This tidbit is from a letter sent by
Patience Hawthorne to a close friend.
A Garden Hat© by Olivia Andem
“Today, I wore my lovely hat with ruby ostrich plumes for cutting flowers in the garden. Tied beneath my chin, the ribbons held it fast from a sudden breeze. Indeed, the flowers looked very fine in a silver vase on the mantel when visitors came to call later in the afternoon. One of them, a certain gentleman, sends his deepest regards. He hopes to see you again on the paths of Wadleigh Wood. This time, his horse will be better behaved. Yours, with kindest affection, Miss Katy Kitty.”
Continuing the tradition of PATIENCE BECOMES A LADY, the second book of the series is PATIENCE BETRAYED. Each of the chapter headings reflect the thoughts, dreams and opinions (sometimes silly) of young Patience Hawthorne (as I imagined them) and recorded in her fictional diary. A plucky girl who was suddenly orphaned, she is beset by the perils of courtship but longs to the blessings of abiding love.
Nothing has changed in 200 years since the Jane Austen era… young girls still trust too easily and get their hearts broken, leaving them confused and desolate. Worse, doubting their own judgment. What is love? What is not? Patience is not a damsel in distress, however, doing everything in her power to do the right thing and demand the respect of others.
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…my sweet romance novel setting is England during the Jane Austen era of carriages and candlelight.
“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but Patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.” Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
What a surprise it was to discover this lovely quote AFTER I had chosen the heroine’s name as Patience and began to write about a plucky girl who is suddenly orphaned and beset by the perils of courtship. Read first chapter here: Patience Becomes A Lady
A sweet romance in my novels does not mean the characters are bland, the story without drama and the tension of attraction.
Vintage drawings like the one featured above turn on my creative juices and I think, oh, I must write about a white cat playing in my heroine’s satin shoe…stay tuned, it might happen!
I am fascinated with the charming places and customs of Regency England that find their way into scenes I am writing. When things go well, writing is an excitement akin to spotting a fantastic pastry at the bake shop. When it’s not good, it is like having to clean the stove.
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