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A Perfect Secret
by Donna Hatch
(Rogue Hearts #3)
by Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback, 348 Pages
December 14 2013
Desperate to protect her father from trial and death, Genevieve breaks off her engagement with Christian Amesbury and marries a blackmailer. After a year of marriage, she flees her husband’s violent domination only to have fate bring her back to Christian. Just when she thinks she’s started a new life of safety and solitude, her husband tracks her down, stalks her, and threatens everyone she loves.Still brokenhearted over Genevieve’s betrayal a year ago, Christian can’t believe she’s come back into his life–and worse, that she’s done it on the anniversary of his brother’s death, a death that haunts him. Though tempted to throw her back into the river where he found her, he can’t leave her at the mercy of the terrifying man she married.
When her husband torments Genevieve and puts his family in danger, Christian will do anything to protect those he loves…anything except give Genevieve another chance to break his heart.
My passion for writing began at the tender age of 8 and I’ve been hooked ever since. Of course, I also wanted to be an actress and a ballerina, but one out of three isn’t bad, right?In between caring for six children, (7 counting my husband), my day job, my free lance editing and copy writing, and my many volunteer positions, I manage to carve out time to indulge in my writing obsession. After all, it IS an obsession. My family is more patient and supportive than I deserve.
Jane Austen had a way of writing literature stood the test of time. Did she know this when she wrote her novels? Did she have any idea of how influential her works would be on the historical romance genre? Not likely. In fact, some of her works were not even published until after she died. Let’s examine how Jane Austen has influenced the historical romance novel. Then, I’ll attempt to guess what she would think of most romance novels today.
Jane Austen’s plots are often repeated in romance novels through the decades. For example, in Pride & Prejudice, the plot revolves around a case of mistaken first impressions. The principal characters start out with an aversion to one another only to discover that they are actually attracted to one another. In Sense and Sensibility, we see a hero who falls in love with one woman while being bound to another and also a heroine whose romantic sensibilities nearly bring about her ruin. In Mansfield Park, the main characters are related, and therefore, an unsuspected but not unheard of love plot unfolds. Northanger Abby is Jane Austen’s parody of the Gothic novel so popular in her day. Emma employs a pedagogic relationship between a much older man who corrects and scolds the younger Emma. Persuasion highlights a love deserving a second chance.
Many of these romantic situations have been retold in other historical romance novels. In Sanditon by Jane Austen and “A Lady” (the mysterious author who finished the unfinished manuscript), there is a clear relationship between Jane Austen’s works and modern-day historical romance novels. The unknown author “A Lady” who finished this incomplete work of Jane Austen’s,wrote the ending much like a modern-day Regency romance novel. It is unlike Jane Austen’s style in that it is fast paced, flirty, and has a twist at the end. But, it is difficult to discern at what point Jane Austen stops and A Lady picks up. This is not the only version of the book. I started to read another author’s finishing of the novel only to stop when I got to a sex scene, something Jane Austen never put in her novels.
These examples showcase how much Jane Austen has influenced the romance novels of today. However, the question remains: What would Austen think of most of the romance novels published today? Northanger Abby says it well; “Perhaps after all it is possible to read too many novels.” We can be sure Austen would only approve of clean romance novels that prized wit and a bit of sarcasm, like her own timeless tales.
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