Cassandra Austen writes romances set in Old and New England from her 1780s farmhouse in northern New England. Austen is the nom de plume of writer Maya Rushing Walker. Maya is a former U.S. diplomat posted to Cairo, Egypt, and earned a masters degree in East Asian Studies at Harvard.
"A thrilling hybrid of mystery, romance, and 19th century scene-setting -- sure to enthrall fans of historical fiction." - Publisher's Weekly BookLife Prize"The Portrait is beautifully written with interesting, intelligent characters and a captivating storyline. Catherine is a fascinating leading lady, quite unlike most romantic heroines. She is all contradictions: crippled but independent, strong but insecure, bitter but vulnerable. Avebury too is a well-rounded character. Cassandra Austen captures the atmosphere of eighteenth-century England quite brilliantly. Her descriptions of the people and the places are evocative, bringing to life her characters and settings. This book is a must-read for lovers of historical romance." - Heather Stockard, Readers' Favorite"An enthralling Regency Romance, The Portrait proves a notable debut for Cassandra Austen in a genre which often suffers from a lack of originality and a heavy reliance on well-worn tropes. Beautifully written in prose that vibrantly capture the essence of her characters, the dashing Captain Avebury and the manipulative Sir Lyle, prove the perfect foils to the Countess St. Clair's spirited questing nature as secrets from their pasts threaten the future they hope to build." - Bookviral