The Hollow
A Romance Set in Regency England

By John Scudamore
May 2010
Book Guild
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9781846244506
451 pages
$33.95 Hardcover

The first of a trilogy, The Hollow is a love story set in the world of Jane Austen, an era beautifully portrayed by author John Scudamore, wherein he recreates those wonderful days of great mansions, elegant society, elaborate manners and dress, carriages, concerts, balls and soirées - and the young ladies of that epoch. Richly detailed and absorbing, here you will find history and romance, dreams and longing, passion and eroticism, art, music and literature.

Lucinda and Celia are cousins - one a brilliant pianist, beautiful but private and shy to a fault, the other a fine artiste, skilled at painting the unadorned female figure. Both are hemmed in by the tight strictures of Regency England. To Lucinda, this is trivial for she has never known love; to her extrovert cousin, they are bonds to be broken. With their loyal maidservant, Alice (ambitious well beyond her station), the three enjoy a relationship which is both complex and ever developing, as each seeks to explore her own identity and awakening sexuality, to experience the throb of desire and its requited passion while remaining chaste.

Into their private and serene world comes a mysterious stranger, a young Prussian professor from the twenty-first century, an accomplished seducer with a strange power to play havoc with their intimate feelings and maidenly bodies, threatening all with scandal and disgrace.

And hanging over all is the mystery of The Hollow, a place of evil reputation, avoided by locals as a place where the Devil himself emerges.

About the Author

Born in England and educated there and in the United States, John Scudamore has worked as architect, surveyor, engineer and economist. He has travelled widely - from Beijing to New Zealand, Norway to South Africa, including behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War to East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia. When not travelling, he spends much of his time renovating old French stone farm buildings, converting them into fine dwellings. His personal interests include exploring other cultures, art of the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, classical music and early New Orleans jazz.

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