I love a time travel romance, especially one involving Jane Austen characters, and Jane Odiwe has pulled a great story out of the hat in her latest novel.
The writer Sophie Elliot (whose favourite novel is, unsurprisingly, Persuasion) is invited to use her great-aunt's Bath town house as a writing retreat and is delighted to find that she is living next door to where the Austen family spent some of their time during their stay in the spa city. She's initially less than delighted by what appears to be a haunting presence in the house - although that could just be the mice in the wainscot.
But past and present are set to collide when she finds that an antique glove belonging to her present-day neighbour has the power to transport her back in time to the days of the Regency.
Sophie is a beguiling heroine, and her time-slipping adventures involve historical figures alongside fictional creations to great effect.
Odiwe certainly writes a page-turning romantic mystery - her characters are intriguing and her narrative full of surprises and suspense. She blends historical fact and fiction with great style, and the settings are spot on in what the writer describes as her "love letter to Bath."
Thank you, Joceline Bury - you've made my week!
Before I tell you what I got up to last week, here is Chapter Five of Searching for Captain Wentworth!
|These costumes reminded me of Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth|
Last week I visited the new galleries at the V&A where they have revamped the costume collection. I loved the way they've arranged costumes with accessories, furniture and paintings of the period. There is a fabulous ballgown exhibition on in the middle of it all with the most mouth-watering display of dresses from the 50s to the present day.
Unfortunately, I didn't get to see the Hollywood costume exhibition as it was fully booked but I'm hoping to go very soon.
I hope you enjoyed the photos!