A Woman Of The Sea

A Woman Of The Sea

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J.M. Frey By JmFrey Updated a day ago

Jessie is a twenty first century kinda gal. She's got a newly minted university degree and a plane ticket to Paris. The plan? Celebrate graduation with a week in the City of Love, drink some cheap French wine and kiss as many French girls (or boys, she's not picky) as she can. Only, she never quite makes it. 

Mid-Atlantic, a mysterious accident sends Jessie hurtling to what should be a watery grave. Rescued from the ocean, Jessie is lucky to be alive. Only problem? The crew of the ship she's on is convinced it's sailing vessel that just narrowly missed out on participating in the Battle of Trafalgar.

Stuck in Regency-era England, Jessie is left with no choice but to enter into the services of as a maid and companion in return for what shelter her new employer can provide, and resign herself to a life of quiet servitude and forever hiding her sexuality.

What she didn't count on was that her new boss would be Margaret Goodenough - the world famous authoress whose yet-to-be-completed novel was the first lesbian kiss in the history of British Literature, and a clever woman. Clever enough to know her new servant has a secret.

Now Jessie is caught. Margaret's own perception of her place in society is transforming, the text of her novel is slowly changing, and Margaret herself is finally unafraid to embrace her own Sapphic desires. Margaret - and her main characters - are turning into irresistibly headstrong and modern women.

Jessie must tread the tenuous line between finding her own happiness in a world where she is alone, and accidentally changing the course of history. Should Jessie suppress the manuscript, or is her duty to the woman she's learning to love?

What is a twenty first century gal to do?

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Cover Photo: Jenn LeBlanc & Getty Images
Cover by: @RodneyVSmith

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