Sir Balduin de Soler gave up long ago on love. He never had the means to support a wife until an unexpected advancement in his fifties allows him to reassess his future just as the lovely Lucianna enters his life.
Lucianna Fabio harbors a secret, painful memory from her past that has kept her unwed, as well. Now in her forties, she thought herself too old to marry until she meets Sir Balduin. Now suddenly their lonely autumn lives feel very much like spring again . . . until Lucianna’s brother appears without warning and threatens to revive the secret that will destroy Lucianna’s second chance at love.
“Loving Lucianna” is the first in my new “Hearts in Autumn” romance series, medieval romances revolving around heroes and heroines “in the autumn of their years.” Because you’re never too old to fall in love!”
The dark-haired serving girl dipped a curtsy to Lucianna. “May I help you change your gown for dinner, milady?”
Serafino arced a satirical brow at the deferential address, but Lucianna ignored him and neatly folded her embroidery.
“Si, grazie, Audiart. I shall wear the cream colored surcote with the yellow sunbursts on the bodice. Was it laundered as I requested?”
The serving girl frowned a little. “Yes, milady, but are you sure—?”
“And the amber necklace,” Lucianna finished. She tucked her cloth in her workbasket, rose with the basket in her hands, and said crisply, “Come!” to the servant.
Though her brother’s taste in clothes was extravagant, his eye always focused on the richness of the cloth, value of the jewels or the extravagance of the embroidery, not whether any of these flattered the wearer or not. So he would not guess that she had deliberately chosen for her dining attire colors that would wash out her complexion and allow all the flaws of her forty-four year old face to shine through.
Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).
When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.
Did you know that Lucianna (the heroine of “Loving Lucianna”) has her very own Pinterest board? http://www.pinterest.com/jdipastena/loving-lucianna/
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