Behind the Story: An Unexpected Wish & giveaway with Eileen Richards


My debut release, An Unexpected Wish, is about a longing for change yet fearing it all the same. Anne Townsend is a twenty seven year old spinster. She’s accepted her lot in life but she’s not ready to give up yet either. When a wish from an unexpected source is granted her life changes drastically.

The inspiration for this book came from a very unlikely source: a website about the Mystic places of Britain. I was looking for a small village with a decent history to be the setting of my little regency about a family of three girls and their evil stepbrother. I wanted a Cinderella type story with a different type of fairy godmother.

I stumbled upon the Fairy Steps in Beetham, Cumbria. The fable goes that if you climb the steps without touching the sides, a fairy will grant you a wish. So what if our plain, spinster, Miss Townsend, was granted a wish to fix the dire circumstances her and her sisters find themselves in.

Be careful what you wish for. You might get it. Anne’s adventures lead her in to danger and to love and her happily ever after.

Anne Townsend was a fun character to write. She is smart, dependable, practical and tough. She has to ride rough shod over her sisters and her stepbrother as her life careens on this new path. Her wish throws every single man in the village into violent love with her. Suddenly she is the center of several gentlemen’s attention and she has no idea how to handle said attention. She’d rather be a wall flower, thank you.

The vicar reads Song of Solomon during Sunday Service saying the word breast <gasp> in front of the congregation. Men want to call on her, dance with her, talk to her and Anne has no idea what she’s to do with this good fortune.

This book was a lot of fun to write. I love writing family dynamics. I also have two sisters and a brother. We fought. We borrowed each other’s clothes. We played. No matter how angry we got at each other, we still loved each other. We still forgave each other. It was those family dynamics at the core of Anne Townsend and her relationship to her family.

I learned a great deal writing this story. I discovered that humor is hard but fun to write and that when the ending is good, there will be tears. I hope you enjoy this first book in my series A Lady’s Wish.

An Unexpected Wish


Anne Townsend doesn’t ask for much. Plain and poor, she’d settle for the funds to put food on the table. Making a wish on the fabled Fairy Steps is hardly a solid solution, but to see her two sisters taken care of, Anne’s willing to try anything. Yet when she finds herself suddenly surrounded with suitors, romance is now a possibility for the spinster everyone always ignored except with the one man who will never want her…

Nathaniel Matthews has no time for courting. As the eldest, he has his family’s lost fortune to rebuild, and his reckless brother to manage before he gambles his future away. Odd that Nathaniel can think of little but kissing bright-eyed Anne, who seems to be fighting off admirers from all sides. Is it the country air, or is Nathaniel ready to discover that love has a magic all its own?

Eileen’s giving away an ecopy of AN UNEXPECTED WISH. Enter via the rafflecopter link below.

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Eileen Richards has been writing for most of her life. Poetry, totally inappropriate answers to essay questions in school, and interesting error codes during her 30 year IT career has prepared her for the manic world of publishing.

She writes sassy regency romps set in the small villages of England where the rules are bent a bit and gossip rules the day.

Eileen resides with her husband and their diva of a greyhound in North Carolina.



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  1. Congtats! I can hardly wait to read. Thanks

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