Thoroughly enjoyed it. Actually, I hated for it to end! All the jockeying for social and romantic positions in the English countryside is positively fascinating and hilarious.
A chipper, British-sounding repartee throughout keeps the reader smiling…
It’s a beguiling piece of writing that stays in character every minute; I can picture it as an English TV serial.
A wonderful parlor piece…
Author of Wild Tulips
MORE ABOUT CHILVERTON PARK:
Chilverton Park is the first in a planned series of “Tea Drinkers Novels”; a set of Victorian-style humorous light romance in an historical setting, written in a manner reminiscent of both Anthony Trollope and P. G. Wodehouse.
At the heart of this charming story lies an unusual attachment between the gay, confirmed bachelor about London, Sir Erskine Wald, and his childhood friend, the winsome but delicate daughter of the Earl of Chilverton, Lady Caroline Downey. Lady Caroline, who earnestly wishes to remain single, reveals her intention to Sir Erskine who eventually acknowledges that they have that aim in common. But avoiding marriage in Victorian England is an admittedly tricky business. Lady Caroline’s Aunt Clara is determined to oppose her at every step and begins a program of ill-conceived interference which brings Sir Erskine to Lady Caroline’s aid in league with his mother, the formidable Mrs. Hortensia Wald. Lady Caroline manages, with their help, to stay above the Victorian era intrigue surrounding her until her Aunt Clara contrives to corner her in an almost inescapable dilemma.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Susan Russell Thompson is a lifelong lover of British fiction and found her inspiration for A Tea-Drinker’s Novel: Chilverton Park through reading the works of Anthony Trollope, Jane Austen and P.G. Wodehouse. A product of the South, she grew up in Columbus Georgia and attended Columbus High School. She is also a 1975 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. Many of her early years were spent painting at night while working as a graphic artist. Some of her artwork may be seen in the collection of Columbus State University and the offices of Pratt & Whitney in Columbus, Georgia. A prolonged bout of Lyme Disease in her late fifties prompted Susan to begin writing. One of the major themes of Chilverton Park involves the stigmatization of the chronically ill in society In addition, the historical persecution of gay persons is brushed upon as well as the terrible folly of interfering in other person’s lives. Presently, she resides in the rolling hills of North Carolina with her husband Dan, her dog, Molly, and nearly feral cat, Missy .