Book: Dear Friends - Letters from Abroad by Ann Bradycategories: Book, Chick Lit, Friendship, History, Regency, Light Read, Historical Romance
Ann Bradyabout this book: Having been a factual writer for many, many years I finally took the opportunity upon retirement to write my first historical novel. Since then I have followed this with a series of 3 x Illustrated Children's Short Story Books and a Mystery Short Story Book.
I was led to write the novel through my love of history. I am also an admirer of the late Dorothy Dunnett who I discovered had a great ability in marrying factual and fictional events and characters. I have now read her series of Crawford of Lymond Stories a number of times - always finding something new in them.
The title for my novel arose whilst I was writing letters to my grand-children. I still enjoy writing and receiving hand written letters. And have been a pen-pal and correspondent for many years.
This novel is "A heart-warming tale of friendship, love and romance during 19th century England." Whose genre is probably classed as chick lit. It is a light, enjoyable read that can be easily put down and picked up again with no loss of story.
Although it took me 18 months to write - the initial story-line changed at least four times before I settled on the final edition and completed the editing. Prior to publishing I had four independent readers look at the book and compile a review for me ensuring they were open and honest in their critique.
The hardest part of writing the story was finally deciding when it was finished and ready for publishing. This has led me to develop reviewing, editing and other services that will help new, young and older writers who are starting out in their craft. I have now helped with a number of books this way prior to publishing.
Story-line: - Mary Watson and Lady Elizabeth (Lizzie) Victoria Mountford are two young women born on different country estates in 19th century England. Lizzie, the only daughter of Lord & Lady Mountford, lives a life of luxury and comfort; whilst Mary finds herself lost and all alone. Even though she discovers some happiness Mary also realises that she will eventually have to make some important life choices. But she is not alone in this for Lizzie too suffers as much in her own way. She too experiences loss and sadness during her early years.
Yet despite all the trials and tribulations both experience each young woman is supported by the other, even when far apart. Through their correspondence they offer each other comfort and support. Until finally both discover true happiness in the most unexpected of places.
This novel charts the road that both Mary and Lizzie must travel; from being innocent carefree girls to finally being young women of some standing within polite society. Their tale shows that it doesn't matter whether you are rich or poor you can still find happiness and achieve security.
Review: - Started reading the book this evening and can't put it down - I am over half way through already. It flows so beautifully. Going to try to go to bed now, but really want to carry on reading. Lindylou (Yorkshire, UK)
Review: - I just finished your book and found the story line very interesting. Are you planning a sequel about Mary and Lizzie's lives after they are reunited in London? Betty B (Florida USA)
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