Green as Grass is a sequel (or companion) to A Stage for Harriet that takes place concurrently. When I finished writing A Stage for Harriet (originally intended as a standalone novel), I realized that several characters' stories did not have satisfactory endings! One of the characters who was the most unfairly treated in A Stage for Harriet was the charming, bird-loving Mr. Andrew Brougham. What did he ever do to deserve being jilted? Nothing, that's what.
This man, I thought, deserves his own happily-ever-after! And thus, the idea of Green as Grass was born. And, you guys, it's something of a MAKEOVER story!! I love makeover stories. As an unabashed child of the 90s, there was always something so completely magical about those scenes where the frumpy girl or guy gets transformed into a perfect model over the course of a single cheerful pop song.
Green as Grass may not have a physical makeover, but Andrew transforms over the course of the book from awkward and abashed (or rather green, in other words) to cool and confident on command, and I love this man in ALL of his various stages.
And who is performing this makeover? A loveable Emma-like brat who thinks she knows what is best for herself and everyone around her. So Andrew isn't the only one who gets a personality makeover throughout the story!
Without further ado, here is the current working blurb:
Miss Louisa Grenfeld, a protege of the great Beau Brummell himself, is a budding arbiter of London fashion who can do no wrong. Or can she? When her father informs her that the only way she can continue her fashionable lifestyle is through marriage, she reluctantly begins her search for a husband. But when she captures the interest of Mr. Andrew Brougham, an awkward, bird-loving social novice, she quickly determines to rid herself both of him and his unpleasant mother. She tutors Mr. Brougham in fashionable comportment and tries to turn his attentions toward other young ladies.
Mr. Andrew Brougham may not understand fashion, but he certainly knows his own mind, and he has determined that Miss Louisa Grenfeld and he would suit perfectly together. But between his mother forcing him toward an unwanted match and Miss Grenfeld's uncertainty he has a difficult path ahead. If he molds himself to conform to society's desires will that be enough to please both Miss Grenfeld and his exacting mother?
By the time Louisa realizes that her feelings toward Mr. Brougham are more tender than she'd thought, Andrew has half the young ladies in London setting their caps at him and both he and Louisa are juggling separate courtships. Will the two of them be able to overcome their pride and the obstacles that stand between them to find their way to one another?
So here's an outline of my Finding Home Regency romance series so far:
Prequel: Anything for You, My Lady (available for free here)
Book 1: A Stage for Harriet (available here and currently on sale for $0.99!)
Book 2: Green as Grass (scheduled to release in March 2022)
Book 3: Medicine for Mandie (written; currently with beta-readers)
Book 4: Fortune and Folly (Tentative title of this year's Nanowrimo project)
Book 5: The Captain's Governess (drafted; to be revised and submitted after book 4 is completed)
who am I?
My name is Mary-Celeste, but my friends call me M.C. I am a writer, wife, mother, amateur gardener, sourdough bread baker, n00b video gamer, Austen enthusiast, tabletop gamer, Trekkie, and generally cheerful human being. I write Regency romances and I post about it here (among other things). Thanks for stopping by!