Because the Earl Loved Me

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Hello to all of my lovely readers!

I can hardly believe it is September already! We just finished what we call our Labour Day long weekend here in Canada, and it is back to work and school for those with older kiddos. September always seems to mean back to routine, which is a blessing for many. For us, there is little change, as my son is only two and my husband is also self-employed, and I am perfectly ok with that.

As for what else I have been up to … it looks like I will be able to release my next book the last week of September instead of my initially planned first week of October! I have been pushing hard to ramp things up so that my Christmas novel is available in early November, so stay tuned.

We haven’t talked much about my next book. I am pleased to share with you the title -- Because the Earl Loved Me. It will feature two characters you know and love -- Lord Merryweather, who has had a few cameo appearances in the Happily Ever After series, and Anne, the sister of Alastair Finchley, Duke of Breckenridge, whose story you read in He’s a Duke, But I Love Him.

I hope you are still enjoying our historical fun facts! This week is all about ladies’ undergarments. Check out the photo above. :)

The first layer was a shift or chemise -- basically a white linen garment.  Then came the stays or corset, which were slightly less uncomfortable than the full corset worn in other eras. Next we have the petticoat. In the Regency era, not a lot of volume was required, so usually only one was required. Garters held up cotton or silk stockings, and during the day, a chemisette or tucker filled in the bodice area. I can hardly imagine wearing so much material, especially in summer!

With love,

Ellie

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