New York artist Eliza Knight certainly did not realize it at the time, but her life changed when she bought the old, beat-up vanity table one lazy Sunday afternoon. Tucked away behind the mirror she found two letters, one sealed, but one already opened: "May 12th, 1810. Dearest Jane, the Captain has found me out. I am being forced to go into hiding immediately. But if I am able, I shall still be waiting at the same spot tonight. Then you will know everything you wish to know. F. Darcy." F. Darcy? Fitzwilliam Darcy, the fictional hero of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"? Even more mysterious was the other letter, sealed and never read - from Jane to Darcy. Could this man, possibly the most romantic character ever written and the hero of Eliza's favourite novel, have been a real person? Eliza's initial guarded curiosity turns to astonishment as scientific testing confirms the sealed letter was indeed addressed by Jane Austen. But she is completely baffled by the revelation that the other letter, though proven to be from the same time period - was written by an American. Caught between the routine of her present life and the intrigue of these incredible discoveries from the past, Eliza decides to look deeper. Her research leads to a majestic, 200-year-old estate in Virginia's breathtaking Shenandoah Valley where she meets the one man who may hold the answer. But he also has a secret, one he has kept hidden for years. Now, as the real story of Fitzwilliam Darcy unfolds, Eliza finds her life has become a modern-day romance, one that perhaps only Jane Austen herself could have so eloquently written.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"Where shall I begin? Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?" (J.A. June 15, 1808)
That I reside in a small Victorian village in southern California; a mere two miles from my place of employment, a local hospital where I spend most daylight hours as a scrub nurse in the operating room.
That I am a native Californian, having been born in Glendale, and that I have spent most of my life here with a relatively short span of years in Reno, Nevada where I attended school. Returning after graduation I have remained in sunny SoCal.
That I was widowed some time ago. That I have the very domestic hobbies of sewing, cooking, baking, candy making and cake decorating. Oh, I write, too. Spending time with my nieces and nephews (great nieces and nephews as well), step-children and my grandchildren keeps a smile on my face.
That Mike, my late husband and teacher, taught me that writing has to be treated like a job so every day no matter how tired I am I edit, research and/or write one or more projects.
That Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is my first solo effort (my other three having been collaborations with Mike) and I am happy to say is being received with some acclaim and enjoyment by readers.
That my next project might be a story of reincarnation in Pasadena, CA or a haunted house in San Francisco then again it may be a fairy story in Pebble Beach, CA and of course the possibility of a follow up to Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is ever present.
That many stories are running around in my head and often colliding but I untangle them, pick up the debris and continue on.
And so you have a few of my nothings.