In writing Second Glances, I tried to maintain the lighthearted tone of First Impressions while addressing criticisms that the book needed more conflict. The story focuses primarily on Kitty. Here is the blurb from the back of the book:
A year has passed since the conclusion of First Impressions, and the marriages made by the three eldest Bennet ladies are prospering. Expectations are high for the two youngest sisters to do equally well. Kitty, having excelled in school, receives an invitation to join Georgiana Darcy in her first London season, leaving Lydia to bear the burden of the classroom alone. Will the most forward Bennet tolerate such inequity?As careful readers of this blog should expect, this novel has a lot of Heyer influence in it. The hero is very much in her mode, with some Henry Tilney and Frank Churchill tossed into the mix. I hope readers will like Sir James. He is the first original character I created, and I'm half in love with him myself.
Kitty arrives in London prepared to be happy, but her delight is marred when she finds a most unwelcome gentleman on intimate terms with her hosts. She has met the reckless Sir James Stratton before and would like nothing more than to never encounter him again, but his acquaintance she is forced to endure. Struggling for firm footing amidst the whirlwind of London society, will Kitty be allowed to follow her heart, or will her family force her hand? Join the reimagined cast of Pride and Prejudice as they pursue happiness amidst the ongoing obstacles of life, love, and interfering relations.
You can read the first chapters of the novel here.
In midst of my publication torments, I have recently delved into a bit of book making myself. These little homages to Jane Austen will play a part in the several giveaways of Second Glances (and a few of First Impressions) that I will offer in celebration of the book's release. Check back soon to learn more!