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Did you have the opportunity to meet Susan Anne Mason this past spring? (If not, you can find her interview about A Most Noble Heir here.) I am excited to have Susan back to visit again today. Her newest release, The Best of Intentions, is set in Toronto, and is a fun story! I’ll tell you more about my thoughts next week. For now, let’s take a quick peek at the back cover.
In the aftermath of WWI, Grace Abernathy is determined to reunite her family, crossing an ocean to convince her widowed sister to return home to England. Yet, in Toronto she discovers more tragedy. Her nephew Christian is now in the custody of his paternal relatives, the formidable Easton family, who rejected Grace’s sister because of her low social status.
Unconvinced the Eastons are fitting caretakers, Grace uses an assumed name to secure the position of Christian’s nanny and moves into the Easton estate. There she can observe the family up close, while ensuring Christian’s well-being. In the course of her new position, she is shocked to find herself falling in love with Andrew Easton, the boy’s guardian. Unfortunately, Andrew is promised to a spoiled socialite who is sure to make a terrible stepmother for Christian. Will Grace be able to protect her nephew . . . and her heart?
Welcome back, Susan! Do you have a favorite character from The Best of Intentions? Why is this character your favorite?
I would have to say the heroine, Grace, is my favorite. After losing so much in the war, she travels across the ocean to Canada alone, determined to find her widowed sister and nephew and convince them to come home to England. Her love of family and her drive to reunite the remaining members is so heroic to me. Then when she is met with tragedy, she pulls herself together and devises a new plan. Her steadfast faith and her love make her so endearing to me.
She is certainly a strong heroine! Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
My favorite secondary character was Collin Lafferty, the gardener and groundskeeper at Fairlawn Manor. I loved that he was so steadfast in his quiet love for Virginia — until he couldn’t take the fact that she was about to marry someone else and just sort of snapped. Since his story gets wrapped up neatly in this book, he won’t be getting his own.
We’ll have to keep this short so I can get to that part! 😉 Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
My publisher wanted me to set my next books in Canada, and it seemed natural to pick Toronto since a) there’s so much history there, and b) it’s so close to where I live. I’ve been having a great time learning more about this wonderful city.
I have been enjoying my “visit” there! Did you do any traveling for research? If so, could you tell us about it?
Because the story is set virtually in my backyard, I didn’t have too far to go. But I did travel to Toronto to visit one of the historic mansions there. I based Fairlawn Manor, the Easton estate, on Spadina House in Toronto. I could just picture Andrew and his family in this great house. I especially loved the solarium/sunroom which I added as a favorite space of Andrew’s mother.
How fun to see what you pictured as you were writing! If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you most like to go?
I’d love to travel to Great Britain one day to visit England and Ireland—and maybe Scotland, if there was time. My ancestors on both sides of the family came from England and Ireland so it would be so fun to see where they lived.
If I got that close, I’d have to go to Scotland, too. Or maybe just Scotland… ha! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’ve just finished revisions on The Highest of Hopes, Book 2 in the Canadian Crossing series, and I’m starting research for book 3. Book 2 is Emmaline Moore’s story. She and her best friend, Jonathan, are coming to Toronto in search of her biological father, a man she’d always believed to be dead. She is excited to meet Randall, hoping to find a place in his life in Canada, but of course, things don’t go exactly as she planned!
Fun! I can’t wait!! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today, Susan!
Your turn! I can’t imagine a sunroom right now, but that’s because we’ll likely hit 110-degrees (Fahrenheit) today! What about you? Would you enjoy a sunroom? What would you enjoy most about it?
More about Susan:
Susan Anne Mason describes her writing style as “romance sprinkled with faith.” She loves incorporating inspirational messages of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness into her characters’ journeys. Irish Meadows, her debut historical romance won the Fiction from the Heartland contest sponsored by the Mid-American Romance Authors chapter of RWA.
Susan lives outside Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, two children, and one large cat. She loves red wine and chocolate, is not partial to snow even though she’s Canadian, and is ecstatic on the rare occasions she has the house to herself. Learn more about Susan and her books at www.susanannemason.com.
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Also by Susan:
The Courage to Dream series centers on the O’Leary family of Long Island, New York from 1911 to 1922. It starts with Irish Meadows where readers are introduced to sisters Brianna and Colleen O’Leary and their issues with their domineering father.
The Best of Intentions Giveaway:
Susan has generously offered to give away a paperback copy of The Best of Intentions. Since she’s Canadian, this giveaway will be open to both the US and Canada! Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.