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My thanks to the author and Random Things Tours for my copy of this book
and the invitation to the blog tour
📖 My thoughts..
In the early 1990s I picked up a copy of Louisa Elliot by Ann Victoria Roberts from my local library, immediately drawn to its striking book cover and then further entranced by the story inside that cover. Over the next few years I went on to read more more books by this talented author, intrigued by her ability to bring history alive.
And now thirty years later I get to learn about the process of writing Louisa Elliot, the inspiration for the story in the author's own family history, and the tentative steps to getting her story published, whilst at the same time coping with her mariner husband's long absences at sea and bringing up her two children in West Yorkshire.
This interesting memoir is made all the more poignant for me because I was living in West Yorkshire during the time the author was writing her novel. So I was familiar with the places she mentions, namely Otley, and York, which brought back happy memories. I think that's one of the reasons Louisa Elliot resonated so strongly with me as it's set in York, a city I enjoyed visiting in the 1980s for shopping, tea at Betty's and museum trips.
Whilst there's a great deal of personal information in the memoir about Ann's early life and growing up in Yorkshire it never feels intrusive into her family life. However, I think the real strength of the book lies in the author's own belief that she had a story to tell if only she could get it down on paper. Her rather trepidatious excitement when she got an enthusiastic letter back from her new agent was both palpable and emotional. I enjoyed reading of Ann's trips to London to meet her agent, then editor and publishers, and the sheer excitement of watching her debut novel, Louisa Elliot, take flight, to rapturous enthusiasm, around the world.
I've really enjoyed travelling from book idea to publication in this lovely memoir. Don't we all wish we could see headlines like Housewife Writes Best Seller in the local paper and for this talented, and worthy, author, it really was a dream come true.
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