Monday, October 19, 2015

Will the Real Duke of Wyndale Please Stand Up?

Today’s post is special. It’s a letter between two characters from the Bluestocking Belles’ holiday box set, Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem. Stephen Huntington, the Duke of Wyndale from my story Joy to the World has written a letter to William Landrum, Earl of Chadbourn, of Caroline Warfield’s A Dangerous Nativity. See Caroline’s blog to read her hero’s response.

William Landrum, Earl of Chadbourn
To The Esteemed William Landrum, Earl of Chadbourn,
While we are as yet unacquainted, desperation drives me to contact you personally. I do hope this letter finds you in better spirits than those in which I currently find myself. As strange as this is to believe, I believe that there might be a person of obviously unscrupulous character impersonating me the length of England.

Of course, I most ardently wish to track this man down and bring him to justice. Unfortunately, I have only rumors to go on, and before I chase them down, I would prefer to find which, if any, may be accurate. The most promising lead points to Suffolk. The Marquess of Glenaire told me you were in the area and might have information. If you have any knowledge concerning my presence in your vicinity—which, I assure you, is not actually me—I would be most appreciative to be notified.

Do forgive me for taking so long to express my sincere sympathy on the death of your brother-in-law. I knew Emery Wheatly rather well. Somewhat well, I should say. We, ah, met at a house party, and our paths crossed a few times thereafter. He… Well, I am sorry he passed. My condolences are yours.

If it is not too deep an imposition on your mourning, I would greatly welcome a swift response. The sooner I can locate the reprobate, the better.

Stephen Huntington, Duke of Wyndale
Yours respectfully,
Stephen Huntington
Duke of Wyndale

How will the earl respond?  See “Two Dukes and an Earl,” on Caroline’s blog to find out. Does the duke find his imposter? Click here to find Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem, wherein lies the answer.


S.A. Larsenッ said...

This was a really intriguing post! I like how you've all structured it. Nicely done!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nicole .. I agree with Sherri - an interesting take on incorporating an idea into a book or two .. could be such a useful ploy to intrigue .. cheers Hilary

Unknown said...

Just fabulous,totally makes you feel like you are getting insight to the character.

tlmoore11 said...

Now I have to meet this duke. Since he knows Glenaire, he may be an interesting chap!