I'm thrilled to introduce Sarah and her latest release to all our readers!
Sarah, what inspired your latest story idea?
I love the Regency Era – the gowns, the estates, and the manners. The more I learn about this time period, the more I want to know! I am fascinated by the complex social structures of the era, and that is something I wanted to explore in the Treasures of Surrey series. In many traditional Regency novels, the main characters are often wealthy or enjoy high social standing, but while writing The Curiosity Keeper I kept this question in the back of my mind: What would happen if a well-bred woman fell into hard times? Additionally, while doing research, I learned about boarding schools that served the poor and lower classes, and my mind sprung to life. What were these teachers and students like? How did they find themselves at the school? What were their stories? And by combining the question with this bit of research, the story idea was born!
How would you describe your favorite characteristic about your story’s hero and heroine?
I love my heroine Camille’s spunk! Camille is not your typical Regency-era heroine. Even though she was born into wealth and opulence, her father’s poor decisions sent them plummeting down the social ladder. As a result, Camille had to develop her “street smarts.” She is courageous, clever, and brave … and she was a fun character to write!
What spiritual theme in your story do you hope every reader is challenged by?
This story is really about self-discovery. You see, when the novel opens, both the hero and the heroine find their identity in following their family’s expectations. Throughout the course of the story, however, they learn that their true identity and purpose is found when they seek and follow God’s will. This truth is the main spiritual theme of the novel.
Jaime & I are coffee addicts. Erica & Gabrielle are tea lovers. What about you? Coffee or Tea?
No offense to Erica and Gabrielle, but … COFFEE! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cup of peppermint or ginger tea, but there is nothing like a cup of piping hot coffee to start the day!
Favorite historical movie? Or mini-series?
Oh my goodness, I have to pick just one? I really like to watch Jane Austen movie adaptions, like Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Northanger Abbey. I do love a good mini-series, though! Paradise and North and South come to mind immediately!
While Jaime loves to take selfies, and Erica loves museums, I love Pinterest and food pics. What comes to your mind to share?
Right now I am working on the 2nd book in the Treasures of Surrey series, and I have a board of British forests for inspiration for one of the book’s settings. Gorgeous!
Always wanted to be an author? Or surprised your path led you to publish?
I did always want to be a novelist, but I thought it was a far-off dream. I feel so blessed to have had my writing dream come true and really love what I do.
Favorite century to read? To write? To watch on TV or in a movie?
I know this is going to come as a shock … but … I like to watch movies and read / write books set in Regency England. ☺ If I had to pick a second time period, I also love stories set in 19th century America.
Favorite heroine of all time, and why?
Lizzie Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. I love her spunk!
And now, a peek at the back cover of The Curiosity Keeper:
“It is not just a ruby, as you say. It is large as a quail’s egg, still untouched and unpolished. And it is rumored to either bless or curse whoever possesses it.”
"Camille Iverness can take care of herself. She’s done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille must allow a mysterious stranger to come to her aid.
Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content to work as the village apothecary. But when his brother’s death made him heir just as his father’s foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession—a ruby called the Bevoy—can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop—and the beautiful shop girl who may be the answer to his many questions.
Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, these two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, they will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness."
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.