Category Archives: Research

Was Jane Austen (Gasp!) Wrong About Entails?

Was Jane Austen (Gasp!) Wrong About Entails?

There are certain historical inaccuracies which often pop up in Pride and Prejudice variations which catch my eye when I come across them, mostly because I tend to find them annoying. No one is perfect—I certainly do not get everything right. But with the awesome power of the internet, we, as authors, should be able… more goodness …

Snow in Hertfordshire and a Giveaway

Snow in Hertfordshire and a Giveaway

Many of you will remember that last year, I shared how difficult Christmas has been for me for many years. I wrote a Christmas book last year, and it was the first one I had done, though I had written a short story a couple of years earlier that became part of Promises Kept. I’m… more goodness …

New Year’s Eve, First-Footing and The Tradition of Singing “Auld Lang Syne”

New Year’s Eve, First-Footing and The Tradition of Singing “Auld Lang Syne”

  New Year’s Day was not always celebrated on January 1. In the time of the Anglo-Saxons, December 25 was the first day of the new year. The Gregorian calendar set December 31 as the last day of the year, but that did not keep people throughout history from celebrating March 1, March 25, and… more goodness …

An American’s English Christmas

An American’s English Christmas

One of the best descriptions we have of English Christmas traditions during Jane Austen’s life comes—ironically—from an American. You probably know about Washington Irving, the American author who wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. But in 1815, at the age of 32, Washington Irving arrived in England to conduct some business… more goodness …

A Woman of Faith

A Woman of Faith

Every December we like to remember the birthday of Jane Austen the author, the genius writer who penned witty, and sometimes scathing, observations of society. But during this holiday season, when Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it seems appropriate to remember Jane Austen in another way: a woman of deep… more goodness …

Does Henry Tilney Speak of a Modern Riot?

Does Henry Tilney Speak of a Modern Riot?

Last month, this blog covered the confusing conversation between Catherine Morland and Eleanor Tilney in Northanger Abbey, when Catherine is talking about the horrors of a new Gothic novel but Eleanor thinks she’s describing rioters about to descend upon Bath. Henry Tilney sees what’s happening but eggs on the confusion. Finally, he tells Eleanor that… more goodness …

When your marriage dates don’t work out …

When your marriage dates don’t work out …

I’m writing a Christmas story for my blog, and thought it would be a great idea to have Darcy and Elizabeth marry on Christmas Eve. I was reminded by some friends about Holy Days in the church, and that marriages are restricted on certain days. That led me down quite the rabbit hole of research.… more goodness …

The Man Who Brought Turkeys to England + A Sneak Peek at “In Want of a Wife,” My Latest JAFF Story

The Man Who Brought Turkeys to England + A Sneak Peek at “In Want of a Wife,” My Latest JAFF Story

Later this month in the U.S., we will be all about the turkey and fixings and football and preparing for Black Friday sales, but in the U.K., turkeys are a more traditional dish for Christmas. Why might you ask? We can blame that particular fact on one William Strickland, a 16th Century navigator and explorer,… more goodness …

It’s Halloween so Bring on the Horror Movie Genre! Let’s talk movie origins and Phantasmagoria.

It’s Halloween so Bring on the Horror Movie Genre! Let’s talk movie origins and Phantasmagoria.

Tomorrow is Halloween, as I suspect everyone in the United States is aware. I know the “holiday” isn’t as popular in other parts of the world, at least not in the same way, but here it is a huge event. Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of Halloween. I’m much fonder of Christmas and… more goodness …