Synopses & Reviews
The year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems . . .
Lady Charlotte Edmonds: Beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered, Charlotte feels suffocated by the strictures of upper-crust society. She longs to see the world beyond The Manor, to seek out high adventure. And most of all, romance.
Janie Seward: Fiery, hardworking, and clever, Janie knows she can be more than just a kitchen maid. But she isn't sure she possesses the courage -- or the means -- to break free and follow her passions.
Both Charlotte and Janie are ready for change. As their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. Secrets that will alter the course of their lives. . . forever.
"Longshore (Gilt; Tarnish) will delight fans of British period pieces Ã la Downton Abbey as she introduces 16-year-old Lady Charlotte Edmonds and Janie Seward, a kitchen maid, both of whom yearn to throw caution to the wind. Charlotte's mother, Lady Diane, plans for her to marry Lord Andrew Broadhurst, the dull but stable heir to an earldom, who will assure that Charlotte's dreams are confined to her imagination. After living in extreme poverty with her relatives, Janie is reunited with her mother in the manor's kitchen. While Janie loves to cook, she feels displaced, and house rules forbid her to act on her growing affection for a childhood friend. Charlotte's loneliness and a burgeoning interest in a dashing new footman draw her downstairs, where she and Janie form a clandestine partnership to uncover the meaning behind an unexpected visitor's arrival. Drama between servants, an approaching shooting party and ball, and the interlacing of social classes thicken the plot. Longshore excels at switching between the girls' perspectives as she intimately explores two richly detailed worlds. Ages 12 up. Agent: Catherine Drayton, Inkwell Management. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Katherine Longshore is a former costume designer, coffee house barista and preschool teacher who has finally found her calling writing historical fiction for teens. She is the author of GILT, TARNISH, and BRAZEN, a series of novels set in the court of Henry VIII published by Viking. After five years exploring castles and country manors in England, she now lives in California with three British citizens and one expatriate dog. Visit her online at www.katherinelongshore.com.