle of the crystal at meal times….THAT is an author – one who can transport a person in time, one who can make me laugh and make me cry.

    • Hi Ellen,

      I’m so glad that you can relate! That’s so neat that you were able to actually go to the Jamaica Inn that you’d read about a decade and a half earlier. What a great memory you made. 🙂 Have you read other books that have stuck with you that way?

      Jessica

  8. I love when I finish a book at bedtime and I can go right to sleep and dream… though I always pick the single friend who almost always in a later book gets matched up with someone else! I will flesh out a whole character for myself meeting him etc…
    lol 🙂

  9. For me, reading for pleasure is the ultimate way to relax. There is no better way to escape the daily grind than escaping into an amazing story. Historical romances are my choice because they transport me to another time and place They are always so well written that I can easily forget, if only for a little while, all of my day to day stresses.

  10. My favorite books not only transport me to the locale but allow me to hear the characters speaking in my head as I read. Sometimes, I imagine that I might be one of the quiet, mousy companions sitting in the corner taking it all in.

  11. I love to travel to different counties and times. and i save all my books so i can make a return trip anytime i want.

  12. I get what you might call a book hangover, even after the book ends you don’t want it too! I love Historical because its so beautiful.

  13. I love going back in time in my mind when reading historicals, etc. but no I don’t think I would physically like to time travel. I do like some of our modern conveniences.

  14. One of my favorite authors when I first began reading historical romance was Stephanie Laurens. She has a series based off the Cynster family and after reading book one I was immediately immersed in their family. I wanted to know about each one of them and couldnt wait till the next book came out. Even after the series ended and Stephanie began writing other series, I went back and read the Cynster series again. Those stories prompted me to dive in to historical England. I wanted to all there was about the ton and the places mentioned in the books. While it has been a while since I have been focused on researching regency England, any mention of the subject stirs up emotions of my favorite characters. I cannot wait to one day be able to travel to England even though it feels as if I’ve been there so many times before in my books.

  15. Oh! I love a great historical romance. I grew up dreaming about wearing day dresses, ball gowns, petty coats, and hats. There is a part of me that still wishes I could go back in time and have a season in London including the infamous rakes, mean spirited matrons and the hub bub of the ton for a season.
    I am so thankful that I wrap up in my favorite blanket and live another time for the length of my current novel. Books are a great way to travel. Such a great article. Thanks Jessica!

  16. I just love how you expand on your series of novels Mary, because all of your characters deserve to have their own stories told. My favorite series are the Simply ones. I always find I can’t read your novels and put them down, I HAVE to finish them as soon as I can so I read the next one in the series 🙂 Thank you.

  17. Wow, that is exactly how I feel about historical romance. Once I start a really captivating book, I become totally immersed in the whole storyline, and feel like I am there, watching the story unfold. Thank-you to all the amazing authors out there and especially Mary, whose books are on my shelf, dog eared and well loved!

  18. Two of my favorite books that I have read more than once are Little Women and Pride and Prejudice. A few years ago we were in New England and we visited the childhood home of Louise May Alcott. Years later it was the home of N. Hale (we also toured the House of Seven Gables) and the woman who wrote the Seven Little Pepper series. It was a thrill to tour a house that had belonged to so many authors.

  19. As I have not been fortunate enough to travel very far, I have been able to go to so many places and can actually “see” how things were thanks to the wonderful authors like Mary. Your books take my imagination to such specific times and places and I can picture what the inside of a castle looks like, a decorated ball room, filled with candles and fashionably dressed men and women. I love to get lost in the lives of these wonderful people and look forward to traveling to wonderful places in the future. Thank you Mary for having such brilliant writing skills, and “better than calgon…taking me away”!!!!!!!

  20. Historical romances have always been my favorite books to read. I worked as a librarian for 20 years, and I was constantly drawn to historical romances, with all the different books at my fingertips. Even today, when I enter a library, the smells and the welcome feeling I get make me so happy and feeling at home.

  21. Wow – there is nothing like historical fiction and nothing like Mary Balogh’s contributions to my total enjoyment. I own a lot of her books, borrow some from the library, listen to some ebooks on my computer and borrow some audio books from the library. Keep up the good work! I’ll be reading all you can publish.

  22. Georgette Heyer was my introduction to historical romances & I’m still reading them 40 years later; but I’m glad I live in an era when open sewers & fleas aren’t a part of daily life & people bathe regularly.

  23. I love to read a book that get me so involved that I feel like I am inside the book. Authors who can take you away to the place of the book are great authors. Mary can do that with her books. Thank you for the escape.

  24. While the book is open, I am not in the 21st century. I am living in the 19th century. I am walking the hallways of the great homes, or waltzing with the handsomest man in the room. It’s the gift of reading; the ability to take you out of your now and put you in some other time or place. But, and this is a big but for me, the characters have to be real, lifelike, interesting, someone who I’d like as a friend, or see handled correctly if she/he is a villain. I’m a character-driven reader.

  25. My first historical romances were written by Georgette Heyer and Roberta Gellis. So I swooped from the Georgian and Regency periods back to the reign of Stephen of Blois through the early Angevin years. Very different eras, very different books written by talented authors in very different styles! I still re-read my Heyers and my Gellises. And they are the benchmarks against which I have measured books by “newer” authors – like my much loved Baloghs! 🙂

  26. My Frist historical romance was a book by Georgette Heyer. I fell in love with the wit and the fun. So I collected every book by her I could get and I have not stopped reading any Historical I could get my hands on .

  27. Historical romance novels are my “safe place” – a world where peril is always resolved and love saves the day. And they take me to places I would otherwise never go.

  28. I love historicals. I never thought about it as time travel. I guess that’s why I also like time travel romances also. I love to travel and these stories bring me closer to adventure. It’s a cheap thrill!

  29. This is why I rarely read anything other than historical romances. The glimpse into another time, is like time travel, without the inconvenient or uncomfortable parts.

  30. I love the feeling of being so caught up in a story that you don’t want it to end. I haven’t visited the settings of the books I’ve read, but I have revisited beloved stories … reading a treasured tale again is an extra delight!

  31. I haven’t bought any clothing ( too old!), nor travelled to any place from a book, although I am a huge fan of regencies, and when I was a teen, in MInneapolis, there came an exhibit called The Royal Pavillion where they recreated some of the rooms from the Brighton Pavillion, and had tons of Regency things. I still have the poster for the exhibition. Something about that era – lovely clothes, manners, and gentleness (at least in the books), drew me to it.

  32. Books take me away from a long day of work or the stress of being mom or . . . The stories relax me, give me a chance to daydream, take me away & make me wish I lived within, or as part of the story. The stories provide me with new friends & a chance to be me or the me I want to be.

  33. I am a retired history teacher and librarian. I am also a traveler, a “castles and cathedrals” person, and we try to go to someplace in Europe (or some other historical location) every year. I spent my whole career reading for my job…almost always wonderful books, but not always books I would have chosen for leisure reading. It was not until I retired that I read my first historical romance, and now I am absolutely hooked! I love losing myself in a location, imagining that I am looking in on that ball or that picnic, or that long carriage ride. Since we have done a lot of traveling, I often am familiar with the general locations. Thanks for writing such fabulous stories that allow me to be right there watching all the action.

  34. I do enjoy being taken back in time with the historical romances that I read. I’ve only been overseas once and traveled in a circular route from London to Edinburgh through the Lake District down to Brighton and back to London (many stops in between those bigger ones) – so many scenes from books I can relate to through this one bit of travel. Loved going through castles and historic sites. I’m hoping to go back and re-do with a bit more time and planning.

  35. I love your books, Mary Balogh. What a great way to experience another world, people’s lives, hardship and joy alike. Our local library offers quite a selection, that is how I got to know your books. Keep up the wonderful work.
    Thank you
    Kathy

  36. Reading / Historical’s are my favorite way to excape. and if I can’t afford a new book I just reread and I have most of Ms Balogh”s paperbacks along with lots of others….17 bookcases double stacked….lol …….( some of my re-reads are 30 or 40 years old….)

  37. I made a period costume dress for a book signing that I was involved in. It was a book by Amanda Cabot and we both made bustle dresses similar to the one on the cover. I love historical novels and enjoy being a part of that period of time if only for a while. Loved all of your “Simply” books, Mary Balogh. Actually love ALL of your books!

  38. I usually allow my imagination to take me right into the periods and wallow in the fantasy….and then occasionally I realize the personal hygiene aspects were unattractive and would probably not be welcome. So the fantasy wavers….

  39. The past has always been my favorite alternative universe. What Mary does so brilliantly is draw us in to the book’s world and hold us there until we come up gasping for air at the end.

  40. I love Mary Balogh’s novels. Like you said in your blog, they transport me into a different time and place. She has been my favorite author of this type of novel since I first read her books many, many years ago. Reading her books is my favorite way to lose myself in another world.

  41. I get drawn into just about every book I read. I would go back to wearing dresses if I could wear clothing from the Regency era if I could find dresses that I could put on or take off without assistance.

  42. After a hard day at work, my favorite Mary Balogh books beckon to me. There is nothing more relaxing than curling up in front of a warm fire or enjoying the fresh breeze in my deck swing while reading. Keep up the creation of these amazing stories.

  43. When I vacationed in Brussels, I looked for the sites of the old city gates on the Waterloo side and imagined Lady Morgan Bedwyn working with the wounded from the battle at the aid station there. I also went to Waterloo, which is a ways out of town. The battle and its aftermath were important parts in Slightly Tempted and Slightly Sinful.

    I am a fanatical fan of Jane Austen and I have visited many sites in England associated with her and her novels, including Lyme Regis and Bath, which are the location of several important scenes in Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.

    • Bill, as a fanatical fan of Jane Austen, you might enjoy books by Julie Klassen who is also a fanatical fan of Jane. She has written 7 novels – I have read all except the last one (recently published and I am trying to get to it). They have all been wonderful and are stand alone novels so can be read in any order.

      • Hey Betty, I’m a Julie Klassen fan too. What I like about her books (besides the fact that she can write a really good story) is the interesting historical side notes that a historiphile like me loves. Her latest effort is very good, but my all time favorite is still THE LADY OF MILKWOOD MANOR. I give it a five hanky rating!

        • I agree, Mary. Loved The Lady of Milkwood Manor, but then I can say that about all of Julie’s. The first one I read was The Girl in the Gate House, and I was hooked. I also am so thrilled to learn so much about the history of the time period. It is hard to believe the lives so many people were forced to live because of cultural mores. I am in awe of the people who lived in these times and persevered through ingenuity and fortitude. Thanks for your comment!

  44. I started my love of reading with Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer and enjoyed their ability to take me to a different world. Imagine my joy when I moved to Canada and found Mary Balogh, a wonderful author who wrote my favourite genre of books and had that same ability to transport me to another world, and was able to describe everything so vividly and accurately. Long may your writing continue 🙂

  45. Books & libraries have always been a place of escape for me. At libraries, I love being surrounded by all the books with their information and new adventures. There is much pleasure in picking out a new book and taking it home to discover…..and it doesn’t cost a thing!

  46. Yes, I do wish sometimes that I could travel back in time to be in one of the novels I just finished. To choose a favorite is hard for me because they are all special in different ways. I have bought all of the authors other books, made a dress like on on the cover, styled my hair (or tried to) like one of the heroine’s. However, each story give me the chance to visit a place I would not normally be able to. To use my imagination is the best give any AUTHOR gives the reader while reading the book and after.

  47. I am just finishing the “Simply” series and they are wonderful! I love a book that can take me away from all of life’s bumps that come along the way. I love being able to envision the characters and places in my mind, like I’m just watching from a sofa onto a big screen TV. Most of all, I love the “aaahhhhhhhh” feeling I have when I finish. It just puts a smile in my heart 🙂 I can’t wait to read more of your books!

  48. Very well written blog Jessica. I agree that reading historicals written by good authors can transport me into the story. While I’ve never purchased items to remind me of characters, I have done additional reading about a topic mentioned, i.e., a location or particular event.

      • Hi Jessica,

        My most recent searches have been about the style of clothes for a particular time period, did a specific hotel really exist, and the Napoleonic Wars.

        Thanks for the interest.
        Tonya

  49. I never thought that I would be a romance novel reader. Being a voracious reader, I had always enjoyed first mysteries, then fantasy and always juvenile (now called teen) novels. It was not until a critical time of my life when everything was in the chaos of change that I started reading romances, but especially historical romances. Mary, your novels become some of my favorite novels, especially the Huxtables. I have read them many times. Somehow I find them comforting, familiar and I can count on the happy ending! Thank you so much for your stories, your wonderfully memorable characters, and the delight I receive from visiting them and living vicariously through them.

  50. There are two pieces of fiction that absolutely carry me away. Since this is Mary’s website, I will relive my love of Dark Angel first. When I first read this book, I was absolutely mesmerized by Lord Gabriel. How could the lovely heroine like that starched-cravat blond cold fish when she could have the dark, mysterious, and sensual Lord Gabriel? The first time he referred to her as “My love,” I knew I was lost. I have re-read this book so many times and never get tired of it. There is something about this “rake” that still catches my fancy because I know he is good and bad- and gorgeous.
    My other total literary obsession is Pride and Prejudice. Fitzwilliam Darcy is the most incredible MAN in any novel. He is such an enigma at first. Elizabeth Bennet is original, funny, and her own woman. No one is as batty as Mrs. Bennet. She is such a hoot. Austen’s satire is so wonderful that she could be writing about today as well as her own time. I own lots of editions of this book and re-read it several times a year. And then…the BBC made that famous 1995 version with Colin Firth as Darcy…and the character came to life before my eyes. Colin had every nuance down. He said more by not saying anything than any actor I’ve ever seen. I own every film version of this book that I can find; but none can compare to Colin Firth-Jennifer Ehle. I am in the process of reading every P & P variation out there (and there are lots of them! Mary, are you sure you don’t want to try your own take on this? I would love to see where you would go with it.) It is so wonderful to see how so many authors want to do their own versions of this story and where they take them. Apparently, I am not the only one who adores Darcy. For me, it goes even further. I have Darcy jewelry, t-shirts, Pemberley teacups, and am in the process of remodeling my family room into an English library. I now own almost every Colin Firth video. Due to his film Fever Pitch, I am now an Arsenal fan. I still long to travel to England to see all of the Austen sites. I even won autographed Colin items in an eBay UK auction. Yet, Miss Austen’s words and characters are still the impetus for my Anglophile leanings. Her accurate depictions of life during her time simply lift me from the pages into the time frame- and I am there. I forget all of my problems, headaches, and uncertainties by living in the Regency England of Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth. I still cling to the hope that they will end up together at the end of the book (even though I know the ending). I keep hoping that there is a real Mr. Darcy for me out there somewhere. But until then, I will return to Pemberley and dream.

  51. Thank you Jessica for filling in for Ms. Balogh. I have missed this blog.

    Interesting questions. I wouldn’t mind traveling back in time as long as I didn’t have to actually live there. I guess I’m too practical minded. I can’t help but imagine what it would be like to have a toothache. I’m too much of a sissy to want to live in any time that didn’t have decent anesthesia.

    That’s the beauty of books though. You can go to another time and place to live for a while. And a really good author will not only take you to another time and another place, but they will actually take you into the heart, mind, and soul of the characters that they create. Reading is becoming my favorite pastime.

  52. I can not wait to read this book! It sounds like my type of book. I have always said that I was born in the wrong time and wished I could travel back in time. 🙂

    • I accidently deleted some of the comment right before I sent it…I meant to say I can not wait to read A COUNTERFEIT BETROTHAL/THE NOTORIOUS RAKE. I also enjoyed the post! And I have always said I was born in the wrong time and I would love to go back in time. 🙂

  53. When I went to London I saw many of the Regency spots: Rotten Row and the Serpentine in Hyde Park, White’s Club, St. George’s church in Hanover Square, Albany, the place where Almack’s used to be…. I tried to figure out where Gunter’s used to be in Berkeley Square, and Weston’s or Gentleman Jackson’s at Old Bond Street. Needless to say, it was a wonderful experience:)

  54. Thank you, Jessica for a wonderful post, and thank you, Mary for guesting her. I loved the topic as well as the very peaceful picture of a young girl reading. Historical fiction of any kind is my go to literature choice, but especially historical romance. I have learned so much and feel I could very easily have lived in the regency time period – therefore I love being transported there through novels.

    Places I would love to visit from books are those already mentioned by others, as well as many places in Wales – so beautifully described by Sharon Kay Penman in her medieval trilogy beginning with Here Be Dragons. Although I read that series some years ago, the memory has stayed with me and was renewed last year when I read Finding Camlann by Sean Pidgeon. I would also love to visit so many places in England, Scotland, and Ireland – lands of my heritage.

    You asked about latest romances to be caught up in, and I would have to say Sabrina Jeffries’s series, The Hellions of Halstead Hall. This series reminds me so much of Mary’s Bedwyn series in that it involves five siblings who each have their own story. The premise (revealed in the prologue) is that their mother killed their father and then herself when the oldest sibling was 16. Fast forward 19 years, and they are all leading dissolute lives, keeping them from their potential, when their grandmother who raised them after the death of their parents and controls the purse strings issues an ultimatum that they must all marry within the year and become respectable or the money will be cut off. I first discovered Sabrina through a Christmas read in 2012 (‘Twas the Night After Christmas) and knew I wanted to read more by her. However, I did not come to that moment until 10 days ago when I knew I would be meeting her at a panel discussion and book signing March 22 (yes, yesterday) and decided to delve into this series. I can’t put it down. She was delightful – it is wonderful to meet the authors one reads.

    Thanks again for this blog, Mary, that gives so much opportunity to get the insight of authors and share with other readers. Thanks, Jessica, for a very entertaining post!

  55. An excellent article, Jessica, that explains the lure of reading for so many of us. I love Mary Balogh’s books.I proudly share with her (and a few others) the Province of Saskatchewan.

  56. The latest romance I’ve gotten caught up in was “A Kiss at Midnight” by Eloisa James. I love it and was completely enfolded in its story…
    I’ve never visited a place from a novel, but I would love to, especially London.
    I also never bought a piece of clothing that reminded me of one of my favorite heroines probably because I never found one to buy 🙂

  57. For me it’s the other way round. I visit a place and when I realize it has been featured in a film/TV production and I’m trying to see it. Or if is a place in a book I’ll try to get a copy of that book.
    But I find I get caught in stories that have no “real” place behind them, because you can build your own “castles”. And the last book I got caught up was not a romance, but a crime novel…

    Christine

  58. A short while after I was done with the “Slightly” series, I was sitting at a stop light in the middle of my town and saw a red Corvette next to me. But what really caught my eye was a familiar face at the wheel. I couldn’t place it until later that day, and what a shock it was when it hit me! It was exactly what I pictured Wulfric Bedwyn, Duke of Bewcastle, or his brothers would look like! Never would I have thought to see such a beautiful sight! I’m sure the car would have been his choice of horse in this age.

    My absolute favorite of Mary’s books is A Christmas Promise. I read it every Christmas.

  59. Being an avid reader myself, I am ecstatic that my children are also discovering a love for reading. Last summer my daughter wanted to take a trip to Spencer, Iowa, to see the actual library where Dewey, the library cat, lived from the book of the same name. I’ve traveled to London and visited Hyde Park, but the joy of taking my daughter to visit the setting of one of her favorite books . . priceless.

  60. I absolutely love historical romance and it is such a wonderful feeling to experience and imagine the past when I open and read the book! I also really like that in historical romances i see more substance and feeling rather than modern romances. The first time I read a historical romance book (dark angel by Mary Balogh) I fell in love and since then I have been reading alot of it :)))I just can’t get enough of it !!

  61. I know exactly how you feel! However, I hate it when you rush to read a story as you NEED to know what’s going to happen next but then you regret rushing as it’s all over and you don’t know what to do with yourself! As a university student, historical romances offer a light relief as you don’t have to think, you just get drawn into a wonderful world for a few hours.

  62. Mary your books, through your words, weave many stories.

    Historical romance stories simply transport us. Stories such as these that touch our lives. Stories bring joy.

    Thank you for embedding your sense of wonder, your personal wisdom and deep appreciation for and knowing the most important thing. Love.

    They have been a gift of triumph in my life.

  63. I adore this series. The characters never seem contrived and they are true to themselves and others. I can’t wait until the next one comes out. Thanks for the hours of pleasure and escape I have received from your books

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