Friday, January 16, 2015

"After the War Is Over"

Jennifer Robson is the international bestselling author of Somewhere in France.

She holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow.

Robson applied the Page 69 Test to After the War is Over, her second novel, and reported the following:
From page 69:
The Earl of Cumberland
requests the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of his sister
Lady Elizabeth Adelaide Sophia Georgiana Neville-Ashford
Mr. Robert Graham Fraser
The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene
Haverthwaite, Cumbria
Saturday, the twenty-first of June
One thousand nine hundred and nineteen
Eleven o’clock in the morning

Breakfast to follow
Cumbermere Hall

At exactly eleven o’clock, the landau glided to a halt in front of the ancient parish church of St. Mary Magdalene. Charlotte waited for the footman to help Edward and Lilly descend, then came forward to embrace the bride.

“You look beautiful,” she said truthfully. “Let me straighten your gown and veil before we go in.”
Page 69 of After the War is Over begins with a wedding invitation. The bride and groom will be familiar figures to anyone who has read my previous book, Somewhere in France, but they are not the central characters in the scenes that follow. Instead, Miss Charlotte Brown is our heroine, and although she is the maid of honor at the wedding, she sees herself as an outsider at the festivities. She is the bride’s closest friend, but she was also once her governess, and in the eyes of many of the wedding guests is little more than a servant. As the wedding begins, she is feeling tremendously apprehensive – but for reasons that are far more complicated than any nerves over lingering social awkwardness.
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