Elizabeth’s latest release is the conclusion to Jane Steen’s wonderful House of Closed Doors series: The Shadow Palace. Set in Chicago in the 1870s, this historical mystery provides the conclusion to Nell Lillington’s story, which began in The House of Closed Doors and continued in Eternal Deception.
For unwed mother Nell Lillington, 1876 Chicago – and her new wealth – offer the promise of longed-for independence. She dreams of a place in society for her daughter Sarah and contentment for her friend Tess. Yet how can she settle in a town where she’s far too likely to run into Martin Rutherford and his glittering, faithless wife, Lucetta? Can she resist her love for Martin for Sarah’s sake?
Martin was doubtless joking when he told Nell that if she got herself mixed up with a murderer for the third time, he’d disown her. But when Martin himself is arrested for murder, Nell’s dreams appear to be swallowed up in the new web of secrets she constructs to help him. Secrets that threaten to alienate Tess, Sarah, and even Martin….
The third book in the House of Closed Doors series will take you to a Chicago teeming with opportunistic new Americans, luxury-loving merchant princes and hard-hearted denizens of the underworld.
Elizabeth’s latest release is the third play in the Oscar Wilde series from The Online Stage: the 1895 comic drama An Ideal Husband, now available at Audible! Elizabeth reads the role of the idealistic Lady Chiltern in this production, whose husband Sir Robert Chiltern (Chris Marcellus) faces crises both professional and personal when the devious Mrs. Cheveley (PJ Morgan) forces him to confront his past. In the meantime, the dandyish Lord Goring (Ben Lindsey-Clark) conducts a witty romance with Mabel Chiltern (Amanda Friday), while enduring abuse for his idleness from his cantankerous father (Alan Weyman). This wonderful production was preceded by the same cast performing The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere’s Fan, also available at Audible. The final Wilde play, A Woman of No Importance, is currently in production and will be released in March.
Elizabeth performs the role of Hermione, Queen of Sicilia, in The Online Stage production of The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, now available at Audible! This very seasonal release is one of Shakespeare’s late “romances,” which combines tragedy and comedy into a tale of jealousy and redemption.
At the opening of this late Shakespearean drama, Polixenes, the king of Bohemia, has been the longtime guest of Leontes and Hermione, the king and queen of Sicily. When the time comes for Polixenes to leave, Leontes urges him to stay longer. At first Polixenes refuses, but soon he yields to the entreaties of Hermione. His rapid change of mind convinces Leontes that the two are lovers and that Polixenes is the father of Hermione’s unborn child. Leontes’ obsessive jealously leads him to a course of action that has potentially disastrous consequences for all concerned and for the future of his kingdom.
Elizabeth has yet another new release for you this week: The Cuckoo in Spring, the classic 1954 Elizabeth Cadell novel, now available at Audible.
Julian was in love with Alexandra, Alexandra was in love with Julian. She had no doubts about that, and being engaged to Julian was delightful. Yet, somehow, as a husband, she felt he might prove less perfect – until she had taught him the little lesson he needed. Julian learnt it in Scotland, Yorkshire, Devon, London. His mystified family looked on.
When Julian Hurst went into partnership in an art business instead of in the family firm of solicitors, his family was surprised that he made such a success of it.
They would have been still more surprised if they had known what his business trip to Yorkshire to view some Clauval paintings was to lead to.
His engagement to the delightful but mysterious Alexandra Bell, and her subsequent disappearance which led him such a dance through Scotland, Yorkshire, Devon, and London, provoked behavior which seemed odd, to say the least of it.
Note: these titles contain the original, unabridged, text exactly as the author first wrote it. Many later editions of Elizabeth Cadell’s works were heavily abridged or changed. We hope you enjoy the re-issue of these timeless books. Watch for more to come in the near future!
Elizabeth is pleased to annouce the release of FU Cancer by Hilaria Alexander, a romantic dramedy now available at Audible. You can listen to a sample at Audible, and read more about the author and her work at her website.
Lucy has always been a good girl. The most hardcore thing she’s done in her life was falling for a divorced man 10 years her senior.
But he was the love of her life, and she married him. When her Peter Pan of a husband decided to divorce her, she thought it was her chance to start anew. That was until she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Besides looking like Britney circa 2007, she is taking it well, real well. You might see her walk around the hospital during chemo sessions with bright colored wigs and outrageous t-shirts that seem to shock the most conservative employees. One of them reads FU CANCER.
It’s Free Audio Friday, special Banned Books Week edition! Celebrate your freedom to read this week by listening to Elizabeth’s LibriVox recording of The Awakening by Kate Chopin. This book is on the list of frequently challenged classics, which contains many other amazing and influential works.
Kate Chopin’s 1899 novella is about the personal, sexual, and artistic awakening of a young wife and mother, Edna Pontellier. While on vacation at Grand Isle, an island in the Gulf of Mexico, Edna befriends the talented pianist Mlle. Reisz and the sympathetic Robert Lebrun, both of whom will influence her startling life choices. Chopin’s novel created a scandal upon its original publication and effectively destroyed her writing career. Now, however, it is considered one of the finest American novels of the 19th century.
Elizabeth has another new release for you today: Eternal Deception, the second book in the House of Closed Doors series by Jane Steen – now available at Audible. (Elizabeth also narrated the first book, also available at Audible.) This excellent series follows fiercely independent Nell Lillington from Illinois to the Kansas frontier to try and make a new life for herself. Jane Steen skillfully blends historical fiction, mystery, and romance with a heroine that you will be sure to root for every step of the way. Elizabeth will be narrating the final book in Nell’s story, The Shadow Palace, which will be available in early 2017.
Love or independence? Few choices remain for Nell and her new family on the Kansas frontier.
Kansas, 1872. Unwed mother Nell Lillington hopes to support her daughter Sarah and friend Tess by working as a seamstress in an isolated seminary. When her only ally among the seminary’s leaders dies, she must choose between returning to her old life in Chicago and remaining in charge of her destiny.
As her talent as a dressmaker begins to win her commissions, Nell attracts the attention of two suitors: Reiner Lehmann, a wealthy senior student, and Judah Poulton, an impoverished professor. Shocking news from back home and another death at the seminary press Nell to make her decision. A disastrous winter journey, a treacherous game, and an impossible love could finally wrest control of Nell’s life out of her hands for good.
Eternal Deception is the second book in a series of engrossing historical fiction novels. If you like intriguing mystery, charming romance, and surprises you won’t see coming, you’ll love this story of one woman’s battle for herself on the 19th century frontier.