Julia & Nathaniel
Everyone wanted Julia's story after finishing The Social Tutor. Of course, at that time, "everyone" consisted of the family and friends who had bought my first novel in a generous show of support. I put this novel together in record time. Julia's story was the easiest to write. It flowed easily, my critique partners loved it, and I'm still very pleased with it.
Several aspects of Julia's story were inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion. I think, of all Austen's novels, it's my favorite. I love how Miss Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth care for one another, but the situations they're placed in make it impossible for the two of them to freely confess their past mistakes, their love. One of my favorite scenes in Persuasion is when Anne and Wentworth are in a shop together and it's raining. He offers his umbrella, but in the end she leaves without it. I always wished Jane Austen would've handled that one differently. I wish she would've allowed the captain that moment to be Anne's hero. There's a scene in my novel that is quite similar and I hope you enjoy it!
Second-chance romances are often my favorite. How many times in life do we wish we could do something over again? Do we want a second chance with a friend, a family member, someone we care for?