Message From The Author

Cara Elliott

Genre: Regency Period, England, Historical Romance

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Author's Message

Now, I know some historical authors find doing research is their least favorite part of writing a book. Yes, it can be tedious and time-consuming, but I have a confession — I love poking around in esoteric books and museums for interesting details to weave into my stories. Of course it’s important to get all the elemental facts of an era right, but what really makes a time period come alive for me are the offbeat things, the hidden “color” that one has to dig a little deeper to find.

In Too Tempting To Resist, I decided to have my heroine possess a secret talent — she’s a brilliant botanical illustrator, and so I began to explore the world of flowers and art ... and made a fascinating discovery. By Regency times, there was an idea that flowers spoke a secret language. Each bloom possessing its own specific meaning was popular belief in England and Europe.

The idea was originally brought back from Turkey in the early 1700s by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, whose husband had served as the English ambassador to Constantinople. The notion that lovers could communicate with each other through a “secret” language seemed to strike a romantic chord, and by the early 1800s, the concept had really bloomed. One of the first books on “floriography,” is credited Charlotte de Latour, a Frenchwoman who published a little handbook on the subject in 1819 which listed what each flower “meant.”

We all know that a red rose means true love. But did you know that yellow tulips mean ‘there is sunshine in your smile’? Or that monkshead means “Beware — danger is close’ and that white heather signifies that ‘wishes will come true’? Yellow daffodils mean ‘chivalry’ and dill means ‘lust’! So next time you want to send flowers to a friend or loved one, be careful what you choose!

My heroine is very conversant in this secret language of flowers ... and so, to her surprise, is my hero (for reasons you will discover in the book!) It makes for some interesting conversation between them!

- Cara Elliott

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