It came to me very suddenly, when Elizabeth is berating Nathaniel for keeping rather crucial information a secret from her. She says to him “Any more surprises? Land holdings? A peerage in Scotland?”; At the moment I wrote that I realized how much fun it would be if Nathaniel turned out to be heir to an earldom. Just the opposite of what Elizabeth thought she wanted. Also, to be truthful, I wanted to try my hand at a sea-faring tale. Of course, once I got into the research (I know more about ships than I ever thought I would need to — or ever wanted to know) — I realized what I had got myself into. Rest assured that the Bonners are not about to go sailing off again.
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