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Nicola Cornick
I write Regency historicals for Harlequin HQN Books and also work as a historian
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“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all…” Nicola here, talking about magic mirrors! It’s possibly the most famous mirror quote in literature. The evil queen in Snow White has a magic mirror that each morning gives her the validation she is looking for by telling her that she is the most beautiful woman in the world. Until Snow White grows up that is, and the mirror, ever truthful, has to break the bad news to the queen that Snow White is a thousand times more beautiful than she. I’ve always loved old mirrors. Not because... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Word Wenches
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"Sometimes the good old days are just old days, I guess." LOL, Mary! So true. Sometimes when I wish I could time travel to Regency England I remind myself it would be just for a visit and not to stay! A 14 inch space for a long journey would be... cosy.
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I've stayed at The George in Stamford, Elinor, which claims to be the oldest coaching inn in England, I think, as it started its life as a hostelry for pilgrims and was run by the Knights Templar. It is an amazing place! It still has the "London" and "Edinburgh" rooms on each side of the main entrance where the 18th and 19th century travellers would gather to wait for the coaches.
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I'm feeling a bit nauseous just reading that! Must admit I hadn't thought of the motion sickness thing. That would be hell.
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Isn't that one of the fabulous things about research, Kathy (although not if you're short of time!)
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A pleasure, Anne! I'm so pleased you enjoyed Louise's blog. I agree - it's a bit like travelling now. It can be so disappointing to set your heart on eating somewhere only to discover the food is awful!
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I think it would be unusual for ladies to ride alongside although perhaps not unheard of - We need an expert to confirm!
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Nicola here, and today I am thrilled to welcome Louise Allen back to the Word Wenches! As well as being a hugely popular and award-winning author of historical romance, Louise is a lover of London history and especially the Georgian period, and is the author of Walking Jane Austen's London. Today Louise is talking about how her research has led to her writing two other non-fiction books that are a must for both authors and history-lovers alike: Stagecoach Travel and Following the Great North Road. I can recommend both books very highly indeed and it's a great pleasure to hear... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Word Wenches
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A pleasure, Bronwen! I love some adventure with my romance and it is a lovely book! I also picked up Imperfect Chemistry on the recommendation of fellow wenches and really enjoyed it. I've ordered the second book in the series. Now I'm going to look out for Napoleon's Buttons and The Counterfeit Heiress. Love the WWR for all these reading ideas!
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2015 on What We're Reading in February at Word Wenches
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Wow, Sonya, that sounds like an amazing experience! I envy you being able to try out all those costumes. It would be fascinating to see them but even more interesting to find out what it feels like to wear them.
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Thank you, Elizabeth. Definitely worth another visit, I think, but there are so many wonderful places to go to, aren't there. I am keen on afternoon tea in the Orangery too!
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How wonderful to have seen the display of Diana's outfits, Susan! But you are absolutely right, whilst an exhibition can look wonderful the clothing looks even better on the person it was intended for.
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Oooh, yes, Anne! I researched Poiret and Edwardian fashions when I wrote my one and only Edwardian-set book. They were fabulously elegant styles.
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Hi Sue. That is absolutely fascinating about the Orangery at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. I've just looked it up and it does indeed look very similar. And what a fabulous place the gardens are! I would love to visit.
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It took us about four hours to look round, Shannon, so it could be a half day, and that's without rushing (we had time for lunch!) How exciting to me planning a trip like that!
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Absolutely, Karin. I marvel over the amount of work that went into creating those styles.
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I think you would like it very much, Mary Jo. It felt quite manageable for a palace! Sometimes these huge places overwhelm me but I did enjoy the lived-in feel to it. Plus the exhibitions were so well done.
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I would have loved to go to the Orangery for afternoon tea, Elinor! What a treat! We made do with lunch in the cafe, which was also very nice.
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It sounds as though you would be like me, Gram, wanting to visit all the different bits of the palace and see exhibitions from the different time periods. I wished my grandmother had still been alive to come with us; she was a skilled seamstress and it would have been fascinating to hear what she thought of the work.
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Nicola here, with a “what I did last weekend” sort of a blog about my recent trip to the absolutely charming Kensington Palace. The Palace is small - by royal standards -and feels cosy and intimate, and the current exhibitions illustrate life there during the late Stuart and Georgian eras. There’s also a lovely exhibition about the family life of Queen Victoria and last but not least, a fashion exhibition with gorgeous gowns that were worn by the current Queen, her sister Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. But to start at the beginning… In 1689, when William and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Word Wenches
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Carolyn, that sounds lovely (and I love that your cat is called Nicholas - such a great name!)
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Karin, Devil in Winter is one of my all time favourites! I think the weather definitely adds a lot to the atmosphere and the emotions. I fin it fascinating how that sort of setting can contribute so much to a book.
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Shannon, I'd love to know how those snowmancers got on! We had snow this morning and it was great whilst I was inside and it looked pretty but then I had to go out and the roads were icy. You're so right - cuddling up with a good book at these times is great!
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2015 on Snowmance! at Word Wenches
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When snow is such a familiar part of life, even if we don't see it that often, it's difficult to imagine what it must be like never to have experienced it. Thank you for the comment, Carolyn!
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That sounds lovely, Shannon! The best fun you could possibly have. I do think watching children and dogs enjoying the snow is great!
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