Good Afternoon everyone,
How are you this week? Getting ready for Thanksgiving? Does it require a lot of preparation? We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Portugal so I only have a small idea of the preparation it may require.
I hope it won’t take much of your reading time because Austenesque books keep being published and I’m sure your TBR pile keeps increasing!
Today I’m sharing an excerpt of Rose Servitova’s new book A Completing of the Watsons which may also be a great addition to your library. It is certainly different from other JAFF books and the first attempt I’ve ever seen of working on The Watsons. That alone says a lot about Ms. Servitova, it takes a lot of courage and skills to do this and I’m very curious to see what you all think about this book and the excerpt below 🙂
Can she honour her family and stay true to herself?
Emma Watson returns to her family home after fourteen years with her wealthy and indulgent aunt. Now more refined than her siblings, Emma is shocked by her sisters’ flagrant and desperate attempts to ensnare a husband. To the surprise of the neighbourhood, Emma immediately attracts the attention of eligible suitors – notably the socially awkward Lord Osborne, heir to Osborne Castle – who could provide her with a home and high status if she is left with neither after her father’s death. Soon Emma finds herself navigating a world of unfamiliar social mores, making missteps that could affect the rest of her life. How can she make amends for the wrongs she is seen to have committed without betraying her own sense of what is right?
Jane Austen commenced writing The Watsons over two hundred years ago, putting it aside unfinished, never to return and complete it. Now, Rose Servitova, author of acclaimed humour title, The Longbourn Letters: The Correspondence between Mr Collins and Mr Bennet has finished Austen’s manuscript in a manner true to Austen’s style and wit.
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Mr Watson’s living, transferable to another clergyman on his death, afforded him five hundred pounds per year with which to maintain the appearance of a gentleman. With this modest sum and a large family he had, over the years, made valiant but largely unsuccessful attempts to keep his home in good repair. Hopes centred on his younger son, Sam, taking orders and thereby, in securing the living and house, provide protection for his sisters. But being a liberal man and having lost his sensible wife while his children were still young, Mr Watson made no outward objection when Sam declared his intention to study medicine. Emma, after all, would save them. But here she was, returned to Stanton, with less in her purse than when she had left it fourteen years before.
“I hope, my dear Emma,” said Elizabeth as they sat down to breakfast one morning, “that you have been perfecting your Vingt-un for I have reason to expect an addition to our company. I received a letter this morning with all the particulars.”
“Who can you mean?”
“Why, you must guess, of course.”
“Sam. It is Sam, surely.”
“No, I am afraid not. Sam works too hard and is determined to do well so we do not see him often. You must guess again.”
“Robert visited recently; therefore, it must be Penelope.”
“Yes, it is Penelope and in the company of a gentleman.”
“She is wed?”
“Yes, married to a Dr Harding. She is cunning and has had her way at last. They are to stay at the inn at Dorking.”
This was good news indeed for, in their residing elsewhere, Emma would be spared the trouble of becoming intimate with the sister she was most frightened of. The domestic quietude that she and Elizabeth enjoyed, even with Margaret, the principal quarreller, at home would almost definitely be upended if Penelope returned to the nest. It was with great enthusiasm, therefore, that she said, “Why, this is marvellous news!”
“Yes, and they are to continue to live in Chichester, for the doctor has a fine house there which I should like to visit someday. Penelope longs to pay a visit to Stanton so that her husband may meet with father. And, I am convinced, to show off her wealthy husband to all her old friends. So they come next Tuesday and bring the doctor’s niece and nephew with them. We will meet often, I daresay. What a wonderful thing!”
Emma could tell by how Elizabeth’s eyes lit up that the “wonderful thing” she referred to was not Penelope’s return to the homestead. It was, rather, the promise of visitors, some of whom were unknown to them and would thus widen their circle of acquaintance for a time and enliven their otherwise dull days. As if she read Emma’s thoughts, Elizabeth added,
“Oh my word, visitors means visiting. Such toing and froing as we have not had in years at Stanton. Why, Miss Shaw may be a delightful girl and her brother may be handsome, rich and ready to fall in love. I shall include them both in my evening prayers that we will find them so. But remember what I mentioned to you about Penelope,” said Elizabeth leaving the room, “do not trust her for an instant.” Pages 83-85
Irish author Rose Servitova is an award-winning humor writer, event manager, and job coach for people with special needs. Her debut novel, The Longbourn Letters – The Correspondence between Mr. Collins& Mr. Bennet, described as a ‘literary triumph’, has received international acclaim since its publication in 2017. Rose enjoys talking at literary events, drinking tea and walking on Irish country roads. She lives in County Limerick with her husband, two young children and three indifferent cats. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.
The blog tour is almost over but you can still check the other blogs for more information on A Completing of the Watsons.
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