Award-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction, calling her stories “threads of grace woven through time.” In addition to numerous other awards, Louise is the recipient of the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award for her 2005 novel, Hannah Rose. With her great love of history and research, Louise loves to visit museums and travel to her stories’ settings to ensure accuracy. She has been married to David Gouge for 46 years. They have four grown children and six grandchildren. She earned her BA in English/Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and her Master of Liberal Studies degree at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Louise is also an adjunct professor of English and Humanities at Valencia Community College in Kissimmee, Florida.
Thank you for inviting me back, Debbie Lynne. I appreciate this chance to promote my latest book. This year is a little unusual for me because I have two releases in quick succession: At the Captain’s Command in April and The Gentleman Takes a Bride in June. Today I want to tell you how this second story came about.
If you’re like me, you love sequels, series, and family sagas. You want to know what happens after “happily ever after.” In fact, readers often ask me about secondary characters or children of my happy couples. I understand their curiosity. Sometimes it’s really hard to let go of characters who have become so familiar and beloved.
For instance, my previous three Love Inspired Historical books form a series about the Moberly family of England and are set during the American Revolution. Each book tells a story about one of the Moberly siblings who falls in love with an American. The last couple, Thomas and Dinah, sails away to England and begins their own family, ultimately having six children. These children would be coming of age during the Regency period.
All my life, I’ve loved this era, probably because of the wonderful novels of Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice being my favorite. So when my editor asked me to write a wedding novella set during this time, I jumped at the chance. After a quick brainstorming session with writer friends, I decided to write about an interrupted wedding. Great! I have my basic story. Now who will be my heroine?
I decided to go back to the wonderful Moberly family and write about Thomas and Dinah’s youngest daughter, Elizabeth, who has reached the age of eighteen, the perfect time to fall in love. Now I have my heroine, but who is my hero? How about someone new? Definitely not an American because we’ve done that pairing three times. So I introduced Mr. Philip Lindsay, a young man of great integrity who owns a large estate. But whose wedding is to be interrupted?
To avoid too many complications, it won’t be Philip’s or Elizabeth’s. How about one of Elizabeth’s beloved cousins? Sound good. So now I have my premise: A Regency miss falls in love with a handsome gentleman despite the fact that he has just destroyed her beloved cousin's happiness.
And so the adventure begins! You’ll have to read the book to find out how it all turns out.
The Gentleman Takes a Bride by Louise M. Gouge
Surely Elizabeth Moberly was born to be a nobleman's bride. She can't possibly be attracted to the untitled stranger who interrupts her cousin's wedding. Yet Elizabeth finds herself drawn to Philip Lindsey's tender heart and strong faith. And if Philip has his way, he'll convince Elizabeth the only title she needs is Mrs. Lindsey, beloved wife.
Louise M. Gouge writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical imprint. To learn more about her books, go to http://blog.Louisemgouge.com.
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