In researching my family history this summer, I discovered my father’s family hails from England—right where my books take place. Totally coincidental—or is it? I have always been an Anglophile, reading Jane Austen, of course, but also Barbara Pym, Joanna Trollope (and Anthony), Jane Gardam, A. S. Byatt, the Brontes, E. M. Forster, Samuel Pepys, Shakespeare—I could go on and on. I have of late, after writing The Marriage of True Minds, picked up Georgette Heyer and found her books delightful.
And that is what I hope you as the reader will discover in my books—real characters full of warmth and humor in an authentic 18th century setting, right down to the table settings! As you read about the Chatswell-Brawleys with all their joys and heartbreaks, you may enjoy a break from the pandemic and politics.
As I tell my son, Matt, I am a romantic, not a sentimentalist. I leave it to you to discern the difference in my novels.