Blog Tour “The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque” by Don Jacobson, excerpt, review and giveaway

Hello to all and I apologise about being MIA. My life since the end of March has been a roller coaster but it will soon be a bit calmer… I hope!

The important thing is that I am back to present you a great book, I have really loved it. Yes, this is a spoiler alert, so you can assume that you will see five stars below when you reach my review.

However, first things first. I want you to know a bit more about the book and the author and today I am glad to introduce Don Jacobson, author of today’s book: The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque.

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Don Jacobson Head Shot

Don Jacobson has written professionally for forty years.  His output has ranged from news and features to advertising, television and radio.  His work has been nominated for Emmys and other awards.  He has previously published five books, all non-fiction.  In 2016, he published the first volume of The Bennet Wardrobe SeriesThe Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Journey, novel that grew from two earlier novellas. The Exile is the second volume of The Bennet Wardrobe Series.  Other JAFF P&P Variations include the paired books “Of Fortune’s Reversal” and “The Maid and The Footman.” Jacobson holds an advanced degree in History with a speciality in American Foreign Relations.  As a college instructor, Don teaches United States History, World History, the History of Western Civilisation and Research Writing.

He is a member of JASNA-Puget Sound.  Likewise, Don is a member of the Austen Authors collective (see the internet, Facebook and Twitter).

He lives in the Seattle, WA area with his wife and co-author, Pam, a woman Ms. Austen would have been hard-pressed to categorise, and their rather assertive four-and-twenty pound cat, Bear.  Besides thoroughly immersing himself in the JAFF world, Don also enjoys cooking; dining out, fine wine and well-aged scotch whiskey.  

His other passion is cycling.  Most days from April through October will find him “putting in the miles” around the Seattle area (yes there are hills).  He has ridden several “centuries” (100 mile days).  Don is especially proud that he successfully completed the AIDS Ride—Midwest (500 miles from Minneapolis to Chicago) and the Make-A-Wish Miracle Ride (300 miles from Traverse City, MI to Brooklyn, MI).

Amazon Author Page        Goodreads Author Page      Twitter

As you can read and as normally happens with JAFF authors, they are “all-terrain” as we say in Spanish, they do so many things that I wonder how they manage to write so well and so much 😛

This time I will not add the blurb of the book, I prefer you to read about the book from the writer himself.

Don’s words and excerpt

The Bennet Wardrobe Series is an alternative history in the Jane Austen Universe. While the characters are familiar, I have endeavoured to provide each of them with an opportunity to grow into three-dimensional personalities, although not necessarily in the Regency period.  If they were shaped or stifled by the conventions of the period, the time-travelling powers of The Wardrobe helped solve their problems, make penance, and learn lessons by giving them a chance to escape that time frame, if only for a brief, life-changing interlude.

The Wardrobe underlines my conviction that each of these characters could enjoy fulfilling lives once they had overcome the inner demons holding them back.

Would it have been possible for them to do so staying on the Regency timeline?

Perhaps. However, something tickled my brain—maybe it was the intersection between my youthful fascination with speculative fiction and my mature appreciation of Austen and 19th Century fiction—that threw the idea of the Wardrobe up in front of me.  Now my protagonists could be immersed in different time frames beyond the Regency to learn that which they needed to learn in order to realise their potentials and in the process carry the eternal story of love and change forward to even the 21st Century.

Some Bennets will travel further and remain in the future longer than others. We may not be privy to accounts of all of the journeys they take. Rather, we may see whispers of those trips as they impact others.

Please enjoy this excerpt from The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque in which the Families discover that Miss Bennet has vanished from Matlock House.

Chapter XIX

Darcy House, Later that evening (July 4, 1891)

The noise level of chattering Cecils, Darcys and Fitzwilliams rose and fell much as the tide did on the beach by the House at Deauville. The discussion happily tended to be lighter than the bleak circumstances that had been bearing down on everyone in attendance. The family group was small and intimate: Eddie Darcy chaired the gathering from the head of the table in the small dining room with Ellie on his right and Lady Caroline and Lord John Cecil immediately to his left. Henry sat next to his sister and across from Lord John. Lady Elaine took over the mistress’ role and sat opposite Eddie.

All six looked up sharply when Mr. Hastings was interrupted by one of the footmen who purposefully strode over to the butler and whispered in his ear. Hastings’ eyebrows lifted as the message was passed. He nodded and dismissed his subordinate. At Darcy’s inquiring glance, the butler moved to his side. The two men stepped away from the table.

Within a few seconds, Darcy, a grim look on his now pale face, returned. In a worried voice he said, “We have just received an urgent message from Mrs. Brandon at Matlock House. It seems that Miss Bennet has gone missing.”

Five voices were clamoring for his attention all at once. Darcy held up a hand stopping the flow of questions.

“There is no indication about how long she has been gone. There is no news about what she may have done or, if she left the house, where she may have gone. All that the message said was that the entire house has been searched, and she is not to be found,” Darcy stated.

Henry threw his napkin on the table and rose from his seat, and, with the others following suit, called for his carriage to be brought around. In minutes, Darcy House was emptied of quality, leaving only worried servants to clean up the debris after yet another body blow dealt to the Five Families.

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Henry, Eddie and Lord John stood in the center of Matlock House’s Gold Parlor staring at the letter that had been discovered by Kitty’s lady’s maid, Letty. The distraught girl was sitting on one of the sofas being comforted by Ellie. Letty’s gulping sobs served as a fitting backdrop for the somber scene. Lady Elaine and Lady Caroline sat together on a matching loveseat, holding one another’s hands trying to overcome their worry…one for a near daughter, the other for a grandaunt who had become like a sister.

Cecil spoke to the other two men, “You know Miss Bennet better than me. Does this sound like something she would have done? To run off to the Continent and visit a school friend on the Mediterranean? How could she even have hoped to pay for such an excursion?”

Fitzwilliam snorted a humorless laugh, “Cecil, you have no idea. Kitty is certainly impulsive. But this sort of activity is far beyond anything any of us could have ever imagined that she would do. She certainly could afford it. She has 8,000 a year now that she is of age.

“But she would never do anything that would worry Mother or distress Ellie and Caroline. The three young ladies have been thick as thieves ever since Caro married you, Cecil.  I have to believe that, at the very least, she would have revealed some of her thinking to those two if she had been upset enough to run off.

“She has not breathed one word about doing anything this far out of bounds.

“What bothers me is, according to the maid, she has not taken one jot other than the clothes on her back.

“Kitty is very peculiar about her clothes. Once it goes into her wardrobe or changing room, she is an absolute Tartar about upkeep. Nothing is disposable as far as she is concerned. Letty has had to split a seam with her bare hands in front of Kitty to be permitted to retire a garment.

“On top of that, Kitty absolutely abhors loaning anything. I have seen Ellie and Kitty arguing about a pair of gloves that my sister wanted to borrow before a ball. I thought Kitty was going to demand that she make a blood oath promising to return the gloves immediately after the dance.”

Eddie Darcy chimed in, “While Kitty is as fond of romance and adventure as any young woman, I could never imagine her placing a toothbrush in her handbag, catching a train to Dover, and then hopping on a Channel ferry to Cherbourg.

“No, this is quite out of character.”

They turned their attention again to the letter. Henry walked over to Ellie and held the missive out to her asking if she agreed that this appeared to be Kitty’s handwriting.

Ellie sighed and took the note from his hand.

“As I said before.  The letter certainly looks as if Kitty wrote it. It appears to be in her hand.

“Yet, this just does not sound like a letter Kitty would write to me. There is nothing personal. No shorthand comments that would mean something to me and nobody else. This letter has been composed to be clearly understood whether I am reading it…or Mama…or you.

“And if she had been planning to visit Hermione de Secondat’s villa on the Côte d’Azur, she would not have spelled out the entire family name.

“Hermione was one of the girls who shared our suite at school.  While not as close as Kitty and I, she remains, none-the-less, a dear friend. Kitty never would have written anything more than ‘Hermione.’

“She probably would have referred to her as “Boots” because that was our nickname for her. She loved to wear her riding gear whenever she could avoid Matron.

“I could not prove it, but while this letter looks as if Kitty did write it, I would wager my next quarter’s allowance that she did not actually do so. I cannot prove that fact. Maybe somebody else can.

“What are we to do, Henry? I am worried that something truly awful has happened to Kitty.”

Fitzwilliam cleared his throat, his Managing Director of the Trust look transforming his features as he began speaking.

“Let us begin with the assumption that Kitty has voluntarily left and is travelling, as the note suggests, to Nice.  That would necessarily focus our efforts in one direction, which may be exactly what is desired. While I am not inclined to believe that Kitty would abandon us without a word, I cannot ignore this avenue of inquiry.

“We left the house around three o’clock. That means she could have as much as a five-hour head start.

“The most we could hope for is to try to catch her at Dover or Cherbourg. But I think that we may be out of luck as her lead is too large. We should still alert the police to be on the lookout there and then again in Paris.

“If she is actually on her way to Nice, she will have to catch le Train Bleu and then change again in Mâcon. We can have the police check the train and all of the intervening stations.

“Then we will send a telegram to Mlle de Secondat’s home in the south of France. Her parents should be able to confirm with your friend if she is aware of Kitty’s plans.

“However, taking Ellie’s sense that the letter was designed to be a convincing misdirection, we cannot ignore the possibility that there are some darker forces at play here.

“Darcy, Cecil and I will engage a squad of private detectives to seek to discover Miss Bennet’s movements since this afternoon.  Assuming that she was not actually spirited out of Matlock House, we must believe that she left of her own accord only to encounter someone who engineered her disappearance.

“I fear that we may learn little, and, until we receive some communication from her captors, we will be like blind men tapping our way around an unfamiliar drawing room.  This reasoning suggests that Miss Bennet is being held by those who have pretensions of being paid for her return.

“Another bleaker line we must consider is that attractive as she is with her blonde hair, she could have been the target of white slavers. If that is the case, we may never find her.”

All of the women gasped at this terrifying pronouncement. Then each person subsided into his or her own private brown study as another mournful shroud descended over the room, layering over the others already being borne by its occupants.

In the midst of this silence, Letty gasped, rose, and curtseyed to the silent aristocrats and hurried out of the room. She was gone for only a few minutes when she rushed back into the room bearing a large hatbox.

She breathlessly exclaimed, throwing all sense of position to the wind, “I found…this…just…outside the…servant’s hall. It must’ve been…forgotten in the entire hubbub…about Miss Bennet. Mr. Anderton…says that it…was delivered this…afternoon. For Miss Bennet. From Harrods!”

Review

What do you think? What about Don’s words introducing the book? What about the excerpt? Where’s Kitty?

I would like to start stating that I have loved everything that happens in this book and to its characters. Maybe a few of you are thinking something like “but Darcy and Elizabeth are not the protagonists” or maybe something like “Kitty is not my favourite Bennet sister” but I can promise that The Exile goes beyond those thoughts. Obviously Kitty is the main character but there is so much more. As you have read above, it is the last years of the 19th century and Kitty Bennet is on the story, she has travelled on time until the decade of the 1880s and you can imagine how difficult it can be. However, with help from family, every obstacle can be overcome.

The Five Families, although it looks more like a mafia title, shows all the traits, strengths and personalities of the people that we know so well from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The Five Families being: Fitzwilliams, Darcys, Bennets, Gardiners and Bingleys.

Don Jacobson creates like a parallel world, at least for me it has been something like that. I was reading about new characters or I was reading them but due to Don’s descriptions or the character’s words, I could see some of Austen’s characters reflected one way or another.

Kitty’s life in her new now has a bit of everything: self-discovery, friendship, misery, suffering, isolation, recovery and much more. I have really like the way she reflects in her life after some trauma that she experiences and how she matures. How she saw herself during her childhood, how her relationship with her sisters and parents was, etc.

I will not go on more detail about the events on Kitty’s life but I would like to mention some names: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Sherlock Holmes, Sigmund Freud, Winston Churchill…

As every good P&P JAFF book, we have a “Wickham”!! and semi-quoting Terminator: “he’ll be back”. He is a very dark and vengeful man.

5out5 stars

Time to Give Away

Don Jacobson is offering 8 ebooks of this great book!

To enter the giveaway, click here but please read the conditions below, not only to know the terms but also to know how to get extra entries 🙂

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented (which will be verified). If an entrant does not do so, that entry will be disqualified. Remember: Tweet and comment once daily to earn extra entries.

However, do not lose the opportunity to buy it for yourself or as a present, check the links below.

Amazon US         Amazon UK

If you prefer to start with the first book of the series, you can buy The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Journey.

Amazon US         Amazon UK

Blog Tour Schedule – what has been said and what is going to be said about The Exile:

06/15   From Pemberley to Milton Guest Post, GA

06/16   My Jane Austen Book Club Guest Post, Excerpt, GA

06/17   Just Jane 1813  Review, Excerpt, GA

06/19   Diary of an Eccentric Excerpt, GA

06/20   Savvy Verse and Wit Guest Post, GA

06/21   Darcyholic Diversions Author Interview, GA

06/22   My Vices and Weaknesses Review, Excerpt, GA

06/23   Babblings of a Bookworm Character Interview, GA

06/24   A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life Guest Post

06/25   My Love for Jane Austen Vignette, GA

06/26   Interests of a Jane Austen Girl Review, Excerpt, GA

06/27   So little time… Guest Post, GA

06/28   Laughing With Lizzie Guest Post or Vignette, Excerpt, GA

BLOG TOUR of “My Mr. Darcy and Your Mr. Bingley” by Linda Beutler – Excerpt, Interview and Giveaway

“He is not my Mr Bingley”… well apparently he may be 😉

Hello to all! I am very glad to introduce you Linda Beutler’s latest book My Mr. Darcy and Your Mr. Bingley. For the first time I am not doing a review for a blog tour and I am very excited as I am going to share with you a great excerpt and a lovely and fun interview with one of the most beloved characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, although taken from Linda’s book… none other than Colonel Fitzwilliam.

In the past few weeks my life has done a considerable change (more about it at some point) and I have barely had time to read at all. So instead of worry or fret about it, I decided not to rush and read this book in order to give you a few of my questions to pick your curiosity. I have read the first stops of this tour and I am sure I will really enjoy this book and I highly recommend it. When I read it, be sure that I will review it!! (you are warned!!)

Have a look at the cover and back cover with a nice blurb, but please, keep reading below the excerpt that changes a lot after Colonel Fitzwilliam tells Elizabeth that Darcy is a “great friend” after rescuing Bingley.

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You can buy this lovely book here: Amazon US   Amazon UK

Here you have Linda introducing the excerpt, enjoy!!

Hi, Ana! Good morning and thank you, and your readers, for hosting a stop on the My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingley blog tour! It is a pleasure to explore facets of the story a bit more in-depth. If you don’t mind, I thought I would interview everyone’s favorite colonel, Alexander Fitzwilliam (I swim against the time calling him anything but Richard, but my BFF nearly swooned in appreciation when I first suggested the name, and that’s endorsement enough for me!).

We’ll start with a snippet from the scene that takes place after he has walked with Elizabeth Bennet and inadvertently revealed Darcy’s hand in separating Bingley and Jane, which Elizabeth already suspected, as in canon. But unlike the original, in this story Elizabeth confronts the colonel on what he’s said.

From Chapter 12, entitled Colonel Fitzwilliam’s Advice

“Darcy…” The colonel rapped on his cousin’s dressing room door and entered before admission was granted. The sight before him would have been amusing under other circumstances. Darcy and his man were regarding two waistcoats hung side by side on two coat racks. The gravity of their study was unbroken by the entrance of Darcy’s cousin, except for the bow of the valet.

“Ah…Alex, which do you think Elizabeth Bennet might prefer? Has she expressed a favourite colour to you?”

The colonel was sorry for the necessity of crushing Darcy’s hopes. “I believe you could wear a Russian bear jacket and a moss merkin, and Miss Elizabeth would take no notice.”

Darcy turned in surprise. His valet quickly withdrew.

“Whatever do you mean?”

“I mean she does not like you.” The colonel decided a mortal blow was required. “No, I am not putting a sufficiently fine point on it. She loathes you and believes you do not care for her.”

Darcy barked a surprised laugh. “However would you know?”

“I have just been walking with her and thought it vital you know the truth before they arrive here or before you say something foolish.”

“You think I would offer for her?”

“You might.”

Darcy paused. “You have the right of it. I should not, but I might.” He smiled.

“Darcy…”—the colonel sighed—“did you not hear? She detests you. You have insulted her without apparent regret or apology.”

Darcy shrugged with a chuckle. “No, no… she and I have laughed about that.”

“Did you laugh, or did she?”

Darcy faltered and frowned slightly. “Splitting hairs.” He did remember her tone might have been called mocking whenever she mentioned being tempting or tolerable. But she had done it more than once, and she came near enough to mentioning his remarks at the assembly in front of Alex.

“And what of her sister? You might have mentioned that the plight from which you rescued Bingley had a name: Miss Jane Bennet.”

Darcy huffed. “For which I have apologised to the lady. I cannot think why she has not told Elizabeth or why her aunt in London has not written of it, but I can hardly boast of it myself!”

“Ha! Well, you bloody well might have told me! I could have boasted on your behalf, rare enough though that opportunity proves to be.” The colonel ran a hand through his hair. “Here I thought I was doing you a service by singing your praises for loyalty. It would help your standing enormously to admit you have tried to make amends. Was the apology not accepted?”

“The Gardiners dined at Darcy House, and Mrs. Gardiner related that Jane had written of her appreciation of my candour and would do all in her power to restore Bingley’s friendship.”

“Gardiner? Her family in town?” The colonel stared. This is a coincidence too great. Could they be my Gardiners? Surely not…Gardiner is a common enough name. The colonel turned away, pacing in the small room. After a moment, he began again. “She believes you disapprove of her family and finds your feelings offensive. She has caught you staring at her—you do, you know—and she assumes it is with the same sentiment that found her displeasing when you met. She believes you stare because you marvel at her faults.”

“By all the gods…” Darcy muttered, at last absorbing what his cousin was attempting to convey. He looked at him with a share of diffidence. “I…I want nothing more than to…” He did not speak aloud what he wished to do when Elizabeth Bennet was Mrs. Darcy. He said instead, “She makes me happy.”

“And I am telling you, you do not make her happy.”

What do you think? I have so many different feelings: “ohhh poor Darcy!”; “-you might? -who do you think you are?”; “she makes you happy *swoon*”; “jealous again of your cousin?, c’mon”, etc… Yes, my mind was a bit crazy but I really enjoyed this excerpt.

Let me introduce you to the author: Linda Beutler.

Linda Beutler’s professional life is spent in a garden, an organic garden housing America’s foremost public collection of clematis vines and a host of fabulous companion plants. Her home life reveals a more personal garden, still full of clematis, but also antique roses and vintage perennials planted around and over a 1907 cottage. But one Me by Kelley scan never have enough of gardening, so in 2011 she began cultivating a weedy patch of Jane Austen Fan Fiction ideas. The first of these to ripen was The Red Chrysanthemum (Meryton Press, 2013), which won a silver IPPY for romance writing in 2014. You might put this down as beginner’s luck—Linda certainly does. The next harvest brought Longbourn to London (Meryton Press, 2014), known widely as “the [too] sexy one”. In 2015 Meryton Press published the bestseller A Will of Iron, a macabre rom-com based on the surprising journals of Anne de Bourgh.

Now, after a year-long break in JAFF writing to produce Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis (Timber Press, 2016)—the third in a bouquet of books on gardening—we have My Mr. Darcy and Your Mr. Bingley bursting into bloom.

Follow her on:

Twitter: @oregonclematis

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Wandering Pemberley’s Gardens

After knowing a bit more about her, I will leave you with her interview with her Colonel Fitzwilliam from My Mr. Darcy and Your Mr. Bingley.

I went for a walk with Colonel Alexander Lancelot Fitzwilliam at dusk, along the Willamette River. He was most favorably impressed with motorcars, and I had to pull him away from a large parking lot for a dog exercise area. Men!

LB: So tell me, Colonel, it must have been quite a shock for Elizabeth Bennet to jump down your throat and dance on your liver when you mentioned Darcy’s role in Bingley’s affairs!

CALF: Interestingly put, madam.

LB: Please! No need to be so formal, do call me Dear Author…

CALF (coughs into his hand): Ahem…yes. Well. To your home question, yes, I was taken aback to be outflanked by the typical Darcy reticence. He might have told me for once. But I confess the scene is rarely written with my being confronted. It was indeed a surprise.

LB: There is a great deal of conjecture in the JAFF world about your intentions toward Elizabeth Bennet.

CALF: Is there. (Quite clearly spoken as a statement, not a question.)

LB: This is your chance to confess, or set the record straight.

CALF: I leave it for your imagination. I could not possibly comment.

LB (a trifle huffy at the House of Cards reference): Yes, Andrew Davies wrote that line, too. I don’t recall writing you as such a prig!

CALF (looks crestfallen): My apologies. You see, it is simply that I feel I have no serious influence over Darcy. He can be so stubbornly blind.

LB: Perhaps he’s grown too used to being chased; he always assumes he’s wanted, and doesn’t see outside the bubble he has created for himself.

CALF (warming to the topic): Bubbles burst. Why do I protect him?

LB (laughing): Hey! Let me ask the questions!

CALF: You wrote the story, woman! It is a legitimate question.

LB (I take his arm, patting it, or perhaps petting it…) There, there. I could give you any number of motivations: he’s like the little brother you never had, you feel sorry for his family losses, you think Elizabeth suitable for him and don’t want to see him hurt.

CALF: Just say it. I’m a lousy wing adjutant.

LB (I stare): Nonsense. Well, maybe. But what about you—does Darcy ever act as “wing adjutant” for you?

CALF: I do not have the pleasure of understanding you. Do you mean does he run interference between me and romantic disaster? I give him no cause.

LB (shrugging): True enough; you are usually not given much of a love life, poor dear.

CALF (crossing himself): Blessings on Miss Austen for not including me in her epilogue. You modern authors so often foist me off on my cousin Anne, or worse, Georgiana! (He shivers.)

LB (patting his arm reassuringly): No worries with me, sir. In My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingley there is a surprise in store for you, and I do not mean a relative!

We stop and he stares at me for a long moment. A faint smile begins with his eyes, the crow’s feet deepening.

CALF: You don’t mean…

LB (smiling): I shall leave you to your imagination, Colonel. I could not possibly comment!

And so we wander along the paths to Oaks Park and Oaks Bottom, him guessing and me never saying! He’ll find out his happy ending when your readers do! Thank you, Ana Darcy, for suggesting I spend some time with a man who definitely grows more handsome upon acquaintance!

Linda, yes, he is handsome and charming but my soft spot is still for Darcy 😉 I cannot wait to read about his happy ending and I can promise my readers that I will tease them unmercifully once I am reviewing the book. Thank you very much, Linda, for sharing so much with us. It has been a pleasure to discover and present a book to my readers before reading the book, it is a new way for me to learn about a book: following the stops on the blog and reading about it from someone else’s eyes is certainly very enjoyable.

You can buy this lovely book here: Amazon US   Amazon UK

TIME TO GIVE AWAY

Linda is giving away 8 ebooks during the blog tour. To participate you need to go to the link below. Check the terms and conditions below the link as well. Good luck!

Rafflecopter – My Mr. Darcy and Your Mr. Bingley

Terms and Conditions: Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post that has a giveaway attached for the tour. (1 comment/blog post) Entrants should provide the name of the blog where they commented (which will be verified). You may enter once by following the author on twitter and once by following the author on Facebook.

Remember, tweet daily and comment once per post with a giveaway to earn extra entries. 

Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter.

**NOTE: Ebook copies are available for 8 winners and the giveaway is international! 8 eBooks will be given away to 8 different winners.**

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

Check the previous stops and keep following the tour.

5 April  My Jane Austen Book Club; Vignette, GiveawayMMDnYMB Blog Tour Banner V

6 April  So little time…; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

7 April  Half Agony, Half Hope; Vignette

8 April  Obsessed with Mr. Darcy; Review, Giveaway

  9 April  My Vices and Weaknesses; Character Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway

10 April  Austenesque Reviews; Vignette, Giveaway

11 April  Tomorrow is Another Day; Review, Giveaway

12 April  Savvy Verse and Wit; Guest Post, Giveaway 

13 April  Just Jane 1813; Review, Giveaway

14 April  A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life; Guest Post

15 April  Interests of a Jane Austen Girl; Character Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway

17 April  From Pemberley to Milton; Review, Giveaway

18 April  Diary of an Eccentric; Review, Giveaway

19 April  Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, Giveaway

20 April  Babblings of a Bookworm; Vignette, Giveaway

WINNERS of “Mistress” by Sophie Turner

Thank you very much, Sophie Turner for having me on your blog tour and presenting my readers with two copies of your last book.

Now I would like to present the two winners chosen through random.org who will get one e-book copy of Mistress:

Oolore

DarcyBennet

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Congratulations ladies, I will send your details to Sophie asap.

 

“The Darcy Monologues” is here, check the cover and more! + Giveaway

Yes, I know, we were waiting for this to happen for a few months but it is here now!! You are going to discover the cover of this amazing set of stories from Mr Darcy’s point of view.

The Cover

Christina Boyd, the editor of The Darcy Monologues has some insight to share with us about the cover:

The amazing cover art is the genius of Shari Ryan of MadHat Books. She took the cover concept and created exactly as I envisioned. Shari professionally, quickly, and concisely handled my countless questions, suggestions, and “just one more tweak” in the challenging format of the print interior—even had a special script code written to make it happen. And then when the original concept had to be scrapped because of the print-on-demand company’s limitations that were beyond our control (long, convoluted story only to be shared over strong cocktails), Shari AGAIN created the present cover and interior for both print and e-book. I could not recommend her expertise more!

Multi-talented author Beau North designed the individual fantastic short story graphics for our social media promotions. I think each gives a lovely overall feel for each story. And the color concept I think works well with #TheDarcyMonologues branding, too!

Yes, again,I know, I am delaying the reveal… but here you have!!

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What do you think? that look? those lips? that cravat? that bit of beard? I have to say that I love the contrast of colours as well.

Pre-Order link of The Darcy Monologues (amazon.com)

Pre-Order Link of The Darcy Monologues (amazon.co.uk)

Book Description

 The book blurb reads as follows:

“You must allow me to tell you…”

 For over two hundred years, Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy has captivated readers’ imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is established through Elizabeth Bennet’s fine eyes, how are we to know what his tortured soul is indeed thinking? How does Darcy progress from “She is tolerable: but not handsome enough to tempt me” to “I thought only of you”? 

 In this romance anthology, fifteen Austen-inspired authors assemble to sketch Darcy’s character through a series of re-imaginings, set in the Regency through contemporary times—from faithful narratives to the fanciful. Herein “The Darcy Monologues”, the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts, his passionate dreams, and his journey to love—all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm. 

 Stories by: Susan Adriani, Sara Angelini, Karen M. Cox, J. Marie Croft, Jan Hahn, Jenetta James, Lory LilianKaraLynne Mackrory, Beau North, Ruth Phillips Oakland, Natalie Richards, Sophia Rose, Melanie Stanford, Joana Starnes, and Caitlin Williams.

Pre-Order link of The Darcy Monologues (amazon.com)

Pre-Order Link of The Darcy Monologues (amazon.co.uk)

KaraLynne Mackrory and all the authors

A lovely author who has written a very interesting story on The Darcy Monologues. Check this out:

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KaraLynne Mackrory is no newbie to the writing world. She made her debut as an author at the tender age of 13 when she wrote her first set of bad poetry. As a young adult, she steered clear of bad prose and achieved a degree in social work. Years later, she has published four Austen inspired novels so full of romantic sensibilities as to give you a swoon and hopefully a few laughs. Her books turned out better than her poetry and are: Falling for Mr. Darcy, Bluebells in the Mourning, the IPPY award-winning Haunting Mr. Darcy, and Yours Forevermore, Darcy.

Follow KaraLynne on Blog   Goodreads   Amazon.com   Amazon UK   Facebook   Twitter

KaraLynne is one of the fifteen authors who have written one of the monologues, let me give you some information about the rest of the authors:

  • Formally trained as a fine artist and illustrator, Susan Adriani discovered her passion for storytelling over a decade after she graduated from a local art college near her childhood home in New England. Susan is the author of The Truth about Mr. Darcy and Darkness Falls upon Pemberley.
  •  Sara Angelini is a lawyer living in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, three kids, two dogs, a frog, some fish, and a few hundred stick bugs. She never went to veterinary school but if she had, she would have been a true proficient. She enjoys writing from Darcy’s point of view in a way that shows his humor and vulnerability. Her first book, The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy, was published in 2008. She is the co-founder of http://www.austenunderground.com, where her other Pride and Prejudice-inspired works can be read.
  • Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of four novels accented with romance and history: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, At the Edge of the Sea, and Undeceived. She also wrote “Northanger Revisited 2015”, which appeared in the anthology Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer. Originally from Everett, Washington, Karen now lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter. Like Austen’s Emma, Karen has many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but like Elizabeth Bennet, she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker.
  • J. Marie Croft is a self-proclaimed word nerd and adherent of Jane Austen’s quote “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.’ Bearing witness to her fondness for Pride and Prejudice, wordplay, and laughter are Joanne’s light-hearted novel, Love at First Slight, a Babblings of a Bookworm Favourite Read of 2014, her humorous short story, “Spyglasses and Sunburns,” in the Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer anthology, and a playful novella, A Little Whimsical in His Civilities, Just Jane 1813’s Favorite JAFF Novella of 2016.
  • Award-winning writer Jan Hahn is the author of four Austen-inspired novels. She studied music at the University of Texas but discovered her true love was a combination of journalism and literature. Her first book, An Arranged Marriage, was published in 2011, followed by The Journey, The Secret Betrothal, and A Peculiar Connection. She agrees with Mr. Darcy’s words in Pride and Prejudice: “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, lives in Texas, has five children and a gaggle of gorgeous grandchildren.
  • Jenetta James is a mother, lawyer, writer, and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practices full time as a barrister. Over the years, she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego. She is the author of Suddenly Mrs. Darcy and The Elizabeth Papers.
  • Lory Lilian fell in love with Pride and Prejudice thirty-three years ago and discovered the charm of Jane Austen fanfiction exactly twenty years later. She lives in Bucharest, Romania, is a proud mother of an amazing daughter, and addicted to anything Austen. After a career in business, she dedicates her time to reading and writing. Lory is the author of six bestselling books: Rainy Days, Remembrances of the Past, His Uncle’s Favorite, The Perfect Match, Sketching Mr. Darcy, The Rainbow Promise, and A Man with Faults. JAFF readers call her the “Queen of Hot Mush” and she loves it.
  • Beau North is the author of Longbourn’s Songbird, The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and a contributor to the anthology Then Comes Winter. Beau is a native southerner who now calls Portland, Oregon home with her husband and two cats. She attended the University of South Carolina where she began a lifelong obsession with literature. In her spare time, Beau is the co-host of the podcast Excessively Diverted: Modern Austen Onscreen.
  • Mild-mannered business woman by day, hopeless romantic by night, Ruth Phillips Oakland was always a fan of the fictional gentleman from Derbyshire, but it was her discovery of Jane Austen fanfiction in 2006 that inspired Ruth to become a writer. Ruth has written dozens of short stories posted online and the published novel entitled, My BFF. Ruth lives in New England with her favourite husband of over thirty years and is thrilled to be included in this anthology with so many of her favourite authors and friends.
  • Natalie Richards is a writer, blogger, and singer. She started her book review blog, Songs & Stories, in late 2010 after falling in love with Jane Austen fanfiction. Her writing can also be found on Figment, the Darcy & Lizzy Forum, TeenInk Magazine, and in the Austenesque anthologies Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer and Then Comes Winter. She resides with her family in the Oregon countryside and currently works as a waitress and babysitter.
  • Sophia Rose is a native Californian currently residing in Michigan. A long-time Jane Austen fan, she is a contributing author to Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer and Then Comes Winter anthologies. Sophia’s love for writing began as a teen writing humorous stories submitted for creative writing class and high school writing club. Writing was set aside while Sophia pursued degrees and certificates in education, special education, family history, and social work leading to a rewarding career. Health issues led to reduced work hours and an opportunity to read, beta, and review books, and return to writing stories that lean toward the humorous side and always end with a happily ever after.
  • Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives in Canada with her husband and four kids. She is the author of SWAY, a retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and the short story “Becoming Fanny” featured in the anthology Then Comes Winter. Her second novel, Collide, inspired by Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, is coming soon. You can find her at melaniestanfordbooks.com, on Twitter @MelMStanford, and on Facebook @ MelanieStanfordauthor.
  • Joana Starnes lives in the south of England with her family. Over the years, she has swapped several hats—physician, lecturer, clinical data analyst—but feels most comfortable in a bonnet. She has been living in Georgian England for decades in her imagination and plans to continue in that vein till she lays hands on a time machine. She is the author of seven Austen-inspired novels: From This Day Forward ~ The Darcys of Pemberley, The Subsequent Proposal, The Second Chance, The Falmouth Connection, The Unthinkable Triangle, Miss Darcy’s Companion, and Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter. You can connect with Joana through her website http://www.joanastarnes.co.uk/ and on Facebook via All Roads Lead to Pemberley.
  • Caitlin Williams is an award-winning author of two novels, Ardently and the best-selling The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, both of which spin the plot of Pride and Prejudice around but keep the characters just the same. Originally from South London, Caitlin spent thirteen years as a detective in the Metropolitan Police but is currently on a break from Scotland Yard so she can spend more time at home with her two children and write. She now lives in Kent, where she spends a lot of time daydreaming about Mr. Darcy, playing with dinosaurs, and trying not to look at the laundry pile.

* Christina Boyd wears many hats as she is an editor under her own banner The Quill Ink, a contributor to Austenprose, and a ceramicist and proprietor of Stir Crazy Mama’s Artworks. A life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Christina lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her dear Mr. B, two busy teenagers, and a retriever named BiBi. Visiting Jane Austen’s England was made possible by her book boyfriend and star crush Henry Cavill when she won a trip to meet him on the London Eye in the spring of 2017.

Time to Give Away

2 winners for 2 prizes

These giveaways will take place from March 27 – April 21, 2017. Both giveaways are international.

Both winners will be announced on April 22nd, 2017.

1) One winner will be selected to win a Kindle Fire with Alexa, and a 7” display.

All entries will be entered through the Rafflecopter links shown below:

Rafflecopter – The Darcy Monologues

2) The second giveaway is for a $25.00 Etsy gift card.

How to participate on this second giveaway?? Read carefully:

To enter this giveaway, readers will create a Pinterest Board named The Darcy Monologues and post all fifteen story images from the cover reveals, one per each author included in the anthology, and Tweet the board on Twitter. The Tweet must include the hashtag, #TheDarcyMonologues.

Pre-Order link of The Darcy Monologues (amazon.com)

Pre-Order Link of The Darcy Monologues (amazon.co.uk)

The Darcy Monologues Blog Tour Schedule

Very soon the tour starts and you cannot miss anything!!

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April 3 / My Jane Austen Book Club / Launch Post & Giveaway

April 10 / Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Review & Giveaway

April 17 / The Reading Frenzy / Guest Post & Giveaway

April 20 / My Love for Jane Austen / Guest Post & Giveaway

April 24 / Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review & Giveaway

May 1 / From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway

May 8 / Just Jane 1813 / Book Excerpt & Giveaway

May 15 / Austenesque Reviews / Book Review & Giveaway

May 22 / Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post & Giveaway

May 25 / Of Pens and Pages / Book Review & Giveaway

May 29 / More Agreeably Engaged / Book Review & Giveaway

June 5 / So Little Time / Book Excerpt & Giveaway

June 12 / Diary of an Eccentric/ Book Review & Giveaway

June 19 / Book Lover in Florida / Book Excerpt & Giveaway

June 26 / My Vices and Weaknesses / Book Review & Giveaway

July 3 / Savvy Verse & Wit / Book Review & Giveaway

Blog Tour “Mistress” by Sophia Turner + Giveaway

The title may be a bit like “whaaaaaaaaaaaat?” but it is not exactly what you think even if you can read on the cover “A Pride and Prejudice variation, with parts not suitable for those who have not reached their majority”. Said that, in case someone does not believe that note, be aware that, yes, there are sexual encounters between our protagonists.

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I would like to introduce the author of Mistress, Sophie Turner:

Sophie Turner worked as an online editor before delving even more fully into the tech world. Writing, researching the Regency era, and occasionally dreaming about living in Britain are her escapes from her day job.Sophie Turner

 She was afraid of long series until she ventured upon Patrick O’Brian’s 20-book Aubrey-Maturin masterpiece, something she might have repeated five times through.

 Alas, her Constant Love series is only planned to be seven books right now, and consists of A Constant Love, A Change of Legacies, and the in-progress A Season Lost.

 She blogs about her writing endeavours at sophie-turner-acl.blogspot.com, where readers can find direction for the various social drawing-rooms across the Internet where she may be called upon.

Follow Sophie here:

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Review

Mr. Bennet dies and then Collins is proposing to Elizabeth within the hour. She marries him, she does not have any other alternative because it is the day after the ball at Netherfield and Mr. Bingley has left the area. Elizabeth’s suffering is great indeed in every aspect of her life when married to Mr. Collins.

Darcy was far too late, or to be true, the wedding was far too soon. He has decided to be miserable because he will never love anyone else. However, fate can give you a second chance but not an easy one.

Collins dies and Elizabeth is free and Mistress of Longbourn. She does not need to worry more and she can heal her wounds now. Jane is married Bingley after all but he was a bit too late to save Lizzy.

Darcy goes back to Netherfield and he is a much in love as he was several years ago, he is still single, he cannot think about anyone else. But!! Elizabeth did not have a great opinion of him and it is not going to change easily unless he does something. He tries to help her with her state, giving advise, helping with some tenants, etc. They start a nice friendship but not everything is rainbows and butterflies even when friendship and esteem is on the way to… something more?

Elizabeth does not want to marry again, she suffered too much as a wife, especially the bed duties of a wife and she refuses to try again. However the heart is capricious and love is not rational.

After some time and after both of them have the same heart, Darcy proposes and she tells him a bit more about her marriage to Collins (she confides in him with bits and pieces during their friendship too) and why she will not marry him even if she loves him.

He is devastated, he proposes a “celibate” marriage because he cannot live without her, she refuses but eventually they reach a deal… she will be her mistress once and only once.

A lot happens next but I will not tell you more but just for you to know… spoiler alert!! there is a happy ending but… is it a celibate marriage? can Elizabeth have children because after three years with Collins she was never pregnant? can Darcy be trusted to have her once and that is? can Darcy make her trust him?

I have enjoyed this story and although on the title says that it is not for underage, I have to point out that there are a couple of words that I found a bit tasteless. I can read erotic descriptions and these ones are ok apart from the use of two words to name the male organ that I believe could have been avoided. However generally speaking the story is really good and shows Elizabeth and Darcy in a different light.

4out5 stars

Spotify Playlist

How is it to have a playlist for a book!!?? Sophia has created one for Mistress.

Click here to listen to the playlist.

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Two e-books!! Sophie Turner is giving away two e-books here at My Vices and Weaknesses!!

If you want to participate, leave a comment about my review or the spotify list or ask any questions about the book. If you would like to have more than one entry, share this post and copy the link in the comments (one a day). Last day to accept entries: 1st April 2017 at 11.59pm (GMT)

Leave your email address as well.

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Blog Tour Schedule

March 18 / My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway

March 19 / Of Pens & Pages/Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

MistressBlogTour2March 20 / Margie’s Must Reads /Book Review & Giveaway

March 21 / More Agreeably Engaged/Author Spotlight & Giveaway

March 22 / A Lady’s Imagination / Guest Post & Giveaway

March 23 / Just Jane 1813/Guest Post & Giveaway

March 24 / Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway

March 25 / My Love for Jane Austen/Excerpt Post & Giveaway

March 26 / My Vices and Weaknesses/Book Review & Giveaway

March 27 / So Little Time…/Excerpt Post & Giveaway

March 28 / Babblings of a Bookworm/ Guest Post & Giveaway

March 29 / From Pemberley to Milton / Vignette Post & Giveaway

Blog Tour “Caroline” by Sue Barr + Giveaway

Miss Caroline Bingley, our protagonist today. Hated by most, liked by a few. In Sue Barr’s Caroline you can discover a new Caroline…

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Let me introduce the author before I give you my opinion of the book.

Sue Barr

Sue Barr resides in beautiful Southwestern Ontario with her retired Air Force hubby, two sons and their families. She’s also an indentured servant to three cats and has been known to rescue a kitten or two, or three…in an attempt to keep her ‘cat-lady-in-training’ status current. Although, she has deviated from appointed path and rescued a few dogs as well.

Sue is a member of Romance Writers of America and their affiliate chapter, Love, Hope and Faith as well as American Christian Fiction Writers.

For more information about her other books, visit her website: http://www.suebarrauthor.com/. You can also follow her on:

Facebook     Twitter     Goodreads    Pinterest   Sue Barr’s Blog

Review

Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley are engaged to two Miss Bennets and Caroline Bingley could not be more angry, disappointed and lost. Even after seeing the attraction that Darcy had towards “dear Eliza” or how happy his brother seemed with “dear Jane”, she kept thinking about herself and how she will conquer Darcy and become the next mistress of Pemberley. However, now everything is lost to her and she is lost.

I have a nickname for this book: “the penny dropper”. Caroline acts like a child and her brother explains very clearly what will happen if she dares to damage his relationship again.

In this book we read how her understanding of the world comes around. She still wishes to become a lady and get a rich husband and be an important part of society but maybe her feelings about that are not her only drive.

Caroline has never been in love before and therefore she does not understand how her body and her mind acts when she meets Lord Nathan.

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Lord Nathan is not exactly what he appears to be. he used to be a rake but now he is quite the opposite but at the beginning Caroline does not know. Their attraction is mutual but also their stubbornness and their different ways of finding happiness. They will evolve into new characters, the evolution is greater in Caroline but Lord Nathan with his faith will also have to realise what God has put in front of him and how his life outside the ton can be seen as a non-appealing one by Caroline.

So, can you see a nice Caroline? Can you believe that she will change completely? Do you think she is capable of love? What would you do if a new acquaintance is always following you thinking that you are about to do the worst? What if everything is misunderstanding? What is your “worst enemy” (Elizabeth Bennet) is your only person to ask for advise? What if love is more powerful than society but then you are actually rewarded?

4out5 stars

Here you have the links to buy this book, you may be surprised with this Caroline.

Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon CA   Amazon AU

Time to Give Away

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Three winners will receive a paperback copy of “Caroline” and a Jane Austen Journal and three separate winners will receive an ebook copy of this book. (All giveaways are open to international winners.) Click on the link below:

Giveaway of “Caroline” by Sue Barr

Tour schedule

Follow all the different entries already posted and more to come here:

Caroline Ver Final Banner (1) copyMarch 12 / My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway

March 13/ From Pemberley to Milton/ Book Review & Excerpt & Giveaway

March 14/ More Agreeably Engaged/Author Spotlight & Giveaway

March 16/ Just Jane 1813/ Guest Post & Giveaway

March 17/ Babblings of a Bookworm/ Vignette Post & Giveaway

March 18/ My Love for Jane Austen/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway

March 19/ Margie’s Must Reads Excerpt Post & Giveaway

March 20/ Austenesque Reviews/ Guest Post & Giveaway

March 21/ My Vices and Weaknesses/ Book Review & Giveaway

March 22 / Savvy Verse & Wit/ Guest Post & Giveaway

March 23 /Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway

March 24/ So Little Time…/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway

March 25/ Obsessed with Mr. Darcy/ Book Review & Giveaway

March 26/ Of Pens & Pages/ Book Review & Giveaway

“Darcy’s Hope”: double review and giveaway by Ginger Monette

Welcome to one of the stops on the blog tour of Darcy’s Hope at Downwell Abbey. This is the second book of Darcy’s Hope. It could be read as a stand-alone book but I highly recommend you to read first Darcy’s Hope: Beauty from Ashes as you may not understand some parts.

In such a lovely day as it is today, Saint Valentine’s Day, I am happy to share the love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, this time in the context of the Great War or WW1.

I will review both books in this post and I can promise you that they are a great read. It is the first time I have read JAFF where Darcy and Lizzy are in this history moment of the 20th century and it has been very interesting and not only from the point of view of the love story. Please follow all the stops of this blog tour as you can find really good posts and different reviews that will reveal more details, you can see the schedule at the bottom of this post.

First of all, let me introduce you the author: Ginger Monette.3.1 Headshot .jpg

Winner of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s 2015 “Picture This” grand prize, Ginger lives with her family in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she enjoys dancing on the treadmill, watching period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.

Follow Ginger Monette on her Website, Facebook, Goodreads ot Twitter.

My review: DARCY’S HOPE: BEAUTY FROM ASHES

Sorry to start with a tiny spoiler but our couple finish this bo9-3-donwell-teaser-3ok happy but surrounded by a lot of dangers, treason and unknown. However, I will start with a bit of their story in this book before the happy ending. In Beauty from Ashes, Darcy is a Captain and together with his company take the dowager house at Longbourn state. Due to a lot of different events, including Mr. Wickham’s story, Elizabeth abhors Captain Darcy, her dislike of him is, I would say, even greater than in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. When she faces him professing his love for her together with some “unkind” words about her family, she is not to say the least pleased with him. After some tragedy in the Bennet family, Jane and Elizabeth are going to work as VADs, Voluntary Aid Detachment. Although Jane’s luck changes and she reunites with the man she loves, Bingley. In the meantime, Elizabeth goes to France to help in a hospital and she finds Wickham there who is as charming as usual and encourages her to go and be the personal nurse/assistant to an old Frenchman in a converted hospital for the British soldiers fighting only miles away in the front. For some reasons that I will not reveal here, Captain Darcy is sent to the same place and we could say that there is not a happy surprise or a warming welcome when they meet again. Elizabeth is still against him and he tries to distance himself from anyone. During this time, ups and downs between our two protagonists happen but not only on their relationships but with other characters too. They are together for a few months and there is a bit of a change from Elizabeth’s side but then they are separated as Darcy has to follow orders, do not forget he is a soldier.

There is danger, friendship, understanding, intrigue, treason and hope. Do not lose your hope while reading Darcy’s Hope: Beauty from Ashes because like the phoenix raising from the ashes, Darcy and Elizabeth will conquer their animosity and “beauty will rise from ashes”.

A teaser from a relevant character who appears in both books:

“Given y’er story with the captain, I suppose ya’ feel obligates to support him.”

She recoiled slightly. “I have no such obligation. In truth, i think him rather arrogant.”

Sapper laughed. “Maybe so. But lass, you’ve got firecrackers explodin’ for that man.” 

5out5 stars

My review: DARCY’S HOPE AT DONWELL ABBEY

Elizabeth is in England, in Pemberley, waiting for her fiancé Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy. She is happy and excited, she loves Fitzwilliam and he loves her back, still and after everything that has happened. However, one morning, the always lovely Mrs. Reynolds bring Elizabeth the newspaper and a letter from a “dear friend”. Everything changes, Elizabeth has to flee Pemberley to protect the man she loves. She devises a plan and borrows some money that Darcy told her to use if needed. She is thinking about boarding a ship and going to America but before that takes place, she finds herself helping a doctor who is recovering from some wounds and she lives at Darcy House in London!! She is conscious of the risks but as she is planning to go abroad to work as a VAD, she believes that everything will work for the best. She is wrong! She follows her employer to Donwell Abbey where she encounters Darcy!! Nevertheless he cannot recognise her, he is, hopefully temporarily, blind and deaf (read the book to know why). Against her better judgement, she stays to take care of him until she is able to go to France or Egypt to work. In the meantime she is Juliet Thomas and she avoids being discovered but always taking care of him, her love.

We have a lot of different characters that participate to make this story intriguing but I will mention a couple: Aunt Eliza, she is more annoying than Lady Catherine de Bourgh; or John Thornton, Darcy’s batman who has a broken heart… This book includes appearances by Margaret Hale, Colonel Brandon, Marianne Dashwood, and descendants of George Knightley, a very nice idea I have to say.

No, I have not forgotten that I was reviewing this book but I do not want to tell you anything else. Only one more thing, there is an epilogue where we discover Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam married but… what if Darcy falls in love with someone else before finding Elizabeth? What happens if Darcy touches the bottom of despondency? What if Elizabeth is still convinced that she has to flee? What if Darcy is not able to listen or see again? How does Darcy communicate?

5out5 stars

Time to Give Away

Downton Abbey Tea! Three lucky winners will each receive a tin of Downton Abbey Legacy Tea! (Open to US residents only) Click on the picture below to enter the Rafflecopter link:

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You can buy both books here: Amazon UK             Amazon US

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Here you have the schedule of the blog tour, we are more or less in the middle of it, so check the previous ones and do not forget the follow the rest of the tour as you will enjoy!

Feb 1  The Ardent Reader

Feb 2 From Pemberley to Milton

Feb 3 My Jane Austen Book Club

Feb 4  My Love for Jane Austen

Feb 5  vvb32reads

Feb 6  Just Jane 1813

Feb 7  Savvy Verse & Wit

Feb 8  Austenesque Reviews

Feb 9  My Kids Led Me Back to Pride & Prejudice

Feb 10 Babblings of a Bookworm

Feb 11  Obsessed with Mr. Darcy

Feb 12  Musings from the Yellow Kitchen

Feb 13  Half Agony, Half Hope

Feb 14  My Vices and Weaknesses

Feb 15  Diary of an Eccentric

Feb 16  Every Savage Can Dance

Feb 17  More Agreeably Engaged

Feb 18  The Calico Critic

Feb 20  Austenesque Reviews

Feb 21  More than Thornton

Feb 22  Margie’s Must Reads

Feb 23  Delighted Reader

Feb 24  Becky’s Book Reviews

Feb 26  Linda Andrews

Feb 27  Every Woman Dreams

Feb 28  Tomorrow is Another Day