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Leigh Michaels | For a Gem, Size Doesn’t Matter
Author Guest / September 6, 2011

Thank you for inviting me back to Fresh Fiction! I’m a sucker for houses – big houses, stately houses, old houses, and even miniature houses. When we decided to move, I looked at more than seventy old houses before settling (of course) on a new one. When I asked my husband if he’d build me a dollhouse, it turned out to be a miniature gem from the Georgian period – a one-inch-to-the-foot equivalent of a small gray stone manor house with hardwood floors and copper flashing in the roof gutters and brick fireplaces and hand-thrown chimney pots. (You can see pictures of it at my website) But mostly I’m a sucker for fictional houses. The house in my new book, THE WEDDING AFFAIR, is called Halstead, and it’s the country estate of the Duke of Somervale. Though I made up everything on the inside, I tacked up a photo of the exterior of a real house to inspire me as I wrote. Here’s what Olivia – one of the three heroines in this triple story – sees when she arrives at Halstead: The central block of the house was a full four stories tall, built of red brick trimmed in…