Three years after the ending of Jane Austen s Sense and Sensibility, domestic bliss is not always easy to achieve, especially when Col Brandon s responsibilities for Eliza, the daughter of his first love, regularly take him away from home and Marianne s passionate, jealous nature threaten to rock the foundations of their marriage. Now Willoughby and his wife have returned to the West Country. When Brandon is called away, Marianne meets Willoughby at a dinner and feels herself once again succumbing to his charm. The more she sees him, the more she s in danger of giving in to her passion. Willoughby has everything to gain in driving a wedge between them. Will Brandon realize in time that his passionate young wife s feelings of being neglected may drive her into scandal? Can Marianne find the courage to turn her back on her feelings for her first love? Or is it too late to save themselves, and their marriage...
Jane Odiwe is the author of Searching for Captain Wentworth, Mr Darcy's Secret, Willoughby's Return, and Lydia Bennet's Story. She lives in High Barnet, North London, and Bath, England, with her husband, children, and two cats.
In 2003, her obsession with all things Austen really took off when she wrote and illustrated a little book, 'Effusions of Fancy, consisting of annotated sketches from the life of Jane Austen in a style entirely new,' a light hearted celebration of Jane Austen's early life, seen through her sister's eyes, in letters and paintings. In 2007, Jane was thrilled to be asked if Sony Pictures could use her Jane Austen illustrations in a short film; a biography feature about the author on The Jane Austen Book Club DVD.
It was a short step to writing her first novel, Lydia Bennet's Story, a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Her lifelong dream of becoming a published author came true when Sourcebooks editor, Deb Werksman, rang her one cold, December evening asking to meet her in London the next day to discuss publication. Sourcebooks published Lydia Bennet's Story in October 2008. Willoughby's Return, a Sequel to Sense and Sensibility, was published in autumn 2009. Mr Darcy's Secret was published in February 2011, and Jane also contributed a short story inspired by Persuasion for the anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, published by Random House in 2011.
Searching for Captain Wentworth is Jane's latest novel published in September 2012.