Guest post: Natalie Kleinman, When Only Pride Remains

When Only Pride Remains

A enchanting story of love, loss and healing set in Regency England! For fans of Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Jane Aiken Hodge and Jane Austen.

Can two estranged friends find their way back to each other…?

Regency England

When her father —Major Angus Fairham — returns home from the Napoleonic wars, Prudence is excited to welcome him home to Fairham Manor.

However, tragedy strikes when Angus loses his estate to his close friend and comrade — young Captain Jack Staveley — in a drunken game of cards. Unable to face his loss, Angus takes his own life.

Distraught, Jack tries to restore Fairham Manor to Prudence, but she is too proud to accept his offer.

Overcome with grief and anger, she retreats to her aunt’s house in Bath and distances herself from her once close friendship with Jack.

But as the initial shock of her sorrow begins to dull, Prudence is soon missing the support of her most trusted confidant.

And when they once more find themselves in each other’s orbit, she must decide whether she can put aside her pride and open her heart…

WHEN ONLY PRIDE REMAINS is a historical romantic tale set in Regency England, with a feisty heroine and a moving love story at its heart.

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Hello, and thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!

Thank you for having me.

  1. What was your favourite book as a child? What’s your favourite book now?

All of them. Each one as I read it became a favourite and some remain so to this day, particularly when, as an eleven year old, I was introduced to Georgette Heyer. I devoured her books and I could cite any one of a number of them as my preferred choice for that is what they become each time they are re-read.

  • What drew you to the Regency period as your setting?

I could say ‘see my answer above’ as it has been an almost lifelong love affair. There is something enchanting about the manners and fashions of the period and, although I suspect that for the most part it was only the upper echelons of society who enjoyed life’s little (and sometimes big) luxuries, we are talking fiction here. However, I do endeavour to bring the harsh realities of life to light by mentioning in my books some of the disadvantages endured by the lower ranks of society. But, back to your question, the thing I love most is the language, the turn of phrase, the elegance of the spoken word. Then of course there are the buildings. We are fortunate to have so many examples of Georgian architecture in this country – sometimes a whole city’s worth.

  • What is about the Regency period, do you think, that readers find so enticing?

I believe that many readers who might previously have been unfamiliar with it have been drawn to the period by the film and television adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels. The romance comes alive on the screen as it does in the pages of her books. The phenomenon that was Georgette Heyer lives on in her huge fan base and I know her books are read over and over again by her followers. And just look at the recent success of Bridgerton! As with many genres, I think escapism is the answer to your question. Who doesn’t like to be taken out of themselves to another world, particularly one as elegant and attractive as this one.

  • Can you tell me a little bit about your research process?

Much of my research was absorbed during my reading of Georgette Heyer, for her own research was meticulous. However, there are also many sources available and I have a long shelf filled with books on fashion, gaming, equestrianism, travel and…well, the list is pretty comprehensive and the books well-thumbed.

  • What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever discovered during research for your writing?

That the daytime life of an upper-class Regency woman must at times have been agonisingly boring. Not for her the gallivanting about the country which men were privilege to. The trips to the races. The horse or carriage races in which they themselves took part. Travelling miles to see a mill (boxing) or watch cock-fighting. No, her days were spent at her needlework or with her watercolours. Or perhaps reading, though of course I have no argument with that one.

  • What would be your top three tips for writers of historical fiction?

Read. Research. Get it right. Your readers will know if you don’t.

  • What are you working on at the moment? Can you give us a teaser at all?

At the time of writing this I am a little more than ten thousand words into a novel set in beautiful Regency Bath, a place that appears frequently in my books as indeed it does in When Only Pride Remains. It is such a gift to the Regency author. What a wealth of information there is just in that city alone. In my WIP there is a misunderstanding which will colour the relationship between our hero and heroine…and that’s all I’m prepared to say at the moment.

Thank you so much for your lovely questions and for hosting me today


About Natalie

Natalie’s passion for reading became a compulsion to write when she attended a ten-week course in creative writing some sixteen or so years ago. She takes delight in creating short stories of which more than forty have been published, but it was her lifelong love of Regency romance that led her to turn from contemporary romantic fiction to try her hand at her favourite genre. Raised on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, she is never happier than when immersed in an age of etiquette and manners, fashion and intrigue, all combined into a romping good tale. She lives on the London/Kent border, close to the capital’s plethora of museums and galleries which she uses for research as well as pleasure. A perfect day though is when she heads out of town to enjoy lunch by a pub on the river, any river, in company with her husband and friends.

Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.

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