Monthly Archives: June 2021

Dare to Refuse Such a Man by Mary Smythe

dare to refuse such a man4.5 stars

Dare to Refuse Such a Man develops a very innovative and fun trope. What if Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy fall madly in love but Mr. Bennet refuses to accept Mr. Darcy’s proposal?

What if Mr. Bennet goes beyond his refusal, and does everything in his power to separate Elizabeth from Mr. Darcy? What if all he truly wants is for Elizabeth to marry Mr. Collins? What could be his motivations?

In Dare to Refuse Such a Man Mr. Darcy we will see a very different Mr. Bennet, one who is not Elizabeth’s support, but her antagonist. I found this very interesting, but I confess that what I loved the most was to see Mrs. Bennet taking up the role we usually see associated with him.

In this story Mrs Bennet becomes Elizabeth’s ally and reveals an intelligence many thought did not exist. We often see Mr. Bennet as a caring father who will do everything for Elizabeth, and with his support she feels safe from Mrs Bennet, who is usually the antagonist, but in this book it’s the other way around and I absolutely loved it. I was not expecting Mrs Bennet to be such a friend to Elizabeth and to help her so much. It was refreshing, interesting, and funny because Mrs Bennet is very smart in this book, but her intelligence is turned towards her goal, which in this case, is to have Elizabeth marrying Mr. Darcy. 

The strategies Mrs. Bennet finds to help Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are very funny and I was impressed with her ability to manipulate the entire Meryton society to her favour. This was definitely the highlight of the book for me. 

I love angsty books, but I also love to read stories where Elizabeth and Darcy join forces against an external antagonist, which is exactly what happened in this book. They must find the strength in their love to persistently follow their dreams and never give up. I believe this will be very appealing to most readers, especially the ones who do not like angst in their novels. 

There were a few details such as Wickham or Lady Catherine’s later appearances in the book which I could live without, and even if it was not a quibble, I would not have minded to have a smaller book without those secondary interferences at a time when our couple is already strongly attached to one another.

Summing up, Dare to Refuse Such a Man is a low angst novel where our dear couple must join forces to fight for their love. It is a sweet and uncomplicated novel that will appeal to most readers. I recommend it to those looking for a sweet romance with some humour in it.


You can find Dare to Refuse Such a Man at:

Kindle Unlimited and on Audible



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There You Were by Michelle Ray

there you were4.5 stars

There You Were by Michelle Ray is not a book for the faint of heart.

In this story, Jane and Elizabeth are abandoned by their mother while they are still very young, and their father, who is an alcoholic, neglects their education and provides very little support and love. 

With these family circumstances, Elizabeth’s life is therefore very hard while growing up. She doesn’t receive any guidelines concerning proper behaviour, and the only love and understanding she receives is from her older sister Jane. As a consequence, at the age of 15 she is found in a compromising situation with her neighbour James Fitzwilliam, one of the few people who didn’t snub Elizabeth and with whom she had become close friends, until their lust forces them to become husband and wife.

Despite the fact that James Fitzwilliam is the son of an earl, Elizabeth’s marriage is very hard because his family never forgave him for his indiscretion and refuses to support them in any way. Mr. Darcy is the only family member who accepts James and his new family, and even assists by providing them a house, but still, Elizabeth is forced to do all kinds of work at their house, such as cleaning, taking care of the laundry, cooking, nursing their children, etc. 

If you’re expecting a fairy tale story, this one is definitely not for you because apart from all the difficulties that Elizabeth faces due to poverty, I do not believe her marriage was ever a happy one. Even though she is friends with her husband, I do not believe she ever really loved him, and because he is in the military, he spends most of his time away, leaving her alone to take care of their children, and be prepared for there are many children!

It is only late in the story that Mr. Darcy becomes a romantic interest for Elizabeth, so this is not the typical Darcy/Elizabeth romance, but their growing affection towards one another was strong and I did enjoy their own love story, even if it occupies a small part of the book. 

From the above descriptions, you can tell that this book is as angsty as it can get, and I must say I loved that. I always find it interesting when books depict characters who have to fight for their own happiness and who do not have everything handed to them on a silver platter. Elizabeth is clearly the main character in this story which is told in the first person, but she is not the only one who needs to face reality and do something to change her fate. I absolutely loved that about this book. We see characters with strong beliefs concerning the idea of happiness, and we see many of them pursuing it even when it does not correspond with what society would expect. That is true for Elizabeth but also for minor characters in the story. 

This book showed us that life isn’t a fairy tale, it is full of hardships, and it is the way we look at those hardships that will define our future and how we feel. The truth about envy, sorrow and loneliness I found in the pages of this book is part of why I loved it so much. 

Another aspect I loved in There You Were was the general feeling that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. As mentioned before, the idea of happiness is different for everyone, even if society tries to impose a certain idea of happiness on people, and in There You Were we could see page after page that just because a character has what the other would consider perfect, that does not mean that he/she is happy. Mr. Darcy has all the wealth in the world which is what Elizabeth most needed, but he is not happy, and Elizabeth has a family, which is what Mr. Darcy most needed and she is not happy either. Of course they will both find their happiness and we will be privy of that bliss, but the path they had to take to get there was hard and true, and I loved that honesty in this book. I don’t often see this topic portrayed in books, and it was clearly what I most enjoyed about it.

Summing up, There You Were is not a light romance to entertain readers for a couple of hours, neither it is a regular Pride and Prejudice variation with well known characters. It is somewhat of an original story focusing on the journey people take towards happiness.  It is a book that focuses on human interactions and reactions and how people handle what life has given them. It is a book that will make you cry and smile as characters grow and life shapes who they are. I highly recommend it for those wanting more than a romantic story and who do not mind having major changes in the P&P characters lives and personalities.

You can find There You Were at:

Kindle Unlimited and on Audible


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May Bookmail Giveaway

Good Afternoon dear readers, 

Now that things seem to be back to normal and my social life is getting a little busier, I have less time to blog and therefore have not published my May Bookmail Giveaway when I should. However, I promised this would be a monthly event throughout 2021, so here is my May Book Mail Giveaway post!

If you’re new here, 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. To apply to this month’s giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me you’re interested, if you’d like to talk about these books, please do so. I love hearing your opinion  🙂

So far readers have received copies of The Price of Pride by Abigail Reynols, Nine Ladies by Heather Moll, Dangerous Magic by Monica Fairview and Along for the Ride by Alix James. 

This past month I have received 4 books in the mail, so the winner of this month’s giveaway will be able to pick an ebook copy of any of the below books:

Pemberley by Emma Tennant – Source: Purchased

A Captain for Caroline Gray – Source: Purchased

There You Were – Source: Gift from Publisher

The Long Journey Home – Source: Gift from Author


I will also post this giveaway on From Pemberley to Milton’s Facebook and Instagram page’s so that participants from all platforms are eligible for this giveaway 🙂

Good Luck Everyone!


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Alias Thomas Bennet by Suzan Lauder

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What if Mr. Bennet wasn’t the Mr. Bennet we are used to? What if his attitude was completely different? Would it affect the personalities of the rest of his family?

Susan Lauder penned a very different and interesting story with an innovative twist that changes everything. 

In Alias Thomas Bennet the reader is invited to follow two different stories, the one of Mr. Bennet and his wife, and the one of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, and the two are more intertwined than readers initially expect. As the story slowly unravels we start to understand all the connections, and the details the author had to bring to the story to make it work are really worth praising. 

Without going too much into the storyline, because it wouldn’t be the same with spoilers, you’ll find in this novel a very different Bennet family with a moderate and affectionate Mrs. Bennet, an interventive and assertive Mr. Bennet, and with accomplished and proper ladies within the Bennet household. 

I liked the idea behind this change because, after all, Lydia and Kitty’s attitudes are the result of the education and incentives they received from their parents, and Mrs. Bennet’s effusions are also the result of Mr. Bennet’s lack of interest, so if we have a very different Mr. Bennet, we are sure to have a very different household. Even if at times this family seemed too perfect, I loved knowing each one of these characters and seeing them talk with each other in such a fashion.

I also loved the mystery that slowly unravels in this story, and to be honest, I loved Mr. Bennet’s love story even more than Darcy and Elizabeth’s. Mr. Bennet’s story is interesting and captivated me until the end. We don’t see a lot of books focusing on the romance between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and this was a refreshing change. Mr. Bennet is a great hero in this one.

The beginning of the book was very difficult for me because it has a rape scene, and I never like to read about that, but the story progresses rapidly and it doesn’t focus too much on it after it happens, so I was able to distract myself. Nevertheless, if that is not something you like to read about, be aware you’ll find it in the initial pages. 

The writing style is compelling and in line with what I’ve previous found in this authors books, I was so enthralled by this story that I didn’t want to stop listening to the audiobook

Summing up, Alias Thomas Bennet is a well-written and innovative take on Pride and Prejudice that will show us a different side of Mr. Bennet, which will, in turn, change all characters in the story. It links beautifully two stories, spikes our curiosity and captivate our hearts. If you’re looking into a completely different plot with secrets, romance and mystery this book is for you.


Audiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

Jacq Ainsworth was a nice surprise, her narration is smooth and her voice is very pleasing to hear. I recommend the audiobook version.


You can find Alias Thomas Bennet at:

Kindle Unlimited and on Audible


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The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet – Giveaway Winner

Good Afternoon everyone,

In late April I had the pleasure to receive at From Pemberley to Milton author Hunter Quinn who presented us with a delightful excerpt of The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet. 

It was a pleasure to share the news of this book with all of you, but unfortunately I never announced the winner of the giveaway Meryton Press was offering, so today I would like not only to apologize to Meryton Press and Hunter Quinn but also to the winner! I hope this late gift may brighten your day 🙂

As I am already late in announcing the name, I’ll go straight to the point

The winner of the ebook of The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet is:

The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet

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Congratulations Denise! 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 ebook may be sent to you, and the Amazon store in which you have an account.

Happy Reading everyone!


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An Unexpected Harvest – Giveaway Winner

Good Afternoon everyone,

Last week I had the pleasure to review Sanctuary, and share with you an excerpt of An Unexpected Harvest. Both books are modern romances inspired by Pride and Prejudice and were written by the talented Cat Andrews. She was kind enough to offer an ebook to one reader commenting on From Pemberley to Milton, and today I am happy to announce the winner 🙂

Before doing so, I would just like to thank Cat Andrews once more for visiting, it was a pleasure to receive you here!

Now, without further ado, the winner is:

An Unexpected Harvest

*** TC***

Congratulations TC! 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 ebook may be sent to you, and the Amazon store in which you have an account.

Happy Reading everyone!


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Fitzwilliam Darcy’s Wager by Jennifer Joy

Fitzwilliam Darcy's Wager5 stars

Fitzwilliam Darcy’s Wager is the 4th book in the Dimensions of Darcy series, which is becoming one of my favorite series in the genre. It develops several different traits that shape Darcy’s character in a new manner, and in this particular book, Jennifer Joy decided to alter Darcy’s circumstances completely.

Mr. Darcy senior loses Pemberley in a bet against a man he believed to be his friend, and because of that, Darcy is destitute of his estate. He keeps his position in society and part of his wealth, but he no longer possesses Pemberley, which becomes his obsession. Fitzwilliam Darcy’s life is spent working to regain hold of Pemberley and that is not only his sole purpose, but also the only thing he can think of… until he meets Elizabeth Bennet.

I absolutely loved this book and devoured it in two days, but why did I love it? Well, there are many  aspects I loved in it, namely:

The John Thornton element: In this book Fitzwilliam Darcy’s circumstances resemble a lot John Thornton’s situation in North and South and I absolutely loved this because apart from all his usual characteristics, this Darcy had to work hard to obtain what he wanted. He had a sister and a mother to take care of, and from an early age had to rise up to the unfortunate situation he found himself in. Nothing was given to him on a silver platter, and that made him a more worthy man in my perspective.

The family: Mr. Darcy senior dies a few years after losing Pemberley and his attitude as well as his growing bitterness after losing his property affected Fitzwilliam Darcy’s personally. He aimed to be everything his father was not, and struggled to reconcile the image he had of his father when he was young man, with the man he became in the last years of his life.  It was not easy for him to understand and forgive his father and I found the journey he took to that point endearing and heart whelming.

Also, Lady Anne is still alive and she is not a meekly, sweet creature as we often see portrayed. She is a smart, caring but strong character who is not afraid to stand for what she believes and act when necessary. I loved her character, and would love to read a sequel of this book so I could spend more time with her.

Elizabeth’s wit: Elizabeth’s wit is not described, it is shown through her dialogues! When we read too many austenesque novels, we tend to see Elizabeth described as witty more often than not, and that may become a bit repetitive and tiresome, so I love it when an author is capable of showing that Elizabeth is witty without the need to say it. Elizabeth was wonderful rebuffing the villains verbal attacks and I was extremely proud of her.

The sweet romance: Instead of having misunderstandings between our couple, or having them have misapprehensions about their characters etc., Jennifer Joy decided to explore their interest for one another early in the book and allowed the characters to slowly build a sweet and romantic relationship. I usually like angsty books, but this sweet romance was absolutely perfect and I didn’t miss the angst one bit. It was truly romantic and I enjoyed every single moment between Darcy and Elizabeth.

Fitzwilliam Darcy’s Wager is a low angst romance with interesting and strong characters that will captivate most readers. It is perfect for readers who like to see our dear couple fall in love early in the story and its pace and writing style are extremely captivating.  I highly recommend it.

You can find Fitzwilliam Darcy’s Wager at:

and on Kindle Unlimited


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Parallels by Linda Gonschior – Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone, 

How are you today?

I am very pleased to welcome Linda Gonschior at From Pemberley to Milton today with a guest post and an excerpt of Parallels, the third and final book in her Reflections series. I haven’t read the first books in the series yet and to be perfectly honest, I hadn’t heard of it until Parallels was released, but  after reading the blurb I got curious. When I started reading JAFF I wasn’t too fond of modernisations, but lately I have had a lot of fun reading those, so it’s becoming a favorite, and this series is definitely under my radar now. 

Thank you so much for visiting Ms Gonschior, it is a true pleasure to welcome you today! And thank you for inviting me to be a part of the tour Janet, not only did you introduce me to this series, but also gave me the opportunity to spread the word about it to other readers 🙂


Thank you Rita for this opportunity to talk a bit about my Reflections series!  I am honoured to be contributing here and thrilled with the release of Parallels, the final book in this series.

Like many familiar names in JA fanfiction, that 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries ignited in me a suppressed desire to write, write, write!  It was not my first encounter with Jane Austen, nor with this particular story.  I’d seen the Olivier/Garson version countless times and read the book a few times, too.

Something clicked, though, and I was off.

Parallels is the third and final book in the Reflections series. It’s a modern variation with the first two set in the early 1990’s.  Book one, Reflections, opens with that fateful meeting at Pemberley. Elizabeth and Will seem about to correct their misunderstandings, put the past behind them and set out on the road to happiness.  The road takes a sharp turn instead.

Austen’s Darcy was able to return Lydia to her family but this Will Darcy was not successful.  Confusion, hurt feelings and a secret drive Elizabeth and Will further apart.  They do manage to put the past behind them to some extent, and the story picks up a few years later.  Elizabeth returns to Meryton then, but she is not alone. She has a little boy, the focus of her life and the apple of his grandfather’s eye. 

Who is her son’s father?  Readers are not in any doubt but Elizabeth’s family has no idea, and neither does the father.  Reflections takes everyone on a journey of discovery; unacknowledged feelings, parenthood and the ability to forgive.

Of course no relationship is without its trials. The second book in the series, A Tarnished Image, picks up immediately where the first left off. Newly married, Elizabeth and Will Darcy have much to learn about how to live with each other and raise their son together.  Old ghosts from the past return, forcing the newlyweds to face some hard truths about themselves. Additionally, Will’s younger sister Georgiana is also coming into her own, ready to find her direction in life.

Even with a happy ending accomplished, Elizabeth and Will were not quiet. Okay, my imagination was not quiet. Parallels takes us forward twenty years.  The little Darcys introduced in the first two books are grown up. Almost.  Like all parents, Elizabeth and Will want the best for their children and hope they are spared the troubles that often come with adulthood and growing independence.  But this is not simply a story about their children. This is still about a relationship that continues to grow and strengthen, a family struggling with joys and tragedies, and the bonds that keep them together.

Parallels completes this journey with William and Elizabeth Darcy and I hope readers will be pleased with the happy lives they found.

“Wait!” called Rich, running across the grass after her. “I want to come with you.”

“No way!” she sputtered. “You think I want my little brother tagging along? Not a chance.”

“But you’re only going to the stables!”

“Yes, Rebecca,” came a deep voice from the other side of the hedge. “You are only going to the stables, aren’t you?”

Rebecca glared at her brother. “Yes, Dad,” she called through the leafy barrier, “but do I have to take him?”

“Is there some reason he shouldn’t go?” Will had stood up and now peered over the hedge at his two children.

“No. He just…” She gave up trying to come up with an excuse, knowing her father wouldn’t believe any of them anyway. “All right, but if you embarrass me just once…” Rebecca made a strangling motion with her hands then set off at a jog towards the parked cars.

Rich grinned and ran after her.

Will watched them go. “Elizabeth,” he said without turning his head. “I think our daughter spends too much time at the stables.” He heard her laugh and looked around. “What’s so funny?”

“You are.” Elizabeth was grinning at him. “You only said that because you think there are too many boys out there!”

“Well, aren’t there?” Will couldn’t suppress his own smile.

His wife pointed to the shovel in his hand. “Back to work, Will.” Clearly satisfied when he returned to his appointed task, she continued. “You know that the only interest Rebecca has at the moment is horses. Stop behaving like a paranoid father.” She stooped to pick up the bulbs exposed as Will turned the earth over.

“I’m not paranoid. I’m vigilant,” Will argued. “You know the moment I let down my guard—”

“—your daughters will finally be asked for a date!” Elizabeth laughed again when he frowned in annoyance. “Will, they’re lovely, intelligent young ladies. Of course the boys are going to be interested. You can’t lock them away, you know.”

Will shook his head in amusement. “You exaggerate. Are you saying that you think I’m too strict? That our girls aren’t allowed any social life?”

“I’m not saying that at all, Will. Just try not to scare the life out of the boys who do express an interest, though. Please?”

“You make me sound like an ogre,” he grumbled, thrusting the shovel into the soil again. “Anna can do as she pleases; she’s away from home. Rebecca, as you say, is far more interested in horses, and Kathleen in books.” Will twisted the shovel, emptying the dirt into a pile, then paused. “Perhaps I’ll give Anna a ring to see how she’s doing,” he said thoughtfully.

“You’ll do nothing of the sort!” Elizabeth told him sternly. “It’s Saturday, and she’s probably out anyway. She certainly won’t want her father phoning her while out with her friends.”

Will narrowed his eyes, a sly smile sliding across his face. “I seem to recall you calling our son every weekend during his first year at university. I can’t wait to see what happens when Rich leaves.”

Elizabeth seemed to bite off a sharp retort at the reminder of her overprotective behaviour where Ben was concerned. Her features then assumed an innocent expression as she smiled sweetly at her husband. “But, Will—when Rich leaves, there won’t be any children left in the house. It will be just you and me. I doubt I’ll have any time to harass him with my phone calls.”

Will just stared at her and blinked. Laughing loudly, he pointed a finger in her direction. “Rich won’t be out of here for another six years at least. Are you sure you’ll be up to chasing me around this place by then?”

Chasing you? Ha!” Elizabeth laughed herself. “You’ll be too old to get away, my dear!”



Love, heartbreak, and self-discovery are life’s greatest challenges,

no matter who your parents may be.

Will and Elizabeth Darcy faced those challenges twenty years earlier, yet marriage taught them patience, understanding, and most importantly, the irreplaceable value of one another. Now their children are about to embark upon that path, hopefully to learn those lessons more gently and avoid the mistakes of their parents.

This third book in the Reflections series brings to a conclusion the story of a couple whose love drew them together in spite of themselves and continues to test them when least expected.

You can find Parallels at:

Kindle Unlimited


Linda Gonschior has entertained the art of writing since elementary school but never allowed it to come to fruition until Pride and Prejudice lured her into deeper exploration of characters, relationships and ‘what ifs’.  Writing is not the breadwinner, however, as she has a day job and many other interests that compete for attention and time.  Still, she has managed to squeeze in several dozen stories – long and short – and there are many more in the ‘incomplete’ folder on the computer.  As retirement looms on the horizon, some may be dusted off to evaluate their potential to entertain those who share a fondness for Jane Austen’s characters and don’t mind straying a little off the beaten path. 

Amongst her accomplishments Linda counts raising a son, stage managing live theatre productions, flower gardening, and website administration, but not netting purses or painting screens.


NEW blog tour

Don’t forget to follow the tour for more information about Parallels 🙂

June 7 Donadee’s Corner

June 8 My Vices and Weaknesses

June 9 Diary of an Eccentric

June 10 From Pemberley to Milton

June 11 Babblings of a Bookworm

June 14 My Jane Austen Book Club

June 15 Probably at the Library

Meryton Press is giving away eight eBooks of Parallels. The giveaway is international. The giveaway ends at midnight on the 17th of June or 12:00 AM on the 18th of June. To enter it all you have to do is click on this Raffle link.

Good Luck everyone!




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An Unexpected Harvest by Cat Andrews – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone, 

I hope you are all doing well and maybe having some fun on these warmer and longer days. Today is my first vacation day, so I am really happy and relaxed 🙂 It is curious because I am hosting Cat Andrews today and the last time she visited was last year also during my holidays. At the time she was here to talk to you about Sanctuary, a book I have just finished reading this month and that I trully loved (review is already live), so I am very happy to receive her once more. 

Today she brings to you an excerpt of An Unexpected Harvest, a book I really want to read because I simply cannot resist a city girl / country boy story! I am sure this book will be unforgeteble for me because it is just my cup of tea 🙂

Are you also fond of these kind of stories? Do you prefer city girl/country boy? Or city boy/country girl? I love both, but I am a partial to a country boy 🙂

I hope you enjoy the excerpt and don’t forget to comment this post to enter the giveaway. 

Thank you so much for visiting once more cat, it is a pleasure to have you here one more. And best of luck with this new release, I know it will be a sucess!



Hello! I’m happy to be here at From Pemberley to Milton once again! Thanks, Rita, for taking part in the blog tour for my modern Pride and Prejudice variation, An Unexpected Harvest

I had a lot of fun writing this story, playing with the characters and swapping out their personalities, or completely changing them—one reviewer calls it a “literary shell game,” which I absolutely love! It’s an entirely accurate description. 

The story is divided into two parts, and this deleted scene comes from Part 1. In it, we see Elizabeth meeting with an old flame—the very polished Colin Williams (a flip of Bill Collins)—who shows up at her office and makes a last-ditch effort at winning her back. But his hopes are dashed when he realizes he might be too late; Elizabeth’s heart may already be engaged by another. I hope you enjoy it!


When Elizabeth pushed open the doors to the lobby, her eyes went to the receptionist, who nodded discreetly toward the windows. A man stood there, gazing outside and holding a large bouquet of flowers in his arms. Even from behind she could see he was impeccably dressed, his dark blond hair perfectly styled.

He heard her approach and turned, smiling widely. “Liz.”
She sighed. “Hello, Colin. Did you give up web design for a career in floral delivery?”
“A ploy that had the desired result.” He handed her the flowers and leaned in to kiss her cheek.
“Thanks, but you shouldn’t have.” Her eyebrows rose at his answering shrug. “I mean you really shouldn’t have. What are you doing here?”
“Can we go somewhere to talk privately?”
She hesitated, wary of encouraging him, but knew they’d be better off without an audience. She led him through the lobby and into a conference room, closing the door behind them, and carefully laid the flowers on the table.  

“Why are you here?”
“Isn’t it obvious? I’m here to win you back.”
She folded her arms across her chest. “It’s not going to happen. And how did you know I’d even be here? Technically I’m still on vacation.”
“Because I know you well enough to know you wouldn’t be able to stay away. You can’t. This is your second home.” He tugged on a loose curl of her hair. “And I think it could happen. Me winning you back, I mean.”
She took a step back. “It won’t.”
“Because of the farmer?” 

“I broke up with you before I even met the farmer. I’m not involved with him—”
“You could have fooled me.”
Her patience waned. “For crying out loud, Colin! I kissed him. Once.”
“You like him.”
Her cheeks heated. “I’m not involved with him, and I didn’t cheat on you with him. Do I feel badly things happened the way they did? Yes, of course. But no matter what you say or how many bouquets you buy me”—she gestured toward the flowers—“nothing will change my feelings for you.”
“You didn’t answer my question.”
“You didn’t ask one.”
He tilted his head and smiled sadly. “Do you have feelings for the farmer?”
She pulled her eyes from his and shook her head.
“There’s a right way to respond, Liz. Just answer honestly.”
Her eyes went back to his and she took a deep breath. “Yes, I–I do. But—”
“I don’t want to know anything else.”
She remained silent, grateful he’d stopped her from saying more. Telling him her affection for Will wasn’t reciprocated would have only made Colin feel worse; she was turning him away, only to pine for someone who didn’t want her.
“You know I had to try just once, right?” he said. “I felt lousy about the way things ended on New Year’s Eve, and I hoped that being back home might make you see things differently.”
“I’m sorry, Colin, but I don’t.” 

Things would be so much easier if she felt for him what he felt for her. But she didn’t, and she couldn’t pretend otherwise. It wouldn’t be fair to either of them.
He smiled. “We’ll still be friends, won’t we? I don’t want things to be weird when we bump into each other.”
She nodded. “Friends.”
After a long moment of looking at her, he kissed her cheek again. “Bye, Liz. I’ll see you.”
“Bye, Colin.”
He let himself out of the conference room, and when he was gone she picked up the flowers and held them to her nose, inhaling deeply. One of the things he’d said resonated deeply.

You know I had to try just once, right? 

She didn’t want to understand, but she did. They’d been a couple for eight months, after all. Sadly, of the two of them, she was the more pathetic. She’d only known Will Darcy for a month, and couldn’t make herself walk away; she’d had to try. Just once. And that was after a few apparently meaningless encounters and a lusty but empty kiss. God only knew what she’d do after eight months.

Elizabeth Bennet left her affluent New England home at the age of sixteen and never looked back. She’s built a fabulous life in Boston and loves everything about the city—especially her dream job as creative director at an advertising agency.

Will Darcy has never lived anywhere but in rural Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He lives the quintessential small-town life and loves everything about the country—especially his family’s farm, which he’s doing his best to modernize and return to prosperity.

When her older sister moves back to New England, Elizabeth reluctantly pays a visit to the hometown she left behind. Soon enough, the city girl meets the country boy and the insults and misunderstandings fly—but so do the sparks.

No one is more surprised than Elizabeth and Will when those sparks turn into a brilliant flame, and the 300 miles between them that once felt far too close suddenly turns into an unbearable distance.

The city girl and the country boy know a good thing when they see it—even if they don’t see it nearly enough. Can they overcome their greatest challenge and find common ground—and their happily-ever-after?


This novel is a modern variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but with a slight spin on the usual cast of characters. It contains adult content and is meant for mature readers.


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Cat Andrews has always been an avid reader, but didn’t discover Jane Austen until her love of a certain British actor led her to the BBC’s 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice, because she just had to know—why all the fuss over this Darcy guy? What followed her viewing of that glorious miniseries was an inhalation of and immediate fixation on all of Austen’s novels, though Pride and Prejudice remains her favorite.

Her discovery of Jane Austen Fan Fiction opened up a whole new world, and thus began her addiction, and months and months of sleep deprivation, as she immersed herself in JAFF. After reading a modern Pride and Prejudice variation that she fell in love with, she was inspired to begin a cautious but earnest foray into the world of writing. 

In real life, Cat has spent thirty-plus years working in healthcare. She enjoys life on the shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts where she grew up, fell in love with her own Mr. Darcy, and raised a family (and a three-legged dog). More often than not, you can find her at the beach with a book in her hand and her toes in the sand.

An Unexpected Harvest is her second novel. 

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NEW blog tour

The blog tour is just starting, so don’t forget to check the other stops:

June 1 – author’s blog –

June 4 – Babblings of a Bookworm

June 7 – From Pemberley to Milton

June 9 – Jane Austen State of Mind

June 11 – Austenesque Reviews

June 14 – Diary of an Eccentric

June 16 – Probably at the Library

June 18 – My Vices and Weaknesses

Cat Andrews would like to  give away one ebook copy of An Unexpected Harvest to one reader. The giveaway is open to readers with a US amazon account and all you have to do to apply is leave a comment on this post.  

Good Luck everyone!



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