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Pictures from Bath and a lovely review!

Here are some photos of Bath - I've added a few snippets from Jane Austen's books and letters!


Upstairs at the Roman Baths Kitchen
We have not been to any public place lately, nor performed anything out of the common daily routine of No. 13, Queen Square, Bath. But to-day we were to have dashed away at a very extraordinary rate, by dining out, had it not so happened that we did not go. Jane Austen, Bath, 1799
My mother does not seem at all the worse for her journey, nor are any of us, I hope, though Edward seemed rather fagged last night, and not very brisk this morning; but I trust the bustle of sending for tea, coffee, and sugar, &c., and going out to taste a cheese himself, will do him good. Jane Austen, writing from Bath, 1799
Such was the information of the first five minutes; the second unfolded thus much in detail — that they had driven directly to the York Hotel, ate some soup, and bespoke an early dinner, walked down to the pump–room, tasted the water, and laid out som…

On location in Bath with Persuasion!

When I'm in Bath I love spotting the locations of my favourite scenes in adaptations like Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

Here is a photo of Abbey Green which, as you might expect, is close to Bath Abbey. It's a lovely area with tempting shops and teashops.

This area was used for a pivotal scene in the BBC 1995 adaptation of Persuasion when Anne Elliot learns from Admiral Croft that Frederick Wentworth is no longer interested in Louisa Musgrove.

This is a lovely example of a Regency shop in Bath - it's one of my favourites. They sell beads and accessories to make jewellery, but there are lovely examples to buy if you don't want to make your own. At this time of the year the shop is also full of gifts and decorations for Christmas - it's wonderful to have a browse around! In the 1995 film, this shop was transformed into a print shop.


In Georgian times, prints of political cartoons were pasted up in the windows of print shops and would have drawn crowds who were eag…

An Invitation to Mr Darcy's Wedding at Austen Authors!!!

Please join me tomorrow on Austen Authors for the start of the celebrations for the double wedding of Mr Darcy and his bride, Miss Elizabeth Bennet, Mr Bingley and Miss Jane Bennet.

I've written a couple of vignettes which I've loved writing. For tomorrow - A Conversation Between Jane & Lizzy on the Eve of their Wedding, and one for the following day - Mrs. Bennet’s Wedding Reflections.

Here's the full menu which promises to be a sumptuous wedding breakfast!


The BIG day is fast approaching! Everyone is invited! In order to prepare for the plethora of vignettes written by the Austen Authors to cover the exciting events, we will be spacing them out for your gradual reading enjoyment.
Using a vaguely “real time” order for the wedding day – and remembering that we use EST for our official time stamp – here are the vignettes coming up: November 15 ~ Day Before the Wedding Preparing the Wedding Breakfast by Nina Benneton
Darcy and Elizabeth Walk, Race… and more! by Sharon Lathan
Mr…
It's my birthday this week and I love to celebrate so Amazon Kindle are now selling Searching for Captain Wentworth at bargain prices for one week from today!!!

The paperback is also reduced - I hope you all have a lovely weekend!!!

A Review, A new Chapter and a Visit to the V&A!

I've had a gorgeous review for Searching for Captain Wentworth by Joceline Bury for Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine.

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 histor…

Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion - Captain Wentworth's Glove

Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion and the wonderful 1995 BBC adaptation of the same, this scene from Searching for Captain Wentworth sums up my heroine Sophie's feelings when she finds an ancient white glove.
 And then I saw him. Well, I saw the back of him,which was the next best thing. He was tall and broad shoulderedwith dark, curly hair waving over the upturned collar on his jacket,his blue jeans showing a lean physique. My neighbour wasstanding on the broad pavement outside waiting for the traffic toclear and fiddling with the catch on an umbrella, as large raindropsstarted to fall out of the sky. He seemed to be looking forsomething, checking his pockets, before putting up the huge, blackumbrella that obscured any chance of a glimpse at his face. I couldsee what Lara meant; he definitely had something about him evenfrom the back. It was then that I noticed that he’d droppedsomething, white and crumpled, but I couldn’t decide whether itwas really something or nothing. I…

Inspired by Austen: Ciaran Hinds on the making of Persuasion

Ciaran Hinds talking about the making of Persuasion. I could listen to his voice...forever...