For several months, I have been researching for and working on another historical novel. The setting is in York, England, duirngthe last years of the Georgian era. Such a fascinating city with a wonderful history! The research has been challenging and enjoyable-at times, I find myself getting caught up in pursuing the reading and neglecting the writing. However, progress has been made!
The heroine is Anne Emmons, a young woman of respectable birth. There is wealth, accumulated in trade. The novel looks at friendship, the contrasts between the formal, stratified world of London society and the more flexible society of York, and the possibility of finding happiness on one’s own terms. Meanwhile, her father was concerned…. I thought I would introduce a few bits and pieces as I work. Here is the first bit:
He had hoped Anne would settle long before now. At twenty-five years of age, she had long participated in the social seasons at home in York, and in London. There was no doubt that Sir Henry and his wife had done their best by Anne, put her in the way of meeting eligible young men, even arranging for her presentation. Somehow, Anne had just never “taken.” Even at home in York, acting as his hostess, she had entertained numerous young men, ranging from young fashionables in town for the races to successful young merchants and bankers. She showed the poise of an older, more experienced hostess, yet never indicated the slightest tendre for any of them. “Not a one of ’em stirred so much as a flutter, ” he thought gloomily, “and for all the notice she paid, none had the least inclination to pursue it.” Well, he was going to have to take a hand, as distasteful as he found it.
I hope you will let me know what you think of this little segment!