Can two estranged friends find their way back to each other…?
When her father —Major Angus Fairham — returns home from the Napoleonic wars, Prudence is excited to welcome him home to Fairham Manor.
However, tragedy strikes when Angus loses his estate to his close friend and comrade — young Captain Jack Staveley — in a drunken game of cards. Unable to face his loss, Angus takes his own life.
Distraught, Jack tries to restore Fairham Manor to Prudence, but she is too proud to accept his offer.
Overcome with grief and anger, she retreats to her aunt’s house in Bath and distances herself from her once close friendship with Jack.
But as the initial shock of her sorrow begins to dull, Prudence is soon missing the support of her most trusted confidant.
And when they once more find themselves in each other’s orbit, she must decide whether she can put aside her pride and open her heart…
Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?
I’m afraid the answer to this is a straightforward no, unless I go back more years than I care remember to when I was a child. Hardly at all though, even then. I’ve always preferred a traditional book
Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
My mother, who would gobble them up, and my sister is the same. She’s one of those who simply doesn’t hear if you speak to her when she has her nose in a book. She isn’t being rude, she genuinely doesn’t hear. I don’t ever remember my father reading novels though he would devour the newspaper. I can’t read (or write) when there’s any extraneous noise so I hide myself away from distractions
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
My first port of call is a list of names that were popular in the early nineteenth century. For example, it wouldn’t be appropriate to call my heroine Hayley – a lovely name but not of the time. Also, it doesn’t always follow that my main characters are comfortable with what I give them and I have been known to change them as they will adamantly not allow me to move on until I give them something that fits their personality.
Do write other things beside books (and shoppinglists 😉 )?
I’d actually had several short stories published before I even began writing books. It’s an entirely different discipline and one I enjoy immensely. It’s where I began learning the craft of writing and gave me the foundation to move on to novels. I still write short stories though. Shopping lists not so much J
If a movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?
My understanding is that once a book is optioned it is out of the writer’s hands. In any case, they are entirely different genres and it may not be possible to produce something that is completely true to the written word without it becoming stilted. I’m just thinking of some old black and white movies here. You never know, maybe one day I’ll be able to answer this question from personal experience.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
No contest. Georgette Heyer though I’m afraid I’d behave like a groupie. She it was who instilled in me the passion for the genre in which I now write. For those of your readers have seen the movie Notting Hill, I’d probably behave in the way Honey (the much loved and sadly departed Emma Chambers) did, fawning upon Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), even following her into the bathroom, athough I doubt I’d go that far.
Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
Only when I’m talking to my husband about what we should have for dinner.
What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)
While I’m very appreciative of anyone who takes the time to post a review, there was one recently for one of my books that was so riddled with spoilers I had to raise the issue. My preferred way of receiving feedback is to chat with my readers, either on my Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/NatalieKleinmanAuthor or with those who subscribe to my newsletter https://www.subscribepage.com/i7o4d8
Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today, Els, and for the really interesting questions.
Thank you, Natalie Kleinman and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Natalie’s passion for reading became a compulsion to write when she attended a ten-week course in creative writing some sixteen or so years ago. She takes delight in creating short stories of which more than forty have been published, but it was her lifelong love of Regency romance that led her to turn from contemporary romantic fiction to try her hand at her favourite genre. Raised on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, she is never happier than when immersed in an age of etiquette and manners, fashion and intrigue, all combined into a romping good tale. She lives on the London/Kent border, close to the capital’s plethora of museums and galleries which she uses for research as well as pleasure. A perfect day though is when she heads out of town to enjoy lunch by a pub on the river, any river, in company with her husband and friends.
Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.