BLOG TOUR: RESTORING LADY ANNE BY EM TAYLOR - Guest post, Regency romance movie/TV adaptation
Regency romance movie/TV adaptation When considering what regency romance TV or movie adaption to talk about for this blog post,...
Regency romance movie/TV adaptation
When considering what regency romance TV or movie adaption to talk about for this blog post, my first thought was the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice adaption, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. And then I thought of the scrumptious David Morrissey as Colonel Brandon in the BBC adaption of Sense and Sensibility (at one point when he walked into the library in his regency clothing I literally groaned). But I decided to talk about the recent BBC TV show Death Comes to Pemberley. (Danielle-Claude: I was still leaving in Paris and London back then and saw the mini series)
I know it has not been aired yet in the USA. IMDB said it will be the end of October before it is. But the book has been available for years so no real spoilers.
Why did I want to talk about this? Because my entry into writing was through fan fiction and, to all intents and purposes, Death Comes to Pemberley is a Pride and Prejudice fan fiction. And there are a lot of similar books around. Writing fan fiction is great. It gives you the chance to write and construct a story without having to create worlds and more than a couple of extra characters.
Darcy was always going to be rather reserved but Matthew Rhys who played him stole my heart, just as Colin Firth once did. I was worried about Matthew because I know him best as the gay brother in Brothers and Sisters and wondered if I could reconcile both an English accent and the idea of him being straight. He did both admirably. (Danielle-Claude: I've been a fan of Matthew Rhys since Greenstone but I don't think the Americans know that mini series, wink)
Anna Maxwell Martin was a good Elizabeth. Maybe slightly more reserved than I think of Elizabeth but a competent actress and I did grow to like her.
But my favourite was Lydia Wickham. I love Lydia in all her guises because she brings out my violent tendencies. If anyone ever need a decent scolding, it was Lydia Wickham. Played wonderfully by Jenna Coleman with whom Doctor Who fans will be very familiar, she is the right amount of annoying but you kind of still care.
This was my favourite recent regency adaption. And while not a romance per se, it follows through the romance started in Pride and Prejudice. It’s great to see our characters’ lives after we’ve closed the book. That’s why I had to write James’s story in Restoring Lady Anna.
James’s story starts in Saved by a Rake and continues in this book. You’ll find out why he stayed at the inn and why he was so determined to find out why Lady Anna had left him. If you haven’t read Saved by a Rake, don’t worry. Both books are stand alone.
Thanks for joining me on my blog tour and I hope you enjoy Restoring Lady Anna.
Restoring Lady Anna
by Em Taylor
SERIES – Eversley Siblings Series
GENRE – Historical Regency Romance
When Lord James Eversley is accused of a murder he did not commit, he dresses up as his new brother-in-law’s footman and hitches a ride in their carriage out of town. When it seems they are no longer being followed he begins to relax until a minor accident causes them to stop at a shabby looking inn. As his “master” and his sister sip tea in the scruffy parlour, James comes face to face with Lady Anna, the woman who left him in the dead of night five years before and a familiar looking child.
Lady Anna has accepted her life as Mrs Johnstone, mother of four-year-old Viola, “wife” of Peter, the mentally ill former footman and land lady of a shabby inn on the Great North Road. Her plans for a love match with the handsome Lord Eversley were cruelly snatched away from her five years before. Her ruination means there is no opportunity to return to her family or the ton. When James turns up, dressed as a footman and demanding answers, Anna must decide whether to tell the truth.
James never stopped loving Anna and now he must learn what happened that fateful night that Anna left him heartbroken. With the truth out in the open, he must convince the love of his life to take a chance on him. He wants to marry her and restore her reputation among the aristocracy. But in Regency England reputations are easily lost and difficult to regain. Can Anna trust James enough to do what is right for Peter, despite his actions, her child and most importantly himself? Can James convince Anna to seek the help that Peter needs and return to the ton?
Em was born and brought up in the Central Belt of Scotland and still lives there. She was told as a child she had an over active imagination--as if that is a bad thing. She's traded her dreams of owning her own island, just like George in the Famous Five to hoping to meet her own Mr Darcy one day. But her imagination remains the same.
Unfortunately, Em was put off reading and writing by school and although she rediscovered her love of reading many years ago, she only tried her hand at writing again in 2011. After a year of writing fan fiction, she wrote an original short story for an anthology. This was followed up with two more shorts and 4 novella length books, all published under a pen name. Having fallen in love with a new sub-genre, courtesy of books by Mary Balogh and Lynsay Sands, she decided to try her hand at her new favourite genre for reading--regency.
Having bitten the bullet, she feels she has found her home in the 19th century, and it does give her an excuse to watch Colin Firth in a pair of buff breeches and riding books ad infinitum.
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