Friday, February 12, 2016

Only Yours

We're taking a trip down memory lane, back when . . .

     Everyone expects Rebecca Winston to marry her high school/college sweetheart, Garrett Langley. The problem is, the flame's gone out on their romance. They're still best of friends, but only friends. When Garrett's father has a heart attack, his older brother, Wyatt, an L.A. District Attorney, returns home for the first time in years. The attraction between Rebecca and Wyatt is immediate.
     Can Rebecca expect her family and, especially, Garrett to understand that her desires have changed and turned toward Wyatt?
     Can Wyatt get past the feeling that he's poaching his younger brother's girl?

With a blurb like that, there's only one character who can offer our blog visitors a sense of the time, and place, of Only Yours—and that character is . . .
Heloise Winston, mother of heroine, Rebecca Winston, from Only Yours, a Candy Hearts romance out of the Vintage Rose line at the Wild Rose Press. Welcome, Heloise.
What’s it like being the mother of a 1960’s young woman with her own ideas and profession? Pardon my language, but it’s Hell. Pure H E double hockey sticks. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of Rebecca and her career as a school teacher. However, let’s face it, no amount of higher education can compete with being a homemaker, wife to a prominent doctor and, eventually a mother. It’s what a gently-raised young lady should aspire to and accept as her duty.
We take it you were none too pleased when Rebecca’s college boyfriend, Dr. Garrett Langley, took his time in proposing marriage. Have you been prompting them along? Every chance I get. Whether it’s when Garrett escorts Rebecca to the door after their Thursday evening out, or prior to their Sunday evening, post-supper drive, I take it as my responsibility to point out how perfect they are for one another. And, ever so discreetly, how anxious I am for grandchildren.
We understand you might have seen something you weren’t supposed to see. Were you being nosey? Heaven’s no. I’m a woman of principle. I’d never intentionally spy on my own daughter. It’s just that I heard the car door slam. I casually glanced out the window. That’s when I saw...when I saw it.
Exactly what “it” did you see? My beautiful, almost-engaged, daughter kissing a man who wasn’t Garrett! And, on our very own front porch. When I realized what was going on, I was sorely tempted to march down there and give them both a piece of my mind. Fortunately, for them, the oven timer went off and I had to attend to my blueberry scones. You can’t leave them in more than a second or two after the timer or they’re ruined.
Did you mention the kiss to Rebecca? You bet your Addled Sister Sally I did! We’d had the Langley’s over for Sunday dinner...Garrett, his stepmother Christina, her young son Toby and Wyatt, Garrett’s older brother. The moment I saw them together...Rebecca and Wyatt...I knew who she’d been kissing on the porch. Imagine, a man trying to poach his own brother’s girl! Disgraceful. I told her right off, I didn’t approve at all. It’s not the way an upstanding man or proper young lady behaves.
Why had you never noticed this attraction between Rebecca and Wyatt before? He doesn’t live here in Santa Rosa. He’s from Los Angeles. He works there as an assistant D.A. As a matter of fact, had it not been for poor Phillip’s heart attack, it would have likely been another half-dozen or so years before we’d have even seen Wyatt.
We understand the triangle between Rebecca, Wyatt and Garrett is fully explained in Only Yours, part of the Candy Hearts series. What can you tell us about the book? I’ve read most of it, I admit. And it is an accurate account of what happened to end Rebecca’s relationship with Garrett. Truth be told, I can also understand how Rebecca could fall for someone as charming as Wyatt. I suppose, in the long run, a well respected attorney is just as prestigious as a doctor when it comes to a son-in-law. The important thing, of course, is that there is no animosity between brothers and everyone, especially my daughter, is happy.
You said you read “most” of the book. Why not all of it? Well, to tell the truth, {blushes} the last chapter is...uh...a bit risqué. I couldn’t bring myself to read about my darling little girl’s racier side. Although, I’ve been told, it was very well written!
Do you have any last words of advice for the other proper young ladies out there? Always comport yourself as a lady. Keep your person clean, especially your fingernails and hair. Practice poise and good etiquette. Learn to make a proper Sunday meal, including breads and desserts. And, above everything else, listen to your mother’s good council. She knows what she’s talking about, even if you don’t agree.






16 comments:

  1. Great interview! Sounds like an awesome book!

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    1. You are correct, Diane. this is a terrific story. It brought the 60's back to me live and in color!
      thanks for stopping by
      Veronica

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  2. What a fun interview! Great choice of character to explain the situation, lol!

    Loved reading this story and all of these characters. Happy Valentine's Day, ladies!

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    1. Heloise is a winner, isn't she?
      This was a refreshing change from the usual hero and heroine and it's clear Nancy had fun creating her. thanks for stopping by, Katie
      veronica

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  3. Thanks so much for having me (and Heloise) over for a visit. Heloise is the typical mother of the 60s ... lucky for me I had a less "perfect" one when I was growing up.

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    1. then we must be sisters in spirit, Nancy.
      You did a terrific job with Heloise
      thanks for visiting us and we hope you'll come back real soon.
      Veronica

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  4. All of these romances I've seen so far sound really cute...this one is no exception!
    Good luck and God's blessings with it.
    PamT

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    1. Hi, Pamela
      this is a real cute story. The characters ring so true to the setting and times. It's a perfect blast to the past.
      thanks for stopping by.
      Veronica

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  5. I loved the interview and it sounds like a great book.

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    1. Hi, Michele
      it is a great book. Nancy clearly enjoyed creating it. thanks for stopping by.
      Veronica

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  6. Loved this Candy Hearts addition! ANd Nancy, Rebecca's mom sounds an awful lot like mine!!

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    1. She sounds like a lot of the mothers of the 60's, in small bits and pieces anyway.
      thanks for stopping by, Peggy
      Veronica

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  7. Peggy--I was going to say the same thing! Heloise and my mom could be BFFs! Fun interview! Best wishes for ONLY YOURS!

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    1. What a conflict set-up! i already love this book! Best wishes for success.

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  8. The interview with Heloise was just too darn cute. Typical mother of the '60's--oh Lord help me, but that was my mother and did you ever take me back to the 60's. I look forward to reading about this conflict--should be delightful. Wishing you much success and have a very Happy Valentine's Day. eat

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    1. Hi, Bev
      thanks so much for stopping by. This was a fun series to have at Wild Women Authors, with the diversity of characters and plots and settings.
      Veronica

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