Richmond, London: Home of the Harlequin Historical/Undone Editors

How did December get to creep up on us so quickly? In the Richmond, London office – where we acquire the books for the Harlequin Historical/Mills & Boon Historical romance line – the last of the leaves are clinging to the trees and the temperature is dropping ever lower. We’ll soon be getting out the editorial Christmas tree and planning what presents to buy for our Secret Santa.

We live and breathe history in Richmond – home to what remains of Richmond Palace where Queen Elizabeth I died and Shakespeare’s theatre company was a regular visitor. George Eliot wrote Adam Bede in a house just off the Green and Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton lived as a child in a house near the river. Visiting authors are often offered a ‘Fildew’ historic tour which has now been extended – by popular request – to the whole editorial team who are happy to explore the riverside and intriguing passageways with me over a lunch break.

Richmond bridge

The Richmond bridge

highland-rogue-ann-lethbridgeRichmond has been the backdrop to a number of our Regency and Tudor novels with other parts of the country naturally making further glorious story locations. December’s FALLING FOR THE HIGHLAND ROGUE by Ann Lethbridge is set in Regency Scotland. Disgraced lady Charity West presents Logan Gilvry with his most dangerous challenge yet in this next in Ann’s miniseries The Gilvrys of Dunross. As she says, “Scotland has always held a special place in my heart as I lived in the wilds of the Outer Hebrides as a pre-teen and loved the lonely spaces, so I was delighted to be able to set this Regency series in the Highlands. For all that the Prince Regent, later King George IV, was unpopular, he did make Scotland the fashion—with the help of Sir Walter Scott.” Do look for this book, out now, to sample a bit of bonnie Scotland.

running-from-scandal-andrea-mccabeAmanda McCabe’s December book RUNNING FROM SCANDAL is set on a country estate. Amanda loves English villages and country houses and the close bonds that form between families (especially sisters) and friends. RUNNING FROM SCANDAL is the second in her Regency The Bancrofts of Barton Park duet. Find out how sisters Jane and Emma find their happily-ever-afters. Amanda says, “I started to feel as if I could have lived in that neighbourhood, too—it was such a fun world to spend time in.” Step into Emma’s shoes this December and explore the family home at Barton Park.

I’m curious – do you have a favourite place where you like your historicals to be set?

Wherever you are this festive season, the Historical Team wishes you all every happiness.

Historical team
Linda, Sarah and Kathryn

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Comments ( 4 )
  1. Kaelee
    December 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm
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    This sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I am assuming the last picture was taken in the spring.

  2. Linda Fildew
    December 12, 2013 at 10:40 am
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    Hi Kaelee
    Yes, you have a winter scene with Richmond Bridge and a spring scene with the Historical editors. I’ve spotted that the running order should be amended to Kathryn, Linda and Sarah – in case anyone who’s met us is confused! Richmond is beautiful all seasons of the year. Well worth putting on your ‘to visit’ list.

  3. Kathryn Cheshire
    December 12, 2013 at 11:01 am
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    There’s nothing like walking along Richmond river on a crisp and frosty morning. And if that’s followed by a hot chocolate and marshmallows in one of the pubs nearby, even better!

    Even though I’ve lived near Richmond all my life, Linda has shown me all sorts of things I never knew existed! Her historical tours are definitely becoming one of the key events on the Mills & Boon
    social calendar!

  4. Sarah Stubbs
    December 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm
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    Aside from the sexy Highlanders, delicious Regency lords and rugged Vikings I get to read about every day; one of the highlights of the job is having the beautiful Richmond on the doorstep. By the river is a lovely place for a scroll, but there are also quaint little alleyways to explore, cute little shops selling books, ice cream and chocolate, and old-fashioned pubs brushing shoulders with cocktail bars! The place breathes history – and I’m definitely booking my place on the Fildew tour – can’t wait 🙂

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