Scent of Desire by Ayr Bray

This short story is a sequel that picks up events right after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth’s engagement. The story develops with these two characters making all the arrangements for the wedding while fighting their growing attraction to one another. For a while, I feared this book would be one where the couple anticipates their vows, which would not have been to my liking, but I could not be more wrong. Despite their growing attraction, the couple is always proper, which makes the scenes after the wedding even more special.

One of my favourite aspects of the book was to see Elizabeth trying to protect Darcy from all the social gatherings they are forced to attend and from her mothers exuberances, I imagine Jane Austen would write something of the sort if she had written a sequel herself.

This is a short novella that can be read very quickly and that ends with Darcy and Elizabeth’s wedding night. This final scene is an erotic one, and even if it is tastefully written, it occupied too many pages for my liking. I do believe, however, that other readers may enjoy this story immensely because as I mentioned before, propriety is always respected the scene after the wedding is written in a very beautiful manner.

If you are looking for a very short story with romance and some intimacy between Darcy and Elizabeth, then this book is for you.

Audiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

As all Stevie Zimmerman narrations, this one was very well delivered with all characters coming to live and being portrayed exactly as I imagine them to be. The narration is flawless, demonstrating once more that Stevie Zimmerman is one of the best narrators in the market.

There are currently no ebook versions of this book and Scent of Desire can only be found on Audible.

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Giveaway Winners

Good Afternoon everyone,

Early this month Laraba Kendig visited From Pemberley to Milton for the first and it was a true pleasure to work with this author. She brought with her an excerpt of her recently released Longbourn Inheritance, and an ebook to give away to one of my readers. Today I am happy to announce the winner of this prize 🙂

I will also take this opportunity to announce the winner of my March Book Mail Giveaway. Thank you all for participating here on the blog and on Facebook 🙂 This is a tradition I am enjoying immensely and will certainly keep 🙂

Without further ado the winners are:

Longbourn Inheritance

*** J.W. Garrett***

March Book Mail Giveaway

*** Rellaenthia***

Congratulations ladies! As always, can you please contact me throught e-mail ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com so your prize may be sent to you? Please provide me with the email address to which the book may be sent to you, and the Amazon store in which you have an account. Rellaenthia, please do not forget to tell me which ebook you’ll choose.

Happy Reading everyone!

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An Inconvenient Courtship by Dana R. Lynn

In An Inconvenient Courtship, Miss Bingley’s jealously forces the Bennet sisters to remain at Netherfield a little longer. After Jane’s recovery, the sisters are ready to return to Longbourn but Miss Bingley’s reckless actions cause Elizabeth to have a severe head injury, and the story will progress from there.

With Elizabeth’s life at risk Mr. Darcy is forced to admit his feelings much earlier than in P&P, and this is a deviation from the original that I really like, however, some details in this initial scene, such as Mr. Darcy calling Elizabeth by her first name in front of everyone, made me a little reticent with the book.

It turned out to be a clean and quick novella that can easily be read in an afternoon, which is definitely a positive aspect, but I did have several quibbles with it. In my opinion, all characters were too outspoken, and some of them even out of character. Having Bingley chastise Darcy because Elizabeth is beneath him is something that is neither in line with Bingley’s character, nor Darcy’s at this point. I also found Georgiana’s intimacy with Elizabeth too sudden as they start calling each other by their given name 5 minutes after getting to know each other, and without even being introduced. This was actually a recurrent fact as Richard also talked to Elizabeth without being introduced.

Another fact I wasn’t particularly fond of was Wickham’s viciousness in the end of the story as I considered it completely unnecessary for the narrative, and a detail that would only be relevant if the book had further pages. This plot has a lot of potential but the amount of details that are added to the story do not match the books size. I believe the story would have been better if the author had developed it more; nevertheless, it is a romantic and clean story that may appeal to those who prefer fast paced short stories.

Audiobook Narration:

Mary Bennet’s Level

I wasn’t overly impressed with the narrator of this book who seemed to struggle with the differentiation between male and female voices. The delivery seemed somewhat forced and unnatural even if the narration itself wasn’t unpleasant, so I consider this audiobook’s narration to be at Mary Bennet’s level.

You can find An Inconvenient Courtship at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Audible

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Lovers’ Meeting by Catherine Lodge

In Lovers’ Meeting Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy meet after a carriage accident where Mr. Darcy shows, not only to her, but to all society in Meryton what a true gentleman he is. He also proves to be a man of action who is not afraid to do what it takes to help others in need, and as this is the opening scene, it will change the perceptions of the main characters towards one another and consequently the story. Even if we do see some of the most familiar scenes, the tone of the book is very different and it was that difference in tone that captivated me the most in this novel.

It is a short book of only 212 pages, however, it is full of action, so the pace is very fast which is something I personally like. Apart from the carriage accident, the reader will witness a catastrophic flood, the last wishes of a dying friend, Lydia’s misfortunes, and much more, so there is no dull moment in the narrative. Nevertheless, I believe the story would benefit if there weren’t so many things happening in such a short period of time because they all seemed to appear and disappear a bit too fast without letting the reader get immersed in them, especially towards the end of the book, which seemed a bit abrupt.

The fast pace and multitude of obstacles is contrasting with the character development we see in Darcy which is another highlight in the story. There is a certain melancholy and vulnerability in Darcy’s character, that being a bit out of character, really worked for me and was in fact my favourite aspect of the book. Darcy’s personality and introspection made me feel closer to him, and it revealed a side of Darcy we don’t usually see but that is just as charming and appealing. This Darcy is not only altruistic, but also someone who looks inside to try to understand why he hasn’t found happiness yet, and his insecurity along with the path taken throughout the story, made him even more worthy of finding his happiness at the end of the book. 

Another aspect I liked in the story were the letters exchanged between Darcy and Elizabeth. I always like to see letters in a story, and in this case, it was wonderful to be privy to their intimate communication. 

Lovers’ Meeting is an action packed story with a somehow different Darcy that is just as appealing as the usual portrayal often seen in austenesque novels. Darcy’s personality, the introspective tone of the narrative, and the multitude of unexpected twists we find throughout the story make this a captivating book that I recommend to other readers 🙂 

You can find Lovers’ Meeting at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Kindle Unlimited and on Audible

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March Bookmail Giveaway

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Good Afternoon dear readers, 

It is once more that time of the month when I share with you the lovely books I received via mail throughout the previous month, and I am happy to say that March brought more books than February, so there is a wider range of books from which you can choose 🙂 

If you’re new to this type of post, I’ve decided to offer on a monthly basis an ebook copy of one of the books I’ve received through the mail during that specific month to one reader. So far two readers already received copies of The Price of Pride by Abigail Reynols and Nine Ladies by Heather Moll. 

To apply to this month’s giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me you’re interested. This is becoming a cool tradition and one of my favorite posts of the month 🙂

I’ve received 3 Austenesque books and bought a few non-austeneque books myself. In fact, they are nonfiction and I am looking forward to reading them too. Lately I have been feeling the need to read different things, instead of just regency romances and the balance I’ve found seems just right. This way I don’t get tired of the romance stories, get to read different styles and broaden my knowledge 🙂 I’m currently reading Brave New World from Aldous Huxley and loving it!

But I digress…going back to our giveaway, during March I received the below books in the mail, and the winner may choose an ebook copy of one them:

 

The Recovery of Fitzwiliam Darcy by Lucy Marin – Source: Gift from publisher

Dangerous Magic by Monica Fairview – Source: Gift from author

Dare to Refuse Such a Man by Mary Smythe – Source: Gift from publisher

Direito a Ofender (Portuguese Edition) by Mick Hume – Source: Purchased

Woke (Portuguese Edition) by Tatiana Mcgrath – Source: Purchased

A Célebre Rã Saltadora do Condado de Calaveras | Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (Portuguese Edition) – Source Gift from publisher

 


 

Good Luck Everyone!

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Five Daughters Out at Once by Jayne Bamber – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

I am very happy to welcome once more at From Pemberley to Milton author Jayne Bamber who is here to talk a little more about her upcoming novel Five Daughters Out at Once. Mrs. Bamber has released some of the most innovative austenesque stories I’ve heard about mixing up many of Austen’s novels in one single story and recently I have learned that many of them are actuallly available at audible, so I will certainly be checking them out soon!

Are you a fan of audiobooks? If so, you can find Jayne Bamber’s audiobooks by clicking on the following link. If not, you can find them all on Kindle too.

Thank you so much for visiting Jayne, and best of luck with this new book 🙂 I am sure readers will like reading what you brought us.


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Hello Dear Janeites, it is a pleasure to be back at From Pemberley to Milton to share more details of my new release, Five Daughters Out At Once.

This is my eighth novel in the Austenesque genre, and like most of the ones that have preceded it, this book is focused on, but not limited to, the characters of Pride & Prejudice. The Bennet sisters are the primary focus of the novel, which begins with tragedy at Longbourn and then at Rosings. Bonding over loss – and loathing of Mr. Collins – Lady Catherine and the Bennet sisters find themselves residing harmoniously together at Netherfield.

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Those of you who have been following my blog tour will know that Mr. Darcy, his sister Georgiana, and their cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam also come to stay at Netherfield, and that ere long Lady Catherine fills the house up even more, with a house party full of eligible bachelors for the Bennet sisters’ benefit.  Lady Catherine is convinced these familiar Austen heroes are in possession of large fortunes and in want of wives, but Elizabeth Bennet is not so sure about her companions, and will be stirring the pot in today’s excerpt, which gives of some serious Box Hill vibes…. 

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Frank Churchill would make a sketch of Elizabeth, and took prodigious pride in his work. “You have taken my likeness metaphorically – I shall reciprocate in the most literal of terms,” he said, making little invisible adjustments to her pose, his fingertips brushing her shoulders, her chin, a loose wisp of her hair. It was a bold means of flirting, accompanied by many brief, smoldering looks, and yet he made such a show of arranging everything before beginning his sketch that to anyone else looking on it might have appeared more comical than provocative.

Lady Catherine was certainly watching them from the card table with the others of her old set, and though she looked on with proud affection and even the occasional wink, Elizabeth was mortified. “You must let me hold something.” She picked up the nearest book, a volume of poetry, and with one hand she raised it up to shield her face from view.

“Ahem – Miss Elizabeth, nobody really reads in so serious a fashion as that, I am sure, and I must see your face,” Mr. Churchill cajoled her.

Elizabeth lowered the book enough to peek up at him with a wide smile. Mr. Darcy had come into the room and was moving that way, to approach his sister; Elizabeth could not resist the impulse to reply to Frank a little louder than strictly necessary, “I am resolved to improve my mind through extensive reading.”

Mr. Churchill laughed, and in making way for Mr. Darcy to pass, he drew closer to Elizabeth, repositioning her posture once more. His hands covered hers as he gently lowered the book to a more realistic pose, and Elizabeth felt her face flush with heat at the contact; beyond them, Mr. Darcy scowled and retreated to speak with Georgiana.

Here, the proud gentleman was thwarted again – Miss Crawford intercepted him, begging for a partner in a game of chess. “Your cousin promised me yesterday that he and I would have a game, but I understand he is much occupied with estate matters – how magnanimous of him to be so attentive to your aunt. But I am sure you will show the same gallantry in indulging me,” she purred at Mr. Darcy, who looked so reluctant to oblige Miss Crawford that Elizabeth almost pitied the man.

Miss Tilney looked up and offered Miss Crawford a warm smile. “I will play with you, if Mr. Darcy does not like to.”

“No, no indeed,” Miss Crawford cried, attempting to wave her off with a gentle laugh. “I could not disrupt your conference in the corner, there – you are all afflicted with novel-mania, and I am sure you would not be minding the game at all. But I daresay Mr. Darcy despises novels, and would do much better to employ the powers of his mind over a game of strategy.”

While seated beside the great readers of their group, Miss Tilney appeared to be sketching, though more discreetly than Mr. Churchill; she did not correct Miss Crawford’s misapprehension, but looked over at her nearest companions. Lydia, Georgiana, and Henry Tilney were poring over a book Mr. Crawford had given them to examine – Lydia and Georgiana seemed especially affronted by the slight upon their pursuit, offering Miss Crawford a matching pair of grimaces before returning their attention to their beloved novels. Miss Crawford looked momentarily chagrined, but squared her shoulders back and laughed it off. “Sir?”

“I would by no means suspend any pleasure of yours,” Mr. Darcy said in all solemnity; he sat across from Miss Crawford at a little table just large enough for the chessboard and motioned for her to open the game.

Elizabeth and Mr. Churchill had watched this exchange with considerable private amusement; a look between them served to express their mutual appreciation of such an absurd display of hauteur. He ceased his sketching for just a moment to lean close to Elizabeth and whispered, “She certainly knows how to enthrall a man of such discernment.”

“Oh yes,” Elizabeth replied softly. “She shall make him a proper wife!”

Mr. Churchill smirked, looking ready to say something else very wicked and very clever, when Lady Catherine called out to him, playfully demanding to know what he and Elizabeth were speaking of. “Husbands and wives,” he answered directly.

Elizabeth managed to hold her pose as Mr. Churchill resumed his sketching once more, but she flicked her eyes over to the dowager as she added, “I have always supposed that felicity in marriage is entirely a matter of chance, your ladyship – that it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.”

Jane had been playing at the pianoforte on the other side of the room, but she missed a few notes and turned to look at Elizabeth with some little alarm. Mr. Crawford, who had been listening attentively at Jane’s side, now chuckled merrily and turned about to speak. “You know that is not sound, Miss Elizabeth – I do hope you would not act that way yourself. My uncle had such a marriage, and I quite pitied my aunt.”

“He is happier now – but the less said about that the better,” Miss Crawford said with a sniff.

“Miss Elizabeth is laughing at us all,” Mr. Darcy said evenly, something like mirth in his eyes as he moved his knight across the board to capture one of Miss Crawford’s pawns. “A poor gambit,” he murmured.

He had once before noted her delight in professing opinions which were not her own, and Elizabeth was at once impressed and annoyed by his ability to see through her teasing with such acuity. “Indeed, I am not,” she replied to the room at large – nearly everybody was listening to her banter now, but Elizabeth was not daunted by this. “I am quite at my leisure, you know, and am grown philosophical. It occurs to me to wonder how well one person might become acquainted with another, at a house party or in some public place like Bath.”

“Such things do occur, undoubtedly,” Lady Catherine said wryly.

“A hasty and impudent attachment may arise,” Mr. Darcy, his gaze alighting upon Elizabeth as cannily as ever. “But there is generally time to recover from it afterward. It can only be weak, irresolute characters – whose happiness must be always at the mercy of chance – who will suffer an unfortunate acquaintance to be an inconvenience, an oppression forever.”

“Short of that, it is all guess and luck,” Miss Crawford tittered.

Mr. Bertram looked up from a book depicting illustrations of the cathedrals of Rome, which he had been examining with Mary, and fixed Miss Crawford with an inscrutable look. “Perhaps you are right – how many a man has committed himself on short acquaintance and rued it all the rest of his life!”

Mr. Ferrars began to cough; Kitty patted him gently on the back. Everyone in the room was now looking about at one another; Elizabeth had not intended to spark such a debate, but relished what she had unwittingly initiated. She smiled broadly as she waited for someone else to speak out, and ere long Mr. Crawford obliged them. “It is only by seeing women in their own homes, among their own set, just as they always are, that one can form any just judgement.” He smiled at Elizabeth, offering her just the trace of a wink before he leaned forward against the pianoforte and beckoned for Jane to continue playing.

Elizabeth was ready to consider the group discussion at an end, but as she glanced over at Mr. Churchill, he looked up from his sketching and flashed her a bright smile before saying, “I have so little confidence in my own judgement that whenever I marry, I hope someone shall choose my wife for me. Lady Catherine, what do you say? Shall you undertake the commission?”

Elizabeth was happy to still be holding the book of poetry, and raised it higher to cover the blush that spread across her cheeks at Mr. Churchill’s saucy teasing. As she tried to regain command of her countenance, Lady Catherine replied in her most imperious tone, “You shall have a charming wife, Frank.”

Jane resumed the concerto she had been practicing; Elizabeth was as pleased to see her elder sister smile shyly up at Mr. Crawford as she was to hear the conversation turn – the talk of husbands and wives had dwindled, and the division of their large party into smaller groups once again prevailed. Mr. Churchill was still prone to giving her some very significant looks as he went about his sketching, and Elizabeth began to read aloud to him to distract herself from the flustering effect of his gaze. His endeavors lasted another half-hour, and then he was ready to display the fruit of his labors and be praised for the result.

Lady Catherine beckoned Mr. Churchill to bring the sketch to her, that she might have the first look at it when it was complete, and she was at once in raptures, declaring it must be framed and displayed in a place of great distinction. Mr. Churchill was subsequently entreated to make a circuit of the room, showing the portrait to all, to mixed review. Most of their companions were pleased and ready to offer praise; Elizabeth’s sisters were the only critics, finding fault with the eyebrows and lashes – until Mr. Churchill presented the drawing to Mr. Darcy for inspection.

He looked at it in silence for an interminable space of time; until Miss Crawford leaned across the chessboard, displaying herself to no little advantage as she declared, “You have made her too tall.”

“Certainly not,” Frank cried. “Consider, she is sitting down, which naturally presents a different aspect – I am sure the proportions have been preserved.”

“I rather wonder at her reading material,” Mr. Darcy quipped. “You have shaded over the cover of the book, and given it no title at all, though I have heard her reading poetry to you. You ought to inscribe a title – a volume of sonnets, I think, would do very well.”

Elizabeth had expected something more severe; her surprise was tinged with relief – and something else. She knew he intended some private insinuation by referencing sonnets, as this had been a jest she made her first night at Netherfield – something about driving away love – but she was determined not to attempt to puzzle the man out.

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Thank you, dearest readers, for following my blog tour! Best of luck to all of you in the giveaway – I will be announcing the winners on Release Day, April 7th. For those of you who missed a post, each stop on the blog tour has featured a tantalizing excerpt. Happy Reading!

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After the untimely death of their parents, Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are left to make their own way in the world, and the dubious decision to stay at Longbourn until they are forced out leads to chaos and confrontation two years later, when their cousin Mr. Collins comes to claim his inheritance.
Hot on his heels is his noble patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, a woman consumed by grief of her own after the loss of her husband and daughter in a terrible fire at her estate, Rosings Park. While her nephew Mr. Darcy is shocked by his aunt’s interest in the five orphaned girls, her niece Georgiana thinks it just the thing to soothe the dowager’s low spirits. Moved by the bonds of sorrow and a shared contempt of Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine offers the Bennet sisters her protection and assistance in society – and what better way to help them than to find them all rich husbands?
Much to her chagrin, Lady Catherine is not the only one to meddle in Meryton’s marriage mart – Richard Fitzwilliam joins her, at leisure to make mischief, Charlotte Lucas, now an heiress in her own right, has a secret of her own, and Georgiana Darcy finds herself inspired to write a novel that will document – and change – the lives of her new friends.
Tensions rise between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy as they both bristle at Lady Catherine’s plans – for very different reasons. Misapprehension and misunderstandings abound and plans go awry as the great lady rents Netherfield Park and hosts a horde of single gentlemen in possession of good fortunes, who must be in want of wives.
Will the Bennet sisters find love and happiness? What other Austen heroes and rakes might appear in the once dull village of Meryton? Will Darcy and Lizzy overcome the obstacles of their own making?

 

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You can find Five Daughters Out at once on pre order at:

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NEW giveaaway time

Jayne Bamber is kindly offering one ebook copy of Five Daughters Out at Once to readers following her blog tour. To apply to the giveaway, comment on this post and click on the following Rafflecopter Link.

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Longbourn Inheritance by Laraba Kendig – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

I am hosting for the first time at From Pemberley to Milton Laraba Kendig, an author who has already published 10 Pride & Prejudice variations, but who has only recently come to my attention. This month she released another book in the Pride and Prejudice Variation Series called Longbourn Inheritance and it is already #1 Best Seller in Amazon, so I am really happy that Mrs. Kendig accepted to share an excerpt of it in my blog. 

I hope you join me in congratulating Mr. Kendig for this new release and it’s success 🙂 Don’t forget, there is a giveaway of one ebook copy of Longbourn Inheritance, so make sure you leave a comment to apply to it. 

Thank you for visiting Ms. Kending, I hope this is the first of many visits 🙂


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In London, he was well received by nobles and gentry alike.  But was that because he was an exemplary person, or because everyone knew of his wealth and status?

“What do you think?” Darcy inquired aloud of his companion.  “Am I truly obnoxious and overly proud to those outside my circle?”

Maxwell, the red spaniel, had been trotting around happily, nosing this, nudging that, kicking his heels with sheer delight at being on a walk with a fine human male on a misty morning in November. At these words, however, the beast sat down and lifted a soulful gaze to the man, his eyes glistening with adoration as he proceeded to pant slowly, his feathery tail wagging slowly back and forth along the ground and accruing a new muddy brown coating.

“You think not?” Darcy inquired, dropping his hand to rub the dog’s ears.  “Well, that is a relief, young fellow. I feel certain that your analysis of human behavior is equal to my friend Bingley’s, or perhaps even more reliable.”

Maxwell barked agreeably and wagged his now very dirty tail, slobbering with ardent enthusiasm.

Darcy laughed and rose to his feet, “Well, I am glad that I have made a friend in you, at any rate.  But come, I think we could both use a little more exercise, do you not think?”

Maxwell leaped forward happily at these words and man and dog wandered farther down the trail, growing increasingly wet from the still dripping fronds.

After slogging another half mile or so, Darcy was pleased to come upon the road which ran along the northern edge of Netherfield. He was pleasantly exhausted and wished to return to his room for a bath and a change of clothes.

He smiled to himself and took a few eager strides down the road. There was a sudden rustle across the lane and before Darcy could react, Maxwell lunged in front of him in search of a fragrant bird which had fluttered into smelling distance.

Darcy tripped over the dog, falling hard, and yelped in pain.

 

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Elizabeth Bennet, dressed in a warm pelisse and woolen gown, was enjoying the chill of a sunny November morning when she heard the barking ahead of her on the road.  With a frown, she peered down the road intently, where a fluffy red dot was leaping up and down in the distance.

She spurred Daisy on gently, causing her mare to begin trotting. A second later, the rope in her hand, the one guiding Buttercup, jerked backward slightly. Of course Buttercup, being old and lazy, had no desire to move quickly.

“Come, Buttercup,” Elizabeth commanded, and to the mare’s credit, Buttercup shifted into a sullen jog.

Two minutes later, the red leaping dot had grown into a long legged puppy who was circling around a gentleman who was sitting up cautiously on the side of the road, a man who was …

“Mr. Darcy?!”

Fitzwilliam Darcy looked up, his brow furrowed, his face slightly pale.

“Miss Elizabeth,” he replied tautly.

Elizabeth gazed down at the man with a mixture of bewilderment and embarrassment. The last time she had met Mr. Darcy, she had given him a set down and while she was not ashamed of her words, she felt a little awkward at meeting him in this way, especially since he was apparently not well.

“Are you injured, sir?”

Darcy shifted a little and winced in pain, “I fear so, yes. Maxwell dashed in front of me in pursuit of a bird, and regrettably I tripped over him.”

“Maxwell?” Elizabeth inquired, and then nodded as she carefully swung herself down to the ground. “Oh, the puppy.  I am so sorry.”

“At least Maxwell seems all right,” Darcy commented, running a careful hand down the animal’s furry body.  “I was afraid I might have lamed him in my fall, as I am a big man to fall on a smallish dog.”

Elizabeth’s eyebrows rose at this remarkable statement. Given Mr. Darcy’s lofty behavior, she would not have expected him to be concerned about the beast responsible, however innocently, for injuring him.

“Is anything broken, Mr. Darcy?” she inquired worriedly, glancing around in search of anyone who might be able to help.  Not surprisingly, no one was in sight.  It was still early in the morning, and the only reason Elizabeth was on the road was because she desired to whisk Jane away from Netherfield as soon as possible. She would not have it said that Miss Bennet of Longbourn overstayed her welcome!

“I hope it is merely a sprain,” Darcy said, trying to rise to his feet before sinking back with soft moan of pain. “It may be broken, however.”

“I can ride to Netherfield and send help or, if you like, you can attempt to mount Buttercup. She is a placid horse, but I do not know if you are able to climb onto her with your injured leg.”

Darcy looked up at Elizabeth eagerly, “I would like to try, Miss Elizabeth.  The ground is uncomfortable, and I confess to being wet and increasingly cold.”

 


Elizabeth must oversee Longbourn after a family tragedy. Mr. Darcy is intrigued, Mr. Collins is baffled and Mr. Wickham is enticed.

Matthew Bennet, Lydia’s twin brother, has died. Elizabeth finds herself managing the Longbourn estate, while balancing the needs of her family with her own desires for a happy future.

Mr. Bingley rents Netherfield, and his friend, Mr. Darcy, comes to visit. When Darcy is injured, it is Elizabeth who comes to his rescue, sparking a friendship that surprises them both.

Mr. Collins’s foolishness, Mr. Wickham’s greed and Lady Catherine’s ambition cause the situation to grow far more complicated for our favorite characters. Will Darcy and Elizabeth overcome adversity to find their happily ever after?

 

 

You can find Longbourn Inheritance at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

on Kindle Unlimited

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I am a scientist by training, but a writer at heart. I have always loved reading with a passion and turned my hand to fanfiction a few years ago. I write stories similar to the ones I enjoy reading. They are interesting but light, romantic but not steamy. I am a super fan of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and have been having a wonderful time writing P&P variations, exploring how new circumstances affect the beloved characters. So far I have published several novel-length Regency Romance Pride and Prejudice variations via Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. My books include ‘The Banished Uncle’ and ‘A Fortuitous Fall’.


Laraba Kendig is giving away an ebook copy of Longbourn Inheritance to one of my readers. To enter the giveaway please comment on this post and let us know what you thought about this excerpt. The giveaway is internacional and is open until the 10th of April.

Good Luck everyone!

 

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Mr. Darcy’s Persuasion by Cass Grafton & Ada Bright

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When I heard Cass Grafton and Ada Bright were writing a Pride & Prejudice / Persuasion mashup I knew I had to read it. What could be more perfect then the characters from my two favorite Austen novels sharing page time in a new story?

My expectations were high and I was certainly not disappointed. In this story, Anne Elliot is acquainted with Charlotte Lucas and while visiting her in Hertfordshire meets Elizabeth Bennet. The young ladies form a friendship and Elizabeth is invited to stay with Anne at Kellynch Hall for a time. What none of the ladies knows, is that because of Georgiana’s recent health issues, Mr. Darcy is leasing a house on the Estate, which means that Elizabeth will be forced to spend more time then she would have liked with a certain gentleman from Derbyshire.

Mr. Darcy’s Persuasion will therefore take place mainly at Kellynch Hall where the Elliots will present themselves as the main antagonists of Elizabeth, Darcy, Anne and Wentworth. This book is long but very well written, and for that reason, it is engaging and easy to read. I loved many aspects about it, but the ones that I would like to highlight are the setting, Anne and Elizabeth’s friendship, and Captain Wentworth’s character.

Even though this book also tells us the story of Anne and Captain Wentworth, and they share some of the most romantic moments in the book, it is mainly a Darcy and Elizabeth story, and it was very interesting to see it take place at Kellynch. It was the first time I saw this setting in a P&P story, and the fact that these characters spend most of their time at this estate gave the story a cozyness I always appreciate in a book. I could picture all the scenes taking place at Meadowbrook House and the cottage, and at times I even felt I was there with the characters myself. 

Also, because this story takes place at Kellynch, our anti-heros are different from the usual ones. I loved to hate the baronet and his oldest daughter, and it was refreshing to see a different antagonist in the plot, even if Miss Elliot did resemble Caroline Bingley at times. I can’t say much about the secrets that were revealed in the ending, but I wasn’t expecting that revelation which I absolutely loved! I believe most readers will feel Miss Elliot had everything she deserved. 

Anne and Elizabeth’s friendship is also an unexplored plotline and I loved to see how two completely different ladies found common ground in their friendship using their differences to strengthen each other. In Mr. Darcy’s Persuasion, Jane makes a decision that creates friction with Elizabeth, and Anne felt like the perfect replacement for Jane’s calm and sensible personality. Anne had a bit more character though, and even a teasing tone, that made her friendship with Elizabeth much more alive then the one we often see Elizabeth having with Jane. Elizabeth’s devotion to Anne and all the support she gave her was endearing and I can see these two couples spending many pleasurable times together (can you tell I’m begging for a sequel?).

Captain Wentworth was everything I hoped for and even though I would have liked to see him take a more active part in assisting Mr. Darcy solving the conundrum he found himself in, Wentworth was the perfect hero, strong, steady and charming. His scenes with Anne were always electrifying and very emotional. I also enjoyed seeing a bit more of Captain Wentworth’s brother instead of his sister. Most Persuasion novels have Mrs Croft present but say little about Reverend Wentworth and the change in this one was something new and refreshing. 

Summing up, if you like Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, you should not miss this novel. It is a new and interesting story which takes place in a cozy setting that will captivate you. I recommend it to everyone who likes a good romance 🙂

You can find Mr. Darcy’s Persuasion at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited

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The Unread Letter by Kara Pleasants – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

Today I am very pleased to welcome Kara Pleasants to From Pemberley to Milton with an excerpt of The Unread Letter, her recently released novella. Ms. Pleasants first book, Disenchanted, was one of my favorites from last year which means I am very excited about this new novel. I am sure the writting style will be exquisite 🙂

Today’s excerpt is one of Ms. Pleasants favorite scenes in the book, and I can easily understand why, I hope you like it as much as I did 🙂

Thank you so much for visiting Ms Pleasants, and thank you to everyone at Quills & Quartos for the opportunity to be a part of this tour 🙂


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Hi, Rita! 

A huge thank you for having me come and visit as part of my blog tour for The Unread Letter.

This excerpt is one of my favorite places in the novella—a section that I added while reworking an earlier and much shorter version. In this variation, I explore the question of what might happen to Elizabeth and the Bennets if she had never read Mr. Darcy’s letter—and it takes her to Brighton, rather than to Derbyshire.

This new location allowed me to explore Brighton and the surrounding landscape of Sussex. I had a memory of seeing white cliffs on a visit to England as a child, which I was later able to discover were, in fact, the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs.

Elizabeth is drawn to nature, and I always felt a kinship with her because of this (I am also a very good walker). I hope you enjoy this excerpt, where she explores a true gem of the Sussex seaside. 

 

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Nothing could adequately prepare Elizabeth for the sight of the majestic, rolling series of white chalk cliffs that made up the Seven Sisters. Elizabeth gasped at the sight, quickening her pace when she was able to run out to the pebbly beach, strewn with rocks covered in green seaweed and algae. The peaks of the Seven Sisters lay like a shining crown set against the channel. The sheer cliff-face lay broken off as if at the edge of the earth. Elizabeth waited for Jane to catch up before they counted the seven gentle slopes together. Never had she seen such sharp contrasts of colour—the rich azure water against the white cliffs covered with green grass. And above it all, an endless sky streaked by cirrus clouds.

Here, the beach was free of the throngs of tourists and rows of bathing machines, the swarms of seagulls ready to pounce at the slightest morsel. Elizabeth did not miss the crowds, but she did sigh to think that she could not take advantage of the bathing machine to swim out farther into the channel and gaze at the cliffs from the water. She suggested to Jane instead that they take off their shoes to wade. Thus they spent at least an hour walking up and down the rocky beach, looking for seashells and almost falling in once or twice because of the slippery algae. They managed to stay in the water long enough for their toes to wrinkle, but Elizabeth could not help but stay as long as she could. The beautiful pictures of the sea-people that the children imagined had worked their way into her own thoughts—she liked to think that she was a selkie herself, only in need of her seal skin to let her explore the deep secrets of the ocean.

When the shadows grew longer, Mrs Gardiner called for them from the place where she and Mr Gardiner had been resting on a weathered log. “Will you be ready to go, dears, in half an hour? Though I wish we could stay to see the sunset, we do have a journey back to Brighton, and there is still the walk back to Seaford.”

“Nearly ready!” Elizabeth called back and turned conspiratorially to Jane. “Just this last time, we shall walk East towards the Seven Sisters before we turn back.”

“We may start our slow return to Seaford now,” Mr Gardiner said. “Our legs do not carry us as rapidly as yours.”

Elizabeth and Jane waved them off and decided that it would be better to put back on their shoes. They started walking together along the shoreline, until Jane fell a bit behind.

“Oh, Lizzy, you will never want to leave this place, will you?” she teased with a smile. “But I do think we should rejoin our aunt and uncle!”

“You go, I will catch up,” Elizabeth insisted, “I promise. As much as I wish I could walk from here all the way to Beachy Head, I will content myself with a final glimpse.”

She closed her eyes and breathed in deeply, the salt of the sea in her nostrils and the wind caressing her face. She waved solemnly to the Seven Sisters and then turned back with reluctance, her sister some distance away. Presently, she paused at the sight of a glinting white conical shell amongst the seaweed just ahead. She bent down to retrieve it, marveling at its smooth lines and delicate curve, when she felt her foot lose its grip on the rocks slick with algae and she let out a short exclamation of dismay as she fell backwards onto the beach. 

Imagine her surprise to hear a similar cry of alarm just behind her and the sound of rushing footsteps coming towards her. 

“Are you quite all right?” came the trembling voice of a young girl. 

Elizabeth looked up sheepishly from her place amid the wet seaweed. “I think I am all right, the only thing permanently injured is my pride.”

The girl, who was tall and must have been about sixteen, offered her a hand, which Elizabeth eagerly took. The girl pulled, and Elizabeth struggled to find a footing until she was sure—for a moment—that she was back on her feet, when they both slipped at the same time and found themselves sitting opposite each other. 

“Well, I am no help at all!” the girl cried.

Elizabeth burst into laughter. “What a disaster! I think we had better try to stand independently of one another—however ungraceful our appearance may be.” She saw that Jane had heard their distress and was now approaching. “Wait, wait!” Elizabeth called out to her, “We cannot have you falling into the seaweed, too!” She turned her attention back to her newfound companion, “Oh dear, now I have ruined your fine dress! Are you hurt at all?”

They both scrambled to their feet at the same moment, and Elizabeth tried to assist the girl by brushing her dress. 

Jane arrived out of breath. “Are you well, Lizzy?”

“Yes, Jane, but I have injured this beautiful creature.” Elizabeth took both of their hands to lead them away from the treacherous patch of rocks. 

“I am well,” the girl said, smiling shyly to reassure them.

“Are you quite sure?” Elizabeth tried again to brush off her dress.

“Where is your companion?” Jane enquired, “You are not here alone!”

“No, no,” the girl replied, seeming to draw herself in. “Here is my brother now.”

Elizabeth and Jane turned in the direction the girl indicated and discerned the familiar figure of a tall gentleman walking towards them, concern marking his features. Elizabeth’s mouth dropped open in shock.

“Georgiana, are you well?” the gentleman said, not looking at first towards anyone other than his sister “I am sorry to have let you stray so far. I saw you fall and—” He stopped short as his eyes turned and connected with Elizabeth’s. “Miss Elizabeth!”

“Mr Darcy!” 


For every one of his smiles, she thought of his letter and blushed with shame of what she had done. Oh, that she might have just looked at it!

After rejecting Mr Darcy’s proposal at Hunsford, Elizabeth Bennet is surprised when he finds her walking the next day and hands her a letter. Without any expectation of pleasure—but with the strongest curiosity—she begins to open the letter, fully intending to read it.

It really was an accident—at first. Her shaking hands broke the seal and somehow tore the pages in two. Oh, what pleasure she then felt in tearing the pages again and again! A glorious release of anger and indignation directed towards the man who had insulted her and courted her in the same breath. She did feel remorse, but what could she do? The letter was destroyed, and Elizabeth expected that she would never see Mr Darcy again. 

Home at Longbourn, she discovers that her youngest sisters are consumed by a scheme to go to Brighton—and Elizabeth finds herself drawn to the idea of a visit to the sea. But the surprises of Brighton are many, beginning with a chance meeting on the beach and ending in unexpected romance all around. 

 

 

 

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You can find The Unread Letter at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

on Kindle Unlimited

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Kara Pleasants lives in a lovely hamlet called Darlington in Maryland, where she and her husband are restoring an 18th century farm in Susquehanna State Park. They have two beautiful and vivacious daughters, Nora and Lina. A Maryland native, Kara spent a great deal of her childhood travelling with her family, including six years living in Siberia, as well as five years in Montana, before finally making her way back home to attend the University of Maryland. 

Kara is an English teacher and Department Chair at West Nottingham Academy. She has taught at the secondary and collegiate level at several different schools in Maryland. Her hobbies include: making scones for the farmer’s market, writing poetry, watching fantasy shows, making quilts, directing choir, and dreaming about writing an epic three-party fantasy series for her daughters.


Quills & Quartos is giving away an ebook copy of The Unread Letter to one of my readers. To enter the giveaway please comment on this post and let us know what you thought about this excerpt.

The drawing will occur  a week after the tour ends and the winner announced shortly after that.

Good Luck everyone!

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A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright

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A Captain for Caroline Gray is a well written book with strong lead characters placed in a different and interesting setting that I could not have loved more. 

In this novel we are introduced to Caroline Gray, a witty young woman who takes interest in many things that are not usually discussed among society ladies. This characteristic makes her a bluestocking in the eyes of society, and after several seasons without any success in attracting a man who is not afraid or disgusted with her intellect, she is faced with a terrible situation. Her late fathers estate is entailed to a distant cousin who has recently married, which means both she and her mother need to vacate their home. Without anywhere to go, or relatives able to assist both her and her mother, she accepts a proposal made to her by an acquaintance. She will pay for Caroline’s trip to India if Caroline accepts to have dinner with her son who is stationed there. The purpose is obviously for Caroline to marry him, but she is not obliged to do so if she doesn’t like the gentleman. This is not a prospect that pleases an independent mind like Caroline, but without any other options in front of her, she has to accept that travelling to India may be the only chance she has to get married and not be a burden to her family. 

Aboard the HMS Persistence, Caroline Gray meets several ladies who are also travelling to India with hopes of finding husbands, and many different crew members, but the most memorable one is Captain Scott. 

Captain Scott is the perfect romantic hero. He is strong, intelligent, honorable and is not afraid of a lady who can think and speak her mind, so when Miss Caroline Gray starts speaking, unlike the other man she has met until that moment, he is fascinated by her. 

When the growing attraction and affection between Caroline Gray and Captain Scott can no longer be denied, what will she do about the Captain waiting for her in India?

I loved everything about this book, but I believe I can sum it up to : the writing; the characters and the setting. 

The writing of this book is enticing and addictive. Once I started reading this story I could not put it down. The pace of the novel is ideal with a perfect balance of page time between the secondary characters and the main ones, with some adventure and small problems being intertwined with romantic scenes, and the intensity of the romance and dialogues between Caroline and Captain Gray is prodigious. I kept highlighting passages of this book, and during chapter 17 I literally held my breath because I was afraid that even my own breathing would interfere with the intense and overwhelming moment I was witnessing. I felt transported into Persistence and even if for a long time the story takes place in a ship, I never felt the narrative was taking place in a confined space. There were always different things happening in the ship and many different places inside it to where the author takes us to making it always an adventure. I kept imagining where Caroline would go next to make her drawings. This was the first book I’ve read from Julie Wright, but I am now convinced I must read more of her works. 

The main characters are both perfect! If you love Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, you will love Caroline Gray and Captain Thomas Scott. She is intelligent, interesting and outspoken, and he is honorable, blunt and with a strength of character that is charming. I loved them both and they seem to me like the perfect romantic couple. The secondary characters were also very interesting and definitely a plus to the story. From the ladies travelling on the Persistence to Lieutenant Peterson, Black and young Tom, I never felt they were less important in the progression of the story, and they all played important parts in it.

The setting was also something I adored because this ship is not the usual military ship I am used to seeing in regency stories, so we are able to see different interactions between characters during the dinner time and to visit many places we don’t usually see in ships. But the story also moves along to India, and it was also very nice to see the author characterize Mumbai and its inhabitants. That was something completely new to me and I loved it very much, even if it was not a big part of the book. 

Summing up, A Captain for Caroline Gray is a novel that should not be missed! Its characters are unforgettable, the romance is intense and captivating, and the plot is full of adventures. The only quibble I had with this book was that the ending scene seemed a bit abrupt and I would have liked to either see it extended or to have an epilogue giving us more insight into the lives of Caroline, Captain Scott and even young Tom. Nevertheless, this is a book I highly recommend to everyone!

 

A Captain for Caroline Gray at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Audible

 


NEW author bio

Julie Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen and has written over twenty novels since then. She is a Whitney Awards winner for best romance with her books Cross My Heart and Lies Jane Austen Told Me, and she is a Crown Heart recipient for the novel The Fortune Café.
She has one husband, three kids, one dog, and a varying amount of fish, frogs, and salamanders (depending on attrition). She loves writing, reading, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.
She hates mayonnaise.

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