A very talented writer I know debuts with her first novel in July. Terri Fleming’s PERCEPTION is a must-read for all those who adore Jane Austen and anyone who loves Regency Historical fiction, following as it does the fortunes of Bennet sisters, Mary and Kitty, after their older siblings Lizzie and Jane have married. Here’s a little taste:
Mary Bennet does not dream of marriage. Much to her mother’s horror, Mary is determined not to follow in the footsteps of her elder sisters, Jane (now Mrs Bingley) and Lizzy (now Mrs Darcy). Living at home with her remaining sister, Kitty, and her parents, Mary does not care for fashions or flattery. Her hopes are simple – a roof over her head, music at the piano, a book in her hand and the freedom not to marry the first bachelor her mother can snare for her.
But Mrs Bennet is not accustomed to listening to her daughters. When one of Meryton’s wealthiest residents reveals her son is returning home, Mrs Bennett is determined to hear wedding bells ring for one of her girls. Thrown into society, Mary discovers that promises can be broken, money can conquer love, and duty is not always a path to happiness. But by the time she realises her perceptions might be false, might she have missed her chance at a future she’d never imagined?
I adore this novel for the originality, characterisation, wit and, yes, the perception with which it is written! I thoroughly recommend it as a top summer read.
Terri is shortlisted for The Romantic Novelists Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, the winner of which is to be announced on Thursday, 18th May. To read Terri’s blog on the RNA website, click on this link: http://romanticnovelistsassociationblog.blogspot.co.uk/ (dated 9th May.)
PERCEPTION will be published by Orion on 13th July to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, and is now available on Amazon for pre-order.