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Dare to Refuse Such a Man by Mary Smythe – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone, 

I am very pleased to welcome Mary Smythe to From Pemberley to Milton today. Quills & Quartos has recently published her book Dare to Refuse Such a Man, and she decided to present us with a very intriguing excerpt of it. I find it intriguing because I have never imagined a story where Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy wanted to get married but Mr. Bennet would not give his consent, have you? What do you think of this premise? Isn’t it promising? This book is definitely on my TBR and I believe I will be reading it very shortly 🙂

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this tour Q&Q team! And thank you for choosing such a wonderful excerpt Mary! I wish you all the luck with this book 🙂


Hi Rita! Thank you for having me on your blog today. I’m so excited to be here 🙂

This scene simultaneously takes place at the beginning and the middle of the story. How, you ask? Why, it’s the scene which, chronologically, follows the one from the prologue! After Darcy kisses Elizabeth senseless at the Meryton Assembly, Mr Bennet whisks her away from him for the second time while absolutely denying his consent for them to marry. The following morning, Elizabeth wakes with a new hope and a firm resolution to let no one, even her beloved father, stand in the way of her happiness…


Hertfordshire, October 19, 1811

Through her window, the rosy fingertips of dawn were just barely reaching over the horizon, but Elizabeth had been awake for some time already, waiting for enough light to dress by. In spite of her late night, she felt no fatigue. Quite the contrary; Elizabeth was full of excitement, anticipation, and renewed hope.

He is here! Her dearest, sweetest, most loyal Fitzwilliam was in Hertfordshire.

She kicked her feet free of her covers and wasted not a single moment more in stoking her small fire—indeed, she barely felt anything save the warm glow of happy anticipation—and instead, selected a gown that required no help with the buttons. 

Since returning to Hertfordshire, it had been nigh impossible for Elizabeth to enjoy the familiar comforts of home, though she attempted to appear as regular as possible for the sake of keeping her burdens private from her mother and younger sisters. Elizabeth had performed all her former duties around the estate by rote, socialised with their neighbours with forced cheer, and grudgingly maintained a civil tongue towards her father. Each and every interaction felt like a terrible effort.

She had not yet resumed the habit of whiling away companionable hours in Mr Bennet’s book room. She only entered that room to collect a ledger or book and then perused them elsewhere. No one, except perhaps Jane, her only confidante, had seemingly noticed the new chill between the Bennet patriarch and his favourite daughter, though it was certainly felt between the two of them. 

Oh, but all the strife from the past few weeks could be put aside and hope renewed. Darcy was here—he had staked his claim, kissing her before everyone she knew—all would be as it should, and they could marry. Mr Bennet would not continue to deny them, surely, when to do so would be to invite censure into their lives? A romantic reunion between established lovers could easily be accepted as a sweet if somewhat improper anecdote. Surely her father must come to reason; if an engagement was not announced soon…well, it did not bear thinking of the consequences for not only Elizabeth but also her sisters.

When she recalled this in the midst of her excited preparations, Elizabeth sobered for a moment. She had no doubt Darcy would propose to her with all haste, and her neighbours, who had known the Bennet daughters since infancy, would be more forgiving than London society, but she did rather wish Darcy had not risked their reputations. 

Then again, Elizabeth could understand why he had felt desperate enough to do so. Mr Bennet’s steadfast refusal to even entertain the idea of their match—Elizabeth scowled, as she often did, at the thought of her father’s stubbornness—and his pains to separate them were likely what had driven Darcy to such extremes. How could she be angry with him for doing this much? She might have done the same had she thought of it.

Through the window, she could see the dome of the rising sun arching over the fields and determined it was light enough for her excursion. There had been no time to arrange a rendezvous between them the evening before, but Elizabeth hoped, by loitering along the boundary between Longbourn and Netherfield Park, she might spot Darcy from afar and draw his attention to her presence. Should her attempts prove unsuccessful… Well, Elizabeth would think of something. Nothing would keep them apart now.

“He is the kind of man, indeed, to whom I should never dare refuse anything which he condescended to ask.”– Mr Bennet, Pride and Prejudice Volume III, Chapter 17

IT HAD NEVER OCCURRED TO FITZWILLIAM DARCY that once he had chosen a bride, her father might dare to refuse his consent. When his dearest, loveliest Elizabeth is taken from him with only a curt note of explanation, he determines that, far from accepting her father’s rejection of his suit, he must instead find her again and make his case. After all, a woman worthy of being pleased is also worth fighting for.

SEVERAL MONTHS SHY OF HER MAJORITY, it is not so simple a thing to defy Mr Bennet’s will, but Elizabeth, for the sake of her future happiness, must try. With various allies in her corner, as well as foes standing against her, Elizabeth’s courage must rise against all attempts at intimidation. Even from her own, much beloved father.

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You can find Dare to Refuse Such a Man at:

on Kindle Unlimited




Mary Smythe is a homemaker living in South Carolina with a rather useless BA in English collecting dust in a closet somewhere. Mrs Smythe discovered the works of Jane Austen as a teenager thanks to the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries featuring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle and has since gone on to read everything written by Ms Austen at least once yearly, always wishing that there were more. She has been writing since 2001, but only discovered Jane Austen Fanfiction in the summer of 2018. Dare to Refuse Such a Man is the first full-length novel she has ever completed, though she can boast a few shorter works in her library, as well.

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Quills & Quartos is giving away an ebook copy of Dare to Refuse Such a Man to one of my readers. To enter the giveaway please comment on this post and let us know what you thought about this excerpt.

The drawing will occur  a week after the tour ends (7 May) and the winner announced shortly after that on Q&Q’s social media.

Good Luck everyone!

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Tempt Me by Julie Cooper


Tempt Me’s prologue starts off with a powerful scene that takes place a few years prior to the Pride & Prejudice events, but on the first chapter, it moves forward to the Meryton Assembly where Mr. Darcy meets a very different Elizabeth Bennet.

In this book, Mr. Darcy is a vampyre who has the ability to feel other people’s feelings. This characteristic may seem interesting, but he considers it a burden, and it is very difficult for him to be around too many people because that experience tends to be overwhelming. However, something changes at the Meryton Assembly, where he is immediately drown and curious about Miss Elizabeth Bennet, a lady whose feelings he cannot sense. I, on the other hand, felt immediately drown to her because her low self-esteem was so different from what we usually see, that it had to be a promising trait in her character.

During the initials chapters of the book, Elizabeth Bennet is indeed very different, and I confess I enjoyed her vulnerability at first. However, after her marriage to Mr. Darcy, which takes place earlier in the book, I started to feel a bit annoyed with her instability and meekness concerning Darcy’s vampiric nature. Fortunately, as the story progresses, Elizabeth becomes stronger and completely devoted to her husband, so it was easier to forget my initial quibble.

In Tempt Me, we will find some of the usual vampyre characteristics, but also some novelties that kept me wondering most of the time. Julie Cooper created her own set of rules, and those rules appear as the story progresses, so the reader never really knows what may happen next. This suspense and creativity was something I really enjoyed in the book and it kept me reading just to discover exactly why certain things were happening, even if some questions regarding the vampyre world are left unanswered, the discovery journey the reader is allowed to take is very satisfying.

One of my favourite aspects of this book was Colonel Fitzwilliam’s character. I loved him from his first appearance until the last and I felt like he was my partner in crime in this story. His character and the blunt way he always dealt with Mr. Darcy, Anne and especially Elizabeth were simply perfect. Every time I felt something needed to be done, or said, the Colonel was there to make it happen J

The story is full of action as the villains, and there are many of them, keep coming up with different ideas to destroy Darcy, and even if I liked the excitement it all brought, at a certain point I thought that we already had our fair share of abductions. I believe the narrative would gain from a more simple conflict with less schemes from the villains. Nevertheless, readers can be assured of many heroic scenes where Mr. Darcy comes to the rescue and even situations when it is Elizabeth who saves her husband. There is no lack of heroic situations in Tempt Me!

Summing up, Tempt Me is a very exciting and entertaining novel where readers can find a new vampyric world full of challenges and happy endings (for the heroes of course… the villains not so much). I recommend it to readers who like exciting stories that are action packed but also examine the characters growing faith in one another.


You can find Tempt Me at:

Kindle Unlimited and on Audible


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Silver Buckles by Grace Gibson

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What if Mr. Darcy realizes his mistake in offending Elizabeth at the Meryton Assembly and decides to offer an apology? And what if they do dance together and start off on more friendly terms ?

In Silver Buckles the story is relatively simple, and because of that, it is refreshingly interesting. There aren’t unnecessary misunderstandings or farfetched changes in the story. Silver Buckles is a low angst novel that places our beloved characters in drawing room and uses a vibrant writing to make the story progress.

What I loved the most about this book were the flirtation and the dialogues between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.  Many authors mention repeatedly how witty Elizabeth is and how Mr. Darcy and she are equals in terms of intelligence, but Grace Gibson didn’t mention that, she showed it to us, which proves her quality as a writer. The playfulness and vivacity of Elizabeth and Darcy’s dialogues kept me interested in the story until the last page because I always wanted to know what they would say to one another next, and this definitely sold the book to me.

Another aspect I loved about this book is Elizabeth’s relationship with Mary. The middle daughter is one of my favourites and I always believed that if her sisters would pay her more attention she would prove to be great company. Grace Gibson proved this by having Elizabeth help Mary develop into an adoring lady, and I adored it!

Jane Bennet is another character whose plotline will surprise some readers, and I confess that once more I loved the outcome she had. Col. Fitzwilliam and Georgiana were two other secondary characters I enjoyed, and who filled their job as supporters of the story.

Grace Gibson penned a story that is simple yet catching and where some of the characters are refreshingly different, but where Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth stay very true to themselves. For me this was the most important, I love to see some differences in the secondary characters because that makes the story more interesting and unpredictable, but I cannot bear to have different Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s. Grace Gibson did just that.

Summing up, Silver Buckles is an extremely well written book where the author shows the reader what is happening and reveals the characters personalities by having them behave in a certain manner instead of just telling all of these things. For me this is a sign of a quality book and I highly recommend it.


Audiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

The audiobook of Silver Buckles is one of the most original narrations I have ever heard. Instead of having one narrator, we have two: Stevie Zimmerman who narrates the chapters told from Elizabeth’s point of view, and Neil Roy McFarlane who narrates the chapters told from Mr. Darcy’s point of view. The fact that we have the chapters being told from two different points of view, and having each of these narrated by different people made me feel connected to each character more deeply. I clearly heard Elizabeth’s voice when Stevie had the stage and Mr. Darcy’s when Neil took it over. I believe the audiobook may be the best version of Silver Buckles, and I recommend getting a copy through audible.


You can find Silver Buckles at:

Kindle Unlimited and on Audible


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The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet by Hunter Quinn – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

The blog tour for The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet is starting today at From Pemberley to Milton, and I could not be more excited to welcome Hunter Quinn here today for the first time 🙂

She is a new author to the genre, but after reading the excerpt she brought us today, I am incredibly happy Meryton Press decided to publish her work. This book sounds very promising and I cannot wait to read it! Plus, it has a gorgeous cover!! Don’t you think? The back cover got me particularly interested. Who are the two gentleman in the back?

I would like to thank Mrs. Quinn for the visit, and for sharing such a beautiful excerpt with my readers, and Janet Taylor for all the hard work she keeps doing in this community. Thank you so much for organizing this blog tour and inviting me to be a part of it 🙂

It is a pleasure to be one of the first to share information about this The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet.



Firstly, I would like to say a massive thank you to Rita for hosting me!

My name is Hunter Quinn, and I am very excited to be here to introduce my debut novel, The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet, to this wonderful and engaging genre of Austen variations. I, myself, have read every variation I can get my hands, and all the great and inspiring words of so many superb authors inspired me to try my hand at penning/typing my own.

This is a full-length novel which explores the possible consequences had Elizabeth not received the letter from Mr. Darcy after his disastrous proposal in Kent. One of my favourite facets of this book that I enjoyed exploring most, was swapping the usual roles/dynamics between Elizabeth and Darcy. Though we do see glimpses of Darcy efforts to improve himself, we also explore a few other characters’ growth into maturity and Elizabeth’s acknowledgement that she had misjudged Mr. Darcy in a sweet way.

For those of you who have read my first excerpt at the Meryton Press Cover Reveal Blog Post, we left off where Elizabeth had sought and been granted an audience with very disheveled Mr. Darcy. She arrives at his town house without a chaperone or invitation to ask for his help. In this next excerpt we jump back slightly to see Darcy’s thoughts and reactions upon being informed that Elizabeth has come to call…


Fitzwilliam Darcy was in his study, brooding over the past five months as he nursed a brandy. As he was not usually one to over-imbibe, this particular spirit had become an imperfect balm for his bruised heart. He had yet to make it to bed, and he was starting to feel a dull ache growing in his head. He released a deep sigh and rubbed his eyes, trying to ease their strain. Pushing himself upright, he ran his hands through his unruly hair and down his jaw, grimacing at the roughness of his chin. The room was dim, lit only by the fire burning in the grate. His tired gaze rested for a moment on the untouched dinner tray before returning to the bottom of his almost-empty glass.

Everything he knew about himself, everything others expected of him, and everything he had been taught meant nothing after that horrible day at the parsonage. He had made a complete fool of himself. He had put aside his pride and sense and offered his heart to the woman he loved, and she had mercilessly ripped it to pieces. Initially, Darcy dealt with his grief in the only way he knew. Willing himself to ignore the pain, he threw himself into running his estates and finding new investments. Knocking back the remaining brandy, he flinched at the distasteful memories now assailing him. How could he have been such a simpleton to think that she reciprocated his feelings? He had assuredly believed, without an ounce of doubt, that Elizabeth would welcome his proposal. It was laughable! The only positive aspect of this anguish was his wealth, which had grown in proportion to his heartbreak.

More hurtful than the rejection was the look of disgust on her face. She had treated him with such contempt, professing that he was “the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.” Even at such a moment, she had found a way to catalogue his faults: “your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others.” She had accused him of ruining the happiness of her beloved sister Jane, and—worse—of being responsible for Wickham’s “misfortunes.”


“His misfortunes have been great indeed,” he muttered to himself bitterly, closing his eyes and trying to shake her angry words from his mind as he strode to the sideboard and poured another generous helping of his rapidly depleting brandy. With drink in hand, he resettled himself behind his desk into the plush leather armchair that had once belonged to his father and heaved another sigh.

Darcy recalled storming away from the parsonage. Upon his return to Rosings Park, his aunt’s estate, he had locked himself in his room and wallowed in self-pity. He eschewed dinner with his relatives that evening, choosing instead to write Elizabeth a letter explaining and justifying his actions. He had behaved with the best of intentions, and at the very least he would defend himself, by God! However, in doing so, he knew he would be revealing his and his beloved sister’s most painful secrets. The next morning, after pacing the grove for over an hour in the hopes of seeing her, he lost his nerve and, upon his return to his room, threw the letter into the fire. It would be too dangerous to leave those secrets committed to paper. Besides, why should he care for her good opinion? It was not as if they would see each other again. They hardly moved in the same circles.

Darcy had come back to London as quickly as possible with the sole purpose of forgetting Elizabeth Bennet. He told no one of what had happened and naïvely hoped that, by immersing himself in estate management, he would quickly conquer his ill-fated infatuation. And he had succeeded! Except that food had lost its taste, and he could no longer sleep for longer than a few restless hours at a stretch. He would lie awake at night, thinking of her and all that might have been. Although Darcy was loath to admit it, he knew he spent too much time imagining a future in which a joyous Elizabeth had smiled and said yes.

In the past few weeks, he had thrown himself back into society in an attempt to assuage his family and their worries over his behaviour. He must find a suitable bride and begin the process of begetting an heir. He was convinced that would be the way to conquer his heartache. But, alas, no one could compare to Elizabeth.


When had he become such a lovesick schoolboy? What a pathetic wretch he was!

It was then that he heard knocking on his study door. Surely his household knew not to disturb him so early. He tried to ignore this intrusion into his solitude, but the knocking persisted.

He slammed a fist into his desk. “GO AWAY!”

Much to his annoyance, Jarvis slowly opened the door and entered. Darcy levelled him a withering glare.

“Good morning, sir. My apologies for disturbing you, but there is a young lady here requesting to see you,” Jarvis said with a lift of his eyebrows as he made his way towards the closed curtains.

“What?” exclaimed Darcy as he watched his butler’s steady progress across the study, straightening objects along the way and tsk-tsking as he passed the untouched food.

“There is an unescorted young lady here to see—”

“Yes, I heard you the first time,” he snapped. “Tell her I am busy and not receiving visitors. And there is no need to open the drapes!”

Jarvis left the curtains untouched, but he did not obey his master’s other order. “Sir, I would have done so, as per your instructions. However, she explained that she is an acquaintance of yours and would need only a moment of your time. She said the matter was urgent, and she looks very distressed, sir,” explained Jarvis as he lit the two candles nearest his master.

“I see,” Darcy said as he pinched the bridge of his nose in consternation. Normally, he would not be swayed once he had decided not to receive visitors, especially at such an early hour. On the other hand, Jarvis had never gone against his specific instructions, much less offered justifications for doing so.

After a brief hesitation, Darcy looked up. “Does the lady have a name?”

“Miss Elizabeth Bennet, sir.”

Darcy blanched and shot up, catching his elbow on the side of the desk and nearly upsetting his drink.

“Jarvis, are you certain?” he demanded, absentmindedly rubbing the ache from his elbow.

“Yes, quite certain, sir.” Jarvis seemed taken aback by the extreme reaction from his normally staid master. “Will you receive her?”

Darcy nodded slowly. Once the door closed, he expelled a loud breath and began pacing. What on earth is she doing here? Damn! And why did I agree to see her? He needed to compose himself and, above all, act as unaffected by her presence as he could.

He paused in front of his desk, searching for some correspondence or other paperwork so he might look occupied when she appeared. But then he changed his mind and decided to perch on the edge of his desk with a book…no, no, no—far too contrived! He was acting like a bloody simpleton.

“What are you doing?” he berated himself. “Just sit at your desk, man! This is your study, after all. Where else would you be?” Once he had situated himself, Darcy took a few deep breaths in an attempt to gain some equanimity.

Unfortunately, the knowledge that Elizabeth was there made it difficult for him to be calm.

In London!

In his house!

After all these months!

Darcy braced himself to see her again, but how could anything prepare his heart for this unexpected turn of events?

When her sister Lydia elopes without a trace, Elizabeth Bennet must put aside her predisposition against Mr. Darcy—the man whose hand she refused months earlier—and plead for his assistance in locating the wayward couple. As a result, they face daunting hurdles with help from well-loved friends and interference from old rivals. Will their struggles result in permanent estrangement or a love match?


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You can find The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet at:

on Kindle Unlimited

Hunter Quinn is a British writer, residing in the southwest of England. She is an avid reader, no doubt due to the influence of her mother, an English classics’ professor and lecturer. 

Having grown up a stone’s throw from Bath and always surrounded by the words of literary greats, Hunter first discovered Jane Austen at a young age. But it was the ubiquitous scene where Mr. Darcy—portrayed by Colin Firth (a moment of silence and applause)—first emerged from the lake in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that cemented her love for Jane Austen and the regency romance genre of spirited damsels, dashing gentleman, and glittering ballrooms. Afterwards, Hunter walked through life daydreaming and writing ‘what if’ scenarios between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy but never had the courage to share them. Once the lockdown went into effect, Hunter took the plunge and began sharing her first novel on well-known JAFF sites. The praise and interest of readers gave her the confidence to submit The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet to Meryton Press Publishing…and the rest is history!



NEW blog tour

The Blog Tour for The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet is just starting today, so please don’t forget to check the other stops on tour: 

April 19th From Pemberley to Milton

April 20th Probably at the Library

April 21st My Jane Austen Book Club

April 22nd Diary of an Eccentric

April 23rd My Vices and Weaknesses

April 24th Donadee’s Corner

April 26th Austenesque Reviews

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Meryton Press will give away one eBook of The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet per stop on the blog tour. The giveaway is international and to apply to your copy here at From Pemberley to Milton, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post until the 24th of April. The winner will be announced shortly after that.

Good Luck everyone!

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Scent of Desire by Ayr Bray

This short story is a sequel that picks up events right after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth’s engagement. The story develops with these two characters making all the arrangements for the wedding while fighting their growing attraction to one another. For a while, I feared this book would be one where the couple anticipates their vows, which would not have been to my liking, but I could not be more wrong. Despite their growing attraction, the couple is always proper, which makes the scenes after the wedding even more special.

One of my favourite aspects of the book was to see Elizabeth trying to protect Darcy from all the social gatherings they are forced to attend and from her mothers exuberances, I imagine Jane Austen would write something of the sort if she had written a sequel herself.

This is a short novella that can be read very quickly and that ends with Darcy and Elizabeth’s wedding night. This final scene is an erotic one, and even if it is tastefully written, it occupied too many pages for my liking. I do believe, however, that other readers may enjoy this story immensely because as I mentioned before, propriety is always respected the scene after the wedding is written in a very beautiful manner.

If you are looking for a very short story with romance and some intimacy between Darcy and Elizabeth, then this book is for you.

Audiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

As all Stevie Zimmerman narrations, this one was very well delivered with all characters coming to live and being portrayed exactly as I imagine them to be. The narration is flawless, demonstrating once more that Stevie Zimmerman is one of the best narrators in the market.

There are currently no ebook versions of this book and Scent of Desire can only be found on Audible.


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Giveaway Winners

Good Afternoon everyone,

Early this month Laraba Kendig visited From Pemberley to Milton for the first and it was a true pleasure to work with this author. She brought with her an excerpt of her recently released Longbourn Inheritance, and an ebook to give away to one of my readers. Today I am happy to announce the winner of this prize 🙂

I will also take this opportunity to announce the winner of my March Book Mail Giveaway. Thank you all for participating here on the blog and on Facebook 🙂 This is a tradition I am enjoying immensely and will certainly keep 🙂

Without further ado the winners are:

Longbourn Inheritance

*** J.W. Garrett***

March Book Mail Giveaway

*** Rellaenthia***

Congratulations ladies! As always, can you please contact me throught e-mail ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com so your prize may be sent to you? Please provide me with the email address to which the book may be sent to you, and the Amazon store in which you have an account. Rellaenthia, please do not forget to tell me which ebook you’ll choose.

Happy Reading everyone!


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An Inconvenient Courtship by Dana R. Lynn

In An Inconvenient Courtship, Miss Bingley’s jealously forces the Bennet sisters to remain at Netherfield a little longer. After Jane’s recovery, the sisters are ready to return to Longbourn but Miss Bingley’s reckless actions cause Elizabeth to have a severe head injury, and the story will progress from there.

With Elizabeth’s life at risk Mr. Darcy is forced to admit his feelings much earlier than in P&P, and this is a deviation from the original that I really like, however, some details in this initial scene, such as Mr. Darcy calling Elizabeth by her first name in front of everyone, made me a little reticent with the book.

It turned out to be a clean and quick novella that can easily be read in an afternoon, which is definitely a positive aspect, but I did have several quibbles with it. In my opinion, all characters were too outspoken, and some of them even out of character. Having Bingley chastise Darcy because Elizabeth is beneath him is something that is neither in line with Bingley’s character, nor Darcy’s at this point. I also found Georgiana’s intimacy with Elizabeth too sudden as they start calling each other by their given name 5 minutes after getting to know each other, and without even being introduced. This was actually a recurrent fact as Richard also talked to Elizabeth without being introduced.

Another fact I wasn’t particularly fond of was Wickham’s viciousness in the end of the story as I considered it completely unnecessary for the narrative, and a detail that would only be relevant if the book had further pages. This plot has a lot of potential but the amount of details that are added to the story do not match the books size. I believe the story would have been better if the author had developed it more; nevertheless, it is a romantic and clean story that may appeal to those who prefer fast paced short stories.

Audiobook Narration:

Mary Bennet’s Level

I wasn’t overly impressed with the narrator of this book who seemed to struggle with the differentiation between male and female voices. The delivery seemed somewhat forced and unnatural even if the narration itself wasn’t unpleasant, so I consider this audiobook’s narration to be at Mary Bennet’s level.

You can find An Inconvenient Courtship at:

and on Audible


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Lovers’ Meeting by Catherine Lodge

In Lovers’ Meeting Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy meet after a carriage accident where Mr. Darcy shows, not only to her, but to all society in Meryton what a true gentleman he is. He also proves to be a man of action who is not afraid to do what it takes to help others in need, and as this is the opening scene, it will change the perceptions of the main characters towards one another and consequently the story. Even if we do see some of the most familiar scenes, the tone of the book is very different and it was that difference in tone that captivated me the most in this novel.

It is a short book of only 212 pages, however, it is full of action, so the pace is very fast which is something I personally like. Apart from the carriage accident, the reader will witness a catastrophic flood, the last wishes of a dying friend, Lydia’s misfortunes, and much more, so there is no dull moment in the narrative. Nevertheless, I believe the story would benefit if there weren’t so many things happening in such a short period of time because they all seemed to appear and disappear a bit too fast without letting the reader get immersed in them, especially towards the end of the book, which seemed a bit abrupt.

The fast pace and multitude of obstacles is contrasting with the character development we see in Darcy which is another highlight in the story. There is a certain melancholy and vulnerability in Darcy’s character, that being a bit out of character, really worked for me and was in fact my favourite aspect of the book. Darcy’s personality and introspection made me feel closer to him, and it revealed a side of Darcy we don’t usually see but that is just as charming and appealing. This Darcy is not only altruistic, but also someone who looks inside to try to understand why he hasn’t found happiness yet, and his insecurity along with the path taken throughout the story, made him even more worthy of finding his happiness at the end of the book. 

Another aspect I liked in the story were the letters exchanged between Darcy and Elizabeth. I always like to see letters in a story, and in this case, it was wonderful to be privy to their intimate communication. 

Lovers’ Meeting is an action packed story with a somehow different Darcy that is just as appealing as the usual portrayal often seen in austenesque novels. Darcy’s personality, the introspective tone of the narrative, and the multitude of unexpected twists we find throughout the story make this a captivating book that I recommend to other readers 🙂 

You can find Lovers’ Meeting at:

Kindle Unlimited and on Audible


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March Bookmail Giveaway


Good Afternoon dear readers, 

It is once more that time of the month when I share with you the lovely books I received via mail throughout the previous month, and I am happy to say that March brought more books than February, so there is a wider range of books from which you can choose 🙂 

If you’re new to this type of post, I’ve decided to offer on a monthly basis an ebook copy of one of the books I’ve received through the mail during that specific month to one reader. So far two readers already received copies of The Price of Pride by Abigail Reynols and Nine Ladies by Heather Moll. 

To apply to this month’s giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me you’re interested. This is becoming a cool tradition and one of my favorite posts of the month 🙂

I’ve received 3 Austenesque books and bought a few non-austeneque books myself. In fact, they are nonfiction and I am looking forward to reading them too. Lately I have been feeling the need to read different things, instead of just regency romances and the balance I’ve found seems just right. This way I don’t get tired of the romance stories, get to read different styles and broaden my knowledge 🙂 I’m currently reading Brave New World from Aldous Huxley and loving it!

But I digress…going back to our giveaway, during March I received the below books in the mail, and the winner may choose an ebook copy of one them:


The Recovery of Fitzwiliam Darcy by Lucy Marin – Source: Gift from publisher

Dangerous Magic by Monica Fairview – Source: Gift from author

Dare to Refuse Such a Man by Mary Smythe – Source: Gift from publisher

Direito a Ofender (Portuguese Edition) by Mick Hume – Source: Purchased

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Five Daughters Out at Once by Jayne Bamber – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

I am very happy to welcome once more at From Pemberley to Milton author Jayne Bamber who is here to talk a little more about her upcoming novel Five Daughters Out at Once. Mrs. Bamber has released some of the most innovative austenesque stories I’ve heard about mixing up many of Austen’s novels in one single story and recently I have learned that many of them are actuallly available at audible, so I will certainly be checking them out soon!

Are you a fan of audiobooks? If so, you can find Jayne Bamber’s audiobooks by clicking on the following link. If not, you can find them all on Kindle too.

Thank you so much for visiting Jayne, and best of luck with this new book 🙂 I am sure readers will like reading what you brought us.


Hello Dear Janeites, it is a pleasure to be back at From Pemberley to Milton to share more details of my new release, Five Daughters Out At Once.

This is my eighth novel in the Austenesque genre, and like most of the ones that have preceded it, this book is focused on, but not limited to, the characters of Pride & Prejudice. The Bennet sisters are the primary focus of the novel, which begins with tragedy at Longbourn and then at Rosings. Bonding over loss – and loathing of Mr. Collins – Lady Catherine and the Bennet sisters find themselves residing harmoniously together at Netherfield.


Those of you who have been following my blog tour will know that Mr. Darcy, his sister Georgiana, and their cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam also come to stay at Netherfield, and that ere long Lady Catherine fills the house up even more, with a house party full of eligible bachelors for the Bennet sisters’ benefit.  Lady Catherine is convinced these familiar Austen heroes are in possession of large fortunes and in want of wives, but Elizabeth Bennet is not so sure about her companions, and will be stirring the pot in today’s excerpt, which gives of some serious Box Hill vibes…. 



Frank Churchill would make a sketch of Elizabeth, and took prodigious pride in his work. “You have taken my likeness metaphorically – I shall reciprocate in the most literal of terms,” he said, making little invisible adjustments to her pose, his fingertips brushing her shoulders, her chin, a loose wisp of her hair. It was a bold means of flirting, accompanied by many brief, smoldering looks, and yet he made such a show of arranging everything before beginning his sketch that to anyone else looking on it might have appeared more comical than provocative.

Lady Catherine was certainly watching them from the card table with the others of her old set, and though she looked on with proud affection and even the occasional wink, Elizabeth was mortified. “You must let me hold something.” She picked up the nearest book, a volume of poetry, and with one hand she raised it up to shield her face from view.

“Ahem – Miss Elizabeth, nobody really reads in so serious a fashion as that, I am sure, and I must see your face,” Mr. Churchill cajoled her.

Elizabeth lowered the book enough to peek up at him with a wide smile. Mr. Darcy had come into the room and was moving that way, to approach his sister; Elizabeth could not resist the impulse to reply to Frank a little louder than strictly necessary, “I am resolved to improve my mind through extensive reading.”

Mr. Churchill laughed, and in making way for Mr. Darcy to pass, he drew closer to Elizabeth, repositioning her posture once more. His hands covered hers as he gently lowered the book to a more realistic pose, and Elizabeth felt her face flush with heat at the contact; beyond them, Mr. Darcy scowled and retreated to speak with Georgiana.

Here, the proud gentleman was thwarted again – Miss Crawford intercepted him, begging for a partner in a game of chess. “Your cousin promised me yesterday that he and I would have a game, but I understand he is much occupied with estate matters – how magnanimous of him to be so attentive to your aunt. But I am sure you will show the same gallantry in indulging me,” she purred at Mr. Darcy, who looked so reluctant to oblige Miss Crawford that Elizabeth almost pitied the man.

Miss Tilney looked up and offered Miss Crawford a warm smile. “I will play with you, if Mr. Darcy does not like to.”

“No, no indeed,” Miss Crawford cried, attempting to wave her off with a gentle laugh. “I could not disrupt your conference in the corner, there – you are all afflicted with novel-mania, and I am sure you would not be minding the game at all. But I daresay Mr. Darcy despises novels, and would do much better to employ the powers of his mind over a game of strategy.”

While seated beside the great readers of their group, Miss Tilney appeared to be sketching, though more discreetly than Mr. Churchill; she did not correct Miss Crawford’s misapprehension, but looked over at her nearest companions. Lydia, Georgiana, and Henry Tilney were poring over a book Mr. Crawford had given them to examine – Lydia and Georgiana seemed especially affronted by the slight upon their pursuit, offering Miss Crawford a matching pair of grimaces before returning their attention to their beloved novels. Miss Crawford looked momentarily chagrined, but squared her shoulders back and laughed it off. “Sir?”

“I would by no means suspend any pleasure of yours,” Mr. Darcy said in all solemnity; he sat across from Miss Crawford at a little table just large enough for the chessboard and motioned for her to open the game.

Elizabeth and Mr. Churchill had watched this exchange with considerable private amusement; a look between them served to express their mutual appreciation of such an absurd display of hauteur. He ceased his sketching for just a moment to lean close to Elizabeth and whispered, “She certainly knows how to enthrall a man of such discernment.”

“Oh yes,” Elizabeth replied softly. “She shall make him a proper wife!”

Mr. Churchill smirked, looking ready to say something else very wicked and very clever, when Lady Catherine called out to him, playfully demanding to know what he and Elizabeth were speaking of. “Husbands and wives,” he answered directly.

Elizabeth managed to hold her pose as Mr. Churchill resumed his sketching once more, but she flicked her eyes over to the dowager as she added, “I have always supposed that felicity in marriage is entirely a matter of chance, your ladyship – that it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.”

Jane had been playing at the pianoforte on the other side of the room, but she missed a few notes and turned to look at Elizabeth with some little alarm. Mr. Crawford, who had been listening attentively at Jane’s side, now chuckled merrily and turned about to speak. “You know that is not sound, Miss Elizabeth – I do hope you would not act that way yourself. My uncle had such a marriage, and I quite pitied my aunt.”

“He is happier now – but the less said about that the better,” Miss Crawford said with a sniff.

“Miss Elizabeth is laughing at us all,” Mr. Darcy said evenly, something like mirth in his eyes as he moved his knight across the board to capture one of Miss Crawford’s pawns. “A poor gambit,” he murmured.

He had once before noted her delight in professing opinions which were not her own, and Elizabeth was at once impressed and annoyed by his ability to see through her teasing with such acuity. “Indeed, I am not,” she replied to the room at large – nearly everybody was listening to her banter now, but Elizabeth was not daunted by this. “I am quite at my leisure, you know, and am grown philosophical. It occurs to me to wonder how well one person might become acquainted with another, at a house party or in some public place like Bath.”

“Such things do occur, undoubtedly,” Lady Catherine said wryly.

“A hasty and impudent attachment may arise,” Mr. Darcy, his gaze alighting upon Elizabeth as cannily as ever. “But there is generally time to recover from it afterward. It can only be weak, irresolute characters – whose happiness must be always at the mercy of chance – who will suffer an unfortunate acquaintance to be an inconvenience, an oppression forever.”

“Short of that, it is all guess and luck,” Miss Crawford tittered.

Mr. Bertram looked up from a book depicting illustrations of the cathedrals of Rome, which he had been examining with Mary, and fixed Miss Crawford with an inscrutable look. “Perhaps you are right – how many a man has committed himself on short acquaintance and rued it all the rest of his life!”

Mr. Ferrars began to cough; Kitty patted him gently on the back. Everyone in the room was now looking about at one another; Elizabeth had not intended to spark such a debate, but relished what she had unwittingly initiated. She smiled broadly as she waited for someone else to speak out, and ere long Mr. Crawford obliged them. “It is only by seeing women in their own homes, among their own set, just as they always are, that one can form any just judgement.” He smiled at Elizabeth, offering her just the trace of a wink before he leaned forward against the pianoforte and beckoned for Jane to continue playing.

Elizabeth was ready to consider the group discussion at an end, but as she glanced over at Mr. Churchill, he looked up from his sketching and flashed her a bright smile before saying, “I have so little confidence in my own judgement that whenever I marry, I hope someone shall choose my wife for me. Lady Catherine, what do you say? Shall you undertake the commission?”

Elizabeth was happy to still be holding the book of poetry, and raised it higher to cover the blush that spread across her cheeks at Mr. Churchill’s saucy teasing. As she tried to regain command of her countenance, Lady Catherine replied in her most imperious tone, “You shall have a charming wife, Frank.”

Jane resumed the concerto she had been practicing; Elizabeth was as pleased to see her elder sister smile shyly up at Mr. Crawford as she was to hear the conversation turn – the talk of husbands and wives had dwindled, and the division of their large party into smaller groups once again prevailed. Mr. Churchill was still prone to giving her some very significant looks as he went about his sketching, and Elizabeth began to read aloud to him to distract herself from the flustering effect of his gaze. His endeavors lasted another half-hour, and then he was ready to display the fruit of his labors and be praised for the result.

Lady Catherine beckoned Mr. Churchill to bring the sketch to her, that she might have the first look at it when it was complete, and she was at once in raptures, declaring it must be framed and displayed in a place of great distinction. Mr. Churchill was subsequently entreated to make a circuit of the room, showing the portrait to all, to mixed review. Most of their companions were pleased and ready to offer praise; Elizabeth’s sisters were the only critics, finding fault with the eyebrows and lashes – until Mr. Churchill presented the drawing to Mr. Darcy for inspection.

He looked at it in silence for an interminable space of time; until Miss Crawford leaned across the chessboard, displaying herself to no little advantage as she declared, “You have made her too tall.”

“Certainly not,” Frank cried. “Consider, she is sitting down, which naturally presents a different aspect – I am sure the proportions have been preserved.”

“I rather wonder at her reading material,” Mr. Darcy quipped. “You have shaded over the cover of the book, and given it no title at all, though I have heard her reading poetry to you. You ought to inscribe a title – a volume of sonnets, I think, would do very well.”

Elizabeth had expected something more severe; her surprise was tinged with relief – and something else. She knew he intended some private insinuation by referencing sonnets, as this had been a jest she made her first night at Netherfield – something about driving away love – but she was determined not to attempt to puzzle the man out.



Thank you, dearest readers, for following my blog tour! Best of luck to all of you in the giveaway – I will be announcing the winners on Release Day, April 7th. For those of you who missed a post, each stop on the blog tour has featured a tantalizing excerpt. Happy Reading!

5 Daughters Blog Tour Promo Final

After the untimely death of their parents, Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are left to make their own way in the world, and the dubious decision to stay at Longbourn until they are forced out leads to chaos and confrontation two years later, when their cousin Mr. Collins comes to claim his inheritance.
Hot on his heels is his noble patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, a woman consumed by grief of her own after the loss of her husband and daughter in a terrible fire at her estate, Rosings Park. While her nephew Mr. Darcy is shocked by his aunt’s interest in the five orphaned girls, her niece Georgiana thinks it just the thing to soothe the dowager’s low spirits. Moved by the bonds of sorrow and a shared contempt of Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine offers the Bennet sisters her protection and assistance in society – and what better way to help them than to find them all rich husbands?
Much to her chagrin, Lady Catherine is not the only one to meddle in Meryton’s marriage mart – Richard Fitzwilliam joins her, at leisure to make mischief, Charlotte Lucas, now an heiress in her own right, has a secret of her own, and Georgiana Darcy finds herself inspired to write a novel that will document – and change – the lives of her new friends.
Tensions rise between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy as they both bristle at Lady Catherine’s plans – for very different reasons. Misapprehension and misunderstandings abound and plans go awry as the great lady rents Netherfield Park and hosts a horde of single gentlemen in possession of good fortunes, who must be in want of wives.
Will the Bennet sisters find love and happiness? What other Austen heroes and rakes might appear in the once dull village of Meryton? Will Darcy and Lizzy overcome the obstacles of their own making?


5 Daughters Cover




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