Thesan has loved the stars since she was five. Now the Astronomy professor at Schola, she has a wonderful life full of teaching, research, and all the books and star charts she might ever want. However, her late nights and teaching obligations don’t allow for much of a personal life. Besides, most of the other teachers at Schola are decades older with their own passions and problems.
Isembard never expected to find himself as a teacher. A year ago, he agreed to teach Protective magics at Schola and act as bodyguard to two children of Council Members. He knows that he should be preparing to challenge for a Council seat himself, find a suitable wife, and produce children. Teaching at Schola means he can put those decisions off a little longer. Even better, Isembard is looking forward to the chance to catch up with his long-time mentor for the first time since the Great War.
Thesan and Isembard expect the school year to be the usual mix of teaching and projects, along with a rare upcoming solar eclipse. Instead, they find themselves dealing with a difficult new teacher bent on returning the school to the 1800s, students up to something mysterious and possibly dangerous, and the never-ending question of how to get their students to start thinking for themselves.
Eclipse is a friends to lovers romance full of astronomy, academic politics, the question of what makes a good teacher, unanticipated magic, student dramatic productions, and all the things an eclipse reveals. Set in 1924 and 1925 at a magical school off the coast of Wales, Eclipse is 110,000 words with a happily-ever-after ending.
A good teacher is always learning something new.
Every school year is different, and this one more than most. In 1924, Thesan and Isembard, teachers at Schola, think they know what to expect from the year. As well as teaching, student dramatics, and the rather unusual eclipse, they find themselves challenged by a new teacher with outdated ideas, students up to something mysterious, and the eternal challenge of getting their students to think for themselves.