Rosalind - Book 1 of the Four Sisters Series. A Regency Romance.

Audrey Harrison

Book Cover

GENRE

HISTORICAL FICTION ROMANCE DRAMA

    Core Theme

    LOVE

    TIME PERIOD

    19th Century

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, BELGRAVIA, PERSUASION, EMMA

    CHARACTER LIST

    • ROSALIND: 20’S. STRONG, CARING, GRACIOUS

    • PETER: 20S, NOBLE, RESPONSIBLE, THOUGHTFUL, ROSALIND’S HUSBAND

    • ANNIE: 20S, SWEET, INNOCENT, DOWNS SYNDROME, PETER’S SISTER

    • ANNABELLE: 20S, HAPPY, CURIOUS, ROSALIND’S SISTER

    • LADY JOAN: 20S, BITTER, MEAN-SPIRITED, A FAMILY ACQUAINTANCE

    • MRS. ADAMS: 50S, SAGE, WELCOMING, ANNIE’S GODMOTHER/ROSALIND’S FRIEND AND CONFIDANT

    Logline

    Four daughters of a 'cit', being married off to titles of the aristocracy by a father determined to buy his daughters respectability. An arranged marriage, a Down's Syndrome woman, a compromising situation, a claim to the title and a developing love story, all keep the gripping story fast-paced.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 55+,35-54,18-34

    Target Gender: Female Leaning

    Setting

    North West of England

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Self-published

    Year Published: 2015

    Starting Description

    An arranged marriage of the daughter of a 'cit' - a man in trade - to a Duke who needs a huge amount of money to save his home, his sister's future and secure the title.

    Ending Description

    Peter wishes his family line will die out, but in love with his wife, she becomes pregnant, her sister is compromised by an Earl and there is a claim on Peter's title from a woman claiming her son is his dead brother's heir. There is resolution in the story, but it leads threads open for book 2.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    9781512313628

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending,Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Rebellion Against 'The One'

    Main Character Details

    Name: Rosalind Johnson

    Age: 25

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Selfless,Outspoken,Funny,Romantic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Peter Gilbert, Duke of Sudworth

    Age: 29

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Complex,Heartthrob,Honorable,Insecure,Masculine,Selfless

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Mrs Adams

    Age: 60

    Gender: Female

    Role: sidekick

    Key Traits: Engaging,Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Sarcastic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Mrs Adams

    Age: 60

    Gender: Female

    Role: mentor

    Key Traits: Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Sarcastic

    Development Pitch

    'Rosalind' and the other three books in the series, are a perfect Sunday evening television drama. They follow the family of four sisters, who are the daughters of a 'cit', a man who has made his money in trade and determined his daughters will each marry a title. The story opens with an arranged marriage of his eldest daughter to a man she has only met once before. Hiding the fact that he needs money to bring his family out of the debt his father and brother created. Peter Gilbert is desperate. He has a strong obligation to his sister, Annie. She suffers from Down's Syndrome and he can't uproot her from the only home she has ever known. Rosalind is not aware of Annie until she arrives in her marital home. The story shows the struggle of two strangers settling into married live and how loves develops between them. With plot twists including, an unwanted pregnancy, an abandonment, an illegitimate child, a claim on the title and Rosalind's sister found in a compromising situation. Her sister is hiding the fact that she has been raped by her father’s friend and is terrified of closeness with any man. The four books explore issues such as these, but also a man with a title who is excluded from society because of his appearance; the love story of a sister and a gardener; illegal slavery; an elopement and an eventual gunfight. Authentic historical detail and compelling characters, keep the story and characters alive throughout their tumultuous journeys.

    Genre

    ROMANCE, DRAMA

    Brief

    An affluent father, wishing to gain a title for his eldest daughter, marries her off to a poor aristocrat in need of her large dowry . What starts out as an arranged marriage turns into a love story as the newlyweds navigate the tricky waters of aristocratic society and family matters.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The book profile is accurate.

    Draw of Story

    The old fashioned European setting during the aristocratic past is interesting.

    Possible Drawbacks

    Nothing really made me want to put the book down. It moves at a good pace and keeps the reader's interest.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The intimate peak into the ins and outs old European society is the hook.

    Fanbase Potential

    Costumed dramas may be somewhat of an acquired taste. The audience would probably be a limited older and more sophisticated crowd.

    Awards Potential

    Though there is an opportunity for strong acting roles, this is probably not large scale enough to be an awards contender.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    GOSFORD PARK, THE DUCHESS, DOWNTON ABBEY

    What’s New About the Story

    The story is pretty original but adding more insight and details into the lives of Rosalind and her sisters before she is married off to the aristocracy would be welcome.

    Lead Characters

    Rosalind is a noble, well-grounded and admirable character.

    Uniqueness of Story

    This is a good start for the first part of the story. It would be more effective to lengthen the book to include the stories of the other 3 sisters to created the a complete story arc.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    The story has a lot appeal and building it out to include the storylines of the remaining sisters would make for a well-rounded and integrated project.

    Brief

    An affluent father, wishing to gain a title for his eldest daughter, marries her off to a poor aristocrat in need of her large dowry. What starts out as an arranged marriage turns into a love story as the newlyweds navigate the tricky waters of aristocratic society and family matters.

    What We Liked

    - There are strong characters who are empathetic and relatable. The costumed era of this drama/romance is well researched and executed.
    - Film: A feature adaptation of the story would be compelling. Adding the stories of the other three sisters would add drama and conflict providing more of an epic feel to the project that would have a broader appeal.
    - TV: Adapting this into a limited television series on a higher end subscription based network or a streaming platform would be well received. Building the story out to include the other sisters would lend itself nicely to the television format and would keep the audience interested.
    - Key points: Strong female lead; Romantic; Historical accuracy; Franchise potential.

    Synopsis

    Rosalind is the oldest of four sisters. Her family is extremely wealthy but they are commoners. Rosalind’s father wants his daughters all to have titles so he decides to marry Rosalind off to Peter, a broke aristocrat who needs to marry an heiress in order to maintain his family estate.

    She is unhappy at this prospect, but agrees when her father tells her that this is the only way that her sisters will stand a chance of marrying into a title. Rosalind vows to help ensure that her sisters will be able to marry for love. After Peter and Rosalind are married, he explains to her that he doesn’t intend to share a marriage bed with her and that he is not interested in producing children. Rosalind feels relief on one hand and disappointment on the other. When they arrive at Peter’s country estate, he introduces Rosalind to his sister, Annie, who suffers from Downs Syndrome. Rosalind and Annie soon become fast friends which makes Peter eternally grateful.

    Rosalind is not treated well by some of the society ladies, but she does make friends with Annie’s godmother, Mrs. Adams. Peter and Rosalind begin to fall in love and have a traditional marriage. Rosalind sends for her sister Annabelle to visit. At a ball given in her honor, Annabelle is caught kissing, Lord Stannage, alone in a darkened room. They are caught by Peter and a society gossip. In order to save Annabelle’s reputation, the couple is forced to marry. Lord Stannage is taken with Annabelle and she finds him amenable enough to take as a husband. Rosalind is ultimately forced to accept this as her sister’s fate.

    It is soon revealed that Peter’s deceased older brother, Robert, produced a legitimate heir before his death. This jeopardizes Peter’s arrangement with Rosalind’s father. Rosalind discovers that she is pregnant and is worried that Peter will reject her. When she confides in Mrs. Adams, she helps bring the news to Peter. After some contemplating, Peter realizes that he is delighted to become a father. He and Rosalind reconcile.

    Since Rosalind never cared about having a title, she is content to leave the estate behind to live with Peter and Annie on a newly purchased farm as they await the arrival their first child.

    About The Author

    Audrey is writer of all things Regency. Having written stories from being young, the introduction of Kindle has given access to readers who devour Regency Romances. Now, an author of over twenty Romances, including standalone stories and a number of series', hoping to hit three quarters of a million sales (ongoing total) in 2020. Lord Livesey's Bluestocking was shortlisted for Amazon's Storytellers Award in 2018, adding to the evidence that readers love that trip back in time. With the authenticity of Jane Austen, the humour of Georgette Heyer and the appeal of Julia Quinn, there is now a worldwide following of every book released, many gaining those lovely orange Bestseller flags from Amazon.