Modern American Author Explores 19th Century Romantic Ideas in New Historical Novel: The Fastest Ship

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Ever wonder what was considered "hot" 150 years ago in the Victoria Era? To find out, author Larita Arnold researched Victorian Era literary characters and the authors who wrote about them. It turns out your great-grandmother was no slouch.

Ever wonder what was considered "hot" 150 years ago in the Victoria Era? To find out, author Larita Arnold researched Victorian Era literary characters and the authors who wrote about them. It turns out your great-grandmother was no slouch.

Ms. Arnold, author of The Fastest Ship, says, "Just as our social mores today are documented in our films, television programs and books; social and sexual mores from yesteryear are recorded in the literature of that era and in the viewpoints of the writers. I found the most significant differences between now and then are ideas about exclusivity and propriety. But surprisingly, the Victorian Era women were just as sensual and expressive as women today, though perhaps less knowledgeable. That's understandable because those subjects were very much taboo. The research was fascinating, and I modeled my main characters in The Fastest Ship on what I learned. For example, when Angelica worries she's been a bit too uninhibited, Jack, her husband, says, 'I know your motives were only the most pure and tender. I understand that all your luscious sensuality is directed only at me, and it's only for me.' He is completely devoted to her; and within the exclusivity of their marriage, her sensuality is free to find its full expression. There is something so charmingly romantic about that. Nowadays we think of the Victorian Era as being restrictive, a time when women were literally 'straight-laced' into corsets, but perhaps marriage then was more exclusive than restrictive. It was great fun writing about it."

The Fastest Ship is a love story about a British Royal Navy Captain and the daughter of the British Governor of Jamaica, who holds the key to a lost treasure. It features the HMS Warrior, England's first iron-clad warship, which has been restored and is on display in Portsmouth, England today.

Ms. Arnold also did extensive research on the tall wooden ships of the 19th century, the history of the Caribbean, and pirate lore and legend to make The Fastest Ship as authentic as possible. It was a labor of love spanning all 26 years of her own marriage.

You can purchase The Fastest Ship at Amazon.com (ISBN 1-4116-3950-2)

Ms. Arnold also owns http://www.silvermessages.com, the world's foremost sterling silver jewelry website (according to Google.com keyword ranking), featuring 14,000 products imported from nine countries.

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