For Love of Sarah
“There is no man with whom I live. I am thought to be a widow by the villagers.”
“A widow? By God, you would feel so, in fact, if I were able to leave this accursed bed. He would find no place to be safe from me!”
“There is no one,” she cried, her voice rising to the verge of tears.
“Then he has left you,” stated the earl, coldly. “Taken what he desired and left you to bear the consequences alone. Or did he discover your duplicitous nature and decide he would not play the fool to your deception?”
“My nature is not at all as you suppose, sir. I merely fell prey to a circumstance that has blighted my life.”
“Infidelity and desertion are definitely circumstances that blight your life, and those who are associated with you. When I sought your brother, it was reported that he had gone to India. Even your grandfather is in ignorance of your whereabouts. I thought you may have flown to him, but when I looked for you there, he had no more information than I and the poor man is desperate for knowledge of you.”
And if he should have that knowledge, he would disown me and his life would be in ruin. “It is best that you and he should forget my existence. I have built a new life far removed from your world.”
“You are still my wife, Sarah!”
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Hazel Statham began writing at the age of fifteen, finally committing to paper the stories she spun as a child. Writing has been her passion ever since, although marriage, motherhood, and career left time for little else. Once she retired, however, she was able to devote herself to writing full-time, publishing her first novel in 2007. A long time student of history, she writes mainly in the Regency and Georgian eras, though she has been known to dabble in the medieval as well. She lives in Staffordshire, England, with her husband, Terry, and their beloved yellow Labrador, Mollie.
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“Why now? Dear God, why now?” These were the words this striking man was uttering and so began the beginnings of ‘For Love of Sarah’. I had no more, just these six words and the image of a man in a play speaking them in a wholly different context, but it was enough to inspire me to write Alexander and Sarah’s story. As I wrote and listened to my characters their story began to unfold. The whole was not immediately apparent but as we progressed, all became clear.
Whilst writing the final chapters of my previous novel, Lizzie’s Rake, a scenario for a new story had been slowly evolving, but I had no beginning, so I married the two and had a whole. Now I had the beginning I had been waiting for and the words just flowed. Motivation came from my characters and the story they wanted to tell.
Inspiration comes in many ways – for The Portrait it came from just a single line from a song, for My Dearest Friend from a dream. For Dominic? Well, the man just strode onto the page and told his own story - I just went along for the ride. For Love of Sarah evolved more slowly. It was different from anything I’d written before and was more complex with emotions running very high throughout. I cannot draw comparisons with any of my previous works as there are none; Alexander and Sarah’s story is a unique one that I hope my readers will enjoy and empathise with.
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