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!
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.
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|