A Modern Take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion
In 1817, if childbirth didn’t kill a woman, there were good odds a “miasma” would. Now, a woman’s demise at her prime needs a better explanation. It deserves an investigation. That is what two lawyers at the Harville Firm promise to do when Amelia Elkins Elkins, a member of a prominent family with more baggage than money, contacts them in the wake of her mother’s untimely death.
In this retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Amelia and her sisters turn to the American court system to seek justice for their mother’s death. It’s too bad that their conceited, silly father is doing everything he can — inadvertently, of course — to hinder their success.
Via Macarons & Paperbacks (review August 2015):
Read This Book If:
…you’re a fan of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
…you enjoy reading novels with lawsuits and legal plots (especially when all of the jargon is easy to understand).
…you love stories that involve second chances.
…you long for a story with a bit of mystery and romance!
REVIEWS of Amelia Elkins Elkins:
- Macarons & Paperbacks (8.26.15):
- “If you are looking for a contemporary novel that is so much more than just an adaptation of a classic, Amelia Elkins Elkins should be on your To-Read list! A. M. Blair’s book evokes feelings of sympathy, anger, intrigue, and of course happiness as a former couple reunites in a quest for justice.”
- My Vices & Weaknesses (7.27.15):
- “Michael is as loveable as Frederick… You really need to grab a copy and read it, I only hope that you enjoy Amelia Elkins Elkins at least as much as I have enjoyed it.”
Amelia Elkins Elkins (2015): E-book Format; Approx. length 318 pages; Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Legal Fiction, Adaptation
Nora and Aubrey Daley were never going to be the type of twins who lived together from womb to nursing home, despite their inseparable childhood in suburban Philadelphia and their matching Yale degrees. Their lives diverge soon after graduation—too soon, in Nora’s opinion—when Aubrey’s marriage to her college boyfriend changes more than her last name.
Two Lovely Berries is an exploration of the struggle for individuality between identical twins, complicated by family violence, divisive relationships, and personal demons from which even those born into a life of privilege cannot escape.
A. M. Blair is the pseudonym of a Pennsylvania-based writer who blogs about literature and the law at The Misfortune of Knowing. Under her real name, she is an attorney and the mother of three, including a pair of monozygotic redheads whose refusal to accept sugar cookies instead of overpriced spatulas in a gourmet foods shop inspired this story. She received her B.A. in history from Yale and her J.D. from Harvard.
Two Lovely Berries (August 2014) is now available through Amazon: See Here
Genres: New Adult, Women’s Fiction, General Fiction
Thank you to LED Manuscripts for their careful edits.
REVIEWS of Two Lovely Berries:
(1) Eclectic Scribe:
- Indie Spotlight: Two Lovely Berries By AM Blair (Sept. 27, 2016): “This is a lovely, intelligent, and honest novel about coming of age, family relationships, and the truths — and lies — that hold families together.”
- Review: Two Lovely Berries by A.M. Blair (Dec. 1, 2014): “Two Lovely Berries is a wonderful character-driven novel, and I just loved A. M. Blair’s writing. She pulled me right into the twins’ story and kept me in their world until the last sentence.”
- Five Favorite Books Recommended By Others (Dec. 2, 2014): “[T]his is a wonderfully satisfying self-published title that pulled me out of a reading slump. Katie at Words for Worms is to fault for this recommendation.”
(3) Back on the Rock:
- Book Review–Two Lovely Berries, AM Blair (Sept. 2, 2014): “Thoughtful and incisive, the author ensures the pages keep turning with her flowing style. There is always enough tension between the various parties to want to know how it’s all going to work out, for all of them.”
(4) Words for Worms:
- Two Lovely Berries by A.M. Blair (Aug. 28, 2014): “I found the story engrossing from the start. Books that focus on interpersonal relationships sometimes turn a corner into a weird introspective place, but I thought Two Lovely Berries stayed grounded firmly in reality. Everything was realistically portrayed, and even the dramatic bits avoided abject melodrama. Tales of infidelity, workaholics, family violence, and sibling rivalry all blend together with refreshing glimmers of humanity that make the whole thing just work.”
- Double Vision (An Idiosyncratic Lit List) (Aug. 29, 2014): “[A]fter reading Two Lovely Berries last week, I’m inspired to talk about twins in literature… (1) Nora and Aubrey Daley from Two Lovely Berries by AM Blair: Oh these girls! They knew they’d never be the dress-alike-and-live-together-forever kind of twins, but they didn’t see all the crazy that was coming their way. Sharing identical genetic codes doesn’t guarantee a strife-free existence!”