Nicola here, celebrating the release today of the UK Romantic Novelists' Association latest anthology of short stories! Titled Truly, Madly, Deeply, it contains stories across the whole range of romantic fiction and I am very honoured to be a part of the project. You can check out more details about the anthology here and join our virtual launch party here! There are several other historical stories in the collection, including ones written by HWWs Louise Allen and Elizabeth Chadwick.
My own story, The Marriage Bargain, is set in a hotel in Bath. It was a lovely co-incidence that last weekend I was visiting Bath and so have been able to use some of my own pictures for this blog post!
The idea behind The Marriage Bargain was this : In December 1813, just before the Great Frost Fair on the River Thames, there was also a dreadful fog that enveloped the country. It was so bad that the Prince Regent was obliged to turn back from a journey he was making when one of his outriders fell in a ditch and his carriage almost overturned. This gave me the idea for the story of an estranged couple who are marooned together by the weather in a hotel in Bath.