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Patience Dreams

This tidbit is from a letter sent by
Patience Hawthorne to a close friend.


During my stay in Bath,

I attended a music soiree

at an elegant residence

in the Royal Crescent…

…and basked in the close

attention of a certain bold

gentleman without caring

who might notice.

I blush to admit how his

glance enlivened my senses.

‘Twas a moment stolen

from another lifetime,

a shared dream of love

than can never be…!

Author’s Note:

this romantic event

is depicted in the

The Hawthorne Diaries II

Patience Betrayed


Graphic: http://thegraphicsfairy.com


…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.

Please leave your comments re Olivia Andem’s blog, subject:   WHITE CAT IN MY SHOE