Feb 09 2013

Hearts Through History Blog Hop

This Giveaway is now closed. Winners will be posted soon.


Welcome to the Valentine’s Hearts Through History Blog Hop! Hop from site to site and enjoy historical anecdotes and trivia tidbits about all things romantic. Stories of old love, fascinating insight into love/courting/marriage and weddings from all over history await! Even better, each stop is offering a giveaway you can enter with just a comment, so hop away!

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An Unlikely beginning and a Happy Ending

Charles James Fox(1749-1806) was in parliament from the age of 19, at 21 he was first lord of the Admiralty. He could speak 5 languages fluently was renowned as the best orator of his day and was friend to the Duchess of Devonshire. His grandparents had the most romantic story.

His great grandfather owed a friend a large gaming debt. To settle the debt, he gave his daughter,  Sarah to be married to Charles, later the second Duke of Richmond. She was 13 and he 18 year old.   They disliked each other on sight. So great was the strife that after the wedding she was sent to school and he away to the continent for the Grand Tour.Their separation lasted three years.

When Charles returned he tried to avoid reuniting with his detestable wife.  One night he attended the opera where he saw beautiful woman, and fell in love . The woman was none other than his wife.

He wooed her properly and won her affections. Their marriage was universally regarded as happy and they were known to kiss and cuddle often. She later bore him 12 children.mag collage copy

I am giving away several different prizes for this hop.  I have one of each of my book: Darcy’s Decision and The Future Mrs Darcy (paperback for US, e-book for elsewhere).  I also have exclusive ‘Jane Austen said it best’ 4×6″ magnets in four different designs. Four winners will win a magnet with a randomly selected design.

Comment for your entry into the contest. Comment link is just under the post title. Please include whether you’d prefer a book or a magnet if you win. Extra entries can be earned for new blog follows, twitter follow, pinterest follow, facebook page likes and a double entry for e-newsletter subscriptions. All extra entry activities can be access from the button in the right hand sidebar. I have comments set to moderation, so if your comment doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry, it will soon.

I’ve posted a little early so all the links may not be live yet. They will be live 2/10/13.

Be sure and visit the other Hop Locations

  1. Random Bits of Fascination (Maria Grace)
  2. Pillings Writing Corner (David Pilling)
  3. Sally Smith O’Rourke
  4. Darcyholic Diversions (Barbara Tiller Cole)
  5. Faith, Hope and Cherry Tea
  6. Rosanne Lortz
  7. Sharon Lathan
  8. Debra Brown
  9. Heyerwood   (Lauren Gilbert)
  10. Regina Jeffers
  11. Ginger Myrick
  12. Anna Belfrage
  13. Fall in love with history (Grace Elliot)
  14. Nancy Bilyeau
  15. Wendy Dunn
  16. E.M. Powell
  17. Georgie Lee
  18. The Riddle of Writing (Deborah Swift)
  19. Outtakes from a Historical Novelist (Kim Rendfeld)
  20. The heart of romance (Sherry Gloag)
  21. A day in the life of patootie (Lori Crane)
  22. Karen Aminadra
  23. Dunhaven Place (Heidi Ashworth)
  24. Stephanie Renee dos Santos


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  1. faith hope & cherrytea

    Lovely post, Maria Grace!
    Fascinating tale with a fab ending! definitely a Valentine story of Love…
    delited to be part of this Hop and post will be up on time =)

    would luv your books ! have anticipated them for some time –
    perfect additions to participation in the P&P Centenary Challenge at Laurel Ann’s !

    EnJoy your week….

  2. faith hope & cherrytea

    I twitter follow as @_eHope
    FB like
    Pinterest follow
    enewsletter subscribe
    blog following

    whew! all worth it

  3. Patricia Finnegan

    I follow, blog
    twitter (LOSTfan2011)

    Lovely post! if I win I would like a magnet

  4. Sherry Gloag

    Loved your historical snippet. (not entering the contest – live in the UK)

  5. Sophia Rose

    I enjoyed the Charles Fox story. That is romantic.

    Thank you for participating in the hop. If I were to win, I would be interested in The Future Mrs. Darcy or the magnets.
    sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com

    I am a current follower at FB, Twitter, Pinterest as Sophia Rose
    newsletter with my email listed above.

  6. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    Followed on Twitter @JenniferLegan1
    Signed up for blog

    I would love to win the books.

    Thank you!

  7. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    Also followed on Pintrest and FB. Thank you

  8. Sharon Lathan

    Now that is the stuff of a great Regency romance novel! In fact, I am sure someone has already stolen the real life tale and tweaked it a bit. LOL!

    Thanks for sharing that romantic tale, Grace. And thanks for hosting this Valentine Blog Hop! I am very happy to be a part of it. 🙂


  9. Diane Sallans

    That’s a lovely story about Charles & Sarah – just like the fictional stories I love to read!
    I’d love a print book or one of those pretty magnets (love the bluebird).
    I’m a new blog follower (today) by email, FB & Pinterest.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  10. Susan Heim

    Thanks for the great giveaway. I’d love a book if I win!

  11. parentingauthor

    I follow on Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/parentingauthor/

  12. parentingauthor

    I follow on Twitter. @ParentingAuthor

  13. parentingauthor

    I follow on Facebook. (Susan M. Heim)

  14. parentingauthor

    I subscribe to your newsletter. (entry 1)

  15. parentingauthor

    I subscribe to your newsletter. (entry 2)

  16. wendyjdunn

    Thank you for such a sweet love story!

  17. stephaniereneedossantos


    Ah, what a little time away and maturity will and can do for matters of the heart! Thank you for the post and I would like to win a magnet if it is in the stars…

    Amor from Brazil!

    Stephanie Renée dos Santos
    Email: stephaniereneedossantos at gmail.com

  18. Monja Blue

    I really enjoyed this post, Maria Grace! I’d prefer the books.

  19. Monja Blue

    I’m a newsletter subscriber, too!

  20. Monja Blue

    I follow on FB, too!

  21. Monja Blue

    **** corrected entry**** I like you on FB!

  22. chrissybelle

    I would love a magnet 😉

  23. chrissybelle

    Not sure if my other comment worked. I would love a magnet

  24. Lisa S

    Woohoo! Loved the romance you picked (it does sound like the stuff of fantasy). I liked you on facebook, followed you on pinterest, and subscribed to your newsletter. That’s the full sweep for me I guess. 🙂 I’d be interested in the magnets as well. Thanks a bunch.

  25. Angela Smith

    I absolutely loved that story. I love all love stories! I think that the things you write are awesome and I can’t wait to read more.
    I would be interested in the book.


  26. Angela Smith

    I absolutely loved that story. I love all love stories! I think that the things you write are awesome and I can’t wait to read more.
    I would be interested in the book.

    Followed on twitter, liked on fb.

  27. Deborah Swift (@swiftstory)

    Thanks for a great idea Maria. Lovely post too.

  28. Monica

    That is quite a romantic story! I guess some people are just destined to fall in love, no matter how bumpy tue road. That’s what I love about Darcy and Lizzy!

    I’d like the book(s) if I were a lucky winner. I’m a blog and newsletter subscriber (monicaperry00 at gmail.com), and a twitter follower (@jaffobsession).


  29. Heidi S

    Oh, I would love to win a paperback book! I’m new to your blog and going to become an email subscriber. hms7213@comcast.net

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