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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Elise Rivers

Erica here:

Today, we're talking about the heroine of Love at Last, Elise Rivers.



Elise hasn't had an easy life, losing her parents to illness and being forced to live and work for a cruel relative. And yet, she fights to find joy in little things, and to dream in spite of her circumstances.

Because she has been bereft of love in her life, she's learned to live a vivid inner life. When a handsome former patient dawns on her horizon and rescues her from a verbal and physical assault, she is ripe for a romantic and risky proposition.

Elise has a servant's heart, working in the Union hospital at Fort Slocum, NY during the War, and when she arrives in Texas, she does everything she can to keep her part of the bargain she made with Bowie.

I found a template for Elise perusing Pinterist. I didn't even know what she was going to look like until I found her picture. She's not a child as a spinster of 30, but there is a youthfulness there, too. I love the pensive, almost expectant expression on her face, and I think it captures what I wanted to portray in Elise.


Bowie has no idea what to do with Elise. She's pretty and considerate and treats him as if he were someone special, and just what is he supposed to make of that? From her long, brown hair, to her sweetness, to her haunting jasmine scent, she drives him crazy.

All in all, she's just the woman he needs to crack through the carapace he's built around his heart to protect himself.


Every day this week, I'm giving away a copy of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the musical!



To win the DVD, leave a comment telling me what your favorite fragrance is. (US Only.)

And today, I'm also including a bar of custom-made Jasmine soap, Elise's signature scent.





And keep in mind, there are only a few days left to enter the big giveaway below!


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22 comments:

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  2. My favorite fragrance is vanilla, simply because I can't tolerate other fragrances due to allergies/sensitivity. Whenever I receive anything scented, I share it with my sister who has no such problems and is able to enjoy it. I do love the scent of vanilla, though.

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    1. My mom's favorite is vanilla, too. Our house growing up always had vanilla-scented air fresheners and vanilla soaps and lotions. :)

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  3. My favorite fragrance is Blue by Ralph Lauren. Have a blessed and happy day.

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    1. Hi, Lucy! I haven't ever smelled Blue by Ralph Lauren. Perhaps next time I'm in Macy's I'll have to see if I can catch a whiff! :)

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  4. I love lavender. Relished a hot soak in the tub last night in steaming lavender infused water. Yes, Calgon took me away, and I enjoyed every minute of my journey.

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    1. The heroine in my newest story loves lavender. Bev Snyder did such a great job with Elise's Bath Bar, I'm tempted to choose a different fragrance for each heroine and have her make soap to match! :)

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  5. I love lavender for its calming properties, but I also love a spicy mix of cinnamon and cloves.

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    1. I love apple and cinnamon together! And Lavender for scenting linens. :)

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  6. I love the more warm scents like cinnamon, ginger, cloves. Now for my husband, I love more of the pine and woods smell, like fir trees. :)

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    1. My husband, a part owner of Vetsch Hardwoods, always has a 'woodsy' scent. I can especially tell if they have been working with cedar, fir, or pine. Such a masculine scent! :)

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    1. Hi, Becky,

      I've not heard of that one. I'll have to check it out!

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  8. I don't wear perfume but do like lightly scented soaps and lotions. One favorite is Sea Island Cotton. I just finished Seven Brides for Seven Texans last night. Elise was one of my favorite brides. I loved how she loved Bowie!

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    1. Yay! Pam! I'm so glad you liked Elise and Bowie's story!

      I have a Cotton lotion that I love, too!

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  9. My favorite fragrance is a cologne named Chantilly. (My second favorite is a lotion called Jergens) Thank you for this post about Elsie,Love how she wants to Bowie and others,too!

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    1. I have worn the same perfume for 30 years, Estee Lauder's "Beautiful." Seeing all these fragrances in the comments...I might have to try something new!

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  10. Whoops,I meant to say Elise ! Looking forward to her and Bowie's story. :)

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    1. No worries! You wouldn't believe how many times I called Elise Elsie when writing the story!

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  11. I have two favorites that are very different. L'air du temps which is warm spicy, floral, woody, powdery,
    white floral, and aromatic. It isn't heavy and is for special occasions. For every day, I like Imari. They have had several others that I liked - Rare Rubies, Rare Emeralds - that are no longer available.

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  12. I loved that Elise had a signature scent! I enjoy floral scents such as rose and peony.

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