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Viscountess of Vice
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Regency Reformers #3

February 2016
On Sale: January 25, 2016
Featuring: Lady Catharine, Viscountess Cranbrook; James Burnham
336 pages
ISBN: 1682810941
EAN: 9781682810941
Kindle: B019CBM604
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Also by Jenny Holiday:
Three Little Words, February 2019
It Takes Two, July 2018
One and Only, March 2018
The Pacifist, November 2016


We all know about Colin Firth emerging from the lake. (Right???? If not, hereís a little primer on ďthe scene that changed everything.Ē)

Mr. Darcy and his soggy shirt are the stars of what is probably the most popular Jane Austen adaptation out there, the 1995 miniseries that also starred Jennifer Ehle as Lizzy Bennet. And, hey, youíll get no argument from me. That series is a delight from start to finish.

But how about some lesser-known Austen adaptations and Austen-inspired movies and TV shows? Without further ado, I give you my four favorites.

  1. The 2007 version of Persuasion, starring Sally Hawkins as Anne Elliot and Rupert Penry-Jones as Captain Wentworth. Interestingly, PERSUASION isnít my favorite Austen novel. But this adaptation! It is glorious. Iím particularly fond of the last scene, where Anne goes running after Captain Wentworth, tearing though the streets of Bath in a most unladylike manner as the camera jiggles around like crazy. Oh, my heart!
  2. The Jane Austen Book Club, a 2007 Hollywood movie about a group of friends who start a Jane Austen-reading book club to cheer up one of their members, who has just been dumped by her husband. If I recall correctly, this movie was not a huge critical success when it came out, but honestly, whatís not to love? A bunch of people sitting around talking about Austenís novels? I mean, come on.
  3. Lost in Austen, a 2008 TV show in which our modern-day, Austen-obsessed heroine accidentally falls through time and switches places with Elizabeth Bennet from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. The expected fish-out-of-water shenanigans ensue, in both the 19th and 21st centuries, and Amanda, our modern girl, tries to keep the plot of her favorite novel from derailing even as she falls for Mr. Darcy herself. Thereís even a Colin Firth soggy shirt homage.
  4. 2007ís Northanger Abbey movie (why the heck was 2007 such a good year for Austen adaptations?!), which, funnily enough, stars Carey Mulligan and Felicity Jones before anyone had heard of them. I donít know of any other NORTHANGER ABBEY adaptations, and my sense is that itís not Austenís most popular novel, though I donít know why because itís hilarious. The film keeps the bookís satirical tone. And, letís face it, given its heroineís obsession with Gothic novels, itís eminently relatable. (That is, unless you donít know what itís like to be unnaturally obsessed with books and unwilling/unable to distinguish them from reality?)

So there you have it. I have discovered that all of these, with the exception of The Jane Austen Book Club, are on YouTube. So Iím not really sure why youíre still reading thisóyouíve got your work cut out for you!

About Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny's featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered.

From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, spending many years promoting research at a major university, which allowed her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings--minus the bloodbaths.

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Viscountess of

Secrets and lies, scandals and spies.

All Lady Catharine, Viscountess Cranbrook, wants is a little excitement. Bored of playing the role of the tonís favorite slightly scandalous widow, she jumps at the chance to go undercover as a courtesan to help with an espionage mission. After all, beneath her outrageously low bodice beats the heart of a patriot.

Social reformer James Burnham is conducting a study of vice in Englandís capital. Driven by his own secrets, he is methodical, intelligentóand wickedly handsome. Catharine is the last sort of woman the upstanding James should want. But want her he does, though she stands for everything he opposes.

When Catharine and James are forced to band together to advance their causes, theyíll be drawn into a web of secrets and lies that endangers their livesóand their hearts.

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