On Tour With Lord Garson! by Anna Campbell #Travel
Hello Night Owlers! Lovely to be here to talk to you about my latest release and first full-length novel in three years, Lord Garson’s Bride which came out on 28th February.
Actually I’m not really here, I’m currently in Paris, having crossed the Channel on the Eurostar after spending a month in the U.K. Life as a writer is so tough sometimes!
Lord Garson’s Bride finishes up the Dashing Widows series with a story of a marriage of convenience set in Dorset, Salisbury, London and a stately home outside Winchester. I thought you might like to see photos of some of the locations in the book.
First up, I thought I’d show you some pictures of Mayfair where Garson and his bride Jane make a splash in society with the help of the couples who have featured in previous Dashing Widows books. I’ve been to London several times but this is the first time I’ve stayed so close to where my characters hang out. Imagine my excitement when I spied Half Moon Street, the location of Garson’s elegant townhouse, just around the corner from my accommodation. I rather fancy both these elegant townhouses, don’t you?
Another nice thing about this very ritzy part of London (apart from the fact that the Ritz is there!) is that Green Park is just across the street. Green Park is one of the famous royal parks of London and it leads up to Buckingham Palace so clearly my characters are in good company! I love the gates facing onto Piccadilly and the atmospheric bare winter trees.
Another significant location in the story is Salisbury in Wiltshire where Garson and his bride have a tumultuous honeymoon. Here’s a picture of the exterior of the cathedral (which also appears in the story). Like Jane, I was fairly underwhelmed with the interior which is very bare.
This trip, I haven’t been to Dorset or Winchester but both are very pretty parts of the country. As a bonus for readers, Jane Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral. After my time in France, I’m heading north to Scotland for a bit over a month. Look forward to a trio of stories featuring lairds and their lassies in the second half of 2018.
Lord Garson's Bride - A Novel-Length Dashing Widows Romance
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Lord Garson’s dilemma.
Hugh Rutherford, Lord Garson, loved and lost when his fiancée returned to the husband she’d believed drowned. In the three years since, Garson has come to loathe his notoriety as London’s most famous rejected suitor. It’s high time to find a bride, a level-headed, well-bred lady who will accept a loveless marriage and cause no trouble. Luckily he has just the candidate in mind.
A marriage of convenience…
When Lady Jane Norris receives an unexpected proposal from her childhood friend Lord Garson, marriage to the handsome baron rescues her from a grim future. At twenty-eight, Jane is on the shelf and under no illusions about her attractions. With her father’s death, she’s lost her home and faces life as an impecunious spinster. While she’s aware Garson will never love again, they have friendship and goodwill to build upon. What can possibly go wrong?
…becomes very inconvenient indeed
From the first, things don’t go to plan, not least because Garson soon finds himself in thrall to his surprisingly intriguing bride. A union grounded in duty veers toward obsession. And when the Dashing Widows take Jane in hand and transform her into the toast of London, Garson isn’t the only man to notice his wife’s beauty and charm. He’s known Jane all her life, but suddenly she’s a dazzling stranger. This isn’t the uncomplicated, pragmatic match he signed up for. When Jane defies the final taboo and asks for his love, her impossible demand threatens to blast this convenient marriage to oblivion.
Once the dust settles, will Lord Garson still be the man who can only love once?
Anna Campbell loves to write about the Regency period and uses her travels in Europe to inspire her stories. She’s written 11 full-length historical romances, 10 for Avon and Grand Central, and one independently published, and 18 novellas. Having come to the end (for now) of her Dashing Widows stories, she’s about to embark on a Scottish series called the Lairds Most Likely. Her website is www.annacampbell.com. You can find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AnnaCampbellFans/ and on Twitter at @AnnaCampbellOz.