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- What’s the most romantic thing your hero ever did for your heroine?
Today, I’ve decided to talk about David and Morwenna’s romance. It’s a little unusual because Morwenna comes from a wealthy, upper class family during the Regency, though this is set in Cornwall and doesn’t have the usual balls and parties one associates with the Regency romance. This is also a mystery.
I give this background because the most romantic thing David does for Morwenna within the pages of the story is decide to trust her, though he has a dozen reasons why he shouldn’t. This is the best way he knows how to show her he loves her.
- How soon after meeting the hero did the heroine know he was the one?
Morwenna is a little slow and, with her past, reluctant to translate any kind of feelings into love. She knows David for several weeks before she is willing to admit she cares for him. She nearly dies—literally—before she realizes he is “the one”.
- How soon after meeting the heroine did the hero know she was the one?
Far sooner than he liked. He is all too aware of the differences in their social classes and financial resources, and there is that trust thing because someone is trying to kill him, and it looks like she is the one with reason to be guilty. And yet she rescues him from a shipwreck and is his anchor in the storm his life has become. In other words, he knows right away.
- Who is most romantic, your hero or your heroine?
David is definitely the most romantic of the pair.
- What is the most caring thing your heroine has ever done for your hero?
Morwenna thinks the most caring thing she does for David is to not love him. In modern terms, she thinks she has too much baggage and he deserves better. She loves him enough to discourage him from loving her. All this while literally caring for him after he is badly wounded.
- Who said, “I love you” first, your hero or your heroine?
David tells her first in word and deed, and Morwenna stops him.
About Laurie Alice Eakes: “Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University contributing to her career path. Now she has nearly two dozen books in print.
After enough moves in the past five years to make U-Haul’s stock rise, she now lives in Houston, Texas, where she and her husband are exploring their new neighborhood. Although they haven’t been blessed with children—yet—they have sundry lovable dogs and cats. If the carpet is relatively free of animal fur, then she is either frustrated with the current manuscript, or brainstorming another, the only two times she genuinely enjoys housework.
About the book – A Stranger’s Secret: As a grieving young widow, Morwenna wants only a quiet life for herself and her son. Until a man washes ashore, entangling her in a web of mystery that could threaten all she holds dear.
Lady Morwenna Trelawny Penvenan indulged in her fair share of dalliances in her youth, but now that she’s the widowed mother to the heir of the Penvenan title, she’s desperate to polish her reputation. When she’s accused of deliberately luring ships to crash on the rocks to steal the cargo, Morwenna begins an investigation to uncover the real culprits and stumbles across an unconscious man lying in the sea’s foam—a man wearing a medallion with the Trelawny crest around his neck.
The medallion is a mystery to David Chastain, a boat builder from Somerset. On a quest to discover the mystery surrounding his father, all David knows is that his father was found dead in Cornwall with the medallion in his possession after lying and stealing his family’s money. And he knows the widow who rescued him is impossibly beautiful—and likely the siren who caused the shipwreck in the first place—as well as the hand behind whoever is trying to murder David?
As Morwenna nurses David back to health and tries to learn how he landed on her beach, suspicion and pride keep their growing attraction at bay. But can they join together to save Morwenna’s name and estate and David’s life—and acknowledge the love they are both trying to deny.
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