Here’s the official blurb:
In a rural French village, a letter is delivered decades late, inspiring a young woman to try to reunite two star-crossed lovers . . .
Middle school teacher by day, romance writer by night, and group knitter on Tuesday evenings, Flavie Richalet leads a fairly uneventful life—until she receives a long delayed letter meant for a total stranger. Postmarked 1971, the yellowed envelope, addressed to an Amélie Lacombe, holds a fervent message of love and a marriage proposal, signed only with the initial E. Given her own fractured family history, Flavie is dreamily determined to learn what became of the couple…
Flavie’s inquiries lead her to a French seaside inn—and to E. himself, a true romantic who never forgot the girl who got away so many years ago. But his protective nephew, B&B owner Romaric, isn’t sure that trying to find Amélie after all these years is good for his uncle. At odds with the tall, dark, and impossibly passionate Romaric, Flavie must show him, and perhaps herself, that true love is timeless—and always worth waiting for…
Now I’d like to hand the floor over to the author, to talk about how she came to write her debut novel. Over to you, Céline/Chloé!
Hi, everyone, and thank you so much, Lauren, for allowing me to talk to your readers about my debut novel! Being a proud member of the Willig-maniacs family for quite some time now, I can’t tell you how honored I am to be here today, on the other side of the page!
First, let me introduce myself: my (pen) name is Chloé Duval, and I am a French-Canadian romance novelist – or at least, I try to be; sometimes, it feels like I am but the mere vessel through which the characters that have claimed possession of my brain get their stories out, if you see what I mean.
As a little girl, I loved fairy tales, and used to write stories about princes slaying dragons and freeing princesses from towers (any resemblance to any famous fairy tale would be completely fortuitous. Or maybe not). Then life, school, homework, studies took over, and I kind of let go of that creative side. Fast forward a *few* years later, when I started feeling my fingers tingling and the urge to write romantic stories came back to me with a vengeance. For a while then, I had discovered Lauren and the wonderful Pink Carnation series, and I *really* wanted to write stories that were as fascinating, as compelling, and as romantic as the Pink Carnation books were. I wanted to share the butterflies, and make people feel as happy as I was when I read them (and re-read them, and re-re-re-read them). I wanted to bring as much light into the world as Lauren brought into mine with her books. So, I wrote. And wrote again, when the first attempts didn’t work very well. And then, one day, two things happened. I saw Letters To Juliet, and heard about a postcard that made its way to its addressee quite a few decades after being mailed. Those two otherwise unrelated events made me start thinking… what if it was a love letter that got lost in the mail? What if in that love letter, a man asked a woman to elope with him, but she never received it? What if life kept them apart after that? What if… what if… Cheeks burning hot with excitement, my heart beating hard against my ribcage, I sat down with a pen and a notebook and started jotting down ideas, plots, character profiles, and that love letter that would be at the center of my story.
A few months later, Stolen Time was born, and then published (which in itself, was amazing enough), and then, acquired for translation into English (by then, I was pinching myself every other day just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming). And I have to admit, I am so in love with this story that I can’t tell you how happy I am that it happened, because it means I get to share it with readers, and that is the best feeling in the world.
Now, I’d love to introduce you to the story. I’m offering one ebook to two lucky readers! Just tell us in the comments… have you ever received something that wasn’t addressed to you? And if yes, what did you do?
Stolen Time makes its English language debut tomorrow, June 13th.
Happy book birthday, Céline/Chloé!
Good luck to everyone who has entered to win a copy. The winners will be announced on Wednesday.