Monday, August 13, 2012

Searching for Captain Wentworth - the Cover! plus: Jane Odiwe at The Jane Austen Festival 2012.

Searching for Captain Wentworth by Jane Odiwe
I'm very excited to show you the cover of my new book, Searching for Captain Wentworth. As you all know, I absolutely love this portrait of Jane Austen, so when Anne Rice very kindly granted permission for the painting to grace the front of my latest novel, I couldn't have been more thrilled or delighted!

Searching for Captain Wentworth
Who was Jane Austen's real 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 that Jane Austen lived in. But, Sophie’s neglected ancestral home 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.

I've loved writing this book - I think if you follow my blog you'll know how much I love Bath and Lyme Regis where the book is set. I find both places very inspiring, but spending a lot of time in Bath has been particularly wonderful! 

I wanted to write something a little different from my usual sequel - this time I've indulged my fantasy of going back in time where my heroine meets Jane Austen and her brother Charles. Sophie is mad about Captain Wentworth in Persuasion; it's her favourite book. However, her hopes of meeting anyone quite like him have proved to be fruitless so far - in fact, she arrives in Bath with a broken heart! She thinks she will take some time to pen the book she's always wanted to write, but her plans for a quiet life are soon completely disrupted by some very strange goings on!   

This year I am speaking at the Jane Austen Festival 2012 - so I hope you will be able to come and join in the fun. It would be lovely to see you there! 

Here's the info below from the Jane Austen Centre website:

Meet the Author – Jane Odiwe – 10.30am (duration 1 hour)
Popular, published author and illustrator ofEffusions of Fancy,  Lydia Bennet’s Story, Willoughby’s Return and her latest book  Mr Darcy’s Secret talks to us about her writing and also reads to us from her new novel Searching for Captain Wentworth.
Venue: Duncan Room, BRLSI 16-18 Queen Square BA1 2HN
The Jane Austen Festival, Bath


Alexa Adams said...

The cover is gorgeous! How exciting that you got to use the Rice portrait! I can't wait to read the new book, and continue to impatiently yearn for the perfection of teleportation technology, so I can just pop over to Bath and hear you speak. I'm sure you will be marvelous.

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you, Alexa for your very kind comments! Teleportation would be wonderful - I would get to come to the USA!

Meredith said...

Beautiful cover! I love that you are using the Rice portrait too! Can't wait to read it!

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you, Meredith - I don't suppose it's much of a surprise really - I've been going on about this portrait for a long time. I'm hugely grateful to Anne Rice for giving me permission to reproduce it. I hope you enjoy reading the book!

Lúthien84 said...

I can't wait to read your new novel because Persuasion is one of my favourite book. Love the cover too and I see a pattern emerging from the covers of two previous novels. Just a suggestion but if you make the background slightly darker over the titles, I think it will stand out more.

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you, Luthien - Persuasion is my favourite book too! I'll be having some competitions later on to win a copy so keep stopping by!

Sue Wilkes said...

That is a beautiful cover, Jane! No wonder you are thrilled with it! That was so kind of Anne!

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you, Sue - I am very grateful to Anne for letting me reproduce it.

Maria Grazia said...

It sounds like a book I can love. No, I already love it! ;-)
So sorry I won't be able to be in Bath for the Festival. September is the beginning of the school year here in Italy. Impossible to ask for days off :-( I'll check out your blog to read about the excitement of the event. I hope you'll meet lots of interesting people and of enthusiastic fans of your books.

Jane Odiwe said...


I love that you love it!

I wish you could be in Bath too!
I'm writing an article for the Jane Austen Centre website so when that's up I'll let you know.
Thank you for your kind comments!

Jakki Leatherberry said...

Jane, the book sounds wonderful! And with such a beautiful cover, it is sure please many a readers! :)
Have a wonderful time at the Jane Austen Festival!

Jane Odiwe said...


Thank you very much for your kind words! I'm sure I will have a wonderful time at the festival.

Laurel Ann (Austenprose) said...

So excited for you Jane. I am reading Searching For Captain Wentworth this weekend. Thanks for sending me an advance readers copy! Have fun at the Jane Austen Festival!

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you, Laurel Ann - it's an absolute pleasure to send you a copy!