"This was such a fresh and intriguing read! [...] With My Lady Faye, Sarah has crafted an original storyline with rich, compelling characters and emotions.I loved the growth of the characters, too. " - Goodreads, Rhenna Morgan
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
The fair Lady Faye has always played the role allotted her. Yet the marriage her family wanted only brought her years of abuse and heartache. Now, finally free of her tyrannical husband, she is able to live her own life for the first time. But someone from the past has returned. Someone she has never been able to forget.
After years of servitude as a warrior for King and Country, Gregory is now free to pursue his own path: to serve God by becoming a monk. The only thing stopping him is Faye. Gregory has loved Faye since the moment he saw her. But their love was not meant to be. How can he serve God when his heart longs for her? He can neither forsake God nor the woman he loves.
When Faye's son is kidnapped, Gregory answers her family's call for help, only to find that even in the most dangerous of circumstances, neither can fight their forbidden attraction. An attraction that now burns brighter than ever before. And it is only a matter of time until it consumes them both.
Historical Romance: Moving with the Times
At first glance, it seems contradictory to speak about how the historical romance genre has changed over time. It’s historical, right? How much could have changed?
Let’s think back a bit, to the days of Barbara Cartland. I grew up hiding the Dame’s novels under my bed from my family. I was naturally drawn to the covers of fainting damsels or smirking rakes. But even before Barbara Cartland, I tumbled into the wonderful Regency novels of Georgette Heyer.
Ms. Heyer’s historical romances were delightful, they still are. The witty dialogue, the wonderful characters, still pull me in. But the bedroom door stayed very firmly shut.
I haven’t read a Barbara Cartland in years, but what I do remember is very domineering, older and wealthy men. Whether feisty or sweet, a virginal, innocent to the point of Sleeping Beauty, heroine was his match.
Well, Sleeping Beauty woke up and the bedroom door came flying open, hit the wall and stayed there. I charged right through with Johanna Lindsey.
Women have changed and that is reflected in the novels they want to read. Whether a heroine is wearing jeans and a tee, or a samite bliaut, she is still a woman. I think readers want books now that are more relatable to their lives, characters whose struggle they can identify with. Women are out in the workplace, in charge of their own lives, and taking a much more active role in the world. They want to see that reflected in their heroines.
As writers, we don’t work in a vacuum. We draw our stories from the world around us, and as the world changes, so the books we write change.
Okay, a marriage of convenience is not something a modern woman typically faces, but she does know the feeling of being in a situation over which she has no control.
And lest we forget, our historical heroes. Those domineering, controlling men of yore, would just not cut it with a modern reader. As much as I like my sword-wielding knights, the idea of one charging into my bedroom and taking his conjugal rights, is not something I want to write or read about. The men, like the women, in historical romance have become more ‘real’. We want men, that as a modern woman, we can fall in love with. The flawed hero is here to stay; the knight who is lethal on the battlefield but can’t string a sentence together when confronted with a beautiful woman, the hardened rake whose heart has never mended from being broken, the reclusive reprobate who hides from his inner demons. We love them, and we ache for them, and we long to see him get his happy ending.
Humanity hasn’t changed much over time. We have the same basic needs and struggles as our ancestors—food, shelter, love, family, happiness. As historical romance writers, we take those needs, the same stories that have been told since we first sat around a campfire, put them in an historical context and let our readers feel and grow along with our characters.
I write medieval, so that’s my favorite time. I’m drawn to the rawness of that period. What is your favorite historical period and what do you like about it?
About the author:
Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globe-trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother. She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
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