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.
When 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.
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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