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The Clergyman's Wife
in the US & ANZ
Coming March 19, 2020
in the UK
"With tight prose and expert characterization... Greeley easily draws readers into the world she’s created. Ideal for fans of Austen’s work, Greeley’s strong debut also stands on its own."
- Publishers Weekly
"Poignant, pensive, and brilliant."
- Laurel Ann Nattress, editor of
Jane Austen Made Me Do It
In this Pride and Prejudice-inspired novel, not everyone has the luxury of waiting for love.
Charlotte Collins, née Lucas, is the respectable wife of Hunsford’s vicar, and sees to her duties by rote: keeping house, caring for their daughter, visiting parishioners, and patiently tolerating the lectures of her awkward husband and his condescending patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Intelligent, pragmatic, and anxious to escape the shame of spinsterhood, Charlotte chose this life, an inevitable one so socially acceptable that its quietness threatens to overwhelm her. Then she makes the acquaintance of Mr. Travis, a local farmer and tenant of Lady Catherine.
In Mr. Travis’ company, Charlotte feels appreciated, heard, and seen. For the first time in her life Charlotte begins to understand emotional intimacy and its effect on the heart—and how breakable that heart can be. With her sensible nature confronted, and her own future about to take a turn, Charlotte must now question the role of love and passion in a woman’s life, and whether they truly matter for a clergyman’s wife.
"Readers will appreciate Greeley's attention to historical detail and her astute characterization as she adeptly uncovers nuances of character in both Charlotte and her husband that feel fresh while also ringing true to Austen’s writing. Hand this to fans of other Austen spinoffs... who will devour this thoughtful, moving, readable debut."