Eloisa chats with Megan Corbett from Frolic about Say Yes to the Duke, treating readers to over ten minutes of insight into why she loves this book so much.
My darling friend and fantastic artist Anne Connell has an amazing, creative Etsy shop selling unique cards. A while ago she made me a gorgeous portrait of Lindow Castle, which I use as the topper for the Facebook Group, Lindow Castle (please join if you haven’t!).
I asked her to turn her creation into a card and she did! You’ll see all of Lindow here: the swamp, the rose garden, the meadows, the stables, the round pool…see the tiny boat? And Fitzy?
These are delicious gorgeous cards you can buy from her shop to send friends who love history, castles, and romance in general.
There are a lot of family members in the Wilde family and readers have said it can be a challenge to keep them all straight. Here is a handy guide to who’s who, how they are related, and where they fall in birth order.
*Please note: Some of the names are linked to Wikipedia pages. Since each of the Duke’s children is named for a historical warrior, real or literary, readers can look up the inspiration for the namesake. (Eloisa cannot vouch for the accuracy of the full content of each of these pages, but it definitely serves for reference.)
Hugo Wilde, the duke (1721- ). His Grace has a twin sister and has been married three times. Once widowed, once divorced, now happily married.
Lady Knowe, the duke’s twin sister (1721- ). She is also known as “Lady Know.”
Hugo’s first duchess: Marie (1721-1757) m. 1747
Hugo & Marie’s children:
Parth, foster son (1750- )
featured in: Born to be Wilde
Hugo’s second duchess: Yvette m. 1759; div. 1766
Hugo & Yvette’s children:
Leonides (1760- )
Alexander (1763- )
Hugo’s third duchess: Ophelia m.1766
featured in: My Last Duchess
Hugo & Ophelia’s children:
Spartacus (1768- )
Erik (1772- )
Artemia, “Artie” (1778- )
Ophelia’s child by her first husband Peter (1721-1764), m. 1759
Viola (1764- )
featured in: Say Yes to the Duke
My Last Duchess – Hugo & Ophelia m. 1766 [A Wilde series prequel, previously titled Wilde Denial. This was a serialized novella available exclusively to Eloisa’s newsletter subscribers that is now a stand-alone book.]
Wilde in Love – Alaric & Willa m. 1778
Too Wilde to Wed – North & Diana m. 1780
Born to be Wilde – Parth & Lavinia m. 1780
Say No to the Duke – Betsy & Jeremy m. 1781
Say Yes to the Duke – Viola & Lucas, m 1782
Wilde Child – Joan & Thaddeus, m 1783
“I see Miss Viola Astley shyly perusing a garden full of hydrangea flowers, dreaming of the day she’d meet her handsome, quiet vicar (though of course a duke is coming her way soon!).”
To access the downloadable template so you can make your own, please explore Eloisa’s Design-a-Duchess Paper Dolls Book Extra.