A Lie Universally Hidden was one of the best books I’ve read this year, so it was with great joy that I heard that Anngela Schroeder was releasing a new book called The Goodness of Men.
I am currently reading it and it does not appear to be at all similar to her previous JAFF endeavour, which is always a good sign because I love diversity! And that is precisely the word of order today. We wanted to present to you on this post something different than usual, so instead of bringing Darcy or Elizabeth for an interview, we decided to talk to the wildest of the Bennet sisters, Lydia.
I hope you enjoy her antics in this interview 🙂
Interview with Lydia Bennet-Candy
Miss Lydia, thank you for joining us today.
What? Oh, yes. You are welcome.
I understand you have a trip to Brighton coming up. What are you most excited about?
I am so pleased to seek out adventure while my sisters cannot. I will be surrounded by officers, and attend balls and plays. I will be the most desired partner on the dance floor. And me only fifteen!
Why do you love a man in the militia? Is it because of their duty to the country?
Duty to the country? I guess I never thought of it that way. No, I have not. I like a man in the militia because their uniforms make them look so smart.
What is your relationship like with your sisters? Harriet Forester?
My sisters are all envious of me, especially Kitty and Mary. I am the prettiest besides Jane, but she is still unmarried at three and twenty… or is she two and twenty? Never mind, but I am the one who all the officers pay the most attention to.
Harriet Forester is my most particular friend. She and I are so similar. She is what I hope to be- young and beautiful and married to some dashing fellow. But, my sights are higher than an officer or regular Colonel.
Where do your sights lay?
I will be married to a man who not only wears the colors of an officer or Colonel, but also has money and possibly a title.
What is your opinion of Mr. Wickham?
Mr. Wickham is a good sort of man for fun, but not someone I would want to marry. He has no title; no estate. My mother has told me I deserve that, and she is never wrong.
What is your opinion of Mr. Darcy?
I have no opinion of Mr. Darcy, because then I would have to think about him. (Peals of laughter break forth). He is handsome and rich to be sure, but who would want to marry such a droll man? It would be the same as marrying my cousin Collins!
Who is your favorite sister?
If I had to choose one, I would say Jane, because she is quiet and leaves me alone.
What type of relationship do you have with your parents?
What does that mean? Relationship with my parents? My father is my father. He gives me pocket money and I live in his home. My mother does whatever makes me happy.
Your sisters are always telling you to behave. How do you feel about that?
Lizzy and Mary hold themselves to highly above others. They think everyone should behave like they do, and I think that is so boring! I cannot wait to marry and leave Longbourn.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Ten years? La, I don’t know! Somewhere having fun, I guess!
From her youngest days, Elizabeth Bennet’s ability to accurately judge the character of others has been recognized and noted by those around her in such a consistent manner as to lead her to believe it herself. The misfortune of meeting Mr. Darcy, a wealthy landowner from the north, only solidifies this belief.
The memory of his disapproval of her family, proves his character is lacking and sadly unlike his childhood friend’s, the charming and affable Mr. Wickham, who is esteemed by all he meets. Although her opinion once lost is not lost forever, the effort to regain her favor is great.
With Elizabeth’s youngest sister fortunate to be in company with Mr. Wickham in Brighton since the spring, and her own travels to Kent cancelled, she must await the pleasures of a summer holiday to the North with her aunt and uncle Gardiner. However, it is there that she is once again thrust into Mr. Darcy’s presence and must determine if he is truly the architect of the many wrongs she has laid at his door.
Fitzwilliam Darcy cannot exorcise Elizabeth Bennet from his thoughts. A chance meeting at the estate of his friend reignites all the flames he has attempted to suppress since their last meeting. Believing in her partiality, he is stunned to overhear her true estimation of him and is determined to change her opinion.
Battling with memories and secrets from his past, Darcy must fight against his natural reserve to win the heart of the woman he loves.
Will the unexpected appearance of a stranger encourage Elizabeth’s change of heart? Might an episode from Mr. Darcy’s past force Elizabeth to see the man within? Can one man have all the goodness and the other only the appearance of it?
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Anngela Schroeder lives in California with her husband of 16 years and her three rambunctious sons. She has a degree in English with a concentration in British Literature and a Masters of Education. She has a mild obsession with Jane Austen, and enjoys traveling, baking and making her family’s world a magical place.
We are only in the beginning of the blog tour, so please do not forget to follow it for more information on this book 🙂
September 29/ Just Jane 1813 / Book Release & Excerpt Post
October 2 / Babblings of a Bookworm / Excerpt Post
October 3 / So little time… / Character Interview
October 4 / Obsessed with Mr Darcy / Book Review
October 5 / From Pemberley to Milton / Character Interview
October 10 / Diary of an Eccentric / Excerpt Post
October 11 / Every Savage Can Dance / Book Review
October 12 / Diary of an Eccentric / Book Review
October 13 / Austenesque Reviews / Book Review
October 14 / Laughing with Lizzie / Excerpt Post
Anngela Schroeder is offering 2 kindle copies (international) and a signed hard copy (USA only) of The Goodness of Men.
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Good Luck everyone!