Mea Culpa

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An early reviewer of Seven Minutes was the first—but by no means the last—to point out that Lisette’s mother is clearly mentioned in A Duke of Her Own as having died of a broken heart. I was trying to figure out what circumstances would produce someone like Lisette, and I came up with her mother, as portrayed in this book. All I can do is ask for forgiveness for disrupting my own universe.

Abigail discovered that Chapter Forty should be labeled Fawkes House, not Fonthill. Fonthill, of course, is the house where Eugenia grew up, home to her father’s infamous house parties.

Varsha pointed out a mistake on page 258, in Chapter 30. In the sixth line, Ward warns about Eugenia cursing in a ballroom, when, in fact, he’s worried that his sister Lizzie will blurt out naughty words in public.

Numerous people wrote me about the fact that in Chapter Forty-one Ward seems to think that he’s distantly related to Viscount Herries when, in fact, as Villiers points out, the viscount is his first cousin. In the revised edition, he’ll simply answer “Yes,” when Villiers asks about their relationship.

Candy asked why Eugenia is blaming French letters for her pregnancy, given that she had unprotected sex on the dining room table? The answer to that is clear! If one intends to be comfortable eating on that table in the future, the best practice is to instantly forget the whole event.

Annie noted that on page 108 Eugenia doesn’t admit to Ward that she’s one of the richest “woman” in England, but of course, she should be thinking about “women.” And then (obviously having a numerical bent of mind), Annie added that given Villiers and Eleanor raised six illegitimate children as well as three of their own, on page 377 Ward incorrectly thinks the duke and duchess have only eight offspring. Tsk, tsk, Ward, you forgot a baby!

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