The story of the Belleville family had been in my head for so long I feel as if they are old friends. Yet I could not have imagined how book 3 would turn out.
Something amazing happened as I wrote it. My characters’ lives really took over the writing. I cannot describe just how satisfying that was.
As I wrote the story, it took so many surprising turns.
New people inserted themselves into the story. New ideas and new directions for their lives took over the storytelling.
There is no one main protagonist. It is, instead, the story of a family and a story of their lives as they cope with tragedy, disappointment, failed marriages and love affairs that threaten to derail their lives.
Who will you fall in love with as you read about the Belleville family?
Is it the handsome war hero Richard Belleville? Or the charismatic James Fitzroy with his roving eye? Or will you be seduced by the suave charm of American surgeon Dr Philippe Duval? Or the polite and sophisticated Englishman Sir Edward Cavendish? Or does your heart belong to the steady and faithful William Belleville?
And of the women? Who would my women readers most like to be?
The controlling matriarch Elizabeth Belleville? Or her daughter Julia Belleville whose life is changed irrevocably in Book 1 by the actions of her mother?
Of is it the aristocratic beauty Catherine Cavendish who tries hard to love the Australian way of life but cannot settle?
Or Alice Fitzroy whose ambitions are simply for a good marriage and a happy family?
And then, in Book 3, we meet the new friends.
Kate Lester, a wife and mother who had settled for a loveless marriage until … (no, sorry, no spoilers here).
Karen Clarke … glamorous, provocative, a temptress ….. a woman not used to be denied.
Through all this there are two great family secrets. One ends in …… (no, no spoilers) … and the other ….. you must read the books. You must know the outcome of these Belleville family secrets.
You must read the books, cover to cover. Only that will do.