Kate Noble! As many of you know, I discovered Kate's books when I picked up The Summer of You to review here at the Dish. To say I loved it is an understatement. I have since read her first two books, Compromised and Revealed, and her latest two, Follow My Lead (read my review here) and If I Fall (on shelves now!) and loved each and every one. Ah, but that's not all! Kate also has a special e-novella, The Dress of the Season, out now, too! This story came about thanks to the Nanowrimo writing challenge. Wow! I am dying to read it! Please help me welcome Kate as she talks about....
How to Survive a Broken Heart
During my last visit to the Romance Dish, the wonderful Andrea was so excited over the possibility of reading the story of a ‘certain broken-hearted young miss’, who was cruelly dumped by a duke at the end of Follow My Lead. How could I possibly disappoint her? (Andrea here: Yay! Thanks, Kate!)
The answer is far simpler: Sarah Forrester changed because she had to. It was the only way she could get over her broken heart.
Confession time: I’ve had my heart broken in the past. And I know I’m not the only one. But as the details of the object of my heartbreak – his face, our conversations – faded with time, I will never forget the effort it took to get over the loss of what could have been.
I can say with confidence that there are five steps to getting over a broken heart: ice cream, wine, best friend support, re-focus on self, and finally, acceptance.
Steps 1&2: Ice Cream and Wine
In the immediate aftermath of heartbreak, you need the energy provided by such calorie-dense foods as ice cream. You cannot face your emotions on an empty stomach. And wine, in a controlled setting, helps with expression of said emotions.
Note: steps 1 and 2 are allowed to last for 48 hours, tops. After that, you start to indulge too much in chocolate and alcohol-induced revenge fantasies, and that helps no one.
While Sarah Forrester might have had a slightly different version of the first two stages (I picture her with bread pudding and ratafia instead of ice cream and wine) she mirrored me in the next two stages perfectly. While my best friend watched John Hughes movies with me and cajoled me into getting out of the apartment by signing us up for kickboxing classes, Sarah is taken under the wing of Lady Phillippa Worth (of Revealed fame) and ruthlessly promoted as and transformed into the Golden Lady. The cutting, witty Golden Lady manages to save her socially, but more importantly, protected her heart.
Step 5: Acceptance
Acceptance is where it gets tricky.
While kick-boxing (and losing 10 crucial pounds) helped me get to the final stage, Sarah has a much harder time of it.
No, for Sarah to get to step 5, she needs something extreme. She needs the Blue Raven.
When childhood friend Lieutenant Jackson Fletcher shows up, he immediately sees through the shiny, but cruel façade of the Golden Lady. He knows that the smart, happy, passionate girl he once knew still exists beneath the Golden Lady, and tries everything in his power to draw that Sarah out.
But after trying everything he can think of to bring his friend Sarah back, in a last ditch effort, he decides to dress up as the Blue Raven, the anonymous British spy that is Sarah’s childhood hero.
Too bad the real Blue Raven isn’t nearly as enthralled as Sarah turns out to be. But he does need Jack and Sarah to help him solve a mystery.
And there is nothing like an adventure to get you over a heartbreak. Heck, it might make you forget whathisname to begin with!
So tell me – what’s the best way you’ve found to get over a broken heart? Leave me a comment below and I’ll choose one lucky commenter to win a copy of If I Fall!
If I Fall
After a duke's betrayal, the resilient Sarah Forrester reinvents herself as the Golden Lady: society's leading light, the beautiful and witty life of the party. It's all a façade of course-one that protects her from another intimate disloyalty. When her old friend, Lieutenant Jackson Fletcher, returns to London, he is determined to rediscover the true and trusting Sarah he once knew. It'll take more than a kiss and a promise. It might even call for an innocent and necessary deception.
Then Jackson is enlisted to help capture the lead suspect in a murder— a man who happens to be Sarah's most ardent suitor. Jack must continue the deception, and weathering this newest and gravest betrayal will be Sarah's ultimate test. But as Jack's passion for her grows, he must also reveal his own secrets. And as the killer turns his attention to his pursuers, more than love and trust is put at risk.
The Dress of the Season
Harris Dane, Viscount Osterley, orders a very fine and scandalously cut dress to be made for a certain lady he wishes to woo. While with the dress designer, he also orders a pair of gloves to be sent to his ward, Miss Felicity Grove, to wish her well for the new Season. But when Felicity accidentally receives the dress, along with Osterley’s affectionate note, it sets into motion a tale of scandalous misunderstandings and love in the last place you look.
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