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Author of the Month – Caitlin Williams

Good Afternoon everyone,

It’s the end of the month, so I’m back with my author of the month feature, and this month’s Author of the Month is Caitlin Williams, a very special writer to me.

Caitlin Williams has recently announced she will stop writing for a while because she wants to dedicate more time to her family, and even if I’m cheering for her, I was obviously a little sad with this surprising announcement because her writing is one of the best I’ve ever seen in JAFF, and she is one of those authors I always recommend to friends who want to read quality books with well-conceived plots and characters on top of an extraordinary writing.

My admiration for Caitlin Williams’ writing is not new, I was absorbed by Ardently when I read it in June 2015 and it was the third book I reviewed when I started this blog. The author captured my attention with an emotional and gripping story and three years later that book still remains one of my all time favourite books.

Caitlin Williams develops unique stories with incredible scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth that are hard to forget and that is one of the reasons why I love her books so much. She is not afraid to portray these characters in different stages of their lives, placing them in different environments and facing different challenges, but she is always faithful to their personality, to those traits that would always remain the same regardless of the time. Her characters are interesting because their life experiences have changed them into a different version of themselves but always true to Austen’s creations.

Apart from the innovation she brings into her works, her writing is absolutely exquisite! She doesn’t always have the same style but each of her books is beautifully written, engaging and touching. Caitlin Williams is unconventional and immensely talented, her compelling prose always finds a way to my heart and I always find myself wanting to devour her books and carve her words in my memory. I’ve said this before but she has a talent that cannot be taught, she surprises me with each book which is always a page-turner; Ardently was intense and romantic, The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet was edgy, When We Are Married was humorous and there are no words to describe the darker tone of The Events at Branxbourne, which is probably one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read.

Some people were meant to do specific things in life and Caitlin Williams was meant to write. She is a remarkable writer that I must recommend not only to a specific audience, but to everyone who enjoys a good book. She will pierce your heart and soul at every page and you will not want to stop reading her stories until the very last word. Even after finishing her books I believe you will want to go back and re-read many scenes because they are so incredible you just want to relieve them over and over again.

I wish I had the same talent Caitlin Williams has with words because if I did, maybe I could do her justice and describe how wonderful her books are, but with my poor writing skills I can only hope you have understood what my heart wants to convey: this author cannot be missed!

If you have not read anything by Caitlin Williams yet, please do, you are missing an unforgettable experience and I’m sure you will find a favourite, just like I did!

These are the books that made me choose Caitlin Williams as author of the month:

My Review   Amazon.com

My Review   Amazon.com

My Review   Amazon.com


My Review   Amazon.com


 

 

Caitlin Williams lives in Kent, England.

She fell in love with all things Regency as a teenager, but particularly admires the work of Jane Austen and the way she masterfully combines humour and romance, while weaving them through such wonderful stories and characters.

Pride and Prejudice is Caitlin’s favourite novel and she finds Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet so deliciously entertaining that she likes to borrow them from Ms Austen and enjoys the challenge of putting them in different places and situations.

She has written four variations of Pride and Prejudice, ‘Ardently’, ‘The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet’, ‘When We Are Married’ and ‘The Events at Branxbourne’.

‘The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet’ was a best-seller and was voted the readers favourite at Austenesque Reviews in 2016.

 


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It’s wonderful to be visiting at From Pemberley to Milton again. I am a late boomer in terms of JAFF. My first book Ardently was published in 2015, and as I have a couple of small, demanding children, I am quite a slow writer. I have written only one book a book a year since then and now have four published novels. I also have a short story included in Christina Boyd’s anthology The Darcy Monologues; a project it was an honour to be included in as it features some of my favourite writers.

All four of my books are very different from one another. I like to greatly alter the circumstances in which Darcy and Elizabeth find themselves in and likewise, I prefer the more outlandish plotlines in my reading too. I don’t mind Darcy being a pirate and adore it when Elizabeth is a governess. My favourite JAFF is of the really inventive kind; those big, brave, crazy stories, or ones where the story starts before Pride and Prejudice begins, or where there has been a big gap in time after the Hunsford Proposal.

The book I took the most pleasure in writing is The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet. I love the young Elizabeth Bennet in it. Some readers felt she was too much like Lydia, but she was not silly, or giggly, nor did she chase after soldiers, she was merely grief-stricken and impulsive and too young to face everything that had been thrown at her. I enjoyed exploring her character, writing it as it might have been before she grew into herself and found her maturity. A pompous young Darcy was great fun too.

As much as I love Darcy and Lizzy, I am currently taking a break from Pride and Prejudice. I am working on an Emma story for another of Christina’s anthologies, but after that I am going to relax and not write anything for a while. I’ll always have a million stories floating around in my head, but I need some time out to figure out which one inspires me the most.

I love to read, and I love films and music, gardening and decorating the house, and hanging out with my little people, so that’s what I am to do for the rest of year. It’s lovely to be author of the month. Thanks so much.


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It’s hard to choose a favourite book from Caitlin Williams but as The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet has a special place in her heart I would like to offer a copy it to one of my readers. To apply all you have to do is comment on this post until the 14th of July. The giveaway is international and all thoughts are welcome 🙂

Good luck everyone!

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The Deception at Lyme- Or the Peril of Persuasion

The Deception at Lyme is the sixth book in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries series but can be read as a stand alone, in fact it is the only one I’ve read, even if it will certainly not be the last one considering I was completely hooked with it.

This book is a mashup of Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion bringing several characters from both stories together in perfect harmony. I bought it because these are my two favourite novels from Austen and am always eager to read books where these characters interact, but I was not expecting to love it so much!

The Deception at Lyme is a sequel to both stories with both couples happily married, but even though it is considered a astenesque story, the tone is so different from the romances I’ve been reading in the last couple of years that I was completely surrendered to it .

I can’t say I’ve read too many JAFF books because they are never too many, but when someone reads many stories which are very similar to one another, the details tend to blend in and when that starts to happen to me I crave for something new. That is precisely what I found in this book, an escape from the regular JAFF books, an encounter with the characters I love but that takes me into a completely different direction.

Not only this book brings to readers characters from both Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice but it also delivers very interesting original characters and it escapes the romance. This book has all our beloved characters in it, but it is not a romance, it is a mystery. I’ve read JAFF mysteries before but they all have some romance to it, The Deception at Lyme doesn’t. Its entire focus is the mystery and it caught my attention from page one until the end.

Darcy and Elizabeth are happily married and have a little baby girl but the book doesn’t focus on their relationship, it focuses on the mystery they are trying to solve and that involves the characters from Persuasion. Of course that while they are playing detective we can see how their relationship is, but that is not the focus of the author and I honestly found that refreshing. There is some romance between other characters that I enjoyed very much but it is not central in the book.

As the story progresses we understand there is not only one mystery but two that need to be solved and I liked to see that they seemed to be connected. The author excelled at linking all the dots making it a believable story and even leaving some room to interpretation concerning one of the characters (I chose to believe she is guilty 😉 ).

Before each chapter we have a Jane Austen quote that will somehow be related to the events of the following chapter, and I found myself eager to know which was the next quote the author was going to use because that would give me a hint on what to expect. It may seem a small detail, but I think it brought more quality to the book.

The Deception at Lyme is exciting from the beginning until the end and having Darcy and Elizabeth along with Captain Wentworth and Anne in the same book was magical, especially because I felt the characters remained very true to themselves despite their uncommon interactions.

I can’t recommend this book enough to all janeites, but I would like to reinforce that this is not a romance but a mystery, so if you only want to read romances in the genre, this book might not be for you, I say might because I usually only read romances and this one really got to me, so you never know, maybe you’ll love it too even if you usually prefer romances 🙂

 

You can find The Deception at Lyme at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

 

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Master of the Mill

In Master of the Mill Mrs. Hale dies before the family arrives in Milton and they are in a much more impoverished situation than they are in the BBC series upon which this book is based on.

The writing in this book is good and I believe the author has the potential to write a book that could have been to my liking, but unfortunately that was not the case with Master of the Mill. In it, we find a sexualized version of John Thornton, which would not have been as bad if it had not changed his entire personality. In this book Mr. Thornton keeps a mistress to answer to his sexual urges and is a self-confident man who believes he will conquer Margaret, who in turn is also a pale comparison to the character Ms. Gaskell created.

In this book Margaret also has  a stubborn and independent nature, but that leads her to start working at Malborough Mills disguised as a lower class lass.

As mentioned earlier, Margaret and Mr. Hale are poorer than in the original novel and end up living in the Princeton district. That is a little hard to believe because I do not believe Mr. Thornton would feel so fascinated by a lass living in the Princeton district and working at his mill.

This book has several sex scenes, including Margaret’s first time with Mr. Thornton which is very hot for modern standards but is completely wrong for the time it is set. It is also completely out of character because I don’t believe that either Mr. Thornton or Miss Hale would have their first time in such circumstances, not to mention that it is everything but romantic which is how I would imagine their first time. The scene was good if we were reading a modern romance, but I can’t accept that in a Victorian novel.

Henry is the villan in this book and even if I can see him as a rival to Mr. Thornton, I think he was also completely out of character with all the ville things he did. He was an evil and manipulative person who would consider only his own interests and I don’t believe that is how Gaskell wanted to portray him.

I believe readers more interested in a steamy novel, and who do not need to see the North and South characters in it, may enjoy this book as the writing is good and the story itself has some interest. It is fast paced and can be read in one day, but unfortunately it is not my cup of tea. I was looking for an interesting variation of North and South and I did not find that in this book.

 

You can find Master of the Mill for 0,99$ at:

Amazon.com

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The Meryton Murders Giveaway Winners

 

Hello everyone,

How are you today? Spring is finally here but summer is knocking at the door and today I was finally able to go to the beach for the first this year! Is it warm already in your part of the world? What do you like to do this time of the year? Do you also see the beach as a refuge?

I love the sun and the ocean and there is nothing like going to the beach to make me feel better, but it also has the advantage of giving me some reading time! Today, apart from that, I took the time to listen to an audiobook, or part of it, so I think it is only fitting that I announce to you the winners of the Meryton Murders Audiobooks whose giveaway was open until last week. These were kindly offered from narrator Erin Evans-Walker when I published the review of the audiobook, and I would like to thank her once more for the generosity!

Now, without further ado, the giveaway winners are:

 

 

*** Mary***

 

*** Anji***

 

*** Virginiakohl ***

 

Congratulations girls, I hope you enjoy your audiobook! Please send me your email contacts so that we can send you your gifts.

I usually wish you a happy reading, but I’m not quite certain how to say it this time…happy listening?


 

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Lost & Found

When Miss Elizabeth goes missing after visiting the Rosings library Mr. Darcy comes to the rescue but finds himself trapped in a secret passageway leading from the library to the Masters room, and it is in this confined space they will come to know each other and develop a special and unique bond.

It is beautiful to see how they connect under the circumstances they are placed in, how they get to know one another in a profound manner. Despite the difficulties they face, they are able to keep their sense of humor which allows this book to be a light romance that will please the most romantic hearts.

Each chapter tells the events from the point of view either of Elizabeth or Mr. Darcy and that change at each chapter kept the story dynamic, stimulating an unputdowable.

I loved Darcy’s character and background that took Wickham’s wickedness into a completely different level, however it was more difficult to connect with Elizabeth because I considered some of her attitudes immature. On the other hand, she does assume that she had some fault in encouraging Jane’s feelings for Bingley which is something I rarely see in a book and that matches entirely my reading of her character!

Once more this Christie Capps novella proves to be perfect for when we need a quick romantic book to read. The story is lovely and we can see how Mr. Darcy’s vulnerability opens his way into Elizabeth’s heart. Reading this book gave me a profound sense of wellbeing and I recommend it to readers who prefer low angst and sweet romances.

You can find Lost & Found at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

 

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London Holiday Vignette & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

Today I’m very happy to receive at From Pemberley to Milton one of my favourite authors, Nicole Clarkston. She has always been a very special author to me because she writes both Pride and Prejudice and North and South fan fiction books, but after releasing These Dreams, a book with Portuguese characters and settings, she has definitely conquered a place in my heart that will always remain hers! I will never forget Amália and her story, and who knows…maybe one day the author will present me with a prequel 🙂 Until that day comes, I get the satisfaction of reading more and more stories penned by Nicole Clarkston with Elizabeth and Darcy assuming the primary roles, such as London Holiday. This book could not be more different from These Dreams, but it is equally good! It is entertaining, romantic and an easy read. I would invite you to read my review of it so you may know how much I loved it!!!

I would also invite you to read this vignette that Nicole Clarkston did not use in the book but decided to share with all of you 🙂

 


 

This scene was one that I was itching to write in London Holiday, but it would have disrupted the flow of the story. For that reason, I left it untouched, so the final chapters of the book remained all about Darcy and Elizabeth. However, I could not help but snicker when I wondered how Darcy’s conversation with Mr Bennet might have gone.

-NC


“Mr Darcy, I understand you wish to speak with me?”

Darcy inclined his head slightly and entered Mr Bennet’s library as the gentleman held the door. “I did, sir. Thank you for receiving me this morning.”

“It must be some unusual circumstance, to bring a gentleman I have never met to my door so early in the morning to request a private audience. Tell me, sir, do you bring some troubling news from London?”

“No, nothing of the kind. I have come on quite another matter altogether, and one of the highest import.”

“Indeed?” Bennet’s right eyebrow quirked, so very like his daughter that Darcy could not help but smile.

“Yes, sir, it concerns your daughter, Miss Elizabeth. It was my very great pleasure to make her acquaintance when she was recently in Town.”

Bennet lowered himself slowly into his chair, and a knowing smile began to grow on his lips. “I understand she had a rather interesting visit. Tell me, sir, do you come to report some scandal to me? Shall you be insisting that I restrain my daughters better?”

“On the contrary, Mr Bennet, I have nothing but admiration for Miss Elizabeth. That is the reason I have come to you this morning.”

“Ah,” the father touched his lips and nodded. “Then you must be desiring to know where we have her gowns made up. You have a sister or some other female relative, I suppose? Or perhaps you wish to know where she learned to dance so well, and would like an introduction to her master. I am afraid I have actively avoided intimate knowledge of those subjects. Perhaps you may apply to Mrs Bennet for the information you seek.”

Darcy was forced to close his mouth, which had dropped open in confusion, before he could speak his purpose. “I have come, sir, to request Miss Elizabeth’s hand in marriage.”

Mr Bennet’s chair creaked. His lips puckered, and he stared at Darcy a moment in pensive silence. “This is a very fine joke,” he declared at last. “I see how it is, you are punishing me for failing to introduce myself at Netherfield by coming here to shock me with your blatant declaration. Very well, consider me properly chastened. I understand Mr Bingley has also come with you, so let us have our introductions now. Shall we?”

Darcy blinked, narrowed his eyes, and hesitated a moment before speaking again. “Mr Bennet, I am perfectly in earnest. I wish to make Miss Elizabeth my wife, and I have brought settlement papers for your approval. I hope you will be pleased with my proposal.”

“My good man,” Bennet chuckled, shaking his head, “perhaps you do not know what you are about. My Lizzy is rather fetching, but she is a headstrong girl, and not likely to submit willingly when I tell her I have given her away to a man I have never set eyes upon before this morning, on the recommendation of little more than a settlement document.” Bennet waved his hand, chortling as if Darcy had just provided his amusement for the day, and made as if he would stand again.

“Be that as it may,” Darcy interrupted, “I am well enough acquainted with the lady. I love her sincerely, and shall ever do so. I confessed my feelings last evening, and she has already given her consent to marry. I understand you know nothing of me, but I can provide references of my character from sources no less than the Earl and countess of Matlock, as well as that of Mr Bingley, who is deservedly well regarded in this neighbourhood.”

Bennet shook his head gravely. “I am afraid that will not suit, for I am not acquainted with any of these myself. Perhaps you will satisfy my fatherly concerns by granting me a personal interview, during which I shall do my utmost to crack open your character.”

Darcy gestured agreeably. “As you wish, sir.”

“How did you meet my Lizzy? At a party, or at the book seller’s? Perhaps a stroll in Hyde Park?”

“It was none of these, I am afraid. I confess that the circumstances in which I first met Miss Elizabeth were less than auspicious.”

“Then by this, may I infer that some insults were exchanged? You see, I know my daughter well. You strike me as an agreeable enough fellow when matters are as you like, but perhaps not when you are displeased. My Lizzy is anything but complacent, so it must have been a memorable encounter. Now, let me have it. Which of you offended the other first?”

“I regret to confess that you are correct, sir. There were… misunderstandings, and I am afraid I must own them all.” Darcy permitted a whimsical smile, and his voice softened. “Miss Elizabeth has a rather lively disposition, as you say.”

“And yet I see you here in my library at half an hour past sunrise. Singular! Very well, that is one mark in your favour, for if a gentleman can weather my Lizzy’s barbed tongue long enough to learn to admire her other qualities, and so much so that he determines to seek me out immediately upon coming to the neighbourhood, he might survive marriage to her.”

Darcy nodded, but was not at ease yet. “I am glad you approve, Mr Bennet.”

“I did not say quite so much yet. How often did you meet with my daughter? She was only in town a little over a fortnight, and for you now to proclaim undying love her after such a short acquaintance, one must assume you saw her nearly every day.”

Darcy frowned. “Only one day, in fact.”

“One day! That must have been the most thrilling quarter hour of your life, sir. Or was it a whole hour?”

Darcy shifted in his seat, his polished shoes stirring the carpet and scuffing against the leg of his chair. “To be quite frank, it was the whole of the day.”

“Curious! I shall speak with my brother regarding his care of my daughter while she was at his house. If he permitted a strange gentleman practically off the street to stay all day in company with my unmarried daughters, I must wonder what has become of his good sense.”

“Mr Bennet, I beg you would not think poorly of Mr Gardiner. I believe he took prodigious care of his nieces while they were in his home. If there is to be any censure whatsoever, it must fall solely upon myself. I cannot reflect on all my actions without self-reproach, but I am infinitely glad that my moments of ill judgment or impropriety have caused no lasting harm. In fact, they have brought me the greatest blessing of my life.”

Mr Bennet drummed his fingers against one another as they crossed over his abdomen. “You have been rather coy with me, Mr Darcy. Very well, I shall play your game, but I must have a straight answer or two from you.”

“By all means, sir.”

Bennet rose from his chair and paced to his window, his hands locking behind his back. “What do you think of my library, sir?”

Darcy tilted his head. “I beg your pardon?”

Bennet turned, revealing a sly curve of his lip. “It is well stocked, is it not? After all, every man must have his lair. Is mine not the pillar of excellence?”

Darcy glanced around, shifted uncomfortably in his chair once more, and bit his lip. Elizabeth had warned him that her father could be rather peculiar, and he could not see his way clear to blind flattery. Whatever the man was about, Darcy could not force himself to compliments he did not feel. “It is certainly stocked, sir, but whether it is done well, I cannot say. I have not had the leisure to examine the titles on the shelves, save for a volume of Shakespeare there on the table which I believe was in Miss Elizabeth’s possession last week.”

“And what of the atmosphere, sir? Every man’s book room must be his haven, a retreat where he is safe from his wife’s meddling and the maids’ interference.”

Darcy pursed his lips and raised his brow. “In this case, perhaps you might have done well to permit some meddling from the maids. I prefer to know where my books are at all times, and to know that when I disturb their place on the shelves, I shall not also disturb a mountain of dust. As for retreating from my wife and locking her from the book room, I should vastly prefer that she consider it her dominion. Far better is it to share the sanctity of such a room with a wife who would treasure it as much as I.”

Bennet turned back to him, an undisguised chuckle crinkling his face. “Ah, there we have two points in your favour, sir. My Lizzy would share a book room with her husband whether he desired it or no, so it is just as well that you have already made your peace with the notion.”

“That sounds as if it is only one point, sir.”

“Indeed! The second is that you made no attempt to disguise your opinions from me. I know very well that my library is a shambles; a filthy nest I have made it, and I prefer it that way because my wife does not appreciate a good library, and in its present state she leaves me well enough alone. I also prefer men who do not attempt to flatter me with untruths, and I can see you are not a man suited for… disguise, Mr Darcy.”

Darcy leaned forward in his chair, relaxing somewhat but still cautious. “May I ask, sir, how many ‘points’ do you require in my favour before you will grant your blessing?”

Bennet laughed. “You are a clever fellow, sir, but I shall reserve that answer for the moment. I should like to learn a little more of you, for if you are, after all, to marry my daughter, we must have some conversation. You seem a fastidious man, Mr Darcy.”

“And upon what do you base this observation, sir?”

“Well, I caught a good look at that fine carriage in my drive, but your attire speaks for itself. You have a fine turnout, sir. Do you always dress so sharply, or do you occasionally fancy less formal vestment?”

Darcy arched a brow. “May I ask to what these questions tend?”

Bennet smiled. “Merely the illustration of your character, sir. I cannot quite make you out. You see, I had heard some differing accounts of Elizabeth’s stay in town, and I do not get on at all with the picture you present. I am afraid that may be a mark against you. Have you recently changed tailors, sir?”

“I expect you already know what you wish on that head,” Darcy confessed slowly.

“Mmm.” Bennet nodded, his eye twinkling. “And that fine carriage—have you had it long? You must have already noted the somewhat shabbier one standing in my shed as you passed. What do you think, Mr Darcy, could mine be fitted up so handsomely as yours?”

Darcy shifted his weight back again, pursing his lips. “Is there some particular complaint you would make about your own carriage, sir?”

“Oh, indeed. My stable boy fell off the back only last week. I can see by the look of yours that you have had some better provisions made for a footman. You must be monstrous particular, sir. One might suspect that you had some peculiar empathy for the men in your employ.”

“Mr Bennet,” Darcy rose, provoked at last beyond civility, “have you some accusation to make against me? It is plain to me that you are well acquainted with the circumstances of my introduction to Miss Elizabeth. Allow me to be perfectly clear, sir. I am not a man to be trifled with, as I see you are bent on doing. I will not be made a subject of your amusement, but if you demand some proof of my determination, if you doubt the depth of my attachment to Miss Elizabeth, I shall accept any challenge or offer any proof you demand, up to mounting the back of your dilapidated carriage and riding it all the way to London. I grow impatient with your jests, sir, and now I ask—” Darcy paused, halted in his defensive tirade by the tearful laughter of the older gentleman.

“Pray,” Mr Bennet was wiping his eyes, “desist, Mr Darcy! Enough, for you have my blessing. Any man who can suffer the humiliations I believe you have and still wish to marry my daughter must, indeed, be earnestly attached to her. She may even be able to respect you, for you are certainly a stubborn fellow. Heaven help you both once you must live under the same roof!”

Darcy at last drew an easy breath. “You will make no objections, sir?”

“Far from it.” Bennet turned and withdrew a small flask of Scotch from his cabinet, then tilted it in a silent offer of gentlemanly hospitality.

Darcy accepted both the glass and, a moment later, a mediocre cigar. “Thank you, sir.”

“Not at all,” Bennet waved. “But if you do not mind, perhaps you can satisfy my curiosity on two final points.”

“And they are?”

“Precisely how large is your library?”

Darcy smiled. “Which one? The one at my London house would make three of this one… with all due respect, sir.”

“And the one at your estate?”

Darcy set his glass down and bit his lips together. “Substantially larger.”

Bennet’s eyes fairly sparkled like a young girl’s. “Marvellous,” he breathed. He lifted his glass for another long, thoughtful draught.

“And the other point, sir? You said there were two.”

“Ah, yes. I have taken a fancy lately to visit Town, and most particularly a certain attraction which has become rather popular among my acquaintance. I wonder if it is worth the trouble and would live up to the reports I have heard. Tell me, have you ever been for a ride in a hot air balloon?”


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Drugged and betrayed in his own household, Fitzwilliam Darcy makes his escape from a forged compromise that would see him unhappily wed. Dressed as a footman, he is welcomed into one of London’s unknown neighbourhoods by a young lady who is running out of time and running for her life.

Deciding to hide in plain sight, Miss Elizabeth Bennet dodges the expectation to marry the man of her mother’s dreams. When the insolent footman she “found” refuses to leave her side until they can uncover a solution to their respective dilemmas, the two new acquaintances treat themselves to a holiday, experiencing the best of what Regency England has to offer.

Based on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, can two hard-headed characters with kind hearts discover the truth behind the disguise? Enjoy the banter, humour, and growing affection as Mr Darcy and Miss Elizabeth have the best day of their lives, and discover that they just might find love and romance while on a London Holiday. This book is appropriate for all ages.

 

You can find London Holiday at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited

 


 

 

The blog tour is just beginning, please don’t miss all the other stops for more surprises:

June 7   So little time…;                   Guest Post, Excerpt, GA

June 8   Diary of an Eccentric;            Guest Post, Excerpt, GA

June 9   Just Jane 1813;                Review, GA

June 10 My life journey;                Review, GA

June 11 From Pemberley to Milton;    Vignette, GA

June 12 My Jane Austen Book Club;  Guest Post, Excerpt, GA

June 13 Half Agony, Half Hope;         Review, Excerpt, GA

June 15 Austenesque Reviews;    Guest Post, Excerpt, GA

June 16 My Love for Jane Austen;    Vignette, GA

June 18 Obsessed with Mr. Darcy;    Review, GA

June 19 My Vices and Weaknesses;    Guest Post, Excerpt, GA

June 20 A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life;  Guest Post

 


 

Nicole Clarkston is offering her readers 8 ebook  copies of London Holiday, readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Remember: Tweet and comment once daily to earn extra entries.

A winner may win ONLY 1 (ONE) eBook of London Holiday by Nicole Clarkston. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

To enter the giveaway click here.

Good luck everyone!

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The Events at Branxbourne Review & Giveaway

The initial chapter of The Events at Branxbourne is one of the best, if not the very best,  I’ve ever read! It is gripping, profound and heartbreaking… we don’t know how Elizabeth got to the point she is in this chapter, but we want to know! We want to know everything and we can’t stop reading until we do!

The events at Branxbourne take place in 1817 with an older version of Darcy and Elizabeth, who have changed due to the circumstances of live, but who remain the same in essentials. I always love to read books with older versions of these characters and Ms. William’s did not disappoint while developing them, she changed what had to be changed to be consistent with the plot, but kept true to Austen’s work giving us a story of second chances and hope for the lost love.

We don’t know exactly what happened after the Hunsford proposal because the events are only revealed later in the book, what we do know is that Elizabeth is now married to another man, Mr. Darcy remains single and they are neighbors in London which will obviously cause them to meet quite often.

When these characters reunite, they know there is no longer any hope for them, but that is not enough to erase a love as strong as theirs and they find themselves drawn to one another. With each encounter their feelings grow and even if this is an angsty book with a darker side, the reader will find many romantic moments between these characters which will become addictive. We keep hoping for the next moment to see what will happen, what they will say or even what they will not say. It is tantalizing!

The chapters shift between Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s POV which is an interesting approach because not only it intensifies the curiosity and interest towards the story but also because it allows us to get to know both characters better. It makes the book dynamic and it helps keeping the tone of it mysterious, dark and intense.

The secondary characters deserve a shout out too, namely Albert and Colonel Fitzwilliam. Not only they had an interesting story of their own, but their interactions with the main characters made this book a stout literary work. I enjoyed to see the openness and sincerity in the Colonel’s relationship with Darcy and the strange but evolutive relationship between Albert and Elizabeth. A few other characters like the flower girl are worth mentioning but my favourites were definitely these two.

The premise in this book is certainly different, but it’s not just that that grabs our attention from the beginning, it is Caitlin Williams’ writing. Her writing is exquisite, it is the kind of writing that is not taught, either authors have it or they don’t, and with a book that is this memorable and poignant Caitlin William has proven that she is an author born with an incredible talent. The writing in this book reminded me of the tone in Death of a Bachelor in The Darcy Monologues and is memorable!

With a magnetic pull that kept me emotionally invested from the first paragraph until the last one, The Events at Branxbourne is the best book I’ve read this year. It should not, and it cannot be missed. I highly recommend it to readers looking for a quality romance novel and I would give it 10 stars if I could!

You can buy The Events at Branxbourne at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk


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The blog tour is almost over but there is still one extra stop at Mira’s Blog Obsessed With Mr. Darcy, don’t forget to visit it to see what she thinks of this book and for an additional entry on the giveaway.

June 2 /  Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post Launch & Giveaway

June 3 /  Of Pens & Pages / Book Review & Giveaway

June 4 /  Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Review & Giveaway

June 5 /  Just Jane 1813 / Book Review & Giveaway

June 7 /  From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway

June 8 /  Obsessed with Mr Darcy / Book Review & Giveaway


For our giveaway, Caitlin Williams is offering a $100.00 Amazon gift card as a giveaway. To enter the giveaway please click on the following Rafflecopter link.

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once each day and by commenting daily on a blog post or review attached to this tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented.

One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

Good Luck everyone!

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The Meryton Murders Review & Giveaway

Lately I have been feeling the need to diversify my reading habits but I can’t stay away from Elizabeth and Darcy for too long, so I’ve been reading different genres within the Austen universe, such as mystery novels, and The Meryton Murders matched exactly what I was looking for with the usual characters in the same setting but with a different plot.

This book has another advantage, it has an audible version, and with so little time to read and so much time spent in the commutes to and from work, audiobooks have become my best friends! This is to say that my review refers to the audio version of the book narrated by Erin Evans-Walker. Some of you may consider this irrelevant, but those who frequently listen to audiobooks will understand the need to specify the narration of the book. I’ve listened to great books that were ruined by a bad narration, and books that would not capture my attention if it were not for the appealing narration, so the narrator is an aspect I always take into consideration before purchasing an audiobook.

I was very pleased with the narration of Erin Evans-Walker who is now on my list of best narrators. She has a pleasing voice and is perfectly capable of adapting it to male and female characters keeping the narration fluid. Also I believe she truly understood the characters and that understanding is visible in the way she played the characters. I particularly liked the easiness with which she introduces small details such as Elizabeth’s laugh, it made the listening pleasant and appealing.

Erin Evans-Walker is definitely a narrator I will be recommending in the future and I will be looking for more books narrated by her.

The Meryton Murders is a mystery sequel to Pride and Prejudice where Elizabeth is called to Meryton by her father to help Jane who seems out of spirits lately. Once she arrives at Meryton Elizabeth starts to understand that Jane’s marital concerns is not the only mystery with several bodies appearing in the neighborhood.

We revisit Austen’s characters in this book and one of the things I liked the most about it was how close the characters were to the ones Austen developed, especially Caroline, Mary and Lydia. Listening to this audiobook I felt transported into Austen’s reality and not as if I was reading a different story. The characters faced different situations, obviously, but they remained exactly as they were in Pride and Prejudice, they were not embellished to make the reader like them more, nor were their negative traits exaggerated, they were perfect, just as Austen wrote them. Caroline and Mary were definitely favourites of mine despite their minor roles. Aunt Phillips is also an interesting character who brought some humor to the story.

The mystery itself felt sometimes slow paced and it took some time for me to be fully engaged in it, but I was happy to see how it all turned out to be connected. I was afraid the author would have too many loose ends to wrap in the end of the book, but that did not happen at all with all events and behaviors falling into place at the right time.

At the end of the audiobook the author explains what she tried to achieve with this book and I consider that a plus. I always like to learn more about authors and the writing process, and knowing Victoria Grossack’s main goals with this book was interesting because after listening to the audiobook I can say she met them in perfection!

I recommend this book to those who want the company of our beloved characters but do not require a romance story. As this is a sequel you will follow the lives of these characters, you will learn their habits and relationship dynamics but you will not find the usual romance, so if you don’t necessary need it, you will enjoy this story.


Erin Evans-Walker would like to offer my readers a chance to listen to The Meryton Murders Audiobook, so she is offering 3 copies of it to those commenting on this post.

The giveaway is international and it ends on the 15th of June. To enter it all you have to do is comment on this post and share your thoughts with us.

Good luck everyone!

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Rumors and Recklessness

The day after the Netherfield Ball Mr. Bennet goes on a horse ride and has an accident that leaves in some kind of come for a while. The doctor, fearing for the Bennet girls safety, asks Mr. Bingley to assist them and while he and Darcy visit the family, the most unexpected event occurs.

In front of all the guests, Mr. Collins announces he wants to marry Elizabeth. She is obviously forced to refuse him in front of everybody, but when no one comes to her aid because her father is still unconscious and her mother is thrilled with these news, Mr. Darcy declares she cannot accept Collins because she is already engaged to him.

I absolutely loved this premise and when I started reading this book I could not put it down due to the fluidity and quality of the writing.

I believe that amongst all the JAFF books I’ve read this is the one that best reflects Darcy’s struggles regarding Elizabeth’s position in society and her relations. It was perfect, and very Darcy like, I loved reading about everything he was thinking.

As Elizabeth gets engaged against her will earlier in the story, we see her get angry at Darcy and at his presumption that she needed rescue but we also see her getting to know him better and falling in love with him. Also Wickham cannot influence Elizabeth in this book and that was refreshing, but he does influence Lydia and distorts the Colonel’s character which was an innovative twist.

Mr. Bingley was very astute a proactive in this book and I liked that, it was interesting to see more of him. I often see him portrayed as a silly man who can only smile, and this Bingley actually contributed to conversations and to the story, he is more than a one dimension character and that was interesting to see.

After an incredibly good beginning it seemed the second half of the book did not hold the same energy and that small detail was my only quibble with it.  Everyone’s thoughts are explained to detail and I would prefer a more speedy outcome.

Overall I really liked this book, the characterization of Elizabeth and Darcy in the beginning of the book is very good, it also has some nice flirtatious moments between the engaged couple that are appealing but not overly intense or improper and the writing is very good. I highly recommend it to romance lovers.

You can find Rumors and Recklessness at:

(currently on sale for 0,99$)

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and at Kindle Unlimited

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