Madness and Affliction

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Highlighting Historical Romance with Tabetha Waite who shares thoughts on mental illness in the Regency period

I have loved writing every single book of the Season of the Spinster series, this one set in autumn, but I’ve heard many of my readers tell me that this is their favorite book thus far.

Most people are aware that at the end of September, villagers would celebrate with a fattened goose at Michaelmas as a way to give thanks for a bountiful harvest to carry them through the winter months. It seemed like more of a religious festival, so I added a harvest fair that was a bit earlier, including a Punch and Judy show.

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Eugene Deully, Amorous Couple in a Garden

Not only does it fit with the theme of the autumn season, but it also deals with mental illness, which at that time, most anything could be considered “madness.”

As far as the mental affliction in the story, our hero’s father suffers from modern day schizophrenia, although I can’t explain the reasons why without giving away the plot! He disappeared before book one, during the hero’s sister’s debut ball and abruptly resurges, although he is vastly different from the man who left.

The question is why? 

This book has been called tender and that’s exactly what I wanted. I have a family member who has suffered from this same affliction and I hoped to bring about further awareness of mental illnesses. Sadly, it’s a disease that isn’t always easy to deal with, but at least the treatments these days are much more humane, and for that, we can be grateful.

About the Book

Sometimes life’s travails…

Travell Abernathy, Viscount Curdiff, has been a spy for the Home Office for a number of years and had no plans to retire. But when his father’s sudden resurgence puts a halt to everything that’s familiar, he’s forced to return to his estate, where he must deal with a man who is no longer like the one who left so abruptly seven years ago. As he tries to find a way to deal with this latest challenge, he soon finds solace in a woman he took for granted for far too long.

Can bloom into something wonderful.

Lady Alyssa Breyton is mourning the loss of her dear Aunt Pearl. Forced out of her home in London and sent to the country to live with a distant cousin and his wife, she makes plans to travel to America to embark on a new beginning. But when her best friend’s brother reaches out to her for help, how can she refuse? Especially when he offers her the use of his conservatory to tend to her roses, the only thing that gives her comfort. As they each come to terms with the past and the future, one thing becomes clear—they can’t live without one other.

About the Author

Tabetha Waite began her writing journey at a young age. At nine years old, she was crafting stories of all kinds on an old Underwood typewriter. She started reading romance in high school and immediately fell in love with the genre. She gained her first publishing contract with Etopia Press and released her debut novel in July of 2016 – “Why the Earl is After the Girl,” the first book in her Ways of Love Series. Since then, she has become a hybrid author, transitioning into indie publishing. She has won several awards for her books.

She is a small town, Missouri girl who continues to make her home in the Midwest with her husband and two wonderful daughters. When she’s not writing novels filled with adventure and heart, she is either reading, or searching the local antique mall or flea market for the latest interesting find. You can find her on most any social media site, and she encourages fans of her work to join her mailing list for updates.

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