Sunday, June 19, 2011

GIFTS GONE ASTRAY: The Heroine, Anne, In Her Own Words

My greetings to all. I am Mrs. Anne Copely. I have newly come to my Uncle James's country estate, Four Winds, for our annual family party. Although my job as teacher at Mrs. Black's girls' school is tolerable, this summer celebration is so festive, it has become the high point of my year.

Especially since my dear Edward's death. Oh, how I miss him. I am grateful for the three years we had, and the pain of his passing has diminished with time. While part of me will always love him, he has been gone these two years and I must continue on.

On my first day here, I noticed Mr. Stephen Fairfax, the new tutor for Uncle James's son. What a handsome man. And not only attractive, intelligent and kind, but we are both teachers and like books! Since everyone, including the servants, receives a gift at this fete, what better way to honor my late husband's memory than to give one of his favorite books to Mr. Fairfax?

Gracious, was I too forward in giving Mr. Fairfax a present? I hope not, since I disguised my action by giving several other servants gifts, too. I liked that book as much as my husband did. Will Mr. Fairfax see my special meaning?

I do so hope he likes the gift.

Thank you all,
Mrs. Anne Copely

Read Stephen's story here.

Gifts Gone Astray, Regency comedy, coming June 29, 2011 from The Wild Rose Press.

Blurb and excerpt


Rosemary Gemmell said...

Now that sounds amusing!

Linda Banche said...

Thanks, Rosemary. I certainly hope it is!