THE PERFECT VISIT.
- (Northampton, MA): Longbourn Press, (2011).
- stiff paper wrappers
- (ii), 343+(1) pages
- ISBN 0615542700 / Order Nr. 115100
- Price: $14.95 other currencies
The Perfect Visit tells the story of two bibliophiles who go back in time to rescue lost books and manuscripts. Vanessa Horwood decides on Regency England; Ned Marston goes to Shakespeare's.
The novel takes its title from Jane Austen's Emma: "it was a delightful visit -- perfect, in being much too short." This is what Vanessa and Ned plan for. Then things go wrong and their sojourns become longer and more dangerous than either had ever imagined.
Vanessa falls foul of the law, transported from Jane Austen's genteel world to the dark underbelly of a Regency prison. 1607 London shows an equally black side to Ned when he antagonizes one of Shakespeare's rivals, escaping with his life only to find that an accident of time takes him only halfway home.