The novel, Persuasion, is far and away my favorite. While others debate whether Pride and Prejudice‘s Darcy is proud or prejudiced, I prefer to debate why Frederick Wentworth fell in love with Anne Elliot in the first place.
This is why I wrote the novels, None But You, and For You Alone.
None But You opens in July of 1814. Frederick Wentworth takes it upon himself to travel to the port in Portsmouth to break the tragic news to his friend, James Benwick, that Benwick’s fiance has died. From there the story follows him through the decommissioning of his beloved ship Laconia, to his arrival at Kellynch Hall, recently leased by his sister Sophy and and her husband, Admiral Croft.
It’s been eight years since he was in Somerset, and Kellynch Hall just happens to be the family estate of the woman who nearly broke his heart, Anne Elliot. She and her circumstances have sunk in the intervening years, and, to his shame, Frederick’s anger is gratified by that. With time he remembers the past. Unfortunately for him, he also is careless and creates a little romantic havoc that has some serious repercussions.
Click HERE to read the first chapter of None But You.
For You Alone opens with Frederick Wentworth having told the Musgroves their youngest daughter, Louisa, has been injured in a fall during an outing to the seaside town of Lyme Regis. There is of course chaos and his last look is her giving him food and water so that he might return to Lyme comfortable.
Frederick returns to the chaos of Lyme, and finds some think him engaged to Louisa. He is obliged is she wants him. Before things can get any worse, Wentworth leaves and visits his brother in the north. After the new year, Anne Elliot has joined her family in Bath, and Wentworth learns he is free from any romantic obligations. He declares he will go to Bath. But what sort of reception will he find there?
Click HERE to read the first chapter of For You Alone.