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Welcome to Abbey Mead Vol. 15

Dear Friends of Abbey Mead,

Happy Autumn, Everyone! I love this time of year!! Great time to curl up with a good book!!! May I suggest…

By now, many of you have read The Lady’s Prayer. I, as well as William and Anne, look forward to hearing your reactions to their story. Please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

Or shoot me an email:

Reviews are verra interesting. Between Amazon and Goodreads, 4 guys have now rated The Lady’s Desire with 4 or 5 stars. Wow! Thank you to those unknown gentlemen. Yes! Men do read Romances!

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Do you belong to a Book Club? Would your fellow readers enjoy reading and discussing The Lady’s Desire and/or The Lady’s Prayer? I would be happy to attend and address any questions you may have! And I usually bring along a tray of Mrs. Clarke’s Raspberry Tarts!

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Who was one of my inspirations for William Ferguson?

Are you familiar with the actor, Sean Bean? Of course you are!

But have you seen him as Richard Sharpe in the British TV series Sharpe’s Rifles? This wonderful show is based on an awesome series of books written by Bernard Cornwell. The character, Sharpe, is ruggedly handsome, brave, clever, resourceful, and honorable. Sound familiar? These are traits that William Ferguson also possesses.

Poor Sharpe began life as a guttersnipe in the slums of London, but that is where he developed his instincts for survival. We first meet a penniless Private Sharpe in Cornwell’s book, Sharpe’s Tiger. See image below of a young Sean Bean as Richard Sharpe.

We follow Sharpe’s military career, beginning in India. In the final book in the series, our stalwart, resourceful, and amazing hero confronts Napoleon and the French army at the Battle of Waterloo (June 18, 1815). By then, Sharpe has risen to the rank of Lt. Colonel.

Sean Bean was actually born in Yorkshire, England in 1959. He has starred in numerous movies and TV series. An older Sean Bean portrays Ned Stark (another noble character) in the TV series Game of Thrones.

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Random Events in October:

October 1 – International Coffee Day / You know I LOVE Coffee!

October 4 – World Animal Day / St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day / raises awareness for animal rights and welfare

October 5 – Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Day / a Scottish Highlands event in the village of Carrbridge / this is the 26th year for this celebration / Time for another trip to Scotland!? / You may be asking: what is a spurtle? A spurtle is a wooden stick used to stir porridge! Who knew? I guess the folks in Carrbridge!

October 6 – American Libraries Day / God Bless Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) / He built 2,509 libraries across the world, 1,689 of those in the United States / Did you know that Mr. Carnegie was Scottish? Aye, lads and lassies. ‘Tis true!

October 8 – Yom Kippur begins / ends October 9th

October 12 – Drink Local Wine Day! / Sounds like a plan!

October 28 – National Chocolate Day (2nd of the year!) / Really? In my world, everyday is Chocolate Day!!!

October 31 – Samhain / an Irish-Scottish Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the darker days of winter / AKA Halloween!

Always, Audrey

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