Yes, there’s that lady beating the drum again. It means a Nerdy History Girl has a new book to talk about.
The anthology, Three Times a Bride, which was released this week, contains one of the few (i.e., two) novellas I’ve ever written. Later on I’ll report on some of the historical background. Today it’s more about the story, with a digression via link to bridal gowns.
Though it’s 1828 and woman are simply not allowed to go to medical school and earn a degree, Gwendolyn Adams is determined to be a doctor. So it makes perfect sense to her to marry a gentleman who's terminally insane. The mad gentleman with the short lifeline is Dorian Camoys, the Earl of Rawnsley, and he’d rather take his chances with quicksand than with the crazy girl who chases him across Dartmoor.
Look for an excerpt at Loretta Chase…In Other Words sometime this week (no, I'm not the most efficient self-promoter). For now, I invite you to compare and contrast the wedding gown on the cover with what Gwendolyn might have worn, had hers been a conventional wedding.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.