I need your help, folks. I’ve been poring over this task for so long that I can’t see straight anymore. Time for fresh eyes!
The task I’ve been working on is my book blurb, which is the description on the back of the book that tells you what it’s about. Essentially, it has to hook a potential reader in and make them want to know what will happen so badly that they have to buy it. It’s possibly the most important promotional aspect of publishing my book and I really, really want to get it right.
So I would appreciate it so much if you could take the time to read it and offer your feedback. What I need to know is whether you get a clear idea of the setting, the characters and what is at stake for them; whether the language reads well to you; whether it’s a good length or too long; whether it makes you want to find out what will happen; what questions it raises in your mind; and anything else that strikes you as vital to mention!
Here it is:
A Class Apart
A Matter of Class Book 1
Ireland, summer 1828: Spirited heiress Bridget, who has always felt more at ease astride a horse than sipping tea in a drawing room, is thrilled to be returning home to Oakleigh Manor after seven years away in Dublin. She cannot wait to be reunited with her childhood friend, Cormac, who ran wild around the country estate with her when they were young.
But Cormac now works as a stable hand at Oakleigh and, upon seeing Bridget again, he realises that his affection for her goes beyond friendship. Though it pains him when she announces her engagement to a wealthy English gentleman, he acknowledges the reality of his position at the bottom of society’s ladder and conceals his true feelings. Bridget’s overbearing mother, who has disliked him since he was a boy, is only too happy to enforce the employer-servant boundary between them.
Bridget’s seemingly charming fiancé soon reveals an unkind nature and a questionable past, and she begins to recognise her own feelings towards Cormac. However, unrest among the tenants on the estate causes him to be implicated in a serious crime and Bridget’s mother is determined to sever the longstanding bond linking her daughter to a lowly stable hand.
Amid the volatile relations between the upper class English and lower class Irish, Bridget and Cormac must discover whether their growing attachment will flourish or succumb to the constraints of the social divide.
So what do you think?