Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays!
It’s not just the chocolate (Cadbury, yum!) or flowers, or that I don’t have to cook dinner, but I adore vintage Valentines. The tradition of sending some sort of Valentine to your love dates back centuries.
As long ago as the middle-ages, sweethearts would recite or sing their prose to the object of their affection. Gregory Chaucer’s poem, Parlement of Foules, is often attributed as being the first poem specifically linked to the holiday.
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery foul comyth there to chese his make.
Written Valentines came along in the 1400s, the first being a letter the Duke of Orleans wrote to his wife while he was imprisoned. In the 1700s, Shakespeare makes a reference to Valentine’s Day in Hamlet.
The sending of Valentine cards didn’t start until the early 1800s, when lovers created their own paper versions or purchased Valentines painstakingly handmade in factories. A few decades later, purchased cards were entirely machine-made. Personally, I think vintage Victorian Valentine’s are the most romantic!
Many, many of them have been preserved since people from generations long ago tended to save their letters and cards… Forever!
What about you? Do you save your Valentines?
And just in time for Valentine’s Day…
HER PERFECT GENTLEMAN releases today!
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USA Today Best-selling author, Gina Danna, joins best-selling, award-winning authors, Collette Cameron, Ella Quinn, Marie Higgins, Jenna Jaxon, Louisa Cornell, Elf Ahearn, and Lauren Smith in this delightful limited edition, containing eight tantalizing love stories.
THIS LOVE OF MINE by GINA DANNA
He must woo his wife to awaken her past or lose her to a pirate forever.
BRIDE OF FALCON by Collette Cameron
Faced with spinsterhood, Ivonne Wimpleton takes fate into her own hands determined to win the heart of her wholly unacceptable childhood love . . . scandal be damned.
IT TAKES A HERO by ELLA QUINN
Even though their families demand that the youngest son of a duke, Lord Quartus Trevor, and the Duchess of Wharton remain apart, but their hearts don’t seem able to listen.
THE SWEETEST CHALLENGE by MARIE HIGGINS
Is giving her heart to a stranger worth the price?
HEART OF DELIGHT by JENNA JAXON
He’ll do anything to be her heart’s delight—except tell the truth.
STEALING MINERVA by LOUISA CORNELL
He has a thousand reasons to steal the bride, but only one reason to steal her heart.
HIS LORDSHIP’S DARKEST SECRET by ELF AHEARN
The thought of Claire Albright in the arms of another man is unbearable, but in his heart, Lord Flavian Monroe knows he mustn’t ask her to share the consequences of one terrible mistake.
TEMPTED BY A ROGUE by LAUREN SMITH
Gemma never planned on falling in love with her childhood sweetheart’s best friend, Jasper, when he returns home, but she can’t resist the naval officer’s brooding charm.
Since it’s Valentine’s Day, and my Scottish short story, HEART OF A HIGHLANDER takes place on the holiday,
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When Giselle McTavish left France as the wife of a Scottish laird, she never expected to be widowed two years later and left with a toddler to raise. Filled with animosity toward Highlander, Hugh Ferguson—the man she holds responsible for her husband’s drowning, and a man she must see every day because he, too, lives at Craiglocky Keep—she’s determined her son, the next laird, will be raised in Scotland, nonetheless. Her struggles to overcome loneliness and homesickness are compounded as it becomes more difficult to fight the warm feelings Hugh now stirs in her.
Hugh has loved Giselle almost from the moment he laid eyes on the petite Frenchwoman. But as the wife, and then the widow of his dearest friend, he has refused to act on his feelings. He blames himself for his friend’s death. Guilt as well as the belief Giselle hates him, keeps Hugh’s lips firmly closed and his heart sealed. That all changes one providential Valentine’s Day when he risks everything by using Scottish folklore and legend to at last proclaims his love.
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