Today we welcome author Jill Hughey and her book "VAIN" an amazing historical romance.
Lily had her life planned, neat and tidy as thread on a spindle, until her mother died and her father snipped at the seams of her future by abandoning Lily in their shop. A nobleman unexpectedly gives her hope when he brings fabric for a special garment. Lily survives on his first payment, and immerses herself in sewing and embroidering an incomparable garment for him, as her tidy plan continues to unravel.
Theophilus, Lord of Ribeauville, takes his responsibility to his townspeople seriously and, therefore, does not dally with local women. Desire wars with duty when Lily glances up at him while adjusting the hem on his Easter tunic. As her deteriorating circumstances push them together, Theo and Lily learn that the path to his heart just might be through his wardrobe, though the exquisite outfit she creates is the only part of her that fits in his precarious aristocratic world.
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“I absolutely loved the story!” – Gina Ardito, Excellence in Editing
“Great character development.” – JeanSquires, beta reader
Release Date: March 14, 2013. Genre: Romance, historical, medieval
you were went to the market today,” he stated.
almost cheered, so proud of her accomplishment she did not question his
knowledge of her whereabouts. “I sold my cloth and bought raw wool so I can
make more. I think I can take care of myself doing this.”
Her lord crossed
his arms over his chest as he paced a short distance away. “I have been meaning
to talk to you about your future. One of my guests may have a position for you,
as a seamstress for her household.” He turned to look at her. “You would be
wise to consider it.”
to force herself to be smarter than she felt. She did not really want to leave
Ribeauville. She did not want to be a servant. “It is not the woman who
questioned me the other day, is it?” Lily blurted.
difference would that make?” he inquired.
scuffed her foot in the gravel before the bench. “She does not like how I make
your insolence even less,” he replied stiffly.
insolence?” Lily protested.
pretend you do not know what I mean. Telling her her clothes said she had a
rich father,” he groused. “She recognized the insult, Lily.”
stared up at the moon for a minute, unwilling to back down even if embarrassed by
his chiding. “I have seen her on other days dressed very well, but you know as
well as I do her tunic on Monday was hideous,” she informed him.
gaped at her then burst into unwilling laughter.
so much of it,” Lily explained. “Today’s
blue looked very nice on her. I would not have added the dagging at the hem,
though I can see how she might need the variety with so many outfits to
He laughed again. “Lily, I know you have an excellent eye for
clothing. It is your tongue you must learn to control.”
Jill Hughey has loved historical romance since sneaking peeks at her mother’s library years ago. She has enjoyed writing just as long. She prides herself on deep character development, and settings that take her readers on long, satisfying journeys to places they have probably never been in a book before.
Jill lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. Her hobby is singing lessons, in which she studies classical soprano and some lighthearted works.