C.D. Gerard

C.D. Gerard . . .   is a New-England born, California raised, Minnesota resident. She has a master’s degree in literature and taught literature and composition in various colleges throughout Southern California and Minnesota.

Her love of the written word started when she began writing poetry at the age of 10. She won the Ina Coolbrith prize for poetry in 2006. In 2012, she decided to pursue her dream of writing a novel. Her contemporary romance novel “Because You’re the First” was published that year.

Her love of Jane Austen began in college.  She has made several presentations to community groups, including the Jane Austen Society, on Austen and her novels.  After enjoying Austen Fan Fiction for years, she decided she wanted to write one. Her goal was to develop some of Austen’s less known and celebrated characters. Since her favorite is “Sense and Sensibility,” she focused on it, coming up with “Mrs. Dashwood Returns,” and its sequel “The Daughters of Delaford.” She is currently working on a series of  Austen novellas.  Her first one “Becoming Sir Thomas,” was released in 2018.

She lives with her husband of 25 years and her daughter in the Twin Cities. She is an avid reader of classic and historical fiction and history.  Along with writing, she enjoys knitting and crocheting, drawing, and making jewelry.

Mrs. Dashwood Returns: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility



It’s been 10 years since Mary Dashwood and her daughters Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret were forced to leave Norland Park after losing their husband and father. Things are going wonderfully for all the Dashwood women, until a duel between a family member and someone from the past jeopardizes Norland’s legacy, and the arrival of a mysterious stranger from America, lead Mary Dashwood unexpectedly back to Norland Park.

This impromptu pilgrimage sends Mary on a journey of personal discovery, where she finds answers to many old questions as new ones emerge, forcing her to question her values, and see not only her world, but those she loves most, in a different light.

The Daughters of Delaford: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility



It’s 1820, and the daughters of Elinor and Marianne, now 20 years old, are excited to begin their lives. Little did Allegra Brandon and Grace Ferrars know that they would become embroiled in the most important and scandalous event of their time, that being the return of Caroline of Brunswick, otherwise known as the Princess of Wales, to England after years of exile.

As they witness Lady Caroline’s fight for her crown, they also chase their own dreams, sometimes finding things are not as they seem; Grace finds out the wealthy lord and landowner she married is not the man she thought he was; as Allegra’s very modern dream of a writing career meets with resistance as she becomes entwined with a mysterious stranger who not only steals her heart, but her reputation.

Both women are forced to make choices that will not only effect themselves,but those they love as well.

~ Other Novels by C.D. Gerard ~