Romancing the River Thames Related Information

Holiday on Thames, the newest creation from writers J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern, allows readers to vicariously experience quiet mornings, peaceful afternoons and idyllic evenings barging the British countryside. has teamed up with the Magna Carta luxury barge to produce the latest addition to its personalized romance novel series, a real page-turner titled Holiday on Thames.

“After cruising on the Magna Carta ourselves, Fletcher and I felt that this romantic river barge would be the ideal setting for our next novel, poised to target the Valentine’s Day market,” said Kathy Newbern. “Both the beautiful natural surroundings and the impressive history inspired us.”

With two decks featuring four luxurious staterooms, each averaging 200 square feet, the Magna Carta carries a maximum of eight passengers, making it a truly intimate experience. On the upper deck, passengers can relax on four Italian leather sofas and enjoy a fully stocked bar, library, a selection of games and a comprehensive CD collection. Exquisite dishes are delivered from the professional galley and are enjoyed in the adjacent fine dining area. Sunk within the upper level is a large, bubbling Jacuzzi, providing passengers with an oasis for complete relaxation.

A personalized novel allows readers to literally star in their own romance story. By filling out a simple online questionnaire, the starring couple assumes the roles of the book’s main characters. Personalizing the Magna Carta novel is a wonderful memento not only for guests who cruise on the barge, but also for those who have an interest in nautical history, as well as a flair for the dramatic. Plus, it’s instant armchair travel.

The novel comes in two flavors, saucy ‘wild’ or more sedate ‘mild’ in terms of the romantic interludes. The fastest way to order is via the internet by visiting During the ordering process, customers fill out a questionnaire, answering 26 simple questions such as the couple’s names, eye and hair color, nicknames, jobs, hometown, best friends, favorite perfume and favorite music. Those details are then inserted into the novel, so the starring couple read all about themselves down to the smallest details.’s offerings come in both paperback and hardback and average 160 pages. Paperbacks start at $49.95 plus shipping; hardbacks at $94.95. For a truly customized book, the company also offers the option of uploading a photo of the starring couple to be added to the book’s cover for an added fee. Books are priority shipped worldwide.

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