"I am not romantic, you know; I never was. I only ask a comfortable home..." ~ Charlotte Lucas
When Charlotte Lucas becomes Mrs. Collins, she believes she has achieved her heart's desire, but from the moment she crosses the threshold at Hunsford Parsonage, another woman asserts power over the household ~ Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
Though her marriage is quite convenient and appears outwardly happy, Charlotte cannot ignore the oppressive influence of her husband's patroness. She accepts Mr. Darcy's offer to take her to London to visit her friend Eliza Bennet, where a charming rogue takes an unsettling interest...in Charlotte.
She returns from London with the inevitable merely delayed. She must stand up to Lady Catherine or never call her home truly her own.
Regency, Romance, JAFF, Charlotte Collins, HEA, Jane Austen sequel
Kate Bedlow is the JAFF pen name of speculative fiction author L.K. Rigel. She grew up hiding under her bed with books, the best place in the world. She fell in love early with 19th century fiction and developed a passion for writing variations and retellings of old classics.
L.K. Rigel has been a newspaper reporter, a singing waitress, a public school teacher, and a court reporter. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway. SLURP, a creepy short story about an author with muse problems is included in DEADLY TREATS, Anne Frasier's Halloween anthology published by Nodin Press, and her dystopian novella SPACE JUNQUE has been optioned for an independent feature film.