Seaside, Sandals, and Songbirds #BeachReads

Posted July 2, 2016 by Shari in Giveaways, Stranded with a Book / 16 Comments

Welcome Beau North as they discuss
Seaside, Sandals, and Songbirds with their book Longbourn’s Songbird.
Take it away Beau!

Thanks to Delighted Reader for letting me be a part of this event!

My book, Longbourn’s Songbird, is a Pride and Prejudice variation set in the post-WWII American South. Some pretty important events happen for young Elizabeth Bennet the summer of 1945, while she is spending the summer in Charleston with her Aunt and Uncle. Charleston is a city of perpetual summertime, with its sun-baked stucco and cobblestone avenues lined with Palmetto trees, and the 1940’s were a golden age of fashion.

I drew a lot of inspiration from Pinterest when writing these parts. I even tried my hand at Victory Rolls (and failed spectacularly!) But I found myself loving the playful rompers and tiny two-piece short sets the girls favored at that time, particularly these boardwalk beauties.



So here is a slightly more updated version for the more modern reader. I love to imagine Elizabeth Bennet cavorting all over Charleston in this getup. But I don’t think she would have been quite so vigilant about the sunscreen!

You can see the whole set over on Polyvore, with links to everything.


About the Book

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In the autumn of 1948, young millionaire Will Darcy comes to the sleepy, backwater town of Meryton, South Carolina to visit his best friend, Charles Bingley. When Darcy becomes enchanted by a local beauty with a heavenly voice, his business dealings with Longbourn Farms may close the door to his romantic hopes before they are given a chance to thrive.

Still healing from heartbreak, Elizabeth Bennet takes solace in her family, home, and the tight-knit community of Meryton. That foundation is shaken when Will Darcy makes a successful offer to buy the family farm. Blinded by hurt, will Elizabeth miss the chance to find in him the peace and comfort her heart truly needs?

Confronting the racial, economic, and social inequalities of the times, Longbourn’s Songbird is an imaginative romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and told through the lens of postwar America, a story layered with betrayal and loss, love and letting go.

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About Beau North

AuthorpicBeau North is a native southerner who now calls Portland, Oregon home with her husband and two cats. She attended the University of South Carolina where she began a lifelong obsession with English Literature. In her spare time, Beau is the brains behind Rhymes With Nerdy, a pop culture podcast.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • Victory rolls always look so cool when I see them in an old ’40s movie or picture, but that hair style is horrid to try to do without help- or at least for me. My gran looked awesome in a picture not much different from these.

    Loved your book, Beau! I felt immersed in the time period and setting while I was reading.

  • Christina Boyd

    I love the romper look! Looking forward to your spin off “The Colonel”

    • Oooh, a spin-off. Didn’t know about that, but now I’m excited for it.

  • Beau North

    Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to let my imagination run wild! And yes, Christina, The Colonel will have it’s own distinctive look as well. Less Charleston More Manhattan.

    • You bet! Always happy to see a fabulous book get out in the sunshine and noticed. 🙂 Can’t wait for the Colonel and his Manhattan look. Yum!

  • I love seeing your inspiration. I love the style of that time period. This book sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • It was a good romance for the time period. Hope you get the chance, Carole!

  • Oh wow I love all of this!!! I love this style of fashion and is perfect for summer time. And sunscreen is my lifesaver….I burn so easily, so as long as I wear plenty of sunscreen I can play out in the sun!! 🙂

    • I love this fashion, too. I’m pretty sure I had a romper like in the one picture back in the ’80s. 🙂

  • This sounds WONDERFUL Sophia. I loved the post and the setting appeals to me!

    • Oh yes, the setting and the era were richly developed in this one, Kimberley. I enjoyed it for sure and hope you like it if you get the chance. 🙂

  • Teresita Garcia Ruy Sanchez

    Loved the post, the outfits and the giveaway!! I hope I get lucky!

    • Those outfits are adorable. 🙂 Good luck, Teresita!

      • Teresita Garcia Ruy Sanchez

        Thank you!

  • dholcomb1

    already have the book and am loving it!

    • It is really something, for sure, Denise! 🙂