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A large chunk of The English Wife takes place in the unique environment of the Hudson Valley, just about an hour or so out of Manhattan. Having spent a significant portion of my childhood there, I’d always been fascinated by how different upstate New York feels from New England, shaped as it was by the…

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If You Like….

No Gilded Age novel would be complete without a stop in Newport. So, naturally, my characters (and I) had to spend a bit of time there. But when I sat down to make this “If You Like” list, I was surprised by how hard it was to think of books set in Newport in the…

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If You Like….

Maybe it’s all those postcards of the Eiffel Tower, maybe it comes of watching Gigi at a susceptible age, but there’s just something about Belle Epoque Paris. Even though The English Wife is set largely in New York and London, I couldn’t resist sending my characters on a little excursion to Paris, where they got…

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If You Like….

As I was gathering up my pictures of the various settings in The English Wife to share with you, it occurred to me that it might be fun to do a bunch of If You Likes to cover the various places involved in the book. So, since this is my Gilded Age book, it made…

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A Guest "If You Like" from Tracy Grant

A big welcome to Tracy Grant, who is visiting here today to share her favorite books about poets! Many of you may already know Tracy as the author of the Charles & Melanie Fraser books or as the author of the Malcolm & Susanne Rannoch books, beautifully written mysteries set just at the end of…

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If You Like….

Today we have a special treat– a guest If You Like from Sheila! As Sheila points out below, when we dip our toes into the past, we tend to focus on the propertied and privileged– because, let’s face it, they had better clothes. (Although not necessarily better teeth. But I digress.) But what about the…

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If You Like….

Since I’ve been deep in the writing cave, the wonderful Rachel very kindly offered to take up the slack by writing a brand new “If You Like” post– and may I just say how delighted I was when she offered and how even more delighted I was once I read it? Here, without further preamble,…

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If You Like….

So many thanks to Tracy Grant, who has broken the long If You Like drought here on the website! Tracy is the author of the Charles and Melanie/Malcolm and Suzanne Napoleonic-set mysteries, of which the latest, London Gambit, comes out this week. Isn’t that a gorgeous cover? And now over to Tracy, for If you…

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If You Like….

After a long hiatus, If You Like is back! It’s all thanks to Tracy Grant, who provided this week’s guest If You Like post on one of my favorite topics: governess books. Without any further ado, if you like governess books… here’s the lovely Tracy Grant, with some recommendations: My book The Mayfair Affair, which…

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If You Like….

Since this is Pink Anniversary month, if you like The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, you’ll probably like…. — The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy: the original flower-named spy. His exploits are a generation earlier than those of the Carnation, during the Terror, but the same spirit prevails. — Scaramouche, by Rafael Sabatini. Like…

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