Book: Christmas Ever After - A Clean Regency Romance Christmas Anthology - 8 Delightful Clean Regency Romancescategories: Book, Historical Romance, Christmas, Clean Romance, Historical Christian Romance, Christian Historical Fiction, Regency Romance
Regina Jeffersabout this anthology: My contribution to this anthology is a piece called "Letters from Home," which tells the tale of two souls who desperately require a second chance at happiness. The title speaks to the letters the heroine, Mrs. Faith Lamont, wrote to her Scottish husband during the Napoleonic Wars. Her husband thought little of her devotion to him, and he would often read them aloud, no matter how personal, to his fellow soldiers. One of those who religiously gathered to hear the lieutenant's letters was Major Lord Simon Lanford, an English officer, quite taken with a woman he has never met and has no hopes of knowing. The lady becomes his idea of "home." When they meet after the war, she is in reduced circumstances, and he is the new Earl of Clarendon. Even so, he writes to her: "I wish I could ignore you and permit the shadows to claim you, but my nature compels me to act otherwise, for through your letters to Lieutenant Lamont, I have come to know you, to cherish you. I have laughed with you in your description of the children's antics on All Fool's Day. I have marveled over your efforts to climb the fairy steps without touching the cliff's walls and privately celebrated with you when you finally knew success. And I have grieved with you when you spoke of a mother's loss of her newborn child. Because of you, I held hope of returning to my English home—not to a fine house with dozens of servants—but rather to a woman's heart—a woman I had yet to meet, but as real as were your words. Even though I am certain we have both known deep loneliness, surely you must realize none of us are alone. And I will testify to the fact I felt less lonely when I heard Lieutenant Lamont read your letters aloud. Can you not say the same since arriving at Clarence Hall? Are you still so lonely? Please, my dear lady, keep your dreams. Keep your faith. Faith for me is not a matter of imagination, but rather of interpretation. The world is better with you in it. I am better at having known you."
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