Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Jennie Goutet & the Clavering Chronicles

Posted February 8, 2022 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Jennie Goutet, romance / 19 Comments


I am delighted today to welcome author Jennie Goutet to the blog today to chat about her Regency romance series, the Clavering Chronicles!

Jennie Goutet is an American-born Anglophile who lives with her French husband and their three children in a small town outside of Paris. Her imagination resides in Regency England, where her best-selling proper Regency romances are set. She is also author of the award-winning memoir Stars Upside Down, two contemporary romances, and a smattering of other published works. A Christian, a cook, and an inveterate klutz, Jennie sometimes writes about faith, food, and life—even the clumsy moments—on her blog, aladyinfrance.com. You can learn more about Jennie and her books, and sign up for her newsletter, on her author website: jenniegoutet.com.

You can also connect with Jennie on Facebook, her newsletter, and Instagram.


A FALL FROM GRACE by Jennie Goutet
SERIES:
Clavering Chronicles #1

GENRE: Historical/Regency Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
RELEASE DATE: April 13, 2020
PAGES: 238

She needs a champion. He needs one less person to worry about.

Selena Lockhart comes with neither dowry nor connections, and she knows better than to expect Society to give her a welcome—especially after her father gambled away his fortune, precipitating the family’s sudden fall from grace and Selena’s betrothed to break off their engagement. It therefore comes as no surprise that her new neighbor, Sir Lucius, treats her with disdain. Why should he look beyond appearances when her own promises so little?

Sir Lucius Clavering is not married, but he may as well be, considering he is expected to escort his widowed mother to watering holes, round out the numbers at his married sister’s dinners, and come to the aid of his scapegrace younger siblings. It doesn’t help that single women and matchmaking mamas jostle each other to claim his face, fortune, and title so that he’s left without a moment’s peace.

When Selena shows up at Lucius’s doorstep looking for help, he is sure it’s another ploy aimed at cutting up his prized bachelor existence. Although his prejudice does not last long, Lucius fears his first reaction might have ruined his chances with her. How can he save her from Society’s teeth when she continues to hold him at arm’s length?

A Fall from Grace is a sweet & clean Regency romance about a companion-governess (who borders on spinster) and a determined bachelor (who borders on rake). ♥

 

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PHILIPPA HOLDS COURT by Jennie Goutet
SERIES:
Clavering Chronicles #2

GENRE: Historical/Regency Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2021
PAGES: 234

She’s capable of many things—including driving him mad.

At the start of their London Season, Philippa Clavering discovers her friend Susan is being pursued by the wrong gentleman and decides to turn Susan’s head to a worthier suitor. Not one to shrink from what she views as her duty and gift, Philippa sets plans in motion to bring about the happy ending her friend deserves. What she does not expect is to have Susan’s older brother watching—and criticizing—her every move.

After a respectable number of years on the town, Jack Blythefield is at last contemplating the idea of settling down. What he seeks is a compliant wife to provide him an heir or two and make his home comfortable while he spends his evenings at the club, where a man can get some peace. What he does not need is a termagant who sets his life on end with madcap schemes which invariably involve his unwilling assistance.

However, when the reputation of Jack’s family is threatened, Philippa is the one he turns to. And as her most determined suitor grows assured of his conquest, Jack must decide if a comfortable and docile wife is truly what he seeks or if he should throw down the gauntlet of his heart before Philippa closes court.

Philippa Holds Court is the second in the Clavering Chronicles series, after A Fall from Grace, and it is a clean & wholesome Regency romance, written in the traditional style. ♥

 

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Hi Jennie! Welcome to the blog!

Jennie: I would have to say oranges, as long as they’re cold, juicy, and sweet. I can pretend I’m Laura Ingalls, who just got one in her Christmas stocking.

Carrie: We always got an orange (and an apple) in our stockings when I was growing up – and I always felt like Laura Ingalls Wilder 🙂

Jennie: As a Regency writer, I feel I should prefer tea. But I find I just love coffee. Give me the triple French espresso, black, with some gluten-free pastry to balance the bitterness.

Carrie: I wish I preferred either one but give me hot chocolate instead, please!

Jennie: I love the ocean. Whether it’s the tropical waters of the Bahamas, Hawaii, or Singapore, or whether it’s the freezing waters of Brittany with its brisk winds and rocky cliffs, the ocean is my happy place.

Carrie: the only way i love the ocean is when there is a brisk wind & rocky cliffs involved 😀

Jennie: At one time, it would have been paperbacks, hands down. But I live in France, and it used to be so hard to find enough English books to satisfy my reading appetite. Now with my Kindle, I have unlimited English books at my disposal.

Carrie: oh that IS a nice benefit!

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Jennie: If I could choose a superpower, it would be to possess the time, energy, and ability to love people the way I want to.

Carrie: i love that answer ♥

Q: If you knew you were only going to be allowed FIVE books for the rest of your life, besides the Bible, which five  would make the cut?

Jennie: This was a hard and painful question. (How could you do that to me?) I’m leaning toward only having books that entertain. But they should be long, too, in order to stretch the time as I reread them. And books that get you to think should not be left out. So…this is what I have come up with:

Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
Heyer, The Grand Sophy
Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Tolstoy, War and Peace (I’m very tempted to have another Heyer book in fifth position, but it would be too hard to choose one. And War and Peace is long – and optimistic).

Carrie: haha i know – it’s a terrible question for me to ask but I love your answers! (if that helps you feel any better about the torture i put you through lol)

Q: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

Jennie: I used to travel to Asia a lot for my job. Once I got to an overcrowded airport in Mumbai in the middle of the night, only to find out that I should have confirmed my flight the day before. I had zero hope of getting a seat on the plane since there were about a hundred people crowding around the desk for this heavily overbooked flight, and many of them had confirmed. But I had been reading Martin Chuzzlewit and was inspired by the servant’s determination to look at everything cheerfully, and that was the attitude I adopted. I was polite and pleasant (and patient) with the overworked staff, and since I had a connecting flight at Heathrow that would be complicated to miss, they bumped me up to first class and allowed me on the flight.

Carrie: What a great lesson for today’s overstressed world – if only more people responded like you did! And you can’t beat first class either 🙂

Q: Which of your main characters in the Clavering Chronicles is most like you? 

Jennie: Of my two books in the Clavering Chronicles series, I would have to say I am most like the heroine of Philippa Holds Court. Selena in A Fall from Grace is good and gracious, and she remains so in a complicated situation where everyone is mean to her. She reminds me a bit of Jane Bennet in her meekness.

However, Philippa is more like Anne Shirley. She knows what she wants in life and is not afraid to go after it; nor is she afraid to arrange everyone else’s life if she thinks it for the best. Since Anne influenced my childhood and my character, I wouldn’t be surprised if she subconsciously contributed to my creation of Philippa.

(Note: I am not sure anyone else would see Jane in Selena, or Anne in Philippa. It might just be me).

Carrie: i can’t wait to meet these two heroines!

Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from A Fall From Grace and/or Philippa Holds Court & why do you love it?

Jennie: Will you let me do two, one from each book? (Please?)

A Fall from Grace:

Then the anger came in a rush, and Selena whipped around to meet his gaze. “It is easy for you to say, Sir Lucius. You may go where you please, and nothing even close to vicious rumors need ever trouble you. Nothing disturbs your very orderly existence.”

“I…” Sir Lucius did not answer right away and stared at the floor. He drummed his fingers on the armrest, and Selena waited, her nerves taut. At last he put an elbow on his knee and brought his head close to hers, his face inches away, and his eyes boring into hers. “You disturb my very orderly existence.”

I love this because Selena is such a gentle creature that has been put upon, and here, she’s finally showing some fire. Lucius is a fairly selfish bachelor, and he did not stand up for her at the ball the night before the way he should have. In this scene, he’s finally admitting that she has captured his heart and that he had been wrong. It makes the scene so fun.

Philippa Holds Court:

Philippa raised an eyebrow. “Such efforts on your behalf,” she observed. “Are you really so brilliant a statesman?”

Mr. Blythefield locked his gaze with hers. “I have great ambition. I have the talent to take me there. I lack only one thing.”

“Modesty?”

I love the banter back and forth between Jack and Philippa. Jack is a talented politician, but he is completely out of touch when it comes to his own heart. Philippa keeps poking at his proud nature, while showing love and acceptance to his eccentric family. It’s the latter that finally makes him takes notice, and it shakes the core of what he thought he wanted in a wife.

Carrie: i love both of these passages!! That first one – I’m fanning – whew. And i adore delicious banter 😀

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Jennie: I’ve currently got one new release, and one pre-order. A Daring Proposal released on February 7th and is the last of the Memorable Proposals series. (It can be read on its own). This one takes place in Brussels just before and leading into the Battle of Waterloo, so it’s history heavy with an epic love story.

My pre-order is the last in the Clavering Chronicles series, and it’s called The Sport of Matchmaking. George Clavering and Lady Alice decide to bet on a matchmaking scheme, which gets them into trouble—especially where their hearts are concerned. This book is pure fun.


Jennie Goutet is offering an ebook copy of each book in her Clavering Chronicle – A Fall From Grace, Philippa Holds Court, The Sport of Matchmaking – to one of my readers! (Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read the Clavering Chronicles by Jennie Goutet?

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19 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Jennie Goutet & the Clavering Chronicles

  1. Winnie Thomas

    Thanks for the fun interview, Carrie and Jennie! It’s always great to learn more about authors and their books. These stories sound so wonderful! I loved the quotes.

    Can you check the Rafflecopter link, Carrie? I don’t think it’s working. Maybe it’s just my tech-challengedness! LOL

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