How many times can a heart be broken? How many times can love be denied? Sarah and Alexander were destined for each other but after just four short weeks of marriage, their lives were torn asunder.
Alexander, Earl of Thorne thought he had found his ideal mate but, when Sarah absconded shortly after their marriage, his world came crashing down. Now, five years later, he discovers her in a remote Yorkshire village.
Sarah had thought she was safe, but when, severely injured in a freak accident, her husband is thrust once more into her life, she fears her dark secrets and the fact she has a son, will become known.
Despite her own desperate longings, she continually repudiates Alexander’s efforts of reconciliation. However, fate conspires against her, and when her home is made uninhabitable by floods, she and her young son are forced to accept his aid and return to her former home.
Discovery threatens and, despite her breaking heart, she plans to leave Alexander’s life. What is this secret that makes it so imperative that she should abscond from him yet again? Can two broken hearts cleave and emerge victorious or will life's cruel forces tear them apart forever?
His body felt numb as consciousness slowly returned. He could hear the rumble of the cart wheels and was aware that they moved, but he felt no sensation in his body. His eyes opened and she was there. For a brief moment, his senses refused to comprehend the fact and confusion reigned.
Sarah’s breathing caught as she felt the shock of his eyes upon her. She knew not what to say or how to respond.
“Why?” was all he said, his voice, full of confusion, scarcely above a whisper.
She understood his question but had no words of explanation to offer. Now was not the time for the confrontation that must surely come. Instead, she deflected his question and concentrated on the immediate situation. Leaning close to him she asked, “Do you have pain?”
He moved his head from side to side in silent negation. “I feel nothing.”
“I’m taking you to my home, and the doctor has been called,” she said.
He drifted into unconsciousness once more and she wondered what damage had been wreaked on his frame by the heavy cask.
The cart halted before a riverside cottage with thatched roof, situated on the northbound road. A well-tended garden with a low stone wall separated it from the roadway, but the gate remained open. Hastily dismounting from the cart, she hurried to her front door.
“Rose! Rose!” Sarah called as she entered the small hallway. A round motherly figure instantly appeared from the parlor.
“It’s my husband and he’s injured,” Sarah offered in hasty explanation.
Rose’s eyes widened. “Your husband? Here? What shall we do?”
Sarah remained calm. “We shall tend to his injuries,” she said, holding the door.
1) Where did you get the idea for the novel?
It was a premise that developed slowly over a matter of weeks. I can’t remember the exact moment the story all fell into place but I had my hero and the accident that disabled him from the beginning. The fine tuning came later when I got the first words he utters at the beginning of chapter one, “Why now? Dear, God, why now?” and I knew where I wanted the plot to go. The rest came from listening to my characters and repeating the story they wanted to tell.
2) Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
The title became very clear to me about a quarter of the way into the writing process and I never changed it. It fits the book exactly and really explains the whole.
3) Why did you pick this genre? What do you like about it?
I write what I know and love. I did not so much choose the genre as it chose me. I love the romance and elegance of the Regency and Georgian eras and it is this I hope to recreate in my work.
4) Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
I think it was when I held my first print book in my hand and realised I had written every word between its cover. The thought that people across the world were going to read it was amazing.
5) What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
It was a re-read of Laura Kinsale’s Flowers From The Storm. I had to go into hospital and read it on my Kindle.
6) What is your writing process?
I don’t write to a formula but have the luxury of being able to write as and when I like. However, I do prefer the house to be empty so that I can concentrate on my characters.
7) At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say?
I ask the reader their preference and then sign the book accordingly.
8) What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
My other ruling passion is animals and at the age of sixty-six and unable to ride, I am now part-owner of four horses. We are a family of many animals and I love them all.
9) How do you react to a bad review?
I try to take it in my stride – everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
10) How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
We all went out for a celebratory meal, which is what we do for any happy occasion.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Hazel Statham began writing at the age of fifteen, finally committing to paper the stories she spun as a child. Writing has been her passion ever since, although marriage, motherhood, and career left time for little else. Once she retired, however, she was able to devote herself to writing full-time, publishing her first novel in 2007. A long time student of history, she writes mainly in the Regency and Georgian eras, though she has been known to dabble in the medieval as well. She lives in Staffordshire, England, with her husband, Terry, and their beloved yellow Labrador, Mollie.
Hazel loves to hear from her readers and promises to answer all mail.
Website address www.hazel-statham.co.uk
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