Virginia & Lucas
This was an emotionally exhausting book to write, even though I loved every minute of it. I think this was also my most anticipated novel. After my first novel was published, I had lots of questions about the mysterious and slightly eccentric Earl of Annesbury, Lucas Calvert. I wasn't always entirely certain what to do with him. But after I wrote the first line of The Gentleman Physician, wherein Virginia is a secondary character, I knew that these two belonged together.
Two months before this novel was published, I listed it for pre-orders. Nearly 2,000 orders were placed. Virginia and Lucas's story drew people in, touching a chord with many. I've received emails from people who have lost their spouse, lost their parents, expressing how much this story meant to them and thanking me for my approach taken to grief and healing.
This story is very close to my heart. I'm grateful I did it justice, but know that I had a lot of help. My dear friend, and one of my critique partners, Megan was essential to helping me find the balance between grief and hope. My other critique partners gave me encouragement and invaluable feedback. I'll forever be thankful for their help.