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duke-ever-after

(Duke’s Club, #5)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

A Duke With A Scandalous Secret:
The Duke of Aston has always been the talk of the ton. Wild, passionate, and eccentric, women fall at his feet and gentlemen won’t dare to meet him on the dueling ground. But the duke has a secret. A secret that could destroy his family. While the world sees him as a prince of the realm, he knows that in truth, he’s worthless. So, when Lady Rosamund enters his life demanding he teach her the artful ways of seduction, he’s happy to oblige until he realizes she is the best woman he has ever known and therefore a woman he can never have.

A Lady Who Won’t Be Intimidated:
Lady Rosamund, only sibling of the Duke of Blackburn, is lonely. Raised in the remote glens of the Western Highlands, Rosamund has lived a sheltered life where only books and long walks have relieved her isolation. When she meets the Duke of Aston near her home, a man as delicious as the heroes she’s read about, the passion that sparks between them in undeniable. Adventurous spirit that the duke is, Rosamund knows he’s the man for her. But as she grows closer to the duke, opening her heart to him, his own heart closes.

Can she teach this tortured duke that he is worthy of love or will his past drive them apart forever?

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I have enjoyed all the books in Eva Devon’s Duke’s Club series and DUKE EVER AFTER is no exception. Her stories are always entertaining, emotional, romantic and sensual.

The handsome, scandalous, fun loving Duke of Aston was a loveable secondary character in the earlier books who seemed to have everything.  Now we discover that behind this jovial mask is a man burdened with a family secret which he is determined to keep at all costs. His bon vivant air, a love for life, and a desire for all things mad-capped tend to keep people at bay and his secret secure. The only person who truly knows him is his illegitimate son, Tony.

Rosamund loves her Scottish home but, since the death of their profligate father, her brother, Duncan, has become a rigid, dour man…the epitome of everything that is proper. He is no longer the laughing, teasing brother she once knew and Rosamund is discontented with her lonely, unfulfilled life and craves adventure.

As she stared out at the towering bens that were a beautiful boundary she’d only escaped through books, she couldn’t help wishing she could step foot over them once. Just once.

I love how in all the books in this series, the hero and heroine’s first meeting has been unconventional and most memorable. No ballrooms or soirees for Ms Devon. No indeed. In fact, Derek and Rosamund meet while each is swimming naked in a Scottish loch.

She then grinned a most gamine grin, her lips, due to the cold, a striking red against her pale skin. “Lovely day for a swim!”
And with that, she struck off, her feet leaving a froth of water in her wake.
Aston gaped as she swam rapidly away
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Rosamund is kind, good humoured but also obstinate and headstrong which makes her the perfect match for Derek.  I love how she refuses to be intimidated by him and isn’t afraid to pursue the man she wants. She is the only one to see through his carefully constructed façade and is determined to uncover the real Derek beneath.

She seemed to sense the cracks in his facade and she wasn’t content to just look at them. Oh no. She wanted to know him. And to know him, she’d have to pry at those cracks and break through to the man he was underneath.

Derek has always distanced himself from everyone since childhood, but he finds he has feelings for Rosamund and is totally at sea when it comes to dealing with them. His genuine fear is that, once she knows his secret, she will see him as unworthy of her. I understood Derek’s fears given the nature of the secret he has carried all these years and the way his father succeeded in destroying Derek’s sense of self-worth. However, I was frustrated by his constant refusal to confide in Rosamund but this was tempered by her heart-warming words when he finally reveals the truth.

“From the moment I saw you in the loch, I knew you were the man for me. Not the duke. Not the privileged, titled, legitimate son of some powerful peer. You were the man I wanted. The man who saw into my soul and I saw yours.”
A tear slipped from Derek’s eye. With a groan, he pulled himself into a sitting position. “Then you’ll have me?”
She smiled. A smile so wide and true it almost hurt. “Today. Tomorrow. Every day. Until we are old and wrinkled.”

Derek’s determination to protect his mother’s memory and his overwhelming love for his son, Tony, reveals what an honourable and caring man he is.

I adore Tony with his boyish charm and such a wise head on young shoulders. I enjoyed seeing the rapport between him and Rosamund, who regards him as a younger, cheeky brother.  I like how Tony sees his father as a great duke and a great man but isn’t afraid to stand up to Derek if the occasion arises.

Duncan, Rosamund’s brother, and fellow members of the Duke’s Club cause some problems for Derek and Rosamund before everything is sorted out so they can marry, and the Epilogue promises them a long and happy ever after.

It is worth pointing out that Duncan and Imogen’s story (Wish Upon a Duke) runs concurrently with Derek and Rosamund’s.

MY VERDICT: A thoroughly entertaining romance which I can definitely recommend.


REVIEW RATING: 4/5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: WARM

 

Duke’s Club series (click on the book cover for more details):

Once Upon a Duke (Duke's Club, #1) by Eva Devon Dreaming of the Duke (Duke's Club, #2) by Eva Devon Wish Upon A Duke (Duke's Club, #3) by Eva Devon All About the Duke (Duke's Club, #4) by Eva Devon Duke Ever After (Duke's Club, #5) by Eva Devon Not Quite A Duke (Duke's Club, #6) by Eva Devon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling Author DEB MARLOWE to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Hi Carol!  Many thanks to you for inviting me!  I’m thrilled to be here—almost as thrilled as I was to meet you in real life at last year’s Historical Romance Retreat!

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R&R:

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Deb:
I was born in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The country is beautiful there.  Quite close to much of England actually with rolling hills and many farms.  But the towns were struggling when I was growing up, with the decline of the steel industry.  We didn’t have much, but I grew up close to my grandparents, aunts and cousins—and we managed to have a lot of fun!

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Deb:
 Easy going.  I’m the only girl in a house full of boys.  Keeping calm and even is self-defence.  LOL.  Truly, though, I’m pretty pragmatic.  It’s difficult to offend me, but I’ll remember it forever if you do. 🙂

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Deb:
Hmmm…savory for food.  Chex mix is my favorite! 🙂  But sweet for cocktails.  I like girly drinks with lots of juice and rum.



R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Deb:
Easy.  My books!  I have a fabulous collection of research books.  And between me, my husband and kids, we have a large fiction collection too.  We have bookcases in pretty much every room of the house.   Somebody once came to our house for the first time and said, “I see you people never met a book you didn’t like.”

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R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Deb:
I would choose a comfortable home on a lake.  I’m a water baby!  I love the water, love to be in it or on it.  Nothing is more calming to me than the combination of water and woods!


R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Deb:
This is a hard one!  Actually, I think one of my most embarrassing moments happened at my wedding.  We had a lovely day and beautiful ceremony.  We took pictures and then it was time for us to arrive at our reception. The guests were all gathered and waiting, the DJ announced us as we entered—and he said my new husband’s name—and my sister’s.  I turned about 6 shades of red!  Everyone got a good laugh at it and we had a great time eating, dancing and spending time with our friends.  I think we were the last ones to leave!  LOL.  But I still remember that moment of mortification!

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Deb.

Thank you for inviting me!  It’s been fun answering some different and interesting questions!  I hope some of your readers will share as well!

 

If you would like to find out more about Deb and her books, here are the links:

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I’m delighted to welcome International Bestselling Author KERRIGAN BYRNE to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

I’m delighted to finally be here! You are a lovely, patient person and I very much appreciate you.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Kerrigan:
I was born in Utah, and have lived in every state in the west except Oregon.  I was in 13 schools before High School, when my mother moved us back to the Salt Lake Area.  I never really felt like I “Grew up” in any one place, but I did meet a great deal of different folks, and I learned how to adjust and fit in almost anywhere.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Kerrigan:

I’m very easy going!  I like to say I’m very slow to anger, but there are a few things that irritate me almost instantly and that’s extreme discourtesy, the disrespect of women or children, and eating my leftovers out of the fridge.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Kerrigan:
Savoury. Hands down. I have a love affair with anything salty. Even my family knows if they’re looking for the salt shaker in my house, it’s in front of me.  However, I’ll order a dessert once in a while.

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Kerrigan:
I’d have to say my real life, honest to goodness Tiffany lamp.  It’s peacock themed and it’s my favourite light to write by!

 

R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Kerrigan:
HANDS DOWN a Scottish castle!  If I could retreat to the moors and watch the Highland ocean every night from the battlements, I’d be a happy soul for the rest of my life.

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Kerrigan:
Oh, Geez. There are so many to choose from. I think it was when my symphony was playing at Carnegie Hall in New York, and I tripped up the stairs to the stage, almost breaking my viola.  I had to sit and play after that, needless to say it wasn’t my best performance!

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Kerrigan.

Thank you so much for having me!  And thank you again for being so wonderful. I hope you enjoy THE DUKE.

 

If you would like to find out more about Kerrigan and her books, here are the links:

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(Baleful Godmother, #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Late Georgian, 1805)

Cover Blurb:

She’s not who she seems…

On her 25th birthday, Charlotte Appleby receives a most unusual gift from the Faerie godmother she never knew she had: the ability to change shape.

Penniless and orphaned, she sets off for London to make her fortune as a man. But a position as secretary to Lord Cosgrove proves unexpectedly challenging. Someone is trying to destroy Cosgrove and his life is increasingly in jeopardy.

As Charlotte plunges into London’s backstreets and brothels at Cosgrove’s side, hunting his persecutor, she finds herself fighting for her life—and falling in love…

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I was a little nervous when I saw the synopsis for this book as I’m not a big lover of historical romance with paranormal elements. However, having read a number of excellent reviews from trusted friends, I decided to take the plunge and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved this imaginative, intelligently written and delightful romance.


The Story

It’s the day of Charlotte Appleby’s 25th birthday, but her life is not the one she had dreamed of. Orphaned when her father died, she has lived with her uncle and aunt for the past 8 years. Treated as little more than a servant, Charlotte longs to be independent and earn her way in life, but her uncle has made it clear that if she leaves, she can never return. Charlotte appreciates that at least she has a home, safety and security and has resigned herself to a life of drudgery. However, her life changes that evening when a strange and slightly scary woman appears, claiming to be a faerie and offers her the choice of one magical gift. After considering the various gifts offered, Charlotte chooses the ability to transform herself into any human or animal but still retaining her own mind. Now, as Christopher Albin, she secures the position of secretary to Marcus Langford, the Earl of Cosgrove.

Someone is waging a hate campaign against the Earl of Cosgrove – his windows have been repeatedly broken and night soil left on his doorstep. Now he has suffered a physical attack in which his secretary, Lionel, has been badly injured and is recuperating in the country. Marcus knows  it could be politically or personally motivated and there are plenty of potential suspects. As an active supporter of the abolition of the slave trade, Marcus has political enemies among the Anti-abolitionists. In his private life, his beautiful wife was known to be an adulteress and there are rumours that Marcus’s ill-treatment of her may have driven her to commit suicide or he may even have murdered her. His brother-in-law makes no bones about the fact that he hates Marcus, blaming him for his sister’s death.  Then there’s his spineless, drunken heir who expects Marcus to pay his debts and fund his profligate lifestyle. Marcus needs a new secretary to help him uncover who is responsible and, although Christopher Albin isn’t the ideal candidate, he is the only one who doesn’t balk when warned of the potential danger.


My Thoughts

I have read books where the heroine dresses as a man but I have never read a book where the heroine actually becomes a man. I feel Charlotte’s reactions to adjusting to the physical aspects of being a man are realistically portrayed by Ms. Larkin. I could imagine having difficulty tying a cravat properly like Christopher or finding it strange to write with overlarge hands.

She watched her fingers wield the quill—large, blunt-tipped, male—and the dizzying sense of wrongness came again: her hand was too large, the quill too small. The letters came out lopsided and awkward, like a child learning to write.

As would be the case for most unmarried ladies of that era, Charlotte knows virtually nothing about men and her ignorance of how a man’s body works and her naivety about sexual matters provide for some humorous moments, especially in relation to one particular appendage or “pego” as Charlotte calls it, and in the brothel scene.

In her role as a man, Charlotte has independence and the freedom to do things and go to places that would have been forbidden to her as a woman. I like it when authors make subtle social comments within a story.

She could do things she’d never been able to do, go places that had been forbidden, grab opportunities no one would ever offer a woman.

A genuine friendship develops between Marcus and Christopher and I love how Marcus feels a genuine sense of responsibility and protectiveness towards Christopher whom he sees as ‘green as an unbreeched babe’.  As Christopher, Charlotte gets a real insight into Marcus’s character. He seems to have everything – looks, wealth and a title – but his life is far from a happy one. I admire Marcus for his stance against the slave trade, not only in words but also in deeds.

I was glad that Charlotte only uses her gift to aid Marcus in his search or when they are threatened with violence.  I also like the fact that when she changes, it takes time for her to adapt and it isn’t all plain sailing or flying in this case.

Charlotte veered away in a wild swoop, losing height. The floor lunged up at her. She cheeped in terror, clawed at the air with her wings, found herself plunging upwards.
    It took two lurching circuits of the bedchamber before she found her balance in the air. Dip of wing, flap of wing, became natural and effortless.

The ability to become any animal she wishes enables Charlotte to search for evidence in circumstances which would prove impossible for humans, and is therefore an important element in the plot. I thought Marcus’s response to discovering Christopher’s magic ability was realistic given the circumstances. He couldn’t deny what he had seen with his own eyes.

Faerie magic. It was ludicrous. Preposterous. Impossible. And yet I see it with my own eyes.

I like how Ms. Larkin explores Charlotte’s growing attraction for Marcus (which causes some problems when a certain part of her anatomy insists on standing to attention) and how she creates a believable way for Marcus to meet Charlotte as herself. Their romance develops during a series of meetings, awkward at first, but gradually with a growing sense of warmth, tenderness and intimacy.

I understood Marcus’s initial angry reaction when he discovers Charlotte’s deception, because he sees it as yet another betrayal by someone he trusted. It takes a life-threatening situation, a letter and a journey to bring him to his senses and make him realise that he loves Charlotte.

I found the plot kept my interest throughout and the denouement was quite shocking, not at all what I expected. 


MY VERDICT: A charming romance with a touch of
magic and an intriguing mystery. Highly recommended and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

 

REVIEW RATING: 5/5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: WARM

 

Baleful Godmother series (click on the book covers for more details):

Prequel – The Fey Quartet by Emily Larkin Unmasking Miss Appleby (Baleful Godmother, #1) by Emily Larkin Resisting Miss Merryweather (Baleful Godmother, #2) by Emily Larkin Trusting Miss Trentham (Baleful Godmother, #3) by Emily Larkin Claiming Mister Kemp (Baleful Godmother, #4) by Emily Larkin Ruining Miss Wrotham (Baleful Godmother, #5) by Emily Larkin

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning Author ROSE GORDON to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Carol, thank you so much for having me on. I am super excited to be here.

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R&R:

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Rose:
I was born in the southern US, but moved to the Pacific North West (Oregon) when I was six, so I feel like I grew up there. It was fantastic. An hour from the beach or an hour from the mountains, there was never a dull moment. I remember is snowing some years in July and being warm enough to wear shorts some winters. There were always festivals and fairs going on. It was truly a neat place to grow up.


R&R
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How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Rose:
This might depend on who you ask. 😀 I like to think I’m easy going, but there are times when I get excited about things and…well…excitement can quickly get away from me.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Rose:
Sweet! I have a serious addiction to sweets. Cake, pies, candy bars, homemade candies—you name it, I love it. I once heard that sugar is more addicting than cocaine and I believe it. I love sugar.



R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Rose:
I feel like I’m about to give a Forrest Gump answer. I don’t really have one. It’s not that I have no possessions, it’s just that I’ve learned not to put a lot of stock in physical things. Instead, I value my family and experiences I get to have with them.

 

R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Rose:
Charleston, South Carolina. I have always loved old plantation-style houses. The style and design that went into them is so incredible. I’d love to live in one and let myself drift off to a time when things were simpler.

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Rose:
I have so many to pick from…. Straying away from the ones that are most common (being walked in on naked or ripping pants in public), I will tell you about something I’m sure no one else could claim. A few years ago, I took my boys to a local cowboy themed amusement park. Before they let everyone go back, the head “dude” dressed in his cowboy duds, complete with a plastic Sheriff’s badge and a cap gun had to give us all a talk about the rules of his Frontier City (name of the place). In the middle of his show, he called on my two boys…and me to come be part of his demonstration. We got up there and suddenly he announces there is a T-Rex loose in the city and calls on each of my boys…and me…to each make a T-Rex sound (which isn’t exactly a roar, but is more of a roaring squeal) and move our arms and legs like a T-Rex in front of everyone else. Then, after we’d each done it, the audience had to vote for who did it best (my 6-year-old son won) and that person was crowned Mayor for the day.


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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Rose

Carol, thank you and your readers again for having me. I had a great time answering your questions.


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a-splendid-defiance

Genre: Romantic Historical Fiction (English Civil War, 1644-1646)

Cover Blurb:

Justin Ambrose, dashing cavalier and close companion to Prince Rupert, was bored with life in the Royalist garrison in Banbury, until he met the sister of a local merchant. Famous for his romantic conquests, Justin had never before let a woman touch his heart.

But Abby was no ordinary woman. She was beautiful and she was brave. She was also young and terrified of her brother, a religious fanatic and self-sworn enemy of all Royalists.

When the rebel army unleashed its might on the castle, Justin fought tirelessly to break the siege. But even his closest friends did not know what tormented him. And Abby, as she sat with the rebel commanders at her brother’s table, dreamed of a man she could not, must not love…

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Since reading her fabulous Rockliffe series, Stella Riley has become one of my top favourite authors and it’s no surprise that I was eager to read more of her books.

In A Splendid Defiance, set during The English Civil War between the Royalists (Cavaliers) and the Parliamentarians (Roundheads), Ms. Riley weaves a wonderful story of love blossoming between a sarcastic, cynical Royalist captain and a young, innocent Puritan girl.

The story takes place in the town of Banbury in Oxfordshire where, while the town itself overwhelmingly supports the Parliamentarians, Banbury Castle is held by a small garrison of 360 Royalists, including Captain Justin Ambrose. One of Prince Rupert’s top cavalry officers, Justin has been ‘exiled’ to Banbury Castle as punishment for criticising a Royal favourite. He deeply resents not being in the thick of the action, which often makes him short-tempered and sarcastic.

The war was being won or lost elsewhere while Justin dealt in bread and coin and barrels of powder; a merchant, a carrier and sometimes a thief –but only infrequently a soldier.

However, he’s also honourable, loyal and trustworthy with a deep sense of duty. Secretive about his past,  it becomes evident, during the course of the story, that something happened that hurt him deeply.

Abigail (Abby) Radford lives a joyless existence.  Every aspect of her life is controlled by her fanatically religious older brother, Jonas, even to choosing the man she will marry – a man who makes her skin crawl.  She is constantly criticised and lectured by Jonas’ overbearing wife, Rachel

‘Well?  What are you waiting for?  There’s the table to be set for supper and Betty to be watched if she is not to burn the meat.  Do I have to tell you everything?’

Her only friend is her younger brother, Samuel (Sam) who has always been her closest companion.

I love how Ms. Riley takes the time to build the romance between Justin and Abigail showing the gradual changes in their relationship and making their falling in love seem natural and believable. There is no great spark when they first meet; Justin treats her with polite indifference and Abigail has no wish to linger with this shameless Cavalier. Gradually an unlikely friendship develops between them and they meet secretly once a week.  I like how they talk and enjoy each other’s company but there is a growing sense that this is more than just friendship and I could feel the deep attraction and growing sexual tension between them.

Initially, Justin’s motive is to encourage Abigail in small acts of defiance against Jonas whom he dislikes intensely but…

…their Tuesdays had become a part of his life –a part he looked forward to –and he didn’t want them to end.

Strong emotions have never been part of his life, but he finds he has a compulsion to protect Abigail and the thought of her being hurt by her bully of a brother is unbearable.

In her earlier meetings with Justin, Abigail sees beyond the irascibility and cursing to a man who is kind, trustworthy and makes her feel safe.  He is also attractive, witty and very sexy, a combination any woman would find hard to resist.

He was attractive and dangerous and he had the power to completely shatter her peace of mind.

It’s a journey of self-discovery for both of them. Justin shows Abigail a world beyond the rigid confines of a life controlled by her brother and gives her the courage to defy him and pursue her own life. Even if she never experiences it again, she has known what love feels like.

Abigail has given Justin – the kind of peace and warmth he had not known in twenty years and had not thought he needed. But she had shown him the myth of that.

It is difficult to see how they can ever find happiness when so much conspires against them -the war and its aftermath, Jonas’ religious zeal and a dark secret from Jonas’ past that threatens Abigail’s life. There is a heart-breaking scene where it seems that their happiness hangs in the balance until Justin realises…

However honourable, sensible or right, he could not bring himself to part with the only good thing life had brought him in a decade; a warm, beautiful girl who, incredibly it seemed, wanted nothing but him and who he loved beyond anything he had ever imagined.

This is a wonderful blend of history and romance and Ms. Riley’s extensive research is evident in the realism she brings to the story. I felt as if I was there in Banbury, experiencing the emotions of the townspeople and what it was like to be one of the defenders in the besieged castle.

Fire-hooks and buckets!’ he yelled.  ‘If the next one hits, it could –’
‘I know.’  Justin gestured curtly to where his troopers were already drenching the thatch of the outbuildings.  ‘But I’ll wager a bottle of claret that the next one is –’ His words were drowned by a whining crescendo that culminated in a deafening, earth-shaking blast.

Many of the secondary characters really existed but the fictional characters are so well drawn that it was difficult to distinguish the real from the fictional.

MY VERDICT: A beautifully written romance with fascinating characters and an engrossing story, rich in historical details. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

 

REVIEW RATING: STELLAR 5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: WARM

 

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I’m delighted to welcome Award-Winning author ELIZABETH ELLEN CARTER to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you so much for having me as a guest! I absolutely love your blog. You have the best reviews and interviews.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Elizabeth:
I’m a born and bred Australian but I don’t sound like it. My family is all from Yorkshire and my husband’s family is from Manchester! Growing up in Australia is wonderful. I still live in my home city of the Gold Coast which is a tourist city (perfect weather, beautiful beaches and rainforests), but it did feel like you’re so far away from the rest of the world. I love how the Internet can bring everyone so much closer.

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The photo is of my grandmother Pat on left, me at a few months old in the centre and my late mother Elizabeth (who was better known by her middle name of Ann) on the right. (My grandmother is still alive and is 92 in June). The photo was taken at Cascade Gardens, a man-made waterfall park in our city which is also home to one of our major war memorials to honour the Australians and New Guineas who fought the Japanese during WWII.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Elizabeth:
Definitely easy going. Life’s too short to be a stress bunny. I live by the Serenity Prayer.


R&R:

When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Elizabeth:
Definitely both. And over Christmas I indulged in both too much. Sigh – back on the treadmill we go. There’s no shortage of new flavours to try. We have some great restaurants in our neighbourhood. I love some of fresh Thai flavours – especially if there is ginger in there (Yum!)

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Elizabeth:
Oh, that’s a tough one! I’m presuming husbands don’t count, so I’ll have to say my vintage Gold Coast souvenir collection. It started as a joke between my husband and I. We were on holidays and walked into a country antique store and saw a 1940s dish with a scene from the Gold Coast, so we thought we’d take it back ‘home’. One thing led to another and I have more than 100 pieces in my collection including a postcard from 1915.

 

R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Elizabeth:
Hmmm, I think on the coast of Wales would be lovely, or perhaps Cornwall. I love the sea and having a holiday home in the UK would mean research would be easier to do first hand and Europe and US being relatively short plane flights away would be wonderful!

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Elizabeth:
Oh, I have many embarrassing moments, it’s so hard to isolate just one. Let’s see… When I was 16 I was running late for the school bus one afternoon. I turned to look behind me and collided head on with a pole and landed flat on my back in front of everyone. That was pretty embarrassing…

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Elizabeth.

Thank you so much for having me as a guest Carol! Hopefully my dream of a Welsh holiday house will come true and I can visit you in person.  🙂


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