Prism Publishers is proud to present its feature book of the fall, Devotion, by Meg Kerr, a sequel to Jane Austen's seminal masterpiece.
Austen's books have been read by millions worldwide, with her most famous, Pride & Prejudice, selling over 20 million copies. Devotion answers many questions posed by the original classic that have been haunting curious readers for generations.
Kerr, writing effortlessly and wittily in the style of Jane Austen, sweeps the reader back to the year 1816 for a reunion with many of literature's most beloved characters.
“I delight in interesting conversation, so writing dialogue is pure pleasure to me,” says Kerr when asked about the effort it took to write in Austen’s distinct prose. “My ideas come first and foremost from Jane Austen herself. I am always asking, ‘What would Jane do?’ In Devotion I played with a theme that was dear to her heart: the bad boy, and whether it is possible for him to be redeemed.”
Georgiana Darcy, now twenty years old and completely lovely, is ripe for marriage. Her brother has carefully selected her future husband, but the arrival of a long-delayed letter, and a secret journey, bring Georgiana into the arms of an utterly wicked and charming young man whose attentions promise her ruin. At the same time, events in Meryton are creating much-needed occupation for Mrs. Bennet and a quandary for Lydia Bennet’s girlhood companion Pen Harrington; and the former Caroline Bingley is given — perhaps — an opportunity to remake some of her disastrous choices. Meg Kerr, writing effortlessly and wittily in the style of Jane Austen, sweeps the reader back to the year 1816 for a reunion with many beloved characters from Pride & Prejudice and an introduction to some intriguing characters.
Meg Kerr’s two novels to date offer pleasures of recognition beyond familiarities of character, plot, and even scenes (for instance, the Bennets once more arguing about new tenants at Netherfield Park, or Lady Catherine arguing with yet another young lady attempting to steal her daughter’s rightful suitor) … We recognize the genre of 18th century novels themselves—French as well as English—structurally replete with letters and most of all conversations, Jane Austen’s specialty. We are pleasurably immersed in 18th century English diction from start to finish—in cadences and turns of phrase too often missing even from movie “reproductions” of Austen’s novels. Meg Kerr’s ear for dialogue characteristic of each particular speaker, and emphasis on “conversation” over description or plot, has been my own most unexpected pleasure in reading these books.
- Lorraine Clarke, Professor Emeritus
Ms. Kerr has written a book that reads as if it were penned in the time of Austen herself. The language is fluid, the tone appropriate for the time period, and the way she weaves the telling of Devotion, is a joy. For a reader of the here and now and one not accustomed to the way English was spoken in the time of Pride & Prejudice, just know you will not be able to read this book in an hour! You will need to let the cadence and flow of the language seep into you, take hold, and allow you to enjoy it.
- Peggy Jaeger, author of Cooking with Kandy
The characters were true to the originals ... The novel is intriguing and held my interest from the beginning. Her love of Jane Austen’s writing is evident in her own. I took much pleasure in Ms. Kerr’s style of writing. I look forward to reading more from this author. If you get a chance to read Devotion, I highly recommend it.
- More Agreeably Engaged