Affaire de Coeur’s Reader Contest: Finalist for Best Foreign Historical.
One of the Top Ten Best Romances of 2003 from Amazon.com
#59 on the USA Today bestseller list.
#32 on the New York Times bestseller list.
#6 on the Waldenbooks bestseller list.
- The Duchess quartet should be read in this order: Duchess in Love, Fool for Love, A Wild Pursuit, Your Wicked Ways.
- I wanted Simon to be a challenge: a man who wore lace, appeared to be without any money, and had no title. Thus he was a man who had none of the obvious testosterone markers that signal HERO to a reader loving the Regency period. I dressed him in lace and colors, rather than black and white. As it turned out, his colors were historical, if his lace was a trifle outdated.
- Simon Darby mentions in Fool for Love that his younger twin brothers left England years ago, and he has no idea if they are still living. One of those brothers (Tobias) returns to England in the anthology, The One That Got Away.
- Josie is my antidote to the sickly sweet children who populate far too many novels. Anabel is another paeon to reality. My own daughter upchucked her milk well over her first year of life. She is now ferocious, militaristic and impudent in the extreme. One could think of Josie and Anabel as joint tributes to my daughter.
- Debbie pointed out that page 336, third paragraph, fourth sentence reads: “He knew her body as intimately as he did her own.” Of course he knew HIS own body intimately, not hers (at least, not yet).
- Writing books is like any other job: there are those moments when you wonder, “How could I have done that? How could I have been so absent-minded / foolish / careless? When I wrote Fool for Love, I gave Darby two little sisters, Anabel and Josie, and Henrietta one sister, Imogen. Then a few years later, I started a series about four sisters. I must have changed their names a hundred times. For a while, the youngest sister was Petronella. Eventually I named the eldest sister Tess, and then I found three names for Tess’s sisters that just sounded…right. Yep! Annabel, Josie and Imogen sprang back into life. There is no connection between my earlier characters and these; please forgive me if I confused you. A reader named Carol was kind enough to point this out to me.
- Savannah (and several other readers) pointed out that I have two characters called Millicent in the space of one novel—possible, but not probable. One Millicent is Henrietta’s stepmother, and the other is the girls’ new nanny, Nurse Millie.
- The epilogue of Fool for Love… ah, how I wished I hadn’t written that little round-up of my characters. Because it messed up everything when this trilogy suddenly became four books, and I needed more time. There’s a little time problem between the epilogue of Duchess in Love and the timing of Esme’s baby… if you didn’t notice it, hurrah!