Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bringing History To Life!

Don’t you just love stumbling onto something wonderfully unexpected?


On a recent trip I had the pleasure of doing just that. We were taking an elevator up from a parking garage to a restaurant when the doors opened and we were in the middle of a marketplace. It was fabulous. But what made it even more special was spotting a mannequin dressed in traditional Scots clothing in a store window. This Celtic store had it all: clan mementos, quilts, books, porcelain and china, basically a ton of imports from Scotland. But the best of all was the jewelry. Excuse me while I fan myself. 


In my debut novel Highland Hearts I wrote about an antique brooch called a Luckenbooth. The brooch was usually given to a woman upon her betrothal, much like we give engagement rings nowadays. It usually had the engaged couples wedding day engraved on it and the woman would wear it on special occasions for the rest of her life, such as her wedding day, while giving birth, etc. You can guess my delight when the saleswoman said she had one in stock. You can also guess I’ll be wearing it at my book signing. J How fun to be able to bring something from my book into real life. 


Have you ever wanted to bring something from a book or from history into your life? Please share. I’d love to hear from you!


29 comments:

  1. Ever since I read "The Help" I've wanted to keep a prayer journal. I intend to.

    Your book looks great!

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  3. Eva Maria, that's so amazing! How fun to be able to wear that at all your signings! :)

    Congrats on your debut book!!

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  4. Eva, that's so neat to have an actual piece of history that you included in your book. The cover is gorgeous! Congrats! I didn't develop an interest in history until I started researching for my first historical. Now I love searching for those details that make the stories more meaningful. I'd bring back the mode of dress from the late 1800's, especially the men's. I like the formal Victorian attire but also the cowboy clothes, especially the long dusters. :)

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  5. Don't you just love those little serendipitous finds! This book is already on my TBR pile - can't wait to dive into it!

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  6. Eva,
    Congrats on your debut novel. It's a wonderful feeling to hold your baby(okay, book)for the first time.

    I love historical novels, I think that's why writing Amish novels is so much fun. It's bringing a historical lifestyle into the modern era.

    I'd bring back the dresses of the Regency period. I'd hate to wear them everyday, but they were so fab, especially the evening gowns.

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  7. Pamela, that's a wonderful idea and it can easily become a family heirloom! Go for it!

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  8. Thanks Missy! I can't wait for the opportunity!

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  9. Thanks Karen! I agree with bringing back those clothes! I absolutely love ball gowns and would love to wear them!

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  10. Yes Winnie, they're the best! If I was looking for it I wonder if I would have found it! Lol Hope you enjoy my book!

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  11. Thanks Pat! Yes, I can't wait to hold my baby ;) And I agree, the Amish do bring a certain period of history to life for us! That's probably why their quilts and other handcrafts are so sought after!

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  12. I'm starting to see a trend about beautiful gowns :) We're going to have to have a theme party at a conference one year just so we can all play dress-up! :)

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  13. I had the experience last week of reading Tatiana DeRosney's second book, A Secret Kept. The book is set in France.

    I started reading after I brewed a cup of tea and got out a chocolate macaron (yes, the lovely french kind with a different puffy sandwich shape and spelling from the coconut ones we usually see here in the US). Tea time has been more glorious since we had a French bakery open down the street.

    I started reading the next chapter on my Kindle and there was a sentence describing a photo of the character as a child with macarons from a nearby tearoom on the table.

    It was one of the most serendipitous moments of my reading life!

    Can't wait to read your book!

    Peace, Julie

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  14. Eva, what a wonderful find! Congratulations on your debut!!!

    This isn't exactly bringing something I read into real life but vice-versa. After my debut historical came out, I discovered that a gentleman I'd known for years was a descendent of the real-life aviator, Glenn Curtiss, whom I'd mentioned in my book. (You'd think the spelling of the last name would have clued me in, but no!) That was one of those amazing serendipitous moments that made me stop and marvel at the myriad interconnections between us.

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  15. Julie, that is so neat! If you want to have that same experience with my book I suggest tea with oatcakes ;)

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  16. Christine, that must have made you stop in awe! The theory of six degrees of separation is a really fascinating one!

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  17. Eva, that is so cool! I can't wait to see it at your book signing. :) I have a dove ornament in my first book that I modeled after a beautiful Christmas ornament I received from my parents the first year I was married. :)

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  18. Yes Sandra! That is so sweet that your dove ornament is based on something real! Thanks for sharing that neat tidbit! I've hidden a lot of meaningful things in my novel as well! :)

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  19. Oh that is so cool about the brooch.
    not sure about wanting things. I am sure I have after reading books or wanted to find out more.

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  20. Thanks Jenny! I think that by reading a book that is set in every State in the US that you have found a way to bring fiction to life :)

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  21. Eva Maria, I just love the cover of this book, wow great find for you, I know you will enjoy it and makes good publicity.
    so glad to read of your adventure.
    Paula O

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  22. Lovely cover! So happy for you and your new book :)

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  23. Congrats, Eva Maria! I am so anxious to read your book!

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  24. Awesome! I assume the pic is of the brooch.
    Congratulations on your book.

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  26. Thanks Jackie! That's nice to hear! :) Hope you enjoy my book!

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  27. Thanks Terri! Yes, the photo is of my brooch :)

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