I am super excited today to be revealing the beautiful new cover of Julie Klassen's new novel A Winter by the Sea which is coming out on December 5th. It is the second book in the new On Devonshire Shores series. I LOVED the first book, The Sisters of Sea View. Julie Klassen is one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend reading The Sisters of Sea View and her other novels as you wait for A Winter by the Sea to be released later this year. What do you think of this cover? I love the colors!
Title: A Winter by the Sea
Series: On Devonshire Shores (Book
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
(December 5, 2023)
Length: (448) pages
· Format: Hardcover,
Trade paperback, & eBook
· ISBN: 978-1250867551
Duke and Duchess of Kent rent neighboring Woolbrook Cottage for the winter, the
Summers sisters are called upon to host three of the royal couple's male staff
in their seaside house. But they soon realize they've invited mysterious
secrets and the sweet possibility of romance into their home.
Meanwhile, Emily Summers approaches a local publisher in hopes of fulfilling
her dream of becoming an author. When he turns her down, his dashing competitor
promises to consider her novel if she will first write a new Sidmouth guidebook
for him. Emily accepts and begins researching with the help of the Duke of
Kent's handsome private secretary. But a surprise visitor from her past shows
up at Sea View, leaving Emily torn between the desires she used to hold dear
and her budding dreams for the future.
Return to the Devonshire coast with the Summers sisters, where loyalties are
tested, secrets come to light, and new love emerges.
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excited to give you an insider’s look at my December 2023 novel, A Winter by
the Sea. This is the second book in the On Devonshire Shores series. Book
One, The Sisters of Sea View, has been enthusiastically received and
reviewed. I am grateful for each of you who helped spread the word about it!
my research, I learned that the Duke and Duchess of Kent and their baby
daughter stayed in Woolbrook Cottage (very near fictional Sea View) during the
winter of 1819-1820. I instantly knew I wanted to include them in the novel to
give readers a glimpse of the early life of Queen Victoria and her parents. The
royal party arrived with too many attendants to accommodate at Woolbrook, so
some were lodged elsewhere. I thought it would be fun to have a few staff
members stay at Sea View, including a pastry chef who invades their kitchen, a
man in desperate straits, and the duke’s handsome private secretary.
also interesting to write a seaside novel set during wintertime (it was
unusually cold and snowy that year). Because I live in frigid Minnesota, cold
weather details and sensations were easy to imagine. 😊
began writing this series, I had not yet traveled to Sidmouth, where the series
is set. I am happy to say I was able to visit in August 2022 and was thrilled
to experience this delightful town in person. The highlight of that trip was
meeting the staff and volunteers of the Sidmouth Museum who have been extremely
helpful in answering research questions and checking setting details for me.
by the Sea focuses on beautiful Emily Summers, who finds herself caught up in
two rivalries. First, while striving to further her writing aspirations, Emily
is torn between her loyalty to a well-established publisher & bookseller
and his flamboyant competitor. Second, despite her best intentions, she is
attracted to one of their new guests, but an old love comes to town, determined
to renew their courtship.
you are eager to return with me to the English seaside for Book Two of the On
Devonshire Shores series. Thank you for all you do to support my books, and
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and
Jane Austen. Her books have sold more than a million copies and she is a
three-time recipient of the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also
been honored with the Minnesota Book Award, Midwest Book Award, and Christian
Retailing’s BEST Award. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked
in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She and her husband
have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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