Heart’s Gift

Heart’s Gift

HEART’S GIFT: I’ve heard from a few alert readers who have told me that I switched the names around on Luc and Summer’s children. (That in the epilogue to THE CHOCOLATE HEART, they oldest child is Océane and the second is Lucienne.)

It’s TRUE. I managed to switch this around very early when working on SHADOWED HEART and didn’t myself realize it until readers pointed it out this week.

I am in a bit of a quandary as to how to resolve it now, because…well, here is the thing. The epilogue anticipated 7 years into Luc & Summer’s future.

But working on SHADOWED HEART, it became very obvious how valuable it would be to Luc to have his first child named after him, and that Summer realized this and would do it.

So…I know this kind of thing drives readers absolutely crazy, and I can understand. Because to you the story is fixed, and to me it’s always in a process of creation.

But given that the mistake is MADE now and it’s too late, I will have to reflect some. Obviously the easiest thing to do is to revise HEART’S GIFT so that they use the name Océane. But…well, I’m really attached to the significance of naming her after Luc and what her name means.

So…I will think. I do very much apologize for the error! I know this is the kind of thing that can drive a reader crazy. It should perhaps be a lesson to me not send out these side stories! I really wanted to send out a special story as a gift, though. 🙁 I don’t know and will have to reflect.

  • Deanna

    I didn’t notice the swap, but just thought I’d throw out that I loved the follow-up story. Every once and a while, reading romance novels can be a bit frustrating. Real life love never ends with a nice, tidy epilogue where all conflicts and baggage have been magically resolved – never to resurface again. Writing about a glimpse into living out love after the magical HEA is no easy thing, and I thought it was beautifully and authentically done.

    December 26, 2014 at 7:26 pm
  • Deanna

    Whoops! I just realized I haven’t actually read Heart’s Gift as I wasn’t signed up for the newsletter (this has been remedied!). My previous comment was in regards to ‘Shadowed Heart’.

    December 26, 2014 at 7:32 pm
  • Janet

    I have 3 sisters and my mom used to mix up our names quite often. I don’t see why an author couldn’t do the same. I loved both these stories–they made me cry (happy tears). Thank you so much for the story gift. I loved catching up with all my favorite people from some of my very favorite books. Happy holidays!

    December 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm
  • Thao Nguyen

    I know this comment is years late but I enjoyed the side story! Thank you for the gift! I don’t care that names got swapped. It’s worth it to have Luc have his daughter named after him. So sweet after such a rough childhood.

    November 26, 2020 at 9:40 am

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