It is so wonderful to be visiting you again. Thank you for inviting me!
I love history, traveling, and Christmas mixed with a dash of suspense. Which is what I have in my latest book and first novella, Madeleine’s Christmas Wish. I story takes place when Napoleon was in exile in Alba.
The French king had just been restored to his throne, but he was waffling on the matter of restoring lands to his subjects who had followed him into exile or fought on his behalf. I’ve always found this problematic. After all, what leader allows those who have remained loyal to him to lose everything, and in the early 19th century land was the major source of wealth.
My hero in Madeleine’s Christmas Wish, is one those loyal subjects. Georges, Marquis Cruzy-le-Châtel operated in the shadowy and not well respected world of intelligence. His mission was to pretend to work for Napoleon, while he was actually working for the king. Through his own devices he had ensured that poachers haven’t taken over his estate, but he still needs the king’s validation of his holdings. Madeleine’s father took a different approach, he remained in France, but at the end of the war, she now finds her property in danger.
Come join the journey through France as George helps Madeleine protect her family as they fall in love.
Here is a snippet.
Even in the darkness, Madeleine could make out the shock in Georges’s face.
“About three months ago.” She blinked back her tears. “We were told he died after falling from a horse. Which makes no sense. He gave up riding after he injured his hip. They showed us his body and said his neck had been broken.”
“How many people knew he no longer rode?” Georges asked, his voice unusually calm.
She shook her head, trying to remember. “Hardly anyone. He did not wish to show any weakness. He’d always taken the coach when he traveled for business.”
“What of your brother?”
Armand was her twin and elder by five minutes. They had always been so close, she was surprised she hadn’t felt his death. Her head began to ache, and she rubbed her temples. “We have not heard from him since the war ended. All of us assumed the worse. My father was searching for Armand, or his body, when he was murdered.”
Georges’s brows snapped together. “Where was your brother?”
“With the army.”
“He fought for Napoleon!” Georges’s tone was so furious she flinched.
What did he know about anything? His family had left France. She glared at him. “He fought for France! He fought for his family. When they offered him the commission it was a test of our loyalty. Armand dared not refuse.” Madeleine was surprised by how much she wanted Georges to understand, wanted his help in rescuing her mother and sister. “He would have done anything for us.”
What do you think you would do, stay or leave?
Madeleine’s Christmas Wish
The bachelors in Ella Quinn’s Marriage Game series make a habit of resisting the irresistible. But during the season for giving, surrendering to temptation may be the greatest gift of all…
A French spy, Georges, Marquis Cruzy-le-Châtel, has lived in England for years, sacrificing his life for his country—but not his heart. For he’s never been able to forget his childhood friend, Madeleine. And now, in her hour of need, he is there to rescue her…
The victim of a ruthless statesman, Madeleine, Comtesse du Beaune, has been abducted and sent to England to work in a brothel. Her greatest wish is to return home for Christmas, and her only hope of it is to marry Georges—though she will be his wife in name alone. Yet as they steal across the snowy countryside, Georges decides to woo her—with kisses that melt the winter’s frost and leave her longing for a holiday miracle…
Ella’s giving away a print copy (Sorry, U.S. only) of Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret to one (1) lucky commenter. Napoleon & Josephine, great lovers, was she using him, was he using her, or tit for tat maybe? What do you think?
Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She lives on a sailboat St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with her wonderful husband of over thirty years, two bossy cats and a loveable Portuguese Water Dog. Ella loves when friends connect with her.