Author Julie Klassen on her Lady Maybe ~ With Book Giveaway!

Is there a better summer read (we still have three weeks left – don’t rush it please!) than a Regency Romance? And one laced with a mystery, a good number of secrets, and echoes of Jane Eyre?  [Please see below for the Book Giveaway info].

Cover-LadyMaybeJulie Klassen’s latest title is Lady Maybe, a tale of a young woman, an unwed mother, who does all in her power to protect her son, and unwilling to divulge the father’s name. This is one of the many intriguing secrets in this historical romance, and once again Klassen portrays the gruesome reality of the “fallen woman” in Regency England – Hannah Rogers’ only choice is to leave home and try to manage on her own, an impossible task in a world where women are the victims of a system that affords them no way to survive alone, or at least survive respectably.

The book begins with a horrible carriage accident and from there we encounter so many secrets and betrayals that to write any sort of substantial review would spoil the reading journey! Nothing is as it seems – you must puzzle it all out along with the characters – and though it is clear who our Heroine is after the first few chapters, the Real Hero is not truly revealed until the end. And along the way, any number of social issues in early nineteenth-century England are spread before the reader: the plight of unwed mothers, the difficulties of divorce, the prejudicial justice system, and the vagaries of gossip – all this, with some compelling bits of Jane Eyre hovering about, makes Lady Maybe an engaging must-read.

I interviewed Julie here earlier this year for her The Secret of Pembroke Park  – so today I asked her to share with us something about Lady Maybe, and here she tells up how she chose the North Devon coast as the setting for this story.


On a Cliff’s Edge

                          by Julie Klassen

Jokingly, I say the real reason I write books is to justify my long-held desire to travel to England. But the truth is, my research trips there enrich my novels’ settings and add a great deal of historical detail. So far, I’ve been able to go three times.

While writing Lady Maybe, set in Regency England, I needed to find a road dangerously near a cliff’s edge overlooking the sea. Initially, I searched for the location using Google Earth, old maps, and web sites. I finally found the ideal setting—a coastal road in North Devon along the Bristol Channel near Lynton & Lynmouth. These twin villages are nestled amid the dramatic landscape of Exmoor National Park—also the setting of the novel Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore.

I wrote my first draft before I ever visited the area. Then, last year, an old friend and I had the privilege of traveling there. We drove on winding, breathtakingly-narrow roads as far as we could, then continued on by foot, walking on a carriage road hundreds of years old. Wind whipped hair in our faces, pulled hoods from our heads, and drowned out our voices as we searched for the perfect spot to send a carriage careening down into the water far below. Standing on the edge of that cliff, overlooking the sun-streaked blue and gray water, the opening scenes began to play like a movie in my mind: a lady’s companion, a carriage accident, and a desperate woman trying to rescue her child…

Lynton, cJulie Klassen

[Lynton, © Julie Klassen]

During an earlier trip to England, my husband and I visited a carriage museum in Devon. There, I learned the difference between a landau, barouche, traveling chariot, gig, chaise, and more. How fascinating to see so many historic carriages up close, to peer into the rich interiors, and imagine my characters heading off on their life-changing journey.


[a Barouche]

I hope readers will enjoy the journey as well!


Lady Maybe synopsis (from the rear cover):

A woman’s startling secrets lead her into unexpected danger and romance in Regency England…

One final cry…”God almighty, help us!” and suddenly her world shifted violently, until a blinding collision scattered her mind and shook her bones. Then, the pain. The freezing water. And as all sensation drifted away, a hand reached for hers, before all faded into darkness…

Now she has awakened as though from some strange, suffocating dream in a warm and welcoming room she has never seen before, and tended to by kind, unfamilar faces. But not all has been swept away. She recalls fragments of the accident. She remembers a baby. And a ring on her finger reminds her of a lie.

But most of all, there is a secret. And in this house of strangers she can trust no one but herself to keep it.

Lady Maybe
Berkley Trade, July 2015
Price: $16.
ISBN: 978-0-425-28207-6


For those of you who love Klassen’s Regency novels, the wait for the next one is short one! The Painter’s Daughter will be released on December 1, 2015 (it is available for pre-order now). Here is the synopsis:


Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It’s where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she’s beautiful. Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother’s neglected duties. Home on leave, he’s sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter’s daughter. He’s startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him–one of Wesley’s discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse. Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she’ll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family. Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family’s estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?


Author Julie Klassen 2015 x 200About the Author:

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She is the bestselling author of ten novels set in Regency England, including her new release, Lady Maybe. Julie is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and enjoys traveling to England to research her books whenever she can. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked as a fiction editor for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her novels have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She also won the Minnesota Book Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards. Julie and her husband have two teenaged sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

For further reading:

Julie’s other novels:

  • Lady of Milkweed Manor (2008)
  • The Apothecary’s Daughter (2009)
  • The Silent Governess (2010)
  • The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011)
  • The Maid of Fairbourne Hall (2012)
  • The Tutor’s Daughter (2013)
  • The Dancing Master (2014)
  • The Secret of Pembrooke Park (2014)
  1. Website:
  2. Her research page, with pictures:
  3. Facebook page:
  4. Twitter page:


Book Giveaway!

Please comment or ask a question of Julie in the box below to be entered into the random drawing for a copy of Lady Maybe, with hearty thanks to Julie and her publisher Berkley Books. Deadline is Tuesday September 15, 2015 11:59 pm – winner will be announced the next day – domestic mailings only, sorry to say.

Good Luck! and Thank You Julie!

©2015, Jane Austen in Vermont

55 thoughts on “Author Julie Klassen on her Lady Maybe ~ With Book Giveaway!

  1. Oh, I cannot wait to read this book!! Julie is one of my top 5 favorite authors! I have read all but one of her books up to now and I don’t even bother with reading the book blurbs anymore, I just assume that I’m going to like her books because she wrote them. :)
    Thanks for the chance to win this one! And thanks to Julie for writing such terrific books! :D

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  2. I don’t believe I’ve read any of your books before. I’m truly sorry if they’re all as wonderful as this book sounds! I especially love the fact that you do your best to make your fiction as historically accurate as possible! I am very excited to read this book!!!

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  3. I love that you put yourself through the terrible trouble (tongue in cheek) to research the sites. You bring back memories. I forced my husband to accompany me along very similar Devon cliff-side paths in January 2 years ago. I was ecstatic, he fell in the mud. Your books look great!

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  4. Which book was the most challenging to write? Whether it was due to the content, or trying to make sure all historical facts were correct, or just having writer’s block.

    PS love your books! :)


    • Good question. Writing a book is always a challenge! The Apothecary’s Daughter was probably the hardest to research, and The Secret of Pembrooke Park (with all its clues, mystery, present and past stories) was a real puzzle to put together, but so worth it in the end!


  5. Wow, I guess you are into Jane Austen, being a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and all. I didn’t even know there was such a thing. I also like how you go to England to research for your novels.

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  6. You are my favorite author. I have everyone of your books up to this one. My 15 yr old granddaughter also loves your books she has read all of them at least twice & she has read Lady of Milkweed Manor 8 times she was wearing my books out so I bought her books she could keep for her own can’t wait to read this next book.

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  7. The thing I love best about Julie’s books are the history lessons that I learn from them. Fluff reading is ok but I like a book I can sink my teeth into and learn from.

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  8. Julie, I have yet to get this book! I’m slacking! I love how you incorporate details from your research into your stories! It makes them so much fuller, richer and believable! Oh, and the mystery, oh the mystery! Love it!! Like I’ve said before, I find myself being a detective of your words!

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  9. Oh my!! This book sounds like just what I enjoy so much. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. I would love to read it as well as your other Regency Novels. I have very much enjoyed all your books that I have read.

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  10. I’m wondering if you have a favorite of all the books you’ve written. I am definitely a fan and can’t wait for the next one and then the next!


  11. I absolutely loooove Julie’s books. This one is on my TBR and will be read before the year is out. Thanks for the post and the giveaway!!

    sydneyjames68 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  12. I also love Julie’s books! However, heres my secret confession….I often wait to start her new books til I have completed something I have been putting off because it’s a good motivator and reward….plus once I start reading I can’t put it down literally until either I am so sleepy I physically can’t hold the book or I am done. My poor husband knows if I start her book I will be very tired and a bit preoccupied for a few days. I just get lost in England and Julie writing. So I have learned I can’t just pick it up but I wait and savor when the time is right. Thank you Julie for your wonderful writing!

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  13. This book sounds so intriguing. I wonder who rescued her. You are so brave to walk along such a treacherous road. I am terrified of height and would not be able to walk there. Learning the difference in the carriages would be fun. I am hoping to get to England one day again (I was there 37 years ago) and explore . Thank you for the generous give away.

    skamper25 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. Thank you, Julie, for yet another beautiful book. You know how sometimes the book has come to an end, but you, as a reader, don’t feel quite ready to set it down? That happened to me with “Lady Maybe.” I immediately went back and reread most of it—partly to “dissect” the mystery, and partly because I had fallen in love with the characters and setting, and just wasn’t ready to part with them yet. I love how your books tend to do this, actually, and I can’t wait to read your next one. Please continue writing!

    Oh, I have a question, too. I read on another site that you have thought about writing a sequel focusing on Roderick Marlow. Do you still have any interest in that? I would be super excited about that sequel, to be honest, since he was a favorite. :D


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    • So you fell for the “bad boy” Marlow, too, hmm? Of course you did–your name is Lily, much like the character in the book! :) Yes, a sequel is on my hope-to-someday list, Lily, but I have four or five more contracted books to write first. Thanks for asking.


  15. I just discovered this site with its information regarding your book while researching Regency period fashion. I hope I win a copy! If not, I will look for it (and your other novels) at my local library. –Jennifer King in St Francisville, LA

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  16. I have read all of Julie’s books and I love them all!! I would love to win a copy of this one, but either way I will make sure I have a copy to read!
    Blessings and thanks so much for the interview and all of the goodie info!
    Blessings. Joy
    ibjoy1953 at yahoo dot com

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    • I was researching carriage travel for Lady Maybe in particular, but I believe all my books will be richer for it. I have been able to visit several countries in my life, but research-wise, I’ve stuck to England–so far anyway! Thanks. for asking.

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  17. I love your books! I have read every book so far except this newest book “Lady Maybe”. I even preordered “The Secret of Pembrooke Park” but was unable to afford this last book. I would be honored if I could win a copy of “Lady Maybe”.

    Thank you for your literary prose that allows us disappear into a different time and place.

    Erica Miller
    Winchester, Virginia

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  18. I think it’s great that Julie approaches difficult subjects. We all make mistakes and watching how God redeems each of us and the characters reminds us of His love for the less than perfect. These two are definitely on my to read list!

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  19. I have read every single book of Julie Klassen’s. I just like the stories. After reading The Girl in the Gatehouse, I spent an hour online just looking at the old gatehouses. I have researched milkweed and some old medicinal herbs, tried to start my own herb garden, looked at pictures of Cornwall, etc. The books inspire. I have not read the newest novel yet, but when I do, I know, I will not be disappointed. Rather, I will be inspired.

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