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“Love is a Choice” (a period love story), by Gratiana Lovelace, 3/15/13

(An original story by Gratiana Lovelace; All Rights Reserved)

[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my dream cast of:  Richard Armitage as Lord Rafe Wingate, Carla Gugino as Lady Katharine Wingate, Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Plunkett, and others, etc.]

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Author’s Mature Content Note:  “Love is a Choice” is a story of love and romance set in the early to mid 1800’s.  I like Regency sensibilities with regard to comedy of manners, but Romantic period modes of dress.   Ha!  As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes (perhaps some R rated) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments.  I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly.  Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to some mature situations and topics.  If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read the chapters with those labels.  This is my disclaimer.

Author’s Scheduling Note:  “Love is a Choice” will have a semi-weekly posting schedule on Mondays and Fridays--my muse permitting.  I have about 40 pages written so far with some plot twists involved.   So much for this being a short story.  Ha!  As usual, I will be concurrently publishing  my “Love is a Choice” story on my Wattpad site http://www.wattpad.com/user/GratianaLovelace as well as my blog site, Something About Love at www.gratianads90.wordpress.com  So you have your choice of where to read it.

Author’s Note about the story: “Love is a Choice”. It is a newer story of mine that I had only started writing in the past month. Actually, I started writing it on Valentine’s Day. Ha! But this story idea is one that really grabbed me (ha!) and I have been working on it every chance that I can get. So I am pleased to share it with you.

My inspiration for Lord Rafe Wingate as a character derives qualities from several of handsome and talented British actor Richard Armitage (he is my muse, after all, ha!)  character portrayals over the years: John Thornton from 2004’s North & South (whose image graces the accompanying illustrations, is honorable and true), Sir Guy of Gisborne from 2006-2009’s Robin  Hood (devilishly handsome fellow who is “mad bad and dangerous to know”, but willing to be reformed by the love of a good woman), Harry Kennedy from 2006’s The Vicar of Dibley finale episodes (playful and tender, a loving caretaker of one’s heart), and John Standring from 2002’s Sparkhouse (steadfast and loyal through all adversity and “trials”, ha!), as well as the man himself, Richard Armitage. 

For the character of Lady Katharine Southwick Wingate, I will illustrate my story with images of the lovely and talented American actress Carla Gugino from 1995’s The Buccaneers mini-series.  Lady Katharine’s qualities of naivete, spunk, virtue, kindness, caring, loving, strength, and refinement, etc., are an interesting mix for a young lady leaving childhood behind her and finding her way as a woman.

I hope you enjoy my story, “Love is Choice”.

P.S.  As a writer, I do so appreciate your feedback.  So please consider leaving a comment now and again.  Thanks!

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