This summer, discover Love Suffers Long and is Kind

If you’ve been around Austen fan fiction, chances are you’ve heard something about Love Suffers Long and is Kind.

This ground-breaking ‘what-if’ story was five volumes long.

And readers ADORED it.

Or not.

But love it or hate it, they couldn’t help themselves. They had to keep reading!

“I was hers in honor if she wished it.” Really, Frederick?

Why on earth did we write so much? Simply for the joy of it.

Ah, the early days of discovering a talent! We wrote recklessly, like the wind.

Fast forward a few years. The work involved in issuing a series of ebooks — editing, joint publication, and coming up with the final sixth volume — conspired against us. So Susan Kaye and I have decided to make Love Suffers Long available once more, just as it was posted on our website.

You’ll laugh, cry, wring your hands…and fall in love!

It so happens that July 4th is our birthday. Thirteen years ago today Susan Kaye and I fired that devastating bow-chaser, the first of two years’ worth of weekly posts. Our premise was simple: we removed a key plot device of Jane’s, thus setting Persuasion—and a world of Austen fiction readers—on its ear.

It’s more of an experience than a story. Come and see.

Love Suffers Long and is Kind by Susan Kaye and Laura Hile.
Complete and unabridged and all for you. Enjoy!

Have you read Love Suffers Long? Care to share your thoughts?


6 thoughts on “This summer, discover Love Suffers Long and is Kind

  1. Laura Hile Post author

    Thinking about Love Suffers Long makes me smile. In part because of my very favorite hero, the ordinary Captain James Benwick … who is so much more than even he knows. And also because you’ll get to see the underpinnings of what would become Mercy’s Embrace.

    I also wince a little, too. Love Suffers Long represents my very first work in fiction. What I learned was a lot … and as you read you’ll see me do it.

    Susan Kaye wrote Captain Wentworth’s side of the story, and I handled Anne’s. I marvel at how well we combined our work.


  2. Laura Hile Post author

    It seemed like such a natural for the ebook market. But what we found, Gayle—or rather, what I found—was that the temptation to rewrite was everywhere! Overmastering! And this both magnified the task and brought oceans of self-condemnation. As I said, what I learned through writing Love Suffers Long was a lot. (For example, avoid flashbacks!)

    And who knew, in my eager editing, whether I was destroying my part of the story’s charm? Rendering it ‘plain vanilla’ for those who originally loved it as it was?

    This article from Kristine Kathryn Rusch, appropriately titled Perfection cinched it. No going back to “fix” published work, she says. Always move forward. Incorporate what you learn into the next book. Good advice.

    So now I’m off to Yellowstone. To see the bears and the geysers and the elk—and crowds? Oh yes. I’ll see you Monday.


  3. Gayle Mills

    Well if you took out Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie, or Chanticleer, then you went too far! LOL

    And I think charming is a good word for this story, although at time it was absolutely heart wrenching.

    I, too, read KKR’s article. It was excellent. Very good advice. I have been a fan of her blog for a long time.

    So many authors seem to be overreaching in an attempt to perfect their craft. If you lose your individual voice, what do you have to offer that’s interesting and different from the rest of what’s out there?


  4. Susan Kaye

    I have mixed emotions about LSL. It’s a great story as it is–if you can ignore the rooky writer mistakes and the mechanical errors galore–but it deserves to be written with the skill I have now as opposed to then. But, every story has it’s time and I think the story/skill opportunity is past.



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