From the back of the book:
Gather round my dears, for I have a most interesting story to share. My narrative tells not of a regular town, but chronicles the peculiar Prattleton and its townsfolk who held steadfast to their own odd habits. If you have lived for any length of time amongst the female set, you’ll have known at least one gossip or two, but this particular town was chock full of prattles. Sadly, it is generally a widespread understanding, that when allowed to congregate in groups, women are commonly inclined towards idle speculations.
Although this portion of the town’s tale is full of especially female foibles, the preferred thread woven betwixt the rest of the tapestry fable is focused primarily on a lovely young lady. Fair Charity Bishop, through no fault of her own, was tormented for a time by cruel scandal-mongers, but her growing tale of woes does finally turn into deservedly just happiness. Yes, the false gossip against this dear angel is finally thrown on its ear when truth and love do prevail.
There was a benevolent busybody in my head, and she began telling me this story of Prattleton. She reminded me a little of Mrs. Jennings from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. No wonder, I’ve read and watched that so many times, and with all her little faults, I still love that funny old woman.
It’s a quirky little town with a few characters that were inspired just a smidge by Charles Dickens’ sorts. Prattleton desperately wants to be British. It’s people descend from England and they are proud of that heritage.
Why did I write a story about gossips? Because I’ve met quite a few over time and miles, and while they can be annoying, or destructive at worst, sometimes, they can be quite entertaining. At least I thought so.
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