On Saturday 24th, nothing was arranged until 1:00pm and so Wendy and I took a short walk to look around the River Park Square Shopping Mall. After coffee at Nordstroms, we walked back to our hotel.
We made our way to the Grand Pennington Ballroom where the Book Fair and Signing was being held. With so many of my favourite authors there, it’s no surprise that I came away with more books than I intended!
Among the authors were Mary Balogh, Lorraine Heath, Anna Campbell, Elizabeth Hoyt, Delilah Marvelle, Renee Bernard, Laura Lee Guhrke and Cecilia Grant.
Afterwards we had a delicious meal in the Palm Court Grill and then got so engrossed chatting with Mary Balogh that we completely lost track of the time. We had about 20 minutes to get back to our room, change and freshen up our makeup. We arrived at The Grand Ball looking somewhat flustered!
The ball was the highlight of the weekend and so many ladies were wearing the most beautiful gowns with a few brave husbands in attendance too. Refreshments of hor d’oeuvres and desserts were served during the evening. It was so magical and it felt as if you had been transported back in time. The evening finished on a lovely note when Lorraine Heath invited Wendy and I to have a drink with her.
There was a farewell party on Sunday morning but we didn’t leave until the following day and so we headed for the mall to buy some presents for our families. After packing in the afternoon, we had dinner with a lovely group of ladies including Anna Campbell, Mary Balogh and fellow bloggers Jacquie Tobin and Dorothy Salvagin.
On Monday 26th, after an invitation to breakfast with Delilah Marvelle, Victoria Vane and her lovely husband kindly gave us a lift to Spokane Airport for our flight to Salt Lake City and then onto London Heathrow.
If you are interested in attending the Historical Romance Retreat in 2017, here is the link to the website where you will find details: