The Awakening of Miss Adelaide: Part Three

Welcome, everyone

Miss Adelaide. I loved crawling into this character’s skin and getting to know her in the 1918-1919 time period.

As a historical novelist, I find research to be my favorite part of writing. You see, I lose myself in it. Completely.

But then, ceating the characters comes in a close second to research. I love taking a blank slate in hand and deciding how characters look and behave. What they value and despise. And what personality traits they possess.

In addition, creating the setting is pretty awesome. Ever wonder what it would be like to live in 1918? Or wake up in an Italian villa? How about standing alongside suffragists on a cold January morning in 1919?

So come along with me into The Awakening of Miss Adelaide for a taste of those experiences . . .

The Characters

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The Women of Rock Creek series is composed of novels and novellas. These stories focus on each of the audacious females who hail from Needham, Oklahoma in the first two decades of the twentieth century. They begin with Ella McFarland. And extend through Lillian Cathleen Sloat and Adelaide Fitzgerald. Later stories will highlight Ella’s girls–Amaryllis, Blossom, Camellia, Dahlia, Ebony, and Julia Jane Evans. Readers travel with the feisty women from Oklahoma to Fort Worth, Italy, Washington, D.C., and deep South Texas. Subsequently, their adventures pull readers along with them on horseback, in buggies, wagons, automobiles, trams, trains, and even on a transatlantic passenger ship.

And then there are the women’s love interests! What a bevy of beautiful, brawny men. Hey, if you’re going to pick up a piece of chalk and a blank slate, why not create gorgeous hunks?

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Add crystal blue eyes, and this is Andrew Evans, Ella’s love.
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Lillian Cathleen’s Cade McFarland in the flesh.
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Add ten years, and this is Adelaide’s Texas rancher, Brady Duvall.

For now, let’s examine the character Adelaide. Who is she? What does she value? And what are her strengths and struggles?

Miss Adelaide Herself

Adelaide Fitzgerald. Retrieved from

From the beginning, Myrna Loy of Old Hollywood fame was my idea of a perfect Miss Adelaide Fitzgerald. This quintessential historical heroine has it all: beauty, wealth, prestige, talent, and the adoration of audiences from America to Europe. She’s an introvert who finds performing on the opera stage to be exhilarating but exhausting. Consequently, she enjoys getting away from the hullabaloo to her villa in the Maremma hills of Tuscany, Italy.

Opera performances slackened during the Great War, but Miss Adelaide found plenty to keep her busy at the villa. A working ranch, the estate raised prize-winning Maremmana cattle and horses. It provided the perfect setting for the covert activities Adelaide was involved in during the war: transmitting coded messages. Doing so fulfilled Adelaide’s need to contribute to the greater good.

Speaking of which, Miss Adelaide was orphaned as an infant but was left an outrageously wealthy heiress. Also, she is a gifted opera singer and a philanthropist. Her antennae are always searching for someone in need. From along the banks of Rock Creek back home in Oklahoma to the hillsides of Tuscany, big-hearted Adelaide has earned her reputation as Angel of the Opera.

Luciana Martino, Servant and Friend of Miss Adelaide

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Luciana Martino

The quintessential devoted servant, Luciana Martino stands by Miss Adelaide through years of triumphs and tragedies. She’s the sort of woman you want to run to when you hurt. And when you celebrate. Miss Adelaide owes Luci a great debt.

Eleanor Brackenridge, Mentor and Friend to Miss Adelaide

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Handbook of Texas Online:

Eleanor Brackenridge, a true-life, famous character, once lived and breathed in San Antonio. A giant among famous Texan women, she served on the board of regents of Texas Woman’s University. In addition, she led the Texas suffrage and temperance organizations. And she co-founded the San Antonio Woman’s Club. Miss Brackenridge served as the director of the San Antonio National Bank and the San Antonio Loan and Trust. Also, she was the vice-president of the San Antonio Health Protection Association, which was formed to combat tuberculosis in the city. 

A storyline that extends into San Antonio, Texas and involves women HAD to include Eleanor Brackenridge. She was the essence of Texas womanhood.

Wrap-Up & Giveaway

The characters in this fast-paced story are numerous and varied. They endure the ravages of the Great War and Spanish Influenza. They ranch in Tuscany, Italy and South Texas. Spy during the Great War. They march as D.C. suffragists in demonstrations for the vote–and find themselves in prison. Endure unjust commitments to mental institutions. And fight for the underprivileged and mistreated. They allow nothing to stop them. So hang onto your hats!

Meanwhile, I’ll draw a name from among those who join our chat. A winner this and in subsequent weeks will receive a print or digital copy of The Awakening of Miss Adelaide–winner’s choice–on July 17 & 31 and August 14–so be sure to join the conversations.

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P.S. The winner of the drawing is Stacy Simmons! Congratulations, Stacy, and thank you for joining in.

6 thoughts on “The Awakening of Miss Adelaide: Part Three

  1. Stacy Simmons

    Hi Linda, I love how you tie history into your beautiful novels. Your newest novel sounds wonderful and each of your book covers are gorgeous. Have a blessed weekend.

    1. Thank you, Stacy. You’re such a dear.

  2. Alicia Haney

    Wow, you books sound intriguing! I love the covers they are Beautiful. Thank you for describing the characters and telling us a little about the books, really makes me want to read them! I will be adding them to my TBR list for sure! God Bless you.

    1. Hi, Alicia. Your comments encourage me, lift my spirits! Thank you. I hope you get to read all of them. They surely do have my heart in them.

  3. Perrianne Askew

    I’m interested in Eleanor Brackenridge. We used to have a hospital named Brackenridge here in Austin and we are fairly close to San Antonio (1 1/2 hours or so). I wonder if it was named for one of her family members? I’ll have to look it up.

    1. Eleanor Brackenridge was amazing. She was the first director of a savings and loan/bank and a college and was on all sorts of boards and committees having to do with education. A real philanthropist. I wouldn’t be surprised if the hospital was named for her.


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The Awakening of Miss Adelaide: Part Two

Welcome, everyone!

My soon-to-be-released novel, The Awakening of Miss Adelaide, required a great deal of research. It reached from the Tuscan hills of Italy, to a 1919 transatlantic passenger ship, to Washington, D.C., and back to Oklahoma.

Digging up Bones

Sometimes research for a novel can feel like digging up bones. In a way, it is.

One such “bone” I clamped my teeth around and refused to let go was an article in a 1913 edition of Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It described a murder committed in the lobby of the Metropolitan Hotel. This violent act occurred in connection with an adulterous affair. 

Consequently, heightened emotion, lowered common sense, and the control males exerted over females resulted in one man’s murder and the murderer’s acquittal. In addition, the “offending” woman’s husband dragged her home kicking and screaming and committed her to a mental asylum for “emotional insanity.”

I wondered if the “offending” man had been treated in like manner. Hardly. 

How could I NOT include this morass in a novel?

The Awakening of Miss Adelaide

Orphaned as an infant, Oklahoma heiress Miss Adelaide Fitzgerald has enjoyed every advantage. She possesses a unique gift for music and excels on the opera stage in Italy. As a philanthropist, she’s adored from America to Europe.

But Miss Adelaide is about to awaken in a 1918 nightmare.

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hen the Great War–and the Great Influenza–knock in Italy, Adelaide discovers uninvited, unwelcome guests. They threaten her life and alter her identity and purpose.

Snatched from her quiet life in an Italian villa, Miss Adelaide is thrust into conflicts others created. What battle scars will she sustain? And where will love lead her?

In The Awakening of Miss Adelaide, war and peace, laughter and heartache, love and loss unite. This union ignites a fresh fire that reveals one woman’s hidden needs and potentials.

What will a fresh understanding of herself require of the Angel of the Opera?

I offer The Awakening of Miss Adelaide to the Lord to do with it as He sees fitting. May this story based on the agony other women experienced serve to lighten someone else’s load by highlighting the hope and healing found in Jesus Christ.

I’ll be giving away a print or digital copy (winner’s choice) on each of 4 remaining dates: July 3, 17, & 31; August 14.

How to Reach Me and My Books

The Women of Rock Creek series

Book 1: The Calling of Ella McFarland

Christmas Novella Collection 

Book 2: The Mending of Lillian Cathleen

Book 3; The Awakening of Miss Adelaide







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Lord, I pray You will bless the words I’ve written on the pages of this novel in ways I can’t imagine. ~ For Jesus’ sake

12 thoughts on “The Awakening of Miss Adelaide: Part Two

  1. Another great book! Can’t wait to read it. Wishing Hallmark would turn the previous ones into a movie series. Keep on writing and we will keep on reading,friend.

    1. You encourage me, Jane. Thank you!

  2. Judi

    I can not express how much I am looking forward for this book! The way you have written this series my be from another era but some things are happening now. I will sit down with a coke and a bag of popcorn and read the book in one day.

    1. Oh my, how you encourage me, Judi. Thank you! The print version is available for preorder now. Otherwise, available July 9.

  3. Stacy Simmons

    What a beautiful cover, Linda. The storyline sounds gripping as well. I’m going to have to get your latest book!

    1. Hi, Stacy. You encourage me so much. Thank you. Preorder available now. Otherwise, the release is July 9.

  4. Alison Boss

    Oh, my! The story you found during your research about the murder committed in the lobby of the Metropolitan Hotel was gripping, Linda! What a vivid picture of the consequences one can incur as a result of your sin(s)! The Awakening of Miss Adelaide sounds very suspenseful! I look forward to reading it! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book!!!

    1. Hi, Allison. I love seeing you in the chat circle. Your comments have encouraged me. Thank you. Your name is in the hat 🙂

  5. Alicia Haney

    Wow!! Your book sounds intriguing and like a really , really good book! I Love the cover, it is Beautiful, and her face looks mysterious. I would love to read this book, It will just have to be a must read! Thank you.

    1. Hi, Alicia. Your comments encourage me. Thank you!

  6. She LOOKS like Adelaide! I love the strong square jaw! Awesome find and but of course, it must be included! Did I miss its launch date? Can’t wait to read the third book!

    1. Hi, Caryl! Great to see you in the chat circle. Yes, I loved Adelaide when I first saw her–especially that strong jaw 🙂 Evelyne is amazing, isn’t she? Release date: July 9.


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