Embracing Romance welcomes guest author Jane Ashford

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Jane Ashford - head shot Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was entranced by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Jane’s historical romances have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Spain, as well as the U.S. She has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews.

Website::  www.janeashford.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Ashford/154028944714495

I read several articles on the net recently that said that married couples who not only endure, but live happily together for years and years, have two things going for them – kindness and generosity. That is, they try to treat each other kindly, and they genuinely enjoy each other’s triumphs and good news. Most importantly, they’re not overly critical or ever contemptuous. Contempt is a real relationship killer.
These ideas really resonated for me because kindness and generosity are important in my new book Married to a Perfect Stranger. The hero and heroine are on the receiving end of some “good-natured” contempt from their families. They’ve been dismissed as the least-likely-to-succeed son and daughter by their families. They have to fight these imposed limits, external and internal, in order to come into their own. And kindness helps their relationship evolve into a place where they can do that. The process isn’t simple; there’s conflict along the way. But through generosity, they discover each other’s strengths and skills – truly see and value the other person. With this strong foundation, their marriage will be one of those that happily lasts.

Thanks for having me on the blog!

Jane Ashford - cover


Time and distance have changed them both. Quiet and obliging, Mary Fleming and John Bexley married to please their families. Almost immediately, John was sent on a two-year diplomatic mission to China. Now John is back, and everything they thought they knew about each other seems to be wrong… It’s disconcerting, irritating, and somehow very exciting.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00NH1UK0O

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/married-to-a-perfect-stranger-jane-ashford/1120010467?ean=9781492601906

Indiebound:    http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781492601906

Books a Million:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Married-Perfect-Stranger/Jane-Ashford/9781492601906

Indigo:  http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/married-to-a-perfect-stranger/9781492601906-item.html?ikwid=Married+to+a+Perfect+Stranger&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0



6 Responses

  1. Barbara Monajem

    Kindness and generosity, yes. Always assuming the other has the best of intentions is important, too. I like your story premise very much. Thanks for visiting with us, Jane. 🙂

  2. Maggi Andersen

    Your story sounds great, Jane. One for my tbr pile.

  3. ki pha

    That’s definitely a great way to sum up what your story is based around and about, Jane. I can’t wait to read it.

  4. Alyssa Alexander

    What a lovely concept! I particularly like that they grow together. Thanks for stopping by the blog, Jane!

  5. Ally Broadfield

    The world could definitely use more kindness and generosity. I’m looking forward to reading Married to a Perfect Stranger (and drooling over the cover!).