The Portrait


Product Details

Apollo Grannus Books
Publish Date
5.24 X 7.99 X 0.76 inches | 0.86 pounds

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About the Author

Maya Rushing Walker writes slow-burn, often romantic, literary fiction set in both historical and modern times, with a strong sense of place. She lives and writes in a 1780s farmhouse in northern New England, where she homeschooled four amazing young adults and was a dedicated swim and row mom. In a previous life, she was a U.S. diplomat and a Wall Street banker, and holds a B.S. in international economics from Georgetown and an A.M. in East Asian Studies from 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

"The Portrait is a fun Regency romance that's steeped in historical details." - Claire Foster, Foreword/Clarion Reviews

"Austen's ambitious story is a vivid commentary on the rigid manners of the time." - Kirkus Reviews