Welcome fellow readers! Today, I am excited to be hosting one of my favorite authors, A.S. Fenichel. This week was the release of the third book in her Wallflowers of West Lane series. I have been enjoying this series immensely!
This series is perfect for readers who love romance stories set in the Regency era with a little bit of action and steam. One of the aspects of her writing that I particularly find well done is the difficult issues some of the young ladies have faced in their past and how they give hope for finding love. (note- there are trigger warnings so be sure to check each book. However, is are no graphic scenes)
This book really stood out to me because I connected with Mercy and her love of music. I had my airpods in and really enjoy creating a moody playlist while enjoying the book. I could feel the music as I was reading the book. As an amateur musician, I felt the strength of her emotions each time she played or listen to music. Here is a video that I think really captures the feeling of the book.
Ok, on to the interview! Thank you so much for being here today. I’m handing it over to you A.S. Fenichel…
Were you a big reader as a child? And if so, what were some of your favorite books?
I’d love to say yes, but I wasn’t a big reader until my twenties. I did read some though, and I loved Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew Mysteries and Anne of Green Gables.
What is your preferred method of writing? Plot ahead of time or write or let the story flow?
I usually write the first chapter or two and then sit down for a plotting and outlining session. I feel like this gives me some insight into the characters and then I know what they’ll do in any given situation.
Most prizes book in your collection?
I have a leather-bound copy of Douglass Adams’s The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide. It might sound strange for a Historical writer, but I love SciFi, paranormal and fantasy.
What do you love most about writing romance?
The HEA. I adore that no matter what happens from the beginning and middle, in the end there will be love. Everything else might go to crap, but we will have a Happily Ever After. There’s comfort in that.
What do you hope readers will take away from reading Capturing the Earl?
That everyone can find and deserves happiness and love. Mercy is convinced that her only hope of marriage is with a man who only loves her musical ability and not her person while Wesley is bound to his honor and certain he will marry for duty and not love.
The friendship of four young ladies has created an indestructible bond to protect one another from the perils of love and marriage . . .
After the demise of her friend’s disastrous marriage, Mercedes Parsons isn’t about to let the widowed Wallflower of West Lane, Lady Aurora Radcliff, undertake another perilous trip to the altar. At least, not before the bridegroom-to-be is thoroughly investigated. If only Mercy could stop her uncharacteristic daydreaming about Wesley Renshaw’s charm, his intellect, his dashing good looks. After all, the earl has already set his sights on her best friend! She must keep her wits about her and avoid giving into temptation.
Wesley is both irritated and intrigued by the machinations of Mercy—He cannot let her cleverness and beauty distract him. He needs to marry her friend, Aurora, so he can reclaim his family’s ancestral home. A wrong he has hoped to right his entire life. Besides, who is penniless spinster Mercedes Parsons to decide whom he can and cannot marry? Yet while he admires her unwavering loyalty to her friends, he decides it’s high time the misguided woman had a dose of her own medicine. Two can play at this spying game. But they are both embarked on a dangerous charade. And it won’t be merely Mercy’s reputation at risk—or her heart on the line—as Wesley comes to the inescapable conclusion that he has found the right woman at exactly the wrong time.
“A pair of lovers must decide whether to listen to their heads or to their hearts in Fenichel’s delightful third Wallflowers of West Lane Regency romance (after The Earl Not Taken). Mercy Heath is an untitled orphan living in a West Lane townhouse with her friend Lady Aurora Radcliff, a young widow. As such, she’s surprised when Wesley Renshaw, Earl of Castlewick, asks her to dance at a ball. Though Wesley is attracted to Mercy, he feels a familial obligation to persuade Aurora to marry him as she owns Whickette Park, a property that once belonged to Wesley’s grandfather and that the Renshaws wish to regain. Aurora has no desire to marry again, but her mother insists that she allow Wesley to court her. His pursuit of Aurora leads him to spend much time with Mercy as well, marveling at her sweetness and musical talent. As the relationship between Mercy and Wesley evolves from platonic friendship into romance, Wesley must decide whether his sense of duty outweighs his desire for happiness. Fenichel makes the high stakes of Regency era marriage apparent, adding intensity to the forbidden love story between Wesley and Mercy. Fans of historical romance will be enchanted.”
Other Books by A.S. Fenichel
The Wallflowers of West Lane
The Everton Domestic Society
Forever Brides Series
The Demon Hunter Series
You can check out a previous interview I did with A.S. Fenichel here