My new release is a retelling of the Pygmalion/My Fair Lady tale. In ancient Greek mythology, a sculptor, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his creations which then came to life. George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play was named after that mythological character, and later Pygmalion was transformed into the delightful musical we all know and love. Unless, of course, you despise musicals.
I enjoyed taking the basic elements of the story and giving them a spin to create something of my own. Hope readers will enjoy The Masterpiece and the little Easter eggs planted throughout the book.
Man about town Arthur Lawton spends his days pursuing entertainment while shoeshine Joe Sprat labors to better his family’s lives. When an argument about nature versus nurture sparks a wager, Arthur swears to a friend he can turn this working man into a gentleman who will pass at a society function.
Joe is happy to participate in the experiment for a fee but receives more than he bargained for after moving into Lawton’s house. Arthur is determined Joe won’t merely wear a veneer of sophistication but educates him in every way. As he creates his new and improved man, Arthur grows more deeply infatuated with him, while Joe falls equally hard for his charismatic mentor.
Underneath a growing friendship, desire simmers and one day explodes. After their relationship escalates, the pair exists in a dream bubble until the threat of exposure sharply reminds them they belong in different worlds. When the ball is over, each must resume his own life, changed by their encounter but destined for different courses.
Find out if love is strong enough to bridge the gap between peer and pauper in this twist on the tale of My Fair Lady.