Release Day is Coming! — 21 Comments

  1. Wow, that’s some crazy history! Selling wives! I was already eager to buy your book because you’re my friend, but that cover and the back cover copy have guaranteed a sale now! LOL! Can’t wait to read your novella, Alina! Congratulations!! 🙂

    • Thanks, Kitty! Truth can be stranger than fiction, huh? I can’t remember how I stumbled upon this little piece of history. Apparently, Hardy’s Mayor of Casterbridge opens with a wife sale, but Hardy wasn’t on my reading list in college!

  2. Selling wives? Sounds fascinating. I can’t imagine such an outrageous practice. I’m looking forward to reading your novella. By the way, you have a beautiful cover. Congratulations, Alina!

  3. I’d heard of wife sales, but not to the extent you talk about. Fascinating! What a wonderful novella!

  4. Awesome post and what a wonderful, twisty set up for your novella! I’m hooked and want to read more!

    THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE, by Thomas Hardy centers around the story of a wife sale.

    Crazy to think this happened, isn’t it? Sometimes real history is stranger than fiction!

    • In college I read lots of Shakespeare, Milton, and Goethe, but never Hardy. I’ll have to pick him up at the library.

  5. Wife selling…what an interesting concept for a story. I know there have been times when I wouldn’t mind selling my husband if the price were right. lol Just kidding…mostly. He’s a great guy and I think I’ll keep him. I’m really looking forward to reading your novella, Alina. Congratulations and best of luck to you!

    • Ah yes, the urge to sell the spouse…happens in the best of marriages! One thing the historians say is that these sales always involved alcohol. Drowning sorrows before, and celebrating after? Thanks for stopping by, Lorie!

  6. The wife sales are a fascinating and little-known piece of history. They weren’t legal, of course. Legal divorce in Regency England was nearly impossible for anyone, even the aristocrats. Your books sounds really good. Can’t wait to read it.

    • Yes, the English marriage practices are very interesting, and the Scottish doubly so. Thanks, Linda!

  7. Intriguing idea for your novella, Alina. It sounds like you found a little known piece of history that will hook your readers. Congratulations.

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