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Up until now I’ve written only contemporary romances. My latest release, Sense of Touch, is my first historical romance. The idea came about when I decided to write a series of novels about several generations of a family, and I wanted to set them in my home country of Canada.
I started with one of the most dramatic events in our history, the Halifax Explosion of 1917. At the height of the First World War, a munitions ship exploded in Halifax Harbour, decimating the North End of the city. Over 2000 people were killed and 9000 others wounded. Until the atomic bomb tests of the 1940s, it was the largest man-made explosion in recorded history.
This event provides the backdrop of Sense of Touch. Amy and Sean were both deeply affected by the explosion. Amy’s home was destroyed and her parents killed, while Sean lost his eyesight and the little sister he’d promised to protect. In the midst of disaster Amy and Sean found each other, if only briefly, as she helped him escape the destruction of the city.
The story begins as another chance encounter reunites them in 1923. Amy’s scars and her need for security have led her to consider marrying a man she doesn’t love—until the touch of Sean’s hand sparks a desire for something more. As their friendship blossoms into a passionate affair, Sean finds hope and strength in Amy’s arms—but as he struggles to find a sense of purpose without his sight, can love alone mend the deepest wounds of the heart?
I’ve begun working on the second book in the series, which takes place in 1947 in my hometown of Ottawa. I hope to have it completed by summer.
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