Message From The Author

Jo Beverley

Genre: England, Historical Romance

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I have a thing about homes. I hadn’t realized it until someone pointed it out, but homes play a large part in my books. It’s perhaps not surprising.

I was born in Morecambe on the Lancashire coast and lived in one house there to the age of eleven. We moved, but at the same time I started attending boarding school in Blackpool. When I finished there, I went to Keele University, in Staffordshire, then to a post graduate course in Manchester. My first job was back in Staffordshire, my next in Nottingham, but then the biggie--we emigrated to Canada.

In Canada we started in Halifax, Nova Scotia; moved to Montreal, Quebec; on to Ottawa, Ontario; and then to Victoria, British Columbia. So we spanned the country. After thirteen years in Victoria, we decided to return to England, and here we are in lovely Devon.

Rolling stone? You could say so! If I add in some short term rentals along the way, I’ve had 20 homes. That seems to have given me a powerful need for a stable, lovely home as part of the happy ending, both as a reader and an author.

I write aristocratic historical romance, so my stories usually involve an ancestral home, often one that’s been lived in by the family for many hundreds of years. The hero of my novel The Devil’s Heiress lives on land given to his family after the Norman Conquest in 1066, with parts of his house being almost that old. Diana, Countess of Arradale, heroine of Devilish, owns a modern house, but close by the castle her ancestors defended in North Yorkshire.

In my August book, Seduction in Silk, a house, Perriam Manor, is crucial to the story. Because of an ancient feud, possessing it is a sacred cause for my hero’s family. A malicious will forces Perry Perriam to marry Claris Mallow in order to secure it.

Claris has never had a secure and happy home, and sees her chance. She agrees to wed this arrogant stranger, but only on condition that she have the manor house as her home without his presence or interference.

Perry agrees happily. He only wants to return to his busy, enjoyable London life.

But the tug of Perriam Manor, and especially of Claris, undermines all Perry’s plans, and Claris finds Perry impossible to resist. All’s well, yes?

Alas, no. Perriam Manor and all it means to so many people threatens to shatter all hope for them. Of course, love and courage triumph in the end, but it’s not surprising that the book ends with the word “home.”

Have you moved a lot, or have you only had a few homes? Are you now far from where you were born, or still close?

Is it important to you that the couple in a romance end up with a well-established, pleasant home, or are you happy to see them start on their journey toward it?



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