Jennifer was told in kindergarten she could not color the sky red because it was in reality blue. She recalls replying to her teacher she could paint the sky red if she desired because fire engines were red and red was pretty. If the sky was pretty as well, which in her mind it was, then why couldn't it be red? It made perfect sense to her...
Growing up with such imagination gave Jennifer the passion to find the unusual in everything she came across. When she discovered her quill at a young age her stories were no different. She queried her first publisher at age twelve, in pink ink, and began from that day on to aspire to publication.
Running with scissors proved to be jolly good sport...
Her passion lies in crafting stories from forgotten pieces of history and setting them in locations just outside the expected. She focuses on unusual themes and locations, all in the backdrop of the intrigue of the 19th century. Jennifer has as much of a passion for the history of the Habsburg Empire and the allure Austrian culture, as she does for the quiet rolling hills of New England. She only has one rule with her historicals: Expect the unexpected.
It was her love of research and classic literature that brought her to expanding Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera.
Writing from a tiny loft office, Jennifer admits to being country mouse with city mouse tastes and is constantly fighting to keep the little critters in line. She can't pronounce pistachio, hates lollipops with gooey centers, and dearly loves to laugh. If asked for her motto in life, she points to the following poem upon her office wall:
Come to the edge. We might fall. Come to the edge. It's too high! COME TO THE EDGE! And they came, and he pushed, and they flew. ~ Christopher Logue
Great story again to finish the Madrigal trilogy. Finally, the confrontation came to an head. Bless the sons of both Erik and Raoul for they both were the men in this story. Thank goodness Simone recovered. Reading the three books reminded me why I hated Christine for not seeing the great man behind the mask. Both Raoul's brother, Philippe, and Anna did. Good series by Jennifer Linforth.
Ms. Linforth has penned a wonderful ending to her Madrigal series. Erik, Anna, Christine and Raoul continue to clash in this suspenseful conclusion. Wicked villains and grown children add dimension to the a page-turning plot that kept me enthralled. Well done, Ms. Linforth, this is most definitely going on my "keeper shelf" next to the other two books!
Very nice conclusion to a captivating trilogy. All characters are true to M. Leroux's creation. In this last volume, the author at last introduces us to Phillippe de Chagny, a character seen only briefly through Erik's eyes, and one that should be worth a more in depth exploration. For me, the question of his demise is never fully answered. Overall, highly recommend the trilogy as a whole. Linforth creates an intriguing picture of Erik--Maestro, mastermind, madman, genius, father. It is in the latter guise that Erik truly shines! My one complaint: Too many editorial mistakes that could have easily been avoided with a careful manuscript read through!
Erik's peaceful life in Germany with his family is shattered when his wife, Anna, is captured by Loup, Raoul's bounty hunter. As in Leroux's book, Erik has only wanted to be loved for himself and to have a wife and family like any other man. Because of Anna and his children, Erik is able to keep the madness which lurks beneath the surface under control. How can Erik live without his beloved Anna? Knowing there is a price on his head, and that returning to Paris will place his two children in danger, Erik returns to France to find Anna and bring her home.
"Rondeau" is a very satisfying conclusion to the Madrigals trilogy. The "Erik" and "Daroga" of this series, and their interactions with each other, seem true to Leroux's original characters. Anna is a very likable, strong woman, and a perfect match for Erik. Raoul and Christine, likewise, seem perfectly matched.
I'm sorry to see the series end. The relationships between the children of Raoul and Erik are also very interesting, and worthy of another book. I would love to see what lies in their future.