Title: Not from the Stars
Series: His Majesty’s Theatre Book 1
Author: Christina Britton Conroy
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Genre: Historical Fiction
About the Book
This wonderful novel, perfect for theatre lovers and Downton Abbey enthusiasts, is set in Yorkshire, England, in 1885. Bertha Roundtree, wife of Anthony Roundtree, dies in childbirth, leaving her infant daughter Elisa behind.
Once wealthy, the Roundtree family is destitute after Anthony gambled away its fortune.
Anthony Roundtree is a cruel man.
He has no interest in his infant daughter, leaving her to be raised by his spinster sister Lillian, a rather simple woman with no dowry and no prospects, and a cruel governess.
Anthony is determined to turn Elisa into a lady, and marry her off to Sir John Garingham, who wants the tomboy Elisa turned into the perfect lady – no matter what it takes.
But the betrothal goes awry when Elisa develops a mind of her own, a passion for her art teacher, and an obsession with the theatre.
And her youthful vigour is about to lead into a glamourous world with a dark underbelly…
Filled with the history of the British theatre and allusions to Shakespeare, Not From the Stars is the first in the His Majesty’s Theatre series about the lives of the actors and academics who lived in the repressive days of Edwardian England, but refused to be stifled.
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About the Author
Christina Britton Conroy is a classically trained singer and actor who has toured the globe singing operas, operettas, and musicals, as well as being a Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She has published several books, and Not From The Stars marks the first in the four-book His Majesty’s Theatre series.