If you are a fan of historic novels, I can highly recommend Jane’s books to you. There is plenty of romance and passion, but also a great deal of deceit and scandal. As part of the blog tour for The Tainted Love of a Captain, Jane has written a short piece on the setting of her latest book. Be sure to check out the other blogs on this tour for more exclusive content (I will add the blog tour banner at the end of this post).
The Tainted Love of a Captain: A great research break in Brighton by Jane Lark
I went to Brighton in the autumn of 2015 because if I can l like to go to the places where I am setting a book. But you can imagine the Brighton of today is very different to the Brighton of the 1800s so it took a lot of imagination to try to picture the scene years before as we walked along the seafront looking up at the illuminated pier and entertainments.
We ate, we being my husband and me, at the fish and liquor bar on the front, and looked out watching the sun set and listening to the sea at high tide as it washed up over the shingle stirring the pebbles. It made me think of the sounds of Brighton in the 1800s, the sea would be the same, the noise of people would be the same. Add carriages then and remove music. Yet perhaps someone might be calling out to sell something, or whistling. Gradually the imagination paints a different picture on a setting.
We walked up into the town to visit the one place that I knew was there without much research at all, The Royal Pavilion. Now there is something that is very easy to view aristocratic Regency life in, it is as pompous as ever; it’s like walking through the Harry Potter sets, only these rooms were lived in and used in real life. There are giant life-like dragons holding up the chandeliers with their claws, and serpents swooping over the windows, holding the fabric of the cornices. The whole place is designed to impress and amuse. By the time of my characters though the days of entertaining at the Pavilion were over so you will only see the outside of The Royal Pavilion in the book.
Another real setting that appears in the story is the Lanes in Brighton, to be honest I am not sure they would have been called that in Harry’s day but sometimes it’s better to use the words that people know today rather than confuse the reader. But the Lanes are a part of Brighton that would have been the same in the 1800s, a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets with bow windowed shop fronts. So, it was one place I could describe now as then.
If you ever go to Brighton, the shopping in the Lanes is great, it’s full of quirky, jewellery and antique shops, and all the above places are definitely worth a visit.
About the book
The sounds and scents of the Crimean War are strangling Harry Marlow, shutting him off and silently smothering his soul. But he is a soldier and that is his life, and he can see nothing else besides that. So why should he care when a woman watches him? His life is not one to share with a woman, other than for a few moments in his bed. When a woman is already drowning so deeply in sin she is without any fear of judgement – what can it matter if she chooses to begin a new affair? It is like escape to choose her own man and Captain Marlow is the perfect candidate for a dalliance. All she has to do is obtain an introduction…