Blog Anniversary & Giveaway

Hello everyone,

Today is a very special day for me because it marks the second anniversary of From Pemberley to Milton!

People usually say that time flies by when we are doing something we love, but honestly, I do not feel that way. I feel that I’ve been blogging for much much longer than 2 years, and it’s even hard to remember what I used to do with my free time…

It all started as a way to organise myself, to list the books I had read and to have an idea of which authors I would want to read next, but soon this blog became much more than that!

From Pemberley to Milton opened the doors to many experiences, but above all, to conversations with kindred spirits. Because of it, I got to know people with whom I feel really connected with and whom I consider true friends.

It all started in 2015 with me posting the review of Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections, after this first step, comments started to appear and I started talking to many of the people with whom I’m still in contact today.

Getting to know all of you was a plus, and one I was not expecting, I never imagined a JAFF community existed and that everyone was so welcoming and nice 🙂 Thank you so much for all your kind words in the past 2 years, and for being such na important part of my live!!!

But the conversations I established with you were all online until the beginning of 2016. That’s when I got to meet Elizabeth Adams, Joana Starnes, Sophie Andrews and Ana from My Vices and Weaknesses.

This first meeting was absolutely wonderful, but it was only the beginning. Since then I’ve been with these ladies many more times, and I believe we are now establishing a tradition of meeting in London once a year 🙂 Who wants to join us next year?

That first meeting opened the door to other encounters, and the next time we all met, we even added another Janeite to the party, author Caitlin Williams, whom I was lucky to meet a second time just last month, along with another group of amazing ladies.

But my Janeite meetings were not restricted to the UK, I crossed the ocean and met fellow blogger Claudine Pepe in New York City that same year.

And then, back in Europe, I had an opportunity to chat with some readers of my blog like Glynis and Sonia. I confess this was particularly touching for me because I might have met other authors and bloggers if I didn’t have my own blog, but I don’t think I would ever have met other readers, and I absolutely loved being with these ladies 🙂

This year, my janeite encounters continued and I met several writers such as Cassandra Grafton and Amanda Grange .

Travelled with writers Lory Lilian, Andreea Catana and editor Ellen Pickels.

 

And of course, through all this time, Ana and Joana were a constant in all Jane Austen related places 🙂

In fact, Joana was the one who introduced me to Mira Magdo, and later on I got to introduce Mira to Ana 🙂

The last day I was with Mira, I was telling her I had to prepare this post, because my blog anniversary was coming, and you’ll never guess what happened! We were on a train on our way to London, when we discovered that, in fact, we started our blogs exactly in the same day!!!

(Me and Mira seconds after discovering our blogs started exactly in the same day)

The 3rd of August 2015 saw 2 JAFF blogs come to life, From Pemberley to Milton and Obsessed With Mr. Darcy! And not only did we start our blogs on the same day, but we also published reviews of books from the same author, Abigail Reynolds. We could not believe the coincidence! So I would like to ask you to wish, along with me, a happy anniversary to Obsessed With Mr. Darcy! Congrats for such a fun and original blog Mira, I still love the tissues, chocolate and icecream things…

And of course, to celebrate our blog anniversary, we are doing a giveaway for our readers 🙂

 

 

As you, wonderful people, have been with me and Mira on this journey, you shared, liked, commented, entered giveaways, wrote us messages, etc,. We would like to offer one lucky winner a copy of The Darcy Monologues, signed by the editor Christina Boyd, and 3 authors: Lory Lilian, Joana Starnes and Caitlin Williams along with a Mr. Darcy Magnet. The giveaway is international and open until the 22nd of August.

You can enter by commenting on BOTH From Pemberley to Milton and Obsessed with Mr. Darcy‘s original wordpress posts. Good Luck!

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65 responses to “Blog Anniversary & Giveaway

  1. Happy blog anniversary! You have accomplished so much is just 2 years! And the time does fly; I just realized that my 10th blog anniversary was in June! :O

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  2. Hi Rita. I thought you had been going longer than 2 years, your blog is so well-established. I can’t believe all the people you have met in that time too! Please don’t enter me for the giveaway, I just wanted to wish a lovely blogger friend a happy blog birthday ❤

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  3. Anngela

    Happy Blog-aversary, Rita. Thank you for always being so thorough and fair, and for also sharing your love of Jane with us. 💗

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  4. Congratulations! Wish I had been following all this time! I’ll have to catch up on some past posts. As a fan of JAFF for many years, I too have found many friends online with the same admiration for Jane. It brought me my friend Katrin in Austria who I later went to meet. Next time I come to England, I’d love to meet more janites.
    Keep up the good work!

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    • Thank you so much 🙂 I hope you like the older posts and that we have an opportunity to discuss JAFF books 🙂 And who knows I’ll be able to meet you in the future as well 🙂 I don’t live in England, but I do love traveling, so it’s likely we will have a chance to meet and discuss all things Jane Austen 🙂

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  5. Congratulations to both you and Mira on a wonderful milestone! The photos are lovely, as are your words.

    (No need to enter me in the draw) ❤

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  6. karenmcoxbooks

    Congratulations, and here’s to many more years of Austen fun!

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  7. Christina Boyd

    What a fantastic post! I love all the Austen adventures you have gone on and shared with us. I hope one day to meet you too! Thank you so much to you and Mira (who I met in real life!) for organizing this giveaway of a signed copy of “The Darcy Monologues”. To get 3 of the 15 author’ signatures (Joana Starnes and Caitlin William, who I did meet, and Lory Lilian’s, who I have yet to meet) is quite a celebration, especially how my authors are from across the globe! Thank you again. And congratulations on your anniversary. Wishing you many more years!

    PS– Funnily, Abigail Reynolds wrote me into her Noble Connections (I am the Miss Boyd in her story and through a fundraiser I was also able to name “my father”… I believe I mashed up my own MrB’s name with Henry Cavill’s…something like Sir Matthew Henry Dalgliesh Boyd of Jersey.

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    • Thank you Christina 🙂 I do hope to one day have my own copy of the Darcy Monologues signed by all authors 🙂 I know that if I am persistent I will make it in time 🙂
      What an honour to have a character named after you in one of Abigail’s books! Congrats!

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  8. evamedmonds

    Happy 2nd anniversary of your blog. I recently “found” you and have appreciated and enjoyed all of your blogging. It is wonderful to “talk” with people around the world and to all have our say in the conversation. Thank you for the fabulous giveaway.

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  9. Theresa M

    Happy 2nd Anniversary….love it!

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  10. 2 years is so amazing, a great achievement🎉 !, Congrats ❤

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  11. Jan Hahn

    Happy Anniversary, Rita! I love your blog and all you do to promote Austen adaptations. Even though we haven’t met in person, I feel like I know you. Here’s to many more years of great blogging!

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  12. Congratulations on your anniversary of your blog. Also on getting to meet and greet people with the same interests. Everyone loves your blog, pictures and adventures. Good luck in all future endeavors. Continue to blog and keep everyone else happy!

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  13. Glynis

    Many congratulations Rita and thank you for sharing your thoughts, your trips and photos and your wonderful reviews with us. I have found that I rely on blog reviews to choose what to read as there are getting to be more books which are just using names from P&P to write stories that I don’t like.
    Therefore I am very grateful to you and your fellow bloggers.
    I would so love to win that signed copy of TDM and I must tell you that I have cleared a space on my fridge for the magnet 😊😊

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  14. Congratulations to you both, Rita and Mira. It certainly doesn’t seem like two years, as it feels as though you’ve both always been around on the JAFF scene. I’d love to meet you both one day, fingers crossed! Here’s to many more happy years of blogging for you.

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  15. Happy Blogaversary! I have so enjoyed your posts and giveaways over the past 2 years. Continued success with your blog!

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  16. J. W. Garrett

    Happy Anniversary to You… too bad I’m on my computer and don’t have a musical not emoji. Dang… I love how you have opened your arms to the world and it has hugged you back. How marvelous. Blessings for a wonderful future in blogging.

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  17. Congratulations on the anniversary, keep up the great reviews

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  18. Mary

    Rita,

    Happy blog anniversary!!! 🎉 ☺️🎂

    I’m delighted to join the others in celebrating your second year of blogging!
    Isn’t it amazing to think of all the wonderful books that we’ve all read together,over the past two years,the opinions expressed and the various recommendations made on future reads!

    Isn’t it just fantastic to think of the friendships that have grown as a result of you posting your musings on books that have touched your heart,be they P&P or N&S inspired!

    Your blog is always so welcoming and I,for one,love adding my humble opinion on whatever book you’ve reviewed. I will inevitably add it to my TBR list,read it and love it as much as you did!!!

    Continued success in the future!
    I wish you a happy,book crammed year ahead!! 😊

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  19. Congrats on the Blogiversary, Rita! *Throws confetti* Your Jane Austen adventures are to die for! They looks so amazing and you’ve met so many wonderful authors and friends! Wow, you’ve done a lot in two years!! How awesome to discover that you share the same blog birthday with someone else and that you both reviewed the same book! What a special and unique coincidence!

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  20. Congratulations! It takes a lot of work to sustain a blog so you deserve to take a bow! Thank you for all the support that you give to JAFF authors!

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  21. Mary Preston

    Congratulations and thank you for the fabulous posts.

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  22. Congratulations! Happy Blogiversary!

    denise

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  23. kneyda

    Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  24. Congratulations on your second blog anniversary. What fun it is to share this date and to have started it with the same book. What a generous give away. Looking forward to many more years of following your blog.

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  25. Awwww that is so cute! Happy Anniversary to you and to Mira as well! I’m always amazed how people’s loves bring them together even if they live in different places in the world. Cheers to more Austen!

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  26. Jami Dragan

    Hello, Rita!! Congratulations!! You seem like such a fun girl and I love going on Austen adventures with you through the computer! Maybe ONE day I’ll get to meet you!! 🙂 Happy Blog-iversary! Love all the wonderful Jane friends out there. The world is so much happier for them all! And how fun about you and Mira celebrating the same special day.

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  27. Karylee Marin

    How FUN. Your lives are richer!
    And, boy, would I love to win the ‘Monologues!’
    Thank you, and Congratulations!
    To the next two years, with lots of fun for all of us…
    Karylee

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  28. darcybennett

    Happy 2nd anniversary and hoping you will have many more wonderful years to come!

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  29. Congratulations Rita! This is great news. I love your blog and I look forward to more fabulous posts from you.

    It’s funny that Joana is the person that connected us to each other. I look forward to meeting you again on another Austen road trip.

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  30. Dung

    Happy Blog Anniversary Rita! I loved that you’ve been able to meet so many authors, bloggers and readers along your journey! I love that Jane Austen brings so many people together!

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  31. Congratulations to both of you on your mutual anniversary. I have to admit that I follow blogs rather sporadically; yours is one that I try to keep up with. You are all so inspirational — I came to JAFF rather later than many of you; my own blog will be just one year old on September 9. (I hope to give some stuff away too.) Now I will aspire to two years or longer! This was such a fun post to read and thank you for the giveaway offer :-).

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  32. caracoleta07

    Awww it’s so neat that the first post you’ve published since I started following this blog was an anniversary post 😀
    Very lovely
    And what a sweet coincidence ^_^
    All the best,
    Denise

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  33. Happy anniversary my dear – sorry to be late at the party! Congrats for doing such a wonderful job with this lovely blog!

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  34. Pam Hunter

    Happy Anniversary! You do a wonderful job! Keep blogging!

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  35. It seems like yesterday that I found your blog & not a week goes by without me visiting. Congratulations on the second aniversary & I hope you will continue for many more years!

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  36. Thanks for sharing glimpses of your friendships with us! Austenites unite 🙂 Thank you also for the giveaway and congrats on your blogaversary!

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  37. Love the photos of so many of our JAFF friends and authors. Happy anniversary and wishes for many more successful years. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Charlotte

    Happy anniversary Rita!!! I’m always looking forward to reading your posts 🙂

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  39. Briony Watkins

    Happy anniversary! I look forward to reading about more of your adventures in your future blog posts!

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  40. Chelsea

    Happy 2nd anniversary and thank you so much for offering this Giveaway, this book looks so great and I have it on my TBR list so I would love a chance to win it! I also really enjoyed looking at all your pictures in this post.

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  41. Anabela

    Congrats Rita! =)

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  42. That’s so amazing, Rita, that you and Mira started blogging on the exact same day! Here’s to a great milestone and to many more!!

    Can’t believe I missed your blogversary!!! We left for Cornwall on the day before (2nd) and got back after 10 days of no WiFi & no TV, just sand and seagulls and mum-in-law’s dogs & chickens 🙂 Wish you were there too (not with the dogs & chickens) but on the Poldark beaches & pretty coves. Another year, fingers crossed.

    Congrats for the 2 years of fun, hope you enjoyed it as much as the rest of us love visiting your blog and looking forward to the Big Ten Party on your blog and Mira’s 8 yrs from now. OMG we still haven’t drunk that Darcy champagne! Hope we manage to before then 🙂

    Happy Anniversary!

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  43. Congrats on your blogiversary!

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  44. Betty Campbell Madden

    You’ve given lots of pleasure to many P&P fans over the past two years. Thank you.

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  45. Claire

    Happy anniversary! What a way to spend your days and what lovely friends you’ve made along the way! My sister-in-law and I have our own little JAFF book club (just the two of us lol), and would talk about Mr Darcy and Elizabeth all day if we could!! I look forward to exploring your blog!!

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  46. Happy blogging anniversary, Rita. Thank you for the generous gifts too. Your post reminded me to check when I established my blog and it has been 7 years this month though I am not active like you.

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