Rock Fiction Coveting: Longbourn’s Songbird by Beau North

Posted: February 26, 2016 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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This is kinda sorta historical fiction. It’s set long before I was born, so that makes it historical, right? 1948?

In the autumn of 1948, young millionaire Will Darcy comes to the sleepy, backwater town of Meryton, South Carolina to visit his best friend, Charles Bingley. When Darcy becomes enchanted by a local beauty with a heavenly voice, his business dealings with Longbourn Farms may close the door to his romantic hopes before they are given a chance to thrive.

Still healing from heartbreak, Elizabeth Bennet takes solace in her family, home, and the tight-knit community of Meryton. That foundation is shaken when Will Darcy makes a successful offer to buy the family farm. Blinded by hurt, will Elizabeth miss the chance to find in him the peace and comfort her heart truly needs?

Confronting the racial, economic, and social inequalities of the times, Longbourn’s Songbird is an imaginative romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and told through the lens of postwar America, a story layered with betrayal and loss, love and letting go.

Maybe this isn’t Rock Fiction in the usual sense, but it’s got a music theme — or it claims to — and that alone lets it count. Besides, it’s different, and you guys ought to know I like different by now.

I’m just curious how important music is to the story. Anyone know?

  1. beaunorth says:

    Hi there! Glad it caught your eye 🙂 While it’s not rock music, music in general, in particular early country music (Hank Williams, etc) and Appalachian folk ballads are a big part of the story. I can make a case that lyrically at least, the old folk ballads are hella metal.

  2. Christina Boyd says:

    Great read in that the author took a few risks making a classic Jane Austen masterpiece fresh yet stayed true to the source material. Definitely edgy spin on the beloved “Pride & Prejudice.” The music aspect? Hear for yourself the inspiration.

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