The story of To Take Her Pride came to me quite easily. It flowed very well and was a joy to write.
I am always intrigued by the idea of what happens when a character’s life is turned upside down and all that they knew becomes foreign, their private world they thought was safe and secure suddenly becomes alien and fragile.
In To Take Her Pride, Aurora lives a privilege life that she has taken for granted as the wealthy do, but one event destroys all she knows and she is soon leading a very different life she never expected.
I found it interesting that Aurora becomes a much stronger character as the book continues. She starts off at the beginning as an ordinary young women, but in a short space of time, she becomes an extraordinary strong women fighting to survive in a strange and frightening new life.
The era the book is set in is late Victorian just as the strict confines of the old Victorian ways are starting to loosen up as women become more interested in the world outside of their own kitchen. England becomes embroiled in the Boer War, which also touches Aurora’s life, but as the world advances to more modern ideas as a new century dawns, the working class are still struggling to rise above the ever present threat of poverty, disease and death. All these things Aurora experiences first hand as she is torn from her comfortable life and thrust into a much different existence.
To Take Her Pride is set in Yorkshire, like most of my books, and largely in the city of York.
I find York a fascinating city, full of history, where each street and lane has a story to tell. Grand old buildings, the castle walls, and the River Ouse all have their own fascinating history and provides a great back drop for the story. Again Aurora finds contrasts as she leaves the country is and swallowed up within the slums of York’s poorest areas.
With all the twists and turns Aurora endures, I found writing her journey totally absorbing. As always, the character became dear to me, a friend, and it’s exciting to see when readers enjoy her story too.
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To Take Her Pride can be bought in paperback or ebook formats.