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Victorian Vinegar Valentines

Vinegar Valentine 1
(c 1875 Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove)
Vinegar Valentine 2
You are a nerve destroyer. (Late 19th cent., Collectors Weekly)

The Victorians are known for their decorum, propriety, and not being “amused” (as attributed to the queen). However, they did have a sense of humor, especially when it came to Valentine’s Day, which they celebrated as earnestly as we do today. They loved to give and receive greeting cards, but sometimes, they gave “vinegar Valentines.” Although these cards seem a tad mean-spirited and hurtful, we can assume they tickled the Victorians’ funny bone. There are many examples, and I’ll share two with you today. You can learn more, including about a few people who took offense at receiving such a card too seriously, leading to extreme violence, by clicking HERE.

Keep reading for a Chocolate Giveaway…

Duchess of Chocolate by Sydney Jane Baily coverOn a lighter note, my new book, The Duchess of Chocolate, was published today! Chocolatier Amity Rare-Foure would never give a vinegar Valentine. She’s too sweet.

Join Amity and her duke on a chocolate-filled romance in the heart of Mayfair, where nobility often acts in a less-than noble fashion. Will the upper-echelon of society sour their happiness and keep them from the sweetest of endings?

Available at many retailers, to buy The Duchess of Chocolate at the introductory rate of 99 pennies, click HERE. It will be available in paperback soon.

I am so excited the Duchess is finally out in the world. To celebrate, I’m running a Chocolate Giveaway through the end of the month. To enter, click HERE.


2 thoughts on “Victorian Vinegar Valentines

  1. I have purchased your book and it was a delight to read… I detest that you make your readers go searching for the epilogue. I read from a older Kindle, can not get to it. I tried my computer, phone… still NO epilogue.

    1. Hi Bonnie,
      So happy you enjoyed The Duchess of Chocolate. The Bonus Epilogue is not integral to the story and was intended as a way for readers to read about Henry and Amity’s wedding trip if interested. It certainly wasn’t intended to frustrate you but as a pleasant bonus. The nice folks at Amazon said all of us with old Kindles, myself included, can download updated browsers so all links will work. However, you are the first person to report not being able to get to the Bonus Epilogue through their computer or phone. Please try this link directly. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

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