The year is 1815. Pretty, sheltered, and the bearer of a fine dowry, Miss Cecilia Leigh is spending the last few days at home by the ocean before having to face her hardest challenge yet: to embrace the London season without her family and fulfil the mission bestowed on her by Mama. At the age of twenty-one, marriage has become an expectation for Cecilia, and the weight of this obligation will lead to irremediable conflict.
Elijah Dormer, the chaotic and impoverished artist, and Albion Eden, the popular landlord, are the two major contenders for Cecilia’s hand. In this silent war of love against convention, Cecilia will have to face an opinionated family through a journey full of twists that will make her question everything about the people she once believed to know. She must be astute in her choices, as her unsettled destiny is divided between a thriving romance and a hopeless match.
Targeted Age Group:: Any age group
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My love for Regency literature, and Jane Austen's works, in particular, made me wish to create Regency Romance novels of my own. It seemed appropriate that my first novel would be a coming-of-age story and include a young woman trying to figure out who she is. I find it an extremely relatable subject, and the struggle we all feel in our late teens and young adulthood would not be too different from that of our ancestors. Cecilia was understanding who she was, as a person, and while doing that, she helped me understand who I want to be, as an author.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters, their names, their families, their interests, it all slowly came to life. Some of them, I actually dreamed about; many others were inspired by 19th-century paintings. When I look at a portrait or a miniature and the subject is unknown, I like to create my own story for that person. That was how Elijah Dormer came to life, for example – he was inspired by the painting of an unknown French soldier. Everything else comes from my own personal experience, everyday occurrences, and simple observation.
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