Lunch & Lit with Jennifer Robson

Please join us for Lunch + Lit with Jennifer Robson to celebrate the launch of Coronation YearJennifer will be on hand to talk, answer questions, and sign books, as we enjoy an incredible lunch at Soby’s. Get your ticket today!


It is Coronation Year, 1953, and a new queen is about to be crowned. The people of London are in a mood to celebrate, none more so than the residents of the Blue Lion hotel.
Edie Howard, owner and operator of the floundering Blue Lion, has found the miracle she needs: on Coronation Day, Queen Elizabeth in her gold coach will pass by the hotel’s front door, allowing Edie to charge a fortune for rooms and, barring disaster, save her beloved home from financial ruin. Edie’s luck might just be turning, all thanks to a queen she is unlikely ever to meet. 

 Stella Donati, a young Italian photographer and Holocaust survivor, has come to live at the Blue Lion while she takes up a coveted position at Picture Weekly magazine. London in celebration mode feels like a different world to her. As she learns the ins and outs of her new profession, Stella discovers a purpose and direction that honor her past and bring hope for her future.


James Geddes, a war hero and gifted artist, has struggled to make his mark in a world that disdains his Indian ancestry. At the Blue Lion, though, he is made to feel welcome and worthy. Yet even as his friendship with Edie deepens, he begins to suspect that something is badly amiss at his new home.

When anonymous threats focused on Coronation Day, the Blue Lion, and even the queen herself disrupt their mood of happy optimism, Edie and her friends must race to uncover the truth, save their home, and expose those who seek to erase the joy and promise of Coronation Year.


An academic by background, a former editor by profession, and a lifelong history nerd, Jennifer is the author of seven novels set during and after the two world wars: Somewhere in FranceAfter the War is OverMoonlight Over ParisGoodnight from LondonThe Gown, Our Darkest Night, and Coronation Year. She was also a contributor to the acclaimed anthology Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War.

Jennifer was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. She studied French literature and Modern History as an undergraduate at King’s University College at Western University, then attended Saint Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, where she obtained my doctorate in British economic and social history. While at Oxford she was a Commonwealth Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow.

Jennifer lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and children, and shares her home office with Bonnie the puppy and her feline companions Sam and Mika.

  • Dates: April 6, 2023
  • Location: Soby's
  • Address: 207 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone:

    (864) 603-2412

  • Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
  • Price: $45