Award-winning author, Karen Turner’s debut novel, Torn, is a historical romance set in the Regency era that explores the darkly human nature of relationships, while remaining true to the popular genre.
Unlike many ‘Jane Austen’ style stories that often feature chaste lovers and scandals strictly kept ‘behind closed doors’, Karen set out to look at the damaging effects of love and betrayal in graphic detail, all the while remaining faithful to the historical era.
“I wanted the characters in Torn to be evolved humans, with real flaws and failings. Despite living in a world of elegance and excess, they needed to experience deep betrayal, pain and true suffering like they would today,” Karen says.
Set against a backdrop of love and treachery during the turbulent years of the Napoleonic Wars, this sweeping saga tells the story of a young girl, Alex Broughton, and her journey to womanhood. As events progress, Alex experiences the devastating effects of war, unrequited love, and suffers a cruel betrayal from an unlikely source.
Set in the fictitious town of Wolstone, but based on Yorkshire in England, Torn is the first of a planned trilogy. Having lived for a time in Yorkshire herself, Karen wanted to create a novel that was thoroughly researched and accurately represented the Regency era.
Written with passion and empathy, this rich and deeply moving page-turner will leave readers waiting for the next chapter in the lives of the Broughtons.
Torn can be purchased on-line at www.palmerhiggs.com.au
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karen Turner is an Australian author, who for more than twenty years has worked in financial services. Recently, her vocation shifted to writing technical documentation and financial news articles. As an escape from the corporate world, she discovered a passion for fictional prose, which led to a rather eclectic compilation of short stories, All That and Everything. First published in 2009, many of the short stories have won literary awards, including the Society of Women Writers Vic Biennial Literary Award, and the Free XpressSion Literary Competition.
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