Ah, Christmas, what a glorious season. Decorations, friends, a time of magic and miracles.
But not for Miss Julia Shaw. She is new to the area, her farm desperately needs upkeep, and the pittance she earns from her artwork doesn’t pay the bills. And then her pet goose escapes. Making matters worse, when she first meets the devastatingly attractive Lord Tyndall, the abominable man insults her as he returns her goose. No peace and good will for her this Christmas.
Exhausted from a year of business travel, Robert, Baron Tyndall, returns only to fall prey to his mother’s matchmaking attempts. Escaping to his country estate, he finds solace with the birds in his aviary. Except that a plague of a goose that belongs to his new neighbor, Miss Shaw, has somehow entered his aviary and wreaked havoc. That disagreeable lady had better keep her misbegotten bird to herself. Too bad she is so lovely. What a horrendous Christmas this season has become.
But even in the blackest depths, a spark of light can glimmer. For at this wondrous time of Christmas, miracles and magic can and do happen.
“A bit of Yule magic and romance.”
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CIR: What inspired a book that so prominently features a goose?
BANCHE: I like birds, especially ducks and geese, and I like to incorporate them in my stories. So, one of the main characters in this book is a goose. The goose is instrumental in bringing the hero and heroine together. There are also ducks, peafowl, a pheasant, wood ducks, and the goose’s nemesis, a fox.
CIR: What, besides the fowl cast members, makes your book unique?
BANCHE: This book has some fantasy along with the romance: animals talking to each other and the humans are unaware. The animals have their own thread running along with, and contributing to, the hero’s and heroine’s romance.
CIR: What themes do you address?
BANCHE: All the titles, balls and pretty clothes in Regency romances are camouflage for the real thing that occupies everyone’s attention: money. At the time, the typical way for a highborn person to acquire money was to be born with it or marry it. God forbid that any of them work. All my books are forward-looking, and in this book, my titled hero is rich, but he works, overseeing his businesses, and not leaving the task to hirelings. My heroine is a poor lady, but she is a skilled artist, and attempts to support herself with her painting. Kindred souls, neither seeks marriage until they meet each other, and then they wed for love. But then, as a bonus, they also combine their assets.
CIR: Is there more coming?
BANCHE: There is a love triangle in the book. The loser in this book will have his happy ending in the next book.
Learn more about Linda Banche and her writing at www.lindabanche.com