A Bride for the Season
Connie: Jennifer, before I start with the questions, how about you tell us a bit about your writing career?
Jennifer Delamere: My writing career officially launched in 2012 with the publication of my first book, An Heiress at Heart. (It began unofficially on a day in 2008 when I decided I was going to get serious about my writing.) I have three books published now, and I’ve been thrilled at the great reception they have gotten—including a RITA® nomination, a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and the Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie Award for Excellence. My readers have been fantastic too. A fun part of being a writer has been getting to know readers, either through social media or in person at book events. In many ways I feel I am just beginning. I look forward to many more years of sharing my stories!
Connie: How have your characters and their stories come to you and which one/s whispered the loudest for their story to be told?
Jennifer Delamere: I’m an avid reader of history, and all of my books take place against the backdrop of real places and events. Not all of the events mentioned in my stories are famous or well-known—I have gotten a lot of ideas from reading newspapers and other periodicals from the time. I’m a big believer in the adage that “truth is stranger than fiction.” I use the interesting things I find as starter points for developing my plots, or for adding depth and color. For example, in my second book, A Lady Most Lovely, the hero has survived a shipwreck along with a stallion that swam seven miles to shore. That’s based on a true event that happened in 1840s Australia.
As for who whispered most loudly for their story to be told, that was undoubtedly Lucinda Cardington. She was a minor character in my first novel, An Heiress at Heart. I’d planned only a brief, “walk-on” role for her. But by the time I’d finished writing that book I’d found her so intriguing I knew I had to one day make her the heroine of her very own story. My newest book, A Bride for the Season, is the result.
Connie: What was your favorite book as a child?
Jennifer Delamere: As a young child, Winnie the Pooh. When I got older, it was the Black Stallion series.
Connie: Is there a book you’re never tired of reading over and over?
Jennifer Delamere: It’s a toss-up between two Mary Stewart books that I’ve read countless times: Madame, Will You Talk? and Nine Coaches Waiting. They are suspenseful, beautifully written, and romantic.
Connie: Do you like reading classics and is there one that you’re embarrassed to say you’ve never read?
Jennifer Delamere: I love reading classics! Especially the 19th century novelists, from Jane Austen to Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Anthony Trollope. I suppose I’m a bit embarrassed to say I’ve never made it all the way through Austen’s Mansfield Park. (Though I think a lot of readers would agree with me that it can be a grating read at times compared to her other works.)
Connie: Is there a book that you recently read that you wish you had written?
Jennifer Delamere: I think Kate Morton’s The Secret Keeper was absolutely stunning. I hope one day to inhabit my characters’ heads and hearts as thoroughly as she does.
Connie: What’s a movie adaptation of a book that you loved or that you wish would be made?
Jennifer Delamere: I love time travel stories. I think my fascination with them began some years ago when I read two books by Jack Finney: Time and Again, and From Time to Time. I think both would make great movies. I was especially intrigued by the plot in From Time to Time, where they figure out that if they can stop the Titanic from sinking (thereby saving the life of an important diplomat with vital documents in hand), they can, in fact, prevent World War I and all of the atrocities that followed.
Connie: Which book might we be surprised to learn that you loved?
Jennifer Delamere: It might surprise people to know I loved the Raine Benares fantasy series by Lisa Shearin, starting with Magic Lost, Trouble Found. (I know it surprised me! *g*) I don’t typically read this genre, but her books are so imaginative and have so much snarky humor that I fell in love. I highly recommend.
Connie: If you were given only one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jennifer Delamere: Nonfiction history, definitely. I totally love reading about actual people and events. And as I said, it’s how I find inspiration for much that is in my novels.
Connie: What was the last book that made you laugh out loud, and what was the last one that made you cry?
Jennifer Delamere: Laugh out loud: The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek, by Jane Myers Perrine.
Cry: Well, let’s just say I got choked up several places when reading Hazel Gaynor’s The Girl Who Came Home.
Connie: Do you read your books post-publication?
Jennifer Delamere: Only when trying to pick a passage to read at a book event or to find a snippet to put in a blog post. I’m such a perfectionist that if I were to spend too much time in my books I’d start thinking about ways I could have made them better. I need to spend that mental effort writing new books instead!
Connie: During a thunderstorm – stay inside or sit on porch watching the show?
Jennifer Delamere: Porch, definitely!
Connie: Flannels or Silk?
Jennifer Delamere: Flannels – I’m a casual sort of girl!
Connie: Sports car or SUV?
Jennifer Delamere: Neither, really. Give me something big enough to travel in, but small enough that I don’t spend all my money getting there.
Connie: Cats or Dogs?
Jennifer Delamere: Cats. (My black cat Scout would agree!)
Connie: Champagne or Beer?
Jennifer Delamere: Champagne
Connie: Movies or TV?
Jennifer Delamere: Movies
Connie: What’s your favorite TV show or movie?
Jennifer Delamere: I love the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility, with Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant. I think it’s perfect on every level.
Connie: Jennifer, thanks so much for stopping by b2b and we wish you great success with your novels.
Jennifer Delamere: Thanks for having me here today! I loved answering these thoughtful questions. It’s a pleasure to visit your blog.
Lucinda Cardington doesn’t care that she is close to being “on the shelf.” She has more serious pursuits in mind and is perfectly content to leave dreams of romance to silly young ladies like her sister. Yet when her sister places herself in a compromising situation with London’s most scandalous bachelor, the entire family’s reputation comes perilously close to ruin. Suddenly Lucinda is in the limelight…and in need of a husband.
James Simpson’s rakish ways have finally caught up with him. Snared in a scandal that for once is not his doing, he is forced to do the honorable thing and offer marriage to the lady. But her father won’t agree to a dowry unless James can also find a suitable husband for the lady’s elder sister—quiet, reserved Lucinda Cardington. As James gets to know the vibrant, charming, and passionate woman behind Lucinda’s shy exterior, he comes to the distressing realization that he doesn’t want her in anyone’s arms but his own…
REVIEW: July 1853
Lucinda Cardington and her younger and pretty sister, Emily Cardington, are both eligible for marriage. Lucinda is not interested in getting married, but Emily is quite eager. Lucinda is a very intelligent young woman who would rather set up her own home when she comes into a trust at age 26, hire a companion and live as she would prefer reading books and learning. Lucinda is quite involved with her good works. She is the Patron of the Caring House for Wayward Ladies located in the Spitalfields area of London. It is a school that teaches skills to women and helps them find a good job. Most of these women were previously prostitutes. Many people are scandalized that Lucinda is associating with these women and working in this unsuitable part of town
Unfortunately. the girls’ parents are adamant that they marry and they insist that Lucinda, being the older, must marry first. They each have a dowry of 50,000 pounds which makes them quite desirable.
James Simpson is an outgoing man, but one with little funds. One of his interests is photography and he has become quite good at it. Unfortunately, the Cardington family disapproves of him on the grounds that he is an untrustworthy rogue. He has always enjoyed flirting with debutantes.
While attending a ball at the home of Lord and Lady Trefethen, he is introduced to and dances with Emily. She is enamored by him. Later, he finds Lucinda reading a book on photography and they share a wonderful discussion about it. James is quite intrigued by Lucinda and her intelligence and outspoken ways. However, Minx that she is, Emily finds ways to meet with James hoping he will propose to her. One night, Lucinda follows Emily as she is sneaking out to follow James as he heads to Cremorne Gardens to chat with his friends. This is not considered a proper place for women at night. Just as Lucinda catches her trying to talk to James, they are all discovered by a member of the press and a scandal erupts. Although he is completely innocent in this, James does the gentlemanly thing and offers for Emily’s hand. While Lord Cardington is pleased, he first insists that James find a husband for Lucinda before he will agree to allowing Emily to marry him.
How does a man go about finding a husband for a woman that does not want to get married and how does he deny his own attraction to Lucinda?
I really enjoyed this novel and found it to be extremely well written. Once again, Jennifer Delamere has proven her great writing skills and I look forward to yet more novels from her.
Connie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
AUTHOR BIO: A history fan, travel lover, and outdoor enthusiast, Jennifer Delamere writes sweet romance with plenty of joy and sizzle. Her debut novel An Heiress at Heart was an RWA RITA® award finalist, and her follow-up, A Lady Most Lovely, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Jennifer earned her B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she also gained fluency in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. An avid reader of both classic novels and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books.