A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity Review & Giveaway

I didn’t know the plot of A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity but from the moment I read its first page I knew I would love it. It turns out this book had all the ingredients I require to be completely immersed in the story: Darcy and Elizabeth love each other but can’t be together which creates the most delicious angst possible, their interactions are romantic and intense but bear that little taste of angst that I can’t resist, their feelings and belief in each other are stout, the secondary characters pull me into the story, the writing is incredibly good and the characters have several layers that make them real and believable.

I could go on, but maybe I should tell you a little of the story first. In this book Darcy and Elizabeth get engaged when they meet at Pemberley, but when Jane’s letters arrive announcing Lydia ran off with Wickham, Mr. Darcy isn’t there and not only Elizabeth doesn’t tell him what happen, but breaks off the engagement. The reasons behind this decision are not immediately disclosed and I loved the fact that when we do learn about them, they are not obvious.

The book starts at Netherfield, a year after these events take place and where the happily married Jane and Bingley receive several distinguished guests at their home with some matchmaking plans. Two of the guests are Darcy and Elizabeth who had not seen or heard of each other since the broken engagement. From this moment on the reader will go on an emotional  roller coaster ride that will not stop until the very last pages.

As much as I loved Darcy and Elizabeth in this book there were times when I really wanted to kill the Colonel, spank Georgiana or cheer for Anne de Bourgh which reveals how engaged I was in this story. In fact, the characters are a big part of why I loved this book so much. After reading a couple of books with superficial characters who are merely a caricature of what Austen created, it was refreshing to read something with a true character depth that makes me think and analyse the human behaviour.

I may have been influenced by my personal experience with the loss of my own father, but I felt Elizabeth’s internal struggles very real and with a depth I was not expecting to find.

Apart from the characters, I enjoyed Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship which is not only based on an incredible stout love but on trust and friendship making the story even more powerful, and even if the angst was at times almost unbearable, the Darcy/Elizabeth moments are definitely worth it.

A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity is gripping, character driven, intense and will for sure be on my 2018 favourites list. There were so many quotes I wanted to take from this book that at a certain point I had to stop doing it or I would not progress in the story.

This book is a page turner that I could not stop reading until the very end when Amy D’Orazzio surprised me once more with a very shocking disclosure. I highly recommend it for those who enjoy angsty story and are not afraid to wait for the HEA.

You can find A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity for sale or on Kindle Unlimited at:





Amy D’Orazio is a former breast cancer researcher and current stay at home mom who is addicted to Austen and Starbucks in about equal measures. While she adores Mr. Darcy, she is married to Mr. Bingley and their Pemberley is in Pittsburgh PA.

She has two daughters who are devoted to sports which require long practices and began writing her own stories as a way to pass the time she spent sitting in the lobbies of various gyms and studios. She is a firm believer that all stories should have long looks, stolen kisses and happily ever afters. Like her favorite heroine, she dearly loves a laugh and considers herself an excellent walker.

Amy D’Orazio’s Facebook Page

Amy D’Orazio at Meryton Press

Amy D’Orazio Goodreads Author Page

Twitter:  @AllAbtAusten


The blog tour is just beginning, so please do not forget to check the other stops and learn more  about this wonderful book:


February 21 More Agreeably Engaged / Book Review & Giveaway

February 22 From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway

February 23 Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post & Giveaway

February 24 My Vices and Weaknesses / Excerpt Post & Giveaway

February 25 My Love for Jane Austen / Vignette & Giveaway

February 26 Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Review & Giveaway

February 27 Savvy Verse and Wit / Guest Post & Giveaway

February 28 Laughing with Lizzie / Vignette Post & Giveaway

March 1 So Little Time / Excerpt Post & Giveaway

March 2 Of Pens and Pages / Book Review & Giveaway

March 3 Liz’s Reading Life / Author Interview

March 4 Just Jane 1813 / Book Review & Giveaway

March 5 Diary of an Eccentric / Guest Post & Giveaway

March 6 Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review & Giveaway


8 eBooks of A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity are being given away by Meryton Press and the giveaway is open to international readers.

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once each day and by commenting daily on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached to this tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented and are valid until midnight ET on March 8, 2018.

Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and announced shortly after the deadline.

To enter the giveaway click here.

Good Luck everyone!


Filed under 5 stars, JAFF, Pride and Prejudice

84 responses to “A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity Review & Giveaway

  1. Ria

    I’m quite intrigued by the premise of this story.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Totally intrigued by you wanting to kill the Colonel.

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  3. Really want to read this book now!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. I love the cover! So beautiful. Would love to read this book.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jan

    Wonderfully insightful review, Rita! The depth of characterization and rich plot detail in Amy’s books are so rewarding.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. What a terrific review, Rita!! You really have a way of spinning a story into a must-read moment!!

    Thanks for your support with this tour.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. sounds like a great variation


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  8. Jan Hahn

    Lovely review, Rita! This book sounds downright delicious.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Christina Boyd

    I totally agree with you on this book. Lately I have been re-reading a lot of past favorites on my kindle because the last few buys were “good, just not great.” I read all day in my day job and so I expect much from my pleasure reading. When I heard A D’Orazio was releasing this new novel, I was primed to buy. Yup…”A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity” is my very favorite kind of “Pride & Prejudice” reimagining… The kind where Mr Darcy is absolutely and painfully in-love with Miss Elizabeth, and she loves him but has no hope of his love being returned. And lots of wonderful twists and turns until they finally make it to their happily-ever-after that we expect and they deserve. Oh! Delicious angst from page one. And it did not let up. His devotion to her, even through his anger and hurt, was poignant and almost palatable off the page. I think this is the one novel that I didnot like the colonel but then Miss Austen gave us so few clues about him, not even his first name, that I found this spin on his character interesting. I ended up staying up all night to read this and didn’t find sleep until the end of the new day. This is great JAFF!


    • Amy Dorazio

      Christina you are wonderful! Thank you!


    • I am right there with you Christina 🙂 But have nothing against the Colonel’s character in this one, I mean I wanted to kill him, but we need characters like this. We often want to kill Caroline or Wickham, so why not the Colonel? I didn’t like the character, but I liked having the character in the story 🙂


  10. KateB

    Great review Rita. I agree with you about character driven stories, they are the best. But it’s Amy’s story, so it comes as no surprise.
    Congratulations Amy on the release of this book


  11. J. W. Garrett

    Don’t include me in the give -a-way. I read this while it was still a WIP and when it launched… I bought a copy for my personal library. I had to have it and I wanted to support our author. She deserves all the accolades that are sent her way. I loved it… and it was also 5-stars for me. Congratulations Amy on a successful launch and blog tour. Great review Rita… I agree completely… I was blown away.

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  12. Thank you for the review. I love that you mentioned that it has character depth as I’ve read too many stories lately without that.


  13. Wonderful review. You have me so much more excited!


  14. Fantastic review of a fantastic book. Thank you Rita, and congratulations Amy!


  15. Carla Gaudêncio

    Oh Dear, one more to the wish list. Fantastic review

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  16. Posted on From Pemberley to Milton. So sorry for your loss, Rita. A lovely review — sounds intriguing — while I agree with you that characters with depth are the most enjoyable to read about, I’m not sure I’d care for a story that makes the Colonel into someone I’d want to kill! Congrats on your new book, Amy, and many thanks for offering a generous giveaway.


    • Amy Dorazio

      Thanks so much Janis!


    • I didn’t like the character, but I liked that Amy created the character if that makes any sense. What I mean to say is that we need to have antagonists in the story and the Colonel was one of them. I wanted to kill him because of his interference, but it was necessary for the story, so I would say that his character was one of those I loved to hate 🙂 Good luck in the giveaway Janis


  17. Thanks for such a lovely review, Rita. Your comment about wanting “to kill the Colonel, spank Georgiana or cheer for Anne de Bourgh” are not reactions we normally come across to the way these characters are usually written in Austenesque fiction. That has me greatly intrigued! I love Christina Boyd’s comment too – “delicious angst”. I’m all in favour of that!


  18. Excellent review, Rita! It’s always fun to read someone else’s thoughts.Thank you for sharing yours. (I agree with you completely aabout the Colonel and Georgiana!)


  19. caracoleta07

    My interest is piqued. Secondary characters that are essentially a charicature have made me abandon several stories in the past, so this alone is a high recommendation for me. Also I’m ready to cheer for Anne de Bourgh as well.


  20. caroleincanada

    What a fabulous review Rita! I love your reactions to all the characters…kill the Colonel and spank Georgiana??? Cheering for Anne de Bourgh? Yes, I am looking forward to reading another amazing book by Amy!


  21. Mary

    What a wonderful review!!! Your enthusiasm for this story is infectious and makes me log into Amazon,buy and start reading it straight away!!!
    I loved The best part of love so I’m looking forward to being transported to a different works when I start this book.
    Best of luck with it Any!


  22. evamedmonds

    Sounds wonderful! It is a different plot. I cannot imagine how devastated Darcy must have been when Elizabeth broke the engagement.


  23. Before reading Janet and Rita’s review, I do not understand why Elizabeth must break her engagement with Mr Darcy. I presume something awful must have happen to make her come to this decision. Even though it is because of Lydia eloping to be with Wickham, there is still an element of surprise that is not revealed yet. For that I will definitely put this book at the top of my list.

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  24. karenmcoxbooks

    Great review Rita! This book’s premise is intriguing !

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Gail W

    What a great review, Rita! And this book is so totally worth it! Another great book by Amy and a great cover by Zuki!

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Daniela Quadros

    Great review, Rita! I absolutely love Amy’s stories and this one was amazing, although I still have to read the book version. Really excited!! Congrats, Amy!

    Liked by 2 people

  27. pedmisson

    Congratulations on this newest release. It is on yhe TBR pile.


  28. I read this as a WIP and again when it was published. It got a 5 star review from me, also.


  29. Dung

    Congrats on your second book release. I love the unique plot and angst in your writing! It’s definitely s page turner!


  30. Loren Dushku

    Thank you for your review! I hope I can read this book soon, from what you say it is surely a 5 stars!
    (This maybe be my second post because I had some problems writing on your blog, can you let me know if these comment arrives to you?)


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