From the winner of the James D. Phelan Literary award comes Miss Hyde, a new adult romantic thriller set in a glittering, alternative Vienna, 1873, where palace balls and workers’ meeting halls are the backdrop for nineteen-year-old Marion Jekyll’s search for family and love. In a steampunk world of assassination plots and science gone mad, she must unravel more than one mystery, the deepest being herself.
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All she wants is a holiday. Instead she gets a new life.
On a spring day in 1873 Marion Jekyll arrives by train in Vienna for her holiday, escaping a life in London that oppressed her and painful memories she buried as a child. She is nineteen and under the charge of her officious legal guardian, who is in Vienna on mysterious business, with Marion in tow. She has been but few things in her short life – an orphan, a bastard, an epileptic – but in Vienna she is an exciting stranger whose horizons are about to expand.
It is here, under the glittering chandeliers of old Vienna, in a time when political unrest rules the day and cafés teem with secret meetings at night, that Marion encounters a young man she never dreamed to find. Only here – in a city where mesmerists plumb their patients’ psyches, digging for hidden truths – only here can Marion unleash a powerful side of herself in a fight for her very life.
Sponsored in part by the Arts Council England, Miss Hyde was developed and written under the guidance of a master novelist during my Apprenticeship in Fiction, a competitive scheme in the UK.
WHAT EARLY READERS ARE SAYING
@GwenEllery I’ve just finished reading pre-release copy of your new book, Miss Hyde. It’s very, VERY good! I’ll email my comments later.
— Gerry Reynolds (@noel_gerry) October 22, 2013
Reading the review copy from @GwenEllery of Miss Hyde and loving it!
— steph (@SMuennich) October 31, 2013
@GwenEllery Miss Hyde is wonderful, thank you for the add !!!!
— Linda Nielsen (@lnielsen2nd) November 3, 2013
— Mel Rogerson (@mcrogerson) November 15, 2013
AWARDS GWEN HAS WON
First Place, James D. Phelan Literary Award
First Place, Romancing the Novel Award
Presidential Scholar in the Arts
National Recognition and Talent Search Award
Apprenticeships in Fiction, sponsored by the Arts Council England
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