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
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.
About Beau North
Beau 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.