Hi my lovelies, I am excited to be sharing the very first and exclusive look at Catherine Kullmann’s up and coming book; The Duke’s Regret, which is book three in the The Duchess Of Gracechurch Trilogy and I have to tell you that this cover is so beautiful as soon as I saw it, I was wide eyed as it is so distinctive and classic. But, you don’t want to just take my word for it, you want to actually see it. So, here it is…
The Duke’s Regret (The Duchess Of Gracechurch Trilogy #3) by Catherine Kullmann
Genre: Historical Romance/Historical Fiction
Publisher: Willow Books
A chance meeting with a bereaved father makes Jeffrey, Duke of Gracechurch realise how hollow his own marriage and family life are. Persuaded to marry at a young age, he and his Duchess, Flora, live largely separate lives. Now he is determined to make amends to his wife and children and forge new relationships with them.
But Flora is appalled by his suggestion. Her thoughts already turn to the future, when the children will have gone their own ways. She knows divorce is out of the question, as it would mean social ruin, but an amicable separation might be possible and perhaps even a discreet liaison once pregnancy is no longer a risk.
Can Jeffrey convince his wife of his sincerity and break down the barriers between them? Flora must decide if she will hazard her heart and her hard-won tranquillity when the prize is unforeseen happiness.
I was born and educated in Dublin. Following a three-year courtship conducted mostly by letter, I moved to Germany where I lived for twenty-five years before returning to Ireland. I have worked in the Irish and New Zealand public services and in the private sector.
I have a keen sense of history and of connection with the past which so often determines the present. I am fascinated by people. I love a good story, especially when characters come to life in a book.
The Duchess Of Gracechurch Trilogy
Set in Regency England from 1803 to 1816, The Duchess of Gracechurch Trilogy celebrates friendship, family and love.
Wed before she was seventeen in a made match to a duke’s heir, heiress Flora Hassard quickly learns that her new husband has very little interest in getting to know his new wife. Supported by her mother-in-law, she creates a happy home for herself and her children while ‘donning the Duchess’ in a society where she uses her position and influence in the ton to befriend young wives “whose husbands are, well, distant, shall we say? They are safe in that circle, or as safe as they want to be. The older women keep an eye out for the younger ones, warn them of the worst rakes, that sort of thing; keep them out of harm’s way” (Perception & Illusion). Flora is content, but her contentment has come at a high price—she has had to turn her back on love.
Books One, The Murmur of Masks and Two, Perception & Illusion tell the stories of two of the brides Flora befriends while in Book Three Flora herself takes the lead.
I have always enjoyed writing, I love the fall of words, the shaping of an expressive phrase, the satisfaction when a sentence conveys my meaning exactly. I enjoy plotting and revel in the challenge of evoking a historic era for characters who behave authentically in their period while making their actions and decisions plausible and sympathetic to a modern reader. In addition, I am fanatical about language, especially using the right language as it would have been used during the period about which I am writing. But rewarding as all this craft is, there is nothing to match the moment when a book takes flight, when your characters suddenly determine the route of their journey.