Bitterness of Spirit, Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

I am the bearer of good news today! Maybe you’ve noticed, but in case you haven’t, Lory Lilian has released a new book this weekend! It is called Bitterness of Spirit and from what I’ve heard the Queen of Hot Mush did it again! I’m taking this one with me on my road trip and I think it will be the perfect company for when I’ll be relaxing in a paradisiac beach 🙂

Ms Lilian decided to share with all of you and excerpt where Elizabeth and Darcy seem to be in advance stage of their relationship… I wonder if their will be any angst before they get to this point in the story. I would certainly like that, but I’m sure I will love all the Hot Mush we will get for sure in the final chapters 🙂

I will let you read the excerpt and take the chance to win any book of your choice from Lory Lilian 🙂 She came bearing gifts, and the best thing is, you get to choose them 🙂



Bitterness of Spirit tells the same beloved story—with new twists, new characters, and new situations—of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, two powerful characters struggling against pride and prejudice to reach their happily ever after.

On the path towards happiness, they overcome well-known obstacles, as well as new ones, face opponents in classic battles, and defeat others in unique ways.

Even more, an original character—seemingly lost to the world for nearly a lifetime—emerges from an obscure past to connect their lives and families in a way no one could imagine.

Will Elizabeth and Darcy’s relationship disintegrate or evolve under such challenging circumstances?

Bitterness of Spirit is recommended for a general audience except for the last chapter, which is intended for mature readers. It may be omitted based on the reader’s preference.

You can find Bitterness of Spirit at:




They continued their walk as well as their conversation. Gradually, Bingley and Jane, arm in arm, moved several steps further while Elizabeth and Darcy remained a little behind.

The park was crowded, and the paths, bordered by rows of flowers, carried a charming scent. A few minutes passed before Darcy began to speak.

“Miss Bennet, I am glad we have the chance to speak privately. To be honest, this was the main purpose of my visit today. For several days now, I have wanted to approach you about a rather delicate matter.”

They walked side by side, their arms almost touching as they moved.

A chill coursed through her. “A delicate matter? What would that be, sir?” Surely, he would not propose if he started that way, and certainly not in the middle of the park. Or would he?

“Miss Bennet, Lady Catherine has finally accepted Wilson’s invitation to the ball,” he said hesitantly.

“Has she?”

“Yes. To our mutual surprise, it was Anne who insisted upon attending. It was quite unexpected; she usually loathes such parties. I believe this will only be the second ball she has attended in London.”

“I am truly happy to hear that she wishes to come. And honoured,” Elizabeth replied sincerely.

“I believe that is what convinced my aunt to attend. There is…something different about Anne lately. She expresses her wishes and opinions more decidedly. She has grown in strength and determination. Both Richard and I are pleased to witness her improvement.”

“That is wonderful news indeed. And what have the doctors said about her health?”

“They are still uncertain, but she seems to feel better than I have seen her in the last years. And that is what I wanted to talk to you about.”

“Miss De Bourgh’s health?” Elizabeth inquired, puzzled.

“No…her presence at the ball.”

“Oh…is there a problem?”

“Yes…not really… In order to convince Lady Catherine to attend the ball with Anne, Richard and I promised to take care of her and make her feel comfortable. Anne will not dance; she has never danced in public. So Richard and I decided to take turns; while one of us dances, the other will stay with Anne.”

“How generous and kind of you. Miss De Bourgh is surely pleased to have such considerate cousins,” Elizabeth responded, puzzled as to why he would make such a disclosure to her.

“We only hope to see her content and relaxed. However, many of those in attendance know that Anne and I are expected to marry,” he uttered, glancing at her. She met his eyes briefly.

“Anne and I know such an event will not occur, but still people will look at us. Therefore, I must be careful and mind my manners to avoid arousing useless gossip.”

Elizabeth’s puzzlement increased. “What kind of gossip, sir?”

He stopped and turned to her. “It was my intention to ask you for the first set, Miss Bennet. And for at least one other set during the evening.”

She held his intense gaze and allowed herself to become lost in it.

“Oh…” she whispered while he slowly resumed walking.

“However, in doing that, I would place Anne in an awkward position and provoke all kinds of rumours. That is, if I invited you to dance and you agreed.”

“Yes,” she admitted without hesitation, her heart pounding. She then stopped and he did the same. “I would have gladly accepted your invitations—both of them—and that would have indeed put Miss De Bourgh in a difficult position.”

Their eyes locked again before they continued to walk. No other words were needed.

“Therefore, I told Richard that I would not dance the first two sets. I suspect he will invite you for the first set and Miss Bennet for the second.”

“Thank you for warning me,” she said, laughing nervously.

“I shall ask Miss Bennet for the third set, and if you would do me the honour, I would kindly ask you to reserve me the supper set.”

“I think that is a perfect choice, sir,” she whispered.

They stepped side by side for a while, her emotions mixed and strong. His confession and the explanation he offered were stronger proof of his affection than any dance could be. His kindness towards his cousin did not diminish his admiration and care for her.

“Thank you for listening to me, Miss Bennet. I was reluctant to broach such a subject with you as I feared it would be an awkward conversation. But for many months, I behaved in a way that allowed you to form a wrong impression of me. This time, I wished to avoid any misunderstanding.”

“It was an awkward conversation indeed.” She laughed again. “But I am deeply grateful to you for it. I confess that I hoped you would ask me for the first set—or for any other.”

“This is good to know…very good to know,” he uttered in a low voice.

“Will you come to Hertfordshire?” she inquired sometime later. They were both looking ahead, paying attention to the view ahead, painfully aware of each other’s closeness.

“I shall, but I am not sure of the length of my stay. I would rather go to Pemberley to be certain everything is prepared for your arrival.”

She said nothing but felt so much that her entire being was wracked by chills. Her mind tried to keep her racing heart under good regulation, but not even her fear of assuming too much could dismiss the obvious truth in his words.

Although their walk lasted only an hour, Elizabeth knew its importance could last a lifetime.

They returned home, and the gentlemen soon left, leaving both Miss Bennets with large smiles and light hearts that did not go unnoticed by their relatives. However, the only subject discussed was the upcoming ball.


Ms Lilian would like to offer two ebooks to two different winners. The giveaway is international and each winner will be able to choose any of her books including Bitterness of Spirit.

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is comment on this post until the 19th of October and let us know what you thought of this excerpt.

Good Luck everyone!


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34 responses to “Bitterness of Spirit, Excerpt & Giveaway

  1. Deborah

    It was a good thing Darcy explained,the situation before there could be a misunderstanding and due to what I read I believe there were misunderstandings due to a lack of communication before. Looking forward to reading this book,as I have loved all Lory Lillian’s other books. Thank you for sharing the excerpt and for the generous give away.

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  2. Glynis

    Sigh! I do love it when these two talk honestly to each other without any misunderstandings. I bought this on release day of course and am waiting to finish the book I’m reading then I can start this. Can’t wait for the hot mush!!
    Please don’t include me in the giveaway as I already have every one of Lory’s fabulous books which I re read regularly.
    Good luck with this book Lory (I see it’s already doing well) and thanks for this post Rita, happy holiday to you.

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  3. arjanne

    Hi! Don’t include me in the giveaway, because I don’t have an e-reader, but I wanted to ask Lory if she is planning to release a paperback version of Bitterness of Spirit. I noticed that her last books are only released in ebook versions, but I would love a paperback of BoS. Pretty please?

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  4. This is so delicious!!! So very thoughtful of Mr Darcy to arrange people’s dance cards and avoid misunderstandings 😉 . SO glad this is out already, Lory! Off to grab it, I can’t wait another minute!

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  5. alp1788

    Lovely excerpt. Congrats on the release. I noticed this as a new release when I was on my kindle thus weekend and was going to add to my TBR list.

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  6. J. W. Garrett

    What I thought of the excerpt??? OMG! My heart is pounding. I caught myself leaning in toward my computer as I read Darcy’s words to Elizabeth. I was wondering where he was going with his comments. Oh, such an explanation. He is so considerate of his cousin Anne. I feel Elizabeth was a bit fearful where he was going also. Man, that was so cool. He certainly didn’t want there to be any misunderstanding with Elizabeth this time. Thanks, Rita, for hosting. Hope you enjoyed reading during your trip. Thanks to Lory Lilian for the generous giveaway. Blessings on the success of this launch.

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    • Lory Lilian

      So glad you like it. But still, despite Darcy’s thoughtfulness, there will still be a few more misunderstandings until the HEA 🙂 🙂 🙂 ODC never chose the easiest path, right? 🙂


  7. So one misunderstanding avoided which is good news for Elizabeth and Darcy, but what has happened in the de Bourgh family for Anne to attend a ball

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  8. Enjoyed the excerpt. I’m so glad that he decided to share with Elizabeth what he had intended to do at the ball and what he felt he had to change now that Anne was attending. Hopefully with open communication there won’t be any misunderstandings between them.

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  9. Tamara Scire

    I loved this excerpt! I will definitely be reading it on Kindle! Thank you as always, for the recommendation!

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  10. Christina Boyd

    Another terrifc Read! Congrats, Lory! I enjoyed this.

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  11. So he is preparing Pemberley for a time when Elizabeth will be there yet he has not proposed? You know what they say about assuming anything. It does seem like he cares for her and that she is expecting his addresses to further but is that too obvious? Is something else going to come up to divert his attention and lead her to a misunderstanding? Would love to read this so thanks for a chance to win a copy.

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  12. Pam Hunter

    Lovely excerpt! I can’t wait to read this book and find out what happens at the ball. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy. I do love hot mush!


  13. Jean Weidner

    Sounds like an amusing and interesting book.


  14. caroleincanada

    Oh yes…hot mush! That was a perfect way to discuss a delicate conversation. He is learning! Looking forward to reading more and thank you for a chance at winning it! Have a wonderful vacation Rita!


  15. pedmisson

    I enjoyed this excerpt. I do enjoy the different variations that authors invent for ODC. I look forward to reading this book. For now, it is on the TBR pile. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on this 10th book.


  16. Laura Capio

    Ooh! I love Lory Lilian and can’t wait to read her new book! Thank you so much for sharing!


  17. Ginna

    The blurb is sufficiently vague enough that I need to read the book to find out more! Lory has been teasing us for a while about this new story, but without offering any information. I can hardly wait.


  18. Intriguing! The description hides more than it reveals almost… I’m eager to find out what happens!


  19. evamedmonds

    How very thoughtful of Darcy to discuss the ball with Elizabeth. I am sure it was very difficult for him. So, does Lady Catherine arrive at the dance and announce Darcy and Ann’s supposed engagement? Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway. I truly have loved all of Lory Lilian’s books.


  20. I adore the font of “Bitterness” on the cover! Elizabeth and Darcy seem already to understand each other much more than usual…


  21. schilds

    I am a fan of all of Lory Lilian’s books. This one sounds wonderful as well.


  22. I like the excerpt but i’m slightly confused of where the story is heading. From reading between the lines, I think Darcy has already proposed to Elizabeth and she has accepted him. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Thanks.


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