Friday, January 18, 2019

Man versus Nature–snow

Have you ever caught yourself saying something like, “Kids these days! Why, when I was a kid…”
I always laugh when I hear that. I know there are a lot of modern-day problems unique to our generation, however, human nature hasn’t changed all that much. Take, for example, what we do when it snows. Yes, it can be a pain to shovel sidewalks, and it’s downright scary to drive in a snowstorm and on snow-covered…

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Confident Literary Heroines Trump Damsels in Distress

by special contributor Jane Sandwood
We live in a fabulous world where women are becoming more strong-willed and independent than ever before. Years ago, reminiscing about our favorite historical romance novels often conjured up images of beautiful damsels in distress waiting to be rescued from a woeful life by a knight in shining armor.  Could it be thanks to real-life role models such as Malala Yousifazi, Rupi Kaur, and Ellen Degeneres that we are starting…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year’s Traditions Through History

Celebrating the New Year is an ancient custom. The ways people celebrate it is an ongoing evolution dating back centuries.
During the Regency and Georgian Eras, one tradition was to clean the house thoroughly, including ashes in the hearth, scraps, and rags, and even eating or discarding any perishable food in order to start the year fresh, discarding bad luck and inviting good luck.
A less vigorous tradition required a gathering of family in a…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

St. Thomas ‘s Day

Happy St. Thomas Day! Okay, I admit that’s not a greeting one often hears. In fact, if you’re like me, that statement left you scratching your head. However, I recently discovered a largely-discarded holiday that, during the Regency, many observed. And if you know me, you know I delight in sniffing out obscure Regency customs. Originally held on December 21, the shortest day of the year, St. Thomas’s Day is still celebrated in some countries…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Getting into the Holiday Spirit

Need a break from all the stress of shopping, cooking, and planning?
Put up your feet, grab a cup of your favorite hot drink, and let these sweet historical Christmas Romances whisk you away to another time and place. Don’t have time to browse a bookstore, shop from this list here:
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A stolen Christmas kiss leaves them…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Historical Christmas Trees

When we think of a historical Christmas, most of us picture a Charles Dickens scene complete with a goose or turkey and a Christmas tree, but such a charming image is largely Victorian and therefore not as ancient as most of is believe. For one thing, the English haven’t always included Christmas trees in their celebration.
Early on, they decorated yew trees with small gifts or candy. But even this tradition was not wide-spread until…

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

The London Season

If you’ve ever read a Regency or Victorian Romance, or even a British historical novel set in the 18th or 19th century, you’ve probably come across the word “Season” (capitalized). The London Season does not refer to winter or spring but rather to the social whirl among the upper crust of British society during the spring. The Season originally began as a way for the families of men serving in Parliament to amuse themselves while…

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