A tale of time travel, true love, and Jane Austen
New York actress C.J. Welles, a die-hard Jane Austen fan, is on the verge of landing her dream role: portraying her idol in a Broadway play. But during her final audition, she is mysteriously transported to Bath, England, in the year 1801. And Georgian England, with its rigid and unforgiving social structure and limited hygienic facilities, is not quite the picturesque costume drama C.J. had always imagined.
Just as she wishes she could click her heels together and return to Manhattan, C.J. meets the delightfully eccentric Lady Dalrymple, a widowed countess who takes C.J. into her home, introducing her as a poor relation to Georgian society—including the dashing Earl of Darlington and his cousin, Jane Austen!
When a crisis develops, C.J.—in a race against time—becomes torn between two centuries. An attempt to return to her own era might mean forfeiting her blossoming romance with the irresistible Darlington and her growing friendship with Jane Austen, but it’s a risk she must take. And in the midst of this remarkable series of events, C.J. discovers something even more startling—a secret from her own past that may explain how she wound up in Bath in the first place.
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|Title of eBook: By a Lady|
|Release Date: 03-28-2006|
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By a Lady
Wherein our heroine expresses an affinity for an earlier era, and a series of events irrevocably alter her destiny.
WILL YOU JOIN ME for the first set?" C.J.'s friend Matthew asked as she perched on the wooden folding chair at the perimeter of the gym, changing her shoes.
"I'd be delighted," she smiled. C.J stood up, in her soft-soled dancing slippers. "You tower above me," she laughed, looking up at her new friend. "Are you sure you don't want to dance with a lankier lady?"
"I've been coming to the English country dance sessions every Tuesday night for four years, and you are my favorite dance partner ever."
C.J. looked about the room at the other dancers, most of whom were in their forties and fifties, and smiled to herself. If they had all been living during the actual periods of the dances-the Georgian and Regency eras-most of them would be considered rather ancient, if they reached that age at all, thanks to poor diets and limited medical knowledge. No penicillin. No prophylactic fix-ups.
Wow! she thought, if they had been Georgians, Matthew would be in the prime of life, and she-goodness!-pushing thirty, would be an absolute on-the-shelf spinster. Her prime would have been over by the time she reached her early twenties. Forget kids; she would have had very little chance for a husband at her age.
C.J. had never considered herself wholly at ease in the twenty-first century. The constant barrage of images and noise, the relentless pace, the seemingly unlimited rudeness of some people. Hip-hop. Cell phones. All of that set her teeth on edge. Oh for a truly kinder, gentler world wher