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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.

Lorraine Heath, Wendy Loveridge, Me and Mary Balogh

Victoria Vane, Julie Johnstone Alanna Lucas and Meara Platt (Victoria made all the dresses)

Delilah Marvelle

Collette Cameron

Julie Johnstone and Katherine Bone

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.

Victoria Vane and her husband John

If you are interested in attending the Historical Romance Retreat in 2017, here is the link to the website where you will find details:



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Friday 23rd started with breakfast. Wendy ordered 2 rounds of toast while I opted for the buttermilk pancakes served with maple syrup. Of course, I forgot that pancakes in the US are much larger and thicker than the ones in the UK.  Despite my best efforts, I only managed to eat two and a half of the plate sized pancakes!

After a lazy morning, the afternoon featured a number of author chats. We decided to go to the Porter Room where Valerie Bowman, Tessa Dare, Rose Lerner, Darcy Burke , Jenn LeBlanc, Wendy LaCapra, Julia London, Karen Hawkins and Katherine Bone were chatting and answering questions.

From left to right, Wendy LaCapra, Tessa Dare, Valerie Bowman,
Darcy Burke and Jenn Le Blanc


The highlight of the afternoon was the High Tea held in the Marie Antoinette Ballroom. As you can see from the pictures below the tables were beautifully laid out. As the hotel could only supply modern style cups and saucers, Delilah Marvelle acquired all the china cups and saucers!



The small green gift box, which everyone received, contained a lovely cameo brooch from Delilah. This is mine.


There was some free time until the Gaming Night at 8 pm. Unfortunately, Wendy wasn’t feeling very well and I went alone.  I sat at a table with Dot and discovered that we were playing a game called Bone-off.  We played with real old pennies (I remember using them before decimalisation in the UK in 1971) and I managed to win a few raffle prize entries but wasn’t lucky enough to win any of the prizes.

Looking as if I understand the rules

The evening concluded with the Absinthe and Abigail Party where we sampled various historically authentic drinks, including Absinthe which didn’t taste anything like I imagined. In fact, it was quite pleasant.


When I got back to the hotel room, I was relieved to find that Wendy was feeling much better.



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After our very long and tiring journey, Wendy and I finally arrived at The Davenport Tower at midnight on Wednesday 21st September. We just managed to unpack our bags before collapsing into the enormous beds in our spacious bedroom!


The day’s events on Thursday 22nd didn’t start until 11:00 am and so we had the luxury of a lie-in. Making our way to the registration in the Historic Davenport, we were greeted by Delilah Marvelle and Renee Bernard, the organisers. What an amazing job they did!


Delilah’s charming husband, Mark, handed us a tote-bag containing lots of goodies, including a charm bracelet (each charm representing one of the authors) and a handmade envelope with cards detailing the events for each of the days. There was also a table laid out with a selection of other author goodies.

The motif on the tote bag was specially designed 
by Delilah


Afterwards, there was an opportunity to meet some of my fellow bloggers and friends that Wendy and I had made through Facebook. It was exciting to meet in person authors who had previously been just names to us.

With fellow bloggers, Dorothy Salvagin (La Deetda Reads) on the right
and Jacquie Tobin (The Reading Wench) on the left

Facebook friend Karen Overby-Gallegos
with her lovely mum, June

Having lunch with Mary Balogh

Ahoy maties! Katherine Bone

Later in the evening, after a welcome gathering, we went to a special showing of a 1951 movie, ‘The Law and the Lady’, at the historic Bing Crosby Theater, which was a short walk away.


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