Coming to a bookstore near you in 2010

The Girl in a Blue Dress: A Novel of the Life & Marriage of Charles Dickens
by Gaynor Arnold

Paperback Release Date:  August 3, 2010

SYNOPSIS:  At the end of her life, Catherine, the cast-off wife of Charles Dickens, gave the letters she had received from her husband to their daughter Kate, asking her to donate them to the British Museum, “so the world may know that he loved me once.” The incredible vulnerability and heartache evident beneath the surface of this remark inspired Gaynor Arnold to write Girl in a Blue Dress, a dazzling debut novel inspired by the life of this tragic yet devoted woman. Arnold brings the spirit of Catherine Dickens to life in the form of Dorothea “Dodo” Gibson–a woman who is doomed to live in the shadow of her husband, Alfred, the most celebrated author in the Victorian world.

The story opens on the day of Alfred’s funeral. Dorothea is not among the throngs in attendance when The One and Only is laid to rest. Her mourning must take place within the walls of her modest apartment, a parting gift from Alfred as he ushered her out of their shared home and his life more than a decade earlier. Even her own children, save her outspoken daughter Kitty, are not there to offer her comfort–they were poisoned against her when Alfred publicly declared her an unfit wife and mother. Though she refuses to don the proper mourning attire, Dodo cannot bring herself to demonize her late husband, something that comes all too easily to Kitty.

Instead, she reflects on their time together–their clandestine and passionate courtship, when he was a force of nature and she a willing follower; and the salad days of their marriage, before too many children sapped her vitality and his interest. She uncovers the frighteningly hypnotic power of the celebrity author she married. Now liberated from his hold on her, Dodo finds the courage to face her adult children, the sister who betrayed her, and the charming actress who claimed her husband’s love and left her heart aching.

A sweeping tale of love and loss that was long-listed for both the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, Girl in a Blue Dress is both an intimate peek at the woman who was behind one of literature’s most esteemed men and a fascinating rumination on marriage that will resonate across centuries.

Emily's Ghost: A Novel of the Bronte Sisters
by Denise Giardina

Paperback Release Date:  July 5, 2010

SYNOPSIS:  A lustrous, beautifully written reimagining of the Brontë family—and of Emily Brontë’s passionate engagement with life. Enigmatic, intelligent, and fiercely independent, Emily Brontë refuses to bow to the conventions of her day: she is distrustful of marriage, prefers freedom above all else, and walks alone at night on the moors above the isolated rural village of Haworth. But Emily’s life, along with the rest of the Brontë family, is turned upside down with the arrival of an idealistic clergyman named William Weightman. Weightman champions poor mill workers’ rights, mingles with radical labor agitators, and captivates Haworth—and the Brontës especially—with his energy and charm. An improbable friendship between Weightman and Emily develops into a fiery but unconsummated love affair—and when tragedy strikes, the relationship continues, like the love story at the heart of Wuthering Heights, beyond the grave.

Lady Jane Grey: Queen for Sale
by Caroline Corby

UK Release Date:  July 5, 2010

SYNOPSIS:  Lady Jane Grey: Queen for Sale is the story of a Tudor girl doomed from birth by her royal blood. When Henry VIII dies Jane overhears that, inexplicably, in his will he has elevated her family in the event that his own children produce no heirs. Overnight the nine-year-old Jane has become a valuable pawn in the struggle for the throne of England. After being sold by her parents to Thomas Seymour, Jane is traded between powerful Tudor families as she grows older. As King Edward VI gets frailer, Jane’s value rises. She falls into the hands of Warwick, a man who will do anything to get her on the throne. When he forces her to marry his son, Jane’s fate is sealed. She must become queen or die.



  1. These all sound fabulous- thanks Amy!

  2. I read the first two books and enjoyed them.

  3. As usual, you're making me overload my to-read list :)

  4. I may have to get my paws on the Dickens' book. That looks really interesting.


  5. I have the beautiful hardcover of The Girl in a Blue Dress, and I am looking forward to that one.
    Definitely am liking the looks of the Lady Jane Grey book.

  6. All of these sound amazing, esp. "Girl in a Blue Dress" -- which has a fantastic cover, too, BTW. I've read a lot about Charles Dickens's relationship with his sister-in-law and later with the teenage actress Ellen (Nellie) Ternan, and would love to read how the relationships are portrayed in a novel.

    The Emily Bronte novel has a unique point of view as well.

    Oh ... so much to want to read; so little time!

  7. Love, Love, Love the idea of Emily's Ghost and I very nearly bought Girl in the Blue Dress several times. LOVE THE NEW LAYOUT! Beautiful. Thanks for reviewing!


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