We met author Heather Diane on Monday when she featured her latest novel, Falling For Santa, free for two days on Amazon (read all about that here). When I found out Heather’s first novel, a Regency-set historical romance entitled The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter, would be free today and tomorrow as well, I asked her to stop by again to tell us about this story and introduce us to her main character.
THE VISCOUNT Kit Wimberton’s unexpected return to his country estate sets the neighborhood ablaze with gossip. Nobody knows why such a wealthy and attractive marriage prize should bury himself in the country. Kit seems unwilling to pay attention to anything but his beloved horses, rebuffing the humble vicar who tries to call his attention to the poverty of the estate’s tenants. But despite Kit’s contempt for the church, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the vicar’s lovely daughter.
THE VICAR’S DAUGHTER Impoverished Sophie Bantling sees nothing in her future but a spinsterhood spent taking care of her father’s ramshackle parish—until she is nearly run down by the viscount on one of his famous horses. Although his hostility toward the church disturbs her, she finds herself flattered by his attention and charmed by his conversation. When she discovers that a deeply wounded man grieves beneath the mask of wealth and privilege, she yearns to heal his heart. But disaster strikes the village because of Kit’s negligence, and Sophie must make the hardest decision of her life—abandon the people who desperately need her help or destroy her friendship with the man she has grown to love.
Christopher Wimberton, Viscount Wimberton (it’s actually kind of a big deal to have a last name that’s the same as that of your estate because it indicates that your family has been part of the nobility for a verrrry long time). His nickname is Kit—only those on intimate terms with him are allowed to use it. Everyone else calls him Wimberton. Or, “My lord.”
Who are your character’s friends and family? Who does he surround himself with?
Kit wants to escape everybody he knows, which is why he’s finally taken up residence at his country estate. Unfortunately for him, his sister’s husband is abroad on a diplomatic mission, so she moves in. Julia is determined to redecorate the house—and reorganize Kit’s life.
Where does your character go when he’s angry?
For a hard ride. Preferably on a horse that’s got a temper as hot as his.
Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there.
Riding boots, whenever his sister and his valet will let him get away with it! They’re glossy enough to see your reflection, thanks to his valet’s highly secret recipe for boot blacking.
Your character is doing intense spring cleaning. What is easy for him to throw out? What is difficult for him to part with, and why?
The whole manor house could burn to the ground, and Kit wouldn’t care. That is, as long as the stables are safe! He has more horses than his grooms can keep exercised, but he can’t bear to part with any of them.
Has your character ever had a broken heart?
Yes, in fact that’s what’s driven him to hide in the country. But his heart isn’t broken for the usual reasons. To find out more than that, you’re going to have to read the book. 😉
Let’s do just that!
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