Far Horizons is the first historical novel I've ever written, and while it's quite different from my romances for Harlequin Presents it's certainly a story that is close to my heart.
The main characters, Harriet Campbell and Allan MacDougall, are actually my great-great-great (I think that's all the greats!) aunt and uncle. My mother has told me their story since I was a little girl, how Allan proposed to Harriet right before he sailed with his family to Canada, and how his father found out and forced him to set Harriet free. Allan gave her the letters she'd written him over the years as a sign of her freedom, but said she could keep her own as proof of his own faithfulness.
As a young girl I found this terribly romantic. Actually, I still do! And when I was in my twenties, I discovered that one of my relatives had typewritten copies of many of the letters Allan and Harriet wrote each other. Reading them was completely fascinating, immediately transporting me to a different time and place. But this sentiment, written by Allan, is what truly inspired my story:
How can I express the consternation of my heart, or account for the long and cruel silence on your part? This is the fifteenth letter I have written you since, but I am afraid they never got your length, or you would not be so long in writing me.
Why, I wondered, had Harriet not written Allan? And how distraught Allan seemed to feel, at not hearing from her. I decided to make up my own reason to account for her silence, and that is the story of Far Horizons.
I'm giving away one Kindle copy of Far Horizons and one copy of my Presents, Kholodov's Last Mistress, to two random winners who comment below.I hope you enjoy these different but still very romantic stories!
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The Highlands of Scotland, 1819: On the eve of his departure for the New World, Allan MacDougall asks his beloved Harriet to wait for his return, when he will be established and able to marry her. When his father discovers his intent he insists it is dishonourable, and so Allan must free Harriet from her promise even as he vows to remain faithful himself. Through years of hardship, heartache, tragedy, and betrayal, Allan and Harriet cling to the love that first brought them together--yet it is the treacherous doubts of their own hearts that could prove to be their undoing, and drive them farther apart than ever.
Far Horizons is a sweeping saga that will take you from the Highlands of Scotland to the untamed Canadian wilderness and the bustling streets of Boston. Based on actual events, it celebrates the strength of a promise and the enduring power of love. Previously published in hardcover and written by USA Today bestselling author Kate Hewitt, this is Book One of The Emigrants Trilogy.
Kholodov's Last Mistress
An innocent in Moscow When Sergei Kholodov rescued American tourist Hannah Pearl, her wide-eyed approach to the world shocked the man whose life had left him bitterly cynical. Hating how powerfully she affected him, Sergei made a cold-hearted decision to obliterate his dark emotions...He would lose himself in sinful pleasure before pushing her away and destroying her dreams. One year later, Sergei returns. Hannah has been seared on his memory - perhaps one more night will allow him to forget her once and for all? Or will he realise her innocence is a Pearl beyond price and that he'll never have enough...?
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