Monday, April 16, 2012

Pictures of Lyme, and a new book!

My little trip to Lyme in February seems so long ago now, and I'm always dreaming about the next time I might be able to go. As I've managed to break my hip - not by jumping off the Cobb, I hasten to add - I can't see I shall be able to go for a little while, though my darling sister has suggested pushing me in a wheelchair along the Cobb wall! I thought I'd go through the photos I took in February just to remind myself of Lyme's special beauty, and hopefully, by the time I'm walking again, not only will I be able to go up on the Cobb again, but be enjoying finer weather!

Lyme Regis

I love the subdued tones of these pictures - Lyme has been a real inspiration for my writing, and I'm excited to announce that my next book will be out by September! It's the first in a series - Time Travels with Jane Austen, and it's entitled, Searching for Captain Wentworth.

When aspiring writer, Sophie Elliot, receives the keys to the family townhouse in Bath, it's an invitation she can’t turn down, especially when she learns that she will be living next door to the house her favourite author, Jane Austen, lived in. But, the neglected house is harbouring more than the antiquated furniture and nesting mice, though initially Sophie tries to dismiss the haunting visions of a young girl. On discovering that an ancient glove belonging to her mysterious neighbour, Josh Strafford, will transport her back in time to Regency Bath, she questions her sanity, but Sophie is soon caught up in two dimensions, each reality as certain as the other. Torn between her life in the modern world, and that of her ancestor who befriends Jane Austen and her fascinating brother Charles, Sophie's story travels two hundred years across time, and back again, to unite this modern heroine with her own Captain Wentworth. Blending fact and fiction together the tale of Jane Austen’s own quest for happiness weaves alongside, creating a believable world of new possibilities for the inspiration behind the beloved novel, Persuasion. 
Lyme Regis
The story is set in Bath and Lyme, two of my favourite places in the whole world! It's a bit different to my usual sequels as it's set in both the present and the past. I've enjoyed writing it so much, and I hope to bring more news about it very soon.
Looking towards the Cobb at Lyme

Lyme Regis-walk down to the beach

Looking towards the Cobb, Lyme Regis

Lyme seagulls

16 comments:

Monica Fairview said...

Congratulations, Jane. Wonderful to hear about the new novel!! Can't wait to hear more about it.

Monica Fairview said...

Love the pictures, by the way. I think I must make a trip there.

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you, Monica-you must make a trip, I know you'd love it!

Adalgisa SD said...

What a wonderful treat for me to read your blog this am just as I'm heading to hospital. I have to put on my Bucket list a trip to Bath. How sad that you broke your hip :( I pray you get well very soon! I am so excited with news of your new book coming out in September :) My Bday month Yay!!!!

Jane Odiwe said...

Adalgisa, thank you for your lovely comment-I shall be thinking of you-take care!

Kelli H. said...

I love time travel books and I am so excited for this new series! I love that the first book is set in Bath and Lyme. I have yet to take a trip to England, so I get to enjoy it through lovely books like yours! The pictures are beautiful and I pray you have a speedy recovery!!

Jane Odiwe said...

Kelli, I've always wanted to do a time travel book, and I've so enjoyed writing it. I hope you can come to England one day, I know you'd have a wonderful time! Thank you for your good wishes!

Raquel said...

Dear Jane,

congratulations!

Lyme will be my first Jane Austen's places to visit. I've loved the city when I read Persuasion. After seeing the 1995 movie, I fall in love. completely!

kisses, raquel

Jane Odiwe said...

Racquel, thank you so much for your kind comment. I promise you, Lyme is just as lovely as in the 1995 adaptation! I hope you can visit one day!

Lauren Gilbert said...

I'm so sorry about your hip, and hope you mend quickly! Your book sounds intriguing, and I will watch for it! Take care.

Nancy Kelley said...

I'm sorry you're injured, Jane--hopefully you mend quickly.

A new book! I love half in the present, half in the past novels, so I'm all anticipation.

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you, Nancy, for your good wishes-I'm not a very patient person, and it's going to take a few weeks to heal, but I'm hopeful I shall soon be back on my feet!

Lúthien84 said...

I'm so excited to hear the news that your next novel will be released in September and is based on Persuasion, one of my favourite JA novel. Since my birthday is also in September, I think I'll order it too as a gift to myself.

Anyway, Jane, you take care and get some rest. Don't strain yourself too much.

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment - I shall keep you posted. All this enforced resting has got to be good for my writing, if a little frustrating!

Sue Wilkes said...

Your new book sounds really intriguing, Jane! I can't wait to see it! I hope you will be out and about again soon.

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you, Sue-I'm really getting the hang of my crutches this week, and I'm definitely feeling stronger!