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Oh, the Irony!
by Virginia Heath
Irony and coincidence are a bizarre thing. Nearly a year ago, while I was writing REDEEMING THE RECLUSIVE EARL, I had no idea that the story I was telling about a man isolating himself from the world would be released during a time when the world was isolating itself from a virus!
However, Max’s self-imposed social distancing comes about by choice because of the horrific injuries he received while saving the crew of his ship from a fire. That catastrophic event was the first in a series of things which ripped the rug from beneath his feet and sent his life spiralling out of control. He loses everything— his career, his fiancée, his confidence and his face. As a last resort, he withdraws to his newly inherited estate where he plans to hide from it all forever. Poor Max. He’s probably the most tortured hero I have ever written and is in dire need of saving.
For him, his damsel in shining armour is Effie Nithercott. Effie isn’t your average heroine. In fact, there is nothing average about her. In today’s world she would be a professor of archaeology somewhere impressive, making huge strides in her field and publishing books and starring in documentaries. Because Effie is a genius. She’s the cleverest person I’ve ever written, speaks five ancient, dead languages fluently and has a photographic memory. The speed at which her brains works is staggering! Unfortunately, in a time when women were less than second class citizens and weren’t expected to do much beyond being a wife and mother, she is an oddity in the extreme. The only place she can be herself is excavating the myriad of treasures buried around the Rivenhall estate.
Her plans are thwarted by the arrival of the surly new earl who banishes her from stepping foot on his soil again. Of course, his unreasonableness doesn’t deter Effie who takes to digging up his land by lamplight at midnight, which entirely scuppers all Max’s lofty plans to hide from everyone…
His heart is a fortress… And she’s trespassing!
After losing all he holds dear in a horrific fire, Max Aldersley, Earl of Rivenhall, shuns the world—until he catches Effie Nithercott digging holes on his estate! He banishes the intrepid archaeologist and the unsettled feelings she rouses within him. But she returns even more determined and infuriatingly desirable than before! He wonders just how deep she’s prepared to dig—so far she’ll reach the man beneath his scars?
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When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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