Hi! Susan Karsten here…Today, I’m reviewing a novella which is part of a series of 8 novellas (short novels) connected by a theme which is the famous bible passage Phillipians 4:8 that begins, Whatever is pure…, and ends, …think on these things. Thus we have the series subtitle: Ponder This! Voila.
I just finished reading A Field of Forget-me-nots, and it features a new twist on one of my favorite plots: the marriage of convenience. Well handled by Rachel James, the author, who has penned an engaging tale that satisfies the historical romance reader with her Victorian England setting, and characters you want to root for.
Author, Rachel James
For your pleasure, I recently interviewed Rachel James:
Rachel, When did you first realize you wanted to write? And what’s the first thing you ever wrote?
I was a child when I knew that I wanted to write. I remember reading a story about a writer, and I knew then that I wanted to do the same, but I didn’t pursue writing until many years later. I wrote my first novel when I turned thirty. I think I realised at that point in my life that it was either start now, or forever put it off! I haven’t looked back since.
Tell us about your family, where you grew up, and where you live now.
I was the second eldest of five children and grew up in a small seaside town in the East of England, where I lived until I got married and moved north. I currently reside in Yorkshire, and I’ve got three girls between the ages of eight and thirteen.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I think I decided on a new profession every week. I liked to imagine myself in every possible career, but could never settle on one. I look back now and realise I must have been working on character development! I’ve always loved writing though, that is my true passion and I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer.
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not writing?
It depends what mood I’m in. If I’ve just been writing, my brain is usually too frazzled to want to read anything, so watching movies is probably my go-to. I also love getting out of the house and exploring new historical places or going for long leisurely walks in the open countryside. But when it’s cold and rainy outside, I simply love to snuggle up by the fire with a good book and a hot cup of tea.
What is the greatest life changing moment in your life to date?
Can I have three? Becoming a Christian, meeting my husband, and having my children!
Do you have a particular scripture you view as your life’s verse?
I’ve had different Scriptures at different stages of my life. My current poignant passage at the moment would probably Psalm 23. In fact, it is my heroine’s favourite Scripture in my current work-in-progress.
Please give new writers the counsel you wish you had received when you first entered this writing journey.
Once you’ve written your first book, don’t rush to get it published! It may seem like the best thing since sliced bread, but you’re too close to it to see the flaws. Take time to invest in your craft and make your writing shine!
Tell our readers a little about your new release, “A Field of Forget-me-nots” and when it’s due to be released and where they can find a copy.
A Field of Forget-me-nots is due to be released on Friday 13 March. It is a sweet Victorian romance! Here is the blurb:
A Field of Forget-me-nots by Rachel A. James
When the patron of the Foundling School takes pity upon young orphan, Georgiana (Ana) Weston, Lady Dunston raises her as one of her own. However, years pass and Lady Dunston’s health begins to fail. With the Longworth estate entailed away, Ana is faced with an uncertain future.
Mr. Luke Renshaw still mourns the loss of his parents, and would rather travel the world than live in a place that reminds him of so much pain and loss. But responsibilities await, and when his only aunt becomes sick, he returns to Longworth. After all, it is where he will receive his inheritance.
Luke and Ana used to play together as children, though many years have passed and much has changed. The prospect of marriage without love holds little hope for their romantic ideals, and yet it seems the most sensible solution for both parties.
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