Jane Ashford | ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE
February 7, 2013
I write at a small nineteenth-century desk that I found in a consignment shop
called Aunt Teeks. It has a tooled leather top with gold scrolling and two small
drawers. The leather is a bit scratched, and the drawers are too small for
files, but I love the feel of this desk. When I first saw it in the store,
surrounded by larger pieces of furniture from various eras, it called out to me.
It had such a nice energy, like something out of a Jane Austen novel. I could
see reams of letters being written on that surface in beautiful copperplate
handwriting. People in the nineteenth century wrote letters and thank you notes
and careful lists of recipes and remedies. They had inkwells and steel pointed
pens, blotting paper and wax seals. True, I write on a Mac laptop in bytes and
pixels, but I like to think some inspiration seeps through the years and
technologies from the old wood to me.
In my latest historical ONCE
AGAIN A BRIDE the heroine, Charlotte, discovers how greatly furnishings can
affect a person when she moves from a comfortable childhood home to the cold,
rigid house of her elderly husband. Henry Wylde is obsessed with Roman
antiquities. He's filled the main floor of the house with display cases full of
them. He sleeps, alone, in a room that is a replica of a classical bedchamber.
Indeed, he married Charlotte just to get her generous dowry, which becomes
totally his property at their marriage, and spend it on expanding his
collection. Charlotte goes from being a cherished daughter and mistress of a
pleasant household to a kind of limbo. She's transplanted from an environment
where everything was familiar to one where everything is strange. And far from
being encourged to put her own stamp on the place, she's spurned and mistreated
by her husband and his servants. It's no wonder she finds the situation
intolerable. Her husband's murder frees her from his tyranny, but she only fully
comes back to life when she makes the house her home.
I think we all need to shape our surroundings, to a greater or lesser extent.
Touches like my nineteenth century desk help us really inhabit the spaces where
we live. What details in your place do that for you?
She couldn't be more alone...
Widowhood has freed Charlotte Wylde from a demoralizing and miserable marriage.
But when her husband's intriguing nephew and heir arrives to take over the
estate, Charlotte discovers she's unsafe in her own home... Alec Wylde was
shocked by his uncle's untimely death, and even more shocked to encounter his
uncle's beautiful young widow. Now clouds of suspicion are gathering, and
charges of murder hover over Charlotte's head.
He could be her only hope...or her next victim...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the
glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to
study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Jane's
historical and contemporary romances have been published all over the world, and
she has been nomined for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews.
Eighteen of her Regency romances will be published by Sourcebooks in the near
future! Born in Ohio, Jane currently lives in Boston. For more information,
please visit www.janeashford.com.
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56 comments posted.
Re: Jane Ashford | ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE
i too have desk but its my grandparents and it roots me back to them and the times they grew up in so i can have what i have today
(Lisa Fitzgibbons 5:49am February 7, 2013)
Treasures passed down from our parents, our grandparents are the things
that help define our space and provide strong links to our heritage.
(Chris Coulson 6:08am February 7, 2013)
We live in a log home that my husbands great grandfather built in 1842. We love and treasure it. Some of the logs are 21" wide.
Congratulations on your appreciation of the desk, and your creativeness.
(Marjorie Carmony 6:23am February 7, 2013)
We have cats, which are not furniture but have quite an effect on our living space! I also brought some items from the house where I grew up and they help me to remember those times. Such as paintings and this computer desk.
(Clare O'Beara 7:11am February 7, 2013)
We when we move into this house I HATED IT!!! Totally...the
lay-out is awful, but I guess you get what you get when your
husband picks a house more for a garage and the acres than
the actual house. Thus, I've torn up carpet in the
bathrooms, painted pink walls and put cabinets where I can
to make it mine and you know this house has turned on
me...it's gone from my hubby's little monster to "It's my
House you don't like move!"...LOL
I would love to find a desk like yours ....there are a bunch
of shops like that around here but none have any that
SCREAM..."Take me home...you REALLY WANT ME", one day I
will. On that day it will go in the little corner right by
the window looking out to the trees :)
(Bj Gaskill 7:18am February 7, 2013)
I have my grandmothers chair, my mom sat in that chair waiting for my dad to get off the bus every day, if he didn't get off, it meant he had duty that night, he was in the Navy.. I am 60 years old.. I sat in my grandmothers lap in that chair and I fed my granddaughter in that chair.. love the history.. Rosemary email@example.com
(Rosemary Foley 8:23am February 7, 2013)
Mostly family pictures - they really help to keep me grounded!
(Felicia Ciaudelli 8:35am February 7, 2013)
I have about five bookcases...they're all full. That lets me
know I'm home. :-D
(Karin Anderson 8:53am February 7, 2013)
I love to read your books and can hardly wait to get your new one.My spare bedroom has been turned into a sewing room.my husband sur prised me with a sewing desk for Valentines day a couplyears ago. Itis my Pride and joy.
(June Leas 8:56am February 7, 2013)
My little family is still doing a bit too much moving so I don't have anything that is really me.
(Alyn Yang 9:04am February 7, 2013)
I have many "old" items in my house that my grandkids love to
find and treasure.
(Mary Hay 9:36am February 7, 2013)
Can hardly wait to read your new book. I have my grandma's cookie jar.
When I get a cookie wonderful memories abound.
(Debbie Rudder 9:41am February 7, 2013)
I have a desk that my dad made for me when i was 16 yrs old. I still have it today!
(May Pau 10:22am February 7, 2013)
I've got a typing table my father in-law used to use. As he
was one of the smartest and kindest men I've ever known I
enjoy the feeling of him looking over my shoulder.
(Donna Antonio 10:28am February 7, 2013)
I love a wedding story.....romance and love.....lisakhutson at cox. net
(Lisa Hutson 10:59am February 7, 2013)
Can't wait to read it! :)
(Melissa Roma 11:08am February 7, 2013)
I love the sounds of your desk - and love the name of the shop where you purchased it: Aunt Teeks. Very clever. Your book sounds great - and I'd LOVE to win. Thanks for the chance.
(Nancy Reynolds 11:10am February 7, 2013)
I love these stories about household items!
(Jane Ashford 11:24am February 7, 2013)
I find the ocean very calming. Every new office I go to, and there have been quite a few, I always want a picture of the ocean there or a picture that reminds me of the ocean like lighthouse pictures. I love Andrew Wyeth's muted colors, also. I have a framed print of his Wind from the Sea in my office now. When I get stressed, I just look at it, and I feel so very much better. :)
(Sandy Fielder 11:34am February 7, 2013)
The book sounds interesting, I'd love to read it.
(Wilma Frana 11:42am February 7, 2013)
Would love to read this book. Thanks for a chance to win.
(Darla Zimmer 11:49am February 7, 2013)
My grandmother's rocking chair and curio cabinets... love knowing they were with my grandmother for years... and I look at them and remember her.
(Colleen Conklin 12:10pm February 7, 2013)
I am so thrilled that I'm not alone when I hear about other people picking up "vibes" from touching other pieces of furniture or going into old buildings and feeling what other people might have felt who lived there. I don't actually mean it in a psychic sense, but in a "feel good" kind of way that helps you along through your day or with what you're doing. Anyway, you asked about what touches you use in your house. I love to use hand-made items such as afghans that I made, or doilies that were handed down to me. I have a small lamp that was used by my Grandmother, as well as an old radio that was used by another Grandmother. I love older items, but my house is very eclectic. I also love crystals, and have a cabinet with different shaped crystals inside. I love when the sun hits it each day, and the colors bounce around the living room!! I am looking forward to reading your book very much, because I love reading about English history, and any books having to do with English lifestyle in general. The book you wrote is at the top of my TBR list, and I have to get my hands on it somehow!!
(Peggy Roberson 12:31pm February 7, 2013)
I have given up certain styles to incorporate my DH, at first he felt as though there was no "stamp" of him around the house. I feel as though the intermingle of style and taste has made this a true home for both of us. I keep his childhood memories and mine out, I have my collections all about, and although I have three bookcases filled, he has one for his books and nit nacs. I have liberty to design certain places and have with a Movie themed family room (where my GWTW stands out) and a LOTR guest room with murals and elven writing.
(Carla Carlson 12:45pm February 7, 2013)
I have several pieces of furniture that has been passed down
- makes my home feel very eclectic with all these different
mix matched things.
(Pam Brewer 12:58pm February 7, 2013)
Other than family photos most of the things in my home are items from my mother and grandmother. I find comfort when I look at these everyday since they are both gone.
(Julie Parrish 1:36pm February 7, 2013)
Thanks for the giveaway! I don't think there is much around my house like that although I do have some paintings around the house that a family friend painted that are really nice.
(Chelsea Knestrick 1:43pm February 7, 2013)
The cover alone drew me in. Sounds like a great read.
(Alisha Woods 1:55pm February 7, 2013)
I've put my stamp on my house with my bookcases of books and my curio cabinet full of Boyd's Bears treasure boxes.
(Carolyn Overholser 2:55pm February 7, 2013)
A 1890's table given to me by a next-door neighbor.
(Doris Losey 4:01pm February 7, 2013)
what a nice post, thanks for this chance too
(Debbi Shaw 4:02pm February 7, 2013)
LOVE YOUR BOOKS THEY ARE MARVELOUS. YOUR MY FAVORITE AUTHOR OF
ALL TIME. EXCELLENT CONTEST!!!!!!!!
(Shelly Caggiano 4:19pm February 7, 2013)
Yes, I love to get things passed down from my parents and
grandparents and will treasure them always. Thanks for the
fantastic contest and I would love to win and read this
interesting book. Thanks, Cecilia CECE
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 4:50pm February 7, 2013)
I was more of an earth child than anything else, but my husband to be was
interested in antiques. We went to auctions and junk shops before we got
married and have never stopped. It was a good way at the time to get good
furniture cheaply. My how times have changed. We were a military family and
lived primarily in base housing. We were furnishing a victorian era house we
hoped to some day own. We are now retired and have spent the last 20 years
renovating the 1898 victorian farm house we found. We may be done some
day. The house was in terrible shape, but sound. The wonderful thing is all
our furniture fits the feel of the house as do the family pieces we have. My
personal favorite is a spindle platform cradle that I got from my paternal
grandparents. Our grandchildren are the 6th generation of our family to use
it. My favorite from my husband's side of the family are two paintings in
gilded frames of flocks of sheep and a lovely and delicate dressing table and
chair. All came from auctions his mother attended when he was in high
school. Oh, for the days when you could get a victorian oval, walnut side
table for about $20. Our bedroom set is a carved oak Eastlake style bed and
matching dresser with mirror, both in perfect condition. Price $80.
I look forward to reading ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE.
(Patricia Barraclough 5:08pm February 7, 2013)
I have a portuguese hand painted vase that my mother-in-law
gave me that fits just so in one of our built ins - perfect.
That, a swedish flag that was my grandfather's, and the
original artwork I collect really defines my space.
(Celina K 5:25pm February 7, 2013)
I have a lovely roll top desk and curio cabinet from my mother. Love historical romance and look forward to reading Once Again a Bride.
(Bonnie H 5:26pm February 7, 2013)
It was so interesting to read you. Like you, I love the feel of 19th,(or early 20th Century)furnitures and antiques in my home.
I have a set of three furnitures, made up in wood, very solid wood, that I got from my grandmother, who herself bought it in 1920 from a very old person who built himself the set many years before. (about mid 1850's)
There is something about the atmosphere these furnitures, items brings, that comforts and ispires me. I also have an ancien beautiful clock,(still from my grandmother, before she past away), in wood. It has some minor scratches and tears, but I love it for its sentimental value. Those objects are very dear to my heart. Oh, and the clock still works! these precious things adds warmth to the home. The minor scratches or imperfection, to me, brings it a real authenticity.
As for the book, I already like Charlotte. What a great storyline.
Thank you for sharing.
(Judith Venne 7:20pm February 7, 2013)
I have my grandmother's secretary that once held all my little girl treasures and dreams.
(Sheila True 8:20pm February 7, 2013)
I just wanted to say this book sounds intriguing.
(Sandra Van Coevering 9:33pm February 7, 2013)
My family has always moved around so there is little that
makes me feel grounded. I can say that my family, are the ones
that shapes me the most.
(Lazydrag0n Puff 10:03pm February 7, 2013)
Something that helps me stay grounded is my parent's
Campbell mint-green wind-up clock. It's gentle ticking has
stayed with me through studies and work, never letting me
miss an important date, never failing to wake me up in the
morning, nor lull me to sleep at night. It's sturdy,
reliable, and it has helped me stay connected to the
present, as well as the past. Time has always fascinated me,
it's a comfort, knowing when I am, as well as where. Each
morning I wind up my clock again, never certain of what will
follow, and determined not to live any of it with regrets.
(Deana Kruseman 10:10pm February 7, 2013)
I have a lot of antiques in my home, mostly handed down from my father and mother and a beloved aunt. I love them. We have friends who have a totally modern home and to me it is "cold." I will admit my home is much harder to keep dusted amd polished.
(Gladys Paradowski 10:51pm February 7, 2013)
I think I would go crazy if I had to move into a house like
the one Charlotte had to. I like our home to feel warm, cozy
and comfortable. We like to sit back and relax, not live a
museum of show pieces. Most of our furnishings have been
well loved, in other words, broken in, worn out, comfy and
full of character.
(Lisa White 11:16pm February 7, 2013)
We have some very special pictures as well as items in our
home that have been passed down through the century in our
home and each has a special place not only in our home but
also in our hearts.
Two such pictures are of my maternal grandmother and of my
Dad when he was about 4 years old. The unusual thing is
that both pictures have the exact same frame even though my
maternal grandmother and my Dad lived in different far away
towns in New York. Both pictures are from somewhere around
1915 - 1920. Another picture is one my mother painted from
a picture my Dad took with a brownie camera of the woods on
a snowy day and it always reminds me of Robert Frost poem
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
We also have an old sea chest and a banjo that my Dad got
while on his adventure on a ship after he finished High
School and went on as a crew member and set sail. He bought
both from an seaman who wanted some money to go on shore
leave. I love that the trunk has a place inside to store
bottles! We also have the telegraph message my Dad received
from his father when he had sent home a message that he
wasn't coming home he was going to the "east". It's a
telegram from his father and bluntly says: Son, you are
going to college!" His trip ended and he graduated from
Union College in up-state New York!
We also have an old Seth Thomas clock that was my maternal
Grandmother's that had tynetype photos hidden inside of
relatives but there are no notations written on the back so
we'll never know exactly who they are.
The most unusual are some old letters from a husband writing
back to his wife who lived in New England of his trip to the
west coast to pan for gold. He talks about what is now
around Buffalo, NY as the western frontier and fighting the
Indians as well as being a Judge for a while "out west" (who
knows where) and constant exclamations of how surprised he
is that his "poor dear
(Jeanne Miro 11:30pm February 7, 2013)
I don't have any one thing that defines my surroundings. I think it's more the people in my family that defines our home.
(Anita H 11:33pm February 7, 2013)
Being surrounded with the things I grew up with helps me to
see where I've come from and helps me to see where I want to
go. Thanks for the contest!
(Ada H. 11:37pm February 7, 2013)
I lost alot of things due to water damage, but I hope to pass on trinkets to my kids. Let them start the passing down of memories.
(Michelle Schafer 11:39pm February 7, 2013)
I have the desk that my grandfather has used when I was little. I find my grandfather's desk helps remind me of simpler time, when life wasn't so complicated.
(Kai Wong 12:27pm February 8, 2013)
I have a roll top desk which I love. I also have several bookcases full of wonderful books.
(Rita Wray 10:22am February 8, 2013)
I have a china cabinet and a rocking chair that belonged to my grandparents---I cherish them very much.
(Sue Farrell 10:54am February 8, 2013)
i have a lot of great books and some liv room furniture from my aunt.
(Pat Lieberman 11:12am February 8, 2013)
I have my father's desk that he bought in the 1920's. When I'm gone it will go to my oldest son.
(Sheila Mulholland 1:26pm February 8, 2013)
These are all such great stories about family things.
(Jane Ashford 3:34pm February 8, 2013)
My memories of events in this house make me happy. I have never loved
the house itself, but the neighborhood is great.
(Ann Sheiring 10:48pm February 8, 2013)
For me it would be the photographs I have.
(Mary Preston 4:27am February 9, 2013)
It's too bad your nineteenth century desk can't talk! Wouldn't it be fascinating to find out who originally owned it and where it came from? Some of my most cherished things are old handmade quilts and many doilies and potholders with crochet work made by our grandmothers and a very old rocker with the leather tooled seat (which my father-in-law found in a barn in pieces over 45 yrs. ago). I also have a couple of very old cuckoo clocks from Germany that I love and cherish. Loved reading all the blogs on this today!
(Linda Luinstra 5:33pm February 9, 2013)
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