We have snow in England at the moment, but the weather isn't as severe as it was in 1814, when it was so cold the Thames froze solid. Ships were trapped up and down its length like flies in amber and people walked across the river from one bank to the other. Booths were set up on the ice, selling all manner of food and drink, and entertainers were out in force. There were hawkers and piemen, stilt-walkers and fire-eaters, and there were pedlars who sold ribbons and ballad sheets from trays hanging round their necks. It must have been a wonderful sight.
I used the harsh winter of 1814 as the background to one of my Regency romances, One Snowy Night (previously published under the title of Rebecca's Refusal).
When the book opens, Rebecca is travelling to London to hear the reading of her grandfather's will. Her carriage is driven off the road by snow and she is forced to take shelter at an inn, where she meets the handsome but impossible Joshua Kelling. After an argument over the last room, Rebecca is glad she will never have to see Joshua again. But he turns up in London in the most unexpected circumstances and the freezing weather forms a backdrop to their sparring, as well as something more sinister, because someone is trying to kill Joshua.
At first it seems like a series of accidents: a horseman apparently loses control of his animal on the slippery road, almost knocking Joshua over; a stone is thrown through a window from the snowy streets outside. But as the "accidents" continue, Rebecca realises that Josh's life is in danger, and is forced to confront her feelings for him.
If you like a touch of mystery with your romance, and you'd like to settle down with a snowy novel in our wintry weather, then you can find One Snowy Night on Kindle (cover above) or in paperback (cover below) on all Amazons including
Amazon UK and Amazon US
Even better, the Kindle version is at a bargain price!
You can find more information on my website