Having lost her father, Thea Goodson is alone in the world.
It is true she has a husband, but Ernie is a brutal man, more inclined to use his fists to keep Thea in line than to build on their marriage. And besides, Ernie Goodson has secrets – secrets that even his wife cannot share.
But in Victorian Yorkshire, appearances must be kept up, so Thea goes on powdering her bruises and forcing a smile as she toils in Ernie’s home and tobacco shop. There seems to be no other option.
That is, until a handsome and well-bred stranger arrives to set up shop next door…
Can Thea escape her misery and break from the conventions of society? Or will the clutches of her abusive husband confine her forever?
1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
I have the Kindle app on my phone, so I always have a library of books with me. 😊
2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
The good one. People fondly remember nice people who make them smile or laugh.
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
Anywhere, really. I do like reading in bed at night.
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Likely out in the garden. Gardening is a relaxation for me.
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
Not often! I love walking around bookstores. I always have. My mother owned a bookstore when I was young. So being surrounded by books is something I’ve always known.
6. What are you most proud of?
My kids. The three of them are good, well-rounded people with kind hearts.
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Awe. I’m always filled with amazement that I get to hold something physical when not so long ago it was only an idea. Holding a new book is a thrill that never gets old.
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
To put a manuscript away after writing the end. Give it some time to get out of your head and then after a few weeks look at it again with fresh eyes. It helps a lot when doing the next draft.
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Maybe Queen Victoria. She led a long life full of changes and did it as a woman in charge of an empire in a time when women didn’t have a voice. I bet she would have been fascinating to talk to.
10. When and where do you prefer to write?
At my desk in my study during the week days. I have weekends off.
Thank you, AnneMarie Brear and Love Books Group
About the author
Award winning & Amazon UK Bestseller AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, travelling, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order! She is the author of historical family saga novels.