Adventures in History and Romance

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

"So what is your book about?"

That's a question I get asked a lot about my upcoming novel, An Heiress at Heart.

I'm glad you asked!

Here's a brief description:

A New Beginning

A youthful indiscretion has cost Lizzie Poole more than just her honor. After five years living in exile, she’s finally returning home, but she’s still living a secret life. Her best friend Ria’s dying wish was for Lizzie to assume her identity, return to London, and make amends that Ria herself would never live to make. Bearing a striking resemblance to her friend, and harboring more secrets than ever before, Lizzie embarks on a journey that tempts her reckless heart once again . . .
A committed clergyman, Geoffrey Somerville’s world is upended when he suddenly inherits the title of Lord Somerville. Now he’s invited to every ball and sought after by the matchmaking mothers of London society. Yet the only woman to capture his heart is the one he cannot have: his brother’s young widow, Ria. Duty demands he deny his feelings, but his heart longs for the mysterious beauty. With both their futures at stake, will Lizzie be able to keep up her fa├žade? Or will she find the strength to share her secret and put her faith in true love?

So that's it, in a nutshell. The story was partially inspired by the movie "The Return of Martin Guerre" (remade in the U.S. as "Somersby"), and also has some of the themes from "The King's Speech"--where a younger brother must take on an important title he never expected or wanted. There are also some heartfelt reflections on what it takes at times to truly put the past behind.

There's also plenty of romance and some lighthearted moments along the way. I hope you will enjoy sharing Lizzie and Geoffrey's journey.

An Heiress at Heart will be released October 30, 2012.


  1. I so want to read your book! :) Love the cover and the storyline.

    Funny thing, I was thinking just the other day about the Somersby movie - good show.

    1. Thanks so much, Stacy! I seem to have a particular fondness for the story lines where the hero or heroine takes on someone else's identity. So many wonderful issues there to delve into. "While You Were Sleeping" and "Monte Carlo" were two other films along the same lines--but with far happier endings!

  2. Sounds great! I can't wait to see you on the shelves. You'll have to autograph my copy when I buy one. ;)

    Also, nominating your blog for the Liebster Award. Come by my blog tomorrow (April 4) after 10 for full details – essentially, it’s a way to honor blogs with fewer than 200 followers for being cool and inspiring and such. And, also, you know – to drum up a little publicity for their awesome blogs.