Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gardiner are two of the dearest characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. However, I believe they do not always have all the focus they deserve. Although, Nicole Clarkston has given them the attention they are worthy of. (If you have not read anything by her, you are missing something really good! Not Austen inspired, also Gaskell.)
I am glad to announce you that the blog tour of Nicole’s last book The Courtship of Edward Gardiner is starting tomorrow. A blog tour that will stop here at MVAW on the 15th November and you will be able to participate on the giveaway. On that post I will give you my honest and fair opinion of this homage to Elizabeth Bennet’s relatives. Below you have the dates and the places where this tour is going to take place. Do not miss any opportunities to enter the giveaways! To have a chance, you just need to comment on those posts. Reminder: this is not a post within the blog tour, it is a post to introduce the blog tour and the author if you do not know her.
Every great love has a beginning.
In Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, we meet with perhaps the most sensible, caring relatives a lovelorn young woman could hope for: Mr and Mrs Gardiner. What is their story?
Edward Gardiner has just been refused by the lovely young woman he had intended to make his wife. Heartbroken and eager for a diversion, he accepts an invitation from his brother-in-law, Thomas Bennet, to accompany him along with his two eldest daughters to the north on family business. Gardiner’s pleasure tour is interrupted, however, when his eldest niece falls ill and is unable to travel farther.
Stopping over in the scarcely remarkable village of Lambton, the men decide that Bennet must continue on, while Gardiner and the children remain. The only trouble is that Gardiner has not the least idea how he should care for one ailing niece and another who is ready to drive him to distraction… until he meets with Madeline Fairbanks.
Nicole Clarkston is the pen name of a very bashful writer who will not allow any of her family or friends to read what she writes. She grew up in Idaho on horseback, and if she could have figured out how to read a book at the same time, she would have. She initially pursued a degree in foreign languages and education, and then lost patience with it, switched her major, and changed schools. She now resides in Oregon with her husband of 15 years, 3 homeschooled kids, and a very worthless degree in Poultry Science (don’t ask).
Nicole discovered Jane Austen rather by guilt in her early thirties- how does any book worm really live that long without a little P&P? She has never looked back. A year or so later, during a major house renovation project (undertaken when her husband unsuspectingly left town for a few days) she discovered Elizabeth Gaskell and fell completely in love. Nicole’s books are her pitiful homage to two authors who have so deeply inspired her.
Buy Link: If you cannot wait to participate on the giveaways, go and buy it now!!
Blog Tour Schedule:
10/21: Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged
10/22: Review & Giveaway at Just Jane 1813
10/27: Review & Giveaway Savvy Verse & Wit
11/01: Excerpt & Giveaway at Half Agony, Half Hope
11/08: Guest Post & Giveaway So little time…
11/10: Review & Giveaway My Kids Led me Back to Pride and Prejudice
11/11: Guest Post & Giveaway at Babblings of a Bookworm
11/15: Review & Giveaway at My Vices and Weaknesses
11/17: Guest Post & Giveaway at A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life
11/26: Excerpt & Giveaway at Margie’s Must Reads
11/30: Review & Giveaway at Diary of an Eccentric
12/01: Guest Post & Giveaway at From Pemberley to Milton
Giveaway Info: Nicole Clarkston would like to offer one copy of The Courtship of Edward Gardiner on each stop of the blog tour (remember that this is not a stop on the blog tour). The format is readers’ choice (eBook or paperback) and is international. To participate you will have to comment on those posts.