Author: Terri Rochenski
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Keywords: Sweet, Historical Romance
Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.
Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow’s unrelenting waves of grief.
How I came up with the idea for this book
A Jane Austin lover, I have always been intrigued by England in the early to mid-19th century. Less than two hundred years ago, life was vastly different for a woman. She went from beneath her father’s thumb to her husband’s. Rarely did she have a say in much outside the home. Rarely did she control finances beyond the household accounts.
The only hopes were a forward-thinking spouse, or since rich widows were the only women of true independence in society, to marry an old, rich fart you would hopefully outlive by a few decades.
We in the 21st century can’t image such a thing. I’ve heard more than one say they wouldn’t put up with such treatment. Unfortunately, women then didn’t have a choice. Few ways existed for a girl to make a living, few ways to support herself beyond living in the slums.
I contemplated what it must be like—what the worst circumstances could be—orphaned and poor immediately came to mind. What’s the best thing that could have happened? Then the worst? Ups and downs, joys and sorrows. Tumbling emotions yet struggling onward. Striving for love.
Anne’s story unfolded, and events clicked into place. While subplots have appeared and others been scrapped, I think I’ve brought to life what a woman had to endure all those years ago.
The opportunities present for her to soar.
It’s my hope Anne’s story will encourage and remind us all how good it is to have the freedom of choice.
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.
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