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Character Interview with Lord Henry Sedgwick

I’m so excited to introduce everyone to Hannah Linder. Hannah is a debut Regency Suspense author with Barbour Publishing. I had the privilege of meeting Hannah at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference last spring and knew I wanted to host this promising young author on Romancing History to help spread the word about Beneath His Silence.

Hannah is going to introduce us to the hero of Beneath His Silence, Lord Henry Sedgwick

Be sure to visit the Giveaway section at the bottom of the post to learn how you can enter to win a print copy of this intriguing debut.


Meet the Character

My name is Lord Henry Sedgwick of Wyckhorn Manor. I pray you have not heard whispers of me, though it is far more likely you have. Has not everyone? That is why I must remain in my manor, far from the rumormongers of the village, where I might raise my son without the torture of their speculations. But tortures reign here, too. The manor is cursed with silence. My son is motherless. Bloody shirtsleeves are hidden in my upstairs bedchamber, a painful reminder of all I must keep buried, even from the new and charming governess. That, however, may be harder than I realized. Especially when she begins unwinding my heart.

Fast Five

Lord Segwick, please tell us five things about yourself.

I Like . . .

  1. Brushing down and stabling my own horse, Miss Staverley
  2. Playing along the beach with my five-year-old son
  3. Avoiding balls and social obligations
  4. Assisting my tenants, especially those who are old or poor
  5. Accepting apologies from my son’s amusing governess

Character Q & A

RH: What is your greatest fear? What keeps you up at night?

LS: My greatest fear is that the lies will be uncovered and people will know the truth—that my son will know the truth.

RH: What is your biggest pet peeve?

LS: I detest coy, conniving, maidenly smiles that only mean to entrap me. I shall not be fooled again.

RH: What is your greatest achievement?

LS: Raising Peter, my son.

RH: What is your biggest secret?

LS: The bloody shirtsleeves hidden in my bedchamber. I pray to heaven no one ever knows what I have done.

RH: What book are you reading right now?

LS: The Bible. I have placed one outside Miss Woodhart’s bedchamber door, but I hardly know if she will read the book. I cannot help wondering why it should matter to me so much if she does.

RH: What does perfect happiness look like to you?

LS: A manor with no curse and no silence. A mother for my son. A heart that does not writhe in guilt. A woman, perhaps like Miss Woodhart, who could be true to me and love me and smile at me without pretense. But I do not know if such a woman exists. I do not know if I deserve her if she does.


About the Book

Will Seeking Justice Lead to Her Own Demise?

A Gothic-Style Regency Romance from a Promising Young Author

Second daughter of a baron—and a little on the mischievous side—Ella Pemberton is no governess. But the pretense is a necessity if she ever wishes to get inside of Wyckhorn Manor and attain the truth. Exposing the man who killed her sister is all that matters.

Lord Sedgewick knows there’s blood on his hands. Lies have been conceived, then more lies, but the price of truth would be too great. All he has left now is his son—and his hatred. Yet as the charming governess invades his home, his safe cocoon of bitterness begins to tear away.

Could Ella, despite the lingering questions of his guilt, fall in love with such a man? Or is she falling prey to him—just as her dead sister?

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About the Author

Hannah Linder resides in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by Books & Such, she writes Regency romantic suspense novels. She is a double 2021 Selah Award winner, a 2022 Selah Award winner, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). In way of career, Hannah is a Graphic Design Associates Degree graduate who specializes in professional book cover design. She designs for both traditional publishing houses and individual authors, including New York Times, USA Today, National, and International bestsellers. She is also a local photographer and self-portrait photographer. When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys playing her instruments—piano, guitar, and ukulele—songwriting, painting still life, walking in the rain, and sitting on the front porch of her 1800s farmhouse. To follow her journey, visit hannahlinderbooks.com.

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Giveaway*

This giveaway is now CLOSED!

Congratulations to our winner, Cherie J.!!!

To enter the giveaway for a print copy of Beneath His Silence, let us know what era of history you’d like to visit if you could step into a time machine.

*Giveaway ends at midnight EDT, Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

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25 Comments

  1. Cherie J

    Oh wow! Thank you so much! How do I claim my win? Do I wait for an email from the author or should I contact her myself.

  2. Jennifer K

    Sounds like such an interesting read! Nice giveaway! I’m not brave enough to step inside a time machine!

  3. Perrianne Askew

    I loved the interview! I kind of like my creature comforts, so I wouldn’t go too far back, maybe to the 1970’s. It was a crazy time!

  4. Cherie J

    I would love to visit Regency England period. It would be interesting for a quick visit. For a bit longer of a visit, I would enjoy going back to the late 1950’s and hang out with my mom when she was young.

  5. Sabrina Templin

    I can’t pick just one so for today i would say the 1920’s

  6. Aletha Kelley

    I think the pioneer days

  7. Teri DiVincenzo

    Hi Beth! I would love to step back into WWI…such a simpler time, but still with refrigeration and some modern conveniences.

  8. Joy Gibson

    Regency era. I love reading about this era.

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Joy, I do too! Thanks for stopping by! Best of luck in the drawing!

  9. Emma

    Love this!😍 I would love to go back to regency era, particularly around the time Pride and Prejudice is set.

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Emma, Welcome to Romancing History! I’ll be your travel companion. I’d be curious to know if you like the Colin Firth or Matthew MacFadyen version of the movie. I’m a traditional girl, so it’s Colin all the way! Thanks for visiting and commenting on the blog today!

  10. I LOVED this interview!!! Lord Sedgwick is such an intriguing character! 😍 I would love to travel back to so many different periods, the Regency era included, but I would probably choose the late 1600s (which was the Golden Age of Piracy 😉) first!! 😊

    So glad to find your blog, Kelly!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Grace, Welcome to Romancing History! The Golden Age of Piracy, huh? That’s definitely a unique answer. If you see my response, I’m curious as to why you’d choose that era first. Best of luck in the drawing!

  11. bn100

    1500s

    • romancinghistory

      Hello, Wow, you are brave!I enjoy reading about the time period but I don’t think I’d survive too long. Thanks for visiting and commenting on the blog today!

  12. Jackie Killelea

    The Regency era!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Jackie, Welcome to Romancing History! If they ever make Pride and Prejudice a virtual reality game, I’d be in serious trouble! LOL! Best of luck in the drawing!

  13. Suzanne Wilson

    I would like to visit the Regency era, especially the merchants, booksellers, bakers and the markets.

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Suzanne, Welcome to Romancing History! I’ve always wanted to learn the “tippy-toe” dances of that era like you see in the BBC period dramas. LOL! Thanks for visiting the blog today!

  14. I love the 1800s so much just that time the style the language it was so beautiful 😍

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Brooke, Welcome to Romancing History. The latter half of the 1800s is my favorite era to write about. I’d love to visit that time period as well. Good luck in the drawing.

  15. Mary Beth Handley

    This sounds so intriguing! Thanks for the opportunity! If I could travel to any era in history I would want to visit America at the turn of the century 1900. There are so many more but I had to pick one!

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Mary Beth, Welcome to Romancing History! America at the turn of the 20th century would be a fascinating time to visit. So many political, social, and technological changes to the culture. Thanks for visiting and commenting today.

  16. Elizabeth Fleming

    Ooh, such a hard question. I’m going to say Regency era, but my answer tomorrow could be different. 😉

    • romancinghistory

      Hi Beth, I’d love to go on a reality show where I could visit the Regency era for a couple months just to see if I could survive! LOL! Thanks visiting and commenting the blog today.

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