Welcome back to our week long event - Historical Romance Week - lovelies! And we can't have an historical romance anything without inviting author Amanda Forester. Please give her a warm welcome as she joins us with her recent release of the second book in her Marriage Mart series, A Midsummer Bride!
Here is an excerpt from the opening scene of Midsummer Bride by Amanda Forester:
Although the situation Harriet Redgrave found herself when her American ship was attacked by an English frigate may seem farfetched, it is actually historically based. I often get my best inspiration for stories by ready history, which often seems more implausible than fiction!
During the Napoleonic Wars, the Royal Navy routinely turned to impressments (the taking of sailors by force to serve in the navy) in order to man their 600 ship fleet. Press gangs could operate both on land and at sea. I had heard of press gangs operating in port towns, pressing British sailors into service, but I was not aware that by British law, any officer of the Royal Navy could, if the need arose, stop another seagoing vessel and press eligible men into service of the navy.
In the early 19th Century, British frigates stationed themselves outside U.S. harbors in order to search American vessels for contraband or men they considered eligible for impressments. Since Britain did not recognize American naturalized citizenship, they considered anyone of British descent to be fair game for impressments. In 1807 the American frigate, the USS Chesapeake, was attacked and boarded by a British warship and four sailors taken as deserters, one later put to death. These incidents outraged Americans and became one of the reasons America declared war on England during the war of 1812.
What is your favorite era to explore in historical romance? Have you ever learned little known historical facts by reading fiction? Comment for a chance to win a copy of Midsummer Bride!
Thanks so much for inviting me. I hope a little Midsummer Bride will warm your hearts this holiday season! I love to hear from readers so come visit me at my website, facebook, or twitter.
A Midsummer Bride
(Marriage Mart #2)
by Amanda Forester
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Love is one experiment this scientist hasn't tested...
Miss Harriet Burton, a horrendously rich American heiress, laughs too loud, states her opinion directly, and even conducts science experiments. Her uncle is desperate to get her off his hands and is offering a king's ransom to anyone able to arrange a suitable marriage that comes with a title.
To avoid marriage, Harriet swears off all men, until she meets Duncan Maclachlan, Earl of Thornton. But when Thornton is falsely accused of being a traitor, Harriet must use her knowledge of chemistry to find the real culprit and spark true romance.
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