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In my time travel romance, Thoroughly Modern Amanda, the heroine, claiming a headache, retreats to her bedroom with a book.

Since the story is set in the early 1880s, what types of recent novels would have been available in that time period?

I checked with Goodreads for a list of books published in the 1870s and found some interesting reads:

Anna-Karenina-Penguin-ClassiAnna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy was published in 1877. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen was an 1879 publication.

Other reads of this period were The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, published in 1876; The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope, published 1875; Daisy Miller by Henry James, 1878; The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky, also 1878; and Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott, published in 1874.

If you’d like to explore the literature of the 1870s check out this link. https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/1870s

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Next snippet from second chapter of my time travel romance.

Excerpt:
ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750“Amanda,” she said, “I didn’t expect anyone to be home yet. I told Mrs. O’Leary not to start dinner until six, since your father and brother won’t be home until seven.”

“I’m not feeling well, Mother. I have a bit of a headache.” She held up the book she planned to read. “I’ll just read for a while, then go to sleep.”

Her stepmother strode forward and placed her palm on Amanda’s brow.

“Mother,” she protested, “I don’t have a fever, just a headache. I’ll be perfectly fine after a good night’s sleep.”

“Go ahead.” She waved her arm for Amanda to proceed up the stairs. “I’ll check on you after dinner and see if you’d like something to eat.”

“Thank you.” Amanda nodded.

Thoroughly Modern Amanda is available from The Wild Rose Press http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_135&products_id=5074

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Thoroughly-Modern-Amanda-ebook/dp/B00AQAIHHW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355948640&sr=1-1&keywords=Thoroughy+Modern+Amanda

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thoroughly-modern-amanda-susan-macatee/1114008539?ean=2940016112596

All Romance Ebooks https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thoroughlymodernamanda-1026307-141.html

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New peek at the second chapter of my time travel romance.

Excerpt:
ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750Once inside, she gently closed the door in his face and leaned her back against it. Footsteps outside told her he’d left. She stepped to the window and peered through the gauze curtain, staying back, so he wouldn’t see her watching.

He descended the porch steps and eased out the front gate, looking back once. She ducked back, then took a quick peek. He strode down the road.

Amanda let out the breath she’d been holding and stepped to the kitchen. Despite her claim of a headache, what she really wanted was something in her stomach.

She found no one in the large room full of comforting cooking smells. Her father and brother were likely still at the bank, and Mrs. O’Leary hadn’t arrived to start dinner. She wasn’t sure where her stepmother was, likely out and about at this hour.

Amanda discovered a few biscuits left over from lunch or breakfast in a crock and stuffed them into her mouth. The snack would hold her for now. She really didn’t want to speak to either of her parents tonight. She’d take a book to her room and turn in early. Curiosity caused a sudden urge to find Randolph’s house in the morning before he had a chance to call on her.

The front door creaked open as she reached the stairs. Her stepmother stood at the threshold holding a sack. She smiled at Amanda as she set the bag down. Pulling out a hat pin, she removed her felt hat revealing her red-gold hair, so like Amanda’s own hair color.

Thoroughly Modern Amanda is available from The Wild Rose Press http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_135&products_id=5074

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Thoroughly-Modern-Amanda-ebook/dp/B00AQAIHHW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355948640&sr=1-1&keywords=Thoroughy+Modern+Amanda

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thoroughly-modern-amanda-susan-macatee/1114008539?ean=2940016112596

All Romance Ebooks https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thoroughlymodernamanda-1026307-141.html

And now in print http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=191&products_id=5346

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Since my time travel romance features a pair of women writers in the Victorian era, my research for Thoroughly Modern Amanda included women writers of the period, particularly in America.

Born on June 14, 1811, Harriet Beecher was the seventh child of a famous protestant preacher. She worked as a teacher alongside her sister Catharine. Her first published work was a geography book for children, but it was issued under her sister’s name in 1833.

Harriet married a widower, Calvin Stowe, in 1836. Her writing for local and religious periodicals helped to support her family. Her works later included biographical sketches, children’s books and novels for adults. She met Lady Byron, Oliver Wendell Holmes and George Eliot, and also corresponded with them.

She is predominantly known for the first of her novels, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published in 1852. The book had started as a serial for the Washington anti-slavery weekly, the National Era. The book was highly controversial with its focus on the issue of slavery.

For this book, Harriet had drawn on personal experience. She was familiar with slavery, the antislavery movement and the underground railroad. Just across the river where she lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, was Kentucky, a slave state.

She attained celebrity status after the publication of the book, and spoke against slavery in both America and Europe. She published a second antislavery novel in 1856. In 1862, she paid a visit to President Lincoln. He greeted her as “the little lady who made this big war.”

Her antislavery writing lessened the literary significance of her other writing. But by committing her works to realistic settings, and by her use of local dialect, Stowe influenced regionalist writers who came after her, including Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary Wilkins Freeman.

For more on Harriet Beecher Stowe, visit these sites:

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/stowe/StoweHB.html

http://www.biography.com/people/harriet-beecher-stowe-9496479

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New excerpt from the second chapter of my time travel romance.

Excerpt:
ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750Amanda aspired to be just like her.

Randolph insisted on walking her home, but as they reached the door, she thanked him and said goodbye.

“But,” he protested, “I should see you inside at least.”

She patted his wool clad arm. “I just want to go right to bed. I think a good night’s sleep will help me get rid of my headache.”

He frowned. “If you insist. I would never force my way into your home…but—”

She grasped the knob and opened the door, stopping his protests with a smile. “I’ll be fine.”

Thoroughly Modern Amanda is available from The Wild Rose Press http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_135&products_id=5074

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Thoroughly-Modern-Amanda-ebook/dp/B00AQAIHHW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355948640&sr=1-1&keywords=Thoroughy+Modern+Amanda

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thoroughly-modern-amanda-susan-macatee/1114008539?ean=2940016112596

All Romance Ebooks https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thoroughlymodernamanda-1026307-141.html

And now in print http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=191&products_id=5346

http://sneak-peek-sunday.blogspot.com/

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