Historical Romance Month continues this week on Nesie’s Place with the work of author Maureen Driscoll in the spotlight! Maureen shares her personal insights on books from two of her series, The Kellingtons and The Emersons. Also, THREE random commenters will win ebooks each day this week! Good times!
This is the fourth book in the Emerson series and it was one of the most difficult to write. Nicholas Chilcott is the Earl of Layton, and a half-brother of the Emersons due to an affair his mother had with their father. Since he was the third-born son, it hadn’t mattered that much to the former Earl of Layton. But when his brothers died, the former earl was enraged. And now Nick’s cousin Simon is trying to take the title for himself.
In the course of uncovering a mystery regarding his father, Nick travels to the coast where he meets Kate, an archivist for a small church. I had fun with Kate because the awful vicar, Rev. Bramwell, is (in my head, at least) a stand-in for the awful Mr. Collins in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, my favorite book.
But other than that, this book was really tough to write. Nick was both a part of the Emersons and also separate from them. I wanted to show the isolation of what that was like and for some reason it took me months longer to get this done. But in the end, I really liked Nick and Kate as a couple, in part because it was two people who didn’t really belong anywhere finding each other and building a life together.
I often think the bonds we form with friends can be just as strong or even stronger than blood relations. Do you have a special friend who’s more like a sibling than just a friend?
“Always Believe in Love (Emerson Book 4)”
Author: Maureen Driscoll
Release Date: September 26, 2015
Nicholas Chilcott is the Earl of Layton, though his biological father was actually the late Earl of Ridgeway. When Nick’s cousin Simon challenges him for the title, Nick must travel to the coastal village of Weymouth to uncover secrets from the past. But, instead, he finds the woman he wants to build his future with.
Kate Winston serves as the church archivist, while trying to evade the unwanted advances of the new vicar. When a handsome earl comes to town on a mission, she cannot resist helping him, though she has no desire to join his world in the ton.
As Nick and Kate work to find answers to the past, they discover a passion that neither can deny.
ADVISORY: ALWAYS BELIEVE IN LOVE is, technically, historical romance. But it is very light on the history and rather heavy on the passion. It has adult situations and graphic sexual content. You will not like this book if you don’t like those things. It does contain some information about fish. You might like that part of the story if you like fish.
Danielle Fishel calls Maureen Driscoll her “most favorite author of all things naughty and delicious.”
Maureen is a television writer based in Los Angeles whose credits include MADtv, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Nickelodeon’s BrainSurge. She was also a former recipient of a Walt Disney Studios screenwriting fellowship, where she wrote a romantic comedy based on her rather painful divorce. The script didn’t make it to the big screen, but it did teach her a few things about happily ever after.
Before moving to Hollywood, Maureen spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill. Her novel Dating George Clooney is a political satire inspired by those years.
She has written two Regency Romance series, one centered on the Kellington family and the other on the Emersons. She is launching a third in 2017 called the Jasmine Cottage series and has also written a time travel romance set in America in the 1920s called The Tycoon Murderer, to be released later this year. She can be found occasionally on Twitter at @MaureenDriscoll, slightly more frequently on Facebook at Maureen Driscoll Author and almost never on her blog at MaureenDriscollRomance.wordpress.com.