Sophie Moore has neither title nor fortune, but she hopes her talent for music will come to her aid now that she is an orphan and must make her way in the world. But when she finds temporary shelter at the Mayfair home, she finds her practical plans being waylaid by the family’s dashing eldest son, Arthur Wentworth. Arthur, however, is too in love with his cousin, Lady Harrington, to give Sophie more than a glance—until a series of mishaps and misfortunes open his eyes.
“Jericho’s Child is filled with fun and gentle humor and just enough Regency details to lend the story authenticity.”
“I was looking for a Georgette Heyer-esque book and Jericho’s Child did not disappoint.”
“Sophie was not the typical miss found in most regencies and her integrity and strength of character was inspiring.”
CIR: What gave you the idea for this book?
BEAUMONT: I was going through a difficult period in my life, and I decided I needed something fun to read. For some reason, every new book that I picked up was rather gloomy. Then the idea for Jericho’s Child came to me, and so I decided to write a fun book instead of read one.
CIR: What was the writing process like for your book?
BEAUMONT: Because the idea for the story and the main characters all came to me in one happy burst of inspiration, the writing went very quickly. Afterward, of course, I did go back and double-check my facts. One of the hardest things for me to keep straight when writing historical fiction is the correct usage of British titles—is that character’s name Lady Jane or Lady Mortimer or Miss Mortimer? Sometimes, “hey, you” seems so much simpler! Fortunately, I have a good friend who is also a writer and interested in the Regency era, and so she caught several errors while the book was still in pre-order over at Amazon.
CIR: What would you compare this book to?
BEAUMONT: I like to think of it as Jane Austen meets the Hollywood romantic comedies of the 1930s.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
BEAUMONT: I hope readers will be entertained by the story and enjoy the characters. It’s pure escapism.
CIR: Is there more coming?
BEAUMONT: The romance genre is new to me, so I’m curious to see how Jericho’s Child will be received. It’s gotten some great advance reviews, and if enough people like it, I’d love to write some more light-hearted historical romances.
Learn more about Jolie Beaumont and her writing at her website.