Thursday, 7 June 2012

Grace Elliot guest post

Today I welcome author Grace Elliot who has a guest post for us.

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Grace Elliot leads a double life as a vet by day and author of intelligent historical fiction by night. Grace is an avid reader and believes that smart people need to read romance - as an antidote to the modern world!

Grace is also obsessed by all things feline.

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When Michelle asked me to write about celebrations, anything from a birthday party to a wedding, it set me thinking. What struck me was that most of the major celebrations in my life are tinged with sadness or regret….even my wedding day.
Yesterday brought this home to me. It was our twenty-third wedding anniversary, so marriage was on my mind.

We were destined to get married on the day we did. We had been engaged for about 6 months when my fiancé, a naval officer, was posted to the Gulf. It became apparent we had a fortnight to arrange a Saturday wedding, with a week to spare for a honeymoon, before he sailed. Luck was with us and we got a cancellation at the registry office and our dream venue for the reception happened to be free…it was destiny.

Tracking back to that sunny Saturday morning over two decades ago, I remember arriving at the registry office to find my fiancé had lined the waiting guests up in straight lines, like a sheepdog worrying sheep. (Being in the Navy he coped with stress by putting everything in its proper place.) After the ceremony, the reception took place at the ultra-romantic Langtry Manor, in Bournemouth. Now a hotel, the Langtry Manor was once the love nest built by Edward VII for his mistress, the Jersey beauty, Lilly Langtry.

It was an intimate wedding party of around twenty five people. We intended it to be a smaller, and had planned on just four guests, but close friends and relatives kept inviting themselves and refused to let us get married without a celebration. By three o'clock in the afternoon my face ached from smiling and I was the happiest woman alive - except for one thing. My parents refused to attend. They didn’t approve of my choice of husband and showed that disapproval by staying away.
Even now, with two fantastic children and my hubs and I closer than ever, we don’t talk about the wedding to my parents. In fact, it's only in recent years that we've stopped taking the anniversary cards down when they come to visit.

Perhaps that's why the engagement celebration in Eulogy's Secret is also bittersweet.
When Jack Huntley proposes to Eulogy, he has overcome his prejudice in believing (mistakenly) she is beneath him. To show his love he throws an engagement party, to introduce Eulogy to the ton and prove he isn’t ashamed of her humble roots. Eulogy is a naturally warm and sociable woman and is an instant hit in society, but even at this joyful time, people plot against her happiness. Lord Lucien Devlin, whispers in her fiancé's ear, that her innocence is an act and that Huntley is being cuckolded and sewing doubt in his mind…with disastrous results.

Eulogy’s Secret - a story of greed prejudice and a stolen identity.

In the four weeks since her guardians’ death, Eulogy Foster has lost everything. Penniless and alone she seeks the help of her estranged brother, Lord Lucien Devlin. But Devlin throws Eulogy onto the streets and the mercy of a passing stranger, Jack Huntley. As Eulogy seeks the truth behind her birth, she is drawn into the world of art and artists, where her morals are challenged and all is deception.
Jack Huntley: bitter, cynical and betrayed in love. He believes women are devious, scheming, untrustworthy creatures - and when he rescues a naïve Miss from being raped, his life is about to change forever. As his attraction to Eulogy grows, caught in a deadlock with both denying their true feelings, events take a sinister turn as someone seeks to silence Eulogy….forever.

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