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Monday, July 16, 2012

MaryLu Tyndall Veil of Pearls Launch Soiree - A Charleston "Event"

1812 Charleston


A Charleston "event" with the cream of society.


Welcome to the Shaftesbury soiree!  There shall be dinner and dancing and plenty of refreshments as well as good conversation with the Charleston elite.  Of course the event is by invitation only and only the best of Charleston have been invited. For instance, I hear the handsome Rutledge brothers are coming all the way from their plantation. I do hear that the younger son, Morgan, is bringing a surprise guest tonight, a lady who has only recently arrived in Charleston. Oh, I do hope her family is well placed and she has good connections. I would hate to have a mere commoner among us. But then again, Morgan has impeccable taste so I'm quite sure the lady measures up. Even so, I have heard rumors there will be those who do not belong to our society trying to sneak into the party. Interlopers!  So, let's do be on the lookout.

So, do come in and join the festivities!  Have some strawberry cake and basil lemonade!

        

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Hot ham biscuits!



One must have shrimp when in Charleston!


And wear your favorite gown!!
Regency gown c. 1810 that you will see Gwyneth Fairchild in! Inspired by the styles of the Orient


This is the gown Lilyan Cameron wore for her wedding to the dashing Captain Nicholas Xanthakos.  It and the mantilla were loaned to her by the other camp followers of General Francis Marion's partisans. I'm wearing it in honor of the lovely Lilyan, a true patriot and courageous backcountry South Carolina woman. (SFC)


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Muslin Dress with Leaf-Pattern Embroidery, 1805-1810.
The gown above belongs to Mariah Wenham of Summerville, South Carolina.  It is a tad old fashioned but quite cool for today's stifling weather. (CFP) The pearls are lovely and subtle.  And of course, they don't clash with Adelia's gorgeous black pearls!

Book giveaway:  Leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win either a paperback or an ebook copy of Veil of Pearls.  Pat Iaccuzzi has a lovely doll with a tiny black "pearl" necklace as a giveaway!




143 comments:

  1. I am most excited to attend this soiree and esp. to steal a peek at Morgan Rutledge and his special lady. I have never been to Charleston, but in reading Veil of Pearls I feel like I know the town and its society intimately. I am loving this book! Huzzah to MaryLu Tyndall for a wonderfully entertaining and heart-wrenching story.

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  2. Welcome to the party Lisa!! Would you care for some sweet cakes and lemonade? If you've never been to Charleston, you must put it on your list! You can feel the history in the air when you walk the cobblestone streets of the historic district! Well, pull up a chair and have some refreshments, and thanks for coming!

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  3. What a privilege to be invited to the Shaftesbury soiree.

    Congrats on another beautifully written novel, MaryLu.
    Please do not enter me in the drawing since I already own a copy.

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  4. I fear I have been detained outside of Charleston, by pressing business concerns. I expect to arrive at the Wenhams' home on the Ashley shortly. Mariah shall have me fixed up in a flash. Did the flowers I ordered arrive? Love gardenias, roses, and carnations and hope you do, too, MaryLu! Please tell me the mechanical fans are being used!

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  5. Yes, indeed, dearest, the mechanical fans are in operation and keeping the Shaftesbury townhome nice and cool! Flowers? Yes, they have arrived. I had my housekeeper set them about the parlor and dining room. They are gorgeous and the entire home smells so sweet. Thank you! I look forward to your arrival!

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  6. Not to worry, Carrie. I shall be in carriage behind yours and I am bringing two large ostrich and three peacock fans. I'm sure the delicious food, refreshments and amiable conversation will distract us from the hot and humid Charleston summer.

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    1. JANET, I should love to have one of the fans! I so hope Mariah Wenham still has the gold silk gown she offered me last spring. I shall cry if she does not. And my triple pearl strand is broken, so I shall need to borrow that as well. If I know Mariah, however, I shan't doubt she'll come on to the party without me--and with several men trailing behind her.

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    2. We are so looking forward to your arrival Janet! Thank you for bringing fans.. you can never have too many in Charleston in the summer!

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  7. How kind of you to receive me! Gwyneth Fairchild here. I have only recently arrived from London, through the open port of Annapolis--one of the few from which ships can still sail through the blockade, I'm told. Though still startled to find myself on American soil at all with our nations so at odds, it's nevertheless an immense pleasure to be here to celebrate your wonderful novel, Mrs. Tyndall!

    I am reading VEIL OF PEARLS now and loving every moment of it. Now, where is this handsome Morgan Rutledge?? I would so like a peek at the man who has set Adalia's heart all aflutter.

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    1. Oh GWYNETH, I believe you'll be wearing the gorgeous gown you acquired last month. Can't wait to see it in person. The blockade runners are so very brave. What would we do without them--no frills at all I fear.

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    2. Welcome Ms. Fairchild! How nice to see you!! My, what a lovely gown you are wearing. You must be exhausted from your long journey. Do come sit and have some fresh lemonade. It is sad to hear our countries are quarreling again, isn't it? The Rutledges are due here any minute.. those handsome rogues are quite the life of the party, you know.. but they always make a late appearance. :-) I hear Morgan is bringing a new lady today. I'm simply dying to meet her. Word is she isn't one of "us", if you know what I mean. ;-)

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  8. Ya'll are great!! I love this (I'm not any good at it, but I love it!! :) ). I do think I"ll have a piece of that cake (I make a great Strawberry cake) and sit and watch the festivities from the side.

    Ladette (SR)

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    1. Welcome Ms. Kerr. Please don't be shy. We are all friends here. Grab some cake and make yourself at home, and thanks so much for coming!!

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    2. LADETTE! Did you see that big bowl of shrimp I brought up with me? Love fresh Charleston shrimp! And you look absolutely lovely, dear!

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  9. Hello, all! I'm so happy to visit with you and would love a glass of lemonade. It's much cooler in Charleston than I expected. At my home in Columbia, it's so hot that we ladies are confined to our vapors couches. But the ocean breezes here in Charleston are quite refreshing. Are those dashing Rutledge boys really going to join us? They do make one's heart flitter. But I must admit, not as much as Nicholas Xanthakos. One could get lost in those bold topaz eyes, though he has eyes only for his Lilyan. Did you see the picture of her wedding dress?

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    1. Welcome Ms. Craft!! Yes, the ocean breezes do make things quite comfortable. Why, I just spent a week in Jamaica and I dare say, it was cooler than here! Simply gorgeous. You must sail there some day.
      I have yet to meet this Captain Xanthakos.. Is he coming? Ooooh. I'm so excited! I did see the wedding dress. Simply fabulous!!

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    2. Oh! Jamaica, how lovely. Did you see any pirates? My heart stirs as I ask.

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  10. Outstanding creation of "Veil of Pearls", MaryLu! A true master piece! I shall be at the party. Dancing away. I hear the guest of the youngest Rutledge, Morgan, is bring someone who is courageous, wise, kind, a good listener, self-sacrificing, & has a strong faith! :)

    CoopaTroopa04 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Welcome Tracy! I have heard the same thing! I cannot wait to meet this new lady who has captured our Morgan's heart!!

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  11. Good afternoon, ladies, so nice of you to invite me to such a wonderful Soiree. I see that only the best of the best is here. As for young Mr. Morgan, I am so hoping that he will take the time to dance with me and not let his new 'friend' occupy all of his time. I've heard some things about this young lady and I intend to see for myself if they are true. As Chaplain, I must make sure that young Morgan make only wise choices. I've heard through the grapevine, that I should not partake of any refreshments given by a certain gentleman, if you can call him that. Thank you, ever so much, I feel absolutely special being among all you wonderful ladies!
    (Pat's doll has black pearls on it? Enter me, Please!)
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    1. So good to see you, Chaplain!! I've heard Morgan is quite taken with this lady, but I'm sure he will reserve a dance for you. Plus, it will give you time to question him on her. I do hope she comes from a good family, well educated and positioned in society! Indeed (I lean in to whisper) I have heard some ladies had to leave, their heads aspin, due to accepting drinks from this vile man. Do be on your guard!

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    2. I shall, in deed, be on my guard. It wouldn't do for a Chaplain to be put on display like that. Do check in on me now and then to make sure I am okay, dear, I would so appreciate it. Now, I am off to have some of that cake, I rarely get any at my home these days. *hugs*

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    3. Please know that Andrew Jackson has offered his services, he says "I might still drink a bunch of the fruit punch because I myself love fruit punch also. But I can guard it from people who might poison it or try to harm someone here. I'll challenge them to a bloody duel if they try that!"

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    4. What a relief to know that the General will be looking out for us. Do send him our regards. My phaeton should be arriving soon, and I do hope my hair hasn't come out of its combs. Dear husband does enjoy a brisk ride along the river road.

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    5. I have shared your regards with the General, KATHY! He says, "Look out for Miss MARVIN, I suspect that she is a British spy!"

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  12. My favorite time period and place is the setting of this book. I love Charleston and it is on my "Must Visit" list. Very, very excited about this party

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    1. Welcome Ms. Carter!! You simply must get to Charleston some day. It is by far my favorite city! Thanks for coming to our party and do make yourself at home!

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  13. I'm looking for Mariah Wenham, who left without me when I tarried too long with my preparations! I see her there in her muslin ensemble and lovely pearls.

    Fortunately for me, Maj. General Andrew Jackson stopped by the plantation and accompanied me to this event. He is taking a break from his duties in Tennessee. Here is what he has to say "This place (Charleston) reminds me of my mother, who died here during the Revolutionary War. Sadly, I lost all my family during that war and was orphaned at age 14. I am ready to show those British that they chose the wrong time to pick a fight with we Americans. I'll fight especially hard knowing these scars are here (on my hand and head) because I refused to clean a British officer's boots and he slashed me with his sword. Well, I want--can someone please tell me where the cake and punch are?"

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    1. My dear, you can join me, I was just on my way to have some of that delightful cake. It was so nice of the Major to accompany you here.

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    2. Ah Major Jackson.. what an honor, sir! I pray you and Miss Pagels enjoy your time in our fair city! You'll find our chaplain to be fine company! But do be on the lookout, sir. I've heard there may be spies among the crowd today.

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    3. Old Hickory says, "Why thank you, CHAPLAIN DEBBIE! And who is this Morgan fellow I keep hearing about?"

      I will take Andrew over to meet Morgan in a minute. He says, "Take me now!"

      He's slightly impatient!

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    4. Maj. General Jackson says, "Think I know who one of the spies is. Ms. Marvin is my suspect. I really will check on her when she leaves the party."

      Good heavens! Does this mean I'll need a ride back to the Wenham's plantation with Mariah? Let me go track her down.

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  14. I just left our fighting men in Ft. George, Canada, but I won't tell you if I my sympathies were with the British or the American troops!
    And just in time for a lovely lunch, I see. I am thrilled to wear the new straw hat I bought.

    This will be my first basil lemonade and it couldn't be any better for a day like this. Though Savannah holds my heart first, Charleston's Battery is one of the loveliest walks I know-- and meant to be enjoyed on the arm of a man in uniform. I am keeping my eyes open!

    Congratulations MaryLu! I feel like this book has been out for awhile for it as been such a topic of anticipation ...in all the right circles!

    thank you all for your lovely hospitality today!

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    1. Oh my--my escort Maj. General Andrew Jackson fears you may be a spy! He says "You better not be a spy because I hear those Canadians are mostly British now and have deep allegiances to the crown. It would be impolite to check you to see if you are a spy so you are lucky that I won't do it. And I'll offer to get you some lemonade so I can keep an eye on you and I'll watch where you are going when you leave the party."

      Heavens! I hope he won't start and international incident! To which he says, "What's wrong with an international incident!"

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    2. Welcome Miss Marvin! But do be careful of Major Jackson.. I hear he's quite tough on British sympathizers!! Perhaps we need to keep you away from him as much as possible. Oh dear, I would hate for my party to be ruined by an incident!!

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    3. General Jackson says, "I'm right behind you! I will simply turn her into the authorities if I acquire the right evidence."

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    4. Oh my dear General Jackson, you need not worry about me. I barely spoke to any of those handsome British soldiers and sailors, though I do have a habit of asking pointed questions. With the war barely a month old, even the citizens of both countries along the Niagara Frontier are unsure of whom to trust so I understand your concern.

      Let us put thoughts of war aside and enjoy the graciousness of our hostess, shall we?

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  15. Oh, this is so fun! Happy to be here. I'm hoping to catch a glimpse of Morgan Rutledge! ;)

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    1. Welcome, Miss McBride!! So good to see you here! I just saw Morgan's Brother, Hadley, enter on the arm of Miss Emerald Middleton... no doubt Morgan isn't far behind!

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  16. I have fallen in love with everything pirate since reading "The Red Siren". The 17-1800s are my absolute favorite time periods. ^_^

    katelynmwhitley@yahoo.com

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    1. You're my kinda girl, Katelyn!! Thanks for dropping by our party!! Sit and stay awhile.. :-)

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  17. I have journeyed from Wilmington - the lovely port city in North Carolina. But dears, it is so hot there and even more so in Charleston. But we must not complain for God gives us these days to bear and to enjoy. So delighted to be invited to your love soiree. My gown is quite crushed from the journey - the coach was atrocious.

    But dear, the lady with the black pearls. I must declare, I do not have her acquaintance. Please to introduce me. She is quite the lovely.

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    1. Well hello, Miss Vera from Wilmington! You are truly right about the heat but thank goodness for these lovely fans the servants are waving over us!! And the cool lemonade. Do have a glass, my dear. And your gown looks none worse for the wear if I do say so.
      Ah, yes, here she is...the lady with the black pearls. Morgan's mystery lady. But where has Morgan gone? Off to get her a drink I imagine. As soon as I gain an introduction I'll be sure and present her to you.

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    2. Please do so, dear. I treasure the beautiful South Seas pearls my dearly beloved Jack gave me on our wedding day. Black pearls are such a mystery. I must say you have chilled the lemonade so well. However has that been done in this heat?

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    3. Vera... how lovely are your pearls!! And what a treasured gift from Jack. The chilled lemonade is my little secret, I'm afraid.. but I do hope you enjoy it!!

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  19. My name is Anastasia Fisher and I am from the Northern Territory Michigan which is still pretty wild country in 1812. I thought I would come down to Charleston to get a look at the more genteel life. I must say there is a definite difference in the classes in your society. I don't care what the other ladies at the soiree say about Miss Winston! I love her spunk! My that Morgan is a gorgeous specimen but I prefer the look of his dark haired brother(even though he is quite the rogue!!) Thanks for the invite to your society!

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    1. Andrew Jackson is chatting with the brothers. He is smiling at Morgan Rutledge. And he looks like he really doesn't like the elder Rutledge brother.

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    2. Welcome Miss Fisher!! My, but you did come a long way to attend our little party. I'm so glad you did. Miss Winston will be charmed to meet you and happy to hear she has at least one friend present. Hadley? so you prefer Hadley? I hope you know he is quite the lady's man. Don't lose your heart to him or it may be lost forever!

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    3. Thank you for the warning regarding Hadley! I won't lose my heart. I just like his dark hair over his brother's wheat colored hair. I wonder if I can get a kitten that looks like him? ;) I thought that was a sweet gesture from Mr. Rutledge to Miss Winston!

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  20. How do you do, Ladies...

    Thank you for inviting me, Madam Tyndall! Yes--you have it-- I am Lady Patricia Winfield, and my countrywomen across the pond are quite excited about your latest release, Veil of Pearls! They were quite excited when I told them I was to meet you in person and they send you their best.

    My husband, the Lord Herald Winfield feels such a book is scandalous however, because it dwells on the second war of independence for the colonies--and romance too! He would ahve been happier to bury his nose in a book in the tactics of war, I'm sure. more So I have challenged him to look through it and see for himself that it carries a fine message of hope and inspiration as well.

    Needless to say, all my friends who have read it are excessively fond of your books, my dear!

    Oh, I say--and who is this chap--Andrew Jackson, you say? Wont you be a good sort of fellow and bring me a tall glass of that delicious looking lemonade? Now there's a dear!

    It's so gratifying to see you colonials are tending to your children's manners and the King's English continues to be taught. I must say, he looks to be a fine young man, though a bit reluctant to recognize his betters. Oh... please excuse me, I believe I see Mrs. Madison! She's quite the dance, I hear.
    I on the other hand, am not.

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    1. Major General Jackson is here as a guest but I shall ask a servant to bring you some lemonade. General Jackson says, "So you're an Englishwoman but you sympathize with the American cause. Is that right? I feel like challenging your husband to a duel of honor for insulting we Americans--the book is not scandalous although he says it is. And that is why I want to challenge him to a duel."

      Oh my, I believe General Jackson has become quite upset at being in the city where his dear mother died, which he attributes to the English. Let me go ply him with cake!

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    2. So good to see you, Lady Winfield! And all the way from across the pond. My word, I do hope General Jackson (Whoops, I do fear I've been calling him Major. I hope he hasn't heard!) will not be offended by your presence!! He becomes quite volatile when discussing British interest in their former colonies. Oh my, I believe he's heading over.. But in the meantime, I wish to thank you so much for your kind words about my books. Did you say Mrs. Madison was here? My, but my party has attracted some highly significant people. I'm all aflutter!!! General Jackson, stop that at once. You will not draw your sword on Lady Windfield!

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    3. General Jackson claims he was merely demonstrating what he will do to Lord Winfield! He says he's sorry for frightening Lady Winfield (but I'm not so sure!) Yes, he is quite volatile about the British with good reason, since he holds them responsible for destroying his family and scarring him. Poor man.

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  21. Oh my, this heat is so draining but I simply couldn't stay away from my first Charleston party! And when I arrived and saw that amazing Morgan fellow standing right next to the cake table.....I knew it would be a good time ;)

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    1. Welcome Miss Renee (or Jennifer!) So glad you could make it. Yes, Morgan seems to be set on bringing that darn Miss Winston cake and refreshments at her every whim! Can you imagine? She is an orphan I hear!! With no connections whatsoever. I'm not sure I can tolerate her presence much longer.

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  22. Lady Pat, you really must meet Andrew Jackson. Why he is the most sickly looking gentleman (and I say that loosly - because sometimes he is quite barbaric). But he fights for our freedoms and is working so diligently to expand our borders. The English, the Spanish, and the Indians simply fear him and know he will fight to the end and most likely win.

    If another gentleman errs in his conduct around Mr. Jackson, well, Old Hickory simply challenges him to a duel.

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    1. Ah, VERA, I see you are well acquainted with General Jackson. He says, "You're right! The Spanish and Indians fear me because I will fight them and most likely win. So that is why my enemies don't want to challenge me to a duel because I am the best shot in the world."

      I fear since Andy lost his mother when he was so young that she was unable to help him with a good dose of humility.

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  23. Wonder if Mr. Jackson will want to get some black pearls for his beloved Rachael?

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    1. Andrew says, "Rachel prefers lace collars and pins. I will be looking for a silver pin while I am here. And it better be American made!"

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  24. Lovely Party, just lovely, thank you for the Invite, the Cake and Lemonade where delicious and so was the Shrimp.'The Gowns and Jewelery where so pretty. I enjoyed myself very much.
    MaryLu, congrats on the Book, i can't wait to read it.
    Blessings.

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    1. So nice of you to come, Ingrid!! I am thrilled you enjoyed yourself. But who wouldn't at such a grand affair!!

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    2. Oh my! I so love shrimp; wherever is it? I really enjoyed the cake and I served myself some lemonade, quite tasty. I never got that dance with Morgan. I've been a bit busy moving around this enchanting room, talking to the most wonderful people. I guess it's a good thing, seeing as I've yet to learn how to dance. I would hate to embarrass myself on the dance floor, like some I've seen lately. Well, if you will point me to the shrimp, I shall go feast!

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    3. Dearest Chaplain! Shame on Morgan, missing out on dancing with such a lovely lady as yourself!! I'm sure he'd be quite upset if he knew he'd lost out to a plate of shrimp!

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    4. Well, shrimp only keeps for so long, you know. Mr. Morgan will be around for quite some time. *snickers* (oh great, now I want a candy bar)

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  25. Thank you, again, dear friend for the invitation and it was simply a grand affair!

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  26. Neat-o!
    I love those dresses. I wish we could still wear clothes like that today. =D
    I've started reading Veil of Pearls already. It's so good I couldn't put it down!
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    1. Thank you Rachel!!! And welcome to the party! You know Morgan Rutledge is here somewhere.. let me see.. there he is over there speaking to Miss Emerald. Oh, I know she has set her cap for him!! Perhaps I can arrange an introduction. :-)

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  27. I am a great admirer of General Jackson and especially his mother, Elizabeth, who was a quintessential South Carolina backcountry woman. She was a woman of great courage, high purpose, and enormous inner strength. Her actions showed her to be strong-willed, pious, hard working, determined, resourceful, resilient, and compassionate.
    When Andrew was a young man, she hoped he would attend seminary. But alas, his fiery, passionate personality took him in other directions. The red hair, I imagine.
    The general credits the following advice to his dear mother, “To forget an obligation or be ungrateful for a kindness is a base crime, not merely a fault or a sin, but an actual crime. Men guilty of it sooner or later must suffer the penalty. In personal conduct be always polite but never obsequious. None will respect you more than you respect yourself. Avoid quarrels as long as you can without yielding to imposition. But sustain your manhood always.”

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    1. Ah, the general's mother offers great advice, Miss Craft. It's always nice to see a man raised so well and taught to have integrity and honor. So many (as you can see if you look around you) are spoiled with excesses and become lazy and unappreciative.

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  28. Lovely, just lovely. And if I don't win the book, I am still going to get it. Can't wait.

    Must go find a couch to faint on. It is hot in this part of the country!

    Peace, Julie

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    1. Welcome Julie! Well the evening is upon us, so I'm hoping the weather will cool down a bit. Do grab some lemonade and find a good spot to rest. Perhaps later on, you may find a handsome gentleman to dance with?

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  29. Madam Tyndall, thank you ever so much for the invitation to your lovely party. It's wonderful to be back in the glorious city of Charleston, all the way from the searing Mid-west. The ocean breezes are simply delightful and I spent a good share of the afternoon sitting by the bay, enjoying the sunny day. I had a wonderful dinner, but I must say that a small piece of that strawberry cake and a glass of your cool lemonade sounds divine. By the way, where is that handsome Morgan Rutledge that everyone has been chatting about? I'm very anxious to meet him. Oh, I believe I see Madam Pagels standing across the room. (Waving with a gloved hand.) I think I shall go over and say hello.

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    1. ANGI!!! So glad you made it here! I am taking General Jackson up to his special bed chamber. He needs to go to bed. I shall pray with him. I feel certain he shall wish to visit tomorrow again before the guests leave. I pray no one accepts his invitation to a duel. You must try the shrimp--delicious!

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    2. Ah Dear Miss Angie, how lovely to see you!! And you made such a long journey on my account! I am forever in your debt dear. As Madam Pagels said, do try the shrimp before you dive into that cake. Now, let me see, where did that darn Morgan run off to? Why he's left Miss Winston alone with Miss Middleton. That will never do. Emerald will eat the poor girl for lunch. I better get over there before things get out of hand..

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    3. Why, Madam Tyndall. Lovely to see you as well. You look simply breathtaking in your gown. The journey was quite long, but I am so happy to be here now, enjoying myself amongst all of your guests. Oh, I see several young ladies surrounding a very handsome young man. Could that be the infamous Mr. Rutledge? I think I'll take my leave and go and join them to find out.

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  30. Why thank you, Madam Pagels. Don't mind if I do. Give the General my regards. Praying he feels refreshed in the morning. And now, for a bite of that shrimp!

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  31. Better late than never - looks like it's a fabulous soiree:) Love the gowns and everything!! And General Jackson - OH MY! What a handsome, gallant fellow in disguise;) Back to work for me!

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    1. Hi Laura!! Might we assume you are under an intense deadline? Well, I thank you so much for making an appearance at our soiree!! The General, I fear, will not be able to hear your compliment... for he has since retired. I believe Ms. Pagels wore him out.

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  32. Well, I have made my way about the room again, and though I've met some delightful people, I must say Mr. Jackson is quite frightening! "In personal conduct be always polite but never obsequious." Indeed! Such behaviour would never be allowed in English drawing rooms.

    But, it seems there is always some rowdiness displayed at every soiree or gathering in the colonies. Why, I recall one such incident at a party where a Mr. Reed had someone by the name of Snyder kidnapped! And I believe you were the one who had given the party, Mrs. Tyndall!

    That is why I always see quite sensational headlines the next morning in the Charleston papers about your gatherings. Quite exciting, I must say!

    I believe I'm beginning to thoroughly enjoy myself and will have much to tell when I return home. I too would like to speak with that handsome young man Morgan, and the young lady he brought with him, Miss Adalia.

    Yes, indeed--quite refreshing!

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    1. My dearest Lady Winfield, I must admit that yes, we Americans, do enjoy a bit of rowdiness now and then.. especially at parties, as you well remember with Mr. Snyder! Of course, that rascal had it coming, don't you agree? We simply had to get him out of the way of true love!

      I just knew you had some American in you and not all that stodgy stuffiness you Brits are known for. Ah.. yes.. I see Morgan and Adalia.. please follow me and I'll introduce you!

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  33. Goodness, my head's been in the clouds today, I'm afraid, because I would NEVER miss a Ms. Pagels party OR a soiree for my sis!!

    WHOO-HOO, MARYLU, HAPPY LAUNCH DAY, MY FRIEND!!! I AM so excited to see this book release because it is one of the most exciting books this year in the CBA, in my humble opinion and flat-out FABULOUS!! The cover, the setting (LOVE Charleston!!), the characters, the story, the ROMANCE!!! And all written by one of my very favorite people in the whole wide world!! I pray it flies off the shelves, my friend!!

    Carrie -- FAB party as always, but get me away from the strawberry cake, PLEASE!! Even my Fitness Pal app doesn't count calories that high ... :)

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Ah.. welcome Julie!!! A party wouldn't be a party without you, my dear!! Thanks SO MUCH for coming by and for your KIND words!! You caused a blush to rise on my face.. or is that this Charleston heat? One piece of strawberry cake coming up for my dear friend.. and do stay awhile. I just know you want to meet Morgan, ;-)

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    2. JULIE!!! I am afraid I collapsed from my rheumatism shortly after encouraging General Jackson to retire last evening. I am ever so grateful to Adalia bringing a tray of ham biscuits and sweet tea up to my bed chamber this afternoon. The General looked in on me, too, and I fear he missed his day camp--must be some kind of military encampment or such, by attending me today. Well, I fear I must lie down again. Perhaps these southern soirees are too taxing for a matron of my years! Ah, there is Miss Wenham, a relation of mine (although my Wenhams still live across the pond and please do not let Andrew Jackson get wind of that information, who knows what he'd do--probably accuse me of being a spy, too!)

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  34. So fun to see the exquisite costumes, enjoy your delightful guests, savor such delicious food, while sharing the charming ambience this soiree offered. Wish I could stay and dance all night!!!

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    1. Do stay as long as you wish, Miss Wilson!!! We are happy to have you!! How often do you get invited to such a fanciful affair in the heart of Charleston.. and with General Jackson and Mrs. Madison in attendance??? Please sample the food and let me find a suitable dance partner for you. Perhaps Hadley Rutledge. He does love the beautiful ladies!

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    2. CINDY--congrats on being our 200th FOLLOWER on the CQ blog!!! Many blessings to you! We'll have a CQ special treat for you of several publications by our members! You can be sure one will be of precious Adalia's story!

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  35. Well, it has been such a lovely party, but I must call it a night. I do tire easily these days. Thank you ever so much for the invitation. I shall go home straight away and write this all down in my journal. It will be an evening I shall never forget. Good night to one and all and God bless.

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  36. What fun! I stopped when I heard the beautiful music as I passed by. The night is a bit warm and the cool lemonade is very refreshing. Did I miss Morgan and his special guest? I am dying to meet her! This book sounds wonderful!

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    1. It IS a wonderful story. You will absolutely get caught up in the lives of Adelia and Morgan. By far one of MaryLu's best!

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    2. Oh my ladies, forgive me, but with all the excitement, I retired early last night. So glad you stopped in, Stacey!! This party will go on for days, so do make yourself comfortable. Hopefully, it won't be as hot today as it was yesterday.

      And thank you, dear Chaplain, for your sweet words!

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  37. MARYLU SAID: "One piece of strawberry cake coming up for my dear friend.. and do stay awhile. I just know you want to meet Morgan, ;-)"

    HA! Keep the strawberry cake, darlin' -- I'll take Morgan!! You KNOW what a juvenile delinquent I am about heroes ... you're the same way, sis!! Only one of the MANY reasons I love you!!

    Hugs,
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    1. Precisely what I knew you would say, sweetie!! LOL Who needs cake when you have a hunk of a hero standing by!! From one juvenile delinquent to another, we will just have to share him. :-)

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  38. What beautiful gowns! And I'll have a piece of that strawberry cake, please!

    Better late than never ;) If it's still open, I'd love to be entered in the giveaway.

    Thank you for the lovely party!

    Beth
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    1. Welcome Beth!! Yes, the party goes on all week, so you're never too late! Do have some cake and mingle with the guests. I wonder if General Jackson has risen from his bed?? I hear he enjoys his rest. And I also saw Mrs. Madison wandering out too somewhere.

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  39. those ham sandwiches look so wonderful thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Welcome dear!! Those sandwiches do look great, don't they? I stuffed myself so much on cake yesterday, I didn't have a chance to try them. Do make yourself at home and enjoy the dancing. I believe the orchestra is about to start up!

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  40. Thanks for the invitation to the party! What fun. I've never been to Charleston and want to come so very much! I've heard great things about Veil of Pearls and can hardly wait to read it.
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    1. Bless you, Miss Ruby! Thank you for dropping by!! I do hope you enjoy the party... I hear there are British spies lurking about, so be on the lookout!

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  41. Oh, wow, I've never been to something like this.
    It's quite special!
    Hello ladies! You all are looking lovely! I'm guessing the folks Colonial Quills must really love M.L!!
    Well, I would add more 'fancy' words to this comment, except I'd have to look those up. :) But enjoy the soiree (what a creative idea) and please do enter me in the giveaway.

    Bienvenue et Bonne journée, everyone!

    Ganise

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    1. A happy Tuesday to you, Miss Ganise!! So happy to see you here. Yes, the lovely ladies here at Quills are always looking for an excuse to throw a party.. plus they are all exceedingly kind! Please enjoy the food, music, and dancing.! Now, where did Miss Adalia run off to?? Excuse me if you please.

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    2. Thank for your warm welcome, Lady Tyndall! I am most grateful, and I do hope that you find Miss Adalia. Hopefully nothing tragic has befallen on her.
      This is a lovely soiree and I hope that you are also enjoying it.As always, you look lovely, and its a pleasure meeting you.

      Ganise

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  42. Oooh, pretty dresses! Please enter me in the giveaway. :)

    writer(underscore)weaver(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Welcome Miss Anna! Thank you for coming to our party! I hope you wore your best gown. There are lots of handsome men here looking for dance partners!

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  43. How nice a soiree, I've never been to one. Sometimes I wish we dressed that way too. I always liked the dresses and gowns back then. I have a sister who lives in South Carolina maybe someday I will get there. Have fun everyone. Thanks, I would love it if you would enter me in the giveaway. I collect dolls and it would look great with my other dolls, have a couple of southern gals now. Can't wait to read Veil of Pearls.

    Mary Duff

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  44. Oh goodness. Never mind the dresses, are those hot ham biscuits I smell? I haven't had a good country ham in ever so long. They're just one of the memories that tie me to my Virginia roots.

    I have been to Charleston and walked through the historic district with a family member as a tour guide. A very lovely town. I remember peeking through many a garden gate.

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    1. Why, Miss Lori, I do the very same thing whilst in Charleston.. walk the cobblestone streets and gazed at the lovely iron gates and beautiful gardens. Such a lovely city and with so much history!!
      But I do agree with you about the ham. It smells divine. In fact, I was heading that way now..

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  45. Oh, good! I just found my fan. I would love to win your novel, dear. Kathleen lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Hello Miss House!!! I'm so glad you found your fan! I do believe you're going to need it today. The heat is rising faster than I liked.. or perhaps that's because I was just dancing with Morgan. :-)

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  46. Oh this is most delightful!! MaryLu, I do thank you for your gracious invitation to this most exquisite of parties. The gowns take my breathe away, the food makes me want to loosen my corset, (but we shall keep such scandalous talk between to two of us) and the music is so delightful. This is all and more than I expected my first party here in Charleston to be. Please forgive my late entrance to this superb gathering. (I dare to admit I've always had a thing for making a more discrete entrance. It does give one an advantage in surveying the room and guests for the most approachable guests to acquaint myself with.)However, now that I have arrived I dare say this will be a most delightful event with some of the most lovely of guests to mingle with. I do love to dance and hope there is still someone available to accompany me to the dance floor. Well, the good Captain has offered to get me some lemonade so I must go. Again MaryLu, my deepest gratitude for the invitation.

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    1. Oh yes my email is KJTRUETT(at)aol(dot)com

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    2. Welcome Miss Kristie! Glad you made it to our little affair! And I do so approve of your fashionably late entrance! Why, just look at all the guests staring at you and talking behind their fans. They are quite enamored with the mysterious new lady who has just arrived! Oh, but I see you have already met the Captain. I'm sure he'd love to sweep you onto the dance floor after your lemonade! Enjoy! Enjoy!

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  47. Would LOVE to read this.

    Battles2001@hotmail.com

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    1. Greetings, Miss Melissa!! So happy to have you at the party. Please grab some refreshments and enjoy yourself!

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  48. Well, I am back my dears. I had to get some rest, my old bones aren't as bouncy as they used to be. So, has anyone seen this young lady Morgan brought? I didn't have a chance to spy her before I left. I must know if she is a good fit for the young man. We must not let him fall for the wrong person. Oh dear, I am parched. I had to walk a few blocks getting here, because my carriage lost a wheel. Not to worry, I am quite well, just a bit shaken up. Let me get myself some lemonade and someone can tell me about this Miss Adalia.

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    1. Welcome back, Chaplain!! Haven't you met Miss Adalia yet? Oh, I know she's here somewhere. But I must say, she is of common birth I'm told..hailing from simple farmers on Jamaica. And she works for a living! Can you imagine? What Morgan sees in her when there are so many lovely accomplished genteel ladies here is beyond me. Those Rutledge boys were always rascals!!
      So sorry about your carriage dear. Let's go fetch some lemonade and I'll introduce you to Adalia...

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    2. Thank you ever so much, Lady Tyndall, I can't wait to see what all the fuss it about. What ever are we going to do about this young lady? I do believe someone should speak to young Rutledge and set him straight. I've heard that it's so difficult to keep a rein on those Rutledge boys. I must speak with the both of them. They are at an age where they should be settling down with a proper lady and starting a family. Well, let's be off to the lemonade and then to meet this young Adalia.

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  49. Oh I love historical romance books...and I would love to win a paperback copy of MaryLu Tyndall's new book..'Veil of Pearls'...the book sounds soo good.....I have shared on facebook and twitter......babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Greetings, Miss Eyeballucy! My goodness, but that's an odd name. I don't see you on the register. Where does your family hail from? I do hope you're not trying to sneak in. But, with that lovely gown and your hair done up so well with beads and jewels, surely you must be one of "us". (she smiles sweetly) So, do come in and join the festivities!! Have some sweet tea and I'm sure one of these fine gentlemen will soon come by to sweep you onto the dance floor!

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  50. MaryLu,

    Thank you for inviting me to the splendid event...I love the dresses, food, and atmosphere.

    karenk
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    1. Welcome Karen!! You look lovely this evening! Do come in and make yourself at home. I see a piece of strawberry cake with your name on it!

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  51. Hello all, I have returned for yet another wonderful day with this group of fascinating people. My companion today is my husband, Jack. He is an old salt that sails on the ship Redemption. I had to clean him up a bit for this occasion, his daily attire is not for the faint of heart. He has been regaling me with tales of the seas and how war seems imminent. I do fear for his safety when he is gone, but what's a Chaplain to do? He is always in my prayers. But, enough of this, I wish to introduce him to a few people and try to forget that he will be shipping out again very soon. Jack, dear, this is Lady Tyndall, our most gracious hostess.
    Jack: It is a pleasure to be here, Lady Tyndall, my wife has told me how much she has enjoyed this event. Thank you so much for keeping an eye on her. I hear that some guests are given to drinking a bit much at these functions and I wish for my wife to be safe from some of the most lecherous sorts. Speaking of my wife, where did the Chaplain disappear to? Oh, there she is, getting us some the the lemonade she has been going on about. Will you excuse me, Lady Tyndall, while I join my wife? Very nice to see you. By your leave............

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    1. Oh, a real sailor!!! And I love the name of your ship, sir. The Redemption. Now, why does that sound so familiar? oh never mind. We are all so pleased you could make it! And what a lovely wife you have! I don't blame you at all for wanting to keep a weather eye on her.. she's a prize worth keeping safe! Do enjoy the lemonade, Sir Jack, as well as the other refreshments!! And watch out for the Rutledge brothers. I hear they are up to no good!

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    2. Thank you, kind lady, I shall enjoy myself. I have so little time to spend with my wife these days, so I must make the most of every moment. Perhaps I shall ask her to dance? Thank should make her quite happy. Please excuse me......

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  52. Just dropping by to say hi. This looks like fun. Wish I had more time to enjoy the soiree with you all!

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    1. Glad you could join us, Lady Barbara, even if it is for a short while. Please try some of the delicious foods before you leave. You will not be disappointed. And may I say that you look lovely in that gown. Well, mingle if you have the time. I must go find my husband........oh, there he is. Perhaps he will dance with me now that he has had his fill of food. Enjoy, my dear.

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    2. Hello Lady Barb! So glad you could make it!

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  53. Charleston is not only a beautiful city, but it is my birth city. Whenever I can visit, I do. Last week, I was there for a few days and spent time in the South Carolina Historical Historical Society building. I had the opportunity to not only hold but read a small book that was published in 1835. As I read it,it honestly gave me chills at the history I was holding. This book sounds delightful and full of some of the real people that I am fascinated by.It is going to have to be my next read!

    Even though I don't have an invitation to this soiree, I believe I will crash the party. (Maybe no one will notice!) I have been just dying to meet the dashing Andrew Jackson; he has such a presence. It must be hard for him to visit Charleston, since his mother died here of a fever she caught nursing her nephew on one of the prison ships during the War. I understand he is still searching for her grave. Such a pity!

    The humidity here is so frightful; my hair is curling, and I am "glowing." Where is that lemonade?!?

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    1. Ahem...Lady Sheila I presume? Welcome to the party. I know you intended to not get noticed, but there are eyes everywhere here. One must be careful what one says as well, there are ears everywhere as well. I am Chaplain Debbie and I have yet to meet Mr. Jackson, so maybe we can meet him together. My husband is about somewhere, he keeps running off. Yes, the humidity is terrible, but I think your hair is fabulous. The curls add to it's flair, if I may say so myself. Now, first's things first. Let us get you some lemonade and then we shall make our way over to Mr. Jackson....shall we?

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    2. Your birth city, Lady Sheila! How fortunate you are! And to hold such a precious historical book in your hands!! How exciting. And I do hope you find the General. He was here yesterday but I haven't seen him yet today. I believe you are right in that he is searching for his mother's grave. Poor man. Such a tragedy!

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  54. I love, love MaryLu's books and I can't wait to read this one! The reviews are awesome! Thanks for offering a copy!
    Blessings....Joy

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    1. Welcome, Lady Joy, it's so nice of you to join the party! Please, stay awhile and enjoy the festivities. Your gown is simply lovely, my dear, I so love the color. You must try some of Lady Tyndall's lemonade, it is simply divine. Now, where is Lady Tyndall? She seems to have wandered off. If I see her, I will point her in your direction. Enjoy yourself, dear.

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    2. Hello Lady Joy! So wonderful of you to drop by! Thanks for your kind words. It seems the party is winding down a bit. I believe most of the guests have been overcome by the heat and have left for their much cooler plantations! But, do come in and enjoy the refreshments while you are here! And thank you Chaplain for being such a great hostess to our guests!

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    3. It is a pleasure to do so, Lady Tyndall. Oh dear, I do believe my husband wishes to dance with me. This should prove quite interesting. Well, here goes nothing......

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  56. Well, Jack, it seems to be quite mellow right now. It seems to be a bit warm inside. Why don't we take a walk outside for a bit. This fan is not helping one bit. Maybe when we return, we will find new guests. Oh, and be a dear and fetch me some more of that lemonade before we go. Thank you ever so much.

    (Wow, now I'm having a conversation with myself. LOL........may I ask when this party will be over?)

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  57. Here we are, back inside this lovely home. I absolutely adore the way everything shines! You know, Jack, we must ask where our hostess purchased that lovely vase over there.
    It seems like the party is slowing down quite a bit. Hopefully, it will pick up again tomorrow. My, but this dress is trying to strangle me. The next time I have Lily make me a gown, I must tell her to allow more room around my neck.
    I wonder if there has been any news on the war? There must be someone here who can fill us in on everything. Let's mingle and find out.

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  58. Well, the night got away from us. I guess we shall return to our home and perhaps visit again tomorrow. That is, if the party is still going. Good night, Lady Tyndall, thank you for a lovely evening. We shall drop by tomorrow to see if the festivities are still going. Come, Jack, let us be on our way.

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    1. Chaplain DEBBIE, we hope you have had a good visit with us! On one of the invitations I sent out, we announced our party to end at midnight on Tuesday. However, I failed to communicate that with the lovely MaryLu (was too busy chasing after General Jackson, who I fear may be a ten-year-old boy and a history buff--he is about five feet tall and I recall the General to be quite taller!) We LOVED having you and Jack visit with us! In fact, we have a party gift for you! Many blessings!

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  59. Lady Carrie, thank you ever so much! We had a lovely time. Jack will be going back out to sea soon. Hopefully, that nasty war will never come to be; yet I fear it may. Do give everyone my blessings!

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  60. KRISTY TRUETT -- You are our book WINNER this week! CONGRATS!!! Check your email!

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  61. OOPS that is KRISTIE TRUETT, my apologies!

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