Time is variable in the remarkable new novel Bertha's Journal: A Perfect Immelman Turn. In 2050, British newlyweds Jacqueline and Harry are rebuilding Thornfield Hall as their new home. They stumble upon a journal packed in salt that was written by a woman, presumed mad, named Bertha, who lived in the nineteenth century. As they begin to read her journal, their carriage is overturned and their driver killed. In another period and place, sometime after Queen Victoria's death, a student named Moksha takes the journal to her teacher Vedanta to read. Or is it possible they are writing it? Back in the future, Jacqueline and Harry read of Bertha's struggle to find her identity and her version of the events that led to the fire at Thornfield Hall, all of which is having a strange effect upon Jacqueline. Thornfield Hall possesses a history that increasingly threatens the couple's new married life. What secrets did a dead ancestor bury in her book? Inspired by Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Bertha's Journal is an inventive narrative that yields an intriguing look at one of literature's most fascinating characters.
A mother of five, Hermione Wilds was raised in Ham, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, and now resides in Shaftesbury, North Dorset. She is writing her next novel.