Today, and for the first time, I’m receiving Denise O’Hara as a guest on From Pemberley to Milton.
And why is she a guest today you may ask? Well, Mrs. O’Hara will release a new novel called Complicated Attachments on the 23rd of May and From Pemberley to Milton is happy to be doing its cover reveal!!
I don’t know about you, but I love to see book covers, and even if we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, truth is, I have bought some books because of the cover.
But before the big reveal, let’s get to know a bit more about the book itself! Mrs. O’Hara is bringing us the book blurb and an excerpt to satisfy our curiosity.
Timing can make all the difference! What if the Militia and the Netherfield party arrived at the same time in Meryton? As events unfold, Jane first meets Mr. Wickham, while Elizabeth encounters Mr. Bingley. Introductions to new acquaintances can lead to attachments that become complicated. Wickham is enchanted and seriously pursuing the lovely Jane. Mr. Bingley is interested in Elizabeth, but it becomes complicated when he has a chance to spend time with her older sister. And Darcy finds himself increasingly drawn to a woman he is adamant he will never marry, which an unlikely source has much to say about, in Complicated Attachments, A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Denise O’Hara.
***Complicated Attachments Excerpt***
I believe we are both in a predicament,” Bingley said to Darcy while they were alone in the library and unlikely to be overheard. “I am unsure how to handle this situation.”
“Bingley, I warned you about getting involved with these country girls. Although I admit, from what I know of them, the eldest Miss Bennets appear to be unusually well bred compared to most. Even so, they are still not cut from the same cloth as those in our London circle. These girls are not used to the nuances of flirting for fun.”
“That is not fair, Darcy! I was not flirting for fun. I truly liked Miss Elizabeth, I still do in fact. It is just that…”
“It is obvious to me that you have come to hold a great deal of affection for Jane Bennet,” Darcy inserted. “It is evident you have a great deal in common. Your tempers are beyond similar. However, I too am unsure if you could declare that affection without causing hurt or offense to her sister, considering she was the one who originally had your attention.”
“Not to mention the fact that Jane Bennet already has a suitor.”
Darcy’s face turned stony. “Ah yes, Wickham. I had forgotten about his part in the picture.”
“I had not, for it has come back to me that he has been making constant enquiries about her all over town. It is obvious that he is desperate to find out more about her stay here, and to see her again.”
“And more than likely to see her for all the wrong reasons.”
“Perhaps, but perhaps not. What if this time, his affection is genuine? It would not surprise me if even the likes of Wickham would not have his head turned but such an angel as Jane. Not only is she the most beautiful girl I have ever seen, but she has the sweetest and most generous nature I have ever encountered. It pains me to think of her with anyone else, for I feel as if we are the perfect match, but I cannot deny that Wickham knew her first, and there is a chance that they hold genuine affection for each other.”
“I would not give myself a moment’s concern over stepping on his toes. In fact, I would be more than happy to squash him completely.”
Bingley laughed. “I dare say you would, but it would not do my reputation here any good. Having made discreet inquiries and found that so many of the townspeople have been fooled by Wickham already, if I made such a move it would be I whom would be the blackheart and blaggard. I would rather like to fit in here and not go upsetting my new neighbors.”
“Yes, I suppose I can see your point, but I can also see a solution for it. There is no doubt that Wickham will not be able to keep up his charade for long. You must keep up your acquaintance with Miss Bennet until such time as Wickham has shown his true colors to everyone, and then no one will consider you out of line for declaring yourself. It would also be beneficial if they could be kept apart so he has no more opportunity to work his charm upon her.”
“How do you suggest we do that?”
“Well, for one, it is fortunate for you that this tempest English weather is keeping her here. He would not dare to call here while I am in attendance, nor will she depart without her sister. Besides, I do not think she is in any hurry to leave, for it appears to me as if she has grown very fond of you.”
Bingley beamed. “Do you really think so?”
“I do, although it does seem likely she only feels friendship for the man she believes to be interested in her sister. It is hard to know since her countenance is always so serene.”
“Yes, I know what you mean. But sometimes, I think, or perhaps it is just hope, that I see something more than friendship when she looks at me.”
“Well then, if you are correct, then perhaps Wickham is no longer a concern and she has already forgotten him. After all, there acquaintance was not of a long duration before she joined us at Netherfield to attend her sister. If she has not forgotten him, then there is another way, although I would be reluctant to use it unless it was absolutely necessary.”
“Darcy! What are you thinking?”
Darcy chuckled. “Nothing as untoward as you, apparently. I merely meant that if the worst came to the worst, I might be forced to tell her the truth about the scoundrel.”
“But you said you have never told a soul other than me and your cousin! You would do that? For me?”
“Charles, you and Richard are my closest and probably my only true friends. Of course I would if it would help, although it is not in my nature to share my sister’s misfortune with others unnecessarily. However, I would not stand by and see you lose the object of your affection to that despicable cad. I also confess that I too have come to like Jane Bennet and would not wish to see her hurt.
“Thank you, Darcy. That you would act so means a lot to me.”
“However, Bingley, your sisters did inform me of a conversation they had with Miss Bennet. While she is a gentleman’s daughter, I understand her mother is not. Having only a brief introduction to Mrs. Bennet I have no knowledge of her character. Perhaps she is as lady-like as her daughters, but even if she is, she is not a lady by birth. I also believe she has relatives in trade? Have you taken this into consideration?”
“That makes no difference whatsoever to me. No one who gets to know her would think any less of her for having such relatives. She is a true lady in every sense of the word.”
Darcy shrugged. “I think you may be overestimating the ton, my friend. They are quick to judge those not of their class. Your sisters may very well do the same, though they seem quite taken with Miss Bennet, much more so than with her sister. But, as you have never been one to care about such things, and may settle among her neighbors, you are probably correct that it will make little difference to your circle. However, that still leaves us with the small problem of Elizabeth Bennet. The more I get to know her, the surer I am that you two are not well suited for one another. However, you do rather seem stuck with an obligation to her and I cannot see a way out of it without causing her distress or embarrassment.”
“I am surprised that you care about such a thing, although as I know you so well, it has not escaped my notice that you have been spending more time with her.”
Darcy smiled ruefully at Bingley. “I confess that over the last three days while I have been visiting with her and reading to her while she recovers her strength, I have found myself growing increasingly fond of her. She is everything that I admire; intelligent, quick-witted, assured, and impossibly stubborn and determined. I find her company such a refreshing change from the simpering fools that are normally foist upon me by adoring mamas. But, you have already shown that you favor her, remember? Besides, I have made my reasons clear to her; that of killing two birds with one stone. While we must endure remaining indoors lest we be drowned,” Darcy rolled his eyes in contempt, “ I am selfishly indulging in my favorite pastime of reading without feeling I am neglecting my friends, while at the same time allowing Miss Jane Bennet a chance to have a break from the strain of caring for her sister all day, every day. I have no interest in furthering my friendship with Miss Elizabeth, I assure you. Unlike you, I have a responsibility to my family to marry well, in every sense of the word. Although her company has been more enjoyable than the usual empty-headed women I regularly encounter, Elizabeth Bennet is among the class of women I shall never marry.
And now, it is time for the big cover reveal!!!
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