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I hope you all enjoy a wonderful February and a Happy Valentine's Day! I'm so excited to share the following letters with you. These letters are between Miss Amelia Templeton and Mr. Thaddeus Hammond. Amy and Thad are the heroine and hero of A Secret Proposal, an e-novella which came out in January from St. Martin’s Press. It's story 1.5 of my Secret Brides series and its about the young lady who cried off from the Marquis of Colton in my debut novel, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT. This story takes place after the conclusion of SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT but before the beginning of SECRETS OF A RUNAWAY BRIDE (book 2 in the series, which will be released on 3/26). These letters were written before the start of A SECRET PROPOSAL while Amy and Thad were merely pen pals and friends, kept apart by the virulent hatred of Amelia’s mother. The last time Amelia saw Thad was the fateful morning that her brother, Paul, died in Thad’s company. It was soon after these letters were written that Amelia received a copy of that oh-so-scandalous pamphlet, Secrets of a Wedding Night, and the rest, as they say, is history...
Letter From Thaddeus to Amelia sent March 1816
I cannot tell you what your letters have meant over these last three years. I still remember that awful morning. How could I ever forget? If you hadn’t come to me, run out to my coach and asked me to write, I’d have no connection left with Paul’s family at all. For that I shall always be eternally grateful to you, Amy. You cannot know how much. I know you have helped me, Amy. You’ve helped me to grieve and to heal. I may only hope I have done the same for you. Your mother despises me and I cannot blame her. I had planned to tell you what happened that night, with Paul…someday. But that is all over now, isn’t it? I saw the announcement in the Times today and would like to be, if not the first to wish you well, than one of the many. Best wishes on your impending marriage to the Marquis of Colton. May you both be very happy together. With regret, wishing you happy leads me to the most unhappy part of my letter, Amy. I do not think it wise or prudent for us to continue our correspondence now that you are betrothed. Colton is a good man. He will treat you well. And if he does not, well, he shall have to answer to me. A married woman has little reason to correspond with a confirmed bachelor such as myself, especially given the fact that your Mother has never approved and I am hardly possessing of the reputation of someone you should have taken into confidence to begin with. It has been selfish of me to impose upon your charity for so long. Take care, Amy. I’d be lying if I said I would not miss your letters, but perhaps we shall meet again one day.
Check out Ameila and Thad's love story in A Secret Proposal
After reading a scandalous pamphlet entitled SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, Miss Amelia Templeton cried off from her engagement. But her mother is set on seeing her daughter land a peer before the end of the Season. Amelia will do her duty. This time she has a list of the oldest, and most titled men in the ton who are looking for a wife. She’ll marry one of them. But first she needs to get over her fear of a wedding night.She enlists the help of Mr. Thaddeus Hammond, a mere mister who is riddled with scandal, but worse, he’s her dead brother’s closest friend. Thad has never told the story of what happened the night Amelia’s brother died, but he did make her a promise. She issues him a scandalous proposal: spend the night with her to show her the real secrets of a wedding night.
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