Jan Selbourne, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.
The Woman Behind the Mirror by Jan Selbourne
Genre Historical Fiction
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Marry in haste, repent at leisure is the last thing on Sarah Forsythe’s mind when she and the son of a local minister elope to the American colonies. She wasn’t to know abandonment, misery, poverty and shame would follow. As the colonies rebel against British rule and the siege of Boston worsens, alone and afraid, Sarah hides her desperation behind a hard shell. To survive, she is forced to steal from her employer. Instead of the cash she needs, she finds Bank of England documents. Sensing they might have some value, Sarah protects them through months of deprivation until she finally secures passage home to England. Unknown to her, two men are following, intent on claiming those documents. At any price.
Bank of England fraud investigator Neil McAllister faces the biggest challenge of his career when a woman from Boston demands a reward for returning lost documents to the bank. Then two men with the same name and nearly identical stories arrive in England, each claiming ownership of them. Who is lying? Or are all three accomplices in a plot to swindle the bank? As the obstinate, secretive woman gets under Neil’s skin, he trusts that she was an unwitting witness to the crime of cold-blooded betrayal and treason before the fall of Boston. Now it’s up to Neil to protect Sarah because the traitor wants her dead.
Know the Heroine from The Woman Behind the Mirror
It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?
Sarah has little patience. She’s pacing the floor and thinking of something she should be doing.
What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?
She loves venison pies – a real treat in the 18th century
Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.
Sarah suffered years of deprivation in the American colonies. She’s used to counting every penny but still loves green gowns and matching combs in her hair.
Does she know how to fix things?
Yes, survival is a great teacher. She’s broken into buildings searching for anything of value, narrowly escaped capture and learned the hard way to be self-sufficient. Her pride stops her asking for help.
She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
Demanding a reward for these valuable documents set off alarm bells at the Bank of England but Sarah wouldn’t budge. Unknown to her, a man recently arrived from Boston has convinced bank fraud investigator Neil McAlister, that he is the owner of this account. Grateful for their safe return he insists on paying the reward to Sarah in person. In front of her family and Neil McAlister, he exposes her shameful life in Boston – keeping men happy in a gambling club.
How does she act around children she doesn’t know?
She can be very impatient and that’s because life has taught her ‘don’t trust anyone’. To do so will bring hurt and humiliation. It’s not until bank investigator Neil McAlister wins her trust that she learns to love again.
What is she like first thing in the morning?
Since running away her life has been extremely difficult. She’s wary and careful and very alert.
How does she handle things when in a “proper” social situation?
Very well, she was brought up in a privileged home and taught all the social niceties.
Maid or takes care of herself?
Life in the colonies taught her to take care of herself, a maid is sheer luxury.
Proper dress or casual clothes?
Proper dress even if it’s somewhat shabby.
Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?
Powdered wig or natural hair?
Natural black hair
Carriage or horseback?
Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!
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Born and educated in Melbourne, Australia, Jan’s love of literature and history began as soon as she could read and hold a pen. After graduating from a Melbourne business college, her career moved into the dusty world of ledgers and accounting, working in Victoria, Queensland, and the United Kingdom. At the point of retiring she changed course to work as secretary of a large New South Wales historical society. Now retired. Jan is enjoying her love of travelling and writing. She has two children, a stray live-in cat and lives near Maitland, New South Wales.
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