Today, October 13th, is National Yorkshire Pudding Day! The side dish comes to America’s melting pot from England, well before the Victorian era. I’ll share recipes from the 19th century American newspapers as well as my husband’s family’s modern recipe. Yum!
Featured in my soon-to-be-released title, Sophia’s Leap-Year Courtship, is my heroine Sophia Amelia Sorensen. I didn’t pull that name out of a hat…or off a list of most-common names from her birth decade (my usual practice). I borrowed my great-great grandmother’s name…and her cookie jar.
As you may have guessed by my recent release’s title, Pleasance’s First Love, the story is a Second Chances trope. Come on in and sit a spell while I share a bit about this trope, what it is, and why it’s a favorite among romance readers. First love, second chances. Some romances aren’t meant to be….others will always deserve another chance.
Allow me to introduce the eleven authors behind the twelve novellas and novels of our new sweet, clean historical romance series: Grandma’s Wedding Quilts. Each book is connected by family ties: each living grandchild of Grandma Mary (siblings and cousins) makes an appearance in their own book. My new title, Pleasance’s First Love is #5 of 12, coming on January 13th. This series will release in its entirety in January, 2017.
My husband’s brother inherited a piece of antique Victorian-era furniture originally belonging to his great-grandfather. The piece has stood in the living room of my brother- and sister-in-law for many years since Grandma (the original owner’s daughter-in-law) passed away. I’ve admired the piece but didn’t recognize it was more than a glass-fronted cabinet–a writing desk!–until I saw an historic advertisement for a nearly identical piece in a nineteenth century newspaper advertisement.
This article contains newspaper advertisements with engravings, images of current antique combination desk bookcases, and our family heirloom piece. Victorian prices are compared with the modern dollar (accounting for inflation).