“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals
and many copies.” Alexis de Tocqueville
I love reading historical romance and have since I cracked open the cover of
GONE WITH THE WIND as a teenager. Unlike my boring history classes, here
was history worth reading. At first I skimmed over the battles, but then as I
continued on with the book, I read more and more of the actual history contained
in the story.
This book was about people. Those who lost loved ones, those who waited at home
for a letter, for some indication that their husband, brother, father or son was
Fiction? Yes. GONE WITH THE WIND is a work of fiction, but what happened
to Scarlett O’Hara, et al, was based on real life events. Babies were born
during the height of battle. Plantations were burned to the ground, and
thousands, both black and white, were left homeless, adrift in a world turned
completely upside down.
I closed that book with a sigh of pleasure, and then followed up with the story
of Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr. That led me to read the stories of
the other five wives. I was fascinated. History was not just battles and dates,
it was the story of people. Real people who lived and died, with hopes and
dreams, sorrows and pain.
I had been converted. I was a history addict, which eventually led me to a
degree in History.
As an historical romance author, authenticity is important. Keeping true to my
era is important. I try very hard to make sure I don’t use language and
references inappropriate for the time. And when I make a mistake, my editor
slaps my hand. Or if it slips by her, I can be sure a reader will call me on it.
One thing I learned from my love of history. People haven’t changed much since
the beginning of time. We think our time period is violent and nasty. Read some
books about the medieval period, or ancient Rome, or the Spanish Inquisition. It
has been suggested that young children are never safe unless they are within
view of their parents because times are dangerous. Dangerous times for children?
Read some books about the orphan train in the United States between 1854 and
1929, or the abduction and forced labor of children in Victorian England.
Are things worse now? No, we just know more now. Human nature is human nature
throughout history, and in every country on earth. It helps to keep this in mind
when reading today’s news on social media.
Maybe things were just as violent in times past, but unless it was right on your
doorstep, you didn’t know about it.
Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
That brings me to why I write historical romance. Like all readers and writers
of romance novels, I love a happy ending. In DENYING THE DUKE, Patience
and Alex were sweethearts as teenagers (although they weren’t called that then).
They are torn apart when Patience is betrothed to Alex’s brother.
Alex enlists in the military and is shocked when he receives word four years
later to return home and assume the title of Duke since both his father and
brother have died. One would think that now Patience and Alex can have their
happy ending. Well – since it’s a romance book, you know that will happen, but
believe me, the path to their HEA is riddled with trouble.
Reading fiction that contains a happy ending is a good antidote to the craziness
of today’s world, and keeps everything in perspective. So—enjoy life, read a
Lords & Ladies in
Four years ago, Alex, a second son, had planned a life together with Lady
Patience. However, when Patience was betrothed to his brother, the heir, Alex
left his family's estate and joined the military.
Alex returns to assume the title Duke of Bedford when his brother
unexpectedly dies. He is unprepared for both his new responsibilities and the
reunion with Patience. The horrors of war are a heavy burden, and when he learns
that Patience never married his brother, he is stunned.
Patience withstood the bullying of her fiancé and her father for four long
years. She refuses to marry Alex just because he's the duke, especially if he no
longer loves her. How would that be better than what she has already endured?
Promises made in their youth are not enough to overcome the changes life has
wrought for them but love can grow and transform, if only Patience could believe
[Entangled Scandalous, On Sale: July 10, 2017,
e-Book, ISBN: 9781548204716 / eISBN: 9781640631175]
USA Today best selling author of THE ELUSIVE WIFE, Callie
Hutton writes both Western Historical and Regency romance, with “historic
elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). She also pens an occasional
contemporary or two. Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two
adult children, and daughter-in-law (thankfully all not in the same house), and
her top cheerleader husband. She also recently welcomed twin grandsons to her
ever expanding family. Callie loves to hear from readers, and would welcome you
as a “friend” on Facebook. You can contact her through her website.
1 comment posted.
My favorite reads are historical fiction. I agree on getting the information correct.
(Leona Olson 7:46am July 20)