Author: Sally Britton
Series: Branches of Love, Book 5
Released: October 10, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian
A scarred and lonely viscount and an independent young woman are forced into an arranged marriage. What hope do they have for a happily ever after?
Rebecca Devon lives under the severe eye of her aunt and the iron will of her father. Though she wears what she is told and befriends the people they choose for her, she spends every moment longing to do as she wishes. Knowing freedom will only come through marriage, her hopes for a happy union are stolen away when her father arranges her marriage to a complete stranger.
Christian Hundley, Lord Easton, has learned the hard way that English society won’t accept a person who looks or behaves differently than their ideal. He has hidden himself away from scornful eyes for years, until his aging grandfather takes matters in hand and finds Christian a bride. Knowing he must agree to the marriage, Christian shields his heart. If the whole of society cannot accept him, why should his bride?
Rebecca knows she must have love in her life, but Christian is convinced there is nothing so fraught with danger and pain as entrusting one’s heart to another. Rebecca does everything she can to change his mind, but Christian is determined to remain aloof. Can an arranged marriage ever be anything other than a business partnership?
Sally Britton is a bestselling indie author, with four historical romance novels. She contributes to the Historical Hussies blog and teaches a young writer’s class at her local library. Sally received her BA in English from Brigham Young University. She’s always read voraciously and eclectically.
Sally started her writing journey at the tender age of fourteen on an electric typewriter and she’s never looked back. Sally lives in Arizona with her crime-fighting husband, four children, and their dog. She loves researching, hiking, and geeking out over her favorite books and movies.
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Q&A with the Author
- Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing? I have a house full of children, so my favorite thing to do is spend time with them, helping them grow their talents and interests.
- When did you first realize you were an author? I always loved writing and wanted to be an author. But I didn’t realize I could actually do it until 2017 when I met a mom just like me who had already published several books.
- Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you? This is the craziest thing ever, but I used to write in a historical roleplay game online. I had hundreds of people reading along, not even participating in the game, to see what would happen next. That got me super excited. People liked what I wrote!
- What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it? I really struggle with giving my characters a lot of conflict to overcome. It’s difficult to make life hard on them. But stories need conflict, especially to encourage character growth. My critique partners help me get my work where it needs to be.
- What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?) My purpose in my romance novels has been the same for a long time, but I spell it out most clearly in Miss Devon’s Choice. I want to convey the message that I’ve always believed in – love is a choice. It’s not something that happens by accident, or something we have to wait to fall into our laps. We make the choice to love people, to show them that love.
- Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life? Sometimes there are little things based on real life. There’s a line in this story about Rebecca cheating based on an incident from my childhood. And Christian’s love for his cousins is how I always felt for mine. Real life inspires all artistic endeavors, after all.
- What are your future projects? I just released a novella as part of a new series called Forever After. I, along with four other incredible historical romance authors, are hoping to build a brand up around this series. I also have one more book to release in the Branches of Love series, and it should be out in May. Finally, I’ll be publishing the first book in a brand new series this spring, too.
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