Cindy Anstey announces next novel, Suitors and Sabotage
With Love, Lies & Spies and Duels & Deceptions, Cindy Anstey will soon have two rollicking reads available on bookshelves for eager fans of her young adult Regency romances to devour. And as of next year, she’ll have three, EW can exclusively reveal.
Titled Suitors & Sabotage, Anstey’s third novel will introduce readers to Imogene Chively, a young debutante — and a talented artist in her own right — who’s just completed her first season in London and will be touring the countryside with three families as they each visit each other’s estates. Also part of their group is her suitor, Ernest Steeple, and his brother Benjamin.
“Ernest is her suitor, but it’s Benjamin she becomes close to,” Anstey tells EW, teasing the complication that will befall the couple. “Ben is an architectural apprentice, but he has a problem: He can’t draw, and he’s been trying to avoid it by writing things down. So he asks Imogene to teach him how to draw. Of course, this brings them together, and Ernest is happy with this, but he doesn’t realize that there’s chemistry between Imogene and Ben.”
This isn’t the only hitch in the pair’s love story. “Imogene’s best friend, Emily, decides that Ben is her one and only true love, just about the time that Imogene is going, ‘Uh-oh, I think I’ve got the wrong brother.’ So now all of a sudden Emily is in love as well,” laughs Anstey. “And then to make things worse, people start playing pranks on them, some of them deadly, and that’s part of the mystery: Who’s behind the pranks and why?”
To celebrate Anstey’s latest offering, as well as the April 11 release of Duels & Deceptions‘, EW caught up with the YA Regency romance writer to discuss writing the Regency, channeling Jane Austen, and the many ways couples can fall in love. But first, an exclusive glimpse at the cover of Suitors & Sabotage: