In Victorian London, a lovelorn fifty-three-year-old widow discovers she is the muse for a young artist.
Widowed, middle-class, and past her prime, Leonora Aldbury is unwelcome amongst Victorian England's upper crust and denied the opportunities society can bring — including romantic attachments. She aches for sensual fulfillment, and fantasizes about a young artist who sketches in London's National Gallery. At a chance meeting, the artist offers Leonora an intriguing invitation. Will she risk respectability for a chance at love?
"The Invitation" is a short story of 3,946 words.
"The Invitation" is set in the same Victorian world as Regina's Art & Discipline series. The characters in "The Invitation", Leonora Aldbury and the artist Jasper Dawson, will be integrated into future Art & Discipline books.
Art & Discipline
Beneath prim and proper Victorian society lies a world of unconventional artistic endeavors and sensual pursuits.
Book 1: The Westerman Affair
Short story: "The Invitation"