Sarah Bevan Fischer
I wrote my first story aged eight and have never really stopped since. A busy career, mostly in the fashion industry, filled my days. I have written articles, regular features and a blog for many years but every attempt to write a novel never made it beyond the first couple of chapters.
Finally an opportunity to follow my dream came when I lost my job and simultaneously got a buyer for our house in the UK. We planned to downsize and remove to Spain. Almost as light relief from the organisation and packing I started to write the first chapters. Unlike on previous occasions the words flew off the keyboard and the first book of The Friendship Diaries, Palmerstone, was born. I continued writing furiously once settled in Spain.
I loved writing the Friendship Diaries and I had high hopes that readers would love the characters as much as I had loved writing them. Caitlin, Rebecca, Suzanne and Penny have been my imaginary friends for a long time. I always had the intention of continuing the stories with the younger characters to the fore. The warm and supportive feedback that I have received from many of you has inspired me to crack on with the next series of stories - Beyond Friendship.
My sincere thanks go to all of you who have followed my stories. Particularly thanks to those of you who have taken the time and effort to give your very valuable feedback. Writing can be a lonely business, a word of praise or a constructive criticism are always welcome.
I completed the planned four books of Beyond Friendship and published in October last year. Then I took to reading for a change of emphasis. Amongst the books that I picked up was Jane Austen's fabulous P&P, an all time beloved of mine along with many other JA fans. So I curled up and re-read my all time favourite novel savouring the acute observation and sly wit and, of course, the classic romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Once I had completed reading the novel I was at a loose end. I got to wondering what the Bennet family would be like if they were around today...
The result of my musing formed my next project. A Universal Truth, written in two parts (Emerald and The Master of Pemblane), transposes the Bennett's into the 21st Century. I changed the names of the characters to suit the modern setting and had a little fun with the plot. The story is anchored in the past by a parallel love story that haunts the modern characters.
A Universal Truth is not an attempt to emulate JA's wonderful work, rather to recognise its ongoing extraordinary popularity 200 years after it was penned. I hope not to seriously offend any stalwart Austenites, if I have I apologise wholeheartedly. (And I had absolutely no idea how many JA tributes and sequels have been written until I embarked on the second half of this project. Naive or what?!).
What next? It is difficult to decide because I have several half formed ideas. My decision has been made for me by requests from my lovely readers for another in the Friendship and Beyond stable - therefore the adventures of Hattie, Charlie, Chantal, and Poppy; plus the old guard from the first series will hit the shelves by the end of May 2014 with a bit of luck and a following wind!
Thanks to my readers once more for all of your feedback, appreciative or otherwise! I love to hear from you.
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A Universal Truth - Compendium Edition
The Bennet sisters are very different, products of a marriage in terminal decay. Emerald is loosely based on the famous and much loved classic precursor Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. AUT echoes the 200-year-old novel but is widely different and is how I imagine the story may pan out in the 21st century. The story follows the love of Emy and Matt with haunting echoes of their predecessors...
The Master of Pemblane (Book 2 - A Universal Truth)
In the second part of A Universal Truth (Based on marvelous Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice) it is five years later. Emy has forged a successful career in New York and Matt has reestablished the Pemblane estate on an even footing. Both have faced their demons and moved on. Each of them dream of the other and are drawn towards each other with a magnetic force that cannot be denied...
Emily discovers Sally's previous relationship with Oliver; will this knowledge ruin her own happiness, and will Sally and Ty's chances be destroyed? Harriett's teenage crush on Ty threatens a possible relationship with his brother, Ben. Lucy seeks Charlotte's help to mend the broken relationship between her mother and brother. Charlotte follows Hattie's advice to tell Simon how she feels...
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The story follows the lives of the five daughters of the Bennet family. The sisters are wildly different, products of a marriage in terminal decay. Emerald - A Universal Truth is loosely based on a famous classic precursor and is how I imagine the story may pan out in the 21st century. And yes it is Pride and Prejudice. Emerald is the first of two in A Universal Truth. Sequel is coming SOON!
(4.00 from 1 review)
Emily chooses to fight to clear her name so she can start a new life. Charlotte struggles with her feelings for Simon and, despairing of love throws herself into career success. Meanwhile Hattie's enjoyment of life leads her into danger. In Hollywood malicious gossip threatens Poppy's happiness.
(4.00 from 1 review)
Second in the Beyond Friendship series; Lucy is happily married and living the romantic idyll; Hattie, now 19 removes to London with secret hopes of attracting Ty. Charlotte concentrates on building her business despairing of her seemingly unrequited passion for Simon. Emily crosses the Atlantic as her life implodes spectacularly. Poppy continues her amazing good fortune in Hollywood.
(4.86 from 7 reviews)
In the first book of Beyond Friendship Charlotte has career ambitions, will she be thrown off course by her seriously sexy Italian Professor? Emily is all out for fun with an emphasis on sexual conquests, will her behaviour come back to haunt her? Lucy meets the man of her dreams and Poppy lands in the lap of the Gods when her meteoric modelling career leads to a Hollywood offer.
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- Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice continued
on March 10, 2013
I have to admit that I approached this read with extreme caution! In fact each time I saw the title I though ho hum to myself, being more than a bit of a Jane Austin fan. My curiosity got the best of me however and I downloaded, only to leave the same to sit on my iPad for a couple of weeks. Once I started it I was hooked. Not JA for sure but a really entertaining and interesting read - not exactly how I imagined Georgiana would pan out but loved her character and was pleased to visit a happy and expectant Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. A brave choice of subject matter and a triumph. I just realise I've shot myself in the foot as my novel has been playing tag with this one. With this review Ms Anna Elliot has gone one step ahead (The author sounds like a Austen character!). Well done!