The Matching is the second book in The Paper Duchess series, and continues the story of Maeve and the struggles of her new allies in the dystopian and oppressive city of Falside.
The Matching switches focus to two of the smaller characters from book 1, The Bottle Stopper, telling the story of Tale and Freda. Tale is the editor of Asteria, the resistance’s illegal newsletter, and Freda risks everything by arranging dangerous, and sometimes lethal, passage out of the city for desperate women. In The Matching, Tale and Freda find themselves to be the desperate women.
Designed and created by Ben Farrow, the cover once again features a miniature built and photographed by Ben. And here it is:
“There was a time when a girl’s wedding day was the happiest day of her life.”
In Falside, girls are a rare commodity; protected, controlled, and tracked by the administration. They spend their days idly waiting to be married off to the highest bidder.
When the marriage announcements include Tale’s lover, Freda, the women will do anything to stop the match from happening.
Their relationship is forbidden, and as members of the resistance, they’re already risking everything.
But as their attempts to stop the wedding fail, both women have to decide what they’re willing to sacrifice for love.
All going well, the ebook should be ready for release at the end of April/beginning of May, with the paperback version to follow a few weeks later.