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Giveaway winner – Longbourn’s Songbird

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Hello dear readers,

As many of you noticed, From Pemberley to Milton was part of Beau North blog tour for her debut novel Longbourn’s Songbird with a guest post and giveaway!!!

Today this blog will bring happy news to one lucky winner, but before announcing the lucky one, I would like to thank all who participated, shared and supported this initiative.

Thank you all for your participation and support!

I would also like to give a very special and very big thank you to Jakki Leatherberry for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and having the patience to answer all my questions 🙂

Last but not least a big thank you to Beau North for writing this wonderfull book and coming to From Pemberley to Milton with such a special post 🙂

Now, without further ado… The randomly selected winner is:

 

*** Anji *** 

Congratulations Anji!  I hope you enjoy the book and share your thoughts with all of us once you’ve read it 🙂

Please send me your address to ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com so that I can provide it to Meryton Press for the book to be sent to you 🙂

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A different Paris

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Paris is my favorite city in the entire world!

I visited Paris in 2009, fell in love with it, and ever since, I try to go back as much as possible.

Luckily I am able to do it quite frequently due to the proximity to Portugal 🙂

In the beginning of the year I booked a trip scheduled to november because I wanted to see a concert that would occur in Paris. I was antecipating this trip, but then the attacks occured. I thought about cancelling the trip, but in the end decided to come anyway. Life goes on and we can not live based in fear.

I’ve assisted to the concert I came to see and travelled the streets as I usually do.

But something feels different, something is different. So I decided to make a different visit this time.

I decided to make a literary visit to Paris ! I tried to find as many connections to Jane Austen as possible and even though it wasn’t easy, I believe I have found some places that you might find curious.

In the 11th arrondissement I found Street Darcy ! How awsome is that ?

 

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As you can see I look a bit crazy taking pictures at the street signs, and people passing by kept looking at me without understanding what I was doing, but I’m sure you will understand 🙂

Now, as much as I would like to tell you this street was named after Jane Austen’s character, I can not. In fact, this street was named after Patrice d’Arcy, a mathemetician and military man born in Ireland but naturalised french. In August 10th 1868 the street was named Darcy, but JAFF readers such as myself will always think of Fitzwilliam Darcy and not Patrice 😉

 

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After walking in the cold for a while, look where I went to lunch :

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Cafe Livres is one of my favourite restaurantes in the city, and I always try to go there when I’m visiting. This time was no exception as this was a mandatory stop for my literary trip 🙂

I feel so good in this place, isn’t it perfect?

 

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Another place that I’ve visit in the past called my attention this visit, and that is Shakspeare and Co.

 

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Have you ever been there? I searched the shop for some Jane Austen books and then had to try a British cup of tee in their new cafe :

 

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After all these visits, Paris started to feel like my old Paris, and now that I only have a few more days here, I already want to come back.

Until then…I’ll just continue to re-read The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth from Victoria Kincaid.

If you’ve read it, this scenario might look familiar, if not, you might consider it, the book is really good 🙂

 

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I’ll post the review shortly so you can know more 🙂

A bientôt chers lecteurs

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Guest Post & Giveaway with Beau North

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Hello everyone,

I am very happy to welcome Beau North in From Pemberley to Milton today for a guest post as part of the blog tour for her debut book “Longbourn’s Songbird”.

I read her book a few weeks ago and found it delicious, just as much as Lizzie Bennet’s Blackbery Cobler that you will see on Beau’s post.

I hope you like it as much I did 🙂

 

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I’d like to thank Rita and From Pemberley to Milton for the warm welcome I’ve received here, and for the fabulous review of Longbourn’s Songbird! I am looking forward to interacting with all of the dedicated readers here and answering any questions you may have!

 

I’ve been promising Rita something special for weeks now, but perhaps I should have promised something sweet.

 

“All I know for sure is there are few complaints that can’t be solved with dessert. You looked like a man who’d gone far too long without something sweet.”

– Longbourn’s Songbird, Chapter 10

 

I’ve talked about pretty much everything that influenced and inspired this story, from my grandmother to my hometown to Appalachian folk music to the divine Tom Mison. Now that “dinner” is over, it’s time I offered y’all dessert.

 

Mr. Bennet, who loved social experiments, decided to test his suspicion regarding Darcy’s fascination with his favorite daughter. “Come by on Tuesday,” he said eyeing Darcy. “My Lizzie is making blackberry cobbler.” The mention of his daughter had the desired effect. Darcy blanched like a man being walked to the gallows. It told Mr. Bennet all he needed to know. – Longbourn’s Songbird, Chapter Two

 

Cobbler is a staple of southern cuisine. There are several varieties, but the two most common are peach and blackberry. I’ve even seen them combined into one heavenly treat! But, for my last guest post in the tour I wanted to share this family recipe with all of you. My Grandmother, Ola (who was my inspiration for Jane), was an extraordinary baker. Most of our family recipes were her creation, a special bequest for those in our family lucky enough to remember her.

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So, exclusively for the readers of From Pemberley to Milton, I give you this. My apologies in advance that the measurements are all in the Standard U.S. Measurement! Here is a link for conversions that I found helpful.

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Lizzie Bennet’s Blackberry Cobbler

 

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¾ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¾ cup buttermilk (regular milk is fine too)

¼ cup butter

2 cups fresh blackberries, rinsed

 

Instructions:

  • preheat oven to 325℉ (165℃)
  • place your butter in a baking dish (9×9 is a good size) and put it in the warming oven so that the butter melts
  • mix flour, baking powder, sugar, ginger and buttermilk until you have a smooth batter
  • remove baking pan from oven and pour batter on top of the butter. You can gently fold the two together if you like, but it is not necessary and may cause the pastry to stick
  • drop blackberries directly into batter. Do not stir!
  • bake for 1 hour until golden Brown

 

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I like to make a little fresh whipped cream for topping, but you can have it plain or with ice cream.

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I hope you’ll give it a try. I apologize that I don’t have a vegan or gluten-free option, but that’s the joy of baking – the chance to experiment! . After all, most southern cooking is not terribly precise, it’s usually “a handful” here and “a pinch” there, so there’s always room for interpretation.

 

I’d like to thank you all for giving me the chance to share my grandmother’s knowledge with this audience, I think she would have been happy about it! Does your family have any recipes that have been passed down through the generations? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

 

Thanks again to Rita and From Pemberley to Milton for giving me this opportunity!

 

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It’s giveaway time!

One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Longbourn’s Songbird, and it is open internationally!  

To enter, leave a comment or question below and the winner will be picked randomly.

The giveaway is open until the 29th of November and the winner will be announced on the 30th. The best of luck to everyone!

 

I would just like to thank Beau North once more for the delightful post she brought to From Pemberley to Milton, to Jakki from Leaderbound Reviews for organizing the blog tour and inviting me to be a part of it, and to Meryton Press for the giveaway.

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Yours Forevermore, Darcy

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Can you imagine anything more romantic than Darcy writing letters to Elizabeth and signing them as “Yours Forevermore, Darcy”?

This was the idea behind Karalynne Mackrory’s latest book. The intensity of Darcy’s feelings for Elizabeth led him to write her letters as a mean to cope with the feelings assaulting his heart and mind.

But what if she were to receive them? Would she change her mind towards him?

The plot starts after the Hunsford proposal, heartbroken Darcy leaves with Col. Fitzwilliam as it was planned, but unfortunate circumstances bring them back to Rosings almost immediately after they left. Mr. Darcy is then forced to be in Elizabeth’s present more often than he would wish at the time, but this will only allow her to see the man he truly is.

The letters are not actually seen until the middle of the book and the story will continue at a slow pace in a very similar way to the original.

I would have preferred to have more Darcy and Elizabeth scenes as we had in “Haunting Mr Darcy”. Karalynne Mackrory got us used to such wonderful scenes between them that I felt that in “Yours Forevermore, Darcy” there are too many scenes that are not between my tow favourite characters. But that also gives us the opportunity to read some interesting scenes of role reversal such as Jane telling Mr. Bingley that Lizzy has feelings for Mr. Darcy. Another interesting aspect of the book was the way Elizabeth exposed Whickam: it was very interesting, witty and Lizzy like.

The humorous parts of the book were also interesting to read, the Darcy/Richard carriage scene is hilarious and really made me laugh but what I really enjoyed in this book was the fact that Darcy is not the only one writing letters. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who have not read the book, but Elizabeth also writes letters, and the connection and intimacy that is established through these letters is just delicious.

Yours Forevermore, Darcy is available at:

Amazon.com – Yours Forevermore, Darcy

Amazon.co.uk – Yours Forevermore, Darcy

Amazon.fr – Yours Forevermore, Darcy (English Edition)

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Longbourn’s Songbird

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Longbourn’s Songbird is a modernatization of Pride and Prejudice that takes place in the United States of America in the post-World War II.

I don’t usually read modernizations but the era this book takes places intrigued me immediately, and after reading it, I can guarantee it is as good as some of the best regency adaptations I’ve read.

The scenario seemed very interesting to me (and I’m not easily tempted by modernizations), but I truly knew this book had bewitched me when in chapter four I read Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s first confrontation. The scene occurs in the Netherfield porch and the intensity and passion lived in that moment conquered me. I knew from that moment on I could not resist this book.

I don’t want to reveal much of the plot as I do not want to spoil your enjoyment when reading it, but the book takes an unexpected turn of events that gets us hooked to it until the end.

It is fascinating to see Darcy’s reactions in this modernization. We got to see Darcy more loose, more at liberty to react and exteriorise his pain. I liked that he wasn’t portrayed as flawless and that he made stupid mistakes. It made him more human, more real and it was much more appropriate to the historical time. I also liked seeing him admit it:

“I’m also human. I think you forget sometimes that I am fallible”

I found the Darcy/Elizabeth relationship thrilling and exciting. I absolutely loved the way he always reacted to her, and the way she enjoyed his reactions, but the book is much more than a Darcy/Elizabeth love story! All characters have their own story and all of them contributed to the interest I got in the book.  Their stories allow us to see a portrait of society at the time. Beau North approaches subjects such as race and sexual discrimination, domestic violence and homosexuality which made the book incredibly interesting. Longbourn’s Songbird is very appealing and interesting because is it obviously a Pride and Prejudice variation that will appeal to JAFF readers, but it is also an intriguing romance and a society’s portrayal that will appeal to any other reader.

The diversity of subjects approached made it a complex and profound book that appeals to a huge variety of readers, therefore, I highly recommend it to anyone.

Longbourn’s Songbird is available at:

Amazon.com – Longbourn’s Songbird

Amazon.co.uk – Longbourn’s Songbird

Amazon.fr – Longbourn’s Songbird

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A Peculiar Connection

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Lately everyone has been talking about the “Let’s torture Darcy” club, and I admit I am a proud member. But despite being a member of this club, I have always been more of a “Let’s torture Elizabeth” kind of girl.

Jan Han has created a premise that is perfect for me because in A Peculiar Connection she pretty much tortures both Darcy and Elizabeth in the most wonderful manner!

What if in her visit to Elizabeth, Lady Catherine were to reveal the most torturous information? What if she told Elizabeth that she was the illegitimate daughter of late Mr. Darcy, and therefore sister to Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy? How would they react to this information? Would they try to establish a relationship as siblings? Would they prefer to never see each other again? Would they give up on their love? And could fate be so harsh on them?

This premise takes us into a long adventurous journey leaded by Darcy’s hope and persistence. Even though the book is written under Elizabeth’s point of view, it is Darcy’s love and character that makes us travel through England and Ireland in search of happiness. I loved the way Darcy never gave up on his love for Elizabeth. He was just as I imagined him to be under such circumstances: supportive, constant, brooding, passionate and relentless.

As one would expect, Darcy and Elizabeth will spend a lot of time together, and the tension and chemistry between them will be overwhelming throughout the entire book. Jan Han created so many intense scenes I just wanted to carve them all in my memory to access them at any time. I started writing down some quotes, and would like to share one of them with you, it may not be the best of them all, but it touched me deeply:

 

“I am… no one. I am just Elizabeth, and I do not know where I belong or to whom”. I fought the bleakness welling up within me, but I could not hide my sorrow from him.

Mr. Darcy rose to sit beside me, taking both my hands in his. I turned my face away, but he commanded me to look at him. “You belong to me, Elizabeth”.

 

This is just one of those scenes I absolutely adored. But the great thing about this book is that it is filled with great moments, so many that it was hard to choose the ones I would mention on the review. In fact, the story is so interesting, the scenes so intense and Darcy’s character so well developed that when I finished reading the book, I just wished Jan Han had also written the Darcy POV of A Peculiar Connection. I would love to read the scene after Elizabeth leaves Pemberley in a rush under Mr. Darcy’s point of view, or to know how his encounter with Lady Catherine was, or his reaction when discovering the documents in his aunt’s house. And I most certainly wanted to read how he felt when discovering the identity of Elizabeth’s father.

We get glimpses of Darcy’s feelings through Elizabeth’s eyes, but sentences as the ones below just entice me to read more about Darcy’s inner thoughts:

 

“Nothing remained on his countenance other than bleak resignation and a sadness I cannot describe”

“Expressionless, the light had vanished from his eyes as surely as if one had doused a candle”.

 

I could continue to quote the book, but I think it is preferable for you to read it yourself. All I can tell you is when I think about the scenes in the book, I pretty much want to read them all over and over again and also under Mr. Darcy’s point of view, so I’m hoping Mrs. Han reads this review and considers that as her next novel 🙂

 

A Peculiar Connection is available at:

Amazon.com – A Peculiar Connection

Amazon.co.uk –A Peculiar Connection

Amazon.fr –A Peculiar Connection (English Edition)

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Longbourn’s Songbird blog tour launch

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Hello everyone,

Today I’m not sharing a review but some of the best news a JAFF reader can have: there is another book on the market and the blurb is enticing and promising 🙂

Longbourn’s Songbird, published by Meryton Press, is the debut book of Beau North and it’s blog tour is being launched today!

I was very excited to read the description of the book because I have never read any Pride and Prejudice variation that takes place in the 50’s and in the USA, so I decided to share with you the blurb as well as the authors bio and the blog tour details so that you can follow it to know more about Longbourn’s Songbird.

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did 🙂

 

Book Blurb

“Someday some lark is gonna spell you with a song, Will Darcy. She’ll call you with music and you’ll be as good as lost.”

In the autumn of 1948, young millionaire Will Darcy comes to the sleepy, backwater town of Meryton, South Carolina to visit his best friend, Charles Bingley. When Darcy becomes enchanted by a local beauty with a heavenly voice, his business dealings with Longbourn Farms may close the door to his romantic hopes before they are given a chance to thrive.

Still healing from heartbreak, Elizabeth Bennet takes solace in her family, home, and the tight-knit community of Meryton. That foundation is shaken when Will Darcy makes a successful offer to buy the family farm. Blinded by hurt, will Elizabeth miss the chance to find in him the peace and comfort her heart truly needs?

Confronting the racial, economic, and social inequalities of the times, Longbourn’s Songbird is an imaginative romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and told through the lens of post-WWII America, a story layered with betrayal and loss, love and letting go.

 

Author Bio

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Beau North is a native southerner who now calls Portland, Oregon home with her husband and two cats. She attended the University of South Carolina where she began a lifelong obsession with English Literature. In her spare time, Beau is the brains behind Rhymes With Nerdy, an internet collective focused on pop culture. This is her first novel.

 

Longbourn’s Songbird blog tour Schedule

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11/9: Guest Post & Giveaway at My Jane Austen Book Club

11/10: Excerpt & Giveaway at So Little Time…

11/11: Guest Post & Giveaway at Laughing with Lizzie

11/12: Review at Half Agony, Half Hope

11/13: Review at Margie’s Must Reads

11/14: Excerpt at My Love for Jane Austen

11/15: Review at Liz’s Reading Life

11/16: Guest Post & Giveaway at Austenesque Reviews

11/17: Excerpt & Giveaway at Best Sellers and Best Stellars

11/18: Excerpt & Giveaway at Romance Novel Giveaways

11/19: Review at Savvy Verse & Wit

11/20: Author Interview at Lost in Asgard

11/21: Review at Babblings of a Bookworm

11/22: Guest Post & Giveaway at From Pemberley to Milton

11/23: Review at Diary of an Eccentric

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Giveaway Winner – The Unthinkable Triangle

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Hello Dear readers,

As many of you noticed, From Pemberley to Milton was part of Joana Starnes blog tour for her latest novel The Unthinkable Triangle with a guest post, review and giveaway!!!

Today this blog will bring happy news to one lucky winner, but before announcing the lucky one, I would like to thank all who participated, shared and supported this initiative. I’ve come to realise the JAFF community is one of the warmest and friendlier communities online and being a part of Joana’s blog tour showed me just that. Thank you all for your participation and support!

I would also like to give a very special and very big thank you to Joana Starnes for writting such a wonderful book, for visiting this blog, for being so nice to everyone here and of course, for making this giveaway possible!
I was very happy to welcome you as the first author with a guest post in From Pemberley to Milton and I hope to receive you again in the future Joana. Thank you so much for everything!

Now, without further ado… The randomly selected winner is:

*** Sónia Braz *** 

Congratulations Sónia!  I hope you enjoy the book and share your thoughts with all of us once you’ve read it 🙂

Please send me your e-mail address to ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com so that we can send you your prize.

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