Title: The Lost Love of a Soldier (Marlow Intrigues #4)
Author: Jane Lark
Genre: Historical Romance 18+
Publication Date: July 17, 2014
Publisher: HarperImpulse an imprint of HarperCollins
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Young, naïve and innocent, Lady Ellen Pembroke falls for a young army officer. Paul has such an easy enchanting smile and his blue eyes glow, vibrancy and warmth emanating from him. She is in love.
Captain Paul Harding, finds his attention captured by the beautiful young daughter of the Duke of Pembroke at a house party in the summer. Finding Ellen is like finding treasure on a battle torn field. His sanity clings to her; something beautiful to remind him that all in the world is not ugly. She’s someone to fight for and someone to survive for when he is called to arms in the battle of Waterloo…
The Lost Love of a Soldier Inspirations ~ dressing Paul in scarlet
As with John’s story in The Scandalous Love of a Duke, Paul’s story began in the earlier books. At the beginning of The Illicit Love of a Courtesan Ellen is still holding on to her love for Paul.
I guess inspirationally, the first step towards this story, was a request from readers who expressed a desire to learn the full story behind The Illicit Love of a Courtesan. Initially it was only going to be a short novella and my mind had not developed much of a story other than what was captured in The Illicit Love of a Courtesan, but then I began researching…
I had picked the name of a real regiment when I made Paul a military man. The 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of foot. So when I decided that, yes, I did want to write a prequel my first step was to look up the regiment I’d chosen. When I read records of their history in the Peninsular war, and then during the battle of Waterloo, which occurred two hundred years ago next year, the story began to grow in depth, and became much more than simply a prequel novella, but a story in its own right.
Of course if you know the Marlow Intrigues series, you will know that Ellen and Paul eloped. I could not find any true record online of what Gretna Green looked like, or what actually happened there, and so I then spent a brief summer holiday in July last year travelling up to Gretna Green to find out for myself, you can read all about that on my history blog, but that visit also began to flesh the story out.
Then, in the place the inspiration for the series began, Harriette Wilson’s memoirs, the records of a real Regency courtesan, who shared her kiss and tell stories, I used her descriptions of sharing a home, and on occasions camps and inns, with a very young army officer, to obtain an idea of what the life would have felt like at the time.
I did use numerous military and social records of 1814 and 1815 too, to glean what life was like in the build-up to Waterloo too and found some really detailed accounts, even down the type of wall paper lining the walls of a makeshift ballroom. To be honest I think this story, out of the Marlow Intrigues, is the most like a Historical Fiction, it sits very much between Historical Romance and because I could not write this story and ignore the political and historically important setting, especially when it is so close to the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo.
She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write.
Now Jane is writing a Regency series and contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last.
You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality.
Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses them to create more realistic plots.
‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’
Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.