Searching for Captain Wentworthby Jane Odiwe
When aspiring writer, Sophie Elliot, receives the keys to the family townhouse in Bath, it's an invitation she can't turn down, especially when she learns that she will be living next door to the house Jane Austen lived in. On discovering that an ancient glove belonging to her mysterious neighbour, Josh Strafford, will transport her back in time to Regency Bath, she questions her sanity, but Sophie is soon caught up in two dimensions, each reality as certain as the other. Torn between her life in the modern world, and that of her ancestor who befriends Jane Austen and her fascinating brother Charles, Sophie's story travels two hundred years across time, and back again, to unite this modern heroine with her own Captain Wentworth. Blending fact and fiction together, the tale of Jane Austen's own quest for happiness weaves alongside, creating a believable world of new possibilities for the inspiration behind the beloved novel, Persuasion.
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Meet the Author
Jane Odiwe is the author of seven Austen-inspired books, Mrs Darcy's Diamonds, Project Darcy, Searching for Captain Wentworth, (White Soup Press) Mr Darcy's Secret, Willoughby's Return, Lydia Bennet's Story, (Sourcebooks) and Effusions of Fancy.
Recent television appearances include an interview in a special edition of the 200 year anniversary of Pride and Prejudice on BBC Breakfast, and a BBC Masterchef Special celebrating 200 years of Sense and Sensibility.
Jane was born in Sutton Coldfield, England, and gained an arts degree in Birmingham where she indulged her great loves of Fine Art, Literature, and History. After teaching in the midlands for some years, Jane moved to London to teach, until writing novels, and a growing obsession with all things Jane Austen, took over her life.
With her husband, children, and two cats, Jane now divides her time between North London, and Bath, England. Jane is a member of the Jane Austen Society and when she's not writing, she enjoys painting and trying to capture the spirit of Jane Austen's world. Her illustrations feature in a biographical film of Jane Austen's life in Sony's DVD edition of The Jane Austen Book Club and in the picture book, Effusions of Fancy.
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As someone who has a lifelong love of Jane Austen and a desperate desire to live in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, Jane Odiwe's Searching for Captain Wentworth was the perfect read for me. The story follows Sophie, on the rebound after a failed romance, travelling to Bath to find time to recover and to focus on her fledgling writing career. The discovery that she is able to pass through time and become acquainted with Jane Austen and various members of her family, once she is recovered from the surprise of it, begins to take over and she find herself torn between her life in the past and her life in the present. Ms Odiwe's knowledge of both the city and the author shine throughout this time-slip story which weaves the past, the present, plotlines from Austen novels and facts from the author's real life into one beautiful, satisfying, romantic story. The writing is descriptive and carries you with it as the story moves from present to past and back again; the scenes set in the past are beautifully drawn and the characters seem incredibly 'real'. If you love Jane Austen, the city of Bath or time-slip stories (or, if you are like me, and love all of the above), then this is a must-read!
We are very proud to announce that Searching For Captain Wentworth has been honored with the B.R.A.G.Medallion. This tells readers that this is most certainly a book well worth your time and money!
Time travel has always presented a logical difficulty for authors: How to make such a romantic notion seem plausible? I have a way of dealing with time travel stories – suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride. Jane Odiwe's new book speaks directly to one of my fantasies – to meet Jane Austen and to get to know her as a friend. Oh, if that were only possible! I'll admit that I have a fondness for Ms. Odiwe's books. In this new endeavor she has outdone herself. After finishing Searching for Captain Wentworth I felt as if I had taken a trip to Bath and Lyme Regis, met Jane Austen, and been treated to a wonderful romance. Not everything about the book is perfect. While the love affair between Charles and Sophia had me engrossed, the one twixt Josh and Sophie left me somewhat cold. The ending seemed rushed, and although loose ends were tied, much of the details didn't make sense, as with all time travel stories. But logic is not the point of a time travel book: fantasy and wish-fulfillment are. This book has fantasy aplenty, backed up by history and Ms. Odiwe's intimate knowledge of Jane Austen's life and the environs of Bath. I had the privilege of visiting Bath and staying in a hotel near Sydney Gardens just off Great Pulteney Street, and the book kept conjuring up memories that I thought I had forgotten. Vividly described is the arduous but ultimately rewarding climb up Beechen Cliff. She uses this walk as a marvelous plot device while taking us on a guided tour of that famous J.A. landmark. She takes her characters to Lyme Regis as well, and has a knack for writing an original story while admirably following Persuasion's plot. I could write a longer review, but I don't want to reveal too much of the plot and feel that I have expressed my thoughts succinctly. Well done, Ms. Odiwe. This is one of the few review books that I read from start to finish. I give Searching for Captain Wentworth five out of five regency tea cups with this caution: If you are not a fan of romance novels, Austen sequels, or time travel tales, then you will wonder at my gushes. - Vic, Jane Austen's World blog