Thursday, March 17
Last week in my post at author Ashley March's I talked about "common" heroes, today we going to be talking about women in historical romances and the limited choices they had when deciding the course of their life....if they even had that.
Author Mary Wine is my guest today to talk about the third book in her Highland series, Highland Heat, in which the oldest sister, previously ruined and discarded, finally gets her own HEA. But what kind of choices might a woman in the time in which she lived really had? Mary shares her thoughts about that as well as the choices her heroine Deirdre has had to reconcile herself to (that is before she gets her hero). Read and enjoy!
Now, I’ve only got brothers. Maybe that accounts for the fact that I wrote three sisters into my Highland saga. Although another major reason is the fact that I adore researching women’s lifestyles. It’s more than just being chattel. I want to know what a day was like for them. Some of you might know that I enjoy making historical clothing, and finding an excuse to wear it. One of the reasons for this is the fact that I want to move past the idea of ladies delicately raising their hem to move about. These women had lives, chores and a schedule to keep. I don’t believe any of them enjoyed being pinched by corsets so that leads me to making those much talked about undergarments and wearing them to discover the truth.
In Highland Heat, you get to see Deidre get her happy ending. Scotland has a history of allowing love a freer rein than anywhere else during this period. A king or two did in fact marry his mistress and more than one royal mistress was honest about who fathered her children. Fascinating, considering that women really were taking quite a risk if they didn’t follow their families direction on whom to wed. It’s a little easier for us and I think it makes us judge our sisters from the past a little too harshly. I mean, there were few employment opportunities for females. Even prostitution was a rather short career. So how would you feed yourself if you didn’t marry? I honestly don’t believe men had it much easier. In order to have a good trade, you needed to be trained or educated. With no public school system, a son had to obey his father or risk being turned out as well.
Which brought me to Deidre. She fell in love at a spring festival and believed her lover. He turned out to be a villain, one who was only interested in striking out at her betrothed through her. Deirdre lands in a convent, but not as punishment. In fact, she’s not allowed to take vows because she would have to prove she wanted to serve the Church first. Yes, the Church always had an open door but just like everything else, there is no free lunch. It was very common during this time for the third daughter to be promised to the Church. Deirdre’s sister Brina was raised to be a nun. But Connor Lindsey wed her instead… Again, not too uncommon in this time…
Remember what I said about several Scottish women being honest about who fathered their children, and it wasn’t their husbands? Well, Connor wanted to avoid that and since Deirdre admitted freely that she had a lover, and he took her sister. The Church wasn’t ready to hear Deidre’s vows but she went there because she was a proud woman. She stood behind her choice and left her fathers house. Not an easy thing to do when there is nothing between her and starvation except prostitution or living as the lowest of the low in the convent.
I loved all my Chattan sisters, who we first meet in Highland Hellcat. Kaie who finally spoke up and gained what she wanted, Brina who refused to wed Connor until he gained her fathers blessing…hey, men aren’t the only ones with honor! And Deirdre, who would not settle. She faced the wind and laughed at its chill.
I hope you all enjoyed this saga as much as I loved writing it. Drop by my website for information on what I’m writing next. Cheers!
Ruined, Betrayed and Banished…
As brave as she is impulsive, Deirdre Chattan’s tendency to follow her heart and not her head has finally tarnished her reputation beyond repair. But when powerful Highland Laird Quinton Cameron finds her, he doesn’t care about her past—it’s her future he’s about to change.
But It’s Never Too Late for Redemption…
From the moment Quinton sets eyes on Deirdre Chattan, rational thought vanishes. For in her eyes he sees a fiery spirit that matches his own, and he’ll be damned if he’ll let such a wild Scottish rose wither under the weight of a nun’s habit…
With nothing to lose, Deirdre and Quinton band together to protect king and country. But what they accomplish alone is nothing compared to what they can build with their passion for each other…
Read an excerpt
Congratulations Mary on the release of Highland Heat! If you would like to learn more about Mary and the books she writes as Mary Wine you can visit her website www.marywine.com, and on Facebook. In case you didn't already know, Mary also writes books as Dawn Ryder, which Mary describes as "my naughty inner child". Her Dawn Ryder stories are more erotic, and if you are interested in learning more about her books as Dawn you can check them out at www.dawnryder.com.
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