Today is the release day for Once Upon A Scandal, the sequel to my debut novel, Once Upon A Wager, and I’m excited and nervous all at once! I sincerely hope people enjoy it, because I had such a wonderful time writing the story of Jane Fitzsimmons and Benjamin Marworth. The two characters really crafted themselves, and I just came along for the ride.
When you have a moment, I urge you to find out more online about the glorious Painshill Park, Benjamin’s home in Scandal. One of the finest remaining examples of an 18th century English landscape park, it was created between 1738 and 1773 by the Hon. Charles Hamilton. I find it fascinating that many of the tree specimens planted there were actually imported from Philadelphia, which is not far from where I live. During Hamilton’s life, it attracted the most famous horticulturalists and botanists of the day, and a few other people besides, including (as noted in Scandal) Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Catherine the Great of Russia.
If Benjamin showed up at the door in 1813, he’d have been greeted by a disgruntled Henry Lawes Luttrell, the 2nd Earl of Carhampton, a subsequent owner.
Unfortunately, the original home is long gone, but the estate grounds are still maintained by the Painshill Park Trust. I can’t wait to get back to England so I can go for a visit!
Here’s a link to more information…
All the best,