Chasing Elizabeth by Jennifer Joy – Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Hello everyone

I hope you’re all keeping safe and busy reading 🙂 Unfortunately my reading time is no longer at its best. I’ve been quite busy at work and with the gradual decrease of the social distancing measures it feels like I don’t have much time for anything anymore.

Hopefully June will bring more stability and with that I may be able to focus and read more. My TBR will appreciate that, especially since I keep adding titles to it, namely Jennifer Joy’s upcoming release. That’s right, you heard me correctly, she is releasing another book next week! Isn’t that awesome?! And if you aren’t excited yet, just wait until you read the blurb, it had me with the first two lines!

Today we decided to share with you the cover of this third book of the Mysteries & Matrimony series and an excerpt. I hope you enjoy it and keep looking for it at Amazon. It should go live next week 🙂 Now, I bet you would rather read the famous blurb, look at the cover and get a glimpse of the book with the excerpt, so here they are.


She shows him the meaning of home.

He gives her the adventure of a lifetime.

Elizabeth Bennet longs for a break from the confines of Longbourn. Her morning rides with her best friend at Lucas Lodge are her only relief from the endless tedium of a lady’s never-changing routine. 

Until she’s thrown from her horse and lands at the feet of a mysterious stranger… 

Fitzwilliam Darcy has not set foot in Derbyshire in three years. His is a life of danger and deceit as he closes in on an evil agency who threatens the safety of England. Only after he fulfills his mission will he return to his home — to Pemberley. 

That is the plan … until a fine-eyed maiden with a talent for getting into mischief upends his world.

If you like falling in love with Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth as they fall for each other, then you’ll love this sweet romance adventure based on Jane Austen’s timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice.

Chasing Elizabeth is the 3rd book in the Mysteries & Matrimony series of standalone novels.


Curious about the cover?

What do you think of it? I love the landscape on the back and the clouds in the sky, and this is certainly one of my favourite covers from Jennifer Joy.

It is also very distinctive, which is something I really appreciate. I love looking at a cover and identifying it with a certain author. Sometimes they are completely different, but I love it when authors keep the same design or add a small detail that is present in all their covers. Those details and consistency make my library much prettier  🙂


Several thoughts passed through Elizabeth’s mind in the split-second it took for her to fall to the sloppy ground. First and foremost, sidesaddles were an evil invention of man. Good thing she had freed her feet from the stirrups without getting too tangled in her skirts (another questionable invention when it came to riding.) Second, this never would have happened on Tempest. Third, and more important, who else was riding on her and Charlotte’s favorite path at the same early hour?

Two polished boots appeared not two feet in front of her nose. A deep, velvety voice said, “Are you hurt?” 

The gloved hand that hovered by her face was so clean, Elizabeth hesitated to take it. She lifted her own hand from the slippery muck to confirm what her damp skin and garments suggested. She was covered in mud. 

She looked up at the mannerly stranger, the morning sun casting an angelic halo around what she prayed was merely an apparition, a figment of her overactive imagination. The chiseled jaw, firm chin, and the arch of concern in the dark brow of the handsome man standing over her certainly fit the appearance of a dreamy hero. 

Elizabeth blinked, but he did not disappear. Nor did she wake to find herself at Longbourn, tucked into her warm bed. In fact, she was getting cold. She looked down. Yes, the mud was real. The man was real. Her humiliation was real. 

Clenching her fingers into fists, Elizabeth stifled a groan. What a lovely predicament she was in. As if it was not bad enough to be thrown from a horse when she considered herself a skilled horsewoman, it had been observed by a stranger who would always associate this unfavorable moment with her. That he was handsome only added to her vexation. 

“Pray allow me to assist you,” he said, moving his hand closer to her.

Handsome and a perfect gentleman. The affront against Elizabeth’s vanity multiplied. And yet, reason told her she could not ignore him and remain in the puddle all day. It was a quandary made of her own foolish self-consciousness. She could not extract herself from the muck without making a worse disaster of her riding habit, but neither did she wish to dirty his pristine kid leather gloves. 

Stuff and fluff, she was being ridiculous! There was nothing to do but make light of her situation. Then, maybe, the stranger would understand her blush to be the result of laughter instead of shame. Shame at her own bruised vanity (for, what import did she place on others’ opinions of her?) and for her delayed reaction. One would think she had suffered a blow to the head.

“Are you injured? Did you hit your head?” the stranger asked.

Ha ha! There it was. She could not take offense with his question when she had thought the same only a moment before. If anything, she must applaud the gentleman’s sound deduction.  

By the time Elizabeth’s smile reached her eyes, it had developed a sincerity of its own, and she laughed heartily as she placed her hand in his. “I thank you, sir. I assure you the greatest injury I suffered was to my pride.” 

The stranger pulled her to her feet before she could catch her breath.  

Now that the sun did not blind her, she considered the gentleman. His eyes were the same color of the lapis lazuli on her brooch. Life was especially unjust against her that morning. 

It became imperative that she explain. “The mud is slippery—” She cringed. Of course, mud was slippery. “And, mercifully soft.” 

Elizabeth bit her lips together before she said anything else nonsensical. Maybe she had hit her head during the fall. She wiped the mud from her brooch, avoiding his gaze until she had collected enough of her dignity to look him in the eye.

The gentleman watched her. He must think her mad. Or worse, foolish. She was tempted to offer another explanation, but the flinch at the corner of his lips stopped her. Whoever he was, he was not immune to the humor of their situation. It was some comfort — enough to latch on to. 

Her tension eased and her embarrassment subsided, Elizabeth felt amusement bubble up inside her. 

“Lizzy!” cried Charlotte from behind her. 

Elizabeth startled. She had forgotten all about Charlotte. Pulling her gaze away from the mystery man, who only then dropped her gloved fingers and stepped away, Elizabeth wondered how long he had been holding her hand. How long had she been staring into his eyes? 

Her cheeks burned once again. How could she act like a moonstruck maiden in the full light of morning? Had Elizabeth observed herself, she would have poked fun at her own folly and nonsense.

Mercer gathered the mare’s reins before she stepped on them — something that only occurred to Elizabeth to do when she saw it done. Some horsewoman she was! The gentleman must think her completely inept. 

She had never felt more helpless. Elizabeth did not like it one jot, and she determined not to continue in the same manner for a second more. 

Defiantly avoiding so much as a peripheral gaze at the gentleman lest her senses take leave of her once again, Elizabeth turned to Charlotte. “I am well. I ought to have known there might be other riders along the path instead of charging heedlessly ahead, and now I have received my due punishment.” She pulled her mud-caked habit from her body, the further consequences of her present state chilling her like another dash of cold puddle water. 

Elizabeth’s heart hammered against her ribs. “My father!” she gasped, feeling physically ill. There would be no hiding what had happened from him. The line she walked to maintain the freedom she cherished was a fine one … and she had crossed it.  

The poor gentleman behind her had every right to think her a complete hoyden with abominable manners, but if she did not return to Longbourn before her family gathered in the breakfast parlor, her father would use this incident to forbid her from ever riding again. That it was her own doing smarted the worst. 

Collecting the reins from Mercer and rushing him to assist her atop the dreaded sidesaddle, Elizabeth mounted, and with a heartfelt “Thank you!”, she threw an apologetic smile behind her as she took off past gaping Charlotte toward Lucas Lodge. 

Of what use were polite introductions when her freedom was on the chopping block? Elizabeth determined not to concern herself about the mannerly gentleman. She had graver matters to worry about.

However, the hint of his smile stuck with Elizabeth all the way back to the stables, and the image kept up with her as she ran to Longbourn…


 

Apart from the cover, Jennifer Joy brought to From Pemberley to Milton four e-book copies of Chasing Elizabeth to offer to our readers across the globe.

The giveaway is international and to participate all you have to do is comment on this post by sharing your thoughts on the blurb, the cover, or Jennifer’s previous books. Have you read any from this series yet?

The giveaway is open until the 6th of June and the lucky winners will be randomly picked and announced a few days later.

Good luck everyone!

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80 responses to “Chasing Elizabeth by Jennifer Joy – Cover Reveal & Giveaway

  1. caroleincanada

    I am sooo ready for another book from you Jennifer!!! Since you posted the first couple of chapters I have been chomping at the bit, pun intended, to read this one! I LOVE the cover as Elizabeth looks out over all before her. Probably dreaming of her escape to new adventures! Congratulations!

    Rita, thank you for hosting the cover reveal! I don’t think our TBR piles will ever be reduced. We just keep adding to them!! I try to dig up a buried story in between the new ones that keep getting added!

    Stay safe, sane and healthy!

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  2. Baudelia Aguilar

    Oh my! I gather from the book blurb that Mr. Darcy is a spy, or at the least some type of government agent. My curiosity is piqued! I cannot wait to read another “can’t-put-down!” story from Jennifer Joy!

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  3. Glynis

    Well first, I love that cover and the colour of the dress is amazing!
    As for the book? It’s definitely got me interested and I’ll definitely be looking out for it! Elizabeth riding? And Mr Bennet possibly banning her? Darcy with a sense of humour AND on a mission? Oh definitely a must read.
    Thanks for the reveal and the excerpt Rita and thanks for the giveaway Jennifer.

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  4. J. W. Garrett

    Oh, the cover is so Elizabeth. She would be on a ramble and finding a high place so she could see far and wide. I love the fact she is a horsewoman. I am a little concerned about her father and his restrictions. What is up with that? Blessings on the launch of this book. Thanks to Rita for hosting this cover reveal and thanks to Jennifer and her publisher for the generous giveaway. Blessings, everyone and stay safe and healthy.

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    • Mr. Bennet has a rough start, but he becomes the father Lizzy needs. It turns out, he’s fairly handy with a shovel, too 😀
      Thank you so much for your kind comments, Jeanne! Best wishes!

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  5. Sounds fantastic. I love stories where Darcy is a spy or something similar. I’m also intrigued with Elizabeth and her freedom being in jeopardy. Can’t wait to read.

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  6. Pam Hunter

    Loved the excerpt and love the cover (oh, that gorgeous purple dress)!
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  7. Great cover, Jennifer. This story went to the top of my favorites. I loved both Darcy and Elizabeth. The adventure was thrilling and the mystery of whether or not Darcy is a spy was a hoot. Well done, Jennifer!

    Great post, Rita.

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  8. Sarah P

    Great snippet, this appears to be a definite page turner.
    Love the cover.

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  9. Loved their meeting. I’m intrigued by the blurb and the danger that Darcy attracts.

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  10. maomac

    I have read many of Jennifer’s books – but missed this series. I know have #1 from KU. I am lover of both JAFF and mysteries – so looking forward to these. Hmmm – has Darcy been working for the crown? Or has some scoundrel (aka Wickham) caused him trouble. Can’t wait to see. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

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  11. Beatrice

    Thank you for the giveaway! I really hope I can win a copy, as apparently Amazon.ca does not carry your Mysteries & Matrimony series, though I can see the US Amazon.com site has Books ! & 2 as a set.
    Any thought of posting these to other countries?

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    • Hi Beatrice! It looks like the books are on Amazon.ca, they’re just don’t have a series page. I’ll see what I can do to fix that, but in the meantime, here’s the link for Book 2:

      Thank you for stopping by! Best wishes!

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  12. Thanks for hosting Rita. I haven’t read any from this series( but I had the other books). Love the cover. An interesting EB, a skilled horsewoman. I wonder about FD’s situation.

    Thank you for the post. Eager to know more about what happens next.

    Thankyou also for the chance to win a copy

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  13. Michelle David

    Looks good and the cover is lovely!

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  14. Gianna Thomas

    Lovely cover, Jennifer, and I enjoyed the excerpt. Will be at the top of my TRB pile. Love your books. ❤

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  15. I do love the lowering sky – so indicative of trouble and strife.
    I’m not sure purple taffeta is a walking dress but it too is quite lovely.

    The blurb and excerpt sound like a delightful story is coming our way. Thank you!

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  16. alexandrariverstories

    Great cover–purple makes a perfect contrast with green, making Lizzy’s figure pop out.

    You’re so right: I like it, too, when writers have a distinctive style in the covers — certain images or outlined fonts etc.
    Otherwise, and with authors using the same models, I mix which book I’ve read and which I want to…

    Having read the first two chapters on Jennifer’s site just yesterday, this was an unexpected treat.
    Can’t wait for the real book! 🙂
    Take care of yourselves and stay safe!

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  17. Love the colour of the dress

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  18. BeckyC

    Gorgeous cover. I am intrigued!

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  19. The cover is beautiful. I adore the color of Elizabeth’s dress. Ah yes landing in mud…I used to ride both English and side saddle. The only spills I took were from the English saddle. About 4 decades ago we had a very dry summer (this was before many environmental concerns) and we were in drought restrictions, so to keep the dust down in the riding ring used motor oil was applied on the surface to keep the dust down. I think you know where I am going with this…I was thrown….I was coated, not in mud but in motor oil…what a mess…
    I had not thought of that in years, until I read this excerpt…

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    • Now, that’s a story 😊 I used to exercise rodeo horses, so I can sympathize. An 18-hander (a lodger at the stables, not a competitor) threw me, and my t-shirt got wrapped in the horn on my way over her head. I dangled from the saddle horn for quite a while with my shirt twisted over my head 😆 Ah, the memories…
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Deborah! Best wishes!

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      • That sure is a story. Yes, the memories. I very seldom rode Western so I forgot there was a horn. Attempted an English dismount and bruised my ribs on the horn.

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  20. Marilyn Campbell

    I am excited! Love her books! (And her mothers!) Thank you!

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  21. joanr12

    I love excerpt and the cover is gorgeous. I am excited to read Jennifer’s book!!! It looks so intriguing.

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  22. ForeverHis

    The cover is lovely, especially her dress! I have found that Jennifer Joy books continue to improve and most certainly look forward to this new one. The blurb and partial chapter were especially intriguing. Thank you for entering me in the contest.

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  23. Fawn George

    I love Jennifer Joy and her books. I really like the cover of the book. I usually decide to read a book by the cover and the excerpt. I look forward to reading her new book.

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  24. Kathy Berlin

    Exciting! Another Jennifer Joy book. I am looking forward to it!

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  25. Reading a new Jennifer Joy book is always an exciting treat! Sounds like it will be a great one!

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  26. This will definitely be a good read!
    Having read both JAFF and cosy mysteries written by Jennifer, I am sure I am in for a fun ride!
    Also, love the cover (have a soft spot for lilacs and purples 😁)

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  27. Maureen C

    Looks like a great story! It’s fun to see Darcy with a sense of humor, Definitely putting this on my TBR list!

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  28. Ginna

    Well, my comment never showed up, so I will try again.

    What an intriguing blurb! I am eager to learn more about FD’s “mission”.

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  29. Lis Batten

    Loved the excerpt, I could picture the mud on her habit. Poor Elizabeth, what a way to meet Darcy.
    It sounds like a brilliant story and will definitely be on my ‘to read’ list.

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  30. KateB

    I loved D&E adventure in Fitzwilliam Darcy Traitor and I’m sure I’ll love this one. Great cover as usual. Congratulations 🎈❤️

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  31. What a way to meet. Can’t wait to read. Love your cover choice.

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  32. Melodie Nielson

    If the cover didn’t hook me, the excerpt surely did!! I loved both and can’t wait to read it!!

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  33. cyndyhenry

    Thanks for the excerpt. This looks like an intriguing book, and I can’t wait to read more of it!

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  34. Wendy Essenburg

    Certainly left me wanting more, so I can’t wait to read more!

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  35. Lenora

    I love the cover and can’t wait to read this. You always have a good story.

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  36. OMG this sounds fantastic! (Of course, it does! It’s by Jennifer Joy!) Congrats, Jennifer! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  37. Am so excited for another book in the series! It will be a perfect read. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway. The cover is stunning. The material looks like one could reach out and touch it.

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