Winner of “When We Are Married” by Caitlin Williams

and the winner is…

wait wait! First of all I want to thank you for commenting and sharing my stop in the Blog Tour of When we are married by Caitlin Williams. I hope all of you read it and enjoy it because it is worth it!

Without further ado, here you have the result of the randomiser that I have done with random.org:

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Vesper, you are the winner! I will email Claudine right now and sooner than later, you will enjoy this book!!

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If you are not Vesper, you can always buy this great book, below you have a few links that you could use:

Amazon UK Amazon US  Amazon CA   Amazon ES (English version)

It is also available through Kindle Unlimited.

Blog tour of “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, annotated by Sophie Turner + Giveaway

Hello! No, I am not about to be sent to Bedlam, we really have a blog tour of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I am very honoured to start this blog tour that will take you to different parts of the project by Sophie Turner with guest posts, book reviews and excerpts that I hope you will enjoy!

Sophie Turner has been working with the most popular novel by Jane Austen and she is doing an astonishing and outstanding work bringing back all the splendour and glory that only the one written by Jane Austen more than 200 years ago had (not that newer editions are not good, but that one is just the best).

Here you have the description of this work:

The novel needs no introduction. But readers may not have realised that we have been losing “Pride and Prejudice” over the years, particularly digitally. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation have eroded significantly from the 1813 Egerton first edition, and many digital copies suffer from poor formatting.

In 2017, the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, her “darling Child” has been painstakingly restored to the three-volume 1813 first edition. Adjustments have only been made where there were errors in the 1813 text, and are noted in detailed annotations at the end of the novel.

Please enjoy this beloved story, restored to Jane Austen’s original voice.

I am extremely proud of presenting part of Sophie’s work, one part that is very important, even more nowadays were the “image” is too relevant for modern people. Please, read below and admire the effort and research that Sophie Turner has done about the cover, how covers have been changing through time on this beloved masterpiece:

Thank you so much for having me back here at My Vices and Weaknesses to talk about this special project of mine, to create a restored digital edition of Pride and Prejudice for readers, in celebration of Jane Austen’s life and work. I’m really excited to put this book back in the hands of readers, restored to Austen’s true voice.

One of the things that was tricky about doing the book was creating the cover, because while I could endeavour to restore the content to the 1813 Egerton first edition, I could not do that with the cover. In Jane Austen’s time, it was much easier to avoid judging a book by its cover, because covers were bound simply in paste board. This was because your Mr. Darcy types, who cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library, would be intending to have the book rebound much more expensively, in their preferred binding. This is why most of the first editions you see surviving today have such different bindings, and often the binding still went before the pages, so they were rebound more than once.

Here, as a rare example, is the National Library of Scotland’s first edition of Pride and Prejudice, in the original boards.

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In the 1820s and 1830s, cloth began to supplement the plain board, and at about this time dust jackets began to be popular, although the first of them appeared in the 18th century. (Originally intended merely to protect the book until it reached the owner’s library shelf, it took about a century for them to be kept and considered part of the book.) This was the first time that books could be advertised by their covers, and, well, the book industry has not looked back.

So I thought I would compile here some of the most interesting Pride and Prejudice covers that I’ve come across:

1894 Hugh Thomson Peacock Edition

No cover list of Pride and Prejudice would be complete without this one, and for good reason. It’s beautifully eye catching, and yet luxurious at the same time. One of these will set you back about 800 USD on eBay!  

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1895 Charles Brock

Another eye-catching contribution from the late 19th century. There’s only one of these available on eBay right now and THAT will set you back 1,975 USD.

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Circa 1940 movie tie-in

I really did not know that movie tie-in covers went back this far, but they most certainly do, as there are quite a few out there featuring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. This particular one will set you back 250 USD.

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1940s Pocket Book Edition, aka Attack of the Fonts

“Hey,” said the junior designer to his friend in accounting. Wait, this was the 40s, so he probably didn’t say that. “Say, chap,” said the junior designer to his friend in accounting, “What fonts do you think I should use for this cover?” His friend glanced at the reasonable illustration, the bright pink color, and said, “Well, I always like to pick two or three fonts that have absolutely nothing to do with each other and look completely incongruous when put together. And, you know, if you could make Jane Austen look like she’s from the Wild West, that would be splendid.” If you are keeping a museum of font history, this could be added to the collection for a mere 50 USD.

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Circa 1960s Dean & Son OR FROM THE FUTURE???

Okay, this is clearly, almost 100% certainly Lyme Park. What is the story here? Mere coincidence? A BBC location scout who had this edition growing up? Doctor Who? I NEED TO KNOW. This can be yours for 18 USD from eBay, if I haven’t bought it first.

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1965 Harper Perennial

“I CANNOT LISTEN TO YOUR PROPOSALS BECAUSE I AM TOO BUSY ARRANGING THESE FLOWERS.” Yours for 65 USD.

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2002 Penguin Classics

I had to include this one because it’s “my” Pride and Prejudice, the copy that’s gotten the most reads before I switched over to ebook. And I felt like we needed a nice, classic cover after some of the last few!

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2009 Harper Teen aka Twilight Wannabe

Giving them the benefit of the doubt, this one is, “How can we use the success of Twilight to get teens to read more classics? Not giving them the benefit of the doubt, it is, “How can we use the success of Twilight to sell more classics?”

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2013 Pulp Classics

This one is pretty much a must-include. It’s rapidly become almost as iconic as the Peacock edition. I mean, what even is happening here? This vaguely Firthian Darcy with cravat and cigarette can be yours for about 24 USD on Amazon.

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2015 Barnes and Noble Collectible

See, we can have nice things in the modern era! I like that it hearkens back a bit to the Peacock edition. And it will certainly set you back less than that one will: they can be had new on eBay for less than 10 USD.

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2017 Annotated and Restored ebook

Since we DO judge even ebooks by their covers, this restoration to 1813 did need a cover, and I produced a number of options, generally in a fairly classic design. This was the winner of the vote on Just Jane 1813, and I think readers made a great choice.

In 1813, the author of the novel was known only as the author of Sense and Sensibility, and this cover includes that in a sort of playful way, as if it’s helping to “sell” readers on this “new” novel. But Jane Austen also gets her name on the cover, in a big, bold way. I wanted her to have a cover with some swagger. She deserves it.

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Were you aware of all this info? or did you know all the different covers shown above? Maybe you have even seen different ones and if you read Pride and Prejudice in other languages you may have encountered various covers. However, what do you think of the cover? Maybe you were one of the people who voted for this cover, o a different one.

Why not buying this ambitious and lovely project? You can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo. Sophie has tried to make it almost free, so I am sure that you will enjoy it and you will realise how interesting this “version” is as it shows a more “authentic” feeling.

Sophie Turner has already presented herself through the cover research but let me tell you a bit more about her:

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 TurnerShe 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.

You can follow Sophie on Facebook   Twitter   Sophie Turner’s Blog   Goodreads   Pinterest   Amazon

Time to Give Away

Pride _ Prejudice 1813 eBook Horizontal BannerSophie Turner is kindly offering one ebook copy of “her” Pride and Prejudice to one of you. This time I am going to ask you to comment on these covers and/or what covers mean to you. One thing that I would love you to do is to show us which is your favourite cover of Pride and Prejudice and why. It can be one of the covers above or you may have a different edition. Just share it on the comments.

The giveaway will be open for a long time, all the entries before 15th of August will be counted (GMT time). (One entry per person in total, I apologise for that but I am moving countries  on Tuesday and I will have little time to check absolutely everything between unpacking and settling).

Tour Schedule

Pride _ Prejudice 1813 eBook Vertical BannerJuly 27 / My Vices and Weaknesses/ Guest Post & Giveaway

July 28 / Austenesque Reviews/Book Excerpt & Giveaway

July 29 / My Love for Jane Austen/ Guest Post & Giveaway

August 3 /Just Jane 1813 / Book Review & Giveaway

August 4 / My Jane Austen Book Club/ Guest Post & Giveaway

September 4 / Diary of an Eccentric/ Guest Post & Giveaway

September 5 / Laughing with Lizzie / Book Excerpt

September 6 / Savvy Verse & Wit / Book Review & Giveaway

September 12 / Margie’s Must Reads /Book Review & Giveaway

September 14 / More Agreeably Engaged /Guest Post & Giveaway

September 15 / Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Excerpt & Giveaway

Blog Tour of “When we are married” by Caitlin Williams – Excerpt and Giveaway

Not many words from me today for When we are married as I want you to read first the book description and then we “chat”, here you have it:

Two sisters, one man. Someone’s heart is about to get broken.

Elizabeth Bennet quickly realises she has misjudged Mr Darcy. In Kent, she learns first impressions are not always accurate. His proposal is disastrous, insulting even, but when she reads his letter her heart begins to thaw, and her objections and prejudices start to melt away. Elizabeth decides to offer Mr Darcy a sliver of hope, an apology, and a second chance.

Yet when he begins to call at Gracechurch Street, determined to become a better man and humbled by Elizabeth’s reproofs, he unwittingly stirs the romantic hopes of another lady altogether.

Jane Bennet is bereft and confused, rejected by Charles Bingley. She is fearful of becoming an old maid and eager to fall in love with the very first gentleman who takes notice of her. Mr Darcy just happens to be everything her mother has wanted for her; rich and handsome, the perfect suitor.

Through crowded, industrious Cheapside, to the elegant ballrooms of Mayfair, Mr Darcy chases Elizabeth Bennet, unaware that the quiet unassuming girl who smiles too much, is fully intent on chasing him.

So… what do you think? The first thing it came to mind was:

cat fightCat fight!! I cannot believe it! Jane, what are you doing?? but at the same time it is: “Ohh, you poor thing!” How on earth this is going to end well?!?! But I hope it does if not I will scream 😉 Lizzy and Jane cannot be at odds with each other, they are BFF apart from sisters. Well, let’s try to forget that part for a bit, my next question would be: how does Elizabeth offer a sliver of hope? because Darcy becomes a regular at Mr and Mrs Gardiner’s home…

Author: Caitlin Williams

Let me introduce the guilty person of this possible cat fight, Caitlin Williams. A really good author and a very nice person that I was glad to meet a few months ago. You may be surprised about her former job.

Caitlin Williams is the author of two novels, Ardently and the best-selling The Coming Caitlin Williams author photosmallof Age of Elizabeth Bennet, both based on the characters from Pride and Prejudice. She’s a lifelong Austen devotee and lover of all things regency.

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.
Follow Caitlin on: Facebook                 Goodreads              Austen Variations      Twitter

Here you can buy his latest book When we are married or her previous ones: Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon CA   Amazon ES (English version)  It is also available through KindleUnlimited.

Excerpt (enjoy!)

Her voice had given the impression of confidence, her reply had been laced with tartness, but as she moved away—still feeling Mr Darcy’s gaze upon her—Elizabeth’s spirits were in a flutter.

Why was she not angrier? No matter how solicitous and civil he was now—amongst the more personable and respectable members of her family—she could not forget how he had once derided and despised others she loved. His treatment of Jane, refusing to greet her when she had made her visit to the Hursts’, coupled with the deviousness he had shown in keeping Mr Bingley oblivious to her sister’s presence in Town; it all should have made him truly despicable in her eyes.

And yet…

And yet…oh, curse the man. His owning it so openly, so freely admitting to his faults, was horribly disarming and his teasing was so unexpected. “When we are married.” The audacity! As she neared the tea table she found herself tutting and smiling at the same time.

“You were speaking to Mr Darcy for a good long while, whatever about?” Jane asked.

Elizabeth blinked, thought quickly, and gave a blithe answer. “We found you to be a decent topic, dear heart. You are held by Mr Darcy in the highest esteem. You will never have a better compliment. I should treasure it. I doubt it is a regular habit of his to bestow such generous praise.”

“Lizzy,” Jane said, in a whisper. “Do you not see how he desires to make himself agreeable…to us all, I mean? I beg you not to be churlish. His manners have improved, I think, since Hertfordshire, though you will remember I never found them as reprehensible as you did.”

“But you find nothing or no-one reprehensible. I daresay you would find Genghis Khan an agreeable dinner companion.”

Jane was tight-lipped in response.

“Which is to your credit!’ Elizabeth exclaimed. “You know I jest and long to be as good as you. Sadly, it is not in my nature. I am my father’s daughter. Two parts cynical to one part obdurate.”

“Our family has not always shown itself to him in its best light. Let us make a good impression now.”

Bemused by Jane’s solemnity, Elizabeth shrugged. “I will try my best. I shall even take him over his coffee, as a gesture of goodwill. Will that smooth away the line which has appeared between your eyebrows?” She put a finger to her sister’s forehead.

Jane pushed away Elizabeth’s hand and pursed her lips. She then lifted the heavy silver coffee pot and carefully poured the thick black liquid into a delicate bone china cup, making it rattle gently against its saucer.

“Black, with one lump of sugar.” They both spoke at precisely the same time and then looked at one another in surprise.

Elizabeth laughed. “There is so little in the way of amusement at Rosings that even inconsequential nothings became of note. Mr Collins, you know, takes his tea with cream and three sugar lumps, which perhaps explains some of his rampant excitability.”

Jane gave her a smile in return but when Elizabeth held out her hand for the cup, all joy faded from her sister’s countenance.

“I will take it, Lizzy.”

“No, here comes our uncle, who looks desperately thirsty, you must pour for him. I will take this to Mr Darcy.”

Elizabeth reached for the beverage, but Jane pulled it quickly back, unbalancing the load. Although the saucer remained in her hand, the cup toppled, fell, and spun in mid-air before landing on the rug between their feet. The liquid was thrown up, splattering the hem of Jane’s gown. It miraculously avoided Elizabeth’s.

Jane gasped and cried out, drawing the attention of the whole room.

“Are you hurt?” Elizabeth asked at once, taking hold of her sister’s shaking wrist.

“No, no, I am well…it is just…” Jane tearfully broke off from them all. Everyone was rushing to her assistance, but she wrenched herself away and made for the door.

Elizabeth followed quickly, assuring her aunt Gardiner, who started to trail after them, that she would send for her if she was needed. Her aunt went back to the drawing room while Elizabeth caught up with Jane in the hallway, taking her wrist once again to make her stop. “Come now, what is all this? ’Tis a small accident. It will be forgotten in a trice.”

“I have made a fool of myself and it is ruined,” Jane said, choking back a sob, nodding towards the hem of her gown.

“No, our aunt’s maid will soak it and it will be as good as new. Are you sure you are not burnt?”

Jane shook her head and was far more emotional than the accident warranted. Tears fell, much to Elizabeth’s astonishment. “Jane, this is not like you. Let me help you change.”

“I can manage, Lizzy. Go back in please. Go back and amuse everybody, as you always do. Make them laugh and smile. You are so good at it. You will make them forget my clumsiness. I will be back presently.”

The more Elizabeth pleaded to be allowed to help, the more her sister put her off and so she reluctantly went back to the drawing room.

Upon her return, Mr Darcy got so quickly to his feet and asked after Jane’s welfare in such earnest tones, even going so far as to offer the services of his own physician, that Elizabeth could not help but be amused at his seriousness. She made a very serious face of her own. “I am afraid my sister has suffered the type of wound that no lady should ever have to bear. Imagine, if you will, what terrible pain accompanies the belief that a favourite gown is ruined forever.”

Mr Darcy continued to frown for the briefest of moments before fully understanding her. “My surgeon is good with a needle but probably unused to satin.”

They were both amused then, and Elizabeth found herself lingering in front of him, wondering if he would say anything else. It was difficult, while under the spell of his smile, to remember why she had ever disliked him. But she grew conscious when he said nothing further and continued to just look at her, unabashedly, unashamedly—did he not realise he was staring?

And, oh dear, was it possible she had been staring back?

Time to Give Away

Caitlin Williams is offering one ebook copy of When we are married to one of my readers. WWAM Final Front Cover 070617[1688] smallTo participate on the giveaway you only have to comment on this post and I would like to know what you think about this book and the excerpt. To get an extra entry you can tweet and/or share this post on Facebook in public mode (one entry per day, please copy the link on the comments). All entries before the 3oth July will be counted, GMT time. I will do my best to have the winner published on the 30th or 31st of July.

Good luck and share the news of this great story!

If you cannot wait to see if you are the lucky one, here you can buy his latest book When we are married or her previous ones: Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon CA   Amazon ES (English version)  It is also available through KindleUnlimited.

Blog Tour Schedule

Have a look at these other blogs where you will fun very nice and interesting reviews and a very nice Guest Post by Meredith.

July 21 Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post Launch & Giveaway

July 22 Of Pens & Pages / Book Review & Giveaway

July 23 Just Jane 1813 / Book Review & Giveaway

July 24 More Agreeably Engaged /  Book Review & Giveaway

July 25 My Vices & Weaknesses / Excerpt Post & Giveaway

July 26 Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Review & Giveaway

July 27 From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway

Blog Tour of “Mendacity and Mourning” by J. L. Ashton, character interview and giveaway

It is unusual for me to introduce you to a book that I have not yet read and it feels weird. However, I have read quite a lot about it and I am very intrigued. I believe you will find the blurb really “alluring”.

Book Blurb

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a gossip in possession of misheard tales and desirous of both a good wife and an eager audience need only descend upon the sitting rooms of a small country town in order to find satisfaction. And with a push from Lady Catherine, Mr. Collins sets alight a series of misunderstandings, rumours, and lies that create obstacles to a romance between Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

This slightly unhinged romantic comedy follows Darcy as he sets off to find himself a wife and instead finds himself pulled into the mire of his aunt’s machinations and his own fascination with Elizabeth, whom he believes betrothed to another. As Meryton judges him the grieving groom of Anne de Bourgh and a caddish dallier with the hearts of others, Darcy must ferret out the truth behind his cousin’s disappearance, protect his sister from the fretful fate of all Fitzwilliam females, and, most importantly, win Elizabeth’s heart.

My mind goes like: what?? super gossipy tone, rom-com, where is Darcy’s cousin?, what’s going on with Georgiana? Too many question only when reading the blurb, this is promising!

I want to introduce you to the person who is at fault for those three crazy lines above 😉

Jan Ashton didn’t meet Jane Austen until she was in her late teens, but in a happy coincidence, she shares a similarity of name with the author and celebrates her birthday on the same day Pride & Prejudice was first published. Sadly, she’s yet to find any Darcy and Elizabeth candles on her cake, but she does own the action figures.

BookPhotoLike so many Austen fans, Jan was an early and avid reader with a vivid imagination and a well-used library card. Her family’s frequent moves around the U.S and abroad encouraged her to think of books and their authors as reliable friends. It took a history degree and another decade or two for her to start imagining variations on Pride & Prejudice, and another decade—filled with career, marriage, kids, and a menagerie of pets—to start writing them. Today, in between writing Austen variations, Jan lives in the Chicago area, eats out far too often with her own Mr. Darcy, and enjoys membership in the local and national chapters of the Jane Austen Society of North America. 

 Mendacity & Mourning is her second book with Meryton Press. She published A Searing Acquaintance in 2016.

To follow Jan, go to these places: Facebook     Pinterest     Twitter      Blog

Jan has been so great as to share an interview that she had with Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam and the beginning is very interesting because he is describing himself and as we say in Spanish, it looks like “has has not a grandma!” (he does not need any one to say something nice about him). Enjoy!

The Colonel Tells All!

Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam, soon to be promoted to general, was privy to all the goings-on in the universe described in Mendacity & Mourning. We sat down with him to learn a bit more about the man, and find out the real story behind the various couples in this Regency romp.

 Tell us a bit about yourself.

Dashing, resolute, handsome, brilliant, strong, and brave. Steady as a friend, sturdy and unyielding the battlefield. A second son who prefers his status, a nephew called dim by a half-mad aunt, a steady hand on the family tiller. A trustworthy guardian to a young girl, and giver of advice and counsel to all.

My bearing and my illustrious moustache will cow hulverheads and nickum-poops and make ladies swoon. Yet with all of this, I remain the family wit. Only Darcy’s wife, Elizabeth, can match me in humourous observations.

Darcy would agree? Are they not famed for their clever conversation, indecipherable to any who do not read Latin or Swift, observe the skies above and the wildflowers below?

Yes yes yes. They exist on their own enchanted plane of love and sweet nothings. It is as if they hover, their feet not on the ground and their heads in the sky. One fears to interrupt when their heads are bent close together; Georgiana tells me she blushes from all the murmurings and noisy kisses. It is rather unseemly, if quite aspirational. 

 Georgiana is your cousin. Tell us about your family.

Georgiana is a lovely girl who does us proud, and I am happy to call her Poppet. She softens us all. My parents dote on her. My mother would have liked a daughter, though my father shudders at the notion. He distrusts his sex when they reach eight and ten years, and the thought of sheltering his own daughter from the roaming eyes of eager young whelps send him quickly to fits of anger. We do not like to anger him. Creates quite a mess, you know. Damned Fitzwilliam blood rises quickly.

 Despite this, has your father given you good counsel?

I was a boy of some energy and curiosity, and mayhap a little too free with my own counsel to my cousins. When I was a mere slip of a lad, I received a stern lecture about the impropriety of commenting on my cousin Anne’s poor-fitting gowns. My father’s stern advice on how to properly observe a lady has proved itself valuable in years to come. “The Fitzwilliams,” he told me, “are breast men, boy. Take care with where your eyes land so that your hands and lips might later roam.”

Oh my. (interviewer pauses to take a drink of water) And the best advice your mother ever gave you?

Shave. Clean your teeth every day. Be more like Darcy.

The best advice you ever gave Darcy?

Hmm. I have been advising that man since he was in leading string. He failed to bloody Wickham’s nose when we were boys, as I’d often recommended, or to be clearer with Lady Catherine on his disinclination to marry Anne. And we all know how that has turned out! And it is likely for the best that Darcy did not follow my earlier, oft-repeated advice to find a woman to tup and do it often. He is too much a gentleman for that.

Hmm. Advice. Ah! Of course! Darcy may credit me with his marital happiness. The best advice he ever acted upon was to follow his heart and marry Elizabeth. He nearly mucked that up, but saint that she is, Lizzy took him on.

So Darcy found his Perfect Woman. You play a game of descriptions with your men, full of adjectives that detail each man’s ideal. Tell us yours.

Such an impertinent query! I am a military man and as such I keep my secrets close. However (narrows eyes and strokes his moustache), I will accede to your request, albeit I will preface the description of my paragon of a lady by assuring you that it has been altered over the years. I have grown in my appreciation for the female mind and form. No longer is my father’s admonition that a bosom outweighs a brain enough for me. A lady of petite form, eyes of blue and hair of red may catch my eye, but it is a lady with yielding limbs, warmth of embrace, cleverness of mind, and a love of war stories, a well-cooked roast, and a finely tended wine cellar that is most tender to my heart.

You have found such a lady? Shall we look for the announcement in the Times?

Zooks! No. I shall never marry. I am bound to the army, to my uniform, to the men I train, and the country I protect. I shall not surrender to the honeyed fog of marital bliss and small sticky rug imps under foot and at the teat. No, I shall be a happy uncle and cousin, and drink Darcy’s port and advise my brother’s sons. I shall lend my ear to my mother’s complaints, and my eye to my arrest my father’s behaviour. A good son, a good soldier. And a red-haired lady in every town. That is the life for me!

What do you think? Is he not a very amiable and honest man? I am not 100% sure about the moustache but everyone has a different image for Colonel Fitzwilliam.

 

I do not want to forget the covers! Lovely! Beautiful! Janet again has done a great job 🙂

This book looks and reads promising, if you want to buy it on paperback or on kindle, check the links below:

Amanzon UK                     Amazon US

Time to Give Away

J. L. Ashton is offering 8 ebooks of Mendacity and Mourning (to 8 different winners).

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.

Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

Blog Tour

As I mentioned before, I have read quite a lot about Mendacity and Mourning and I recommend you to do the same. You can find fantastic reviews, vignettes among other posts here:

06/19   Babblings of a Bookworm Vignette, GA

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06/20   My Jane Austen Book Club Author/Character Interview, GA

06/21   Half Agony, Half Hope Review, Excerpt

06/22   From Pemberley to Milton Guest Post, Excerpt, GA

06/23   More Agreeably Engaged Vignette, GA

06/24   Just Jane 1813 Review, GA

06/25   Margie’s Must Reads Guest Post, GA

06/26   Of Pens and Pages Review, Excerpt, GA

06/27   Tomorrow is Another Day Review, GA

06/28   Austenesque Reviews Vignette, GA

06/29   My Vices and Weaknesses Character Interview, GA

06/30   A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life Guest Post

07/01   Darcyholic Diversions Author Interview, GA

07/02   Laughing With Lizzie Vignette, Excerpt, GA

07/03   Diary of an Eccentric Review

Blog Tour of “The Darcy Monologues”, guest post, mini-review and giveaway

15, a lucky number for some people, “la niña bonita” (the pretty girl) when it comes to bingo in Spanish,  fifteen are the stories in The Darcy Monologues edited by Christina Boyd and written by fifteen authors, come of them with a lot of JAFF written, a few other with a bit less written so far but with a great future ahead of them.

Here you have all the names: 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 StanfordJoana Starnes, and Caitlin Williams.

I am pleased to introduce one of these authors who has one of the regency stories on the monologues, KaraLynne Mackrory. She has written Clandestiny and in this particular case, I will leave you with Natalie Richards to tell you about it and about KaraLynne.

Falling for KaraLynne Mackrory by Natalie Richards

I am excited to read all of the stories by my fabulous fellow authors of The Darcy Monologues, but I confess to having a particular soft spot for KaraLynne Mackrory. I’ve been reading her books for years now, and had the pleasure of hosting her on my blog twice before we both contributed stories to the Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer anthology.

I always approach a KaraLynne Mackrory story with a greedy sort of glee, like a dragon with a shiny new treasure to hoard. Her stories have been making me happy ever since I read Bluebells in the Mourning. They always have the perfect blend of ingredients; a pinch of angst, a dash of humor, and enough romance to make the stoutest heart swoon. I know when I pick one up that there will be hours of enjoyment to be found betwixt their covers.

Clandestiny is the title of her contribution to the anthology. It caught my eye immediately. It is just a deliciously mysterious word, is it not? Add that to the anticipation of pleasure her previous books gave rise to, and the story becomes irresistible. KaraLynne likes her twists and turns, occasionally even a touch of magic, so I do not know what to expect, I only know it will be good.

My “Clandestiny”

I am not going to do a normal review, I will leave you with my questions, the ones I leave to tease you or to intrigue you. I have to say that KaraLynne´s story is lovely and a bit funny with the turning and turning and turning again 😉

What if Netherfield has secrets? What if Darcy is not so proud? What if Elizabeth understands better how society works? What if a slipper is a key in a story? (and not exactly like Cinderella’s) What if “but you do not even like me, sir” is my new catchy phrase? Yes, I think I will repeat that sentences in my mind for a few days and it will remind me of this story.

KaraLynne tells us about herself

karalynneHow did you come to be inspired by Miss Austen as both a woman and then, as a writer?

Pride and Prejudice was the first of her works that I read and I found it incredibly funny.  I started to think about what kind of woman could produce such witty and dry humor as would be necessary for this prose.  The more I learned about the time in which Jane Austen lived the more I came to respect her further because my girl Jane didn’t live an easy life and yet she found humor in things.  I like to think that I do that too and that we could have been good friends.  Her writing proves her outlook on life had to be through humorous glasses.  I have mad respect for that.

Can you offer readers a brief description of your story and tell us why you chose to set your story in the Regency era?

I chose to set my story in the regency era mostly because I am very comfortable in that setting, and I love the romance of the time.  My short story evolved from the desire to see what fun could be had with a secret door, a surprise encounter and a little bit of forced seclusion for our two sweethearts.  I’ve always thought that if Darcy and Elizabeth could just spend time together alone they would come to see their futures are destined together.  So my story gives them that chance.

This year we’re coming up on the 200th anniversary of the publications of  Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey. What were you trying to capture in your story,  Clandestiny, of Jane Austen in The Darcy Monologues?

I always hope to emulate her writing style and to keep her characters true to the ones she created originally but I also hoped that Clandestiny would be a glimpse into the conflicted and passionate heart of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.  He’s a man that epitomises the “still waters run deep” saying and I give the readers a look into what runs deep for Darcy.

The reactions to this upcoming release have been overwhelmingly positive from readers and I think that’s also in response to Mr. Darcy’s tremendous popularity throughout the past two centuries. Why do you believe that modern-day woman still find him so appealing?

Because he’s mysterious, noble, good and kind – let’s not forget handsome, rich and sexy.  What’s not to love?  He’s terribly flawed and yet at his heart he is a good man who cares deeply.  Everyone wants to be cherished and we know a man like Darcy would execute the job admirably while also being a challenge for us and keeping the appeal alive. I’ve heard complaints from men that they can’t measure up to the perfection of Darcy – and yet that’s where they are wrong.  Because Darcy isn’t perfect – far from it.  But where it counts he has what we want.  We want to feel empowered, while also protected.  We want to feel capable while also cared for.  Darcy can be a class A jerk and yet he can be tender too.  But I think what makes him most appealing is his willingness to try to be better.  He sees a fault in himself and instead of making an excuse about it – “that’s just how I am” – he endeavours to be better.  And that is sexy.

Did writing this story make you appreciate something about Jane Austen all over again?

As I wrote above, Jane is a witty girl and with my story I paid homage to that by creating a romantic scene with a touch of the funny.

Can you give us a six-word memoir about yourself?

Mother, wife, writing of love life.

What can readers look forward to reading from you in the future and how can readers stay in touch with you?

I have a storyline in the works, but sadly it is not far enough to have any kind of timeline for publication.  I connect frequently with readers through book groups, fairs, and online.  I love this part of being an author the best!  So, please contact me, I’d love to hear what you think of my stories.  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraLynneMackroryAuthor/

Twitter: @KAMackYah

Email: klmackrory@merytonpress.com

Mini-review

To be honest, more than a mini-review, I will give you a couple of words, or a sentence, a quote of each story, from them you just need to use your imagination 😉

This is a great read, Darcy’s words, Darcy’s thoughts in so many stories and also in different eras. He shows us his love for Elizabeth, his struggle sometimes but *spoiler alert* his happy ending and how he cherish it.

REGENCY

Death of a Bachelor by Caitlin Williams: Darcy has to put the best announcement on the paper ever!

From the Ashes by J. Marie Croft: tongue and letter, tongue and letter and repeat.

If Only a Dream by Joana Starnes: 17 hours and a half. She is not ghost or a vision.

The Beast of Pemberley by Melanie Stanford: The Beauty and the Beast at Pemberley.

A resentful man by Lory Lilian: his unsteady knees.

In Terms of Perfect Composure by Susan Adriani: “you lied to me (…) you must marry her!”

Without Affection by Jan Hahn: “I failed to see the fascination” (that’s what you think!)

OTHER ERAS

Hot for teacher by Sara Angelini: Elizabeth, you led him on!! You, naughty girl 😛

You don’t know me by Beau North: “shut up and…” x2

Reason to Hope by Jenetta James: “Elizabeth, there isn’t anything between me and Caroline Bingley, you know.”

I, Darcy by Karen M Cox: a farm, a restaurant “Seasons”.

Pemberley by Stage by Natalie Richards: maybe he does not abhor disguise so much.

The Ride Home by Ruth Phillips Oakland: what a Porsche Sherlock has 😛

Darcy Strikes Out by Sophia Rose: he won the game.

5out5 stars

Time to Give Away

Two lovely prizes for two winners are waiting thank you to The Darcy Monologues.

One winner will win our grand prize of 24 paperback books, each one autographed by the author, and mailed to the winner’s home.

The second winner will win their choice of either a Pride and Prejudice pocketbook or a Pride and Prejudice Kindle Fire Case with stand – Pride and Prejudice Book Cover Case for Amazon Kindle Fire 7″ and 6″ – Kindle Fire / Fire HD / Fire HDX tablet.

Click here to participate in this awesome and international giveaway.

Blog tour

Here you have all the blog that have participated on this blog tour, you will find a lot of interesting reviews and also information about all the authors.

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 & GiveawayTheDarcyMonologuesCoverEbook small

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 “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

REVIEW of “Mr. Darcy’s Mail-Order Bride” by J. Dawn King

Set in the USA in 1869, it is a very different premise from the JAFF that I normally read but I was intrigued after reading the blurb, you can read it here or carry on with my review.

Charles Bingley is lonely and there are not many single women in the west so he sets his cap on the older nice of a Mr Gardiner. However, Charles writes very poorly so he asks his friend Will Darcy to write the letters. Darcy helps him but he does not expect to fall in love with the person who writes those letters and he is also heart-broken as that lady is destined to his friend. Jane Bennet, the addressee of those letters, begs her sister Elizabeth to answer them as she is not able to imitate the quality and feeling of those missives. What happens next is that Elizabeth also falls in love with the writer.

Darcy is desperate and with the last letter, he proposes to Jane’s sister and he is accepted. Let’s say that the first impression is not good at all from both sides because Elizabeth has a little accident and she is not wearing her best dress. Moreover Darcy is just spellbound by Jane and does not pay attention to Lizzy at all. As it happens in Pride and Prejudice, Jane and Charles are made for each other, nothing can separate them.

Soon enough, Darcy and Elizabeth realise that they are the authors of those letters but it is not enough. The following day there is a quick double-wedding and they start the journey home.

Jane + Bingley = love at first sight, happiness

Elizabeth + Darcy = no talking unless is to argue

but…

the following day after their arrival at Pemberley, Darcy has an accident and his leg is broken and his back is painful so he has to be in bed for a few months. Elizabeth starts being the one who takes care of the state and the people in it. Darcy is very grumpy and crabby. Their relationship does not look good as he is not able to even realise everything his wife is doing for the state and for him. Do not forget that he cannot leave his bed at all… (at all, means that he cannot leave the bed at all 😛   )

I think that it does not help that the Bingleys are so in love. It does not help either having Darcy saying another woman’s name while sleeping. There are quite a few visitors like Georgiana, Caroline and a couple Miss Bennets to add up, and some danger… a fire, Wickham…

We can read about a strong Elizabeth with fears and worries that she wants to overcome. Darcy is still proud and has his ego converted to show a better side of him, although it takes time.

Spoiler alert!!

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Nevertheless, something must happen to make them happy, how they manage? Wait for it!! It is complicated, very complicated but it is very sweetly written and I promise you that you will enjoy it.

 

 

5out5 stars

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