Inspirations for Improper Relations


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Inspirations for Improper Relations

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My shiny new cover from the wizards at Carina Press. So thrilled with it!

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More Leo, again in the guise of Paul Bettany.

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An early 20th-century view of Belgrave Square. Leo's parents' London home, Wraxhall House, is one of the townhouses that rings the square.

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A modern view of Whitchurch, Hampshire, where part of the novella takes place.

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Hannah would have worn a corset and chemise similar to these, although the chemise would have been plainer.

Diamond Victorian Corsets

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Another view of the incomparable Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre. Perhaps this is what Hannah looked like as a young bride?

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I didn't want Bexington Hall to be a typical Georgian-fronted neo-classical great house. This older house, which has been added to over the centuries, seemed perfect to me.

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The library at Bexington Hall looks a great deal like this room (which is actually part of a hotel in Edinburgh). Apart from the electrical lighting, of course.

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Another image that inspired me when thinking of Hannah.

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When Leo tells Hannah: “It’s your dress that is plain...No one looks beyond it. All they see is a little brown sparrow," this is what I think she was wearing.

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Lord Alfred Frederick Leopold Wraxhall, aka Leo, the hero of Improper Relations, aka English actor Paul Bettany.

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Mia Wasikowska in Jane Eyre is almost exactly as I imagine Hannah (though almost ten years younger).

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