Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley – Cover Reveal

Good Afternoon everyone,

I hope this summer is treating you well! Is it warm enough to go to the beach in your part of the globe?

I have been on vacations for the last week and I have spent lots of time at the beach, which is great because it means I’m finally having more time to read. But I’ll post all about that next week because today I want to disclose to you, for the first time, the cover of Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley.

This is the debut book of author Kelly Miller who is publishing through Meryton Press, and she took on an interesting premise for those who love a little paranormal in their JAFF 🙂

I have been pleasantly surprised with some paranormal variations I’ve read, so I’m looking forward to see where Mrs. Miller will take us with this story. Today I am not only sharing the cover with you, but also the blurb and a guest post where the author explains a little of this story and how it came to fruition. I hope you like it.


What will the master of Pemberley do when confronted with the mercurial whims of an all-powerful angel?

Fitzwilliam Darcy’s well-ordered life is about to become a chaotic nightmare. A man of fortune, property, and social prominence, he has everything he could desire. Blissfully married to his wife, Elizabeth, they have a two-year-old son. With so much to live for, Darcy is shaken by a near-fatal riding accident. After a miraculous escape, he is visited by an otherworldly being: an angel of death named Graham. Threatening dire consequences, Graham compels Darcy to guide him on a sojourn in the world of mortals.

Darcy immediately questions the angel’s motives when he demands to be a guest at Pemberley. Can he trust Graham’s assurance that no harm will come to his wife and child? And why does Graham insist on spending time with Elizabeth? How can Darcy possibly protect his family from an angel with power over life and death?

In this romantic fantasy, the beloved couple from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice must contend with both human and unearthly challenges. Are the fates against them? Or will their extraordinary love conquer all?


Do you like the blurb? Isn’t it something completly different from anything you’ve seen so far? Do you want to read this story as soon as it comes out? Well, you can do just that if you pre-order it. The pre-order is now available for 5,95$ and the book will be uploaded into your kindle as soon as it is released on June 14th.



Jane Austen ended Pride & Prejudice with enough information for readers to infer that Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy would live happily ever after.

I wanted to write a continuation of Pride & Prejudice, a story of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy as a married couple. I pondered questions such as: What sort of marriage would they have? In her new role as Mistress of Pemberley, would Elizabeth feel pressured to become a different person? Would she retain her sense of humour and be free to continue her habit of taking solitary walks? How would Elizabeth and Darcy handle differences of opinion? Would a continued estrangement from Lady Catherine, the sister of Darcy’s deceased mother, cause tension between the couple?

Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley, is a fantasy in which Fitzwilliam Darcy, married to his beloved Elizabeth for almost three years, is visited by an angel of death. This story highlights the deep, enduring love between Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy as the couple face challenges that threaten their relationship.

My daughter, Alexa, who typically shuns the limelight, did me the enormous favor of allowing the use of her image in my cover photo. I predicted that she had the right mix of sweetness and impishness to make the perfect Elizabeth Bennet. Through the vision and talent of artist Janet Taylor, I was proved correct.


Now that you know more about this story are you curious to see the cover? I know I always am! Covers are a true addiction to me 🙂 Without further ado, here is the cover of Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley:

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What do you think of it? Do you agree there is a certain impishness to this Elizabeth? I love it that authors get to add images of people who are special to them in their books covers, it just shows how close and unique this community is.

What kept me thinking about this cover was the dog, do you think he is Graham? I’m curious to know whom he really is, especially because I’m quite interested in Graham’s character and now I think he is it.

But you know that as a cover addict I could not avoid showing you the back cover too, after all, the front cover is nothing without a good back cover! At least that’s what I think 🙂


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What do you think of this Darcy? Moreover, how beautiful and befitting is that black horse? Also, why is the hat on the floor? Knowing that Janet Tayler did this cover makes me believe that everything in the back cover has a meaning; she does tend to include clues of the story in the covers doesn’t she?

I really liked the personal touch that was given to this cover, and the background reminds me of Lyme Park, so it immediately takes me to my happy place. What do you think of it?


Kelly Miller discovered her appreciation for Jane Austen late in life, and her love of writing even later.  It was the 1995 miniseries of Pride and Prejudice that made her take notice and want to read the actual book.  It was many years later that she discovered the world of JAFF.  After reading a slew of wildly inventive stories featuring the beloved characters created by Jane Austen, she was inspired to write one of her own.  Now, writing is one of her favorite pastimes.  When not writing, she spends her free time singing, playing the piano, and working out.  (Yes, like Elizabeth Bennet, she is an excellent walker.)  Kelly Miller lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, daughter and their many pets.



The blog tour for Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley is about to begin and its first stop is right here at From Pemberley to Milton. Please stop by on June 14 for more news on this new take on our favourite story 🙂

And of course, follow the rest of the tour for guest posts, excerpts and much, much more.

Thanks for stopping by and see you on June 14th 🙂



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31 responses to “Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley – Cover Reveal

  1. Can Graham be the horse?


    • Kelly Miller

      Hi Vesper, I am reposting this because my reply has stayed in limbo, “awaiting moderation”. Darcy’s horse in my story is actually named Regal. As an animal lover, I tend to feature horses and dogs in my stories wherever I can. Thank you for posting the first question!


  2. sheilalmajczan

    Intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Lovely cover. Love the dog and horse included.


    • Hello Sheila, I appreciate your comment and am glad the story interests you. My story is very much a straight-forward P&P continuation with one fanciful twist. I hope readers, even those who think they do not like fantasies, will give it a chance.


  3. J. W. Garrett

    I am so excited to see this theme in P&P fan fiction. That cover is fabulous. She is a lovely Elizabeth and I expect her to laugh at any moment. That arched eyebrow tells me she is about to tell me something funny or exciting. She looks like she enjoys life and I want to be around her just to bask in the glow of her joy. The dog is a nice touch as Elizabeth should not be taking solitary walks without protection. On the back, that hat lets us know that something has happened and Mr. Darcy is probably lucky to be alive… or is he? Dang! I have to know…

    Here is a bit of history or trivia: ‘Death Takes a Holiday’ has been a popular theme over the years. The original 1929 play was written by Walter Ferris. In 1934 they expanded the story with a movie starring Fredric March. In 1971 there was a made for TV movie starring Yvette Mimieux. In 1998 ‘Meet Joe Black,’ starring Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt, continued the same theme with death assuming human form to better understand humans.

    I can’t wait to read this. Congratulations on the launch of this new book and congratulations on that fabulous cover. Thanks to Rita for hosting.


    • Kelly Miller

      Hello J.W., It seems you agree that my daughter has a bit of Elizabeth Bennet in her! I’m so glad to know you are familiar with Death Takes a Holiday and its remakes! It should make your enjoyment of this story all the better. I should add that is me, Kelly Miller, who has been replying as “ecszoey”. Sorry for any confusion.


  4. Jan Hahn

    Congratulations on having your first book published, Kelly! This sounds like an exciting, mysterious story. And what fun to use your own daughter as a model for Elizabeth! I’m sure that makes the cover even more special for you. Once again, Janet Taylor has created not only a lovely cover, but an interesting one. I love that Elizabeth stands in front of the orangery from Lyme Park. I was with Janet the day she took that photo. It reminds me of that great Jane Austen tour we enjoyed. We visited both Lyme Park and Chatsworth to get double the pleasure of Pemberley. Happy days!


    • Kelly Miller

      Hi Jan, thank you so much! I hope readers will find my story different and yet containing all the familiar elements they love in a P&P variation or continuation, as this one is. I just returned from England, but now I must return sometime to see Lyme Park! Yes, Janet did a great job! MP uses a first rate group of people!


  5. Glynis

    Well, this sounds different! I will be interested to see how much angst there is (you know me and angst Rita 😉) Although if I’m enjoying the book I should be able to cope,
    I do like both sides of the cover and, yes, when I first saw it Lyme Park instantly came to mind.
    I will definitely add this to my list and good luck Kelly.


    • Kelly Miller

      Hi Glynis, it is hard to describe the angst level in this book. One might call it high, but there is also a sense of lightness throughout. I do not like it when things get too bleak! Thanks so much; I welcome all the luck I can get! 🙂


  6. suzanlauder

    I love this cover, and it’s clearly one of Janet Taylor’s best efforts. She continues to hone her craft in JAFF and as Rita says, each image has some important hint in it. To my friend Kelly Miller: all the best with your first novel. It sounds like a few of the commenters read the original at AHA and I hope they enjoy your updated version just as well. Obrigada, Rita, for sharing this with all of us.


    • Kelly Miller

      Thank you so much, Suzan. You are a valued friend! I agree that Janet’s efforts paid off in the perfect cover. I am sure anyone who read the version posted at AHA will be pleased with how the story has grown and improved. My content Editor, Carol Bowes, was amazing!


  7. Your daughter is so beautiful! What a great “Elizabeth” expression she has! That’s a pretty hunky looking back cover, too. Love the steed and all the story details hidden away!

    Congratulations on your book, Kelly! I look forward to reading it.


    • Kelly Miller

      Thank you so much, Nicole! As a fellow horse lover, I think you will appreciate this story. In my late teens and twenties I had horses and still love them, but right now my largest pet is my attention-seeking English cocker spaniel. 🙂


  8. Sophia Rose

    Oh yes, I do like seeing a P&P sequel with a bit of the paranormal to make it interesting. The cover is gorgeous and Kelly’s daughter does have that special twinkle to her countenance. The full front and back does give some great story hints.

    Looking forward to this one.


    • Kelly Miller

      Hello Sophia Rose, I appreciate your comment! A little bit of paranormal can be fun, and this was a twist I had not seen before! I’m so glad you like the front and back covers!


  9. The premise intriguing and the cover is fantastic. I am looking forward to reading this story. The hat on the ground…perhaps this is just after the accident.


    • Kelly Miller

      Hi Deborah, thank you! I hope you will enjoy the twists and turns within this story. As the base of this tale is Darcy and Elizabeth, and their powerful love for each other.


  10. Kelly Miller

    I want to thank you very much for hosting my cover reveal in addition to my first blog tour stop. I appreciate your thoughtful comments and questions!
    Thanks also to Janet Taylor for choosing the ideal site to debut the book covers!


  11. Congratulations!! What a unique premise and one I find very intriguing! Love the front and back cover. I too love cover art and Janet always does an amazing job! There is definitely an impish look in ‘Elizabeth’s’ eyes! Darcy certainly grabs my attention! Mind you, so does the horse and the collie!


    • Kelly Miller

      Hello Carole, Thank you! I’m so glad you approve of the premise and the covers too! Yes, I am treated to that “impish” look quite often by my daughter!


  12. Dung

    Interesting plot… Congrats on your debut novel! I’m looking forward to reading it.


  13. Janet Taylor

    Thanks to everyone for your comments about Kelly’s cover. She had good ideas of what she wanted. I appreciate the notice of the hat on the ground. That was a last minute addition. I just couldn’t call it finished without the hat! 🙂 Kelly’s book is a different plot for Austenesque fiction and is a good story. I hope all of you will give it a chance and read her unique novel.

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  14. Belén

    What a beautiful cover! and congratulations for your beautiful daughter! I’m very intrigued about this story and can’t wait to read it.


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  16. Mary Coble

    I am confident there will be an HEA – but looks like an interesting read to get there. Brings me memories of “Touched by an Angel.”
    Thanks for the chance to win


    • Kelly Miller

      Hi Mary,
      I am glad you find the story interesting. My Graham is a singular sort of angel, but he may have some things in common with the angels on that show. To enter the giveaway, make sure you go to the page with the story excerpt (link above) and use the Rafflecopter to ensure you are entered. I wish you with best of luck in winning!


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