Category Archives: Research

Fetch Me a Cordial, I’m Unwell.

Fetch Me a Cordial, I’m Unwell.

When Harriet Smith is has a cold, Mr. Elton reports that she was given a cordial. When Mr. Knightley is giving instructions on how to make spruce beer, Mr. Elton breaks his pencil. When Louisa Musgrove has fallen in Lyme, she is taken back to the house and given cordials and restoratives. When Marianne Dashwood… Read the full blog post …

Misers – A Timeless Fascination

Misers – A Timeless Fascination

I frequently reflect on how different our lives are from the lives of those that lived during the Georgian Period, but occasionally, I am reminded in surprising ways that human nature is rather constant. As a case in point, let’s consider reality television. Back in 2012, there was a reality show called Extreme Cheapskates. It… Read the full blog post …

Recent Travels and a Cover Reveal

Recent Travels and a Cover Reveal

After two of the most difficult years I’ve experienced, my husband and I managed to get away for an actual real genuine vacation. It even involved an aeroplane! With international travel a bit uncertain, we decided to explore some of our own country, and we spent two weeks in Newfoundland, Canada. We planned to do… Read the full blog post …

Where Did that Saying Come From?

Where Did that Saying Come From?

Recently I came across an article with a list of the origins behind common sayings, which sparked my interest in such things. I went and did some further research and came up with a number of such sayings that I thought I would share. This list is (of course) in no way comprehensive, and I’ve… Read the full blog post …

Scarlet Fever

Scarlet Fever

As I continue to work on my next book, I found I wanted to know a little more about the history of scarlet fever. You see, I needed to use a disease that would keep Elizabeth away from Longbourn so she would be forced to interact with Darcy at Netherfield, but I didn’t want a… Read the full blog post …

Women of Valor

Women of Valor

I believe I was in the third grade when I read Martha Washington’s biography. By then, I was an avid reader and historical was my favorite subject. I remember being fascinated by our nation’s First Lady’s history; although technically, this title was not coined until after her death. I learned of her first marriage and… Read the full blog post …

Shakespeare and Austen

Shakespeare and Austen

If you were asked to name two famous English writers, chances are pretty good that the list would include William Shakespeare or Jane Austen – or possibly both! They lived two centuries apart, but their fame and influence has been long-lasting and global. Austen herself grew up during an age when Shakespeare’s work was established… Read the full blog post …

Lead Mining in Derbyshire

Lead Mining in Derbyshire

We often hear about Mr. Darcy’s fortune of “ten-thousand a year.”  But where did all that money come from?  In doing research for my current work in progress, I have been exploring what industries the Darcy family might have built their fortune from.   While the Darcy family certainly owned plenty of land in Derbyshire and… Read the full blog post …