“I’ll make it a Regency series,” I said. “What the heck, there are only eight Windham siblings….” And I knew the last story would be a Christmas book, which meant number seven would be a…a…
A big challenge. Eve Windham is the youngest and smallest of the Windham siblings, and I had not the first, least, glimmer of a clue what her book would be about. There would be a swain, probably Lord Deene because he’d last been seen looking handsome and restless as a secondary character in the fifth book, “Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal.”
But other than that…. yikes. Not having a story is like having nothing to wear, no
boola in the bank, nothing in the freezer, and an empty gas tank.
Times one hundred.
THEN I realized Eve was dodging marriage proposals. What was up with that? She also never rode on horseback, though being the youngest, smallest member of the family, being on horseback would have equalized a lot of her self-perceived disadvantages.
And what about Lord Deene? Lucas is big, fit, handsome, and also broke. His prized possession is a race horse named King William, and his greatest goal in life is to get custody of his deceased sister’s little daughter.
Well, OK. Now we’re getting somewhere. At the age of sixteen, in the midst of a disastrous adolescent rebellion, Eve suffered a bad fall from her mare. Her physical recovery took years, and as for her emotional recovery? She has no desire to marry, and less desire to explain to her parents and siblings why that should be. She’s hiding, foiling prospective suitors, and letting the entire world think she’s cute, sweet, and worth overlooking.
This book got to me. I know what it is to come off a horse and land badly, but more significantly, I know what it is to have my adolescent tantrums take a disastrous turn. Those first falls are always the hardest, aren’t they?
Fortunately for Eve, Lord Deene is patient, kind, and a lovely fellow to land on. He doesn’t understand how a large loving family works, but he’s willing to learn, and he’s willing to risk everything for the love of his life.
And there you have Book Seven of the Windham family series. “Lady Eve’s Indiscretion” hits the shelves this week, and it surely does qualify as a book of my heart.
How about you? Can you recall a moment when somebody helped restore your confidence? Your faith in life? Your faith in yourself?
To one commenter, I’ll send signed copies of both “Lady Eve’s Indiscretion,” and—because Lord Deene did pop up in Maggie’s book, too--one copy of “Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal.”
To read an excerpt (or order a copy) of "Lady Eve's Indiscretion," click here.